Earthquake Relief in
By Saghir Aslam
being used for transporting quake relief goods
Ten days later we had another major planning
session and a day to rest.
Saba Trust team invited all its workers and local people
to share with them the successes of Saba Trust so far.
Seeking advice Saba Trust planning team asked for every
one’s opinion, their advice and at the same time shared
with them what Saba Trust team assessment was. What Saba
Trust team feels will be the best way to help the really
needy people in far flung places, in remote hard to reach
After getting input from the local people, some persons
from villages also joined us and also a couple of media
people - Fazal E Rabbi and Khalid ur Rahman. We also had
a meeting with Syed Sahid Zaheer who is in charge of PTV
in the western world. This meeting was really beneficial
for Saba Trust, as his input and advice was very valuable.
We came up with a resolution to help some specific areas.
Furthermore from each area we planned to get the local people
to help not voluntarily but on payment basis to get the
needed supplies to the farthest and remote villages. They
happily agreed to perform the task.
We also authorized them to hire the mules to carry the supplies
as no vehicles would go to some of these villages. The mules
seemed to be the best mode of transportation of goods and
we paid the locals to hire the mules. They know the area
and roads very well.
Email question: How many people are on the Saba Trust team?
We received an email from one of you asking how many people
are on the Saba Trust team. For most of the time we had
20 people and some days the figure reached up to 51 people
on the team. This included all of the wonderful capable
Thanks to Allah S.T. 1 ½ month later we have fulfilled
our plans. We have covered remote villages,which according
to the villagers, no other team had reached. Saba Trust
team covered these 70 plus villages and bastees multiple
times according to their needs, which was appreciated tremendously.
These remote villagers and quite a few of them over 70 families
in far flung places that Saba Trust team has helped are
in reality a forgotten people and forgotten villages. As
the saying goes out of sight, out of mind. For example on
your way to Mahandri on top of the mountain you pass through
several villages and it took us 10 hours. That is 10 hours
of walking my dear brothers and sisters and yes we did rest
for few minutes in each village to regenerate ourselves
and recharge our batteries. We were determined to make it
in one day and we did. We spent the night there, it was
extremely cold. Prior to Saba Trust team people they had
not received any help at all. We made arrangements and paid
some people to take the needed supplies to them. After several
days of the quake they had no tents and it took Saba Trust
team a few days as it was very difficult and time consuming.
This was the kind of place where local paid helpers were
the greatest asset to the team. Saba Trust really appreciates
the locals’ cooperation as without their help we could
not have done our work. And with Allah S.T.’s blessing
we supplied them with whatever they needed.
We made a promise to those people that lliving in the 70
plus villages that inshaAllah we will continue to help them
until they could stand on their feet again. This is where
we need your help.
All of this will cost money.
Here is a golden opportunity for you to:
A. Adopt a family
B. Buy food for them
C. Pay for medicine
D. Help with miscellaneous items.
E. Build a home
Saba Trust team inshaAllah will continue to help these unfortunate
forgotten people. We have made a promise and we will keep
our promise. You can share with us in this once-in-a-lifetime
The Saba Trust team has been working during last 1 ½
months in the remotest villages and has identified different
ways of how we all can effectively help and make a big difference
in their lives and get them back on their feet.
Sponsor an orphan girl= $95 per month
Sponsor graduate student = $90 per month
Sponsor medical, engineering student =$100 per month
Sponsor family of 5 basic needs =$100 per month
Build a home, a school, a medical clinic etc.
Read the testimonials
and decide yourself:
“My name is Fazal-E-Rabi I am general secretary of
Dist Mansara journalist union. Even the media did not come
to this area. We were looking to the sky for some messiah
to come and Allah S.T. heard us. Saba Trust team was the
very first to come to help us with tents, razais, blankets,
medicine, food and warm clothes. They made several trips
and provided us according to our needs. Almost everyone
in our area is very grateful to Saba Trust. They came when
we were in dire need. They spent time to listen to the people’s
needs, comfort them and helped our people immediately.”
“My name is Aysha Shaheen. When the earthquake took
place buildings fully collapsed. Mothers were crying for
their children. Injured people were crying for help. No
one was there to help. Saba Trust team came here first and
they have provided us with food and shelter and tents. This
team is working under the supervision of Mr. Saghir Aslam
who specially came from America to provide shelter and help
in each and every aspect of life to restart.” - Aysha
“My name is Khalid Rahman. I am a journalist in this
area. I live in a village near Bafa and Khulara. We had
some other organization visitor who had come, promised us
but never gave us anything. Saba Trust name has been engraved
in our hearts as they delivered - whatever they promised
they immediately bought. Saba Trust has given us everything
that we needed. They actually appointed people from our
own village to look after us and let Saba Trust know what
are the needs of the people. Saba Trust people checked our
ID cards make their own list to make sure we only got the
needed items one time. They have such a terrific checking
system. Not only myself but the entire village is impressed.
Saba Trust people are Mujahid. They look for needy people
in the far away little unknown villages. It is really remarkable.
We all pray for Saba Trust.” – Khalid Rahman.
(To be continued)