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InterAction Members Respond to the Crisis in Pakistan

Washington, DC (May 11, 2009)—The recent fighting between the Pakistani government and Taliban
militants in the Lower Dir, Buner and Swat regions of northwest Pakistan has triggered a rapidly
deteriorating humanitarian situation and as many as 200,000 people have been displaced in the last four
days. People are continuing to flee to camps and are seeking shelter with friends and relatives. According
to some estimates, new displacement over the next week—in addition to a half million pre-existing
displaced persons—could bring the total number of dislocated people in this region of Pakistan up to 1.3
million in 2009.

InterAction member organizations are providing shelter, health care, clean water and sanitation, food and


A regularly updated list of agencies responding will be available at:

InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by
overseas disasters:

InterAction is a coalition of more than 175 US-based private relief, international development and refugee
assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure
accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

ActionAid International
Pakistan Humanitarian Relief
1420 K Street NW, Suite 900 Direct Relief International
Washington, DC 20005 27 South La Patera Lane
1-202-327-9924 Santa Barbara, CA 93117 1- 805-964-4767
American Refugee Committee
Pakistan Emergency Response Fund Food for the Hungry
Donor Service Center Pakistan Relief
NW 5618, P.O. Box 1450 1224 East Washington Street
Minneapolis, MN 55485 Phoenix, AZ 85034
1-800-875-7060 1-800-248-6437

AmeriCares Friends of the World Food Program
88 Hamilton Avenue Attn: Development
Stamford, CT 06902 1819 L Street NW Suite 900
800-486-4357 Washington, DC 20036 1-866-929-1694
Emergency Relief Fund (US082) International Medical Corps
CARE Gift Center 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400
PO Box 1871 Santa Monica, CA 90404
Merrifield, VA 22116-9753 1-800-481-4462
International Relief Teams
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Pakistani Refugees
Pakistan Relief 2009 3560 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Suite 2G
2850 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE San Diego, CA 92120
Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600 619-284-7979
International Rescue Committee
Church World Service PO Box 96651
Pakistan Crisis 2009 Washington, DC 20090-6651
28606 Phillips Street 1-877 REFUGEE or 1-877-733-8433
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN, 46515
1-800-297-1516 LIFE for Relief and Development 17300 W. 10 Mile Road
P.O. Box 236
Concern Worldwide US Southfield, MI 48037
104 East 40th Street, Suite 903 1-800-827-3543
New York, New York 10016
Mercy Corps
Pakistan Emergency Response
Dept NR United Methodist Committee on Relief
P.O. Box 2669 International Disaster Response
Portland, OR 97208 Pakistan #982450
1-800-852-2100 PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 1-800-554-8583
Relief International
Pakistan Emergency Response World Vision
5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1280 P.O. Box 9716
Los Angeles, CA 90036 Federal Way, WA 98063
1-310-478-1200 1-888-56-CHILD

Save the Children
Pakistani Children in Crisis Appeal
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880

ActionAid International
1420 K Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005 / 1-202-327-9924 Designate “Pakistan
Humanitarian Relief”
(May 11, 2009) ActionAid is providing immediate relief in the form of food, water, medical supplies and
sanitation facilities. We are assessing medium on long-term needs, such as helping families secure
copies of their registration documents which many families left behind when they fled but which are
strictly required by the government. We are also trying to meet the needs for clothing and shelter. For the
many women and children displaced there are concerns of increased sexual violence and exploitation.
The capacity of cities to absorb these people has been increasingly exhausted, leading to ever greater
competition for scarce resources and livelihood opportunities. ActionAid will continue to provide relieft
while working for long-term solutions.

88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 / 1-800-486-4357
(May 11, 2009) AmeriCares is preparing an emergency shipment of medicines and supplies for delivery
this week to help people displaced by the recent fighting in northwestern Pakistan. The shipment includes
surgical sutures, safety syringes, gloves and iodine-based disinfectants needed for safe surgeries and
wound care. Antibacterial and antifungal agents that prevent the spread of disease, pain relievers and
medications for people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, will also be included.
As the violence between the government and Taliban militants intensifies, it is estimated that as many as
1.3 million civilians will be forced to flee their homes. In January, AmeriCares delivered a shipment
containing more than 380,000 syringes to Islamabad – 200,000 of which were sent to the Swat Valley,
where they are being used in hospitals and clinics treating civilians wounded in the conflict. For more
information, visit

American Refugee Committee
Donor Service Center NW 5618, P.O. Box 1450 Minneapolis, MN 55485 / 1-800-875-7060 Designate
“Pakistan Emergency Response Fund”
(May 11, 2009) The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is accepting cash donations to assist victims of
the violence in Pakistan. Donations will provide displaced people in North-West Frontier Province with
access to medical care and supplies, immunizations, clean water, hygiene kits, latrines and sanitation
systems. ARC has an existing presence in the region and has provided similar response services during
several emergencies in the region, including the Earthquake of 2005 and Cyclone Yemyin. Visit for information on ARC and to make a tax-deductible donation.

Emergency Relief Fund (US082) CARE Gift Center PO Box 1871 Merrifield, VA 22116-9753 800-521-
(May 11, 2009) CARE will respond to the crisis in Pakistan with life-saving supplies alongside and
through other agencies who are providing food, water, non-food items and shelter. CARE operates in
nearly 70 countries fighting poverty with an emphasis on empowering women to bring about positive

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
2850 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600 / 1-800-55-CRWRC Designate “Pakistan
Relief 2009”
(May 11, 2009) CRWRC is beginning a $10,000 response to displaced persons in IDP camps with non-
food items through partners in Islamabad.

Church World Service
28606 Phillips Street, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515 / 1-800-297-1516 Designate “Pakistan Crisis 2009”
(May 11, 2009) Church World Service staff on the ground are moving response teams and relief items
into the affected area to meet the needs of those who are in makeshift camps--thousands in small refuges
where no sustainable food, shelter, water or hygiene is available. CWS has already distributed 250 food
packages and 190 shelter kits; further distributions are planned. Church World Service has been active in
Pakistan for more than 50 years, with programs in disaster management, capacity building, development
and assistance for displaced people. The agency's Pakistan offices served as a lead agency in recovery
following the country's massive 2005 earthquake.

Concern Worldwide US
104 East 40th Street, Suite 903, New York, New York 10016 / 212-557-8000
(May 11, 2009) Concern Worldwide is responding to the current crisis in Pakistan by supporting the most
vulnerable displaced families - those who are not in camps but are staying with local communities.
Concern Worldwide has been working in Pakistan since 2001 and is working with one of our established
local partner organizations to deliver household items to affected families in Mardan district. Concern
Worldwide is accessing its emergency in-country supply of hygiene kits, jerry cans and ground-sheets
and distributing this to an initial 1,200 families. Concern Worldwide is planning to distribute a wider set of
supplies (ground sheets, hygiene kits, jerry cans, mosquito nets and kitchen sets) to a total of 2,000

Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 1- 805-964-4767
(May 11, 2009) Direct Relief International will be supporting our partner healthcare organizations
throughout Pakistan who are receiving an increased number of patients due to the civil conflict caused by
the Taliban’s recent expansion in the SWAT valley. Direct Relief has provided more than $14 million in
humanitarian medical aid and grants to Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake, and has developed
strong relationships with healthcare providers there.

Food for the Hungry
1224 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 / 1-800-248-6437
(May 11, 2009) Food for the Hungry is working with partners on the ground we have established
relationships with from past relief work in Pakistan, including a large-scale response to the Pakistan
earthquake in October 2005. Food for the Hungry is serving and providing relief to the Sikhs families
displaced from Swat, Buner, and Orakzai Agency due to the conflict in the region.

Friends of the World Food Program
Attn: Development 1819 L Street NW Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036 1-866-929-1694
(May 11, 2009) Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on
building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger
relief operations. In the wake of fighting in Pakistan, the United Nations World Food Program is preparing
to feed as many as one million displaced people in targeted areas. The government estimates that
150,000-200,000 people have already arrived in safer areas over the last few days and another 300,000
are on the move or about to move. WFP-managed Humanitarian Hubs (extended food delivery points)
have been increased from 11 to 15, and three additional hubs will be open early next week.

International Medical Corps
1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404, 1-800-481-4462
(May 8, 2009) International Medical Corps emergency response teams are on the ground delivering
critical services and supplies to the displaced population of Swat Valley. Primary health care services are
being delivered throughout the camps along with maternal and child health care and health and hygiene
education. The teams will also be implementing water and sanitation and psychosocial support services.
International Medical Corps have distributed 100 health and hygiene kits. Emergency health kits and
medicines have been secured and are being transported. International Medical Corps has worked in
Pakistan since 1984 and is also providing services to 50,000 people who were displaced in August 2008
in Peshawar, Nowshehra, Charsadda, and Lower Dir.

International Relief Teams
3560 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120 / 619-284-7979
(May 11, 2009) International Relief Teams is providing emergency medicines and supplies to refugees
fleeing the Swat Valley. These supplies will be distributed by in-country partners at the refugee camps
being set up by the Pakistani government.

International Rescue Committee
PO Box 96651 Washington, DC 20090-6651 1-877 REFUGEE or 1-877-733-8433
(May 11, 20009) The International Rescue Committee, which has been providing humanitarian aid in
Pakistan for 28 years, began assisting a wave of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Bajaur and
Mohmand in November of last year. Since then, our teams have aided some 600,000 IDPs -- providing
water, sanitation and education services in two camps and working with UNHCR and Pakistan's
government to register IDPs, improve access to emergency assistance and safeguard their rights.
Additional IRC aid teams are now working in new camps set up for people recently displaced from Dir,
Buner and Swat in the districts of Swabi and Mardan and will be stepping up water, sanitation and
education programs in these areas as well as camps in Nowshera and Charsadda. The IRC will also be
extending humanitarian relief services to vulnerable IDPs in North West Frontier Province who have not
found refuge in camps, and make up the majority of displaced people in Pakistan.

LIFE for Relief and Development
17300 W. 10 Mile Road, P.O. Box 236, Southfield, MI 48037, 1-800-827-3543
(January 5, 2009) LIFE for Relief and Development has been working in the NWFP of Pakistan since
2001. LIFE is providing emergency assistance to IDP's which includes tents, blankets, food, potable
water, medicines and medical supplies.

Mercy Corps
Dept NR, P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208, 1-800-852-2100. Designate “Pakistan Emergency
(May 11, 2009) The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps has dispatched an emergency
assessment team to Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. Fighting has forced an estimated 500,000
people to flee their homes into camps where there is an urgent need for basic supplies such as food,
water and shelter. Mercy Corps’ three-member assessment team has been deployed to determine where
the needs are greatest, and to start delivering emergency supplies as soon as possible. Mercy Corps has
worked in Pakistan since 1986.

Relief International
5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1280, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 1-310-478-1200. Designate “Pakistan
Emergency Response”
(May 11, 2009) Relief International (RI) is responding to meet the needs of 15000 IDP families in NWFP,
Pakistan arriving from Swat Valley by rapidly expanding its current emergency program. Our efforts are
striving to ensure the displaced are able to afford housing in host communities via rental grants and to
earn income with short term opportunities on community improvement projects. RI's efforts will provide
Swat Valley families the ability to live with dignity and safety in this critical period. RI has implemented
relief and development programs in Pakistan since 2005, demonstrably improving community welfare
through community redevelopment. RI’s NWFP office supports emergency food distribution, temporary
work and shelter, medical response, and other life-saving assistance

Save the Children
54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880, 1-800-728-3843. Designate “Pakistani Children in Crisis Appeal”
(May 9, 2009) Save the Children has launched a broad relief effort to assist children and families forced
from their homes by intensified fighting in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province. The agency — as part
of a coordinated response and in partnership with the government of NWFP and local authorities — will
be working to ensure that children and families affected by the crisis receive emergency assistance,
including health services and hygiene and household supplies. It also will work to provide protection and
education programs for children in camps or temporary shelter.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
International Disaster Response Pakistan #982450, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 1-800-554-8583
(May 11, 2009) UMCOR is working through its partner Muslim Aid to provide tents, water and non food
items for displaced people living in camps.

World Vision
P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063, 1-888-56-CHILD
(May 11, 2009) World Vision has finished its preliminary assessments from the Jalala camp in Mardan
and the Chota Lahore camp in Swabi and this week will begin distributing non-food items such as pots,
pans and cooking supplies to families in need in both the camps and the host communities. The aid
agency has set up a temporary office in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Northwest Frontier
Province, in order to be closer to the camps and respond quickly. Additional relief efforts will be focused
on food, water and adequate shelter for the displaced.