Pakistan-linked islanders work to raise funds for flood victims

Najam Chishti has been trying to stay in constant communication with loved ones in Pakistan, where flooding has killed more than 1,150 people and destroyed or damaged around a million homes since mid-June.

Chishti now lives in Prince Edward Island, but her cousins ​​live in Sindh, the worst-hit province in the country, and they told her they had to deal with leaky roofs and windows shattered as water continued to enter their homes.

“They don’t have anywhere else to go because there aren’t many high-rise buildings they can get into,” said Chishti, president of the Muslim Society of PEI.

“There are children sitting on the roofs of their houses waiting to be rescued. No food, no water there,” he said.

“The need is now, not in a month.”

From his home in PEI, Najam Chishti has closely followed news of the flooding back home in Pakistan. (Thinh Nguyen/CBC)

Chishti and other members of the society are hosting a fundraiser in Charlottetown on Friday afternoon to raise relief money to help flood victims in Pakistan.

The company will offer homemade products to those who donate to the McAleer Drive mosque.

“Really depressing to see”

UPEI student Mohammad Qasim, also Pakistani, is also involved in the fundraiser.

He said his friends and family in his hometown of Lahore were not badly affected, but he had friends who lived in flooded areas of Punjab province.

UPEI student Mohammad Qasim received many photos from his friends in Pakistan. Seen here is the scenic Kalam Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, one of the areas most affected by rains and floods. (Submitted by Mohammad Qasim)

Qasim has received photos and videos from his friends showing how buildings have been washed away and many tourist attractions are now under water.

“It’s really depressing to see,” he said.

“Living very far from home, I’m still a bit emotionally affected seeing all my friends and family and these beautiful places affected.”

Another photo that Qasim’s friend sent him a few days ago shows how floods and rains have destroyed homes in southern Punjab. (Submitted by Mohammad Qasim)

Qasim said he was sending money to people he knew in Pakistan who needed help, and would be at the fundraiser on Friday afternoon to see what he could do about it. another to help.

And he encourages others to do the same.

“If anyone would be willing to donate that would be great and would be of great help to the flood victims,” he said.

Qasim says he is emotionally affected these days watching flood news at his home. (Thinh Nguyen/CBC)

Chishti said he hopes to raise around $5,000 from the fundraiser. Next, he will ask members of the Pakistani community in PEI. if they know of specific people in the country who are in dire need of help, and will direct donations there.

A portion of the funds raised will also go to Islamic Relief Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Chishti said the Muslim community in Prince Edward Island is made up of people from 39 different countries, including Pakistan, and he is confident the society can achieve its fundraising goal.

“I’m sure they will all contribute to it.”

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