COVID-19 Relief

SRI worked as a part of thee efforts of Lady Health Workers battling Covid-19.

With fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic on the rise and the general public in a state of uncertainty and fear, doctors, healthcare workers and police have been widely appreciated for being on the frontline of the fight against the seemingly unstoppable disease.

Away from the media limelight, however, a group of women in Swat valley have been at work, quietly but effectively, to help control the spread of Covid-19 in their communities.

Even before the virus had entered Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was still enveloping other parts of the world, the lady health workers (LHWs) in Swat — where 73 cases have been confirmed as of April 16 — started visiting each and every house in their vicinity to collect the data of expatriates returning from abroad.

SRI is providing COVID-19 Relief and education for 14 villages in 7 union councils in Swat District Union Councils:

Villages

District Union Councils

Our Goal

To provide relief to family members who have lost bread winners in the family due to COVID-19. Relief comes in the form of food packages, education for orphans and support for widows. 

Projects

SRI methodology

SRI arrangers packaging of nutritious food, hygiene items, hand sanitizers and other essential items for impacted families. SRI conducts education awareness programs on COVID-19, including handing out flyers too many communities.

 

Food packages are made to last a family of 8 people for a month.

Food Packages consist of two kinds of beans, two kinds of lentils, rice, whole wheat, flour, cooking oil, onions, potatoes, garlic, hygiene kit, literature to prevent COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief Photo Gallery

Swat Relief Initiative is unique because we make every effort to ensure that our work is effective and follows the ideal concept of charity

Letter from the Founders

Dear Friends,

We have always felt a debt of gratitude to the social institutions under which we grew up: Pakistan in the 60’s.  Today, unfortunately, those institutions are but a pale semblance of what they used to be. We were privileged but came from families that, despite their station in society, gave and taught us to give of ourselves to those who were less privileged.

This background, and our subsequent achievements in life, put us in a position to help the most needy people in Pakistan.  We are most effective in Swat:  This is in the region we are from, this is where we best know the people and this is where the people know us well.

We started Swat Relief Initiative at a time when the people of Swat went through the first major trauma of three major disasters: the 2008 Taliban takeover, the ensuing 2009 war and the 2010 mega-floods.

The most vulnerable segments of Swati society are the women and children – they are our focus.  We bring the men along too, for they are key to helping develop a milieu in which women and children can grow into fully contributing members of society.

We have a holistic approach to social growth with programs in Social Mobilization, Health, Education, Economic Development and Sustainable Environment. While working in these areas of social development we partner, when necessary, with individuals and organizations that can supplement our expertise and impact.

Of course, we cannot do any of this without the help of your continuing generous contributions, which we continue to pledge will go directly to where they are needed the most: programs and projects on the ground that provide the greatest opportunity for less fortunate women and children to thrive.

Thanks,

Zebu and Arshad Jilani