“They came to this remote and isolated area and shared our burden in this time of hardship and hopelessness.” These were the words of “Shamoo”, a poor Christian farmer in Sindh, Pakistan, as he spoke with great thankfulness about our local project partners, making their way to his flooded Christian community. They brought with them desperately needed help, paid for with your gifts to Barnabas Aid.
Our Pakistan Coordinator has been travelling around Sindh with our project partners this week, as food, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, water and other items are distributed. To reach 55-year-old farmer “Chand” they had to travel for 45 minutes by tractor and trailer, then wade for ten minutes through a metre of muddy flood waters. No other aid had reached him. Chand said he felt very blessed in God who had provided “for His people through His people.”
The flood waters are not yet receding, as the swollen river Indus carries rain that fell in northern Pakistan down south to Sindh. It will be months before the farmers can plant their fields again. Until then they have no income, no food and growing debts. Many have also lost livestock – a double pain, because farmers in this area are very emotionally attached to their animals as well as relying on them for income.
Despite such difficulties, says our Pakistan Coordinator, the Christians of Sindh “have been experiencing and demonstrating the peace that surpasses all understanding. With smiling faces they are praising God and giving thanks in their trials and sufferings.”
The need is enormous and ongoing. Many thousands of our brothers and sisters are suffering in Sindh. Barnabas is helping not only rural Christians but also Christians in towns and cities who have lost their livelihoods and homes. We are also helping repair the flood-damaged Christian hospital further north in Tank. When the waters have gone, God willing, we shall help to repair Christian homes. It is your gifts that are making all this possible. Thank you. Please continue to pray and, if you can, continue to give.
Costs are changing all the time, but here are some estimates.
Mosquito net (one per family) £2.50 ($3; €3)
Emergency family food package to last 25-30 days £20 ($24; €24)
20 plastic sheets for temporary shelters (one per family) £28 ($32; €32)
Clean drinking water and water purification tablets for 50 families £38 ($46; €46)
Renew the flood-damaged floor in one room (e.g. ward, pharmacy, laboratory) at Tank Christian Hospital £95 ($107; €107)
Repair both generators at Tank Christian Hospital £1140 ($1,295; €1,295)