Air Mobile just arrived back in Pakistan!! Another Quake hits Pakistan - Many terrified! MILLIONS RISK FREEZING!! WE CAN HELP!
December 21, 2005 - Wednesday 8:50am(Pakistan time) Lahore, Pakistan - Report submitted by Joe Hurston
Finally, a good nights sleep (72 hours after departure). Anticipating good meetings today gathering facts and planning logistics for deployment of Voyagers into strategic and needy locations. Last night I linked with Dr. Naseer Shaikh. He has been in Pakistan for the last week laying tremendous groundwork for this Vortex Voyager TM deployment. Will write more later.
Earlier update - Made it on-board the flight from Houston to Pakistan. Got one of the last seats! I found out that this flight has been booked for nearly a month. It's truly a miracle that I made it on-board. Please be praying for great success and that many will get CLEAN WATER!! I truly thank God for this incredible opportunity to bring help to these precious people. There is so much suffering in the mountains. THANK YOU for your help and prayer!! I'll give a more detailed update and report once I get settled in Lahore. God Bless!! Gotta go! Joe
The following account is how the events unfolded that have led to this current mission to Pakistan
My phone several nights ago. An urgent message from Pakistan! Please come ASAP to lay the ground-work for up to 1000 Vortex Voyagers TM for Pakistan!! Wow! The joy of being able to bring CLEAN WATER to so many caused my wife Cindy and I to celebrate. Then the thought of being away from my family over Christmas caused some sadness. In the end, Cindy and I both agreed that this mission is far too important to delay even a day!! Now here's our challenge. ABSOLUTELY NO SEATS available. Well, I'm on stand-by for a Sunday, December 18th departure out of Houston. We're believing God for an open door and an empty seat. Next, I need to get my Pakistan Visa. Well, the Pakistan Consulate in Houston is processing it tomorrow, thanks to our good friend and Rotarian, Syed Ahmed. Then the rest is routine, pack warm clothes, satellite phone, etc. etc. and head out to Pakistan.
By the way, 1000 Vortex Voyagers TM would produce enough water for nearly 500,000 people every day IN 1000 LOCATIONS! So many of the make-shift Camps throughout the earthquake affected regions of Pakistan are suffering terribly from the lack of CLEAN WATER. That is where we can help!! PLEASE be praying for us to find great success on this mission. In the meantime, your donations go directly into this life-saving project. Thank you for all you do!!
Earlier this week the 6.9 earthquake shook the region again! I can only imagine the fear and panic that swept through northern Pakistan / Afaganistan as another very strong earthquake shook the region. Thank God, no serious injuries have been reported as of this report. Yet, so many that are so vulnerable from the dreadful cold and disease were driven from their shelters by the powerful 6.9 earthquake that struck at about 3:00am on Tuesday morning. We at Air Mobile are thrilled to be going back to Pakistan to lend a hand! Though the task is daunting, we can do something to help. We are bringing in CLEAN WATER! The Vortex Voyagers TM that Air Mobile has deployed world-wide are saving thousands of lives daily!
The following headlines capture "just the tip of the iceberg" of what is going on in Pakistan. This is our hour to help!!
'When the snow comes, some will die'
By Marcus Stern
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
December 16, 2005 NELVIN CEPEDA / Union-Tribune
BALAKOT, Pakistan – Bibi Nargus lost her husband, home and eldest son in the earthquake that rocked northern Pakistan two months ago. Today, she and her six surviving children sleep in a tent, sharing two blankets as they brace for the full onslaught of winter weather.
They are residents of the Balakot neighborhood of Belapudna, 122 families that have set up tents next to their collapsed houses and apartment buildings in the commercial heart of Balakot. Next to their tents, they have buried their dead, a total of 110.
They are like hundreds of thousands of other tent dwellers in the quake-affected areas of Pakistan's Azad Kashmir and Northwest Frontier Province. They are bracing for a cold winter they might not survive.
The International Headlines read "Pakistan quake survivors face winter crisis" By Suzanna Koster (Updated Dec 14, 5:47 AM ET MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two months after Pakistan's killer earthquake, the focus of a huge aid effort is on keeping survivors alive in freezing mountains and preventing disease in crowded tent camps in the valleys. ...-
PAKISTAN: Dire need for clean water in many quake villages 14 Dec 2005 13:50:57 GMT MANCHIARA VALLEY, 14 December (IRIN) - Hundreds of villages in northern Pakistan are without water after the October 8 earthquake that killed over 80,000 people and left 3.5 million without shelter, triggered landslides and split mountains, leaving natural springs dry and breaking water pipes....
Another newscast states...Sanitation has been one of the biggest problems, despite efforts by United Nations and aid agency workers to bring order to the camps. In November hundreds of people at the University Ground were struck with acute diarrhoea.
Most camp dwellers have hardly bathed for the last two months, as the swirling river water passing by is too cold to enter. "The hygienic situation is fairly deplorable, so I would have to say that water and sanitation is our main priority right now," United Nations Children's Fund health officer Tamur Mueenuddin was quoted as saying in a statement Thursday.
``The threat of a wave of additional deaths among earthquake survivors in northern Pakistan is becoming more acute,'' the UN statement said. ``The danger arises from the cold, poor sanitary conditions and inadequate nutrition. Children are malnourished, viral infections are rampant.''
Millions risk freezing
ISLAMABAD: Millions could die of exposure in sub-zero temperatures in northern Pakistan eight weeks after a massive earthquake rocked the area, according to an Austrian aid worker. In the ruined villages, many have died of dehydration through diarrhoea. “Today we lost a one-year-old boy. He was completely dehydrated.”
The U.S. Media is covering very little of this terrible, UNFOLDING disaster that could easily eclipse the Tsunami in deaths. The Tsunami struck and suddenly hundreds of thousands died. The Tsunami was the greatest Natural Disaster in Modern History. Now.....
With this Pakistan / Kashmir / India OCTOBER 8, 2205 Earthquake, the deaths are occuring LONG AFTER (8 WEEKS AGO!) the disaster. Relief has been slow, world awareness has been minimal and meanwhile, millions are at risk. LONG-TERM AID has been raised for Pakistan, but the need for shelter, food and CLEAN WATER IS IMMEDIATE! Many deaths can be PREVENTED if we ACT NOW! Children, the elderly and the injured are extremely vulnerable!!
Funds have begun to come in for Vortex Voyagers TM and we will be bringing in several units on this upcoming trip to Pakistan. Our "Champion" in Pakistan, Dr. Naseer Shaikh has been in many meetings that are bringing great attention and interest to our project. We introduced you to Dr. Shaikh in our November 25, 2005 report below.
In the meantime, there are many individuals who are working diligently to seek funding for these "Life-Saving" water purifiers. You see, as DISEASE increases due to poor sanitation, hunger and exposure, the need for CLEAN WATER is even more urgent. Survivors, particularly the INJURED are becoming increasingly weak, thus becoming very vulnerable to disease. Air Mobile just received funds from our dear friend Dan Carpenter, founder and President of World in Need. Dan actually accompanied us on our last trip to Pakistan.
Also, groups like the Rotary have been very active in seeking funding for Vortex Voyagers TM for Pakistan. Syed Ahmed of The Houston Task Force (www.HoustonTaskForce.org) is working diligently to help us with logistics, connections and funding.
Then there are individuals such as Judy Garrett in Grafton, Massachusetts. Judy is hoping to set up a Concert to raise funds for Pakistan. Another church in Millbury, Massachusetts, The Chapel at the Mill, gave an offering that funded a Vortex Voyager TM for Pakistan. Our local church here in Titusville, Florida, New Life Christian Fellowship recently sent a donation toward Pakistan. Doctors as well as many individuals from across America have contacted us to see what they can do to help.
Here's something very cool! It is such a blessing to see Christians, Muslims, Jews, Athiests and a host of others working together to SAVE LIVES! Wow, my personal faith is being stretched by all this. I Praise God for this combined effort THAT IS SAVING LIVES!!
Let me ask you a question. Have you ever been cold....real cold?? One mother writes "I'm really worried about the winter because I lost my house and we are living in tents. It's extremely cold, and when it rains, we get wet." It's difficult to imagine what that must be like. After having been in Pakistan several weeks ago, I have awakened in the middle of the night several times from nightmares of being extremely cold.
As I write this report, the temperature in the Pakistan/Kashmir mountains is dropping. It is snowing at the upper elevations and raining at the lower levels. We must help these precious people.
That is why, as a Christian, I ask myself "What would Jesus do?". I know that He would have us to help in any way that we can. That is where you come in. PLEASE look into your heart and consider helping us to help these earthquake victims.
I thank God for the ability to communicate with you on this forum. I also thank God that you have found this site and are reading about this terrible, ON-GOING DISASTER! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Feel free to contact us if you would like to help or if you have any questions (all of our contact information is on the www.airmobile.org homepage).
Until next report...THANK YOU!!
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