Dear APPEC members, Donors, Volunteers, Supporters, Friends,
As most of you are already aware, APPEC is agressively engaged in flood-relief activities for over 20 million flood-affected people in Pakistan. Over the past four weeks, through test and trial, we have streamlined a supply chain for delivery of relief supplies from Paris region [ile-de-france] to Pakistan (Islamabad). While I am coordinating the overall effort, the supplies are being collected at the following address under the supervision of Usman IDRIS:
usman.idris[at]online.fr , +33 608 169 187 , +33 148 196 354
To give all of you an idea of items required, the supplies may consist of biscuits, wafers, chocolates, potato chips, dates, packets of dry-fruit, nuts, cooking oil, water bottles, juice packs, milk packs, oral rehydration solution, medicines, clothes, shoes, rain-coats, mosquito nets, bedding items, solar lamps/stoves, plastic glasses + plates, paper towels, washing soap, insect repellants, female sanitary tissues, baby feeder bottles, etc.
Once received, these supplies are then packed into boxes, labeled and addressed to an APPEC+Signalianz team member in Pakistan. The transport is being provided free of cost by Pakistan International Airlines. The government of Pakistan has ordered PIA to deliver all items to a government fund being headed by the Prime Minister (for concerns of transportation of contraband items into the country). However, goods that are marked for NDMA* may be released to other relief associations after obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Prime Minister secretariat. Our contact channel through NDMA graciously allows all supplies marked for: Muhammad Naeem Younas, APPEC (malik.awan85[at]gmail.com, +92 301 855 1727) to be delivered to APPEC + Signalianz teams working in Islamabad (and Lahore) in Pakistan. We have acquired an NOC in his name. We mark the packages as: Consignee = NDMA, C/O Muhammad Naeem Younas, Association = APPEC. We note down the Tracking number (on Airway Bill), the PIA consignment number, Flight info and take photographs of each consignment as we hand it over to PIA Cargo outlet at Roissy Charles De-Gaulle International Airport, here in Paris. We, then, communicate these numbers to APPEC members in Pakistan for retrieval of the supplies from PIA Cargo Terminal at Islamabad International Airport.
*NDMA: National Disaster Management Authority is being headed by Lt Gen (R) Nadeem Ahmed, who over saw a remarkable operation for distribution of relief supplies and rehabilitation efforts during the earthquake of 2005.
So far following shipments have been dispatched, received on the other end and [mostly] distributed in various rounds of flood-relief missions by teams working under the auspices of APPEC, Signalians and JAWAN associations. (For details and updates see comments section below).
1. 23/08/2010 First Consignment: 151 Kg
CLOTHES (Men + Women + Children) = 8 Cartons
FOOD (biscuits, chips, water bottles) = 3 Cartons
Should any of you need additional information, guidance, help, etc. please feel free to contact us.
+33 630 006 043