Peterborough charity raises £22,000 towards aid for Pakistan
Shujah Saklain, co-founder of the Children of Adam charity (Image by Nadia Gyane/BBC)
A charity in the UK has raised £22,000 in just a few hours to provide essential aid to those who have lost their homes and belongings due to the flood in Pakistan.
Children of Adam, a Peterborough charity, revealed that the funds were gathered in just three hours to provide food, tents and medicines to the vulnerable.
One third of the country is now submerged as the monsoon rains continue to devastate the country. The heavy rainfall in the highest recorded in a decade.
Peterborough has a high population of British Pakistanis in the community, who are trying their best to help their relatives and the people back in their home country.
Shujah Saklain, co-founder of the Children of Adam charity, said that they have been working to provide aid since June, when the rains had first started.
He said, “It’s our duty to help.
Abdul Choudhuri, chairman of the Faizan e Medina Mosque in Peterborough (Image by Nadia Gyane/BBC)
“Amongst the Muslim community in Peterborough, when it comes to charity, they give. They give wholeheartedly and they’ve never let us down.
“Nobody thought it would get to the level it is right now, it’s a humanitarian crisis,” he added.
Saklain also admitted that since winters are just round the corner the help needed would be long-term.
“There’s loads of events coming up so we can get more funds and get some more assistance to the people there,” he said.
According to the United Nations, around 33 million people have been affected.
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Abdul Choudhuri, chairman of the Faizan e Medina Mosque in Peterborough, said it had raised £10,000 and is hoping to add more to the sum.
He said,”It’s a terrible situation. These people have no homes, their businesses, their animals, their crops, everything has been destroyed.
“That is the reason as a human being it is our responsibility… that’s what the teaching of Islam is, to help people.”