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Where is Pakistan?

Pakistan is situated in the Karakoram mountain range in South Asia, bordered by the Arabian Sea to the South and neighbouring countries of India, Iran, Afghanistan and China.

Our impact in 2020


Pakistan is a South Asian country with the fifth largest population in the world. The nation is ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse.

Large segments of the population suffer from limited access to clean water, proper sanitation facilities, sustainable livelihood opportunities, and quality, affordable education and healthcare. For many, the  situation has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

About a third of the population relies on farming crops for their primary source of income. However, outdated tools and practices, and weak enforcement of laws, have resulted in limited harvests and made it difficult for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

Pakistan is a young nation with over 60 per cent of the population between the ages of 15 and 33. However, sustainable job opportunities are few and far between. As a result, many individuals find themselves working in the nation’s vast informal economy, where workers face numerous challenges including lack of rights, safety issues, low and irregular wages, abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Pakistan is a disaster-prone, water-scarce nation that is severely affected by climate change. The country is regularly affected by heatwaves, droughts, landslides, avalanches, storms and cyclones.

An informal settlement in Islamabad, Pakistan, made up of around 825 households. Credit: Hazel Thompson/Tearfund

An informal settlement in Islamabad, Pakistan, made up of around 825 households. Credit: Hazel Thompson/Tearfund

Our work in Pakistan

Tearfund has been working in Pakistan since 2005. Originally, this was in response to natural disasters, and now we continue to empower communities through long-term development programmes.

Community development

Since 2010, Tearfund has had a country office in Pakistan and responded to emergencies, such as floods, as well as setting up community development programmes to address ongoing needs and help people improve their income and access to food, clean water and adequate sanitation facilities. A lot of our work also focuses on helping communities prepare for and respond to future disasters.

Waste management

Currently, Tearfund is implementing a three-year project on solid waste management, funded by DFID’s UK Aid Match. The project focuses on a community-based, sustainable, solid waste management solution. This is closely linked to Tearfund’s global campaign against pollution and addresses climate change, urban resilience and resource management.

Supporting local organisations

Tearfund led the consortium which delivered the Shifting the Power project in Pakistan in 2015. This project raised awareness of the need for and benefits of locally led humanitarian response work. This helped local Pakistani charitable organisations achieve better representation, voice and recognition and influenced international organisations to support and promote their work.

Coronavirus pandemic

In 2020, Tearfund responded to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting affected communities by: distributing food packages and hygiene kits; providing cash grants with entrepreneurship training for small business owners; and providing medical equipment for those with special needs. We also equipped schools and community-based organisations with disinfectant spray machines and hand-washing stations.

Tearfund’s local partner, Pak Mission Society, is helping communities to manage and recycle waste. Credit: Hazel Thompson/Tearfund

Tearfund’s local partner, Pak Mission Society, is helping communities to manage and recycle waste. Credit: Hazel Thompson/Tearfund

Please pray for Pakistan

  • Pray for the Pakistani government and leadership, ask that God will give the decision-makers courage and wisdom to make decisions which will benefit all people.
  • Pray that the projects we and our local partners are running will continue to transform the lives of people throughout Pakistan.
  • Ask that the relationships between Tearfund and our local partners will be strengthened so that we can support even more people living in poverty.

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