Flood Relief Efforts
In 2010 when much of Pakistan was ravaged by severe flooding, the N.A. Sher Foundation was quick to step in and provide aid. Over 1,000,000 homes were swept away by the raging waters, leaving over twenty million homeless. Many lost livestock and other possessions in the floods. Surgeon Dr. Sultan Ali, Medical Director for the NASF, led a team of doctors setting up medical camps in five different locations throughout Pakistan. There, they treated over 600 patients afflicted with waterborne, skin, and respiratory diseases free of charge. The N.A. Sher Foundation also set up a tent city, donating 25 tents as temporary housing, and 100 mosquito nets. They also provided 4,000 syringes, 2,000 disposable gloves, medical gauze, and other medical materials.
When the floods destroyed many of the villages and homes, many couples had to put their wedding plans on hold. The Nasreen and Alam Sher Foundation held mass weddings for 25 couples from 15 different villages in Pakistan, December 25, 2010. In addition to the ceremonies, the NASF, provided each couple with a bed, bedding, kitchen utensils, fashion jewelry, and a dresser. In traditional South Asian weddings, there are typically three ceremonies, lasting three days. The NASF provided clothing for each of the brides and grooms for each day. They also provided enough food to last the newlyweds a whole month. Each of the brides was given a sewing machine so that they could help with the family income and sew clothes for others. The grooms were given each a brand new bicycle so that they could easily get around. A self-taught social worker, Phandi Faqir, organized many of the activities of the mass weddings. The founders, Dr. and Mrs. Sher were both interviewed by Wish TV, a local Sindhi station.