Volunteer plays with child in Pakistan

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The 2010 Pakistan floods were the worst floods to hit the country in 80 years. Two years ago today, the British Red Cross launched its Pakistan Floods Appeal. Our appeal, plus money drawn from the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Department for International Development, raised a total of £13.5 million.

As well as supporting relief work, this money continues to support recovery projects.


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ livelihoods programme is the first of its kind in Pakistan. The livelihoods programme works to support families by giving them small business training and cash grants to re-establish their livelihoods. We were the programme’s sole funder – providing £1.5 million and supporting the programme with three specialist delegates since 2011.


Shelter, water and sanitation

The British Red Cross has helped fund a shelter project in Pakistan. Working with 4,000 families, the project gives them either house-building grants and construction training, or the materials to build a latrine. In this way, the families learn a skill and are able to help rebuild their own houses. The houses were carefully designed and located to be less prone to flooding.


Disaster preparedness

The British Red Cross has helped the Pakistan Red Cross restock its emergency shelter and household kits. Now, the Pakistan Red Crescent has supplies to support 35,000 families in the event of renewed flooding. We have also trained 25 disaster response officers, helped with community disaster planning, and provided lorries and trucks to help move stocks to areas where they are needed in emergencies.

Read more about our recovery work

Read the stories of Hamza, Sahiba and Soni, who received livelihoods grants

Slideshow photos © Pakistan Red Crescent