SOS Earth Quake Relief Program 2005 - 2011
In addition to the core Program of rehabilitating orphans, SOS is at the forefront whenever a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis occurs. Relief is provided for the general populace and shelter to any children who may be orphaned.
The SOS Emergency Program for Earthquake Relief was started in response to the disastrous earthquake which occurred in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and parts of NWFP in October 2005. Approximately 80,000 people were killed and three million rendered homeless. SOS was at the forefront of relief activities particularly those pertaining to children. With the assistance of SOS Kinderdorf, large supplies of relief goods were distributed including tents, blankets, warm clothing, stoves and nutritional food supplies. A mobile hospital was donated and, through the assistance of the Austrian army, water filtration plants were air lifted and rendered vital support.
SOS Children's Villages was the only organization authorized by the Government of Pakistan to care for children orphaned by the earthquake, and a Memorandum of Understanding, to this effect, was also executed. The orphans admitted to SOS are presently accommodated in temporary shelters and efforts are under way to establish projects for the children in their own region.