Thank you for the generous donations for a water filter, heaters and blankets for our leaders in Pakistan. The cold season in Pakistan lasts for 2.5 to 3 months, from December to February, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest month of the year in Lahore is January, with an average low of 47°F and high of 66°F. This week in Lahore, highs are in the 50's F and lows are in the 30's F. That might not seem very cold to some in North America, however, the people in Pakistani villages live in brick homes, most have dirt floors, some homes do not have windows, most villagers do not have electricity, the dwellings usually have no insulation, they are often single room dwellings that are made of bricks. Many do not have enough winter clothing to keep warm during these cold temperatures. We asked our leaders if they had heat to keep them warm during the cold season, and we found out that most of our leaders did not have heat to keep them warm. "IREA has revealed that more than half of all rural households in Pakistan still lack access to electricity, and are forced to use biomass for energy requirements. A significant portion of the population in Pakistan still lives in rural areas, and the lack of a more diverse array of energy options for rural communities is hampering the fight against poverty and indoor pollution, according to the report." -Tribune. (2018, April 14). Half of rural population in Pakistan still lack access to electricity, reveals report. The Express Tribune. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1683780/half-villages-pakistan-still-lack-access-electricity-reveals-report Warm clothing can help prevent respiratory illness, pneumonia and other conditions, especially for young children and the elderly. Thank you for the generous donations which purchased heaters for our leaders, a water filter for one leader, and thank you to those who have made recent donations for winter clothing and supplies.
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