NYC EVENT: SABANY Fundraiser for Relief4Pakistan, Mon Sep 13 2010 @ 7pm

The recent floods caused by torrential monsoon rains have affected as many as 14 million people in Pakistan, more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The area affected equals the size of the State of Florida.

Please join the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) and help with the flood relief efforts in Pakistan. $10 minimum donation. Cash only or checks only. *This is not open bar.*

All proceeds will be donated to Relief4Pakistan:

Relief4Pakistan is a grassroots donation campaign designed in response to the deadly floods in Pakistan and the millions impacted. The campaign is a partnership between Pakistani Peace Builders, a new initiative of Pakistani-Americans and concerned global citizens, and ML Resources Social Vision, a private venture philanthropy dedicated to supporting innovative organizations and initiatives with expected high social returns.

Relief4Pakistan aims to centralize donations toward the emergency first response relief efforts in Pakistan in order to maximize impact. By directing funds to Mercy Corps, you can be part of a large and effective campaign to support relief efforts on the ground and raise much-needed public awareness of the large-scale disaster that is rapidly unfolding.

Why Mercy Corps?

Both Pakistani Peace Builders and ML Social Vision deliberated over which of the numerous organizations that are currently operating in Pakistan (all of whom are doing incredible work) should be the recipient of our efforts. After an enormous amount of thought and due diligence, Mercy Corps was chosen as a vehicle to assist those is need in Pakistan. Our selection was made based on the organization’s transparency, efficiency, and previous efforts in Pakistan.

Currently, there is an urgent need for food, shelter and clean water and Mercy Corps staffers are on the ground in Pakistan working to provide clean water, staple foods and clean-up tools for affected families. Mercy Corps’ efforts at this time are concentrated in the Swat Valley and the Sindh Province (where Mercy Corps’ team is assessing the specific needs), two of the most affected areas in this disaster.

Mercy Corps demonstrates both transparency and efficiency in their aid efforts, and is able to respond quickly to emergencies, working with local organizations and communities in Pakistan for a more sustained and strategic impact.

Who is Mercy Corps?

Mercy Corps is a global aid agency that focuses on disaster response, sustainable economic development, health services, and emergency and natural disaster relief. The organization exists to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.

Mercy Corps is known and respected for its expertise in responding to global emergencies such as this one, as well as its long-term commitment to Pakistan. It has been working in Pakistan since the Afghan Refugee crisis in 1986 and has played a key role in relief and recovery efforts during both the 2006 earthquake and the 2009 Internally Displaced Person (IDP) crisis.

Mercy Corps has long been recognized as an excellent steward of the resources entrusted to it. Over the last five years, Mercy Corps has used 88 percent of their resources for programs that help people in need. According to their website, “ensuring that resources are wisely spent is the cornerstone of our values, vision, and strategy for growth in the future.”

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Gstaad, 43 West 26th StreetDATE: Monday, September 13, 2010
TIME: 7:00-10:00pm
LOCATION: Gstaad, 43 W 26 St, New York, NY 10010
DONATION: $10 minimum donation. Cash only or checks only. *This is not open bar*

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The South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) is an organization of South Asian attorneys practicing in the New York City metropolitan region. SABANY is dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of lawyers of South Asian heritage. We are committed to promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, advocacy, and mentoring. Each year we host panels, CLE courses, and workshops on career development, social justice issues, and current events. We also organize monthly networking events, a Public Interest Fellowship Benefit, and a Leadership Awards Gala. SABANY is dedicated to ensuring the civil liberties of the South Asian community in New York, by acting as a conduit between the South Asian community and legal services and educational programs in the area. It is our goal to educate South Asian Americans about their legal system and to encourage more participation by our community in the legal profession.