Quality Food Cooking Demonstration in Communities of Tharparkar
Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) activities continued in district Tharparkar, Sindh with innovation, like cooking demonstration in community to pursue food diversity and behavior change regarding food quality. Major Improvement in health was observed in ongoing CMAM beneficiaries. Health awareness session was also conducted. Three mobile medical camps have also been started with weekly follow up.
HANDS staff conducting practical session on quality food cooking
Kirans and Teachers received smart phone for their advocacy in community against Child Marriage and for Girls Empowerment in Malir District, Karachi.
HANDS successfully conducted Annual Learning Forum of Kirans Year II under Awareness to Action Project on 25th January 2016 at Saleh Muhammad Goth, Malir Karachi, supported by Rutgers Pakistan. Mr. Qadeer Baig Country Representative of Rutgers Pakistan and Dr. Anjum Fatma (Senior General Manager Health Program, HANDS) lead the program.120 Kirans and 10 school teachers received their incentives (Smart phone).This incentive was the token of appreciation to all Kirans and teachers because they spread the message successfully against child marriage and girls empowerment.
A Kiran receiving tablet from SGM Health HANDS
Two Days Capacity Building on Community Mobilization and Advocacy around the Issues of Child Marriages and Happy Family
Two Days Capacity Building on “Community Mobilization and Advocacy around the Issues of Child Marriages and Happy Family” has been conducted on 3rd-4th Feb.2016 at Bin Qasim Town Karachi, under Awareness to Action Project.40 Kirans leaders were trained. Capacity of Kirans also developed on community mobilization and advocacy on issue of child marriage and benefit of happy family. Dr. Jabbar Khattak Editor of Awami Awaz, Mr. Qadeer Baig CR of Rutgers Pakistan and Dr. Anjum Fatima (Senior General Manager Health Program, HANDS) were the main guests.
A view of interactive session during capacity training of Kirans
International Women Day
HANDS with the collaboration of civil society organizations, organized International Women Day on 11th March. Program Moderators were Ms. Rahila Rahim and Ms. Sabiha Shah. On the occasion Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed CE HANDS spoke on Sustainable Development Goals and Women Rights in Pakistan, Barrister Shahida Jamil spoke on Access to Justice for Women, Ms. Mehnaz Rehman introduced the History of Women Struggle in Pakistan, Retd. Justice Majida Rizvi shared views on Role of Sindh Human Rights Commission for the Protection and promotion of Women Rights, other speakers including Nusrat Sahar Abbasi MPA, Kishwar Zahra (MNA) also shared their views on this occasion.
Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilient Rehabilitation Project
HANDS- Pakistan under Medico International and BMZ Funding Project “Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilient Rehabilitation Project” is being implemented in four districts of northern Sindh. Main objective of this project is to increase ability of Government institutions, civil society organizations and the population of 414 villages of the district Ghotki, Jacobabad, Kashmore ( Kandhkot) and Shikarpur to withstand natural disasters. In this quarter HANDS conducted four coordination meetings at district level one in each district, and organized 10 events of exchange program visit of DRR committees in district Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kandhkot and Ghotki, totally 207 participants from 207 DRR committees participated in these events. Under DPDRR trainings were also conducted on kitchen gardening for 150 beneficiaries and then distributed tool kits and seeds to these beneficiaries in six villages of district Jacobabad.
A view of training on kitchen gardening
Community Capacity Building Trainings under Multi Year Humanitarian Program (MYHP) Project at District Muzaffargarh & Jhang
In the Community Capacity Building Package (CCBP) Trainings at District Muzaffargarh & Jhang, total four trainings were conducted for two days each, in which all the Community Based Organization were told to participate. Main topics covered were introduction of project in which all interventions of the project were covered like Wash, Livelihood & Infrastructure, CBO Record in which basic information of the village, how to write a resolution, Membership record, Stock record, visit record, special activity record savings record and financial record. Total participants were 100 from each District in which 50 male and 50 female were trained.
Trainings and Workshops
l In this quarter 8 Training on “Community Capacity Building Package” were conducted for CBOs presidents. 100 male and 100 females were trained in the organization management, leadership skills and record keeping by the Social Mobilization Program at district Muzaffargarh and Jhang.
l 4 Trainings of community resource persons were conducted for construction of flood resistant shelter Punjab early recovery phase. Total 100 Community Focal Persons were trained for all the techniques required to build the shelter which can safely bear the flood and heavy rains. These trainings were conducted through construction of shelters practically and each step was clarified as narrated in the Training Manual designed for construction at district Muzaffargarh and Jhang.
l 4 Trainings of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS) were conducted for females Community Resource Persons (CRP’s) in District Jhang and Muzaffargarh. Each training was conducted for 3 days and 25 CRP’s participated in the training. Total 100 CRP’s were trained in 4 training cycles. Training Manual “Azm-e-Alishan” was followed for conduction of the training.
l 4 Trainings of Kitchen Gardening and Permaculture were conducted for female CRP’s at District Jhang and Muzaffargarh with 25 participants trained in each training cycle. This training was conducted by Livelihood Enhancement Program as per manual of Kitchen Gardening designed by the program.
l During the reporting period earthquake Early Recovery Orientation workshop was conducted at Islamabad for the HANDS staff. 27 staff was trained on conduction of activities of Early Recovery and selection of beneficiaries in earthquake affected areas of Chitral and Shangla. Beneficiary selection criteria were clarified to all staff members and related concerns and challenges were also discussed regarding the project activities to be conducted for Early Recovery phase.
A view of two days training on CCBP at Muzaffargarh
Progress against Planned Targets
l Three districts were selected for Earthquake response in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. These included Chitral, Shangla and Bajour Agency with a target to reach 5,000 beneficiaries. Bajour Agency target of 1000 beneficiaries was later on equally shifted to Chitral and Shangla districts because of NOC issue.
l Following table shows the overall target and achievement for EQ Response at Chitral and Shangla.
3,917 Beneficiaries received support in EQ Response through distribution of Shelter
Kits. Winterization Kits were received by 4,018 families. Hygiene Kits were distributed in 4,018 families. 139 Emergency Latrine Kits were provided to affected families. 400 Water Filters were distributed to the beneficiaries.
20 Drinking Water Supply Schemes for rehabilitation of water supply systems were completed in this quarter. Local CBO’s were engaged for the completion of task. Funds were transferred to the CBO’s as per BOQ against Terms of Partnership duly signed by both HANDS and CBOs. Procurement and work was processed by the CBO’s, while HANDS carried out the monitoring of the task and its implementation.
Integrated early recovery building on initial humanitarian assistance for vulnerable affected population
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa two districts (Shangla & Chitral) were selected for Recovery phase of EQ Response. 1000 beneficiaries have been assessed by teams for recovery needs.
2,000 beneficiaries have received Conditional Cash Grant support for construction of Flood resistant shelters under Multi Sector Early Recovery in Muzaffargarh and Jhang, Punjab. Following graph shows the different stages of shelters being constructed:
No. of shelter constructed in different stages
Distributed Kitchen Gardening Seed And Tools
HANDS Livelihood enhancement program has conducted four two days training at Muzaffargarh and Jhang (two trainings in each districts) for Female CRPs under MYHP project and also distributed kitchen gardening seed and tools to 800 women beneficiaries of flood affected areas to address food security and Livelihood need.
A beneficiary receiving kitchen gardening seeds and tools from
SGM Livelihood Program of HANDS
Exchange Visit of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Committees at District Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad & Ghotki under DPDRR Project.
The purpose of DRR Committees exchange visit was to let DRR committee members know about the achievements and experience sharing of other committee members and discuss about future planning as how to respond to the future emergencies. Preparedness was also discussed. It was a very fruitful activity because in some Districts DRR Committees have taken initiatives on Education by contacting other Organizations. In Shikarpur one DRR committees have taken School building of 7 rooms from a NGO and that is really good achievement of CBO / DRR Committee. These exchange visits have been conducted in District Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad and Ghotki Community Based Organization (CBO) Formation at District Chitral & Shangla under MYHP Project. Multi-year Humanitarian Program (MYHP) recovery Project has started in District Chitral and Shangla in which 500 shelters support in each District will be given to those families who have yet not constructed their home. HANDS have formed Community Based Organizations (CBOs) at District Chitral & Shangla. Total CBO formation target of Chitral & Shangla is 40 in each District, (20 Male & 20 female) which are formed by implementing the strategy of HANDS Social Mobilization & Disaster Management Programs.
HANDS staff briefing about HANDS to DRR committee
Two Days Community Capacity Building Package Training Report
Two Days Training on “Capacity Building Package” under WaterAid project for project staff was held at ICD, HANDS Karachi Urban office from 30th to 31st January, 2016. The training was facilitated by Miss Shehnaz Shahid (DPM, WaterAid) and Mr. Maqbool Rahu (SDEM, HANDS) in their introductory session they briefed that water and sewerage boards are responsible for sewerage and water in the Karachi city. For various reasons the implementation of their responsibilities have declined. At Karachi somewhere water is being wasted and elsewhere people are not getting this facility. There are many causes of these issues for example lack of harmony in the organization, rapidly growing population and increasing urban population. On the other side urban slums are fulfilling their need of water through non standard/unhygienic places. Due to these circumstances HANDS formatted a 4 years project with collaboration of WaterAid. Basic aim of the Project is to make available hygienic water within reach for all.
MARVI Presentation at International Conference on Family Planning at Nusa Dua Indonesia
International Conference on Family Planning was held from 25-28 January 2016 at Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Sarwat Mirza, Chief Research & Development, Ms. Rubina Jaffri, Senior General Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research and Dr. Adnan Ahmed, Research Consultant of MARVI Project participated in this conference. Overall 02 research papers and 02 poster papers were presented on HANDS MARVI Model.
HANDS staff presented research paper on HANDS Marvi model at Nusa Dua Indonesia during International Conference on Family Planning
Three Days Training on Health Action School (HAS)
Three Days Training on “Health Action School “under Misali project for project staff was held at Jacobabad/Jaffarabad from 24th to 26th March, 2016. The facilitator brainstormed on basic concepts related to Health Promotion and Role of School in Health promotion in School and Child to Child approach. Practice the use of Active Methods for Health Promotion through Schools. Develop Action Plan for Child to Child Health promotion activities in School.
Benazir Housing Cell (BHC)
HANDS, in collaboration with Benazir Housing Cell (BHC) of Sindh is providing ‘housing for the poor ‘.The project aims to benefit 505 families at two district, 300 at Mirpurkhas and 205 at Umerkot respectively. The selection of beneficiaries by the BHC is undertaken through member of National and Sindh assemblies and party office bearers of the district. During this quarter, 458 shelters have been completed and handed over to the beneficiaries in both the districts. The target of 300 houses was completed in Mirpurkhas and 158 houses at Umerkot. Colony of houses in both the districts is in progress. Each unit comprises of two rooms, veranda and a toilet and constructed at a cost of 255000/=
Three days training on “Monitoring Evaluation & Planning (MEP)” at Sukkur
Three Days Training on MEP was held at Sukkur under CMP project for project staff Sukkur from 18th to 20th January-2016. The Training facilitators and visitors Madam Shama Sheikh the Advisor Sindh Community Mobilization Program IRD and Mr. Hammed Bullo welcomed the participants and gave orientation on the training objectives. Hammed Bullo the Advisor SCMP oriented on the Sindh Basic Education programs, its components and provided knowledge about SMCs (Structure, role & responsibilities). Madam Shama Sheikh informed the participants that in this training effort are to provide the basic idea and concept about the project and to create better and clear understanding about the scope of work in project and the functioning of project.
6 Days Training of Marvi Workers on Marvi Integrated Services Modules
Six Days Training on “Marvi Workers on Marvi Integrated Service Modules “under Misali project for project staff was held at Jamshoro from 1st to 6th February, 2016. The training was facilitated by Mr. Bharat Kumar DFM. Training of Marvi Workers for Marvi Workers on Marvi Integrated Services Modules is distinctly different from traditional educational and practical processes. It focuses on the specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to carry out a procedure or activity. How the participant performs (i.e., a combination of knowledge, attitudes, and most important, skills) is emphasized rather than just what information the participant has acquired. Competency in the new skill or activity is assessed objectively by evaluating overall performance.
6 Days Training of Marvi Workers on Marvi Integrated Services Modules
Webinar on “Performance Appraisal”
Ms. Huma Siddiqui General Manager HR&ID at HANDS conducted a webinar on 14th March, 2016 on “Performance Appraisal”. The main objective of this webinar was to disseminate knowledge on performance appraisal .Performance appraisals is to measure and improve the performance of employees and increase their future potential and value to the company. Other objectives include providing feedback, improving communication, understanding training needs, clarifying roles and responsibilities and determining how to allocate rewards.
Webinar on Performance Appraisal
Webinar on Ms. Excel “Some Advance Techniques”
Dr. Irfan Ahmed General Manager (RM) HANDS conducted a webinar on 29th January, 2016 on “MS Excel “Some Advance Techniques”. The aim of this Webinar was to disseminate advance techniques in use of MS Excel and add to the knowledge of the participants for enhanced performance.
A view of participants of Webinar on Ms. Excel Some Advance Techniques
Webinar on “Performance Management”
Dr. Aslam Khan Chief HID Executive at HANDS is conducted a webinar on 27th February, 2016 on “Performance Management”. The objective was to enhance the capacity and competence of individuals so that they exceed organizational expectation and work in a way that effectively and efficiently attains business strategic objectives. Performance Management shall not only provide for business development but also self-development through organizational support and guidance of managers and leaders
Webinar on Performance Management
Training of Trainer (ToT) for Adult Literacy Workers in HANDS MISALI Project
Literacy opens the doors to better livelihoods, improves health and expands the opportunities. The aim of HANDS Adult Literacy Program is to increase literacy rate in respective communities and to enable them to deal with their daily issues in a disciplined manner. In this context HANDS also realized to provide optimal opportunities to illiterate adults especially women.
The objective of Literacy Program are:
To increase literacy rate (especially women in rural areas)
To create learning environment in families
To aware the families about the Importance of Literacy.
ToT for Adult Literacy Workers in HANDS MISALI Project
During this quarter, HANDS Education and Literacy Program organized 06-days ToT for all District focal persons and teachers of HANDS MISALI villages, datedfrom 5th to 10th January 2016. During the trainings 10 focal persons and 78 ALC teachers/workers were trained on Adult Literacy Module. After completion of training Mr. Qalander Behrani (GM -Education Program HANDS), Ms. Shabina Ashfaque (Manager Education Program HANDS), Mr. Guhram Ali Khoso (Focal Person HANDS-MISALI Program) and Mr. Lal Din Balal (Trainer) awarded certificates to all participants and appreciated for their active participation during training.
The Community Mobilization Program (CMP)
HANDS is implementing “The Community Mobilization Program (CMP) in four Provincial Districts of Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore and Jacobabad and three Karachi City Towns of Lyari, Orangi and Gadap. Itis a five year program that commenced in August 2013and to be continued till July 2018.
The program tracks and supports the construction, merging,
consolidation and upgrading schedule of Sindh Basic Education Program(SBEP) and also works with neighboring schools which fall within designated areas around new schools being built under SBEP and are in accordance with the specific criteria set by USAID for CMP activities.
A broader aim of CMP is to sustain community mobilization and school based management through the engagement of the private sector. CMP will leverage partnerships between communities and the private sector through Education Management Organizations to achieve sustainable schools management.
During the quarter of January to March 2016, the following mega activities were conducted in all 5 HANDS interventions Districts of Sindh, Karachi, Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore and Jacobabad.
1. Session on Education Management Organization and Public Pvt: Partnership for stakeholders of District Education Department:
With the support of IRD and HANDS CMP teams, the sessions were arranged for all the district level stakeholders of Education departmenton 3rd, 16th, 23, 26thand 29thFebruary 2016at District Sukkur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Larkana and Karachi. The purpose of sessions was to engage all stakeholders for EMOs to buildthe consensus and seek their advices and support.
The sessions were attended by District Education Officers (DEOs), Deputy DEOs (Primary and Secondary schools), Town Education Officers (TEOs), concerned Head Teachers of Construction Schools, CMP team and other stakeholders related with education department.
2. School Cleaning Days.
HANDS CMP project teams organized “School Cleaning Day” activities with the support of teachers, students, SMCs and sub committees members in different schools of 5 Districts of Sindh. The Purpose of this activity was to engage all the community members and students in school wide clean-up event,where majority of students'(boys and girls) took an active part to promote health and hygiene activities among all the community members.
School cleaning day being celebrated by students
Students and community members were asked to participate and reflect in activity by creating heightened awareness of community based environmental issues and how everyone should be good stewards of the earth. During the events plants were also provided to students and community members and a large number of plants were planted in the schools.
3. International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
HANDS Education team also celebrated this globally recognized Women’s Day in different schools dated on 26th March 2016,with the support of HANDS CMP project teams. A large number of students, teachers,community members and district level officials participated in the events and enjoyed different activities.
Several performances including drama, poetry, speech competition, flower making competition, and tablows were presented by students and teachers. This worldly celebrated Women’s Day provided women audience a conclusive opportunity, to feel important and add positivity into their minds and soul.