August 18, 2010
JDC to help Pakistani flood victims
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.
JDC is collecting funds to provide Pakistani flood victims with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities.
Flooding began about three weeks ago and has affected over 170 million people, according to the Associated Press.
“By harnessing our vast experience in international disaster relief and tapping our network of partners on the ground to asses the most pressing needs, JDC will quickly respond to those affected by the floods in Pakistan,” JDC CEO Steven Schwager said in a statement. “Guided by the principle of tikkun olam (repairing the world), we’ll help ensure that the most vulnerable are reached.”
The organization is coordinating efforts with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Interaction in Washington, D.C.
JDC provides aid in countries around the world to immediate and long-term support for victims of natural and man-made disaster. It also helped Pakistanis after the 2005 and 2008 earthquakes and implemented relief efforts in Haiti following the earthquake this year.