As military operation continues in Swat, Dir, Buner and adjacent locations, the residents of these areas are migrating to safer regions like Mardan, Charsadda and Peshawar.
More than 3 million people are displaced from their places of residence, Swat Crisis is termed as largest humanitarian and displacement crisis in recent times. Whether we support the military operation or not, these Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) need our help.
This is an appeal to all individuals, organizations, charities and NGOs in general and nationals of Pakistan in particular, whether resident or expat, to come forward and help by extending financial, technical and moral support to hundreds of thousands, feared to be displaced in Swat Crisis. If nothing else, please spread the word.
On this page, a list of charity organizations is assembled, both in Pakistan and abroad, where you can donate your contributions. If you know of an organization that is not listed here, please email us at info[at]chowrangi.com
Disclaimer: This list is compiled from various online and offline sources. Chowrangi.com do not accept liability for the authenticity of individuals and organizations mentioned below. Please do your own due diligence before giving donations in cash or kind.
GlobalGiving, a UK based organization lists multiple ways to donate to Swat IDPs (details here)
Get updates about IDP relief efforts through SMS and find out ways you can help [details here]
If you are in United States, by texting the word “swat” to the number 20222, you can make a $5 donation to the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Refugees for use in the Swat Valley crisis.
UM Healthcare Trust has frequently updated list of urgently required medicines and medical equipment, along with donation information. Check the list here.
How you can help:
Besides sending cash through below mentioned charity organizations, you can support by providing following commodities. Please do not donate old/expired stuff. Make sure edible items are hygienic and properly packed.
- Clothing: Clothes of various sizes, Beddings, Shoes
- Utensils: Jerricans (large plastic cans that hold 20 liters of water or other liquids), Crockery, Buckets
- Toiletries: Tissues, Soaps, Dettol (antibacterial cleaners), Towels
- Food: Rice, Sugar, Flour (Atta), Onions, Potatoes, Cooking oil, Tea, Milk (tetra packs or powder), Safe drinking water, Cooked Food
1. Water purification tablets.
2. Life saving drugs.
3. Vaccines for malaria, cholera, typhoid, influenza.
4. Pain killers including strong ones like morphine derivatives, tremadol, pethadine, kinz .
5. Antibiotics e.g. tetnus, amoxil, gentamycin.
6. IV cannulas
7. IV Drip sets
8. IV drips: normal saline, ringerlactate
9. Local anesthetics (injections)
10. Cotton bandages, cotton.
11. Surgical instruments: e.g needle holders, forceps, tweezers.
12. Suturing materials, Skin staples.
Emergency Response Unit, Govt of NWFP, Pakistan:
Charity Organizations and in Pakistan:
Al-Khidmat Foundation: Donate here.
Edhi Foundation: Donate here.
AGHAZ: NGO in Peshawar working with IDPs at Jalala Camp, Mardan. They need donations and volunteers. [details here]
Pakistan Red Crescent Society: PRCS has offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Muzaffarabad. [Contact Information]
Sarhad Rural Support Programme: Visit their website for programme details and bank account information for donations.
Pakistan Social Society. Their bank account details are as follows:
Pakistan Social Association
Muslim Commercial Bank
F10 Markaz Branch,
MCB swift Code: MUCBPKKA for International Donors
UM Healthcare Trust: They have a medical facility in village Zahidabad, rural Mardan District and 4 km from the town of Rustum. Donate here.
Brig Jaffer is responsible for mobilizing camps in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Call 92 -51- 2243111 or 0300 5004678 for donations and support
RIPORT [based in Peshawar] is preparing an NGO response with a scheme called, “Lightening the Darkness” where they are hoping to provide electricity to IDPs. They are also examining the relatively easier project of providing medicine to camps. If you would like to volunteer/donate funds to these relief efforts, please call +92(91) 9211-8411
SEW: Society for Education Welfare collecting educational stuff for Swat IDPs [details here]
International Charity Organizations:
Islamic Relief USA: Donate here.
UNHCR: Donate here. You can also mail your donations to UNHCR:
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The following amounts cover:
$80: Provides 20 wool blankets to protect refugees from the cold.
$100: Provides a survival kit to a refugee family, with essentials such as blankets, cooking and heating stove.
$200: Provides an all-season tent to shelter a family of 5.
$500: Sinks two wells to provide clean water for refugees.
$1,000: Provides a therapeutic feeding kit to feed 100 children.
UNHCR Canada: Donation Link
UNICEF: Donate here
United Nation’s World Food Programme: Donations are tax deductible for number of countries. [donation link]
The Pakistan Association in Dubai: PAD has setup a relief camp for Swat IDPs. Details and account information are listed here.
Oxfam – GB: donate here.
Plan International: donate here.
International Medical Corps: donate here.
IRC (The International Rescue Committee): donate here.
Church World Service: donate here.
– Sébastien Brack, ICRC Islamabad, Tel. +92 300 850 81 38
– Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Islamabad, Tel. +92 300 850 56 93
– Florian Westphal, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 82 or +41 79 217 32 80
Islamic Help (England): You can make a cheque/postal order made payable to ‘Islamic Help’ and send it to:
19 Ombersley Road
Please do not send cash in the post and please do not forget to write your name and address on a piece of paper.
Bank: You can put money directly in their bank account
Name: Islamic Help
Account No: 41687425
Sort Code: 40-42-12
If you are in a country other than the UK, you can go into any bank in the world and quote the following International Bank Account:
Number (IBAN) and Branch Identifier Code (BIC)
IBAN: GB 72 MIDL 404212 41687425
BIC: MIDL GB 2155 G
Muslim Aid (England): Send a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Muslim Aid’, together with a note of your name and address to:
Muslim Aid, P O Box 3, London, E1 1WP
Donate directly to their bank account:
Name of the Muslim Aid Bank: LLOYDS TSB
Address of the Muslim Aid Bank:
LLOYDSTSB BANK PLC
31 HOLLOWAY CORNER
LONDON N7 8JU
SWIFT/BIC/CODE (OUTSIDE UK): LOYDGB 21180
To donate in pound sterling £
Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DONATION AC
Sort code: 30-94-21
Account number: 01436818
Iban (outside UK): GB25 LOYD 3094 2101 436818
To donate in euros
Name of the account: MUSLIM AID- EURO AC
Sort code: 30-94-21
Account number: 86151365
Iban (outside UK): GB42 LOYD 3094 2186 151365
To donate in dollars $
Name of the account: MUSLIM AID-DOLLAR AC
Sort code: 30-94-21
Account number: 12044226
Iban (outside UK): GB75 LOYD 3094 2112 044226
Muslims Hands: NGO in England. [donation link]
Helping Hand: This organization is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in USA. [Donations link]
Human Development Foundation: Donations link
Human Relief Foundation (UK): Donations link
FaceBook: IDPs from NWFP need us
pakistanidps.wordpress.com: A blog listing the estimates and real-time data related to IDP camps cited by international organizations, such as the UN, as well as the government agencies (NDMA and others), to determine and communicate the scale of the displacement crisis. [visit their website]