TOTOWA, NJ (November 9, 2005) – Two international relief and development
organizations, Islamic Relief and Operation USA are partnering to send a 747
cargo plane with emergency aid for victims of last months devastating
earthquake in Pakistan.
The airlift, which is leaving New York City’s John F. Kennedy International
Airport on Monday, November 14, includes $3 million worth of much-needed
emergency aid, including tents, blankets, wheelchairs, surgical kits, medicine,
and other medical aid. Islamic Relief’s staff in Pakistan will distribute the aid
items upon arrival.
The use of the cargo plane is being donated by Polar Air/Atlas Air Cargo, and
fuel costs are being donated by Disaster Resource Network, which is an
initiative of the World Economic Forum. Cofra Holding AG, a member of the
World Economic Forum, made the donation possible.
Muslim communities across the country have contributed aid items for this
shipment, including, Sleeping Bags for Pakistan, from Austin, TX, Children of
Abraham, Inc. from Chicago, IL, and the Islamic Center of Everett and the
Pakistani Association of Greater Seattle, from Seattle, WA.
In addition, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending one
truckload full of blankets as part of the shipment.
Islamic Relief’s Northeast office in New Jersey will be hosting the press
conference, which will attended by Operation USA Director of Procurement
and Logistics Neil Frame, Islamic Relief Northeast Director Yousef Abdallah,
and Islamic Relief Media and Public Relations Manager Arif Shaikh. Islamic
Relief staff member Mohammed Daud, who is originally from the earthquake-
affected areas in Pakistan, will be accompanying the shipment in the cargo
plane, and will be available for interviews at the press conference.
Information about the press conference:
Press conference to announce airlift of emergency aid for earthquake victims
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Islamic Relief Northeast
265 B Route #46 West
Totowa, NJ 07512
Islamic Relief was on the ground within hours of the disaster, and its
immediate projects thus far include emergency shelter, healthcare, and
distribution of food packs. Thus far, Islamic Relief USA has raised over $4
million in monetary donations, and over $8 million in in-kind donations for
Islamic Relief has been working in Pakistan since 1992, has a full-time staff of
over 100 in the country. Islamic Relief has three full-time offices near the
earthquake-affected areas in Islamabad, Neelum Valley, and Muzaffarabad.
Islamic Relief and Operation USA have a long-standing relationship,
responding to disasters in an efficient and effective manner. Most recently,
the two organizations sent a joint airlift to Banda Aceh, Indonesia in February
to provide over $7 million in aid for victims of the Asia tsunami.
This is the third airlift to Pakistan that Islamic Relief USA has coordinated
since last month’s earthquake. The first two were coordinated in partnership
with AmeriCares, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,