Buddies without Borders
Buddies without borders, a group kicked off by some concerned Pakistanis, has taken the initiative to spread awareness about the catastrophic floods in Pakistan. Beginning with the monsoon rains in July 2010, the recent Pakistan floods have already claimed over two thousand lives and over a million homes have been destroyed. According to the latest USAID statistics the number of affected people has reached nearly 17.2 million, out of which there are estimated two million children.
BWB has taken the initiative to spread awareness about the massive tragedy through the collective power of children. “Since children are not motivated by culture, race, religion or language their motivation transcends all boundaries and they can reach out to one another much more effectively,” said Nabeela Khan a concerned mom who is spearheading the group.
The objective of the initiative is to mobilize the elementary, middle and high school children of Pakistani dissent and to create awareness within their respective schools through education and other fund raising events for the affected children. The initiative will include the following measures:
· Training collateral – The first step is to train the Pakistani American community on how to create awareness in schools. Training collateral includes, brochures and Video DVD containing images of the disaster along with a music video featuring local Pakistani American children.
· Training workshop – Children will be engaged in a workshop where they will get hands on training on how to create awareness and raise funds specific to the cause within their schools. From setting up a bake sale to organizing benefit events such as concerts, will be the focus of the effort.
· Donation direction – Children will be provided with the names and contacts of recommended not-for-profit organizations that are actively engaged in the rescue and rehabilitation effort of the affected children.
The resource kit, which includes all the collateral, will be available for free download on the facebook group page after the training session. There are approximately two hundred families registered for the training session. “We are so excited and look forward to partnering with other community members,” said Nabeela Khan
An Evening Of Hope For Pakistan Flood Relief
Pleasanton, CA –December 4, 2010- Buddies without Borders, in collaboration with Imran Khan Foundation, held an elegant gala at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton attended by 350 people on December 4, 2010 raising over $131,000 to aid the Pakistan flood relief effort. Almost 20 million people with a death toll of close to 2,000 were affected by the Pakistan floods which began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains resulting in the Indus River flooding until approximately twenty percent of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater. The number of individuals affected by the flooding exceeds the combined total of individuals affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Kashmir earthquakeand the Haiti earthquake.
Imran Khan, sports super star and former Pakistan Cricket Captain turned philanthropist, humanitarian, Chairman of the Board of Shaukat Khanum Hospital (the only charity based cancer hospital of its kind in Pakistan), previous member of the Parliament and current leader of the political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, updated the attendees with his signature candor on the current status of the flood and the efforts his foundation is undertaking to mitigate this disaster. The two main areas that he discussed in detail from the Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund were the seed dispersal program to allow the farmers to begin replanting in order to stave off a future famine after the current crops had been ruined as well as the adopt a village, school or family program. A fund raising tour for flood victims was organized by Mrs. Fauzia Kasuri, President Women Wing of PTI and Chairperson of International Fundraising for Imran Khan Foundation. The five city tour in the US was held in Philadelphia, Houston, Sacramento, San Francisco and Las Vegas resulting in raising nearly $1 million.
Buddies Without Borders (BWB) is a local organization whose mission it is to spread awareness for the Pakistani flood victims through the collective power of American schoolchildren as they use service learning projects to recognize the need for global citizenship, empathy and empowerment and take action now as they grow into the leaders of our future. “When the awareness is raised about the plight of other children who are less fortunate then themselves the children respond in amazing ways and they want to give back without concern of who their helping,” says Sue Ackerman. The children from BWB performed the song Dil Dil Pakistan as seen in the music video from its website. Emma C. Smith Elementary School in Livermore has been selected as the pilot program for the BWB service learning project. Buddies Without Borders aired its first music video featuring local Bay Area children in October 2010 at a community awareness training session held at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin California. “We believe music speaks one language and has a farther reach and a greater impact. Through music we carried our message and hoped for the world to notice the plight of millions in Pakistan,” says Nabeela Khan. The music video has been monetized and has already had 23,000 views on YouTube.
Both Buddies Without Borders and the Imran Khan Foundation were recognized with a Congressional certificate for their efforts in raising awareness and funds in support of the flood relief effort by Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office as presented by Ayesha Sheikh. Anyone with interest in donating to this worthy cause may still do so through The Imran Khan Foundation which is a nonprofit corporation and a registered tax-exempt public charity under section 510 (c)(3) @www.imrankhanfoundation.org. Information about Buddies Without Borders organization may be found at www.buddieswithoutborders.org.