National Community Convention is a venture for the marginalized that will be
followed-up every year in light of ‘Vision 2025 Watch Reports’.
Says Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed Chief Executive HANDS
HANDS organized National Community Convention on March 26 at the Sports Complex, Kashmir Road, wherein,5000 CBOs from all across the country, more than 50 distinguished parliamentarians, media personalities, leading philanthropists, development partners, professional and community-based professionals and staff from 31 branches of HANDS Pakistan took part. While addressing convention Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed said this event is the only venture with this aim and vowed that follow-up meetings would be held every year in the form of community conventions and ‘Vision 2025 Watch Reports’. The first watch report will be published after the conclusion of the first year process in September 2016. In the end following resolution was passed by Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed with concurrence of participants
Karachi Declaration for 2025 Pakistan
2015 demands from Federal and Provincial Governments to incorporate following rights into vision 2025 documents:
1. Right to basic needs – Access to essential goods and services: adequate food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, water and sanitation.
2. The right to Security – Protection of life, property, dignity, and also protection of disabled, vulnerable and marginalized people or groups.
3. The right of access to information -Right to have access to information to make informed decisions and safeguard against dishonest or misleading advertising and labeling.
4. The right to elect the representatives of local democratic institutions – freedom to engage in electoral democratic process and involve in decision making of development projects
5. The right to be heard – To have Citizen Interests represented in the making and execution of government policy, and in the development of products and services.
6. The right to justice- the right to easy access of justice and to receive fair settlement of just claims including compensation for losses.
7. The right to a healthy environment -To live and work in an environment that is non-threatening to the well-being of present and future generations.
Trainings Workshop on Proposal Writing and Budgeting
Two training workshops on Proposal Writing and Budgeting were conducted for other organizations in Multan and Thatta during the quarter by HANDS trainers Dr Aslam Khan CHR and Dr Irfan Ahmed Khan SGM Resource Mobilization. A total of 52 mid-level managers from 19 different organizations participated in the trainings. Interactive discussion was carried out on proposal development, proposal writing process, fundraising, communication with donor, and budgeting process. Group works were done to develop a live proposal for submission by the participating organizations at the end of the training workshop. This is part of the process by HANDS ICD to build the capacities of other organizations for community development.
ToT on Community Based Disaster Risk Management CBDRM
Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Training of Trainers was conducted by HANDS Social Mobilization & Disaster Management Program in four Districts of Nothern Sindh i.e Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmoreand Ghotki. Under HANDS-MI DPDRR (Disaster Prevention Disaster Resilient Rehabilitation) project funded by German Government.The main objective of this training was to strengthen the local Civil Society Organizations / Non Governmental Organizations working at District level.These local Organizations were selected through the screening process by HANDS Social Mobilization & Disaster Management Program
Three Days training on Urban Disaster & Contingency Planning
HANDS Disaster Management Program organized three days Training for Rural Community Development Council RCDC Gwadar staff on Urban Disaster Management & Contingency Planning at HANDS Institute of Community Development Gulshan Karachi. The main objective of the training was to strengthening the Capacity of RCDC team on the subject so they can face any disaster/ emergency situation and also as an organization so that it is able to develop Organization’s contingency plan.
Citizen Report Card (CRC):
Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services in selected KatchiAbadis of Karachi (MER)
HANDS successfully conducted a research on Citizen Report Card (CRC) to assess the situation of WASH in Selected katchiabadis of Karachi in the month of January & February 2015. A Citizen Report Card (CRC) is defined as an assessment of public services from the point of view of users. The Water Aid and HSBC provided financial assistance in carrying out this research study in 32 Urban Slums of six districts of Karachi. The data was collected through 800 household interviews and 12 FGDs. Water samples were also collected from 12 sites of the area to measure the quality of water.
Key Findings of Study:
13% of total 800 Respondents were using apparently unsafe drinking water obtained from Water tankers, Boring, Hand Pump and neighbors.
l Nearly 67% (536) Respondents were not using any kind of water filter or treatments for safe water for drinking purpose.
l Data indicated 8.5% HH members who practice open defecation due to non- availability of latrine facility at home.
l 62% Respondent throw household trash on streets/roads, fields/open plots and Sea / drains.
l Solid waste was disposed through open dumping (81%) followed by burning (12%), Land Filling (3%), collection by Municipal worker (2%). A very small quantity (1%) was disposed through Scientific method.
l 45% respondents stated that following most common and wide spread diseases such as; Kidney, Skin, Malaria, Dengue, Sore throat, Eye infection, diarrhea, Stomach pain, Constipation, Hepatitis were caused by using unsafe drinking water.
12 days training of RBCS teachers at Karachi Rural
The Rural Based Community School Education program is an initiative of HANDS with the collaboration of Sind Education Foundation. HANDS signed an agreement with Sindh Education foundation to established 25 schools in the rural areas of Karachi. The aim of project is to increase access to quality educational facilities in far flung area of Karachi rural. The project is a natural extension of the organization’s community based schooling initiatives and brings together the resources and development efforts of the public, community and private sectors. A 12 days training for the teachers of class 1 and 2 was organized at HANDS-ICD Karachi rural from 14th March to 25th March, 2015.
4 Days Refresher Workshop for SRP Team
A 04 Days Refresher Workshop for TLAs was arranged in SRSO Complex, Sukkur to enhance their understanding of SRP framework. The main assignments were to discuss lesson plan, portfolio development and to briefly describe reading activities, establishment of learning circles, techniques to coach and mentor at school level. HANDS Pakistan, IRC, VTT Global and MDC SRP Teams 145 participants took in workshop.
Winter Camp at Sughra Sabir Memorial school at Nodo Jokhio
Winter Camp activity was organized by RBCS team with the objective and vision to provide village children an opportunity to show their hidden skills and have fun during winter vacations. HANDS education program team decided to compensate the deprived village children by organizing winter camp for 200 children. During the camp various interesting activities were carried out
1. Indoor and out door games
2. Quiz competition
3. Rhymes, story telling etc.
Monthly feedback meeting with Field mentors
Feedback meeting was conducted on January 01, 2015 as follow after TCPD December 2014 at HANDS ICD Karachi with Master Trainers, Technical Working Group and SRP Field staff of HANDS Karachi and IRC and SRP Staff participated in meeting to discuss issues and success during 02 Day workshop. Master Trainers shared their field plan for coming months and also presented working of their group Participants.
Ground Breaking Ceremony Construction School Dumba Village Karachi
An event of Ground breaking Ceremony was organized by CMP on 19th March 2015 at historical village of Karachi named Dumba Goth. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khohro(Senior Minister Education), Mr. Sajid Ahmed Jokhio (Member Provincial Assembly Gadap town), Mr. Graig Gotlaib (Mission Director-USAID), Mr. Leon S. Waskin (Deputy Mission Director-USAID), Mr. Randy Hatfield (Advisor-USAID), Mr. Parvez Pirzado (USAID), Mr. Tameezuddin Khero (PMIU), Mr. Khalid Hassan Khan (Chief of Party-SCMP), Mr. Rafiq Mangi (Deputy chief of party-SCMP), Ms. Shama Shaikh, (Advisor SCMP), Mr. Qalander Bux Behrani General Manager Education and Literacy Program HANDS, Mr. Lal din Balal (Senior Field Officer CMP), Mr. Maqbool Ahmed Rahu (District Executive Manger HANDS), Parents Community Members of village, SMC sub Committees members of GBPS Dumba Village, Govt officials of education department, Students of GBPS Dumba Goth Participated.
Distribution of Chingchi/Rickshaw
During this quarter Jan to March HANDS Livelihood program with the support of MI and BMZ Germany has provided Rickshaws / Chingchis to most vulnerable 36 families of UC Qadirpur Jacobabad. The aim of distribution of Rickshaws / Chingchis is to enhance the income of beneficiaries who have less income to support their families. HANDS intervention hasenabled themto realize their dreams.
Skill development Training of Home Based Workers
Under GEP project Skill development Training of Home Based Workers was held from 23rd to 25th and 28th to 30th April 2015 at Korangi Crossing and Ibrahim Hydriin which 56 Home Based Workers were trained. At the end of the workshop each Home Based Worker developed one product.
Arif Habib MISALI Project
Integrated project known as MISALI in the collaboration with Arif Habib has been started by HANDS in 5 villages of Matiari and Shaheed Benazirabad districts. The project focuses on improving Health, Education, Livelihood and WASH services of targeted communities.
Public Private Partnership (PPP)
Prof. A Gaffar Billoo, Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed & HANDS Board members held meeting on Public Private Partnership in health services with Sikandar Ali Mandhro (Parliamentary Affairs and Environment, (Addl:) Coastal Development Authority in Sindh Assembly Karachi. Under the Public Private Partnership model Government of Sindh wants to transfer the management control of some government hospitals to reputable Non-government Organizations (NGOs) for improving and ensuring the provision of efficient healthcare service to the people of Sindh through a performance-based partnership.
Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition
Non-partisan, non-profit, national nutrition alliance was formed by Civil Society Organizations known as Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition, Pakistan” in short “SUN-CSA, Pak. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed (Chief Executive) HANDS was elected as Chair by representatives of Civil Society Organizations. CSOs’ alliance can play an important role not only in terms of holding governments to account but also for supporting governments in achieving commitments made. In line with SUN framework, the CSOs Alliance will monitor the overall situation of nutrition in Pakistan and advocate for policy and legislative reforms as well as adequate budgetary allocations to address malnutrition in the country.
Three Days Training on Urban Disaster Response & Contingency Planning
Three Days Training on Urban Disaster Response & Contingency Planning training was conducted by Mr. Muhammad Raheem Marri GM (SM & DM) & Mr. Sikandar Rahu Manager SM & DM from 19th March 2015 to 21st March-2015 at HANDS ICD Karachi Urban. Training was conducted on Types of Urban Disaster, Disaster Management Cycle, Urban Disaster Management during Cyclone, Emergency Contact details, Contingency Planning.
Benazir Housing Cell (BHC) Home for the Homeless
HANDS in collaboration with BHC (Benazir Housing cell) Government of Sindh has been involved in the noble cause of providing “Home for the Homeless” .The project aims to benefit 505 families at district Mirpurkhas and Umerkot. The project involves transparent process for the selection of deserving beneficiaries for the providing shelter. 85 shelters were completed during the reporting period in both the districts.. Each unit comprises of two rooms, veranda and a toilet. Simultaneously 35 were completed in Umerkot.
36,832 people from poor and marginalized population living in urban slums of Gadap Town got access to safe water through improved, equitable, safe and sustainable water supply source as a result of installation of 16 Water Supply Schemes. All the schemes installation process including procurement was led by communities through formation of Muhalla WASH Committees, who now will be responsible for Operation & Maintenance of the schemes.
Up gradation of pumping station for UC-7 was completed with installation of Water Turbine Pump. The process of turbine pump was also led by the community through Muhalla WASH Committee formed for the pumping station. 60hp Water Turbine has enough capacity to pump the water to all newly installed water supply schemes as well as enabling some users get the water in old lines, which were not getting water due to lack of pumping capacity.
Media Sensitization events and Media Exposure visits for the purpose of proactive engagement of Media for the advocacy related to WASH rights using print & electronic media were conducted with the WASH Media Forum members.
For the awareness raising in communities and advocacy purpose about health & hygiene, its importance and their rights about safe water; Wall painting continued throughout the quarter in communities and schools. Community Exposure Visits were conducted in 10 Muhalla WASH Committees to enhance the awareness regarding development of a model WASH Committee. 2 Hygiene Quiz Programs were organized with support of school children. These programs were held for the community awareness through creating competition in children and role playing about hygiene.
To create awareness among community and stakeholders, World Water Day was celebrated with the participation of 150 people from community, KWSB officials, Education Officials, School children and other stakeholders.
“Water for People” Conference was organized with support of NED University, Karachi. The conference was indeed a successful event which gathered and highlighted the thoughts and opinion of different groups and intellectuals on urbanization and water issues of Urban Sindh and provided a platform to discuss different issues amongst concerned people and authorities. the conference.
13,417 Users got access to improved hygienic sanitation due to repair and rehabilitation of Water Supply Facilities, Hand washing Facilities and Latrines in 46 schools.
Repair & rehabilitation process was completed with the support of Wateraid . Each SMC has complete planning for repair & rehabilitation work carried out by them with technical support from project teams.These users were also sensitized about WASH through Health Action School (HAS) Sessions arranged in schools. The HAS sessions were conducted for promotion of hygiene awareness in children about importance of Hand Washing, Utilization of boiled water, Prevention from Malaria, Preparing ORS at Home, etc. These HAS session were conducted by teachers trained according to Health Action School Training Manual of project while team monitored the sessions.
425 Hygiene Advocates (267 Boys & 157 Girls) were involved to promote hygiene behaviors in the children through formation of Children Clubs in schools.
243 girls students were enabled through sensitization in awareness session on topic of practicing safe MHM in privacy.
Health Action School (HAS) Trainings for hygiene education through Child to Child Approach was conducted.
Punjab flood Emergency Response Project
HANDS with the support of DFID UK launched Flood Emergency Response Project in 04 critically assessed districts of Punjab (Jhang, Mandibahudin, Muzaffargarh and Multan).
As the NFI package consists of roofing kit material that includes (14 Bamboos, 01 Girder, PE sheet, Solar light and winterization kit) were distributed among 10,000 highly affected families. Moreover 70 schemes of conditional cash grants were launched to repair or make small culverts, bridges, sanitation system, pathways ofdamaged schools and hospital buildings that were affected badly with floods of 2014. Approximately 5000 beneficiaries received and properly utilized the complete relief package.
Project Introduction Sindh Community Mobilization Program
Sindh Community Mobilization Program is USAID-funded, This program supports the Government of Sindh (GoS), including its Department of Education and Literacy (DOEL) and Project Management and Implementation Unit (PMIU), with technical assistance, training, and resources to implement localized community mobilization methodologies, maximize stakeholder participation, and facilitate demand-driven, gender-sensitive and child-centered interventions that increase girls’ enrollment and engage the private sector in school management.
HANDS-IRD implements CMP activities in targeted geographic areas of Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, Kashmore and Karachi in the Sindh, in close collaboration with target communities and with the DOEL and the Department of Health.
SMC Sub Committee Trainings by CMP Field Teams
CMP field teams, Kashmore, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Karachi and Larkana conducted SMC Sub Committee Trainings in all remaining clusters. In those clusters, SMC sub committees of schools participated. From each school members of 3 sub committees (Social Mobilization, DRR, WATSAN and Gender and Monitoring and Evaluation) participated in training. During the period 419 SMC sub committees and 2,095 committee members were trained. Topics of training were social mobilization, DRR, monitoring, record keeping, girl’s enrolment, school development plan.
Capacity Building Session for Mentors on January 5-7, 2015 at HANDS ICD Gulshan-e-Iqbal
The basic purpose of this training is to train a group of motivated life skill educators and community health workers as mentors for the adolescent RH leaders. It was a three day training to these educators on running community mobilization and advocacy campaigns for reducing early marriages and teenage pregnancies. Each trained teacher/mentor will be assigned a group of 10-12 RH leaders and they will provide guidance and support to RH leaders in carrying out tasks in the community.
International Women’s Day Celebrations by the District Field Teams
International Women’s Day is marked to recognize the achievements of women and to raise the voice for the rights of women in the world. Following the theme of celebrating international woman day CMP Field teams of Karachi, Sukkur, Kashmore, Larkana and Jacobabad, celebrated international Women Day for encouraging the efforts and acknowledging the role model women in their respective districts.
Livestock Training for Veterinary Workers
HANDS observed the need of community to conduct training regarding livestock management. Therefore 10 days veterinary training for community members was conducted in district Jacobabad for six CBO’s in UC Qadirpur which are dependent upon the livestock for their living.
Gender Based Violence Training (PPAF)
HANDS team has conducted ToTs on Gender from February 26-28 and March 10-12 with PPAF partners. Ms. Rahila Rahim is a Gender Certified Trainer and has experience in conducting Training of Trainers (TOT). This training was organized at DRMC Thatta.
Training on Search And Rescue for RCDC Staff at Gwadar
Three Days Training on Search And Rescue for RCDC Staff at Gwadar was conducted by Mr. Muhammad Raheem Marri GM SM & DM & Mr. Sikandar Rahu Manager SM & DM from April 1 – 03, 2015. Training was conducted on Disasters, Floods, CBDRR Approach, Rescue, Earthquake, Cyclone, Urban Fire and Communication.
Capacity Building Session for 120 KIRANS
120 adolescent girls (aged 16-19 years) will be selected and capacitated to become RH leaders. These girls will be capacitated to strengthen their leadership, mobilization and advocacy skills to speak out about early marriages and their consequences. After training these RH leaders will carry out incentive based community mobilization and advocacy initiatives. A work plan containing strategies and methodologies has been developed for KIRANS on last day of the conference.
Summary of HANDS Quarterly Progress Report
January to March 2015
HANDS has a network of 33 offices across the country and have access to more than 21.9 million population of nearly 21,538 villages/settlement in 44 districts of Pakistan. These offices are supported by 5,426 medium and small size organizations’ network in Pakistan. Direct beneficiaries of HANDS in this quarter are 1.75 million people, who are getting support through 39 projects.
HANDS Human Resource & Institutional Development (HR&ID) program organized 41 trainings. 1,135 participants attended these trainings in the quarter. During the reported quarter HANDS formed 45 Men and Women Community Based Organizations and overall 5,671 CBOs have been formed in different districts. HANDS Disaster Management program provided 2,827 Roofing Kits , 1,748 Solar lights, 2,186 Winter Kits and 1,738 Water Filters to the flood affected families of Multan, Jhang, Mandi Bahuddin and Muzaffargarh districts in this quarter.
HANDS IDEAS program constructed 5,579 shelters in this quarter in different districts of Pakistan and also provided 22, 658 roofing kits. At present 1,483 shelters are in process of construction and 74, 322 Shelters have been constructed in last 4 years. Overall 98,463 people have benefited through shelter with huge investment of PKR 2.3 Billion. 350 CPI schemes comprising Work yards/ lime block yards, play areas and kitchens have been constructed in this quarter. During this quarter, 2,829 WASH Schemes comprising Latrines, drainage schemes, and water facilities were constructed. Livelihood Enhancement Program has quite extensive activities and is divided into two components i. e. On- Farm and Off – Farm. In this quarter livelihood on farm investment is PKR 6, 487,600 and off farm is PKR. 98,998,100. In this quarter under Livelihood Enhancement Program total 5,635 Off farm community members have been provided assets comprising Agriculture Farms, Agriculture Inputs, Fruit Plants, Fodder trees, Tree plantation, Poultry/Hatchery and Microcredit.
HANDS Health Program is benefiting the poor community through medical services since 1994. In this quarter, 38,578 clients have been treated through BHUs, CDG HANDS Hospital and other Units. HANDS is working in district Tharparkar on Nutrition of Children and PLWs. Till March, 2015 Health team have screened 139,613 children and Women. Out of them 95,437 were children and 44,176 were women. 21,355 children and 11,531 women were malnourished. HANDS started the treatment through OTPs and with the grace of Almighty Allah 12,427 children and 6,075 women were cured successfully. There is a huge amount of 130 million has been expended regarding this.
HANDS Education & Literacy promotion programs has 997 Intervention units which include 793 primary schools and 204 secondary schools in various districts. Education and literacy program is providing benefits to the community through community teachers for ECE, and govt. teachers of primary and secondary schools. During this quarter 4 press conferences /media exposure visits, 2 video documentaries and 3 FM messages campaign have been done by ICR & A Program. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) program conducted 12 researches and 63,309 respondents were interviewed in Jan to March. HANDS Resource Mobilization program submitted 56 Proposals and EOIs / Concept Notes in January to March 2015. 19 EOI/Proposal were submitted in January, 17 in February and 20 in the month of March.
SHE Leads Conference Awareness to Action Project
March 3, 2015 at PC Hotel Karachi
This was program to acknowledge that Kirans have worked under Awareness to Action (A2A Project) and after completion of two sets of trainings; they have worked for creating awareness in their community about negative consequences of early marriages. During this process 90 Kirans reached out to 9000 young females of Karachi (rural) with messages on SRHR of girls and consequences of early marriages/teen age pregnancies to bring positive change in the community. On achieving these targets, the program has arranged to give incentives and appreciations to those Kirans, who have been engaged in community advocacy regarding safe Motherhood, early child marriages, early pregnancies, sharing of their learning and experiences about the task they have completed in Karachi district.
As the title of this program “SHE Leads” reflect that program was lead by the young girl (Kiran) Rasheeda with full of confidence. She carried out the program according to Schedule, TilawatQalam-e-Pak was the initiate of the event, Dr Anjum Fatima from HANDS welcomed to all, incentives (tablet PCs ) distributed among the beneficiaries. Mr Qadeer Baig Country Representative Rutgers WPF took a great part in the event with his valuable speech regarding the A2A project. Two Role-plays based on a real case study performed by the Kirans of G.G.S.S Wali Muhammad Goth and Tayyaba Fellowship school, which were main reflection of whole struggle done by Kirans ( Motivation by Kirans to stop early marriage and effects of early marriages). The way Kiran Rasheeda was moderating the event was very great. Personal experiences shared by Kirans Aisha, Sabrunisa ,Rashida and Shirin. Teachers also shared their working experiences in community. All participants appreciated their presentation. Rasheeda and other Kirans who were performing, exhibited their leadership skills with excellent performance, they captured whole crowd by their inspiring words and activities. A admirable Speech given by Dr Yasmeen Qazi about the thought behind the project, her life struggle. Ms Bina Shah, journalist also addressed to young Kirans, she was very happy to saw the talents of young Pakistani girls. Dutch Ambassador Mr Marcel de Vink was very impressed from performance of Kiran. According to him,”I AM PROUD OF YOU”.