Bay Area Pakistani-Americans are joining together inView, California to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan. The featured speaker will be Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician. Khan has been very critical of the Zardari led government. In a recent quote, "The government's efforts to raise money have totally failed because no one trusts the government." He wants Pakistanis abroad to take charge as Pakistan is facing the worst natural calamity of its history.
According to the latest report from the United Nations, more than 20 million people have been left homeless by the floods. Just in southern Pakistan, at least a million people have been displaced in the last two days alone. Millions of people are now at serious risk of an epidemic of diseases such as cholera and this could worsen dramatically. "In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on his visit to the region. He continued to say that, "Pakistan is facing a slow-motion tsunami. Its destructive power will accumulate and grow with time... Make no mistake: this is a global disaster, a global challenge. It is one of the greatest tests of global solidarity in our times."
The fundraiser will be hosted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on August 29th at 7:30pm. It will raise awareness of the plight of 20 million Pakistanis affected and raise funds for leading relief organizations, including Relief International, HumanityFirst, UNICEF, American Red Cross, Islamic Relief, Human Development Foundation, The Citizens Foundation, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Hidaya Foundation, Developments in Literacy, HOPE USA, Naya Jeevan, and The Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund.
The fundraiser is sponsored and supported by leading Pakistani-American organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that include Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America Silicon Valley (OPEN SV), SA Relief, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA), The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Developments in Literacy (DIL), Youth Outreach, Developments in Literacy (Your DIL), Human Development Foundation (HDF), Pakistani American Cultural Center (PACC), Silicon Valley Pakistanis (SV-PAK), Mashal, Shalimar Restaurant and Mehran Restaurant.