Seventy-three-year-old Kasi lives with her son and his wife in the small village of Ranahar in Sindh Province, Pakistan. Kasi worked on the family farm and her son was as a tractor driver, which provided enough income to meet the family’s needs.
That all changed, though, when her son began to experience severe chest pains and a fever. Eventually, he had to leave his job because of his illness. Once he could no longer work, this meant that Kasi and her family lost their main source of income.
To make matters worse, Kasi’s field completely dried up. Lack of rainfall since 2016 meant the area was in the grip of drought. The absence of rain left many with no crops to harvest and little to sustain themselves and their families.
Like Kasi, many people have been affected by the lack of rainfall, leaving them with a shortage of water and food. The Government of Pakistan estimated that 3 million people in eight districts have been affected by the drought.
It was an extremely difficult time for Kasi and her family. “I was not even able to collect a single grain from our field in the last two years,” she recalled.
In response, PWS&D, with support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank, implemented a six-month emergency food response. Implemented by local partner, Community World Service Asia, 1,600 families (about 9,000 people) received monthly distributions of flour, rice, beans, oil, sugar, salt and tea, enough to sustain them until the new harvest was ready. Additionally, the families received seed to replace what had been lost to the drought.
Kasi and her family are extremely grateful for the help they received. “Before receiving this food assistance, I used to start worrying about what we would eat each day in the first light of dawn. Having even a single nutritional meal seemed to be a challenge each day. But thankfully, I do not need to worry about that anymore. The food provided to us has saved us from many sufferings. The quality and quantity of food provided are much appreciated by all of us.”
*This project received support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger.