Our mission is to improve the lives of impoverished and neglected human beings by providing quality healthcare, clean drinking water, and empowering youth and women through initiatives that focus on education, economic opportunity and community service. We provide relief and logistics in disasters and support differently-abled persons and families in crisis. Our compassionate staff and programs are serving underprivileged people as well as suffering animals in the most remote villages and the largest cities.
- Providing comprehensive, competent, and compassionate humanitarian aid, relief, and assistance during times of disaster, deploying to the disaster zone as soon as possible and staying for as long as needed
- Providing sustainable and affordable quality healthcare services
- Identifying, addressing and bridging gaps in the healthcare system
- Providing comprehensive health education and school health programs to neglected communities and differently-abled persons
- Providing empowerment and education projects and disaster response training for women and youth, particularly those who live in disaster affected areas, conflict zones and neglected or remote areas
- Working with local communities and governments to help them take a leadership role in managing their healthcare needs in partnership with the existing but limited government healthcare apparatus
- Providing clean water to communities in need
- Constructing homes for widows and impoverished people
- Constructing schools and provide furniture and school supplies to the schools located in socially difficult areas
- Providing animal welfare services and awareness in the community of the importance of showing compassion to suffering animals
Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) is a non-profit charitable organization registered in the United States and Pakistan for disaster relief and development work. CDRS responds to human suffering in emergencies and disasters, serving Human Beings regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, or background. CDRS has led disaster relief missions in Haiti, Japan, The Philippines and The United States, and has operated primarily in Pakistan since the devastating 2005 earthquake. CDRS Founder Todd Shea has also responded to 9/11 in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and The Tsumani in Sri Lanka and before founding CDRS in Pakistan.
In addition to our emergency relief efforts during or after natural or man-made disasters, we also work on long-term health relief programs such as health system support and rehabilitation, support to special patients, mother & child health, youth community service, and women’s empowerment.
CDRS HAS RESPONDED TO THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL EMERGENCIES:
March 2020 to April 2021- COIVD-19 Emergency Relief Mission (Family Food Packs, PPE, and Economic Development/Livelihood Support for individuals and families suffering from the economic impact of the pandemic)
September- October 2020- Flood Relief Mission in Singh (Tents, food, water, mosquito nets and blankets.
Oct 2015 – March 2016 – Earthquake in KPK (Mobile Medical Teams and Tents distribution in KPK)
June 2015 – Heat Wave Emergency (Distributed Food, Water, and Medicines in Karachi)
Sept 2014 – Jan 2015 – Floods (Mobile Medical Teams in Punjab and AJK)
July 2014 – May 2015 – N. Waziristan IPDs Crisis (Health System Support & Medical Teams in Bannu)
Sept 2013– Floods (Mobile Medical Team in District Kasur)
Sept 2011 – Aug 2012 – Floods (Food Distribution & Medical Teams in Districts Badin, Thar, and Mirpurkhas)
Aug 2010 – July 2011 – Floods (Mobile Medical Teams deployed for the first three months of the disaster. Long-term Maternal and Child Health Projects were begun after the emergency and implemented in Charsadda, KPK, Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, Sindh and Bagh Dheri Hospital in Swat, KPK)
Sept 2009– Monsoon Crisis (Medical Teams in Sindh)
June 2009 – Aug 2008– Swat IDPs Crisis (Medical Teams and relief distribution in Mardan and Swabi)
Oct 2005– Nov 2011 – Earthquake in Azad Kashmir (Health System Support and Medical Teams in AJK)
Todd Shea is a singer, musician and a songwriter who has traveled all over the World performing his music. Todd got his inspiration to play music during the dark teenage years he went through after his mother’s death when he was 12 years old. The difficult times that Todd experienced in his early years taught him many life lessons, and he developed strong feelings of empathy for human beings who are suffering along with a desire to help people harmed by tragedy. Todd eventually began to use music to share his experiences and convey a healing message to help troubled teenagers to get through their own hard times.
On 9/11, Todd never knew that his life would take such a drastic change. He would find abilities within himself which he wasn’t even aware of before that fateful day that affected the entire World and destroyed many thousands of lives. Todd had been visiting New York to perform a concert set up at CBGB’s Gallery by his manager at that time, the legendary music promoter Sid Bernstein who brought The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to America, but when he saw the towers on fire, he put his guitar down to respond to the tragedy he witnessed from his hotel room window. His life’s path and purpose had changed forever. Since then, Todd has been directly involved in many humanitarian missions, providing logistics and operational support.
Todd has led and supported many missions and collaborated with many organizations responding to major disasters all over the world. Todd’s experiences include volunteering in Belize to support imprisoned children, helping build homes in Sri Lanka after the disastrous tsunami in 2005, and in the same year he worked as a logistics coordinator and animal rescuer during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. On the same day Todd returned home to Maryland from New Orleans, he joined a group of Pakistani American doctors responding to the Pakistan earthquake. Since then, Todd has been working with his team in Pakistan to assist people who have been affected by natural disasters and conflict, setting up medical facilities in remote areas and responding to calamities with doctors, medicines, food, water, tents and blankets. In 2010 he initiated a mission to deploy doctors in Haiti to help those affected by the devastating earthquake, in early 2011 he provided disaster relief to tsunami victims in Japan, assisted in the coordination of relief during Hurricane Sandy in New York in 2012 and Syrian refugee crisis in Greece in 2013, and deployed to The Philippines in late 2013 to provide logistical support to several Humanitarian organizations responding to Typhoon Haiyan.
Todd’s Son Justin, also a musician, followed in his Father’s footsteps in 2013 by joining CDRS after completing his university studies, traveling to Pakistan and The Philippines for relief missions. In 2017, Justin deployed to Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico over a three-month period on behalf of CDRS to provide hurricane relief while Todd worked in Pakistan and made two trips to the Bangladesh border with Myanmar to provide technical support and funding to partner OBAT Helpers, an amazing charity which has been supporting the Bihari People for the last 15 years and are now supporting the Rohingya People with emergency aid, healthcare services and education projects. Justin also co-founded CDRS YOUTH in 2014 and led its first relief mission to The Thar Desert after drought and famine hit the area. In 2014 and 2015, CDRS led a large-scale medical relief mission funded by Imran Khan Foundation which served more than 125,000 refugees from North Waziristan and over 50,000 flood victims in Punjab and AJK.
Since 2015, in addition to their disaster response missions and healthcare facilities, Todd and the CDRS team have utilized their extensive disaster logistics experience and nationwide network in Pakistan to provide over 400 clean drinking water projects, established a youth community service / leadership program with 25 chapters, a “House of Blessings” home and empowerment center for widows and orphans, a support program for people in crisis, and a nationwide animal welfare and rescue program.
In response to the economic devastation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, CDRS has been working with The Pakistani American Community and wonderful partner organizations like APPNA, IMANA, UK Medical Aid and Give To The World to provide family food packs to over 100,000 financially struggling citizens in The US and Pakistan.
Todd is proud of his team and grateful to CDRS donors and supporters for allowing us to serve suffering Human Beings in times of need and hopes CDRS will be able to focus its efforts more on development work in 2021 and beyond…
To contact Todd Shea, email email@example.com