Sunday, October 30, 2005

Manchester native helping young quake victims in Pakistan

When a devastating earthquake struck northern Pakistan Oct. 8, Manchester native Susan Hirshberg put her organizational skills to work to help the victims.The Islamabad resident helped set up a center there where children stable enough to leave hospitals, but requiring medical care around the clock, can stay with a parent or other close relative.

The pending winter weather is an additional potential disaster in waiting. Already there are many cases of tetanus here and some have started dying of exposure, she said. Everyone is scrambling to help, but still not enough people have tents or proper clothing.

Hirshberg's mother, Louise, a Maine resident, is recruiting people to knit hats, mittens, scarves and sweaters for the homeless children. She can be reached at:

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader
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