Aid offer for
Chitral --Friends of Chitral and long time
regular visitors, Dr David Christy and his wife Anita, hailing
from New York US, have expressed their love and concern
for Chitral by offering to help in their individual capacity, at
this time of trial. Their letter is reproduced below for
information. Readers are requested to forward suggestions
through Chitral News on how best can they fulfill their
desire of helping Chitralis in need.
The full impact of the devastation in Chitral is finally sinking
in as we read the cumulative news on the Chitralnews website. We
know the US is sending millions in targeted relief aid to
Pakistan and several good US-based NGO agencies are dedicating
relief funds to help Pakistan, mostly Swat. We are happy to make
contributions to those for the general welfare of Pakistan flood
But what can we do especially and directly for the suffering
people of Chitral?
Our prayers are with you.
Love, Anita and David.
14 Aug, 2010.
First of all I wish to thank Dr .David and Anita Christy for
their humanitarian offer. From the recent devastations one can
gather that Chitral will need huge amount for the rehabilitation
work. No proper assessment of actual losses to public goods and
private properties has been carried out so far, it would only be
guesswork to say anything about the losses in monetary terms.
One option is to use NGO forum. There are established NGOs under
the Aga Khan Development Network specializing in health,
education, rural economic development, water and sanitation,
planning and building services. These NGOs have the capacity to
carry out professional assessment of losses and designing of
projects in their respective sectors and the credibility to
implement projects with participation of the beneficiaries. It
is advisable to select one area depending upon the interest of
the donor, ask the respective agency to carry out assessment of
losses in that particular area and write a concept note, if
approved the concerned agency may be asked to develop detailed
proposal along with budget, implementation methodology,
monitoring and reporting which will be implemented through the
approved agency. In this approach there is the assurance that
the money will reach the grassroot level to be spent by the
beneficiaries themselves. This approach would ensure
transparency, more work with less spending as there will be the
element of community contribution as well.
The Aga Khan Rural Support Program specializing in rural
development has long experience in Chitral of working through
the community organizations such as Local Support Organizations
(LSOs) for their economic development. Any economic
rehabilitation or development project could be implemented
through the forum of the LSOs. --Shah
Karez, Chitral, 16 Aug 10.
Reference the subject under discussion, I fully agree with the
suggestion of Shah Karez that
NGOs especially AKDN can play a vital role if & when Aid
is given to this flood affected District. Actually these NGOs
have tremendously rich experience working at grossroot level
with the communities of
Chitral region. Under the supervision & guidance of AKDN,
NGOs LSOs have already been established in whole of Chitral &
Aga Khan Rural Support Program is trying to further
strengthen these LSOs to approach the donor agencies for uplift
of their concerned area.
These NGOs have got their credibility among the community due
to the results of their direction, vision, how to plan for
sustainable development in the coming era in the field of
to improve the living standard, health, education &
rural economic development & other field. I am sure that
aid disbursement throguh AKDN NGOs can surely meet the criteria
of donor agencies & people feel & see the real development work
in their concerned area. Otherwise, no one can say that this aid
can be utilised & given to the really deserving ones.
On behalf of whole Chitral community, I thank Dr. David
and Anita Christy for their generosity in their offer of aid in
individual capacity. Thank you Dr. David and Anita Christy, for
remembering & show your concern about Chitrali people, .--Mir
Hussain, Chitral 18 Aug.10
Ref the subject, I appreciate the concern displayed by the
Christy family towards sufferings of the people of Chitral and
thank them for their concern. About the proposals by Shah Karez
and Mir Hussain of handing over the money to NGOs for
utilization, i have my reservations.
NGOs are big organisations used to dealing with tons of money.
The donated money is likely to be small as it is from a family.
If given to NGOs a couple of thousand dollars will easily
dissolve in their overhead expenses and may not totally benefit
the directly affected.
I recommend the money instead of being dished out as cash be
converted into something useful eg second hand warm clothing
which should be distributed to the affectees through a small
committee made up of honest and responsible individuals from
amongst the civil society. --Bashir
Hussain Azad, Chitral 19 Aug 10
Thanks a lot to Dr. David Christy and Anita. I totally agree
Shakeraz Sahab that AKDN is one of the best plat forms which has
been providing assistance to the people since years. I am not
appreciating AKDN has developed institutions at village
level. These institutions have been formed in the shape of
Village based male and female organizations and then Local
support organization (LSO)
I am working as a Manager in Ayun and Valley Development
Organization (LSO). Ayun valleys development Programme (AVDP) is
established with the help of the communities of Ayun UC based on
the successful experience of village Organizations, Cluster
Organizations, in 2006 with an objective to be instrumental in
the development of rural communities. Itís a Local Support
Organization which aims at improving living standard of the
local communities in general by targeting poorest of the poor in
particular through intervention in social sector services and
sustainable use of the local and natural resources.
For 101 village Organizations (52 Male Village organizations, 28
Women Organization and 21 Civil Society Organizations) have
registered with AVDP. These Organizations are the real source of
AVDP. Through these organization AVDP Implement its Agenda to
bring changes in the Area.
AVDP has been working in the area in partnership with other NGOs
in the area. With help of Pakistan Red Crescent AVDP provided
one moth food Items and some other non food items to the 21
affected house holds of Bumburate valley, while assessment of
Rumboor valley is just completed submitted to government and non
government agencies. For the infrastructure rehabilitation works
AVDP has approached to Chitral Integrated Area Development
Programme and restored Drinking water supply system of 550 house
hold in Ayun. I will be pleased to submit assessment report of
Kalasha Valleys of Bumburate and Rumboor.--Wazir
Zada Kalash, Manager AVDP, 20 Aug 10.