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Street Children and the Weather

My name is Orland Foster and I am the founder of iampoorandneedy.org, the host and provider for streetchildrenofpakistan.org which I set up to support the ministry, named Children Care Organization Pakistan, of a dear friend in Pakistan, Reverend Fraz Siddique, who works with the street children of Faisalabad.  Fraz has been working with the children since 2010 and has been able to assist these dear children with many of their needs.  As the population of street children increases, so do the needs, and the change of weather has created it’s own new set of circumstances that must be overcome.

Winter has arrived in Faisalabad, and the temperatures are expected to drop to 1°C/33°F during this next week.  Winters in Faisalabad can be quite brutal, especially when compared to the average 41°C/106°F temperatures of June.  About the Winter in Faisalabad, WorldWeatherOnline wrote:

“In contrast to the scorching intensity of summer, winters in Faisalabad can be harsh.  Temperatures start to fall rapidly from November, and by January the average daily high is only 11°C.  The average overnight low is a cold 4°C, although subzero temperatures have occasionally been recorded.  On the other hand, so have daily highs in the low 20’s Celsius, so the winter weather is truly unpredictable.”

As an old American man, I admit i have some difficulty understanding the Celcius numbers, so, if you are like me, i have included this little converter for your convenience.

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It is bad enough when you live in a house it can be difficult enough to keep the home warm, but imagine what it is like for the children on the streets.  Pastor Fraz does what he can to provide for these childrens’ lives; providing food, clothing, supplies, and education, but many times the needs are much greater than he alone can bear.

Here is a short video clip of some of the children in Faisalabad receiving a meal.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia – from Wikipedia

Hypothermia is reduced body temperature that happens when a body dissipates more heat than it absorbs. In humans, it is defined as a body core temperature below 35.0 °C (95.0 °F). Symptoms depend on the temperature. In mild hypothermia there is shivering and mental confusion. In moderate hypothermia shivering stops and confusion increases. In severe hypothermia there may be paradoxical undressing, in which a person removes his or her clothing, as well as an increased risk of the heart stopping.

You may wonder how someone in Pakistan could suffer from hypothermia, but The News International reported on December 25th that “Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has received at least 24 patients with condition of mild to severe hypothermia including the one expired before reaching hospital in last two weeks.”  The article goes on to say that the “Majority of deaths in Pakistan due to hypothermia were reported in homeless population that freeze to death in the freezing or subzero winter cold and snow, said Dr. Haroon.”  Now this article is specifically about the situation in Islamabad, but this still remains a threat to our children as well.

And so we are asking for help in purchasing some items to keep some of the children safe from the cold temperatures.  We are looking to raise $500 USD for blankets and clothing to stay warm.  You can donate through iampoorandneedy with Paypal or credit card at this link.


100% of any and all monies raised will go directly into the support of the street children in Pakistan.  We do not have anyone who makes a salary off of this program, we are simply trying to assist in getting these precious children the things they need to survive.

So please help us get the needed items to the orphaned and street children of Pakistan.

Thank you, and may God bless all who took the time to read this.

Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves.
I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.
Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.
As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.”

(2 Corinthians 8:13–15, NLT)

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