Global Activism: Competition offers new model for bringing flood relief to Pakistan

April 28, 2011

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Flood victims traverse flood waters on Sept. 16, 2010 in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

Each Thursday on Global Activism we hear about individuals who’ve decided to work to make the world a better place.

The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that the flood which hit Pakistan in August 2010 affected more than 18 million people.   Many people died and thousands more became ill with flood-related diseases.  The endless rain damaged or destroyed some 1.7 million homes and is perhaps the worst flood in the country’s modern history.

Nicholas Duque is the director of operations for the student-run group, Road to Innovative Social Entrepreneurship.  They’re based at the University of Chicago and they’ve organized a social entrepreneurship competition to help develop ground breaking projects that will aid flood relief efforts in Pakistan.  Nicholas tells us how the competition, called RISE Pakistan, will bring students together from all around the globe.