Internally Displaced People in Pakistan

Updates about IDPs from FATA, Swat, Dir and Buner

International Organizations

A list of American nonprofits, working under the Interaction umbrella, which has a decent website with a raft of information, including codes of conduct and guides to giving etc. 

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Action Aid
Pakistan Humanitarian Relief, 1420 K Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005 / 1-202-327-9924 

(May 11, 2009) ActionAid is providing immediate relief in the form of food, water, medical supplies and sanitation facilities.  We are assessing medium on long-term needs, such as helping families secure copies of their registration documents which many families left behind when they fled but which are strictly required by the government.  We are also trying to meet the needs for clothing and shelter. For the many women and children displaced there are concerns of increased sexual violence and exploitation. The capacity of cities to absorb these people has been increasingly exhausted, leading to ever greater competition for scarce resources and livelihood opportunities.  ActionAid will continue to provide relief while working for long-term solutions.


88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 / 800-486-4357 
(May 11, 2009) AmeriCares is preparing an emergency shipment of medicines and supplies for delivery this week to help people displaced by the recent fighting in northwestern Pakistan. The shipment includes surgical sutures, safety syringes, gloves and iodine-based disinfectants needed for safe surgeries and wound care. Antibacterial and antifungal agents that prevent the spread of disease, pain relievers and medications for people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, will also be included.  As the violence between the government and Taliban militants intensifies, it is estimated that as many as 1.3 million civilians will be forced to flee their homes. In January, AmeriCares delivered a shipment containing more than 380,000 syringes to Islamabad – 200,000 of which were sent to the Swat Valley, where they are being used in hospitals and clinics treating civilians wounded in the conflict.  For more information, visit


American Refugee Committee
Pakistan Emergency Response Fund, Donor Service Center NW 5618, P.O. Box 1450 Minneapolis, MN 55485 / 1-800-875-7060
(May 11, 2009) The American Refugee Committee (ARC) is accepting cash donations to assist victims of the violence in Pakistan. Donations will provide displaced people in North-West Frontier Province with access to medical care and supplies, immunizations, clean water, hygiene kits, latrines and sanitation systems. ARC has an existing presence in the region and has provided similar response services during several emergencies in the region, including the Earthquake of 2005 and Cyclone Yemyin. Visit for information on ARC and to make a tax-deductible donation.


Emergency Relief Fund (US082), CARE Gift Center, PO Box 1871 Merrifield, VA 22116-9753 / 800-521-2273
(May 11, 2009) CARE will respond to the crisis in Pakistan with life-saving supplies alongside and through other agencies who are providing food, water, non-food items and shelter. CARE operates in nearly 70 countries fighting poverty with an emphasis on empowering women to bring about positive change.


Christian Reformed World Relief Committee 
Pakistan Relief 2009, 2850 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600 / 1-800-55-CRWRC
(May 11, 2009) CRWRC is beginning a $10,000 response to displaced persons in IDP camps with non-food items through partners in Islamabad.


Church World Service 
Pakistan Crisis 2009, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 / 1-800-297-1516
(May 11, 2009) Church World Service staff on the ground are moving response teams and relief items into the affected area to meet the needs of those who are in makeshift camps–thousands in small refuges where no sustainable food, shelter, water or hygiene is available. CWS has already distributed 250 food packages and 190 shelter kits; further distributions are planned. Church World Service has been active in Pakistan for more than 50 years, with programs in disaster management, capacity building, development and assistance for displaced people. The agency’s Pakistan offices served as a lead agency in recovery following the country’s massive 2005 earthquake.


Concern Worldwide US 
104 East 40th Street, Suite 903, New York, New York 10016 / 212-557-8000
(May 11, 2009) Concern Worldwide is responding to the current crisis in Pakistan by supporting the most vulnerable displaced families – those who are not in camps but are staying with local communities. Concern Worldwide has been working in Pakistan since 2001 and is working with one of our established local partner organizations to deliver household items to affected families in Mardan district. Concern Worldwide is accessing its emergency in-country supply of hygiene kits, jerry cans and ground-sheets and distributing this to an initial 1,200 families. Concern Worldwide is planning to distribute a wider set of supplies (ground sheets, hygiene kits, jerry cans, mosquito nets and kitchen sets) to a total of 2,000 families.


Direct Relief International 
27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 1- 805-964-4767
(May 11, 2009) Direct Relief International will be supporting our partner healthcare organizations throughout Pakistan who are receiving an increased number of patients due to the civil conflict caused by the Taliban’s recent expansion in the SWAT valley. Direct Relief has provided more than $14 million in humanitarian medical aid and grants to Pakistan following the 2005 earthquake, and has developed strong relationships with healthcare providers there.


Food for the Hungry
1224 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 / 1-800-248-6437
(May 11, 2009) Food for the Hungry is working with partners on the ground we have established relationships with from past relief work in Pakistan, including a large-scale response to the Pakistan earthquake in October 2005. Food for the Hungry is serving and providing relief to the Sikhs families displaced from Swat, Buner, and Orakzai Agency due to the conflict in the region.


Friends of the World Food Program
Attn: Development, 1819 L Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 / 1-866-929-1694
(May 11, 2009) Friends of WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief operations. In the wake of fighting in Pakistan, the United Nations World Food Program is preparing to feed as many as one million displaced people in targeted areas. The government estimates that 150,000-200,000 people have already arrived in safer areas over the last few days and another 300,000 are on the move or about to move. WFP-managed Humanitarian Hubs (extended food delivery points) have been increased from 11 to 15, and three additional hubs will be open early next week.


International Relief Teams
3560 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Suite 2G, San Diego, CA 92120 / 619-284-7979
(May 11, 2009) International Relief Teams is providing emergency medicines and supplies to refugees fleeing the Swat Valley.  These supplies will be distributed by in-country partners at the refugee camps being set up by the Pakistani government.  


International Medical Corps
1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404 / 800-481-4462 
(May 11, 2009) International Medical Corps emergency response teams are on the ground delivering critical services and supplies to the displaced population of Swat Valley. Primary health care services are being delivered throughout the camps along with maternal and child health care and health and hygiene education. The teams will also be implementing water and sanitation and psychosocial support services. International Medical Corps have distributed 100 health and hygiene kits. Emergency health kits and medicines have been secured and are being transported. International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1984 and is also providing services to 50,000 people who were displaced in August 2008 in Peshawar, Nowshehra, Charsadda, and Lower Dir


International Rescue Committee
P.O. Box 96651, Washington, DC 20090-6651 / 1-877-REFUGEE or 1-877-733-8433
(May 11, 2009) The International Rescue Committee, which has been providing humanitarian aid in Pakistan for 28 years, began assisting a wave of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Bajaur and Mohmand in November of last year. Since then, our teams have aided some 600,000 IDPs — providing water, sanitation and education services in two camps and working with UNHCR and Pakistan’s government to register IDPs, improve access to emergency assistance and safeguard their rights. Additional IRC aid teams are now working in new camps set up for people recently displaced from Dir, Buner and Swat in the districts of Swabi and Mardan and will be stepping up water, sanitation and education programs in these areas as well as camps in Nowshera and Charsadda. The IRC will also be extending humanitarian relief services to vulnerable IDPs in North West Frontier Province who have not found refuge in camps, and make up the majority of displaced people in Pakistan.


LIFE for Relief and Development 
17300 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075 / 248-424-7493
(May 11, 2009) LIFE for Relief and Development has been working in the NWFP of Pakistan since 2001. LIFE is providing emergency assistance to IDP’s which includes tents, blankets, food, potable water, medicines and medical supplies.


Mercy Corps
Pakistan Emergency Response, Dept NR, PO Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208 / 1-800-852-2100
(May 11, 2009) The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps has dispatched an emergency assessment team to Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. Fighting has forced an estimated 500,000 people to flee their homes into camps where there is an urgent need for basic supplies such as food, water and shelter. Mercy Corps’ three-member assessment team has been deployed to determine where the needs are greatest, and to start delivering emergency supplies as soon as possible. Mercy Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1986. .


Relief International 
Pakistan Emergency Response, 5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1280, Los Angeles, CA 90036 / 310-478-1200

(May 11, 2009) Relief International (RI) is responding to meet the needs of 15000 IDP families in NWFP, Pakistan arriving from Swat Valley by rapidly expanding its current emergency program. Our efforts are striving to ensure the displaced are able to afford housing in host communities via rental grants and to earn income with short term opportunities on community improvement projects. RI’s efforts will provide Swat Valley families the ability to live with dignity and safety in this critical period. RI has implemented relief and development programs in Pakistan since 2005, demonstrably improving community welfare through community redevelopment. RI’s NWFP office supports emergency food distribution, temporary work and shelter, medical response, and other life-saving assistance


Save the Children 
Pakistani Children in Crisis Appeal, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, Connecticut 06880 / 800-728-3843

(May 11, 2009) Save the Children has launched a broad relief effort to assist children and families forced from their homes by intensified fighting in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province. The agency — as part of a coordinated response and in partnership with the government of NWFP and local authorities — will be working to ensure that children and families affected by the crisis receive emergency assistance, including health services and hygiene and household supplies. It also will work to provide protection and education programs for children in camps or temporary shelter.


United Methodist Committee on Relief
International Disaster Response Pakistan #982450, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 / 800-554-8583

(May 11, 2009) UMCOR is working through its partner Muslim Aid to provide tents, water and non food items for displaced people living in camps.


World Vision
P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063 / 888-56-CHILD (24453)
(May 11, 2009) World Vision has finished its preliminary assessments from the Jalala camp in Mardan and the Chota Lahore camp in Swabi and this week will begin distributing non-food items such as pots, pans and cooking supplies to families in need in both the camps and the host communities. The aid agency has set up a temporary office in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Northwest Frontier Province, in order to be closer to the camps and respond quickly. Additional relief efforts will be focused on food, water and adequate shelter for the displaced.

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