Jaffarabad in Balochistan, D.I. Khan in Khyber Pakhtoonkwah and D.G. Khan in South Punjab are among the most affected districts in recent floods. According to initial assessment of WFP, the most affected district in Khyber Pakhtoonkwah is district D.I.Khan. The total population in need of assistance is 675,502. At least one third of these are children. In Jaffaraabad in Blochistan the population in need of assistance is more than 3 lakh. In Tehsil D.G. Khan of district D.G. Khan in south Punjab, 26 U/C’s have been most affected by the flood. In 26 U/C’s of Tehsil D.G. Khan the total Population affected is 520,233, among which there are 226,302 men, 205,492 women and 88439 children.
The people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in camps, open spaces, embankments and on road side, leaving the children highly vulnerable and under the threat of physical harm compounded by the stress and trauma created by the emergency. Nearly all children and adolescents are displaying various symptoms of psychological distress such as withdrawal and an inability to concentrate. The flood has produced significant emotional as well as physical problems for children. The parents are feeling helpless in the aftermath of floods because of destroyed support
SSD is trying to address the issues identified above by providing psychosocial support to the children to establish a sense of routine in their lives in order to cope with the stress and trauma of disaster. SSD along with its partner organizations is working with the children and their families through the framework of STOP. STOP is internationally considered the best practice model for providing psycho-social and emotional support to the children and their families going through the trauma of disasters and emergencies. STOP stands for S- Structure, T- Trust time talking, O- Opportunity to play and P- Play and partnership.