C an you recall? During the sommer of 2010 a fifth of Pakistan was hit by the worst flood the country had seen in decades. Around 30 million people, most of them in some of the poorest regions, were affected by it. Around 6 million lost their homes. It is those people we want to help by trying to find sustainable ways to reconstruct their homes and gain their independence. The project started, initiated by Irshad Balouch and made possible by friends, partners and donations.
The project is only possible through the engagement of the families living in the affected areas. Those affected by the floods will carry the process of reconstruction and learn the necessary skills enabling them to use local techniques and materials which they can then teach others.
At the beginning of 2011 we traveled to a village named Gujhra, which had been badly hit by the flood. Clay bricks and other construction materials were ready thanks to intense planning. The building process starts. Three weeks later the first results are visible: 5 houses stood ready and the construction of 6 more homes was ongoing. Following this first construction phase 21 families had a home, and before the rain season began 36 homes were ready to be inhabited.
That year we also made a small documentary.