New Alliance report published today! Mobilising communities in Pakistan ahead of the floods

15 August 2013

To mobilise remote communities to prepare for the floods, the Alliance visted the Sindh province of Pakistan earlier this year with an innovative and effective resource.  A cloth-book was designed to equip villagers for disaster and encourge them to use the resource they had to safeguard their homes and communities.  

The Monsoon season has already killed 80 people since June, and displaced over 81,000.  Heavier rain is expected by the end of this month and it is forecasted to continue into September. 

Pakistan has been severely affected by heavy rain and floods for the last three monsoon seasons . The Diocese of Hyderabad was particularly hard-hit in 2011. These circumstances prompted the Alliance to design and produce the cloth-book.  

This innovative resource is designed to prepare villagers before the disaster strikes. Printed on polyester fabric made from recycled plastic bottles, the book includes brightly coloured pictures supported by explanations and discussion points, and is designed as a community empowerment tool to bring people together in their response to disaster.

In her visit to the Diocese of Hyderabad in June, the Alliance’s relief manager, Tania Verónica Niño Arévalo, took the first cloth-book to four rural communities, focusing on the Kunri area and parts of the Thar Desert on the border with India.

Using the cloth-book, Tania led sessions with villagers in Thar Mabi Sar, Pandra Water, Dohro Mori Gihapno, and Rushanbad. These meetings gathered women, children, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people from all faith backgrounds, Christian, Hindu and Muslim. 

The report includes:

  • pictures and information about the vulnerability of poor and marginalised Christian communities;
  • the barriers that hamper preparedness work;
  • the outcomes of the cloth-book sessions; and
  • the steps forward to maintain the mobilisation work.

Further engagement with the Diocese of Hyderabad’s community workers will be central to the next steps. Their key role was recognised in rolling out the community sessions and liaising with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to achieve better communication and work together more effectively. 

For more information about the cloth-book or the visit to Pakistan, or if you have any comments or questions about the report, please contact us: anglicanalliance@aco.org