Charitable Offering on September 26 for Pakistan

Since the world learned of the floods now devastating Pakistan, conditions

have worsened dramatically. As of August 23, the Pakistani government

estimates that 17.2 million people are affected by the floods—more than the

Haiti earthquake, the 2005 South Asia earthquake, and the 2004 Indian Ocean

tsunami combined.

The growing enormity of this humanitarian disaster has compelled the

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian

Universalist Association (UUA) to launch our UUSC-UUA Joint Pakistan Flood

Relief Fund.

Donations to the UUSC-UUA Joint Pakistan Flood Relief Fund will be put to

immediate use, since the UUSC already has partner organizations in the

region. Bedari, which worked with the UUSC in the 2005 South Asia

earthquake, is working to protect women and children displaced by the

floods. Barakat, a UUSC partner in Afghanistan that also works in Pakistan,

is helping refugee families who have fled to the district of Attock.

First Parish has now scheduled our first charitable offering of the year for

September 26 for the UUSC/UUA Joint Pakistan Relief Fund.  Checks can be

made out in that way.  Please give generously.