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ROTARY WATER-SURVIVAL BOX UPDATE 8 - 2011-2012 - PAKISTAN - SINDH PROVINCE FLOODS


By Bob Mowle - Posted on 11 October 2011

Subject: FW: ROTARY WATER-SURVIVAL BOX UPDATE 8 - 2011-2012 - PAKISTAN - SINDH PROVINCE FLOODS

 

Good evening to all District International Service Chairmen and fellow Rotarians in RIBI

 

Further to ‘Update 7’ I am pleased to be able to confirm that the 500 standard Water-Survival Boxes requested by District Governor 3271 Iqbal Qureshi were collected from our depot in Somerset on Wednesday afternoon last week. The consignment comprising 25 pallets each containing 20 boxes  was split into two parts and both had been delivered to Karachi International Airport by 0515 this morning local time. DG Iqbal has confirmed that customs clearance has been obtained and arrangements are in hand to have them transported to the ‘Interior of Sindh Province’ for distribution to families most affected by the severe monsoon floods. The latest advice is that the situation in Sindh Province remains extremely grave and we are currently working on sending a second consignment of 500 standard boxes as soon as possible. When the second consignment leaves we will have no more standard WSBs available for this or other emergencies.

 

Humanity First UK have today advised of a new requirement for clean drinking water in Kenya along the route taken by refugees fleeing across the border from Somalia and en route to the refugee camps at Dadaab – some 100 km distant. We have offered the 300 boxes in multi-pack format (water purification kits only) that are currently available - for distribution by Humanity First’s permanent team resident in Nairobi and await confirmation.

 

Once we have covered the cost of air freight charges remaining funds will only provide for our fixed costs (rent of our warehouse space etc) and a limited amount of stock reordering. We urgently need further donations to enable us to build up stocks again.

 

You will recall we were able to send a total of some 1,340 WSBs to Pakistan in 2010 largely due to the tremendous funding support we received from Rotary Clubs across virtually all Districts in RIBI. If your District or Club wishes to respond to the current emergency in Pakistan we would be pleased to convert donations into more Water-Survival Boxes – see www.worldwaterworks.org for details. Cheques made out to ‘Worldwaterworks Limited’ should be sent either to our registered office or to me at Rotary, The White House, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4NE. Donations intended for Pakistan will be used for that purpose for as long as the need continues – thereafter they will be used to replenish stock for the next disaster.

 

Could I ask all District Chairmen to kindly re-circulate this message to all their Clubs?

 

Yours in continuing Rotary Service

 

Hugo Pike PHF

Chairman – Worldwaterworks Limited

PP RC Chelwood Bridge – NE Somerset  – D 1200