Asma Mahmood can’t understand why there hasn’t been more urgent support for the victims of the Pakistan floods.

 

So the Mississauga resident decided to organize “Tents from Toronto,” a drive to collect 1,000 tents from GTA residents to help provide shelter for the estimated 20 million people left homeless in her native country.

 

“For me, I thought it was the easiest thing to do. Shelter is an immediate need, and this is something we can dig out of the house,” says Mahmood, who has been coordinating with the consulate general of Pakistan and with Pakistan International Airlines to ship the tents for free.

 

Much of Mahmood’s organizing has been through Facebook, which has listed locations to drop off the tents, as well as links to places where cheap tents can be bought.