Honouring its commitment to tikkun olam, "repairing the world", United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto has created the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund , responding to the country's worst flood in 63 years which has uprooted up to 20 million people.
Almost three weeks of flooding from the northwest to the southern province of Sindh has killed 1,600 people, displaced millions more, and destroyed homes, farms and bridges. The World Bank estimates crop damage alone at $1 billion, while Pakistan's farm minister said agricultural losses may top $3 billion as rivers swamp up to a fifth of the country's land.
Money raised by the United Jewish Appeal Pakistan Flood Relief Fund will be allocated to the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC has previously provided relief to the Pakistani people in the wake of the disastrous 2005 and 2008 earthquakes.
JDC, which provides life-saving food, clothing, medicine, and other necessities in more than 70 countries around the globe, has implemented similar relief efforts in places like Haiti, countries in South Asia in the wake of Indian Ocean Tsunami, and in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis. One hundred percent of funds collected will be directed to relief efforts.
JDC is closely coordinating with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Interaction in Washington D.C...As I remarked to the person who sent me this news release via e-mail: the thing about an excessive and unthinking devotion to "tikkun olam" is that it can make you really stupid.