The ground shook.
In October of 2005, Azad Kashmir and parts of Pakistan were struck by devastating earthquakes measuring 7.6Mw, leaving 75,000 dead, millions homeless and thousands with life-changing physical injuries and post-traumatic stress. Like many volunteers from around the world, retired surgeon, Dr. Jamil Tareen, and his wife Rehana Tareen, traveled there from Minnesota to try to help.
Dr. Tareen worked in make-shift surgical camps performing surgeries. Rehana Tareen rolled up her sleeves to help refugees get food, clothing and basic supplies to survive the cold winter. Working closely within the communities of survivors, they identified many needs – physical therapy for amputees, food and clean drinking water, kerosene stoves to cook food, basic building supplies to rebuild modest homes. Family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and concerned community members came forward with offers of donations, time and ideas for how to help directly, effectively and quickly. It happened organically.
The result was the founding of OMEED.
OMEED is an Urdu word meaning hope and an acronym for Organization for Medical, Educational and Economic Development. OMEED is a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 2005, OMEED has been on the ground in Southeast Asia providing emergency relief, clean drinking water, healthcare services, education and vocational training to communities in need. Our active volunteer board directly manages all projects to ensure oversight and maximum impact of donor funds.
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