On October 8, 2005, Pakistan’s northern areas and Azad Kashmir
were struck by series of devastating jolts of Earthquake measuring
a severe 7.6 on the Richter scale. Instantly thousands died and houses
shattered, men, women and children buried alive under the fallen debris,
many crying desperately from below the rubble to be saved while still
clinging to life. UN officials call it a calamity larger than the
Tsunami that hit last year in the Indian Ocean.
According to official estimates losses in life and property consists
of Quake death toll: 86,000, Serious injured: 70,000, Homeless: 3.3
MKR Foundation’s Pukaar responding to this massive humanitarian
crisis mobilized its resources once again and organized a campaign
for collecting relief goods through its well-knit network. Effective
appeals are being made through publications of the Jang Group and
Geo TV. Pukaar till date through its continuing efforts has been able
to distribute goods worth several million rupees among the calamity
stricken people. More than 500 volunteers are engaged in collecting
relief items and cash round-the-clock in cities, towns, and villages
all over the country.
Till date MKRF-Pukaar has distributed 323 truck loads of relief goods
to the main affected areas.
in the Indian Ocean
On December 26, 2004 a massive earthquake turned into a wall of water
waves called tsunami created havoc and devastation beyond imagination
in countries Indonesia, Thailand, Sri-Lanka, India, and Bangladesh.
Entire coastal population wiped out in few minutes with an estimated
death toll of more than 200,000, thousands missing, more than 5 million
homeless, millions vulnerable to diseases. With the survivors left
to fight a battle of life and death since every thing these people
had was lost in this devastation.
MKRF’s Pukar responded immediately and launched a massive campaign
named PUKAR through its media Affiliates the Jang Group and GEO TV
to rescue and provide Aid to these disaster stricken countries and
their unfortunate people. The foundation unleashing a string of fund
raising campaigns included airing 4 –hour long telethon transmission
on GEO TV, organized Walkathon, opened its resources to receive material
relief and many other ways to encourage people to donate for the victims.
Through the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shukat Aziz MKRF donated
40 million rupees collected from the general public to the Sri Lankan
Government whose country was the most affected