Post-One Year of Earthquake in Balochistan
HANDS organized a seminar in Quetta on “Post One Year of Earthquake” in Balochistan on October 2014. Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch was the Chief Guest,while Mir Qudoos Bizenjo Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Mr. Rehmat Saleh Baloch Minister for Health Balochistan, Sardar Mustafa Khan Tareen Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Balochistan, Prince Ahmed Ali Baloch MPA, Ms. Yasmeen Lehri MPA, Ms. Samina Khan MPA, Ms. Arifa Siddique MPA, Ms Masooma Hayat MPA, Mr. Kher Jan Baloch Political Secretary Chief Minister Balochistan, Advisor to CM Mr. Qaiser Bangali, Ex-DG-NDMA Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Director PDMA Asghar Baloch, Deputy Commissioner Awaran
Aziz Jamali were guests of honor.
A large number of Senior Government Officers, Representatives of Donors and Civil Society Organizations attended the seminar. Prof. A.G. Billoo Chairman HANDS welcomed the Chief Guest and shared HANDS history. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed Chief Executive shared HANDS interventions in Awaran, Balochistan through a documentary film. Chief Minister Balochistan and other speakers appreciated HANDS and its contributions for a large number of affected communities and assured their further support to HANDS in Balochistan. HANDS Chairman and Chief Minister Balochistan handed over keys of two ambulances to Deputy Commissioner Awaran for the people of Awaran.
Chief Minister Blalochistan Dr. Abdul Malik, Prof. A.G. Billoo and Yasmeen Lehri MPA Balochistan Assembly attending seminar at Quetta on post earthquake in Awaran
Dissemination Seminar on Impact Assessment of HANDS Health Workers Model “MARVI”
HANDS has launched its end evaluation report of a well know project “MARVI”. A series of Marvi dissemination seminars were organized in each provincial capital Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta and one in Islamabad. Purpose was to share impact assessment of Marvi Project with Government Officials, Policy Makers and Civil Society Organization Representatives. Further, this model could be scaled-up and replicated in uncovered areas where there is no Lady Health Worker.
Prof. A.G. Billoo addressing his views on health issues on the occasion of dissemination seminar of MARVI workers
Update from Relief and Recovery Project at Balochistan
The most significant progress in this project has been made in the rehabilitation of cold chain storage of five Government Health facilities through installation of solar operated cold chain units. Whereas Construction of 2,093 shelters have been completed in this quarter through delivery of knowledge and skills in the local context for the construction of disaster compliant components.
This project covered many components of earthquake rehabilitation activities such as restoration of livelihood through promoting income generating activities apart from providing earthquake resilient shelters. In this regard 132 cash for work groups were provided cash tokens which enabled 3,336 beneficiaries to enhance their livelihood in this quarter, while total 6,675 beneficiaries have been provided livelihood support since beginning through cash tokens provided to cash for work groups. These beneficiaries included 531 skilled labour, 5,876 unskilled labour and 268 focal persons.
In addition 25 WASH facilities were constructed in schools and hydraulic foot operated pumps were installed. These pumps were designed with “inclusion approach”, because anyone could operate these pumps even a small child could pump water. It can serve 300 people daily.
Hydraulic foot operated pump installation
Chairman and Chief Executive HANDS met Consul General of Jordan
Chairman and Chief Executive HANDS met and briefed
Mr. Yousuf Farrukh – Consul General of Jordan about drought stricken areas of Tharparkar and informed about basic services including food, nutrition and medical services provided to drought affected people. Further he was informed about Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) project in the colla-boration with UNICEF that would cover 20 UCs of Thraparkar aiming to reduce malnutrition and associated morbidity and mortality among children under five and pregnant/ lactating mothers.
Board members meeting with Consul General of Jordan
Chairman and Chief Executive met CEO Summit Bank
Chairman and Chief Executive HANDS held meeting with Mr. Husain Lawai Chief Executive Officer Summit Commercial Bank Ltd, he was briefed about HANDS interventions in various districts across country. He appreciated the work of HANDS in different social sectors like education, health, woman empowerment, microenterprise, water and infrastructure in deprived areas of the country.
Chairman and Chief Executive HANDS meeting with Mr. Husain Lawai CEO Summit Bank
PAP 15th Annual Research Conference
Chief Executive HANDS attended 15th Annual Research Conference of PAP from
18 – 19 November, 2014 at Bahria University Islamabad. The Population Association of Pakistan (PAP) in collaboration with Bahria University organized the conference. President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, honorable Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. HANDS was also one of the major partners in the conference.
This year’s conference theme was “50 Years of Pakistan’s Population Program, Setting Strategic Priorities & Program Direction for Vision 2025″. The objective of the 15th Annual Conference was to provide a forum to the policy makers, researchers, politicians, religious leaders, media, civil society organization and development partners working on issues related to population and development that will help in disseminating stock of research findings in modifying policy development in Pakistan. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed also chaired a session on reproductive health in the conference.
Participants of PAP Conference
Global Hand Washing Day
Students Participation in Global Hand Washing Day under UNICEF
HANDS with support of UNICEF organized global hand washing day in Karachi, with Global theme “Choose Handwashing, Choose Health” Hundreds of school children, teachers, volunteers and media persons participated and pledged with HANDS-WASH team and with UNICEF Team to support the cause of hand washing. DG Sindh local govt department, UNICEF representatives and other CSO’s representatives participated in the event. While students from Karachi schools participated in large number and presented their views through role play
A view of Health and Hygiene Session at School CMP Project
and demonstration of proper hand washing.
To enhance the hand washing practices HANDS Community Mobilization Program team celebrated Global Hand Washing Day in District Kashmore at government schools on 29th and 30th of October, 2014. Health and hygiene sessions were conducted while large number of students, parents, community members, sub committee members, teachers,
Student Showing their Art Work on the Occasion of Hand Washing Day under CMP
government official of health department and School Management Committee members participated. The practical session of hand washing and steps of hand washing were discussed with students by CMP teams. Pictorial and drawing presentations were shown by students.
Policy Dialogue on Implementation of Child Marriage Act
HANDS and Rutgers WPF organized Policy Dialogue on 16 December 2014 at Regent Plaza, Karachi. In order to implement the newly developed law of Child Marriage Restraint Act the Rules of Business are essential. In this regards
Group photo of speaker on the occasion of Policy Dialogue on Implementation of Child Marriage Act
the dialogue was held to open the debate on rules of business. Minister Women Development Sindh, Rubina Qaimkhani Chaired the session and other Parlimentarians also participated in the dialogue and showed their commitment for compilation of Rules of Business. Chief Executive of HANDS welcomed all participants while the Policy
Dialouge session was moderated by Mr. Qadeer Baig from Rutgers WPF.
During the dialogue, Ms. Rubina Qaimkhani said that there should be a mass campaign on community level for awareness of people about new law and hazards about child marriage. On the Occasion Dr. Yasmeen Qazi said that district level intervention is needed and local level committees should be appointed to implement and monitor the law. Ms Erum Farooqui, MPA MQM insisted on the importance of increasing secondry school numbers to culminate the issue.
Policy Dialogue on Implementation of Child Marriage Act
Media Exposure Visit to Umerkot
HANDS organized a visit of media persons to district Umerkot for showing HANDS-MARVI project intervention on 16th to 17th November, 2014. During the field visit reporters and media persons who were from different news agencies and channels interviewed MARVI workers to understand their nature of work.
HANDS Team with Media Persons during Media Exposure Visit at Umerkot
Update of UMEED Project
UMEED project is related to Family Planning and Reproductive Health and is being implemented in four districts of Sindh. A two day orientation training was conducted in two batches. The first batch was provided orientation on 16th-17th October, 2014 and second batch was provided orientation on 23rd-24th October, 2014 at ICD-HANDS Karachi. There were altogether 50 participants from four districts who attended the training. Participants included 10 District Executive Managers 20 LHVS, 10 Social Mobilizers and 10 District Monitoring Managers.
Update from Project Access Service Knowledge (ASK) Activities in Karachi Rural
An important project to raise awareness for sexual reproductive health rights and address the health issues of youth has been implemented in Karachi Rural and in Matiari. Under this project youth health friendly centers have been established in these districts.
Awareness Sessions on HIV/AIDS in Government Schools HANDS Karachi Rural Organized Poster Competition in Several Government Secondary Schools
Training Sessions for Religious Leaders and Students under GAVI Project
Two trainings were organised under HANDS-GAVI Project. Training sessions were also conducted for Religious Leaders. Other training on Expanded Program on Immunization and Vaccination was organized at Govt Girls and Boys High School, Allah Dino Sand village Matiari.
Activities by HANDS Institute of Community Development (HID)
In this quarter HANDS HID program conducted 21 trainings of different projects and 3,030 participants were trained.
Proposal Writing & Budgeting Training at Multan
HID organized Corporate Training on “Proposal Writing & Budgeting” on 9th and 10th December 2014 at Multan. 30 participants from Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Multan, Layyah, Islamabad, Kot Addu and Muzafargarh attended the training. The training was conducted by Dr. Muhammad Aslam Khan Chief HID.
Chief HID HANDS Facilitating Participants during Group Work
Leadership training of Govt. officials
HANDS organized a Two Day Training for Govt Officials on Transformative Leadership on 29th and 30th December, 2014 in Karachi. The training was conducted by Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed Chief Executive HANDS. The training basically aims to improve knowledge on Leadership Skills. Participants learned eight Mindsets of leadership and also made their leadership development plans
Leadership Training of Govt. Officials
Exposure Visit of Staff – Islamabad
The Project staff of WASH supported by WaterAid was given an opportunity for exposure visitto to Islamabad. During visit team participated in Sanitation Festival. It was an important event which provided the platform where the working partners of WASH sectors gathered and shared their policies and strategies. Delegates also visited Human Resource Development Society (HRDS) where they also got opportunity to visit Salt Mines and Khewera. Apart from learning activities staff also got opportunity for excursion in Islamabad.
Group Photo of HANDS Staff Exposure Visit
Continuous Teachers’ Professional Development (CTPD) Workshop
HANDS conducted a two day workshop on professional development for teachers of five districts (Sukkur, Larkana, Jaccobabad, Kashmore and Karachi) on 30th and 31st December, 2014. Under CTPD program 1,533 teachers have been trained on How to Develop Student Understanding of Reading and Mathematics. Teacher skills were enhanced in these subjects as they learnt how to communicate this knowledge to students.
Continuous Teachers’ Professional Development (CTPD) Workshop
In order to address the critical issues in early-grade reading and mathematics in Pakistan, USAID is supporting the Sindh Reading Program. HANDS and IRC are the implementing partners, the program is focused on improving assessments, distributing supplementary materials, and encouraging family participation. The program is expanded over a period of five years. Continuous Teachers’ Professional Development is probably more important than pre-service programs. In the pre-service programs, the prospective teacher learns about teaching, while in the class-room, the new teachers learn how to teach.
A View of Training on Management of Small Enterprises
Micro Finance to Eradicate Poverty
HANDS is implementing Khushhali Bank Micro finance project in three Districts of Sindh named Hyderabad, Matiari and Umerkot. HANDS major role is to mobilize the communities and form groups for providing the micro finance services. During this quarter, HANDS has provided micro finance services to 1,103 community representatives to enhance their income generation activities through agriculture, livestock and small enterprises. Project team is also providing community management skill trainings to the beneficiaries.
Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan Scheme
To combat poverty and un-employment, HANDS has launched a project at district Thatta Sindh, namely Prime Minister’s Interest Free Loan (PMIFL) Scheme, with the financial support of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). Productive micro-enterprise activities will be supported through loans.
HANDS Senior Management with Chief Executive of PPAF Distributing Cheques Among Beneficiaries
Project orientation was organized for the staff, in which Senior General Manager LEP disseminated the concept, methodology and strategies of PMIFL project. Project formats, MIS and the loan disbursement targets, strategy and recovery process on monthly basis were also explained to staff. Later on HANDS GM MER presented the orientation on poverty score cards and data management system software.
During this quarter 200 specially vulnerable and marginalized households received interest free loan services so their income generation activities through agriculture, livestock and small enterprises could be enhanced. Management skill trainings to the beneficiaries were also provided.
Corporate Social Responsibility by HUBCO
Under Misali Project of HANDS, supported by HUBCO camps were arranged for the vaccination of Hepatitis “B” and “C” as part of health intervention. 30 families were also supported for livelihood. A prominent change that will bring betterment in the community is provision of 30 street lights. RO plant is also been installed in village Alana to overcome safe drinking water challenge. All Community Based Organizations (CBOs) were involved in the process. This Project is in the vicinity of HUBCO power plant in Lasbella District.
Women CBO’s Training at MISALI Village
PRA Activity at MISALI Village
Housing for Underprivileged
HANDS, in partnership with Benazir Housing Cell, Government of Sindh, is implementing a project on “Housing for the Poor”. The project’s objectives are to ensure housing to the poor and needy people through which 505 families at district Mirpurkhas and Umerkot will be provided houses. A certain strategy will be adopted for the selection of beneficiaries and a process will be followed for the verification of the deserving families. So far 370 houses are completed in both the districts, each unit comprises of two rooms, veranda and a toilet.
Benazir Housing Model of One Room Shelter
Update from Khairpur; Sanitation Program at Scale in Pakistan SPSP
To scale up triggering process 133 Village Sanitation Committee (VSC) members were trained on total sanitation in the project initiated in 4 union councils of district Khairpur in Sindh. HANDS with support of UNICEF is implementing Sanitation Programme at Scale in Pakistan – Phase II. In this regard 294 villages have been targeted to ensure access to improve sanitation by creating open defecation free environment. In one year duration 106,000 people will be approach to “Total Sanitation” called PATS approach. The implementation strategy will be focused on “Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation” to up-scale rural sanitation through strong social mobilization by social organizers and community resource persons. In the month of December, 2014 UNICEF also organized coordination meeting where SGM IDEAS, Project Manager and project coordinator participated.
In this project 32 teachers have been trained on WASH in Schools, 23 WASH clubs have been formed in the schools to create a healthy environment and for developing safe hygiene practices. For achieving open defecation free status, it is aimed that 1,023 self-help based latrines will be constructed by communities themselves in villages. 55 demo latrines have been constructed with the help of Community Volunteers and Project Team. So far, 53 CRPs have been trained regarding CLTS facilitation. Four schools’ WASH facilities have been repaired and seven new WASH facilities have been constructed. Overall 70 school WASH facilities 883 demo latrines and 352 hand pumps will be installed. Moreover 10 model villages will be benefited through wet land schemes. 28 masons have also been trained to build low cost latrines. To ensure availability of water, four hand pumps were repaired and one new hand pump is also being installed.
Toilet Facility at Khairpur School Training of Community under Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation
Update from Urban WASH Project Karachi
The WASH project in Gadap is one of the most sparkling efforts by HANDS in collaboration with WaterAid. The project comprises of two components, School WASH and Community WASH. 10,274 Water users (4,204 male/boys, 3,795 female/girls and 2,275 children under 5 years) have gained access to improved, safe water through sustainable water resource as a result of completing rehabilitation / installation of 12 water supply schemes in the target area of Gadap Town.
The progress in School WASH project states that in this quarter 3,667 users (1,148 girls, 2,322 boys, 135 male staff and 62 female staff) have improved access to hygienic sanitation through completion of repair and rehabilitation of water supply facilities, latrines and hand washing facilities in 48 schools.
Toilet at Gadap Town School Hand Washing Facility at Gadap Town Karachi
Water Supply Line Provision Work in Progress at Gadap Town HANDS WaterAid Project
HANDS Punjab Flood Emergency Response Update
Emergency Response Activity by HANDS at Muzaffargarh
HANDS Pakistan initiated emergency response in flood affected districts of Punjab initially just after the emergency begun with the evacuation of affected families through Boats and Trucks. The population from most affected villages were evacuated. More than 3,000 families were shifted to safer places. Relief camps were organized by district administration and Government of Punjab in districts Jhang, Chiniot, Rajunpur, Sailkot, Muzaffargarh and Multan. HANDS delivered Medical Services and distributed food with support of government and other local organizations. HANDS teams have also delivered health education sessions in the IDPs camps.
Distribution of Relief Items to the Flood Affected Communities of Punjab
Report of Two Months Medical Camps in Different Districts of Punjab
Distribution of Relief Items to the Flood Affected Communities of Punjab
DFID Emergency Project 2014 Punjab
HANDS with the support of DFID UK took the initiative and started Flood Emergency Response Project in 04 highly affected districts of Punjab Province including District Jhang, Mandibahudin, Muzaffargarh and Multan.
Initially in critical emergency situation HANDS provided support through roofing kits to 1,948 beneficiaries in Chiniot, Multan and Muzafargarh to construct temporary shelters. Later, HANDS felt need for the expansion of project to cover more beneficiaries. In extended support to flood emergency response 10,000 flood affected families were selected and relief
package of roofing kits included 14 bamboos, one girders, PE sheet, solar light and winterization kits have been distributed.
Moreover, HANDS also focused on critical infrastructure in the flood affected communities of selected districts and repaired small culverts, bridges, sanitation system, pathways, schools and hospital buildings that were affected badly in flood. For this purpose a Conditional Cash Grant (CCG) will be provided to district level through CBOs partnership. Along with CCG. HANDS also focuses on waste water management by kitchen gardening through renovation of hand pumps under project head of community based WASH initiatives.
Medical Camp in Punjab
Enhancing the Resilience of Flood Affected Population of Pakistan
In the current quarter the efforts were continued for the support to the flood, rain affected families under the project name “Enhancing the Resilience of Flood Affected Population of Pakistan through Safer Shelter Activities Project”. 1,300 men and women CBO’s were formed and trained. The regular meetings to gear up the work in progress regarding shelters remained in process along with community development initiatives. This project aims to reconstruct 9,988 low cost shelters and for that 200 trained masons were engaged throughout the quarter for construction of low cost shelters by using lime and other local indigenous material.
Mobilization for women empowerment has continued through training 186 women to construct smokeless stoves. As an impact of these trainings 4,850 women took initiative to save themselves from effects of smoke through constructing smokeless stoves at their homes. Various awareness sessions on health, hygiene, cleanliness and DRR related guidelines were conducted in targeted areas. 62 Lime work yards were established with completion of target of 500 lime work yards in this quarter. Beneficiaries in the same villages were also provided orientation for usage of lime that was ensured at their door step.
Women Learned Making of Smokeless Stove
Mobilization of community for WASH initiatives continued under “WOW-ABLE” strategy. PRA and triggering for ensuring CLTS were completed in 70 targeted villages of all targeted Districts. Impact of the activities highlighted through construction of 524 low cost latrines by villagers. Four biogas plants were constructed at district Jacobabad, Ghotki, Kashmore and Shikarpur for learning purposes. HANDS is working to reduce the cost of traditional bio gas plant. 88 hand pumps renovation was also carried out with channels to make waste water reusable for plantation and kitchen gardening purposes, 60 waste water points were managed by community. 5,021 plants were also planted.
Training for CBOs
Updates on Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilience Rehabilitation (DPDRR)
60 members of 28 CSOs in four districts have completed their four days ToT on CBDRR under DPDRR project while a new coordination forum has been established. HANDS initiated Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilience Rehabilitation DPDRR project in August, 2014 in development partnership with BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation) and Medico International MI as implementing partner. The northern part of Sindh was selected as project area. This project aimed two pronged strategy which is strengthening of government institutions and also civil society organizations in the field of disaster risk management and at the same time enabling the actors, to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Flood Safe Seed Bins (Annaj Ghar) have been Constructed So far 30 hand pumps, 120 latrines with septic tanks have been constructed. three primary schools have been renovated; To ensure access to safe drinking water, 300 water ceramic filters have been distributed while 150 flood safe seed bins (Annaj Ghar) have also been constructed. 4 chingchi rikshaw have been provided to beneficiaries selected on basis of poverty score card and Livelihood Investment Plan LIP.
30 Hand Pumps have been Installed under BMZ Project
The newly eastablished Coordination Forum consist of all CSOs that are working in the field of disaster management at the district level, and other major stakeholders especially DDMA are the part of this important forum. Now the forum coordinates to streamline all activities and will conduct quarterly meetings in four districts.
Tharparker Report Published by HANDS
A rapid assessment was conducted by HANDS for Tharparker situation and its report was published. The aim of this survey was to determine the vulnerability of drought affected communities in district Tharparkar, province of Sindh. The survey was conducted just after Tharparker drought in March 2014 in four Talukas covering all union councils. The results depicted that majority of the population has been affected by the recent drought to some extent while the key findings and recommendation support stakeholders to intervene.