NEWS BULLETIN (April-June, 2014)

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In an agitated ambiance across the country each one of us is worried and disturbed what will happen to the ongoing process of democracy but one important thing has been realized that political awareness is one of the basic need which we have to impart in our citizens. It is usually said that education is one of the best way to improve political scenario of our country but it is strange that this not enough, education must accompany awareness about basic political rights which can only be entailed in a democratic government along with democratic values. In my opinion, in this way people can come out from personality driven syndrome and the process of accountability will initiate based on these values. If the State starts focusing on provision of basic rights to citizens, I guess many issues can be resolved easily rather than developing drawing room projects which is not needed. I hope through this issue of newsletter readers would like to learn about HANDS’ mega projects of education in support of Government and its major role in mobilizing community for enrolling their children in schools, schools’ rehabilitation and functioning of non-functional schools along with teachers training on imparting quality education. The issue highlights major efforts of HANDS in this quarter regarding health, education, livelihood and infrastructure. Readers may also find interesting to know about efforts that have been made for staff capacity building through two major events of national level exposure visit to Kalash and International visit to Turkey, these opportunities enhanced staff learning and team building. Another delightful news is about the launch of HANDS International in UK, registered as charity organization there as well.

I wish this issue will also serve in disseminating information about constructive work happening in Pakistan.


Bilquis Rehman

HANDS-International launched in London

Dr. Saeed Ismail, Finance Secretary, HANDS, and Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS, visited UK for the

Dr. Ismail, Dr. Tanveer Mr. Richard Huggins, Dr. Samad Billoo and Ms. Bee Rowan.

Dr. Ismail, Dr. Tanveer Mr. Richard Huggins, Dr. Samad Billoo and Ms. Bee Rowan.

launch of HANDS International in London. They took part in various consultation meetings, field visits and HANDS orientation gatherings. All activities were conducted in presence of Dr. Samad Billoo, Mr. Gul Sanai and other representatives of HANDS International.

HANDS International is engaged in mobilizing the international community including overseas Pakistanis to come forward and support the initiatives of providing health care in remote areas of Pakistan, building shelter for disaster struck people, adopting schools for maintaining quality education, providing livelihood access and enhancing overall community development for the vulnerable communities in Pakistan.

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HANDS International launching event at Manchester along with Dr. Gul Sanai of Sindhi Medical Association and representative Pakistan High Commission

Meeting during the UK London visit

Meeting during the UK London visit

Mr. Richard Huggins giving  gift of his book to Dr. Tanveer.

Mr. Richard Huggins giving gift of his book to Dr. Tanveer.

HANDS honors its patrons and friends at the Annual Fund Raising Dinner

dinner for a cause

The Annual Dinner in the honor of patrons of HANDS was organized on 21st June, 2014, at Movenpick Hotel, Karachi. Prof. Dr. Abdul Gaffar Billoo, Chairman, HANDS, and Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, CEO, HANDS, welcomed the guests with the brief on HANDS immense achievements reaching about 39 districts of Pakistan. The patrons and others guests relied their confidence in HANDS as an international charity organization with 1700 employees set on providing better health, education and livelihood opportunities to the vulnerable communities. A substantial amount of donations were announced in the event by the guests and other friends of HANDS.

More than 56 thousand patient/clients get benefitted by HANDS Jamkanda Hospital in a year

HANDS acknowledges its more than hundred philanthropists and Health Department, District Malir, for providing basic health JK graphneeds to 56825 patients through Jamkanda Hospital, major contributor names are Mr. Bashir Jan Muhammad, Abdul Ghaffar Dhedhi, Din Leather (Pvt.) Ltd., Saeed Allahwala, Abdul Wahab Lakhani and Prof. A. Jabbar. (Patient includes 31217 females,13550 males and 12058 children.) There are Gynecological and Obstetrical cases attended in OPD along with general female patients. The hospital has been maintaining an efficient lab test facility, x-ray facility and family planning services.HANDS Hospital Jamkanda has been delivering its services to the Karachi Rural community with clear objectives of easy access to health care under the management of HANDS Health Program with support of several philanthropists and Health department district Malir. It is located in the periphery of Karachi, Deh Landhi, Bin Qasim Town.

Efforts for Child Marriage Law Implementation

A consultative meeting of stake holders including Civil Society, Media and Government dignitaries had been arranged by

Early marriage law implementation consultation meeting.

Early marriage law implementation consultation meeting.

HANDS to address this issue. Dr. Abdul Shakoor from Health department said that the condition of maternal health is not satisfactory in Pakistan. On this meeting the civil society experts stressed on  to curb early marriage issues and urged for serious measures by authorities to stop early marriages and formulate appropriate strategy to implement the law of which cause early pregnancies and resulted in several complicated health problems for young mothers and new born child.

Community Awareness for child marriage law

In order to bridge this gap for women towards reproductive health and empowered life, Rutgers WPF in partnership with HANDS Pakistan and SAFWCO, is running ‘Awareness to Action’ after the successful completion of ‘Aaagahi se Agay’ in 2013. The launching ceremony of ‘Awareness to Action’ took place in presence of Dr.

KIRAN training under progress.

KIRAN training under progress.

Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS, Dr. Yasmin Qazi, Senior Country Advisor from the donor The David Lucile and Packard In order to bridge this gap for women towards reproductive health and empowered life, Rutgers WPF in partnership with HANDS Pakistan and SAFWCO, is running ‘Awareness to Action’ after the successful completion of ‘Aaagahi se Agay’ in 2013. The launching ceremony of ‘Awareness to Action’ took place in presence of Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS, Dr. Yasmin Qazi, Senior Country Advisor from the donor The David Lucile and Packard Foundation, and Dr. Nafis Sadiq, Advisor to the UN Secretary General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia.

Awareness to Action is three year project implemented in Karachi Periphery and in Sanghar which aims to create a cadre of 650 young leaders known as ‘Kiran’ to actively mobilize community to raise awareness on child marriages, teenage pregnancies, girls education, reproductive health and safe motherhood.

Bringing free maternal health services to rural Sindh

Only 16 percent among the poorest women give birth assisted by a skilled attendant, consequently bringing the highest maternal mortality rate in Pakistan (276 maternal deaths per 100,000 births) with an estimated 20,000 women losing their lives every year due to pregnancy and childbirth related issues. While in Sindh, MMR shows an alarming situation being more than the average national figure of 314.It is important to improve access to free medical services for women and promotion of healthy birth spacing to secure their lives. In this regard, recently a project for the period of four year has been launched in 10

districts of Sindh for ensuring access to family planning reproductive health services. HANDS Pakistan in collaboration with Marie Stopes Society is implementing the project in which women will get free services for pre and post natal care and safe delivery through skilled birth attendants along with free family planning services in 10 districts of Sindh. Lady health workers and MARVI workers will provide a voucher to community women MAWRAs i.e. women of reproductive age 14-48 years. These vouchers enable free treatment at local basic health units and private clinics. Further, district level clinics will also

be technically equipped to provide better health care facilities to deal any complications and avoid deaths during childbirth . The project has more than 79 thousand targeted number of beneficiaries.

In order to overcome the social barriers for effective implementation, HANDS is working on Behavior Change Communication Strategy and designed campaign for the purpose. In this regards dissemination of key messages on family planning and reproductive health messages are aired on cable TV and Radio FM. Simultaneous awareness sessions, one to one meetings help in reinforcing the messages.

Commencement of New Batch in HANDS Midwifery School

HANDS Jamkanda Midwifery School held Lamp Lighting and Inauguration Ceremony for the 2nd Midwifery Batch supported

About 200 participants attended the ceremony in presence of Ms. Siraj-un-Nisa Essani, HANDS board member and other staff representatives. Event was facilitated by Principle Midwifery School HANDS and MNCH representatives.

About 200 participants attended the ceremony in presence of Ms. Siraj-un-Nisa Essani, HANDS board member and other staff representatives. Event was facilitated by Principle Midwifery School HANDS and MNCH representatives.

by Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP) and Maternal and New Born Child Health (MNCH), at Karachi Rural.The Midwifery School Principle shared her experience in general about the overall initiative and as a midwife.

The lamp lighting and certificate distribution ceremony for senior batch followed, after which the new batch was taken on a hostel visit along with their parents.So far 403 CMWs have graduated from HANDS Jamkanda and Hala Midwifery schools and are committed to their service in villages. New batches have been initiated in March this year, one batch is comprises of 18 months residential training with in hospital.

Promoting Safe deliveries through Skilled Birth Attendants

Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) is aimed at preventing maternal, newborn and child deaths by ensuring skilled birth attendance (SBA) through a total market approach, empowered community, timely referral to EmONC and improved access to child care. JHPIEGO Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics.

The program aims to leave behind 1,000 high quality public and private MNCH Centers that conduct at least 20 deliveries

Advocacy meeting with lady health worker and community notables.

Advocacy meeting with lady health worker and community notables.

each per month, provide all seven signal functions of basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) and are linked with comprehensive EmONC facilities through an active referral and transportation system.

For effective
implementation, 2nd Advocacy Seminar for “Promoting Safe deliveries through SBAs” under HANDS-MCHIP project was organized at GHS School Phulji Station. The seminar served as a strong advocacy platform for the participating lady health workers, more than 60 women support group members, 40 men VHC members and community notables.

Dr. Siddique Panhwer, DO Health, Dadu, chaired the Seminar. Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bhand, District Patron, HANDS Dadu, and Mr. Karimproject model Mangi, DC-MCHIP were the honorary guests.Ms. Irum Anayat, Senior Clinical Supervisor MCHIP, Mr. Feroz Memon, SMS MCHIP, Mr. Ashok, DPO-TRDP, and Mr. Hussain Mangi, PM-JORDAN were among the respected guests at the Seminar while Mr. Mansoor Veesar MM-HANDS observed the event.

Promise to eradicate Polio from Pakistan

“Polio must be eradicated from Pakistan”, this was pledged by community mobilizers of Ibrahim Hydri and Rehri, during the two days training workshop on ‘MDGs focusing on Polio Eradication’ organized by HANDS Institute of Community Development in collaboration with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), on May 27-28,

HANDS Advocacy and Social Mobilization team along with members of PPAF during the training for community members at HANDS Karachi Rural Office.

HANDS Advocacy and Social Mobilization team along with members of PPAF during the training for community members at HANDS Karachi Rural Office.

2014. As the total number of Polio WPV1 cases reported from Pakistan in 2014 reaches 66, the country is faced by ever more ordeals on the national and international front. Five new WPV1 cases being reported in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including three cases from North Waziristan, one from South Waziristan, and one from Khyber agency.

Community members of Union Councils Ibrahim Hyderi and Rehri of Bin Qasim Town Karachi took part in the training at HANDS-ICD Karachi Rural, Jamkanda. The training was aimed at training the community people about importance of Polio vaccine and its mode of spread. It was emphasised that hygiene practices especially use of toilet and maintenance of cleanliness prevent from Polio along with vaccination. The community people ensured their role in spreading these messages and promised to eradicate polio from their area by following the precautionary measures.

Mr. Manzar Elahi, Senior General Manager, PPAF, Mr Zafar Abbas Siyal along with Mariam and Sumaira from PPAF, were the master trainers at the event. While, Mr. Rahim Mari, General Manager, Social Mobilization & Disaster Management, Ms. Bilqees Rehman, General Manager, Communication and Advocacy, Mr. Khalil Wadhelo DEM, HANDS K.R  Conducted sessions from  HANDS.

Education reforms through Rural Based Community School (RBCS) Project

For increased access, enhanced equity and improved quality at all levels of education, HANDS signed an agreement with Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) to established 25 schools in Rural Area of Karachi as part of the new scheme of ‘The Rural Based Community School’ (RBCS). The interventions have been designed in light of Government of Pakistan’s Education Sector Reform (2001-11) which recognizes the role of public-private partnership The program will cater to a minimum of 15,000 direct beneficiaries comprising students, teachers, parents and NGO staff through the 250 rural based community supported schools. These schools will be established in partnership with grassroot level NGOs across 10 districts of Sindh province.

The institutional strengthening interventions will focus on systematic development programs for educators and administrators, increase in professional development opportunities and incentives, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and establishment of strong performance assessment systems.

Activities on RBCS

HANDS facilitated five day training workshop on Sindh Textbook Board Course for Grad 1 & Grade II Community Teachers

Community  Teachers Training on  Enhancing Understanding of Sindh Textbook Board Course organized by DO Karachi Rural

Community Teachers Training on Enhancing Understanding of Sindh Textbook Board Course organized by DO Karachi Rural

organized by Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) under the project of Rural Based Community School (RBCS).

In this connection, 5 day workshop on Sindh Textbook Board course was organized by HANDS KR Team, with support of SEF, designed for Grade I & Grade II teachers to trained them on lesson planning and related activities.

At the end of the workshop participants were able to understand the Sindh Textbook Board contents, enhance the knowledge regarding pedagogy and learning process through activity based teaching, enhance the knowledge regarding effective lesson planning, enhance the knowledge regarding classroom management and arrangement, understand the relationship (integration) between all subjects and develop an understanding regarding national Curriculum of Grad I & Grade II.

Delegation Visited RBCS Project at HANDS DO Karachi Rural

Mr. Aziz Kabani, Director of Sindh Education Foundation, Mr.Ashafaque Hussani Meerani, AD, RBCS along with HANDS

Mr. Aziz Kabani with HANDS team during the visit.

Mr. Aziz Kabani with HANDS team during the visit.

that the sanitation and hygiene issue caused by sewerage water in front of girls’ school also the problem which create problems for students. Therefore, girls were going to onother village school

team, visited RBCS Haji Dost Muhammad Bhumbro and RBCS Haji Ramzan Lassi at District Office Karachi Rural, on 18th April, 2014. The delegation was briefed about the project’s progress.

Removing roadblocks in accessing girls’ education

VillageWakro is situated at a distance of 24km to the North side of Larkana, as a historical village of Taluka Dokri. In this village there is only primary school for girls, while for Secondary School girls had to go five kilometers away in Bakrani.

HANDS-CMP Larkana team working on Sindh Community Mobilization Project (SCMP) of USAID played a crucial role in reviving girls schooling in the village. It was explored after conducting the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) at the village Otaq by project team that the absence of a Girls High School had created much disappointment for young girls who are eager to acquire education there were unsuitable conditions at the existing non functional secondary school building. This was also explored during activity

implementing activities designed to meet these objectives in the four Provincial Districts of Sukkur, Larkana, Kashmore and Jacobabad and three Karachi City Towns of Lyari, Orangi and Gadap.

HANDS team facilitated and sensitized villagers about importance of girls education and taking care of girls going to school as they are exposed to severe difficulty this way. The HANDS team found that villagers have emotional attachment and ownership for the village but had no idea of managing the resources of the village. The exercise of which is difficult for them and many of the girls were not able to go due to the long distance.

The Community Mobilization Program (CMP) of HANDS is a five year program that commenced in August 2013 and focuses on component of reconstruction of school building which were damged in 2010 flood, while enhancing girls education and support Govt in terms of establishing, increase in enrolment and reinforcement of school administration through community involvement. HANDS will be responsible for PRA, in which the whole village map was drawn on the ground pointing each building and component, it enabled the villagers to think about their village with more ownership. It was learned after PRA that people realized it and were set at work to remove the water from the school front and making the place clean for female students to go to school. This is not only highlighted the importance of girls education but also put the foundation of overall development of the village. The villagers were so glad to hear the plan of reconstruction of new school for girls.

Sindh Reading Program looks in to the issues of Early Grade Learning

In order to address the critical issues in early-grade reading and mathematics in Pakistan, USAID is supporting the Sindh Reading Program. With 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

The 10 day "Continuous Teachers' Professional Development (CTPD) workshop was conducted under Sindh Reading Program, from 17th to 27th June, 2014. The training workshop was conducted for 150 Government teachers of primary schools from all HANDS-SRP districts Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Jacobabad and Kashmore, to build the capacity of in-service teachers with multiple teaching methodologies and to enhance the reading and mathematics skills.

The 10 day “Continuous Teachers’ Professional Development (CTPD) workshop was conducted under Sindh Reading Program, from 17th to 27th June, 2014. The training workshop was conducted for 150 Government teachers of primary schools from all HANDS-SRP districts Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Jacobabad and Kashmore, to build the capacity of in-service teachers with multiple teaching methodologies and to enhance the reading and mathematics skills.


During the orientation and launch of SRP, conducted by USAID, on May 14-15, 2014, the complete strategic plan was shared with the partners. HANDS is implementation partner for the districts of Kashmore, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad, and three towns of Karachi including Lyari, Orangi and Gadap. Whil IRC is implementation partner for the districts of Khairpur, Qambar Shahdadkot, Dadu and two towns of Karachi including Bin Qasim and Kemari.

The program targets 75000 students, 25000 teachers and 500 government officials.Ms. Iffat Kazmi, Professional Development and Academic Advisor (SRP), accompanied Dr. Valerie during the facilitation. Mr. Qalander Bux, GM (Education) HANDS, Ms. Shabeena, PPM (Education) HANDS and Ms. Huma Khan, PPM (Education) IRC, co-facilitated the orientation.

Dr. Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed CE-HANDS, Mr. Qalander Bux Behrani G.M-E&LP and Ms. Shabina Ashfaque Manger-E&LP participated in the SRP Orientation Workshop & planning meeting with all Technical, Implementing and Education department officials and oriented the role of HANDS in the implementing of SRP project in 05 districts of Sindh.

Dr. Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed CE-HANDS, Mr. Qalander Bux Behrani G.M-E&LP and Ms. Shabina Ashfaque Manger-E&LP participated in the SRP Orientation Workshop & planning meeting with all Technical, Implementing and Education department officials and oriented the role of HANDS in the implementing of SRP project in 05 districts of Sindh.

District Education Department officers, Chemonics and HANDS officials participated in training closing ceremonies of their respective districts.

District Education Department officers, Chemonics and HANDS officials participated in training closing ceremonies of their respective districts.

Kashmore school function

Annual school day celebration at Government Boys’ Primary school colony 1 under 5 Sindh Basic Education Program.

Annual school day celebration at Government Boys’ Primary school colony 1 under 5 Sindh Basic Education Program.

Hunarmand Markaz Display

The Hunarmand Markaz Display Centre brings a dynamic range of artifacts and clothes made by the skillful trainees.

The Hunarmand Markaz Display Centre brings a dynamic range of artifacts and clothes made by the skillful trainees.

Hunarmand Taining Centre acknowledges its students

Certificate distribution ceremony was organized for the beneficiaries of Hunarmand Training Centre, batch 40, under collaboration of HTC and HANDS Karachi Rural.Mr. Haji Naqeeb Ullah, Managing Director, Golden Tech Stitching Embroidery (Pvt.) Ltd., Memon Goth,was the chief guest of the event in presence of Mr. Khalil Wadhlo, DEM, Mr. Ayub Rao, Mr. Hayat Baloch and other guests. This Center is performing duty under 13 females. Hunarmand Training Centre Memon Goth was able to produce 160 graduates, while 72 girls students got trained at Matiari.

Ms. Rahila Rahim, General Manager, Livelihood, along with the graduate trainees.

Ms. Rahila Rahim, General Manager, Livelihood, along with the graduate trainees.

Poverty Alleviation Initiatives

3 days enterprise

Livelihood Enhancement Program (LEP) launched Livelihood Project with the financial support by PPAF in Rehri and Ibrahim Hyderi districts of Karachi. The project covers the maximum number of poor including ultra vulnerable on the PSC. HANDS has proposed that the beneficiary households, previously served by PPAF funding, should now be given the additional opportunity to graduate and further enhance their productivity, capacities, and community contributions through provision of assets, trainings, linkages, Community Livelihood Funds (CLF), advocacy,youth initiatives, Nokri Karobar centers, production centers etc. The duration of LEP project is expanded over July 2014 to September 2015. The program intends to reach 110 beneficiaries through development of Community Resource Person (CRP), 140 beneficiaries of asset transfer and 500 livelihood enhancement trainees.

Food Security Intervention: Agricultural training for flood victimsoxfam novib

The new project of livelihood enhancement for the rain flood affected communities is being supported by Oxfam Novib in 10 villages of district Ghotki with a targeted number of 470 beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will be supported in Agri Farm, Agri Inputs, fruit plants, and fodder, trees plantation and poultry birds. Beneficiaries will also be trained through capacity building training on agriculture seed bank and poultry and livestock rearing.

HANDS continues to restore life in Awaran with Support of UKAID

awaran shelters

In the quarter March to May, 2014, project teams continued their efforts to provide recovery support to the earth quake affected families. Restoration process for earth quake affected communities continued in selected villages under DFID/UKAID. HANDS Relief and recovery Project for earthquake affected areas of Balochistan project through reconstruction of shelters, livelihood support, health initiatives, schools rehabilitation, and other social sector activities. The project aim to construct 4,500 shelters. HANDS is delivering the knowledge and skills in the local context for the construction of disaster compliant shelters, out of which 53 shelters are complete. HANDS is working with group methodology as an implementation approach to the project.199 CSG’s were formed and 42 CFW Groups were provided cash tokens from which 892 beneficiaries to enhance livelihood. Emergency health and education needs of the earth quake affected targeted area under the project have been fulfilled by conducting 7 mobile medical camps & establishment of 01 rehabilitation centre at DHQ Awaran. 25 CFS were continuously attended by 1469 children. Regular monitoring of the project has been conducted to ensure timely mitigation of challenges, smooth implementation and monthly progress reviews. 03 monitoring visit were conducted in this quarter by seniors by head office. HANDS Suggestion and Complaint Cell (SAC) is a fully functional system since DFID Awaran Project initiated. In order to ensure full accountability of its overall operations at all levels. HANDS SAC has been actively addressing complaints from intervention areas of the project.

One Room Shelter (ORS)
Soon after addressing immediate needs of the targeted communities by distributing some 10,000 emergency shelter roofing kits to be used as transition shelters, One Room Shelter started from November 20, 2013 providing the opportunity of cash grant of £300 to 4500 families to build earthquake compliance shelters in a year.

HANDS One Room Shelter model has not specified structure but are locally indigenous to cope up with situations of natural disaster and finalized the designed of one room shelter with community’s suggestions at each location.

HANDS with the help of Abu Faisal Trust installed seven hand pumps with well dig in district Awaran where the four hand pumps were installed in tehsil Awaran and the other three in tehsil Mashkey. These hand pumps are being utilized by about 237 households in these districts.

HANDS with the help of Abu Faisal Trust installed seven hand pumps with well dig in district Awaran where the four hand pumps were installed in tehsil Awaran and the other three in tehsil Mashkey. These hand pumps are being utilized by about 237 households in these districts.

Leadership trainings and Exposure Visits

Up to Kalash

HANDS leadership retreat at Kalash.

HANDS leadership retreat at Kalash.

HR&ID program of HANDS organizes annual leadership retreat and exposure visit for staff members. During the exposure visit, HANDS senior management conducts learning sessions on leadership development. In this connection, a seven day leadership retreat was organized from May 25th to May 31st, 2014, in the northern areas of Pakistan for 29 staff members. The group explored Chitral, Kalash, Shandoor, Phandar Valleys, Mastuj, Lowari Top, Ayoobia, Nathia Gali and Muree, the entire route filled with scenic beauty and grandeur. Chitral’s collection of rugged mountains, sulphur springs, rivers teeming with trout fish, orchard-dotted slopes, friendly people and annual festivals are enchanting beyond description. For a modern day traveler this scenic region offers exciting and adventurous experience. Training workshop on Eleven Mindset of transformative leadership was also conducted. This training is designed by Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS, as one of his own learning creation. The training model is just like a life guide that gaves valuable stuff to read, realize, assess and practice. The training focused on the successful life living techniques. All the participants actively participated in the training sessions and enjoyed this adventurous visit. Mr. Mumtaz Ali Khaskheli, Chief HID Executive, HANDS, led the trip. He also played his part as a master trainer of the group.

Mesmerizing Turkey

HANDS leadership retreat at Turkey.

HANDS leadership retreat at Turkey.

Turkey is considered as a cultural seat in this modern developed world. There is a lot to see and learn from the country. Higher management of HANDS decided to plan an international study visit to Turkey. A group of 18 professional staff members availed that opportunity. The purpose of the visit was to explore the most famous tourist places, religious and cultural sites of the country besides getting exposure of NGOs/CSOs and other institutions. While visiting the country, the group met with various organizations; Rumi Forum, Pak Turkish Foundation, and Yelova Agriculture Organization among others. The group visited Istanbul, Yelova, Bursa and Canakkele. This visit gave opportunity to coordinate with Fatih University Istanbul and Kimse Yok Mu Solidarity and Aid Association Turkey. The process to build ventures with these institutions and other Turkish organizations has been initiated. It was one week extensive visit program held from May 12th to 18th, 2014. Mr. Mumtaz Ali Khaskheli, Chief HID Executive, led the visit.

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NEWS BULLETIN (Jan-March, 2014)



Pakistan’s challenges have now entered into a new phase with the commencement of peace negotiation with militants while violent attacks from both ends continue and the common people’s challenges for decent living remain stiff as before, in fact increased. The case of Tharparkar gave one more evidence of government’s insensible attitude towards people’s problems.

Surveys conducted are highlighting the facts that drought in Tharparker is mismanaged and misperceived by the authorities, the food was there but people could not access it, people’s power of purchase diminished due to their animals’ death, they were not able to carry their children to hospitals or health facilities because they did not have money or any transport services. Nevertheless, struggle for the betterment should not be stopped and following this principle HANDS is achieving its results in such challenging environment and laying examples of persistent efforts.

In present newsletter readers can find HANDS quarterly organizational report’s highlights which are presenting spectacular acceleration of HANDS’ beneficiaries in terms of capacity building trainings, income generation support, health and education services to underprivileged people and especially roof over their heads. The readers must find Tharparker realities interesting, included in this issue of newsletter. Moreover, concentration has been given to provide information to readers about issues for which HANDS is providing its services to deprived communities.

This is very encouraging that HANDS is now at the position where public and private sector stakeholders both approach HANDS when it comes to disaster mitigation or any other strategic interventions initiated in the country. This is more important that confidence of communities on HANDS is more stronger and they are doing their own efforts on self reliant basis and leading and taking ownerships of projects like incase of Adolescent Friendly Centers have now been taken up by the community youth on self sustained basis. MARVIs are becoming more and more self sustained by selling daily utility products in conjunction to the services of Family Planning, men and women are more strengthened to earn their own livings by learning through marketing and social enterprise development trainings.

I hope this issue of the newsletter gives readers a holistic sense of efforts and results which are coming through HANDS visionary leadership only.

Best Regards

Bilquis Rehman

HANDS’ beneficiaries reach to 1 million

DSC_0095According to HANDS’ recent quarterly report, the numerous projects and programmatic sectors of HANDS have reached 0.90 million people as direct beneficiaries in the 2nd quarter of 2013-2014, as per the set targets. HANDS’ intervention facilitates the beneficiaries to solve their problems at community level, thus maintaining community participation as the most important priority.
HANDS Human Institutional Development Program conducted 62 trainings for 1990 participants to strengthen the skills of individuals and groups. Through its Social Mobilization approach, HANDS has been able to facilitate local community and formulated 450 men and women Community based Organizations (CBOs) in the mentioned quarter.

The past quarter remained significant for the Disaster Management program due to Earthquake hit areas of Tehsil Awaran and Mashkay where HANDS distributed food to 210 affected families, provided medicines to 558 families and treated 5594 patients through mobile medical camps. HANDS also provided 5,555 non-food items to the victims. Simultaneously, the series of projects running under Infrastructure Development, Energy, WASH and Shelter (IDEAS) have 327,382 direct beneficiaries.

HANDS believes in the financial empowerment of community through providing cash for work, Hunarmand Training Centre sessions and livelihood assets. This Livelihood Enhancements program has directly empowered 14,015 people. Moreover, an estimated 312,757 beneficiaries have been reached by Health Promotion Program in 28 districts through 2878 intervention units.

Further intervention reveals about HANDS’ community teachers for ECE, Parwarish centres, adult literacy centres and government teachers of primary and secondary schools to benefit about 24,118 number of community members.

All of the HANDS projects are based on the best practice models developed by Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program (MER) which conducted 04 researches on school facility assessment in Awaran, DFID Endline Evaluation, pilot study on beneficiaries’ feedback collection and WASH profile and surveyed 4031 intervention units.

Tharparkar Drought Realities

The ‘1st Situation Analysis Survey – Tharparkar’
by HANDS in support from UN-OCHA

HANDS has been able to release the rapid assessment report on Tharparkar famine disaster in technical support with UN-OCHA, to understand the situation of the people and to identify the root causes and result in action plan by the government and donor bodies. This document provides findings of a rapid assessment based on interviews with key informants (KIs) conducted by HANDS, from 11-14 March 2014, across 322 villages in Tharparkar districts. A standard tool of MIRA (Multi Cluster Initial Assessment) was used in this survey. The report reveals that 35 percent of the 15,077 families that depend on agriculture have been affected and require assistance to restore their livelihoods. Also 10,725 herds of livestock were reportedly lost. Some 55 percent of the communities reported that they have no fodder for their livestock, and another 42 percent reported available fodder sufficient for two to four weeks. A further 88 percent of the 6,433 families that depend on daily labour as their primary source of income have lost their livelihood, this created cash deprivation which hindered their communication and travelling to reach food and health facilities. Hence, immediate assistance in this regard was important.

TheUNTITLED-2 main health problems reported by key informants in the drought hit areas are diarrhea at 87percent, fever and malaria at 82
percent, followed by cough and respiratory tract infections at 79 percent, and lastly by skin diseases at 41 percent. It can be assumed that given their heightened vulnerability, they will require specific attention and specialized care by the trained healthcare providers. During the assessment, 66 percent respondents reported that nearest health facility is at a distance of more than 5 kilometers and of those 26 percent highlighted basic health unit (BHU) as nearest health facility, 24 percent reported DHQ/THQ as nearest health facility and 19 percent report dispensary as nearest health facility for them while in 32 percent village’s nearest facility was reported not functional which indicate more than one third population has to travel a long distance for availing healthcare services.

During the assessment, key informants of 39 percent villages reported that there are reports of women who have stopped or reduced breastfeeding after the drought, there is also a decrease in exclusive breastfeeding after drought which is 11 percent less than before (39 percent), an indicator strongly associated with an increased risk of malnutrition in infants and young children. In addition to that, infants and young children are also given goat milk, wheat flour, rice and biscuits as supplementary food. Water related issues were not of concern during calamity. As reported by 322 village’s key informants, water was accessible in most of the villages but more than 99 percent of the households do not treat drinking water as they count well water as safe. Women are widely engaged to fetch water from nearby sources, and nearly three quarter women spend one hour to collect the water. Only 11percent of the KIs identified problems in obtaining assistance in drought situation while 15percent of KIs reported security concern billoo meetigin the community. Radio and mobile phones are the main source of communication in visiting villages. Some 63percent informants reported mobile phone as primary source of communication, 53 percent KIs reported radio as mode of primary source of communication and 13 percent reported NGO staff is also primary of source of communication.

The report sends recommendations for short term relief till monsoon and long term 10 years’ strategy. This includes cash
meeting with minister compensation and supplies of livestock, seed distribution, restoration of irrigation, availability of safe drinking water, dry ration supply at door-step, provision of primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities, free or subsidized transport system and activation of awareness campaign with of mobile phones and FM radio.

According to Rahim Marri, GM, Disaster Management, HANDS, “Fortunately, the recent formation of HANDS’ nutrition management teams, helped in implementing an immediate vertical action plan in response to the famine emergency killing over hundred children. Our facility based nutritional management approach, static and mobile teams will be providing adequate nutritional care and treatment to malnourished children less than 05 years of age, pregnant and lactating women with acute malnutrition. Also, micronutrient deficiencies would be overcome through provision of micronutrients, vitamin and de-worming.

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HANDS volunteers engrossed in assisting the disaster victims at Mithi District Hospital.


A group of 11 healthcare providers under the leadership of Dean Khyber Medical University, KPK, along with CE HANDS, visited HANDS intervention area in Taluka Deplo and organized Mobile medical camps at various locations. About 850 patients were initially treated and provided medicines with support of HANDS medical camps.


HANDS promotes women autonomy


A challenge to the much celebrated notion of women empowerment still remains in the provision of basic ownership rights, a sheltered roof, health and education. In Pakistan, the notion of women empowerment can become a thronging reality only when the great challenge gathered up against the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance is channelized. The status quo in Pakistan sets rigid limits on women’s ownership of productive resources and rights to inherit property.In terms of integrated development, HANDS has effectively mapped rural Pakistan, mostly Sindh, providing women autonomy over land ownership through its Shelter program, supported by Department for International Development (UKAID), Medico International (MI) and several indigenous philanthropists. In this regards HANDS is striving since long for empowering women but in relief intervention this opportunity get doubled through which more than 0.1 million shelters were been handed over to flood victims in Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan in which female headed households have been given major priority in shelter provision. A large number of women now owned their own houses.The development model particularly addresses livelihood enhancement of people in which women are given more priority. The target areas of rural Pakistan are generally bound by land values, inheritance traditions, ethnic backgrounds; and a mix of micro, small, and large landholdings. Through intervention, HANDS has been able to overcome the bureaucratic roadblocks and medieval record keeping which makes the documentations inaccessible to women in these areas. The authentic and transparent provision of land documentation, social protection documents, building of resilient shelters along with the provision of livelihood opportunities has raised these women to support their families in a protected environment.Imamzaadi, Karimaan, and Haseena are among many women who are leading a self-reliant life. The roof over their heads has enabled them to raise their families with respect and dignity. They are no more required to engage in vocations unsuited to females. HANDS has also formed 2482 and women CBOs out of a total 5205 in almost 20 districts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.The best practice models deployed by HANDS include service, training and delivery, where after a diligent need assessment, women have been made socially aware to utilize the material resources and initiate their livelihoods on a continuous basis.

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Women seen with their owned house property

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Commitment to Adolescent Reproductive Health


From left: Dr. Irfan Ahmed, Dr. Zahoor Ahmed, Dr. Khalid Parvez and Aijaz Memon delivering key aspects of reproductive health for adolescents.

HANDS Thatta organized an ‘Advocacy & Experience sharing Workshop’ on Adolescents Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (ASHR), organized at Government Polytechnic Institute auditorium, Thatta, on January 29, 2014. The workshop was held under Reproductive Health Initiative with Adolescent (RHIA) project, Basic Skills for Life (BS4L) component.

Dr. Irfan Ahmed, Senior Country Health Advisor, Plan-Pakistan, Dr. Zahoor Ahmed, DHO Thatta, Dr. Khalid Pervez, Ex-GM Health, HANDS Head Office Karachi, Line Department officials, community members from RHIA villages, learners of respective AFCs, AFC staff, HANDS team, NGOs representatives and youth groups were among the guests.

Community members shared their experiences of HANDS intervention and expressed satisfaction on confidence building, personality development and health improvements after the provision of reproductive health education by HANDS.
Guest speakers were pleased to see youth actively questioning about their issues. They said that this is a change in confidence building, no matter little bit. At community level, as well as generally we have to build responsible attitudes towards leading life.

The guests on the occasion also acknowledged the feedback from community and appreciated the ASRH model.

Access, Services and Knowledge

ASK’s reproductive health efforts

HANDS is the implementing partner for Rutgers WPF’s ASK (Access, Servadices and Knolwedge) project. Regarding Sexual Reproductive Health, the program aims to build young people’s individual capacity to make safe choices; to make SRH services better adapted to young people’s individual needs; and to strengthen the linkages between information and service provision.

ASK aims to target young people between the ages 10-24 years, especially adolescent girls and marginalized youth groups like sexual, ethnic or religious minorities, people with disabilities, sex workers, and young people living with HIV (YPLHIV). The program is focused in Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Matiari. In this regard, a website has been developed to support youth.

RHIA Field Visit


Dr. Irfan Ahmed, Senior Country Health Advisor, Plan-Pakistan, visited Adolescent Friendly Centre boys’ and girls’ Fateh

Muhammad Soomro, and MARVI house, facilitated by HANDS Thatta, on January 29, 2014.


24 Adolescent Friendly Centres handed over to community

The community of Thatta and Kot Addu are benefiting from the 24 Adolescent Friendly Centres established by HANDS, separatelyDSC_0483 for boys and girls with financial support from Plan-Pakistan. These centres are aimed to overcome the sexual reproductive health problems among youth. Even in normal settings, adolescents face social and structural barriers that prevent them from accessing ASRH services.

Adolescent Friendly Centres provide recreational, educational and social awareness opportunities to the youth. Psychosocial problems, habits of drugs and irrelevant company and negative behavior are dealt with through counseling and healthy activities. The centres are equipped with space for sports, computers and gathering areas.

In general settings, there are high health issues and risks faced by children and adolescents. AFC plays the role for generating income resources for the sake of children and family, provides them better health and education, protects them from diseases and keeps them away from bad practices causing health deficiency.

Some facts about ASRH

  • The adolescent group, aged 10 to 19 years, are mostly at high risk in developing countries in situationsaa of: pregnant adolescent girls, marginalized adolescents i.e. HIV+, those with disabilities, LGBT (homosexual issues), indigenous groups, migrants and child laborers.
  • Adolescents make up about 22% of the population in Pakistan.
  • In Pakistan 50% of women give birth before the age of 20.
  • Young women are at increased risk of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • 1/2 of new HIV infections occur in 15-24 year olds.
  • 1/3 of new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur in people under 25 years.

Annual Status of Education Report

According to the Annual Status of Education Report – ASER 2013 National survey, despite the recent focus of the federal and provincial governments on enrolment drives as a rhetoric on Article 25A, 21 percent of Pakistan’s children between the ages of 5 and 16 still remain out of school. The remaining 79% that are enrolled in the 5-16 age bracket are not learning much either. These findings were made public in the report of Pakistan’s largest-annual citizen-led household based ASER Survey 2013. The ASER sample included 249,832 children (including 41 percent girls) by 10,000 volunteer citizens, who personally visited 81,672 households in 4,112 villages as well as 14,158 children (including 42 per cent girls) 5,372 households in 270 blocks in urban areas of 13 districts across Pakistan.
For the year 2013, the ASER rural survey has been conducted in 138 rural districts in the country, wherein 5-16 year age cohort children were tested for English language, Urdu, Sindhi, Pushto and arithmetic competencies. The report aims to inform the progress or lack thereof with respect to Article 25 A of the constitution making education a fundamental right for 5-16 year old children since 2010.

The report states that the private sector is performing better than the government sector as far as the learninglevels of children, student and teacher attendance are concerned. The survey reveals a clear- urban-rural divide, whereby urban areas perform better in terms of access (92% children in schools vs. 78% in rural areas) and infrastructure facilities; however, learning levels remain marginally better than rural areas with a high incidence of private tuition in urban areas.


From Right: Mr. Taj Haider, Mr. Arif Alvi, , Mr. Zakir Shah, Mr. Mohamamd Hussain Mehanti, Dr. Suleman Shaikh, Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Ms. Sabiha Mushtaq, Mr. Asghar Soomro and Mr. Naveed Shaikh during the launch of Aser Report 2013.

Teachers Training on Psychosocial Well-being

Teacher Training-2Two day teachers training, conducted by HANDS Institute of Community Development, on psychological well being joyful learning
environment held at HANDS institute of community development Awaran Balochistan on 22nd – 23rd January 2014.

HANDS extends psychosocial support for vulneTeacher Training-1rable groups of men, women and children to recover from trauma caused by disasters. HANDS believes it is essential to address the emotional and social needs of victims within a safe and protective environment.

The content delivered in the training generally involves definition of mental health, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, basic helping skills, psychosocial competencies, community consultation and social animation.

WaterAid Partners’ Forum

Partners’ Forum 2013-2014 was organized by WaterAid on March 04 and 05, 2014, at Islamabad. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed and Ghulam Mustafa Zaor, provided their motivation by being a part of this national level forum and presented HANDS’ approach to the audience.

HANDS is implementing two Urban WASH projects in the Gadap town of Karachi in collaboration with partner forum1Wate
r Aid. The project helps marginalized communities to establish sustainable water supplies, sanitation and hygienic behavior through benefiting 134,900 number of people in urban slums and 69,000 students.

It is anticipated that such forums will lead to develop sustainable social innovations related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and networking of stakeholders at national level.



HANDS Board Members’ visit to Hala

Honorable HANDS Board Members visited Hala on the 16th of February, 2014. Mr. Ghulam Hussain Baloch, Ms. Siraj-un-Nisaborad Essani, Dr. Saeed Ismail, Mr. Abdul Wahid Sangrasi, Dr. Mustaghis-ur-Rehman and Dr. Ghulam Farooq visited the sites of DRM Centre, MI Intervention Units, CMW School and Display Centre were visited at HANDS Hala to observe HANDS’ work at grass root level .

The team of HANDS Hala expressed their gratitude to Dr. Sheikh Tanveer on the visit. Ms. Abida Jawaid, Mr. Haji Ahmed, Mr. Munir Baloch, Mr. Abdullah Kerio, Ms. Shakeela Memon, Ms. Monam Naz, Mr. Alamgir Balal, Ms. Yasmeen Zehra, Mr. Sada and Ms. Sanober from HANDS Hala team were present on the occasion.

Initiation of new projects

HANDS has entered prominent agreements of community service projects during October-December, 2013:

  • Access Services and Knowledge with Rutgers WPF
  • General food distribution with Oxfam
  • Relief and recovery for Awaran disaster with DFID
  • Sindh community mobilization with USAID/IRD,
  • Livelihood with PPAF
  • Sehat project phase 3 with GAVI.
  • Hand pumps installation with Abu Faisal Trust
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5In picture: Dr. Tanveer Shaikh, Chief Executive HANDS, along with Dr. Mohsina Bilgrami, Country Head, Marie Stopes Society, during Sub-Award Signing Ceremony of MSS project of family planning and reproductive health services in 10 districts of Sindh.



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Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed from Packard Foundation along with HANDS officials visited4-1 4-2 03 Marvi workers at District Umerkot, on January 30 and 31, 2014. The delegation met all Marvi staff and gave encouraging remarks on Marvi performance in providing healthcare to women of the area.

Medico International’s support continues

In continuation  of 2011 flood response, MI also supporting through TAMEER III project in District Matiari, building 05 model mivillages with integrated development approach by constructing 553 shelters, streets, culverts, seed storage, installation of hand pumps establishing ECE classes, MARVI health houses, providing livelihood assets, establishing market price information center, display center for handicrafts, community nurseries, model agriculture farms, hatcheries, flour mills and capacity building trainings for community members. MI also funding to provide solar lights to 1125 families of Matiari. MI is also supporting HANDS to establish provincial level disaster risk management centre to be constructed at HANDS ICD Gadap near Baqai medical university.

Awaran Update

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Balochistan on September 24, 2013. The quake’s epicentre being in the Awaran District also affected other districts of Kech (Turbat), Panjgore, Chaghai, Khuzdar and Gwadar. These areas were hit again at 7.2 magnitude on September 28, 2013.

  • According to Provincial Authority, around 300,000 population was affected with over 359 deaths and 619 injured in districts Awaran, Ketch and Panjgore.
  • Around 90% of the buildings were collapsed including shops, houses and schools in these districts.

HANDS has reached a population of 56,000 individuals (10,000 households) in earth quake affected districts of Balochistan. Project covers communities of 08 affected union councils (Awaran, Gajar, Nokjo Teertaje, Parwar, Gishkore, Chitkan (Panjgore), Dadar (Ketch) of 03 districts of Balochistan. The emergency relief package comprises of emergency shelter kit, non food items (consisting of solar light, ceramic filters), emergency healthcare, antenatal, postnatal care, physiotherapy of injured patients, rehabilitation of disabled, establishment of child friendly spaces and cash for work activities. Roofing kits and winterization kits have also been provided for 10,000 families.

Awaran’s distress

laljaan-Lal Jaan, Hands staff member, narrates his experience while capturing Awaran post earthquake documentary.

My official visit to District Awaran, first ever at all, started on the 10th of February, 2014. To capture Awaran’s post earthquake distress and HANDS’ intervention in the form of documentary, we set off at 9 in the morning, accompanied by five other HANDS staff members.

We paused at Bela by Zuhr prayer time. The mountains of Awaran were visible as soon as we crossed Jahu. On our way to Awaran, up to the farthest sigchildht there was barren land, mountains and carved roads. By the last of the daylight hours we had reached the first FC check post to seek permission into the city after basic inquiry about us and our visit purpose. Amid high barren mountains, the first sight of Awaran city was indeed beautiful. Our arrival at the rest house was followed by planning meeting for the next day.

HANDS had begun its relief activities from October 2013 with formal initiation of project a month later in November. In order to capture this intervention by HANDS, my camera lense had to play its role now.

In a double cabin vehicle, we were set to our first visit destination to Mangoli village at a 2 hour distance from Awaran. The way was mercilessly rough, in absence of roads and women awasurrounded with unending mountain ranges and barren land. As an hour passed, there were Pakistan Army personnel visible on a hill. We were stopped and once again inquired, this time by Army officials, on a check post 10 minutes away from Mangoli.

Mangoli had nothing to show except distress with wreckage of houses here and there. Village people did not show any estrangement due to the local HANDS staff who was already engaged in material distribution there. In addition, I myself a Baloch, did waternot find any difficulty in bonding up with the

locals. Entire Awaran has 100 percent Balochi speaking people. We captured our planned footage and started off for another village at a distance, which showed similar crippled view. Meanwhile, the sun was setting for the day to make us return.

On the second day, Awaran city Union Council remained the starting point. We visited a temporary school built by HANDS. To our delight, the students were engrossed in their studies and the teachers gave much positive feedback about HANDS training which equipped them to deal with students on their psychosocial levels. Students could be seen content.

After filming the school, we went to capture another village. It took us almost two hours, not because of the distance but the track was uneven and difficult. HANDS medical staff was installing camps at the village. On meeting with the locals, there was an apparent agony on their faces and attitudes. The majority of patients were trauma victims. We got done with the filming. However our next destination village was scheduled with a community meeting but the village people were not available at that time. Due to worsening security conditions, we were suggested to leave the area at the earliest. But fate had its own move, we were immediately surrounded by veiled men as we left. They ordered us to step out of the car and asked for our identity cards. Each one of us was separately called by name. On my turn, I was questioned about my permanent residence and ethnicity, after which I was released. But it was not the same with one non-Baloch team member, as he was confronted on his purpose to enter the area. Though, we were finally released after their long argument with HANDS District Office Manager. Another of HANDS staff car coming on the same way soon after us faced the same

The next day de-briefing clearly revealed that security conditions in the area are hampering the relief activities. It was also noted that the senior management should release strict dos and don’ts for the field team so that they are able to achieve their goals. Though my car was once again running on the streets of Karachi after four to five hours, but Awaran visit was surely was an unforgettable journey for me. I have taken deep insights from the lives of people. I wish to revisit the area on project completion and witness the difference in people’s lives made by HANDS.

Sindh as a model province for taking up Child Marriage Issue

By Bilquis Rehman

The last quarter of Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (AGE) project remained focused on pushing for the passing of Sindh child Marriage Eradication bill. Effective sensitization of stake holders, especially media and legislators, took place to build a movement for bill approval in the Assembly. In order to mobilize the civil society for pressure building, series of meetings have been conducted with Department of Women Development and media. The special focus has been given to alliance building with major NGOs working for child rights and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR). The enthusiasm and unity shown by all alliance NGOs have added to the optimism for child marriage advocacy and in implementation of the law. From Karachi to Jacobabad, journalists have been brought on a common ground, which has enabled that journalists are self initiating the advocacy against child marriages. This is evident in electronic and print media reporting on the criticism by Moulana Sherani, Chairman of Islamic Ideological Council, on child marriage bill. A number of channels and newspapers gave ample airtime and space to debate on the issue. This is also encouraging to have favourable stance of both, ruling parties and opposition parties of Sindh. They have given their assurance on all platforms to support this bill and stressed to pass it in Sindh Assembly.

The Sindh Child Marriage Eradication Bill that has been tabled in Sindh Assembly in December 2013 is on the way for its approval. The committee was appointed by Speaker Sindh Assembly to review the two bills presented by Minister Women Development and Ms. Sharmeela Farooqui and merge both into one. The said committee did number of meetings and forwarded its recommendations for finalizing the bill draft. Now the committee has conducted its final consensus meeting over all suggestions and remarks and has put forward the finalized version of consensus draft. It is expected that in upcoming Assembly session Sindh child Marriage Eradication bill will be presented to pass. Thus, Sindh has become a model province for successful inclusive campaign against child marriage issue and has brought law to curb this social peril.


Alliance Meeting

Alliance against child marriages has evolved during the campaign for child marriage legislation. The core team of the Alliance consist of organization Rutgers WPF, HANDS, Action Aid, Shirkatgaah and Aurat Foundation. Members of Alliance met for exchanging considerations over enabling a far effective movement against the early marriage customs and for that Alliance discussed to involved more stake holder in the Alliance like Media, religious scholars, social and political figures to strengthen the movement.

Alliance meeting is regularly conducted for strong lobbying to impact child marriage legislation. Last Alliance meeting was held in first week of March to discuss position of the bill.

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HANDS – Striving for Social Change

July-2012 to Sept-2012

Highlights of Current Response

Since HANDS was being involved in early recovery and rehabilitation work with 2011 flood survivors of lower sindh, so this helps HANDS to remain active in the calamity during flood, this year with collaboration of volunteers initially and later achieves support of DFID for combating emergency response.

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan have submerged houses, destroyed crops and displaced thousands of families in Sindh.

HANDS rescued and evacuated peoples in Thull district Jacobabad by utilizing boats and small trucks.

HANDS-DFID team also provided one month dry food family package to 600 families under TAMEER project with support of DFID.

Safe drinking water provided  to 7000 families in Rajhan pur and Jacobabad.

Disaster Response

Advocacy activities for preparedness were remain on top priority before starting monsoon, by conducting training of 20 CBOs of 20 villages on Disaster risk reduction thorough HANDS staff who were trained initially on the subject.

Establishment of two Disaster Risk Management Centers in Sukkur and Thatta are signposts on the track of mitigating disaster loses “Medico International” is providing financial support to this project.

HANDS Chairman  inaugurated HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center Thatta on 14th August 2012, where ambulance and mini truck  handed over.

A mega project was implemented with the support of DFID in early recovery and rehabilitation of flood 2011, 50,000 one room shelters in 8 district of lower Sindh were built moreover roofing kits, solar lights, girder, bamboos, ropes, plastic sheets have been given in these areas. Session on CNIC importance as social protection component also provided. Other mega project of HANDS TAMEER was with the support of Medico International in Jacobabd and Jamshoro in which 1000 one room shelters, 1000 kitchens and latrines, 1000 person livelihood support have been given where as 300 hand pumps have been also installed. Culverts and street pavements were also constructed in these model villages with other interventions of livelihood support. Health services to 20 villages were provided by giving training to 20 MARVI’s (Community Health Workers) along with provision of commodities supplies and medicines. Early childhood education centers have been developed and community teachers capacity were build in these villages.

Villagers sharing happy moments of shelter completion in Sanghar with   HANDS and DFID Team.

Roofing kits provided to the beneficiaries

Construction of pavements and one room shelter

Hand pump at model village.

Urban WASH for Karachi

Water-Aid has approved a project of HANDS on Urban WASH for Karachi District (Urban). This is a four years project with the funding limit of Rs. 85 million. The project aims to the rehabilitation and lining of safe drinking water sources for 134900 residents of Surjani Town, rehabilitation and installation of 10 communal water filters, advocacy seminar and research activities and school WASH activities in 500 schools and colleges have been planned.

Acknowledgement of Services

Best performance annual award distribution ceremony for HANDS employees was held on 3rd September 2012 at Baharia Auditorium. Shields were presented in various categories of employees. Journalist from print and electronic media acknowledged of for their support for HANDS mission.


Provincial Minister Haleem Adil Shaikh presenting best performance award to HANDS employee.

HANDS Executive Board Member Ghulam Hussain Baloch presenting award to  Nasir Khattak of Anjam Newspaper.


Under the Advocacy program HANDS has started project with rurtgers WPF a project of safe motherhood advocacy in which early marriages were focused. In this regard MoU was signed between HANDS, Rutgers WPF and Women Development Department of Government of Sindh. Key messages on Early Marriage issue are developed and have finalized through consultations with expert panel, religious leaders, civil society organizations, media, government officials and legislatures. This Advocacy project meant to advocate policy makers that the legal marriage age of a girl should be 18 years instead of 16 years. As in Pakistan most marriages are taken place before the age of 18 and many are taken place even before 15. These marriages often lead to early conceptions, as adolescent girls rarely have information on family planning or enough authority to exercise their decision-making rights. While it affects their health and deprived them from right to education.

Memorandum of Understanding Signing  Between Women Development Department Govt (Sindh) HANDS and Rutgers WPF Pakistan on 5th July 2012


Religious Scholars at Consultative Meeting.


Senator Haseeb A Khan presenting his views during consultative meeting.

Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town , South Africa

8 members of PHM Sindh participated in Third People’s Health Assembly in Cape Town , South Africa 6th July to 11th July 2012. Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed led the PHM Sindh chapter Pakistan’s delegates. A Session chaired by Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed during the PHA 3 on privatization and its regulation. The case studies on different public sector health models of South Africa, USA, Germany, India and Colombia were presented with critical analysis during the session. Nearly, about 1000 participants from more than 70 countries participated in the event.

International Public Health University Course “Struggle for Health” was held prior to People’s Health Assembly which was attended by 55 people from all over the Globe and almost 50 country’s representatives were there. Ms. Bilquis GM Information and Communication and Advocacy- HANDS was selected for the course from Pakistan. This course is basically a comprehensive course for public health professionals and health activist to strengthen the People’s Health Movement and build capacities of professionals in lobbying and advocating for Health for All.

Bilquis Rehman GM Information and Communication Resource and Advocacy has  participated in International Public Health University Course “Struggle for Health”

Representing Pakistan Experiences and Health Challenges.


Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) projects are running with the help of UNICEF and WFP in six districts of Sindh. 116790 children were de-wormed and 137910 children and 123311 lactating women provided with micro-nutrients and 302 community midwives were trained through this project.

Certificate distribution and deployment ceremony for community midwives of MNCH Public Health School

Model Village

A model village Rotary Jo Goth”  initiative is been implemented through HANDS – TAMEER Project in district Thatta within the period of 18 months with a financial assistance of Rs. 22.18 million from Rotary Humanitarian Trust.

MoU signing ceremony  between HANDS and Rotary Humanitarian Trust for Rotary jo goth a model village project at Thatta on 4th September 2012.

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HANDS – Striving for Social Change

 April-2012 to June-2012


HANDS ICD  a capacity building milestone in social development sector

Front view of HANDS Institute of Community Development

Inauguration ceremony of HANDS Institute of Community Development was held on 26th April 2012 Dr. Prof. A.G Billoo presided over the event. Ribbon was cut and a prayer was said  ‘Oh my Lord guide us, help us and enable us so that we can contribute to community and play our part for the underprivileged through this Institution’ (Aameen).

Building of HANDS Institute of Community Development has two learning halls having capacity of 35- 40 participants, accommodation of 27 persons, kitchen, dining hall, and about 2000 Sq ft open area. Easy access from Super highway and Karachi Airport, park, masjid, mini market, food Street are all nearby.

Media Enterprises

Children from HANDS intervene schools performed at Roshan Tara of Ptv

Performers group with HANDS team

100 Kids from Karachi rural and District Mattiari participated in Ptv’ s famous children program Roshan Tara on 27th and 28th May at Ptv Karachi. Program was successfully recorded with the performances of children such as folk’s songs, poems, speeches and skits. All the children belong to the schools from HANDS intervention areas and especially from Life Skill Based Education. This program is being telecast in seven episodes once in a week with two repeat telecasts.

Connecting with social media to drive change

Participants group photo

HANDS Communication strategic planners’ team with participants from other organizations attended the network non-profit 4-days training for using social media which  was arranged by Lucile and Packard foundation on 16th to 19th April at Bur Dubai  Instructors transferred the insights and guided to the best practices of social media.

Trainings to make life better

Master Trainers have been trained to play their roles

Training Session is in progress

Advance training of trainers on Disaster Risk Reduction for Master trainers was held on 19th to 23rd May at HANDS Institute of Community Development by HANDS in Collaboration with BRAC and Medico International.

Two days Training on Linkages Development

Learning continues with experience sharing

HANDS Social Mobilization Program organized two days training on Linkages Development for HANDS Staff , Local support organizations and Community Based Organizations on 22nd to 23rd June 2012, at HANDS Institute of Community Development Gulshan Campus with support of PPAF and HANDS Institute of Community Development . Active participation of the contributors made this training event successful. HANDS Institute of Community Development team is worthy of taking credit for building staff capacity in linkage development.

Leadership training for Young Generation

Children, Trainers and Master Trainer at closing ceremony

Leadership for Young Generation 2 days training was held on 26th and 27th June 2012 at Dream World Resort by HANDS Institute of Community Development. Children from the age of 9 to 14 participated in this training. To know about leadership skills, practice leadership skills, know about parenting, schooling and friendship were the objectives of the training. Participants learnt with the help of slides presentations, role play, orientations and creative drawings. A group of trainers were trained a day before the actual training started. The whole group also observed and facilitated the leadership training. Participants enjoyed indoor and outdoor games as well.


World Health Day at Dadu

HANDS team leading the Health Day celebration

HANDS played an active role on World Health Day 2012, the theme was “Aging and Health” and slogan of , “Good Health Adds Life to Years” was celebrated in collaboration with Department of Health Govt of Sindh District Dadu, WHO, PPHI and other civil society organization of Dadu at Dadu Civil Hospital. A walk for the cause arranged from Admin Block to Main Gate Civil Hospital Dadu, Stalls were placed by different programs of health department and civil society network. Interactive theater activity was performed and a seminar was also organized. Certificates were distributed among all the participants at the closing session.

Peoples Health Assembly

Welcome address by HANDS Chairman Prof. Gaffar Billoo

Peoples Health Movement Pakistan  organized  “Peoples Health Assembly” on”  7th April 2012, at Arts Council, Karachi. More than several thousand people comprising of community members, ministers, civil society Organizations, Government officials, NGO representatives,media person, scholars, researchers and professionals attended the health assembly.

Remarkable contribution of women at rally for health demand

The event was ended with a big rally taken out at the end of the various activities from Arts Council to Karachi Press Club tor show all stakeholders are united to make the demand for having health for all. HANDS  had the privilege to lead and organize the Sindh chapter of Peoples Health Movement. This health assembly is the primary initiation to the 3rd Peoples Health Assembly which will be held in Cape Town where a group of health activist under the leadership of  Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed will join the participants from all over the world.

HANDS Presence at International Nurses Day

HANDS team presenting publication at the stall

Baqai Medical University celebrated International Nurses Day (IND) on 8th May 2012 to spread awareness on vast array of diseases that include reproductive health , infectious and aging related issues World Health Day and Lamp Lightening Session for nurses were also being held. HANDS team participated in this event dynamically;

Commitment to deliver

Inauguration Ceremony of One Room Shelter Project at Sanghar

Inauguration of one room shelter program

HANDS has launched the DFID One Room Shelter project in Sanghar  with a ceremony held at DC office Sanghar. Govt. Officials, presenters from INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, , Press and TV attended this inauguration ceremony.

Hunarmand Training Center is on the way to become Hunarmand poly technical institute.

HANDS Humarmand training center

HANDS Hunarmand Training Center Memon Goth Karachi Rural is now registered with SindhTechnical Education and Vocational training authority (STEVTA ). Commitment to scale up as a registered training center is fulfilled by the Poverty alleviation program which  enhances the efforts of HANDS poverty reduction efforts.

Monitoring visit of ECHO-UNICEF team

Delegates’ greetings with community

On 26th April, 2012 UNICEF and  ECHO delegations visited District Umerkot at HANDS Interventions: They visited Out Patient Therapeutics Program  (OTP) centre at Government Dispensary Dadharo, Union council Chhajro, Taluka Kunri,  community based Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) health session at village Soofi Ahmed Ali,  They also met with the MARVI Workers and  children at  European Commission – Humanitarian Aid and  Civil Protection (ECHO) ECHO & UNICEF / HANDS-Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) Project.

Protection of Rights

Sharing of Power Mapping and Consultative Process for Adolescent Girls Empowerment

Exchange of views during consultative meeting

Expert Panel of Adolescent Girls Empowerment (AGE) comprising of leading personalities from civil society organizations, Media and Education shared the Power Mapping and Consultative Process from District Matiari and Jacobabad. The event was held to focus on early marriages in communities.

Rally for Child Rights Taluka-District Umerkot

Participants of rally at closing point

HANDS Umerkot team participated in “Child Rights Rally”  organized by Child rights Committee on 9 April 2012 at Umerkot to address the issues of violence against child,  child poverty, Child Labor and Health and Education

News Bulletin April-June, 2012 Downloadable pdf

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Nov-2011 to March-2012

Commitment to Rehabilitation

Gliding Floats raised awareness for the rehabilitation and restoration of normal life 


HANDS elegantly tackled this challenge in collaboration with Provincial Government and UNICEFand made every effort in the sector of Health, Education and psycho-social balancing of flood affected peoples. Distribution of Supplies, provisions, food, Ration and other necessary items were also done during that activity.

Trucks of the gliding floats were furnished with awareness slogan expressing the motto for helping the affected.

 HANDS established a legal rights aid desk to facilitate getting the legal and social documents.

 A skilled lawyer has been appointed for taking care of the flood affected families. Providing Prompt help for getting legal documents like Birth Certificates, CNIC and     other personal documents is the main feature of legal aid desk

International donors visit to mark HANDS services

Nopporn Wong Anan Asia communication officer Plan International along with Shahnawaz Khan of Plan International visited HANDS Interventions at Rural Badin. They went through the HANDS projects in union council Kadi Qazia, Shaheed Faazil Rahu, union council Khorwah, Ismail Jat, and Ahmed Rajo.

Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka country Director (UNDP) Pakistan and Mr. Mujeeb Ahmed Rahu Field officer (UNDP) did the kind visit at HANDS Tent village Saeedabad bypass.

HANDS support for Right to celebrate rituals

 Eid mela was observed at IDP’s relief camp Saeedabad by pass Hala. PTV team     recorded this event to telecast on Eid special transmission. Radio Bhit     shah also captured the audio for their special broadcasting on Eid day. That was gratified moments when well dressed delegation of philanthropist and guests from Karachi spent joyous hours. Children performed parodies, comedies and different songs. Cultural dance and songs were the source of  inspiration to all. Gifts, Food, sweaters, bangles and toys were distributed among the children.

HANDS team distributed clothes, On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azah, to the flood affected especially senior citizens and females living in the relief camps at Bach band, Kamal Din Arisar, Raja Rasti, Jahinro, Ismail Khan Bhurgari, Ghulam Muhammad Kapri, Ghulam Hyder Kapri, Ghulam Rasool Dhounkaee, Saher Roonjho and Muhammad Usman Shahani. 144 male and 500 female suits were distributed.

HANDS and Plan International team celebrated Eid with community of Tarae, team distributed 100 Eid packets for children and 9 Eid packets for women. Stitched dresses, vermicelli and 100 rupees cash per pack was given

Trainings to make life better

Diarrhea treatment center’s  staff training.

 Training for the staff of Diarrhea Treatment Centre was held on 2nd November 2011 at Taluka Head Quarter Hospital Kunri arranged by HANDS in collaboration with WHO. Practical Work Monitoring, Training of Staff on “infection control at DTC” and “Management of Diarrhea Patients at Diarrhea Treatment Centre” were the keynote features of this     training.

32 trainers were educated for Health education sessions.

Participants at Two days Training of Trainers on Health Education Sessions under HAND-Plan Project for HANDS staff of District Badin

 Leadership training for Children

Two days on Leadership for Future Generation training was held on 26th and 27th December 2011 at Dream world Resort Hotel Organized by Institute of Community Developments of HANDS.

30 proposal writers were trained by HANDS Institute of Community Development Multan

HANDS ICD Multan organised three days Training workshop on “Proposal writing” in collaboration with World Foundation on 26th to 28th January 2012. Participants from four provinces of Pakistan attended. This training workshop was conducted by Dr Aslam Khan (COE), Mumtaz Ali Khaskheli (Chief HID Executive) and Dr Irfan Ahmed (SGM).

 52 Teachers trained for Adult Literacy Center

 Teachers of Adult Literacy Center have been trained at District Umerkot. These     trained teachers will render their service in the ALCs that is established by HANDS. Professional trainer Mr. Mazhar Kapri, successfully made this task completed.

Training of Community Based organizations members on  Enterprise Development

Two days Training of Enterprise Development at Village Naparkot UC Pir Bux Shujrah Taluka Khanpur By UNDP- HANDS Project District Shikarpur. Hopes and fear, Business Definition and Types of Business, selection of business, identification of skills and proficiency, define values of purchase and sale items and Record Keeping activity were the objectives of the training.

Training of Community Based organizations members on Capacity Building. 

Capacity Building Training for Community Based Organization was held for the UCs of Taluka Khanpur District Shikarpur by HANDS at Village Shafi Muhammad Jhulan.

Training of Community Based organizations members on Disaster Risk Reduction40 men and 40 women members of CBOs were got trained through this 3 days training on Disaster Risk Reduction by HANDS and MI through Disaster risk reduction component in TAMEER strategy Project was arranged at Jamshoro and Jacobabad courses. The objectives of the training were to educate community to learn about lessening of their vulnerability to disasters, to improve their disaster preparedness, response capabilities and recovery mechanism and enhance human resource disaster management capacity.

Health for All

Family Planning invigorated evidence demonstrate by Family Advancement for Life And Health (FALAH)

FALAH seminar on “Reinvigorating Family Planning in Pakistan was held on 21st March 2012 at local Hotel in Karachi. The seminar was widely attended by representatives from the Sindh Government, USAID, donor organizations, academics, NGOs, and civil society. Nora Madrigal, Health Development Officer USAID , Mr. Khurshid Naeem Malik, Mr. Imtiaz Shaikh, Advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh and Minister for Special Education also acknowledged FALAH’s contribution to Pakistan’s family planning debate.

230 females trained for the Health Education Session on Hygienic Kit.

HANDS Team Conducted the Health Education Session on Hygienic Kit at Plan projects in Badin.180 females attended the session at Haji Ahmed Zaor village and 50 females attended the session at Muhammad Sahto village Banner

IUCD Skill based training for female medical officers.

IUCD Skill Based Training for Female Medical Officers of Bolan Medical College was held at SPH Hospital, Provincial Health Dept Quetta Balochistan and at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi.


Handing over ceremony of  model houses.

38 Houses handed over at TAMEER model village, Allah Dino Faqeer. Mr Abdul Jabbar Saya, Mr Younus Billoo, Mr Faisal and Dr Haroon Billoo participated in the event and showed their satisfaction. That was a philanthropist supported project managed by HANDS. Philanthropist also visited HANDS renovated school and observe the students activities at the School.

Live performance of Salman Ahmed at Ground breaking ceremony HANDS Model Village.

HANDS and Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) Project’s Ground breaking ceremony was held at Suleman Mallah Village Thatta.43 shelters with school, play ground, community center, and shades for domestic animals, water filters, pavement and availability of livelihood will be provided.Salman performed for the deprived community and the villagers showed their happiness by dancing and showering flowers.

Livelihood grant for income generation.

UNDP  Top-Up-Grant program provided 30 rickshaws and cash grant distributed to 180 females. Beneficiaries firmly pledged and assured to continue their business and trades and will do better for increase in business and to generate the income to support their families.

Inauguration Ceremony of One Room Shelter Project

Inauguration Ceremony of One Room Shelter Project was held on Thursday, the l5th March, 2012 at a local Hotel in Karachi. In partnership with Department for International Development-DFID In the perspective of HANDS efforts to rebuild Pakistan (TAMEER) Construction of 19500 One Room Shelter and provision of l0500 Roofing Kits are at the serve under the project. Provincial Minister for Rehabilitation Haji Muzaffar Shujra Chairman HANDS Prof Gaffar Billoo Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed CE HANDS And the delegates from civil society, Consulates, Media and Government officials attended the Ceremony.

HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center (HDRMC) Southern Sindh

Inauguration Ceremony of “HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center (HDRMC) Southern Sindh”was held on Sunday- March 25th at Makli-Thatta by Advisor to Chief Minister on Relief Government of Sindh Mr. Haleem Adil Shaikh along with Dr Shaikh Tanveer AhmedA Memorandum of Understanding was signed between HANDS and District Government officials for joint emergency response in Southern Sindh by utilizing “HANDS Disaster Risk Management Center Southern Sindh” in future. Ghulam Hussain Baloch, Mustafa Zaor, Zafar Dehraj, Aijaz Memon and Other Managers from HANDS, Additional Relief Commissioner Ghulam Rasool Bajero and other provincial government official attended the ceremony. Joint media briefing was also arranged there for the media persons.


Whole of school activity

Whole of School Activity program was performed at GGHS & GBHS District Matiari by HANDS LSBE Hamara kal Team. Speeches, role plays, Cultural song were performed by the students and Case Studies were presented. Prizes and shields presented to the students and faculty members for the previous competitions position holders’ students and participants were also awarded with shields and certificates.

Life Skill Based Eeducation  Forum

Life Skill Based Education Forum was held on 19th December 2011 at local Hotel by HANDS with the collaboration of European Union, Rutgers World Population Foundation and Government of Pakistan. Students benefitted through LSBE shared their success stories and performed theater. Panelists, stakeholders and participants from various walks of life discussed on this model project and appreciated the efforts of HANDS and recommended to implement such model in the other districts of Sindh also.

HANDS- Government partnership in development sector.

Government of Baluchistan has recognized HANDS as its partner in development and capacity building. Government of Baluchistan through Secretary Local Government and Rural development signed MOU with HANDS General Secretary Ghulam Hussain Baloch as partner on 24th January at Secretary LGRD office Quetta.


Launching of book on The 2011 Sindh Flood Impact.

HANDS Institute of Community Development organized the ceremony to mark the launch of book `The 2011 Sindh Flood impact, causes and repercussions compiled and edited by Zulfiqar Halepoto on 9th Feb 2010 at Marriott Hotel Karachi Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro, Head of the Thardeep Rural Development Programme, Sono Khangharani, renowned economist Dr Kaiser Bengali former adviser to the Sindh chief minister, Najma Sadeq, Ibrar Kazi, President of the Awami Jamhoori Party, Arif Hasan Sitara-e-Imtiaz, The deputy high commissioner of the United Kingdom at Karachi Frances Campbell, Retired Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Dr Tanveer Shaikh Chief Executive HANDS among many other delegates from media and Civil society attended this launching ceremony.

 Raising awareness through Panel Discussion on Gender Based Violence.

Panel discussion on ‘Gender Based Violence’ was organized by Gender Development Program (GAD) of HANDS in collaboration with Aurat Foundation, USAID and Asia Foundation on Saturday 28th January 2012 at a local Hotel.Poetry on GBV portrait and A Theatre play performed for highlighting educational and Marriage issues discriminated at domestic level followed by Panel discussion. Senior General Manager of GAD Ms. Rahila Rahim moderated the session. Documentary about 12 days activities conducted in 12 towns of Karachi under the theme of 16 days of activism was displayed. Shaheen Salahuudin (Indus News), Khursheed Haider (senior journalist, express news), Shamim Haider (senior journalist,dawn), Sirajuunnisa Essani (Vice chair person HANDS), Sharmila Farooqui ( Advisor to chief minister, sindh), Hilda Saeed (Columnist and women activist) were the active Panelist for this discussion.

Connecting Girls Inspiring Future – International Women Day

Celebration of International women day, under the theme of ‘connecting girls, inspiring future’ held on 7th March 2012 at Arts Council Pakistan, Karachi with the collaboration of Aurat Foundation, USAID and Asia Foundation.Dr. Tanveer Shaikh Chief executive HANDS Mehnaz Rahim,  Atiya Dawood,  Mehtab Akber Rashidi, Humaira Alvani and Sobia Agha were the main participants of the event.   Humaira Alvani and Mehtab Akber Rashdi presented award in Honor of their outstanding Journey. Many tabloos and theatre were performed on folk songs. The students of Karachi rural, Mithi and CMW performed a role play in this event. Various NGOs displayed their stalls at the celebration

News Bulletin Nov 2011 March 2012 Downloadable

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News Bulletin September – October,  2011

Relief and Early recovery work continues in Sindh.

As the disaster had turned to the worst due to the late appeal to the international community from government make but after the appeal a fast movement was seen in relief activity by government, INGOs and NGOs. HANDS relief work is also extended and intervention in more districts has started. “HANDS is a role model for other NGOs” said by Muzaffar Shujra Minister Disaster Management Authority during his visit to HANDS districts where along with other Government, International and local NGOs like UNDP, WHO, Plan International UNHCR, HANDS emergency relief activities is going on.

Various Delegations visits at HANDS Flood response area

Delegates from International NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, Government officials, Parliamentarian, Politicians, Journalists and media person frequently visited the HANDS intervention areas in Sindh. HANDS is working in 22 districts of Sindh specially 8 emergency declared districts.

Relief Coordination Meetings of Clusters with INGOs, NGOs and Government officials

HANDS is the participatory of all coordination meeting with various clusters for relief activities for flood victims on districts and provincial levels.

 Health for All

1059 devices provided to Disable people

With cost of 7 million Rupees HANDS PPAF Disability Project starts in April 2010 in three union councils Rehari, Ebrahim Hyderi, Landhi UC-5 of bin Qasim Town Karachi, which is funded by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). In which, hearing aid; glasses; orthotic and prosthetic devices; wheel chairs; crutches; walking frames; toilet seats; tricycles; CP chairs and white canes were included.

25 MARVI workers trained under SHAMIL project

Certificate distribution ceremony of MARVI workers was held  on 30th September 2011 at Sindh Government Hospital Ibrahim Hyderi after the successful completion of ten days training on Reproductive Health Family Planning and Mental Health. This training was conducted by SHAMIL Project of HANDS and Pakistan Association for Mental Health . Details…….

Consolidation Meeting of FALAH

The Consolidation Meeting was organized with FALAH Stake Holders, Line Departments, Religious leaders, FALAH partners and other organizations on 13th October 2011 at District Coordination Officer’s Committee room Mirpur Mathelo District Ghotki.The main objective of the meeting was to share the FALAH experiences, Success and the way forward with stake holders and District Government as they could be able to run the project objectives for future sustainability by providing the maximum assistance of birth spacing and health services to the marginalized Community of the areas.

USAID delegates Led by Nora Madrigal visited at FALAH Project Thatta

USAID delegates Led by Nora Madrigal (Health Specialist USAID Islamabad) visited at FALAH Project by HANDS. Sara Saqib, Mir Irshadullah and Nasreen Khan from USAID Islamabad, Dr Sarwat Mirza  Zulifqar Ali Sario National Coordinator FALAH were present at the occasion.


World Rural Women Day Celebration

World Rural Women Day was celebrated by HANDS on 19th Oct at Malir by District office HANDS. Children from HANDS supervised schools presented folk dances, dramas and debates. Stage was amazingly decorated. Founder of Shaheed Be Nazeer Bhutto Chair Prof. Aijaz  Qureshi, General Secretary HANDS Ghulam Hussain Wadehlo,  Chair person Women Development Foundation Pakistan Sabiha Shah and  General Manager HANDS Rahila Rahim addressed the celebration ceremony.

Media Enterprises

Resource Mobilization for Flood Victims

HANDS with CPNE Karachi organized a press briefing to sensitize media to mobilize resource for flood victims, The Briefing was held on 27th September at CPNE Conference hall by the Chairman HANDS Prof. Gaffar Billoo he requested media to play their vital role in raising the issue of less response from International Community for flood survivors.

World Poverty Eradication Day by HANDS in Hyderabad Press Club.

HANDS with the collaboration of SPO, Hamdam Foundation, Journalist and Sindh Community foundation celebrated World Poverty Eradication Day in Press Club Hyderabad.  Socialist, journalist and representatives of various NGOs participated. Event was well covered by all leading channels newspapers.

A session on State of Health of Children in Balochistan at HANDS ICD Quetta

Mortality rate of children can be decreased through proper planning for vaccinations, breastfeeding awareness, birthspacing technics and maintaining standard hygienic environment said by Prof Gaffar A Billoo Chairman HANDS at HANDS–ICD Quetta during a session on State of Health of Children in Balochistan on 1st October 2011 at HANDS House Quetta along with Chief executive HANDS senior leadership from civil society organizations, Government officials and media person attended this session.

Human Resource Development

TOT on Psycho-social Care for Disaster Affected Communities

HANDS ICD organized Ten days ToT in Karachi on 26th Sept to 5th Oct 2011 . This trainnig programme is organized by HANDS Institute of Community Development in the collaboration of Basic needs international for those who have a commitment to developing their knowledge and skills in the field of psychosocial care for disaster affected communities. The pupose is that  these trainers will implement the Basic Needs model in communities. In this event 30 participants of leading NGOs of Pakistan are attending the training from all over the country.  International trainers from UK and Srilanka were conduct this training sessions. Closing ceremony of the training was presided by Mr.Muzfar Ali Shujra Minster for Rehabilitation, in which certificates were given to all participants.

Two days training of  project staff of Medico International Project

A Rehabilitation project for 2010 flood victim supported by Medico International has initiated at Jacobabad, Jamshoro. This project means to provide CPI, Health, Education and entrepreneurship support. For this reason project staff has trained to implement the project Two days training on M.I Projects for Jamshoro and Jacobabad was held on 24th and 25th September 2011. 39 HANDS staff were attended this training. The project is for 2010 flood victims rehabilitation in which staff was empower through technical aspect of all interventions.

 Child Protection workshop for HANDS staff

Child Protection workshop was organized by HANDS & Plan International team at Badin Office Hall. Mohammad Ali was the Master trainer of this training 25 members participated in this workshop. Children were the most vulnerable at the time of disaster in terms of basic Needs and especially basic rights, this workshop organized to clear the child rights group activities were also done on WASH and H&H. Feedback from participants was comprehensive so proved that one day work shop was successful.

Participation in International Forums

HANDS Chief Executive’s visit to Malaysia

HANDS Marvi Models were presented by Chief Executive Dr Tanveer Ahmed Shaikh at Health Action International Annual Board Meeting and Asia P Pacific Conference on Access to Medicine in Penang Malaysia.

 HANDS GM attended International Learning forum at Indonesia

 HANDS  GM Disaster Management Zafar Dehraj and GM Health Promotion Plan Dr Khalid Pervez attended 2nd International Learning forum and 6th APC-SRHR was held in October 2011‏ at Yogyakarta – Bali Indonesia along with other delegates from Pakistan. General Manager Disaster HANDS presented poster presentation on SRHR needs of IDPs during disaster. It was an international conference; more than 1100 delegates from around 60 countries were participated. Details………

 Commitment to delivery

Inaugurations and handing over ceremonies are the routine practice of HANDS TAMEER Program

Inauguration of TAMEER project at Makli Thatta and Shikarpur celebrated during October 2011 Micro entrepreneurship support to start the live with self reliance and social protection with  livelihood support are the major segment additionally been provided to the affected community. In this regards legal right support desk has been established to support people in getting their lost documents during flood like CNIC, birth certificate and death certificate and other compulsory documents. This project is also aims to propagate human rights awareness and especially for deprived sector of society like women and children rights.

News Bulletin Sept -Oct 2011  Downloadable

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News Bulletin August 2011

HANDS Rescued Thousands from the Rains / Flood Areas 

Relief work in Badin

HANDS had started its rescue and relief work as early as from 14th August from Badin by declaring emergency and establishing three emergency response centers at Badin, Hyderabad and Umerkot. HANDS  is present in 8 most affected districts for relief activity. HANDS  has rescued many families throughout the rain affected areas of Sindh. HANDS Supported work in relief camps along with Government and other NGOs till now HANDS supplied ration to 20,000, Health facility to more than 6000 peoples and Education facility in more than 10 relief camps to the affected families established 8 tent cities for more than 4000 peoples. Mobile medical teams are vigorous serving affected people daily by providing medicines, ORS, water treatment tabs, de-worming medicine to kids and also carrying out circumcisions.  Health awareness sessions for the prevention of epidemics are the key segments of Mobile medical camping.

HANDS executive management is keenly observing and monitoring this Response work with great attention. Photos…..

Media role in disaster 2010 applauded by chairman HANDS

 Media Seminar at Karachi Press Club

Award recipients

HANDS arranged a media seminar on 7th June 2011 at Karachi Press Club for sensitizing need of super management for 2011 monsoon rains to avoid any disaster and to emphasis to speed up focus of rehabilitation work and  to recognize and appreciate the efforts of Media person  and Journalists during Flood 2010. 24 Shields of honor presented to the best performed correspondents during emergency from all leading channels and news papers, which have covered flood during emergency and yet committed in process of recovery and rehabilitation.

Prof. Gaffar A  Billoo Chairman HANDS inaugurated the event with an inspiring presentation on post disaster situation. He presented that 80% of the work is still remaining. He also emphasized to engage government authorities to prepare the nation for upcoming disastrous situations ever in future. A documentary was shown describing the damages came about by Flood and HANDS efforts to mitigate from early emergency relief to rehabilitation. Senior journalists and columnists Prof. Tauseef Ahmed and Dr. Jabbar Khattak shared their views. Dr Tanveer Ahmed CEO of HANDS appreciated the solidarity shown by the media persons during pak flood 2010. Representative of the press club Shams Kerio shared the closing remarks with the spectators. more pictures of media seminar

Media is reported to play a proactive role in society GM Communication HANDS

HANDS Media seminar was held on 7th July 2011 at Venus Hotel Hyderabad. Bilquis Rehman HANDS General Manager Communication highlighted the recovery gaps which exist in delivering flood affected. She also emphasized to engage government authorities to prepare the nation for upcoming disastrous situations ever in future.  Media is proving itself a useful partner for civil society organizations and Government as well.  She stated that strategies should be made by media and NGOs jointly to handle disastrous situations to help the Governmental bodies. Razzaq Umrani District Manager Hyderabad delivered the welcome words to the media delegates with the wishes for having much better ties in between media and civil society organizations to rebuilt flood affected areas specially. Bilquis Rehman GM, ICR, HANDS presented a inspiring  narration  of HANDS work before media person she  focused on the joint role of Civil Society Organizations and media which can lead us to success as media in Pakistan is very active in pointing out situations.

Zafar Dehraj of HANDS presented the insights of HANDS work throughout the flood effected areas. He mentioned that there is still a huge rehabilitation work to do and he appealed the governmental bodies, International and National NGOs and other philanthropists to walk along HANDS and contribute their parts in the process of rehabilitation. Nation is impressed by media and looking forward for it to play parts in the compassionate acts.

Mushtaq Ahmed Memon President Press Club Hyderabad praised the work of NGOs he stated that we journalists witnessed the efforts made by philanthropists and NGOs especially from HANDS He promised to offer any type of assistance during disastrous situations and to spread HANDS message through media.

A documentary was shown describing the damages came about by Flood and HANDS efforts to mitigate from early emergency relief to rehabilitation.

Abdul Rahim Moosvi In charge Media cell HANDS said the vote of thanks to Media concerns and other guests by sparing their efforts and time for the good cause. Pictures of  Media seminar Hyderabad

HANDS Organized National Seminar on Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction at IBA  Sukkar

May 7th 2011, people of Sukkur witnessed a spectacular seminar organized by the largest NGO of Sindh  “HANDS”. The event was organized at IBA Sukkur which started at 9:00am under the leadership of Chairman HANDS Prof. A.G. Billoo. More than 1000 people participated in the event to learn about Post Disaster situations.

The Seminar started well with the recitation from Holy Quran followed by a welcome address by Prof. A.G. Billoo. Professor Billoo shared HANDS’ evolution from one room NGO to largest growing NGO of Pakistan. “Healthy, educated and prosperous Pakistan is our dream so we will work until this dream comes true” said the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Prof. Billoo. Later documentary video title “wailed water to TAMEER” was presented by HANDS which has been made on HANDS intervention from Rescue to Rehabilitation. This documentary highlighted efforts made in the past 9 months to provide Shelter, Education, Health, WASH, and livelihood services delivered by HANDS  in 16 union Council of 8 districts of Sindh    & Baluchistan.

A sensational theater play was also performed in the Seminar to sensitize about problems of flood victims & create understanding among audience. This was followed by few more addresses including Mr. Sajjad Hyder Shah (Director Operations PDMA Sindh) who shared future disaster risks estimated by PDMA. He praised HANDS efforts in the flood 2010 and showed his trust with HANDS to work with in future. Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Abro (Provincial DRM coordinator PDMA) specified the possible risks of disasters in Sindh and its preventions.

Dr. Naseeruddin Mahmood (a turstee of Sina & Karachi Rural Trust) described the 5 “R” concepts in a disastrous situation and emphasized on health and education sectors. A unique set of calculations were presented by Dr. Naseerudin, he suggested if every single household in Pakistan spares Rs 324/- every month out of 17 million  population of Pakistan then we can serve flood affected families regarding their Health, Education and WASH issues and we would not require help from anyone else. Efforts made by civil societies were praised by Dr. Sono Khangharani (CEO-Sindh Rural Support Organisation/Thar deep Rural Development Program) he highlighted the role of National NGOs in several disasters faced by Pakistan. He said that our National NGO’s capacity is in face of evolution in past we don’t know much about it like in 2005 INGO’ s  came forward and played major role in rehabilitation while in recent 2010 disaster National NGOS showed their efforts in full strength.  Moreover problems of maternal health and Neonatal health issues during the disaster situation were highlighted by Mr. Ali Mir (Chief of Party FALAH- Population Council) focused his address on these issues and made sure we do not forget these issues. Mr. Qadeer Baig (Rutgers-WPF) explained the Gender perspective and affects of flood on women and how to provide them better health services and save from violence. Representation from Media and role of Media in 2010 flood was enlightened by Mr. Mohsin Babbar (KTN Network-Islamabad).Dr. Tanveer Ahmed CEO – HANDS presented vote of Thanks at the end.

After the plenary sessions, shields were presented to the chief guests and key speakers honoring them for participating in the seminar and working throughout disaster from response to rehabilitation phases.

The seminar concluded with a thanks speech by Chief Executive HANDS Dr. Sheikh Tanveer who said “It is our honor to serve 2010 flood affected and this was made possible only by the dedicated team of HANDS which has now exceeded up to 2000 employees”. He further said that the restless efforts of HANDS team delivered up to 1000 houses to flood survivors and more than hundred thousand students got benefitted through our education programs, while thousands of people supported through various income generation schemes under HANDS TAMEER strategy developed after 2010 flood.

HANDS also organized different stalls for its own departments which displayed HANDS work. Along with HANDS various partner organizations also shared their work by displaying their stalls. The seminar served the purpose in educating people on disaster preparedness and risk reduction, while the sharing of work by different stakeholders highlighted the work that has been delivered to flood survivors Photos on facebook

7000 One room homes handed over to affected of flood 2010 

Handing Over ceremonies

More than 7000 houses have been handed over to the 2010 flood survivors so far;

People showed grand appreciation towards HANDS efforts by making their dream came true. As  HANDS is the first organization who delivers the first 2010 Flood early recovery to Rehabilitation Projects which includes shelter, community Infrastructure, water and sanitation ,education with support of  UNHCR, DFID,Steunt Pakistan,Novo Nordisk and many more donors and philonthropists.In this regard more than 7000 houses have been handed over to the flood survivors 2010. Continuing to prove its dedication and the ability to deliver its commitments, series of handing over of shelters at district Thatta, Jamshoro, Dadu has been organized by HANDS districts offices. The first handing over process began with the ceremony on 10th March 2011.  This project was completed with the support of several development partners and philanthropist in which Medico International is on top. People who received houses were very happy and celebrated their happiness in grand occasion in their lives by dancing on local music. They showed grand appreciation towards HANDS efforts by  making their dream came true. With these back to back achievements, HANDS is now rated the biggest national NGO.

Another handing over ceremony  took place at Thatta on 30th March 2011 in which 204 houses further delivered to the flood survivors of 3 villages in Thatta. This project was completed with the support of Medico International.

In Village Maroo khan Talpur near Sehwan District Jamshooro next ceremony was held on 17th May 2011 by Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS)  in which 63 constructed houses handed over to the flood effected people of Sindh HANDS established a model village of 63 housing units. Cost of one room Shelter with kitchen and toilet facility 110000 Rupees per unit. School and Mosque are also built in this village.

Prof Gaffar A Billoo addressing at Handing over ceremony

Dr Tanveer Shaikh addressing at Handing over ceremony

Chairman HANDS Prof. A.G Billoo (Sitarai e Imtiaz) said on the occasion that these efforts will continue till the last homeless person gets his own residence He thanks to the Philanthropist for their cooperation to achieve the task. Chief Executive Dr Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed explained the struggles made by the team of HANDS to achieve this goal and he obliged to all volunteers and participants. 

A fabulous amount of appreciation was seen by the receivers of houses who get possessions of houses and they showed their gratitude towards HANDS selfless efforts. The cheerful faces of men and women who received houses were unexplainable. Cultural show was arranged by the community and people showered Flowers leaves upon the guests. Large number of people among which journalist, representatives from civil society organizations, local authorities’ personnel and volunteers attended the Ceremony.

Inauguration of houses

MNA Mr. Ghani Talpur appreciated HANDS efforts and promised to offer his cooperation in further efforts for rehabilitation. He announced Gas, and basic health unit for the village, he further said that he will present appreciation resolution in National Assembly regarding the laudable work done by the HANDS. Details..

Inauguration of Vocational Training Center and Model house at UNDP- HANDS funded Intervention Areas in District Thatta

Inauguration of vocational center

Inauguration of Vocational Training Center and Model house at UNDP- HANDS funded Intervention Areas in District Thatta was held on 7th July 2011 at Mazdoor Village Tehsil Jati  by Provincial Minister of Relief and rehabilitation Sindh Haji Muzzaffar Shujra. Before that he Visited village Ismail Mirjat & Passand Maissri village along with the team of HANDS, Journalists, Government local officials and delegates from UNDP. Where sewing machines distributed to the women recently trained through HANDS vocational training program and the delegates sighted the built houses for the villagers.

Inaugration ceremony was held on Mazdoor village Construction site Muzzaffar Shujra appreciated the HANDS work and said that Government cannot cope up with the disastrous situation alone, Government was not prepared and trained even as this we faced the flood after 100 years heavy rains made it worst Government has established a official net work through DCO’s and local bodies we have spare crops and allocated a reasonable amount to face any upcoming disaster but we also need the civil societies organizations to come and support us.

Mr. Geromino Field coordinator from UNDP expressed his views and said that the HANDS work is beyond our expectations but we can do anything united we must respect the nature disasters come all over the world what we can do we must do. UNDP is always with HANDS he announced the visit of  UNO’s and CNN’s executives to Thatta in near future.

Chief Executive HANDS Dr Tanveer Shaikh gave a brief of HANDS work and took a promise with the villagers to educate their children as HANDS doing every effort to educate their children. He said that often disaster provide us the chance to be united and do even better things which are not possible in normal circumstances.

DCO Thatta Rafique Memon, Usman Malkani , Aijaz Memon of HANDS, Ghulam Hussain Baloch General Secretary HANDS, Dr Aqsa of UNDP and CBO’s meber  Khamees ullah also addressed the gathering.  more pics of the event

Tennis icon visited Mazdoor Goth Jati Thatta 

Visit of UNDP Delegates

Toshihiro Tanaka Country Director UNDP for Pakistan and Goodwill ambassador of UNDP Pakistani Tennis Star Aisam ul Haq  gave great encouragement to the community when they visited Community Restoration Project with the partnership of UNDP at Mazoor Village Jati. In this project 225 shelters, 85 people are selected for entrepreneurship, 170 for live stock and poultry development, 85 for agriculture development and 20 people are supported in terms of cash for work. With the intentions to empower the community and the restoration/ rehabilitation of this village after the destruction of flood because there are so many villages suffered from flood,  but the Mazdoor Village Jati is deserved to be reformed so the joint venture of UNDP and HANDS Pakistan is the reality of the day that whole of the team of UNDP visited rather inaugurated the shelters and other inputs and supports being provided to this village by the country director.

This flood affected community with HANDS joint venture is supported 225 shelters, 85 people are selected for entrepreneurship, 170 for live stock and poultry development, 85 for agriculture development and 20 people are supported in terms of cash for work. These poor of the poors are selected by the CBO are given trainings in the subjects respectively and then 85 people for small business are practically supported and have started their livelihood. For live stocks nominees the process to provide them goats has been started as per schedule and the farms are also made there. 25 females are provided swing machines along with required stuff are also given trainings, 10 out of 25 have completed 2 months training of stitching clothes are happy now, they are generating their livelihood at low cost charges which benefits to the client as well. Agriculture inputs are in the process to be provided within the couple of days and at the time when they require fertilizer and seeds, etc. The community physical infrastructure is also the part of our program in which 25 hand pumps, plantation for good environment, streets and drainage, etc are the main components. Except this the process of mobilization regarding health and education will be continued even if the scheduled time period of project is over. At this stage community is so empowered and well aware that they keep check and balance in terms of quantity and quality, they are a bit capable now to resolve their minor problems, the process of development is not to be stopped, the community realizes that what is development and how to live a good life.Photos on facebook

NDMA and UNDP Visit at Passand Maissiri Village.

NDMA Chairman Signing Guest book

NDMA and UNDP delegation along with local Government official visited Passand Maissiri Village on 9th July 2011 Zafar Qadir Chairman NDMA, Peer bux Jamali DG NDMA, Shiliyam (Advisor UNDP ), Zia Abro DFP UNDP (DRM), Hafeez Siyal (EDO Revenue), Atif DDO Revenue Sujawal and Mr Rafique Memon DDO HRM (Revenue). NDMA Chairman announced for further support in this villlage initially he announced provision of TV Sets for this village. Dr Akash and Mr Sarang provided facilitation to visitors Photos…..

Inauguration of  Housing project at Noor Muhammad Village

Housing project at Noor Muhammad Village Inaugurated by Sarim Shaikh Managing Director  Shell Companies on 23rd June at Hub River Road. Housing Project of Noor Muhammad Village is a generous contribution of HANDS for underprivileged community livelihood duly sponsored and supported by PPAF and Shell Companies. Pics of Noor Muhammad Village    Inauguration pictures 


Dr Tanveer sheikh delivered the back ground and informed that  1000 peoples were living in this village  depending only on Garbage searching to earn their livings Electricity, sanitations, health, pure water or School no such facilities were available to them even all of them were not registered with NADRA. He further stated the importance of collaboration of Civil Society Organizations, Philanthropists, Government bodies, Multinational organizations and CBOs to carry on the project.  He declared that the project will continue until providing houses to all the villagers with health facilities, school, energy sourcing, sanitation and safe drinking water. They were living miserable life. HANDS adopted the village, managed to help villagers registered with NADRA to have their CNIC cards. Sanitation, school, health facility, drinking water, energy sources and Model housing block provided them by HANDS. Same works are still in progress. Dr Nighat Ahmed of PPAF appreciated the efforts made by HANDS; Sarim Shaikh Managing Director assured the every possible co operation in future to complete this task, Mr. Zafar P. Sabri of EIDM point out the happiness Shown on the faces of residents of Noor Muhammad Village and appreciated their assistance to bring about such a wonderful project. Ghulam Hussain Babu Representative of the community thanked the Shell, PPAF and HANDS for changing the lives of villagers.

Sensitization and Resource Mobilization for Flood Survivors 2010;

Meeting with Rotary club Karsaz 

Prof Gaffar A Billoo presenting TAMEER strategy

Dr Gaffar A Billoo Chairman HANDS  presented  a brief summary of HANDS work in the meeting of Rotary club Karsaz in a local hotel  and briefed about the efforts have made by HANDS from  relief to rehabilitation he mentioned that 17,44,471 houses destroyed all over the country during flood 2010. IDPs were settled in the temporary camps for saving their lives. There were threats for thousands of lives being devastated due to non precautionary measures and pre disaster planning. But the timely efforts done by governmental, nongovernmental, international organizations and donors saved our country by a human disaster. HANDS with its 1800 Volunteers and by spending more than 2 billons rupees has worked in sindh’s flood affected areas. We have planned to construct  houses for 50,000 families and till now we have handed over 7000 houses to the flood affected peoples. He appealed the Rotarians, Donors and Philanthropists to come forward and play a part till the completion of rehabilitation. Rotarian Pir Mohammad Diwan thanked Dr Gaffar Billoo and said that HANDS efforts for flood survivors are commendable on that occasion Rotary Club Karsaz Announced Funding for the construction of 5 houses for flood survivors.

Tribute to friends of HANDS 

HANDS arranged Tribute for Friends of HANDS on 28th July 2011 at Pearl continental Hotel Karachi for the acknowledgement of support of “Friends of HANDS” who gave support to HANDS interventions for its developmental Projects and especially in PAK Flood 2010 relief and recovery work. Chairman HANDS Prof. Gaffar Billoo and HANDS Chief Executive Dr Tanveer Shaikh presented progress of TAMEER project of early recovery and rehabilitation. Minister for Relief and rehabilitation Haji Muzzaffar Shujra point up HANDS as a role model for the NGOs and said that Govt. is eyewitness to HANDS work. Chairman Pakistan Federation of Chambers and commerce also shared his views, appreciated HANDS work and promised for support from KCCI. Friends appreciated HANDS intervention and committed to continue their collaboration in future as well as were in the past. Photos…

Right to Education

1 million students get benefitted through 1000 schools in 7 districts of Sindh;

HANDS has initiated a large scale project of “Integrated Approach for School Revival -ISAR” with support of UKAID-DFID for revival of 1000 primary schools in 07 flood affected districts of Sindh. This project is benefiting 100,000 children, 2000 teachers and nearly 500,000 community members. Not only schools have been renovated or rebuild where needed but teachers were trained for class management, disaster risk management, child rights especially for corporal punishment and psycho social help after any disaster to support children and community. pictures…

Health For All 

1928 Mothers were treated

NARI project has distributed NARI vouchers to 1928 pregnant women for free of cost services of p`re-natal, natal and post natal services at Taluka Hospitals.The increasing number of maternal deaths in our society is an alarm to an unhealthy culture. HANDS with the financial support of Packard Foundation initiated a program called NARI  through which 1928 mothers were treated initially but due to a good response and success in the program, HANDS and Packard Foundation were running to extend the program this program created awareness among women about the importance of birth spacing, proper delivery and other maternal affairs. A substantial drop in the number of deaths has been recorded. An article on this program was published in a monthly magazine “Tameer-e-Shehr” read more about HANDS NARI Project Interim Report……. NARI Video

HANDS and Ibrat a renowned name in media organized a joint venture for health camps.

HANDS Medical camp with Ibrat group

Just about six months after the devastating flood 2010 sweeping, people seem to be stress-free and less caring when it comes to help flood affected. No doubt, when flood hit the country, volunteers from the four provinces showed a major contribution by helping the flood victims physically and financially. As the time was passing the help process touching to slower pace but HANDS and Ibrat a renowned name in media organized a joint venture for health camps and decided to dedicate a week  to help flood affected in health sector in all the 8 districts of Sindh which were affected by flood. This was an idea by Mr. Kazi Asad Abid (Chairman I.G.P, Chairman T.V.O, President A.P.N.S and Former MNA). HANDS under the supervision of District executive manager Abdul Razzak Umrani stood by them as a partner throughout this activity and participated in several areas. Some of the areas targeted for the activity are Labor colony (Kotri), Aliabad, Masoobhoorgari and Talbal Maula colony, where Mobile Medical Camps were built. Approximately 3000 patients from 120 families were treated in a week’s time. Famous figures of the region Ex-Talluka Nazim, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamoor (MNA), Syed Faisal Shah Jamoor (MNA) Jay Prakash (Media), Ijaz Lagari (Media), Jamal Bhatti (Media) also visited these medical camps and appreciated IGP & HANDS efforts in health sector. Mehran T.V, Sindh T.V, Dhoom, , and news papers Ibrat, Sindhu, Sansaar, Sindhu Digest, covered this remarkable activity.

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) Training 

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) Training

TBA's training

Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) Training at  THQ Sujawal organized by HANDS with collaboration SINA Naya pakistan  From 16/05/2011to 21/05/2011 25Trainees participated in this event.Objectives of this training were to give awareness through training to TBAs for decreasing maternal death & in case of complication they must refer patient for nearest health center like RHC, THQ.  Also develop the workforce at grass roots level (villages) to help the communities (Females) to have safe births at their doorstep.

Lady Health Supervisors Training on Supportive Supervision.

LHS training

Lady Health Supervisors Training on Supportive Supervision was held on 26th May at EDO Health Conference Hall Sanghar. Dr. Farooque Aiwan (EDO-H Sangahr), Dr. Yar Mohammed Jamali (DC-NP) and Ms. Asma Jatoi (Health Education Officer – NP/Focal Person FALAH) attended inaugural session while Dr. Gul Rashid (Director HR- PC) supervised training. Mr. Nadir Baloch and Sanghar HANDS team arranged and organized training.

FALAH 06 Days CCFPS (Advance) Training 

FALAH advance training of LHVs

FALAH 06 Days CCFPS (Advance) Training at Dadu on May 20th, 2011 at Al Macca Guest House training Hall Dadu, has been completed.  Dr. Shabnam Palijo and Ms. Rehana Abbasi were the trainers of training, Dr. Arshad Mehmood Director MER Population Council and Dr Anjum Fatima Senior General Manager HANDS visited the training on 2nd Day 06 Female Medical Officers and 18 Lady Health Visitors Total 24 HCPs of PPHI completed this training. Mr. Mola Bux Solangi DSM-PPHI Dadu distributed the certificates on last Day of the training and he thanked HANDS FALAH team for organizing 06 Days trainings for PPHI Female HCPs in District Dadu. Dr. Abdul Aziz BabarDistrict Coordinator FALAH Dadu Mr. Zulfiqar Sario and FALAH Head Office team facilitated this training.

Use of GIS in Planning and Monitoring.

Training for use of GIS in Planning and Monitoring.

One day training of District Officials at Ghotki on use of GIS in Planning and Monitoring under the facilitation of Ms. Iram Kamran, Senior Program Officer & Mr. Mohammad Rehan Niazi, Deputy Program Officer, Population Council Islamabad, at District Govt. Complex Ghotki at  Mirpur Mathelo to disseminate the information regarding use of GIS System to improve the Health System in the District. Mr. Zahid Ali Abbasi DCO Ghotki, Mr. Munwar Lal EDO (Finance & Planning) Ghotki, Dr. Dhani Bux Thebo EDO (Health) Ghotki, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khokhar, EDO (Education) Ghotki Mr. Notan Lal, EDO (CDD) Ghotki, Mr. Irshad Ahmed Jatt, DPWO, District Coordinator NP HMIS Coordinator, DSM PPHI, District Officer MNCH and other personals had participated.

Fighting against hunger

Distribution of food in relief camp

HANDS collaborated with UNICEF to form Emergency Stabilizing Centers in Sehwan district Jamshoro under the ‘Nutrition’ project. This project was initially launched for 2 months but HANDS through efforts convinced UNICEF to continue it for another year. Till date 12,802 children have been screened and provided with plumpy dozes.

International Women’s Day 2011

Presence of Shahla Raza at International Women’s Day Celebration

On March 8th 2011 HANDS organized several events on that day at district levels as well as on provincial levels. HANDS executives participated in two rallies on that day which were held in Karachi, one appeared from Mazaar-e-Qaid and the other from Karachi Press Club. Shehla Raza (Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly) also participated in these rallies. The rallies were organized to address and promote the education, importance, role and rights of women in a society. Electronic and print media covered both the events.A similar event (Women Empowerment Day) observed on 14th March 2011 at Jam Kanda football ground (Karachi Rural), to motivate and encourage women and to educate them about their rights and their status. Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed (C.E HANDS) and Rahila Rahim (SGM GAD & PAP), many HANDS members and volunteers participated in this event. The event included speeches, debates, and tablos followed by certificate distribution.

World Population Day 2011

Celebrating World Population Day

HANDS celebrated World Population Day on July 11, 2011 on several districts of HANDS intervention areas. Activities were witnessed in all HANDS intervention districts also in Sindh Punjab and Baluchistan Rallies and walks were organized with Partnership of Population department, for the cause of Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) healthy Birth spacing people were displayed banners and play cards with the messages of benefits of Birth Spacing and Mother Child health importance for the purpose of awareness raising in masses.

At HANDS District Umerkot the event significant was increases with the participation of Syed Ali Mardan Shah ,Provincial Minister Population Welfare, whose presence and speech enhance the importance of the event. Another renowned personality who contributed more life to this event was Mr. Ali Murad Rajer (M.P.A). The rally started at Umerkot from Moti Chowk and ended at Press Club in which people from different sectors and organization such as NGOs, Philanthropist, Government officials participated. The Rally was followed by a program in which guest speakers spoke about the problems faced by our nation due to over population and emphasized on controlling the issue. The last stage of the program was an award ceremony in which 22 awards were distributed to prominent MARVI Workers and Family Welfare Workers whose efforts were seen clearly in the communities.

In Punjab rally was also organize from Office of EDO health and Chowk Katchery with the collaboration of Population Welfare Department where about more than 300 people participated. Among prominent figure MNA Shahid Mehmood Khan, EDO health Inamul Haq and Principle Regional Training Institute of Population Welfare Abdul Wahid were participated.    Photos….

National Workshop on where there is no LHW’s

Stakeholders at advocasy seminar

National Workshop on where there is no LHW’s was held on 26th and 27th July 2011 by HANDS in a local hotel at Karachi. This National workshop was sponsored by Packard Foundation and held in collaboration with World Health Organization, Health and Population Welfare Departments of Federal and Provincial Government and Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi.

Over 3.5 million health workers urgently needed to end crisis over the world, new research published today identifies over 40 million children living in “healthcare deserts” not receiving even the most basic care. Every year 48 million women give birth without someone with the proper medical skills present. New research highlights ‘healthcare deserts’ in 25 developing countries, where up to one-third of all children do not receive any of the six essential vaccinations for childhood killer diseases or basic treatment for diarrhea, one of the main causes of child mortality. Over 250 organizations have come together to see world leaders make specific commitments to more health workers, better supported” at the UN General Assembly meetings in New York on September 20, 2011. Objectives of workshop are to share the different models of Community Health Workers (CHWs) for LHWs uncovered areas and to develop the consensus in a Community Health Worker model among stakeholders for LHWs uncovered areas.

The National Program of Primary Health Care of LHW worker is truly pride project for all of us but 90,000 LHWs covers only 54% of the country’s population thus 46% of population remain uncovered, these communities remain highly marginalized and vulnerable population. Findings of the workshop meant to be presented to policy makers for future implementations. Which are as under: Participants presented their suggestions for the training, practice, qualification and nature of the job they focused that Health workers should be posted on their own localities, married women should be preferred and their appointments should be done on merit without any political or other pressures. General conditions of the Centers for Maternal and new born should be improved and make sure the co operation of government and non government organizations.

Saleem Khan Minister  population welfare Kayber  Pakhtoonkhawh said  Elimination of ignorance unemployment is mandatory for us we have to set up organized policies  for lady health workers he further stated that 46% uncovered are must be facilitated that had been ignored till now. Government can not perform alone NGOs must come forward He invited HANDS to work in Baluchistan and Kayber  Pakhtoonkhawh and committed to provide necessary co operation.

Prof. Gaffar Billoo Chairman HANDS stated that a figure speaks of volumes. He stated that Pakistan health scenario although improved but do not present a rosy picture with high Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) is 276 per hundred thousand live births, Infant Mortality Rate(IMR) is 76 per thousand live births and Contraceptive prevalence Rate (CPR) is 29 percent. He proposed that there should be male worker with Lady Health workers. He presented vote of thanks to the participants.

Mumtaz Ali Shah Secretary Population Welfare Department Sindh, Dr Yasmeen Qazi  Senior Country Advisor Population Program David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Saleem Khan Minister Population welfare Department KPK, Dr Sumaia Afadil from WHO, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan Vice chancellor Dow Health Sciences, Naseer uddin Baluch Additional Secretary Health,  Zafar Baleedi Additional Secretary population department Baluchistan, Naseer Nizamani Health Specialist UNFPA and Rizwan Ahmed Secretary Health Sindh. Provincial Health and population Ministers and Secretaries of all the provinces, Head of UN agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA), INGOs, Civil Society and International Experts discussed their pilots and innovative model which could be replicated in cost effective way throughout Pakistan. More than 100 distinguished delegates attended this National workshop. Photos….

Talk to me-breastfeeding – Provincial Advocacy Seminar on Breast Feeding

Advocacy Seminar on Breast Feeding

Only 36% of children below six month of age in developing countries are exclusively breastfeed.

Provincial Advocacy Seminar on “Breast Feeding “was held on 9th August, 2011 by Health Department, Govt. of Sindh and HANDS in collaboration with UNICEF and PPA at Pearl continental hotel. Secretaries health, Population welfare department, parliamentarians, leading public health persons and representatives of WHO UN, INGOs, Civil societies and Media representative attended the seminar.

Prof Gaffar Billoo said in his welcome address that the theme of world breastfeeding month in August is “Talk to me-breastfeeding”’. It is indeed a suitable theme. We talk so much about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding- to protect, promote and support it, during this month but what happen after that. Breast feeding is suppressed by baby milk formulas and bottle feeding still killing 1 million babies per year. HANDS generating awareness through masses since 30 years which can be shown in HANDS intervention areas.

Dr Khalid Shaikh Additional Secretary Health said that only a small percentage of mothers follow the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding up to six months of birth, beginning immediately after birth. Of this small percentage, a majority are those who deliver in a government set-up they never guided for breast feeding NGOs may play a potential role in this regards. He also mentioned some of disadvantages for not practicing breastfeeding.

Ashfaq Ali Shah Secretary PWD Govt. of Sindh said that Breast feeding make sure the reasonable birth spacing time and better health of baby and mother. Collaboration of population welfare program and NGOs can achieve much better results. He illustrate on the religious aspects of breastfeeding.

Dr. Dure Shehwar Provincial Nutrition Cell focal person Government of Sindh said in her keynote address that decline in breast feeding and its marked effects on the child health is a national issue. In 1991-92, a nationwide survey was conducted in Pakistan to collect baseline health information on a variety of maternal and child health issues. Survey results indicate that fewer mothers are breast feeding their children, and that mothers who do breast-feed often supplement breast milk unnecessarily and/or stop breast feeding earlier. Scientific evidence has shown that breastfeeding could lead to a 13% reduction in deaths of children under five if infants were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and continued to be breastfed up to two year with timely and appropriate introduction of complementary food after 6 months. Only 36% of children below six month of age in developing countries are exclusively breastfeed. No other preventive intervention is more cost effective in reducing the number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday.She presented 10 steps of breastfeeding.

Dr Hafeez Memon DG Health appreciated HANDS work for making kids life more safe and secured he focused for the quality training of health workers and awareness programs for pregnant women through media for exclusive breastfeeding.

Dr Asif Aslam Health Specialist UNICEF that there is evidence that breast feeding is on the decline in many developing countries Breastfeeding plays an important role in preventing stunting a condition that cause irreversible physical and cognitive damage, and which is viewed as a key indicator reflecting inequities in society. A communication challenge is to be met and media can also play a vital role.

Prof. D S Akram CEO HELP said Undesirable breast feeding practices were found to be associated with urban residence, younger mother’s age, and higher educational attainment. This is an unsafe tendency awareness should be created from early age through school girls. Breast feeding is a security to babies’ lives.

Dr Khalid Zubairi Representative PPA said If you look at the ground reality, we find that because of the failure to breastfeed, millions of babies’ lives are lost, which could have been saved through a simple act- breastfeeding.

Zareen Majeed MPA Sindh said government is fully aware of this matter but the awareness must be raised from grass root levels whichcan be done only by the help of civil society.

Dr Tanveer Shaikh Chief Executive HANDS delivered the vote of thanks to the participants.  Photos…

When there is a “WILL” there is a “WAY” 

Radio Set distribution in remote area

HANDS managed to intervene in three remote and sensitive areas of Sukkur which even not having any law enforcement agencies or governmental observation. HANDS distributed 500 radio sets which were provided by Internews Organization.

Leadership training 

Leadership training at Naraan

64 HANDS staff visited Naran Kaghan Valley for Leadership Training from 21st May to 29th May 2011. It was a wonderful experience because every participant had opportunity to utilize his/her leadership skills. The training was very interactive and full of team building and group works.

News in Brief

  • SEDC (Social Entrepreneur Development Center) of LUMS published a HANDS case study as a success story in their annual case study book.
  • Several trainings were conducted by hands staff on health and education awareness and capacity building in Badin, Ghotki, Karachi Rural and almost every district HANDS is covering.
  • A flower show was organized by District Govt. in Badin on 12th and 13thMarch. HANDS stall was certified as “Best Stall” and Ms. Abida Jamali was certified as “Best Focal Person”.
  • HANDS organized events in several schools to celebrate “Pakistan Day” on 23rd March. Students performed tablos, songs and speeches on the occasion.


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