In early 2012, an estimated 10,000 families affected by back-to-back floods in 2010 and 2011, still lived in temporary settlements in Sindh Province, Pakistan.
Their villages had been destroyed and in many areas their land remained under water preventing farmers from working their fields.
Habib Rehman’s family home, crops and farm animals were washed away during the 2010 floods. Left with nothing, Rehman and his family had to rely on emergency aid. “I received food and other aid, but without any crops or animals I could not cultivate my land and provide for my family,” he said.
With funding from the OCHA Emergency Response Fund, local NGO Shah Sachal Sami Foundation (SSSF) was able to provide farmers like Rehman with seeds and farming tools necessary to help them get back on their feet.
“They also gave me enough fertilizer to cover two acres of land,” said Rehman. “I was then able to sell the produce and generate some income to provide food and health care for my family. I was also able to buy books and clothes for my children.”
SSSF also set up a cooperative system to help the farmers sell their produce in local markets to generate income. “Now my family is stable and we are not worried about going short of money or food. My children are not crying for food and clothing, and my wife is not worried about not having enough to cook at home," said Rehman.