Islamic Relief UK have begun rebuilding homes in the areas of Pakistan that were devastated by severe floods, with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Flood Relief Dinner contribution now totaling over £100,000.
In October, Yorkshire Cricket hosted a joint dinner with Islamic Relief UK at Headingley Stadium to generate vital funds for the communities in Pakistan that were destroyed by the severe floods. Support was desperately needed to build new houses for the millions of people suffering with homelessness, hunger and in desperate need of help.
Money raised is now being used by Islamic Relief UK to rebuild homes alongside the community in the province of Balochistan.
Families will receive a cash grant to buy essential materials and recruit labour to help rebuild their homes. Doors, windows and ventilation kits will be provided, along with further guidance by Islamic Relief UK to mitigate the risk of future flooding and natural disasters. Part of this guidance is to ensure that homes are built at a higher level to help prevent future flooding.
In total, Islamic Relief UK is helping to reconstruct 4620 homes for families who lost their homes and possessions during the floods.
Tufail Hussain, Islamic Relief UK Director said: “It was a true honour to partner with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club which raised much needed funds for families that were impacted by the floods in Pakistan. The YCCC and wider Yorkshire community rallied together to raise funds which are now helping families rebuild their lives and livelihoods. A huge thank you from everyone at Islamic Relief to the Club and the community for this spirit of generosity.”
Yaseen Mohammed, Non-Executive Director at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “I would like to thank Tufail and Islamic Relief UK for providing such a positive update which will mean so much to so many. To see the hard work that is happening and the effect it will have on those in need is truly heart warming.”
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity from those who attended our dinner in October and those who have supported this cause ever since. Yorkshire’s contribution will help to build over 50 new homes and I am thankful to those who have kindly donated.”
Neil Snowball, ECB Managing Director of County Cricket, said: “I was really pleased to be able to attend the Yorkshire Flood Relief Dinner in October and it is inspiring to see how the generosity that filled the room that night is now tangibly helping to rebuild the lives of people who were devasted by the floods in Pakistan. The work that Islamic Relief UK is doing in Pakistan is truly humbling and through their partnership with Yorkshire CCC, as well as the generosity of those who donated more than £100,000, it is heart-warming reminder of the ways that cricket can reach out across the world and make a difference in people’s lives.”
A video update from Pakistan can be seen here