The AFT is deeply saddened by the loss of life and the destruction caused by the recent flooding in Pakistan. The devastating floods have taken a heavy toll, leaving millions of people homeless and without access to clean water, food, sanitation and healthcare. It is estimated that hundreds of millions of dollars may be needed for immediate emergency aid, and many millions more to rebuild homes, hospitals, schools, roads and other infrastructure destroyed in the flooding.
"Saving lives and meeting the immediate physical needs of survivors is crucial," says AFT secretary-treasurer Antonia Cortese, who outlined a number of ways that AFT members can help.
Our AFL-CIO colleagues at the American Center for International Labor Solidarity are accepting donations for emergency aid for Pakistan.
The AFT also is a member of two international umbrella organizations—Education International (EI) and Public Services International (PSI)—that are asking their affiliates to contribute to the urgently needed rescue efforts. EI is asking that donations be sent through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. PSI has established the PSI Aid Fund-Pakistan, where donations may be made.
"We thank those of you who may have already contributed humanitarian aid through your workplace, religious or community organizations," Cortese says. "We are proud that AFT members are once again willing to stand in solidarity to help our colleagues—teachers, healthcare workers, and public sector employees—and their families who have been touched by tragedy."
August 19, 2010