Plan International encourages young people and children to take an active role in assessing the risks in their own communities by analyzing the causes of disasters and devising measures to protect the vulnerable. We seek to strengthen communities’ awareness and resilience through establishing village organisations, cluster organisations and children and youth groups to ensure understanding of overall awareness around preparedness concepts and contingency plans.
Plan International Pakistan has played a key role in emergency response between the years 2010 to 2015 and has been actively involved in providing humanitarian relief in multiple districts of the country - Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Layyah, Ghotki, Khairpur, Thatta, Badin, Sanghar, Mansehra and Muzaffarabad. Plan International established and strengthened Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and local CSOs in Layyah, Punjab, to respond to emergencies in a timely, efficient, coordinated and inclusive manner. The intervention (2016-17) was undertaken in partnership with the Government of Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 team which administered training including first aid, preparedness, response and communication in emergencies. It reached out to 300,000 people of which 530 were direct beneficiaries.
During the monsoon response in 2001 in Mansehra, Plan International provided 3,000 affected community members with medicines, cots, mattresses, drinking water, bedding, lanterns, gas stoves and support for excavation work. In the earthquake response of 2005, Plan International constructed 40 schools, provided 12,000 families with shelter material, 3,000 families with health and hygiene kits, 12,000 children with winter clothes and 3,500 families were provided one-month food rations.