Winter Package Program, an overview from 2017:
Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan has been undertaking the distribution of Winter Packages which usually consist of quilts, mattresses, warm clothes, warm shoes, shawls and tents among needy and underprivileged people braving the severity of environment in north-western part of the country.
In 2017 alone some 3805 packages were given away to the residents of Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir which benefited over 22,830 people.
As the temperature has started dropping across the country many affluent people continue to peacefully live in their cozy houses, however, some 2 million residents of norther areas – Gilgit Baltistsan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)– remain unprepared to cope with the hardships of winter.
The areas were drastically affected by flash floods in 2015 and 2016 and 2017 which left thousands of the people as homeless and deprived of basic facilities. According to an estimate over 5 million people have been forced to pass this winter without any considerable shield from the harshness of the weather.
To minimize the problems faced by these people, Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan has started “Winter Package” in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Under this program, each family will be provided with a quilt, sleeping mattress and a pillow. The supply of the package is expected to mitigate the situation for the families fighting coldness.