Low rainfall has triggered severe drought in the Tharparkar district of Sind Province, Pakistan. For several years now, this region has not experienced significant rainfall—even during successive monsoon seasons.
In November 2014, the United Nations released alerts on the alarming food security and nutrition situation resulting from these harsh drought conditions.
People living in Tharparkar rely heavily on seasonal farming activities and livestock to sustain and feed their families. A delayed rainy season in 2014 led to almost complete crop damage—leaving most farmers unable to harvest anything or recover the seed they had planted.
Presbyterian World Service & Development will be responding with our local partner CWS-P/A and partners at the Canadian Foodgrains Banks to provide food assistance to 1,800 drought-affected families (approximately 10,800 people).
This $1.1 million project will provide families with fortified wheat flour, pulses, oil and salt—enough to last seven months, until the current season’s crops have been harvested—at which point families will be able to eat their own crops.
Your support of PWS&D’s response will help bring relief to those suffering from drought in Pakistan. You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, mail a cheque to the office, donate online or call 1-800-619-7301 x291. Please mark donations as “Pakistan drought.”