Aghosh UK: A Beacon of Hope in Partnership with AKFP

A Beacon of Hope in Partnership with AKFP

Introduction

In a world brimming with challenges and uncertainties, there are steadfast beacons of hope tirelessly striving to positively impact the lives of those who need it most. Aghosh UK, registered with the Charity Commission UK, proudly stands as one of these guiding lights, wholeheartedly dedicated to tackling poverty and uplifting communities in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), and beyond.

Based in Manchester, Aghosh UK stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of individuals who share a common vision—a vision of a world where every individual, regardless of their circumstances, has access to life’s necessities. This blog explores the experiences, hurdles, and triumphs of those who have played pivotal roles in shaping Aghosh UK into the humanitarian powerhouse it is today.

A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.” Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (Sahih Bukhari)

Creation of Aghosh UK

Aghosh UK was founded in 2018 as a separate institution under the leadership of the Alkhidmat Foundation, with a sincere desire to alleviate poverty in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). Aghosh UK serves as a vehicle to direct the charitable efforts of UK-based professionals to manifest a shared vision—to create a world where life’s essentials are accessible to all.

Aghosh UK emerged from a profound understanding that every penny contributed plays a pivotal role in transforming the lives of those struggling for survival. Its creation embodied the belief that donations are not just financial transactions; they are the bearers of hope and the architects of a brighter future for the most vulnerable members of society.

Institutional Framework:

Aghosh UK’s institutional framework epitomises its commitment to charity work. The charity boasts a team of UK-based professionals with a deep-rooted connection with Pakistan & AJK, having spent their formative years there. This personal connection ignites an unshakable altruistic dedication to the cause and grants them a deeper understanding of charitable activities.

Structured with precision, the charity’s team members embrace specific roles and responsibilities, ensuring the efficient execution of Aghosh UK’s mission, vision and values. Chaired by Dr Adeel Riaz, a medical professional and humanitarian, Aghosh UK employs a team of charity professionals at its UK office. Aghosh UK also employs a global network of partners and professionals to also mobilise overseas charitable activities in Pakistan, Turkiye, Libya, Egypt and Palestine, as well as other countries where help is needed. We are also committed to hiring and developing skilled professionals who are passionate about supporting the organisation’s mission of helping vulnerable children.

Since its inception, Aghosh UK has achieved remarkable milestones and mobilised thousands of pounds of donations to assist humanitarian causes. It has also been recognised by the international humanitarian community for making an impact. Its capacity to provide essential services, such as food, shelter, education, healthcare, relief and rehabilitation is a testament to its unwavering commitment to the institution’s mission: “of serving humanity irrespective of religion, colour, caste, or race.”

Grounded in Humanitarian Values:

Aghosh UK draws its inspiration from humanitarian values from Quranic principles that emphasise compassion, charity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute to the community’s welfare. The charity’s commitment to eradicating poverty aligns with the Quranic teachings highlighting the importance of helping those in need.

Quranic references such as And they give food despite love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive (Quran 76:8) serve as a guiding light for Aghosh UK’s charitable efforts. These verses underscore the moral imperative of providing essential services like shelter, education, and healthcare to those less fortunate, reflecting the charity’s profound dedication to making a positive impact based on the some of the key values found in the Quran.

Active Volunteers:

With a team of 200 dedicated volunteers, the organisation is committed to making a positive impact through its various initiatives and programmes. Enthusiastic men and women from all walks of life work with us to contribute their time, skills, and experience to improve the lives of people around the world. We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets, and we are committed to providing a positive and rewarding volunteer experience.

Partnership with AKFP (Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan):

Operated by the President, Vice President, Chairpersons, Directors and Secretaries, Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan (AKFP) boasts a team of seasoned nonprofit professionals committed to humanitarian welfare in Pakistan and AJK.

Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan(AKFP) is a committed partner of Aghosh UK, and it provides valuable support to facilitate the roll out of its programmes. AKFP is a renowned charitable organisation operating in Pakistan & AJK and has strategic partnerships with Aghosh UK to operate regional humanitarian efforts.

Alkhidmat boasts the largest volunteer network in Pakistan. When it comes to providing relief in times of disaster or emergencies, Alkhidmat is considered the most responsive charity network. AKFP’s programmes range from raising orphans to providing affordable healthcare, clean water, education, community services, disaster relief, and rehabilitation. With their unwavering commitment and dedication to helping those in need, Alkhidmat is a beacon of hope for millions of people across the country.

Find out more about Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan

With a long track record of delivering successful programmes , Aghosh UK and AKFP are a glimmer of hope for the poor, disenfranchised masses of Pakistan & AJK, as well as victims of conflicts and natural disasters across the globe. Driven by the values of love and compassion, our collaboration is capable of addressing critical issues and offering aid and assistance where it is most desperately needed. Together, we have been providing ongoing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in complex geo-political situations, such as Gaza and Palestine for quite some time

Usually, Aghosh UK creates donor awareness, programme advocacy, launches charity appeals, conducts fundraising events and manifests stakeholders to mobilise the public for a charitable cause. This is where the AlKhidmat Foundation comes in, bringing its expertise in operations, communications, programme management, volunteer coordination, event management, community engagement and logistics to acquire, store, transport and distribute humanitarian aid to local partners and beneficiaries.

Transforming Lives: Aghosh UK's Vital Initiatives for Those in Need

Aghosh UK employs a multifaceted approach to serve beneficiaries by implementing carefully designed philanthropic initiatives with multiple cross-cutting themes. Strategising begins by assigning a programme scope, developing a theory of change, conducting asset mapping and proposing a detailed intervention plan with a sound method of impact assessment. This allows Aghosh UK to address critical aspects of human well-being. Aghosh UK’s program design methodology is driven by a passion for making a positive impact.

In the pursuit of its noble mission, Aghosh UK follows the timeless proverb ‘Charity begins at home’, recognising that change often starts with local communities. Local communities play a critical role in philanthropic programmes, as they are often best positioned to identify the needs and challenges of their group. By engaging and empowering community members, Aghosh UK creates more effective and sustainable programs.

Through its vital initiatives, Aghosh UK provides support and assistance in a range of areas, from orphan care to disaster management, healthcare, education, clean water, and more.

Orphan Family Support Programme:

Aghosh Homes is the cornerstone of our charity’s mission. With an estimated number of 4 to 10 million orphans in Pakistan, we’re focused on alleviating the struggles of young children burdened by the loss of one or both parents. During such a family crisis, Aghosh UK steps in, serving as a guardian.

Aghosh UK necessary financial support for educational and everyday finances for orphan children aged 16 and under, while the Orphan Family Support Programme ensures comprehensive mental, social and moral growth of the sponsored children through a comprehensive multi-module framework.

Our Orphan Family Support Programme includes

● Family Financial Support

● Education Monitoring

● Physical Health Screening

● Medical Treatment

● Study Centre Visits

● Interest-Free Loans

● Moral Guidance

● Co-Curricular Activities

Through our tried and tested approach, over 21,000 children have benefited from OFSP. We help the surviving guardian by sponsoring school fees, distributing allowances, and providing education kits containing school bags, curriculum books, stationery, seasonal uniforms, and shoes. We also enrol sponsored orphans into the Child Character Development Programme to improve their moral and social growth.

Learn more about how can support our initiative by sponsoring an orphan.

Aghosh Homes:

As our flagship programme, Aghosh Homes is our oldest initiative targeted to protect the most vulnerable segment of any civilised society – orphaned children. Providing solace and nurturing to young children who have lost the loving embrace of both their parents, we enrol orphaned children into our Aghosh Home Facilities providing them with food, clothing, boarding, education, healthcare, and mentorship facilities.

Our Aghosh homes serve as a sanctuary for care and protection as orphans can become a part of a new family with their new siblings and mentors. Under the Orphan Care Programme, Aghosh UK provides state-of-the-art boarding facilities to orphaned children who have lost all emotional and financial support from their parents/guardians. AKFP Volunteers identify and enrol orphans in our orphanages. Here, we shelter them from their harsh and devastating circumstances by providing clothing, education, food and shelter. We then support these young people to fulfil their potential for themselves and their communities.Our Aghosh Homes include:

● Accommodation

● Three Meals a Day

● Primary/Secondary/College Education

● Health Screenings

● Personal Mentoring

● Character Building

Currently, we have 1600+ orphans inducted at our Aghosh Homes. As of 2023, we have conducted over 1650+ Orphan Activities across 180+ CMCDP Study Centres and 110+ Clusters. Learn how you can sponsor an orphan or donate a share to build an Aghosh Home today.

Disaster Management:

Healed rural communities by dispatching 60+ Mobile Medical Units to flood-hit areas across Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan & AJK.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved the following flood relief milestones:

● Mobilised 63,000 Volunteers

● Performed 65,000 Rescues

● Provided Temporary Housing to 59,000 People

● Performed 700,000 Medical Treatments

● Distributed 217,000 Food Packs

● Distributed 260,000 Clean Water Provisions

Following suit was Rebuild The Nation, an expansive Pakistan Flood Rehabilitation Programme focusing on rebuilding houses, sponsoring flood-affected farmers, sponsoring orphans, rebuilding schools and rebuilding masjids in the most flood-affected areas.

Aghosh UK has also extensively mobilised humanitarian efforts for the Turkiye & Syria Earthquake Appeal, after a 7.87 magnitude killed at least 50,0000 people. Recorded as the strongest earthquake in the last 100 years, Aghosh UK provided food packs, blankets, mattresses, and tents to help the earthquake-affected. Alkhidmat teams were dispatched on-ground to bring earthquake relief items. Hot food kitchens were set up to distribute warm meals.

During these trying times, we’ve firmly believed that unity is strength. Our volunteers have committed countless hours of time and energy to serve affectees of natural disasters in Pakistan, Turkiye, Syria and Libya to aid them in their time of need.

Health Activities:

Health Activities

Rural citizens of developing countries have a great disparity in access to quality healthcare and often require charities to bridge the gap. This is where Aghosh UK steps in. We coordinate with local and international partners for rescue evacuation, emergency medical responses, setting up mobile health clinics, setting up tent villages for disaster refugees, and more.

Aghosh UK’s healthcare activities focus on improving the life expectancy and quality of underserved communities. From setting up diagnostic laboratories in AJK to Emergency Medical Aid in Gaza, all with the singular humanitarian goal of making healthcare a fundamental right accessible to all, irrespective of their circumstances.

Our initiatives span across the globe, including Pakistan, AJK, Turkiye, Syria, Libia, Palestine and others. With a healthcare philosophy designed around the age-old wisdom of “prevention is better than cure”, our initiatives focus on serving underprivileged masses to help them overcome numerous healthcare challenges such as malnutrition, water-borne diseases, disaster injuries, accidental injuries and more.

By promoting preventative measures and early intervention, we can empower individuals to take charge of their health and well-being. Administered by international medical professionals and humanitarians, our programme design encompasses the physical, mental, and emotional health of our beneficiaries.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved notable milestones with our Health Activities:

● Established 40+ Hospitals

● Established 40+ Pharmacies

● Established 130+ Labs & Collection Centres

● Established 6,390+ Medical Centres

● Setup 420+ Medical Camps

● Provided 280+ Ambulances

Education Programmes:

Education Programme

Education is an invaluable tool for empowerment, and at Aghosh UK, we wholeheartedly acknowledge its transformative potential. We firmly believe that education is not just a gateway to knowledge but also a powerful catalyst for positive change. With this belief, we have established two pivotal educational programmes: the Child Protection Centre and the Alfalah Scholarship initiative.

Pakistan grapples with staggering statistics: 22.8 million children aged 5-16 out of school, a mere 62.3% literacy rate, and concerning deficiencies in educational infrastructure—41% lacking electricity, 32% without drinking water, and 27% lacking basic sanitation facilities. Aghosh UK’s Education campaign addresses these challenges by establishing schools, enhancing infrastructure, and creating opportunities for underprivileged children, empowering them with tools for a brighter future. By building schools in underserved regions, providing scholarships, and offering essential resources, Aghosh UK ensures no child is left behind.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved notable milestones with our Health Activities:

● Established 45+ Child Protection Centres

● Established 80+ Skill Development Centres

● Established 50+ Alkhidmat Schools

Supporting Aghosh UK’s Education campaign means becoming a catalyst for change. Your contributions enable the construction of a foundation for these children, fostering a nation of educated, empowered individuals.

Join Aghosh UK in sculpting a promising tomorrow through education. Your donation today secures a child’s future and contributes to a more educated, empowered Pakistan.

Child Protection Centres

Child Protection Centres​

Knowledge is power, and Child Protection Centres (CPCs) by Aghosh UK stand as beacons of hope for vulnerable street children in Pakistan. These centres, strategically established across seven regions, spearhead a noble mission to uplift the lives of neglected youths dwelling amidst adversity. Pakistan, with its staggering population, grapples with a grave concern: approximately 2.5 million street children, are deprived of basic education and familial care. These young souls, surviving on the streets due to familial conflicts or inability, face multifaceted challenges, including limited education, health risks, societal neglect, and vulnerability to exploitation.

The CPCs, an initiative by Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, serve as sanctuaries, offering education, healthcare, emotional support, and recreational activities. With 51 centres already operational, the aim is to provide a brighter future by nurturing the potential of these children through education in various subjects like mathematics, English, Urdu, and Islamic education. Through education, we empower these children with the skills and knowledge they need to break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling lives. We understand that education is about acquiring academic knowledge and fostering personal growth, self-esteem, and confidence.

The impact is tangible – over 2,200 street children find solace in these centres, with 400+ enrolled in schools and 200 more awaiting their turn. However, the journey towards transforming these lives requires collective support. Aghosh UK welcomes donations, offering various sponsorship programs enabling continuous care for these children.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively established 51+ Child Protection Centres across various provinces of Pakistan:

● 19 in Punjab

● 17 in Khyber Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

● 4 in Balochistan

● 5 in Sindh

● 1 in Gilgit Baltistan

● 1 in Azad Kashmir

Alfalah Scholarship Programme

Alfalah Scholarship Programme​

The Alfalah Scholarship programme further underscores our commitment to educational empowerment. This noble endeavour aims to shatter economic barriers hindering deserving students’ educational pursuits since its establishment in 1998. It provides deserving students with the financial support they need to pursue higher education—a privilege that may have otherwise been out of reach. We firmly believe that every young mind, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to explore their full potential. By offering scholarships, we invest in the future and nurture tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

This collaborative effort between Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Pakistan isn’t just a financial aid programme; it’s a gateway to a brighter future. Beyond providing financial assistance, this initiative nurtures leadership, promotes higher education, offers career guidance, and strives to create an equitable society. At the heart of this initiative lies a belief that education is pivotal in personal and community growth. By providing financial resources to promising individuals, they strive to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and societal advancement.

Our Alfalah Scholarships include:

● Mentorship

● Coaching Sessions

● Career Counselling Sessions

● Annual Seminars

● Scholarship Guidance

● Financial Support

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation have collectively awarded 5000+ Alkhidmat Scholarships with the Alfalah Scholarship Programme. Students sponsored under the Alkhidmat Alfalah Scholarship have become Associates, Doctors, Engineers, Graduates, and Intermediates. The following statistics are proof:

● 2,000+ Intermediates

● 1,200+ Bachelors/Masters in Arts

● 550+ Graduates

● 700+ Medical Students

● 600+ Engineers

● 250+ Associate Engineers

Every contribution to the Alfalah Scholarship Programme enables Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Pakistan to extend their reach, offering crucial financial aid to deserving individuals. Make a tangible difference by supporting the Alfalah Scholarship Programme today.

Clean Water Appeal:

Clean Water Appeal

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right. At Aghosh UK, we are unwavering in ensuring everyone can access safe and clean drinking water. Clean and safe drinking water is not just a basic necessity; it is the essence of life itself. It plays a pivotal role in promoting good health, preventing waterborne diseases, and ensuring the overall well-being of communities. We firmly believe water is a source of vitality and an integral component of human existence.

Aghosh UK’s Clean Water Appeal programme is hinged on the cause of providing clean, safe drinking water to communities across Pakistan. With help from our generous donors, we are poised to alleviate the severe water crisis gripping Pakistan through the installation of hand pumps in arid lands, drilling water wells in remote water-scarce areas, and implementing water-filtration plants in urban cities.

The water scarcity in Pakistan is dire, affecting over 80% of the population. Shockingly, water availability per person has dwindled drastically over the years. Flood damages have exacerbated the situation, forcing millions of households to rely on unsafe drinking water sources.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation have partnered for nearly a decade to provide:

● 230+ Water Filtration Plants

● 320+ Solar

● 12,000+ Community Hand Pumps

● 2,550+ Water Wells

● 1,800+ Submersible Water Pumps

Your generosity is a lifeline for those facing water scarcity. Together, let’s make clean water a reality for every individual in Pakistan. Donate now to create a brighter, healthier future for all.

Diagnostic Lab in Mirpur:

 

Diagnostic Lab in Mirpur​In healthcare, timely and accurate diagnostics can make all the difference. It is often the first step towards effective treatment and better health outcomes. Aghosh UK aims to inaugurate a specialized diagnostic centre, a beacon of hope amid the escalating healthcare crisis gripping the region. The tumultuous conditions along the Line of Control (LOC) have exacerbated the pressing need for enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

Mirpur district grapples with a stark scarcity of healthcare infrastructure, particularly evident in rural pockets. The absence of diagnostic facilities impairs timely diagnoses, magnifying healthcare disparities. Aghosh UK envisions a pivotal change—introducing specialized diagnostic services at subsidized rates, fortifying community health, and narrowing the healthcare gap.

Our lab is equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by experienced professionals who understand the critical importance of their work. Our diagnostic labs are capable of bridging the gap in healthcare access that many underserved communities face. Offering a wide range of diagnostic services, from blood tests to imaging, we ensure beneficiaries receive the medical assessments they need promptly. This not only aids in early disease detection but also empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health.

Our Diagnostics Labs offer:
● Blood Banking
● Haematology
● Microbiology
● Routine Chemistry
● Special Chemistry
● Ultrasound
● X-Ray

Join us in shaping this pivotal healthcare revolution. You can help play your part in helping us deliver life-changing healthcare services.

Visit our Mirpur AJK Diagnostics Lab Webpage here!

Conclusion:

Aghosh UK symbolises hope and a resolute commitment to combating poverty in Pakistan and AJK. Its origin, institutional framework, and influential partnership with AKFP have paved the way for transformative humanitarian work. In tandem with AKFP, Aghosh UK has a history of making meaningful impacts through its programmes. Join hands with Aghosh UK and AKFP, for in unity, we find strength, and through collective endeavours, we illuminate the world with the light of hope.

Contact Us:

Are you inspired to contribute to a noble cause? We would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to humanitarians to join hands in making a positive impact. With our wide range of programmes, we’re always on the lookout for like-minded individuals and institutions that can support our charitable causes. We encourage you to get in touch with us over an email or a telephone call to discuss donations. We encourage you to join us in our struggle to alleviate poverty and uplift communities. Let us forge a path towards a brighter and more compassionate future together. Contact Us Now and Be The Change!

Aghosh UK: Disaster Management Initiatives Across the Globe

Disaster Management Initiatives Across the Globe

Diligently providing disaster management services through the Pakistan Floods (2022), and the Turkiye and Morocco Earthquakes (2023)

Introduction

Sometimes in life, unforeseen disasters occur, leaving victims grappling with the aftermath. Local communities, especially in the developing world, can experience total upheaval after an unprecedented natural disaster, like a violent earthquake, a sweeping flood or a ferocious storm. Often affected by huge psychological and physical trauma, victims have to contend with their injuries and losses, attend to the wounded, and bury the deceased. They find their homes, infrastructure and any businesses and livelihoods destroyed. Surrounded by such overwhelming catastrophe, people often try to migrate for the safety of their families. In such challenging circumstances, vulnerable communities urgently rely on humanitarian support from disaster management charities. Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation are very quick to respond to these needs, mobilising their disaster management teams to assist victims and provide urgently needed aid and support.

This blog explores Aghosh UK’s disaster management response, focusing on its unwavering commitment to supporting victims in the face of recent disasters, specifically the recent Pakistan floods and the earthquakes in Turkiye and Morocco.

Inspired to Serve Humanity

Aghosh UK has been working with the Alkhidmat Foundation in a strategic partnership spanning many decades to form a community-led network comprising staff, partners, volunteers, donors, media, and the public.

Working together to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people, the charities’ primary aim is to alleviate poverty, hunger, and unemployment, and support orphans, by creating sustainable development projects. In addition, Aghosh UK also frequently collaborates with international partners and local charities in response to crises and disasters, helping affected communities rebuild their lives and mitigate against any possible future disasters.

With a humanitarian mission, our organisation is inspired by the Islamic values of charity.

The damage that these disasters have caused may not be reversible, but as Muslims, we must recognise this as an opportunity to act as changemakers and serve humanity.

You will never achieve righteousness until you donate some of what you cherish. And whatever you give is certainly well known to Allah. (Quran 3:92)

Our charity’s values include humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. These principles ensure that Aghosh UK’s disaster management efforts are guided by a commitment to serving humanity, irrespective of race, religion, or nationality.

Aghosh UK’s Disaster Management Approach

Our comprehensive approach incorporates preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. Every Aghosh UK disaster management framework is established on preparation, which involves identifying potential risks and hazards, developing emergency response plans, and building capacity amongst communities to respond to disasters effectively. This is a year-round activity for communities in vulnerable geographic areas with high risk of cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, hurricanes, industrial accidents, landslides, tornados, tsunamis, wildfires, etc.

When a disaster tragically occurs, the response is the immediate action taken to address its adverse effects. Aghosh UK responds to disasters by providing emergency relief such as food, shelter, and medical assistance to victims and communities. This phase is the most time-sensitive and requires diligent rescue and relief efforts by first responders to help disaster victims. Aghosh UK regularly launches fundraising appeals in Great Britain to support disaster response efforts occurring across the globe.

Once the response phase is concluded, the recovery process takes over; this involves the return and resettlement of affected communities to their pre-disaster state. Aghosh UK supports recovery efforts by providing long-term assistance, including rebuilding infrastructure, restoring livelihoods, and addressing the psychological and physical trauma caused by disasters. To manage and reduce the impact of potential future disasters, the mitigation phase is then initiated. We work with communities to identify and implement measures that can prevent or mitigate the effects of disasters.

Find Out More About Aghosh UK’s Disaster Management Approach

Working with Stakeholders

Disaster Management is a critical issue that requires the collaboration of various stakeholders to ensure effective preparedness, response, and recovery. Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan jointly engage with international and local stakeholders such as government agencies, emergency responders, community-based organisations, and volunteers to deliver disaster management efforts. We work closely with stakeholders to provide support in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and we also raise funds to provide food, shelter, and medical care for disaster victims.

A Diverse Team of Disaster Management Professionals

The Disaster Management Team at Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan is composed of highly trained and well-equipped professionals who possess the skills and expertise necessary to respond to disasters in a timely and efficient manner. With decades of cumulative experience in risk assessment, emergency planning, communication, leadership, and resource management, we manage many hundreds of people of different designations, including emergency managers, first responders, search and rescue teams, medical personnel, logistics experts, and communication specialists. Each member plays a crucial role in responding to disasters and ensuring the safety and well-being of affected communities.

Active Volunteers

Aghosh UK is committed to making a positive impact through its various initiatives and programmes, and our work is supported by a team of over 200 dedicated volunteers.

Enthusiastic men and women from all walks of life work with Aghosh UK to contribute their time, skills and experience to improve the lives of people around the world. We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets, and we are committed to providing a positive and rewarding volunteer experience.

Join the Aghosh UK Volunteer Team (https://aghosh.co.uk/volunteers/)

Aghosh UK’s Disaster Management Programmes:

Milestones Achieved

Through its diverse aid initiatives, Aghosh UK has provided a wide array of disaster management services including house construction, farmer support, and disaster relief during the Cholistan drought and Pakistan floods of 2022. Our key statistics (dated January 2024) demonstrate the scale of our significant outreach efforts:

● Mobilised 62,000 Volunteers
● Constructed 61,000 Shelter Homes
● Distributed 275,000 Ration Packages
● Established 37 Response Hubs
● Conducted 52 Trainings/Workshops
● Served 3,886,000 Beneficiaries

Pakistan Floods Relief 2022: Getting Pakistan out of Deep Waters

Pakistan Floods Relief 2022

In 2022, Pakistan faced the devastating impact of unusually heavy monsoon rains, which triggered flash flooding across the country. The scale of the disaster was massive, with over 1,800 lives lost and 3.2 trillion PKR in infrastructure damages; the floods severely affected the rural communities in Punjab, KPK and Sindh. The floods in Pakistan affected 33 million people, destroyed almost 900,000 homes, damaged 1.4 million more, killed over a million livestock, and destroyed 13,115 km of roads and 439 bridges. Additionally, more than 22,000 schools were damaged or destroyed. Even the arid lands of Sindh and Balochistan witnessed unprecedented monsoon rainfall, with the Minister of Climate Change of Pakistan reporting 784% and 500% more than their respective August averages.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan’s trained emergency responders took immediate action to assist rural communities with emergency disaster relief efforts supported by more than 60,000 volunteers. We provided emergency aid and relief to affected communities in Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan & AJK by distributing medicine, food, clothing and shelter. We established Response Hubs to serve as free medical camps for flood victims. Flash floods routinely cause numerous health problems, including illnesses from contaminated water, respiratory issues from mould, and injuries from debris. Most flood victims require immediate medical assistance in the first 24 hours to treat illnesses and injuries. However, not all medical camps were easily accessible by flood affectees.

To mitigate this problem, our strategists proposed to deploy Mobile Medical Units to flood-hit areas across Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan and AJK. With 60 Mobile Medical Units deployed, we were able to prevent outbreaks of waterborne diseases including cholera, dengue, typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis A, E. coli infections, norovirus, polio, etc. Such diseases are usually caused by consuming contaminated water and can be prevented through proper sanitation and treatment.

afterwardSlowly shifting from relief to eventual rehabilitation, we sheltered flood migrants in more than 60,000 Shelter Homes. By establishing 70 tent villages, we started to normalise the lives of displaced people.

Become an Aghosh UK volunteer today, and help make a difference.

Pakistan Floods Rehabilitation 2022: Rebuild Pakistan

Pakistan Floods Rehabilitation 2022 Rebuild Pakistan​

After an extensive disaster relief phase, we stepped up our rehabilitation efforts with the Rebuild Pakistan initiative to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Our rehabilitation activities included the reconstruction of homes, schools and masjids, farmer sponsorships, and orphan sponsorships and support. Aghosh UK’s and Alkhidmat Foundation’s joint approach was bolstered by the extraordinary resilience of Pakistan’s farmers.

By sponsoring flood-affected farmers, we helped them to restore their livelihoods. Our Farmer Support Kits were distributed across Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan & AJK. Consisting of fertilisers, pesticides, seeds, farming tools and other farming supplies, Aghosh UK diligently raised funds for these from generous donations across the UK. Additionally, we offered training to help farmers learn new techniques for climate-resistant farming practices. These efforts promoted long-term recovery and resilience for farmers affected by the Pakistan floods in 2022.

We also contributed to the rebuilding of community infrastructure, including farmers’ homes, schools and masjids. The floods had caused extensive damage to schools, causing huge disruption to children’s education. Our team contributed funds, materials and labour to repair damaged buildings and provide new furniture and textbooks. We also trained rural people on disaster safety protocols to build resilience and equip them with procedures to mitigate the effects of any future disasters.

In conclusion, Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan’s strategic disaster management approach ensured a well-coordinated flood relief response and a systematic flood rehabilitation programme to serve the flood victims of Pakistan floods 2022.

Disaster Management for Turkiye Earthquake 2023:

Turkiye Earthquake 2023

Helping victims of the 2023 Turkiye Earthquakes

On 6th February 2023, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck southern and central Turkiye and northern and western Syria. This earthquake was followed by another quake of magnitude 7.7. The confirmed death toll stood at more than 59,000: 50,500 in Turkiye and 8,500 in Syria. Damages were estimated at nearly US$1508 billion in Turkiye and nearly US$15 billion in Syria. Recorded as one of the strongest earthquakes in the region over the last 100 years, the disaster damaged or destroyed over 230,000 buildings in Turkiye and 10,600 in Syria, bringing urban life to a complete halt in the cities of Nurdağı and Gaziantep. The disaster compounded the problems of the regional refugee crisis and required immediate reaction from the global humanitarian community. Alarmed by the scale and magnitude of the disaster, Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation immediately mobilised our network of international and local partners to aid all those affected.

Help one another in acts of piety and righteousness. And do not assist each other in acts of sinfulness and transgression. And be aware of Allah.” (Quran 5:2).

After the huge earthquakes in Turkiye, rescue operations became a desperate race against time. Collapsed buildings created a labyrinth of debris, trapping survivors in pockets of darkness and dust. The top priority was locating survivors, with specialised teams employing search dogs, ground-penetrating radars, and acoustic sensors to pinpoint cries for help. Rescuers and volunteers often risked their own lives to clear paths with heavy machinery, meticulously tunnelling through the rubble to reach trapped survivors under the debris of damaged infrastructure. Following Turkiye’s call for international help, more than 141,000 people from 94 countries joined the rescue effort. By 10 February 2023, the government of Turkiye reported that more than 8,000 survivors had been rescued.

To assist further with rescue efforts in Turkiye, Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation initiated earthquake relief operations by providing essential support to earthquake victims, including food, water, shelter, and medical aid. By establishing a coordinated effort between government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in the city of Gaziantep, we ensured the delivery of aid and relief supplies to the affected areas as quickly as possible.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation jointly launched the Turkiye & Syria Earthquake Emergency Appeal to raise funds for disaster relief efforts. Our appeal was focused on providing earthquake relief items including food packs, blankets, mattresses, and tents for earthquake victims. From March 10 to 19, we organised Rebuild Turkiye & Rebuild Pakistan Fundraising Dinners in Manchester, Bradford, London, Milton Keynes and Birmingham to engage the support of our donor base.

Focusing on necessities, we distributed ration packs to victims of the earthquakes. We coordinated with local partners, identified the most affected urban areas and communities, mobilised our volunteers, procured necessary resources, packaged ration packs, ensured quality and hygiene, and then transported the packs to affected areas to distribute them to vulnerable people. We ensured equal distribution, employed monitoring and evaluation practices, and regularly collaborated with other organisations.

To provide further relief to Turkiye earthquake victims, programme managers at Aghosh UK developed an ingenious solution to provide desperately needed meals. We furnished and deployed numerous mobile food vans equipped with all the necessary equipment and supplies to serve hot, nutritious meals to those in need. We installed cooking and heating equipment, set up storage areas for food and supplies, inducted necessary volunteers and ensured that the vans were kept clean and hygienic. Our goal was to create an easily accessible mobile kitchen to prepare and serve nourishing meals in earthquake-affected urban areas, with safety and efficiency in mind. By May 2023, we had distributed more than 3,000 cooked meals to earthquake victims, which contributed towards earthquake rehabilitation efforts.

Turkiye Earthquake Rehabilitation 2023: Warming Hearts with Hot Meals

Turkiye Earthquake Rehabilitation 2023 Warming Hearts with Hot Meals

Before the earthquakes, the city of Gaziantep in Turkiye had become a haven for many Syrian refugees. Gaziantep had experienced some of the challenges of supporting additional civilians with limited resources. The city’s management was focusing on urban poverty, tackling livelihood concerns and helping the unemployment challenge with new initiatives. However, all this progress was upended due to the 2023 earthquake. Earthquakes can also cause significant physical and emotional trauma, leaving individuals and communities in need of long-term support. The disaster rehabilitation phase is an integral part of any systematic disaster management initiative.

Our disaster management experts at Aghosh UK recognised the need for Turkiye earthquake rehabilitation initiatives and launched the Rebuild Turkiye Programme intending to bring the lives of affected people back to normal. We prioritised medical assistance and psychological support so communities could get back on their feet.

We launched a house reconstruction initiative so earthquake victims could return to the safety and shelter of their own homes. We adopted a systematic approach by assessing structure damages, identifying priority households for reconstruction, developing reconstruction plans, procuring materials and equipment, hiring skilled and unskilled labour, establishing construction sites, mobilising resources, implementing safety measures, monitoring progress, ensuring quality assurance and control, timely completion of reconstruction, and finally, the handover of houses to the owners.

We also expanded our rehabilitation efforts to include child protection, and through a multi-faceted approach, we enrolled orphans into our flagship Orphan Support Programme. Through orphan sponsorships, donors were now able to secure the future of Turkish and Syrian children who had lost the support of one or both of their parents. These sponsorships provide a stable home, a quality education, and a decent upbringing to earthquake-surviving orphaned children, allowing them to thrive.

Finally, we raised funds for orphanage construction projects in Turkiye so new boarding facilities could be provided for the influx of orphaned children after the tragic natural disaster. These facilities were designed to provide immediate shelter, safety and security, access to basic needs, educational opportunities, emotional support, and community building for children affected by earthquakes. They form a crucial part of the long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts of affected communities.

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Morocco Earthquake Appeal 2023: Rapid Relief

Morocco Earthquake Appeal 2023 Rapid Relief​

On September 8, 2023, a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8–6.9 struck Morocco’s Marrakesh–Safi region. This resulted in significant damage and many casualties. The city of Marrakesh was one of the hardest hit areas, with many residents forced to spend three nights outdoors due to fear of aftershocks. Some businesses reopened on September 10, but unsafe areas were sealed off by officials. Meanwhile, rescue and aid efforts were underway, with the Moroccan army clearing roads and bringing supplies to affected areas.

The aftermath witnessed a substantial international response, with numerous countries expressing condolences and offering aid. The earthquake’s impact on Morocco led to nearly 3,000 reported fatalities and concerns about housing, particularly with winter approaching.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation joined the international rescue and relief effort by announcing our Morocco Earthquake Emergency Relief Appeal to raise funds across the UK. Prioritising earthquake relief items, we procured blankets, food packs and tents from accessible markets and supplied them to our local volunteers. Aghosh UK’s immediate deployment of emergency response teams ensured that aid reached earthquake victims within the critical window of the first 72 hours. Working tirelessly alongside local partners, they established temporary shelters, provided food and water, and distributed essential medical supplies to the most vulnerable, prioritising children, women and the elderly.

Conclusion:

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation’s unwavering commitment to disaster management shines brightly in the face of adversity. From the devastating floods in Pakistan to the earthquakes in Turkiye and Morocco, our collaboration has consistently delivered critical relief and support to the most vulnerable communities in their darkest hours.

Through a comprehensive approach that encompasses preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, Aghosh UK has made a tangible difference to improve the lives of thousands. We have mobilised volunteers, partnered with stakeholders, and raised vital funds to deliver life-saving aid, rebuild infrastructure, and empower communities to become more resilient in the face of future disasters.

Key Achievements:

● Aghosh UK has a proven track record of success in disaster management.
● The organisation’s comprehensive approach addresses all stages of the disaster cycle.
● Aghosh UK has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of people affected by natural disasters.
● The organisation is committed to building a safer and more resilient world.

Looking Ahead:

Aghosh UK remains vigilant, ready to respond to future disasters with the same unwavering resolve. By supporting this vital organisation, you can help build a world where communities are equipped to weather any storm and emerge stronger than ever. Our journey is far from over. With every life saved, every home rebuilt, and every child protected, Aghosh UK renews its commitment to building a safer and more compassionate world.

Call to Action:

Visit Aghosh UK’s website to learn more about their work and how you can get involved. We urge our readers to donate generously to Aghosh UK’s disaster relief efforts and help us improve the lives of earthquake victims.

We urge our supporters to share Aghosh UK’s story with friends and family and help raise awareness of our disaster rescue and relief efforts.

Together, we can create a legacy of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.

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