Ejaz Najum, 12, was living in Karampur, in the northern part of Sindh Province, when floods ravaged his entire village and surrounding communities in late July 2010. Across Pakistan, the massive floods inundated farms, schools and health facilities, and disrupted basic social services, from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea.

Having lost their home and all their belongings, Ejaz and his family were left with no choice but to move to the Selani relief camp, run by a non-governmental organization in Sukkur City. Life at the camp was extremely difficult, but at least they had access to shelter, basic health care and nutrition, safe drinking water and sanitation.

Despite the daunting challenges he faces, Ejaz maintains hope for the future. Today, he and his two brothers – Israar, 14, and Insaaf, 9 – are back attending school. “I will study and then I will build schools,” says Ejaz. “Education changes everything. I want Pakistan to be the best country.”

One year later, the situation remains critical for millions who are still struggling to rebuild their livelihoods and communities.

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