Along with all the projects The Sultan Foundation is running on a permanent basis, it is our goal to give back to the society especially in times of absolute necessity. We started off by playing our part to help the affected people of the 2005 earthquake in the northern areas of Pakistan. We established our base camp in Mansehra and continued our operations onward in the heavily destructed areas of the region. The Sultan foundation provided fiberglass huts to the far flung areas of the earthquake affected areas. Three trucks of 32 tons loaded with food stuff, blankets, warm clothes tents and medicines were distributed in the most remote areas. Medical camps with teams of local doctors were also established in “Balakot and Chanari”.
Following this, The Sultan Foundation repeated its efforts after the 2008 Ziarat Earthquake. The geographical terrain of the Ziarat district and political unrest in this area made our operations very complicated. But with the efforts of our dedicated staff, we co-ordinated with the President Public Health Initiative (PPHI) officials and transported 2 trucks of eatables, blankets and tents to the farthest areas of the Shahrag and Harnai. We also established a three day medical camp on the mountains of Ziarat as most of the affected population was residing in those areas. Later, our staff helped the local people in constructing their homes and saving their livelihoods, particularly cattle, in order to bring them back as soon as possible to their routine life.
In the destruction that followed the 2010 floods throughout the country, The Sultan Foundation actively participated in order to rehabilitate the affected people. According to Pakistan government data, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater with the floods directly affecting about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.
The Sultan foundation initially focused on the rescue operation in the areas of Sanawan near Kot addu and soon afterwards started providing food supply to the affected people, distributing around 3000 food boxes to the families consisting of food for approximately a whole month. This distribution was carried out in the areas of Jampur, Sanawan, Kot addu and Taunsa. Noticing the deteriorating health conditions of the displaced, we hired a team of doctors for two months along with local dispensers to set up our medical camps in these areas to treat the affected population, mainly for water borne diseases like malaria and diarrhea. It is also pertinent to mention that these medical camps were set up in the farthest of the areas particularly where even the government agencies could not reach. In fact in some areas, we have to hire boats to take our medical teams to reach the deep basins of the Indus River.
The operation continued till late October after which the plan was to build a village at AbbasWala Band, the main entrance of the flood river and one of the worst affected areas, to provide shelter and home to the people who were most affected by the floods. This project however failed to reach its completion due to the ineffectiveness and a very casual response from the Government.
In the subsequent year, The Sultan Foundation teamed up with Pakistan Army for food distribution in Tharparker after it was heavily hit by torrential rains. Hundreds of families were reached out by the foundation in this initiative.