Benazir Housing Cell Home for the Homeless:
HANDS in collaboration with BHC (Benazir Housing cell) Government of Sindh has been involved in the noble cause of providing “Home for the Homeless” .The project aims to benefit 505 families in two districts, 300 houses in Mirpurkhasand 205 Houses in Umerkot; each unit comprises of two rooms, veranda and a toilet. The selection of beneficiaries was made by the BHC. 319 shelters were completed so far and handed over to the beneficiaries during the reporting period, 249 houses were completed in Mirpurkhasand 70 houses in Umerkot.
HANDS with the support of DFID UK take initiative and start Flood Emergency Response Project in 04 highly affected districts of Punjab Province including District Jhang, Mandibahudin, Muzaffargarh and Multan in the Month of December
2014.Initially in critical emergency situation HANDS provided support through roofing kits to 1,948 beneficiaries in Chiniot, Multan and Muzafargarh to construct temporary shelters. Later this project extended to cover more areas and beneficiaries. In extended support to flood emergency response 10,000 flood affected families selected and a relief package of roofing kits included 14 Bamboos, 01 Girders, PE sheet, Solar light and Winterization kits will be distributed.
Moreover HANDS also focuses on important infrastructure within the flood affected communities of selected districts e.g. sanitation system, pathways, renovation of school and hospital buildings, broken bridges and culverts etc. that were affected badly in flood. For this purpose a CCG (Conditional Cash Grant) provided to district level CBO/NGO’s through partnership. Along with CCG, HANDS also focuses on waste water management by kitchen gardening via renovation of hand pumps under project head of community based WASH initiatives.
The relief activities had been continuing for 06 month was completed successfully in June, 2015. Roofing kit provided to 10,000 flood affected families after rigorous assessment. 70 CCG and 200 WASH initiative schemes were identified and completed in four districts of Punjab. Schemes BoQ’s and drawings were designed by engineers of HANDS. 70 partner organizations (CBO/NGO’s) are identified through proper screening and they worked for mentioned schemes.HANDS teams performed impressive job and achieved all targets on time. It is a sign of HANDS commitments to support vulnerable communities by focusing HANDS vision “Healthy prosperous and equitable society”
School WASH Gadap Town Karachi
In collaboration with waterAid, HANDS has successfully achieved the target of 2,735 users; including 1,250girls, 1,358boys, 43 male staff and 84female staff got access to improved hygienic sanitation through repair and rehabilitation of Water Supply Facilities, Hand Washing Facilities and Latrines in 15 schools. Technical team of the project conducted assessment and selected schools for rehabilitation purpose. Assessment and reactivation of SMC’s was completed in 79 schools in this quarter. Repair & rehabilitation process was completed with the support of SMC’s reactivation by Social Mobilization team. Project teams ensured the participation of 75 SMC members in the process through project orientation and objective.196 HAS sessions were conducted in 55 schools to spread the messages related to health and hygiene to the students and the teachers.
Community mobilization for improved WASH and hygiene Behaviors
HANDS as an implementation partner works with USAID funded MSP. It will provide access to improved water supply to roughly 275,000 people in 8 UCs of Jacobabad. Improved infrastructure and services related to WASH will act as an incentive for people to actualize their right for safe drinking water and improved sanitation. UNICEF is proposing to support the infrastructure improvements of MSP using an urban variant on its Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation (PATS).
Urban social services programs need a strong component of social mobilization and Public, Private and Peoples’ Partnership (PPPP); so that the improved services and facilities are user friendly and well-maintained after construction. This can be achieved by mobilizing community groups and by setting up community-led partnerships, involving local governments and service providers. Women’s needs willalso be mainstreamed, especially in decision making processes.
The proposed project will encourage citizens in Jacobabad, especially poor and women: to remain involved in implementation of MSP, have capacity to hold service providers accountable, and are receiving maximum benefits from the improved infrastructure. Improved health, an anticipated outcome of the overall program, will be achieved through improving hygiene behaviors that are supported by improved access to WASH infrastructure
HANDS and WaterAid have been working together for the betterment of WASH facilities in the communities of Gadap Town. This project has successfully made 5,080 people reach to safe drinking water in urban slums of Gadap Town through improved, equitable, safe and sustainable water supply source through completion of 2 Water Supply Schemes.
Capacity building trainings were also conducted to improve the capacity of the community regarding WASH facilities in the community.
WASH team has also tried to provoke media on this sensitive issue of WASH through the media sensitization event and the media exposure visits in the communities. Moreover, hygiene quiz competitions were alsoorganized to ensure the awareness amongst the community regarding health and hygiene messages.
An annual dinner, organized by HANDS at Pearl Continental hotel in honor of Philanthropists while ceremony Prof A Gaffar Billoo, addressed the participants that HANDS has been transforming lives for over three decades. He said the organization has been empowering people at the grassroots levels by strengthening their sense of self-help, self-reliance and sense of ownership, without any kind of discrimination in terms of gender, ethnicity or religion.
Dr Sheikh Tanveer Ahmed, said that HANDS has served as a leading authority in promoting economic growth, human rights and social progress in Pakistani society. “HANDS delivers assistance across the country, including education, health and access to safe water, shelter, food security and the elimination of gender disparity at the community level.” Wherein all wake of life took part and lauded the Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) for its 35 years as a leading non-profit organization in Pakistan.
Orientation of Staff and Training on Participatory Reflection Analysis (PRA) Tools
A two days training of newly recruited staff was organized on 2nd and 3rd May 2015 at Blue Diamond Hotel, District Mansehra. Staff was oriented about project purpose, objectives and major activities in detail. Furthermore, MARVI model was explained. The job description, roles and responsibilities of each position of staff were also shared. Presentation regarding effective communication skills including role play was shared with participants. Moreover, they were taught about importance of community dialogue and its methodology to carry out in the field. Each field staff practiced and demonstrated this activity in the nearby village.
Consultative Meeting with Provincial Health Department and PDMA at Peshawar
Consultative meeting for Provincial Health and PDMA officials was organized on 21st May 2015 at Peshawar. More than 15 officials from both departments attended the meeting. Project presentation was given and discussed in details with all participants. Points of officials were also taken and discussed in details and after comprehensive discussion with larger consensus concurrence about MARVI Nutrition Integrated Model was given. Concurrence letter was issued by Director General Health Services, KP to all concerned departments.
Development of IEC and Community Outreach Materials
The information education and communication material developed by the Unicef with the National Program (LHW) for FP&PHC adopted in HANDS MARVI workers for nutrition program intervention in many districts in Sindh was presented to Provincial Health Department and concerned department officials for review. With continuous coordination, the joint team finalized the material and incorporated some changes considering the local context. Then it was presented to HANIF team and after discussion finalized and got endorsed for the process of designing and printing and leaflets for key messages were also developed to disseminate in communities for awareness rising.
Training of MARVI Workers
A Six days training of MARVI Workers held at Tehsil Balakot. 20 selected MARVI Workers attended the training. Dr. Anjum Fatima- General Manager – Health Program and Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza – Chief Research and Development Executive HANDS were the trainers while Ms. Gulnar- District Nutrition Trainer – LHW Program Mansehra took session on Pregnant and Lactating women nutrition.
Mian Zia U Rehman – Member of Provincial Assembly Mansehra attended inaugural session of training. He requested all participants to work with sincerity in their villages as nutrition status of women, adolescent girls and under 5 years children could be improved. Further he thanked Futures Group and HANDS for implementing innovative model in remotest villages of district Mansehra. In last he assured for full support on behalf of district and provincial health departments.
Dr. Wajiha Ghias – Innovative Fund Manager, HANIF visited training on day two. She observed training sessions conducted by Dr. Anjum Fatima and Ms. Gulnar. Number of Government officials including Dr. Sardar Bashir Ahmed -DHO Mansehra, Mr. Shahid Ahmed- DCO LHW Program, Mr. Shahid Mehmood- Assistant Commissioner- Balakot and local leadership visited the training and spoke with participants.
Baseline Survey Training and conduction
Baseline survey training was held at district office Mansehra. Ms. Rubina Jaffri- General Manager HANDS Monitoring, Evaluation and Research program conducted the training of project staff. Project objectives, progress and impact measuring indicators were explained. The technical terminologies were also discussed and explained to the trainee surveyors such as anemia, antenatal period and care, Postnatal, Neonatal, Iron supplement and De-worming etc. In order to understand and execute the activities aptly, job description of surveyors, supervisors and district teams were discussed in detail. The survey methodology including the selection criteria and selection methods for the respondents was discussed in detail. The survey techniques such as introduction of the surveyors to the respondents and consent from the respondents were also explained as a mandatory step in the process before the interview.
Baseline Survey Training and conduction
Concurrence and endorsement letters issued by Provincial and District Health and other departments for project implementation
Provincial and district health and other departments demonstrated their involvement at every step of project. They issued concurrence letter for project implementation Non LHW areas of district Mansehra, endorsement letter for IEC material to be used for community mobilization and awareness, and DHO Mansehra issued endorsement letter for intervention area and facilitation of referred cases at nearby health facilities. PDMA issued NOC for project implementation and Deputy Commissioner Mansehra provided security clearance letter for project implementation.
Exposure and Training Visit to Swat
As part of Annual Retreat of HANDS, an exposure and training visit was carried out to the lush green and picturesque Swat valley in Northern Pakistan from 1-7 June 2015. The group comprised of 24 staff of HANDS from districts and HO, led by GM RM Dr Irfan Ahmed. Starting from Islamabad, the group stayed in Kalam. Behrain, MallamJabba and Saidu Sharif. The participants went around on hiking trips as well as on 4-wheeler explorations, appreciating the breathtaking natural beauty of the region as well as participating in an interactive hands-on training on ‘Research Methodology’ that was facilitated by GM MER Ms Rubina Jaffri. Training sessions were followed lively discussions. The participants also appreciated the historical sites of Swat as well as the impressive museum in Saidu Sharif. Weare grateful to the senior management as well as HR for arranging this very enjoyable exposure and training visit to Swat.
A Two days Capacity Building on Leadership, Decision Making and Community Mobilization
120 adolescent girls (aged 16-19 years) selected and capacitated to become RH leaders. Their capacity enhanced and strengthen their leadership, mobilization and advocacy skills to speak out about early marriages and their consequences. These RH leaders will carry out incentive based community mobilization and advocacy initiatives. A work plan containing strategies and methodologies has been developed for Kirans on last day of the conference. During the training all Kirans shared that have given message to 12,000 females of intervention areas of Bin Qasim Town and Gadap.
Trainings Workshop on Proposal Writing and Budgeting
A training workshop on Proposal Writing and Budgeting were organized at HANDS ICD Hyderabad on 3-4 April 2015. Dr Aslam Khan CHR HANDS and Dr Irfan Ahmed Khan SGM Resource Mobilization HANDS facilitated the workshop. A total of 32 mid-level managers from 11 different organizations participated in the trainings. Interactive discussion was carried out on proposal development, proposal writing process, fundraising, communication with donor, and budgeting process. Group exercises were made to develop a live proposal for submission by the participating organizations at the end of the training workshop. This workshop is part of the process by HANDS ICD to build the capacities of other organizations for community development.
A Six Days Training of Trainers on MARVI Worker Module
The Provision of Reproductive Health Services through Social Marketing’, PSI along with HANDS is working to improve access, equity, quality, and cost effective of family planning products and services so that the poor and the vulnerable community. This can improve the health of their families. PSI and HANDS are working to leverage their vast networks of community-level workers in order to reach women, men, and their families with tailored messages and products at the community level. Under Reproductive Health Service Project (RHSP) A Six Days Training of Trainers on MARVI Worker Module on May 12- 18, 2015.This training is the part of RHSM project and topics of training includes, family planning and their methods, reproductive system and fertilization, first aid, social marketing, EPI, nutrition growth monitoring. This training is to measure capacity and knowledge as well as increase knowledge about project objectives. It provided very good opportunity to LHV’s to become trained with capacity, knowledge and skills as required. Total 27 LHVs and DPMs have participated in this training from Ghotki, Dadu and Sanghar. These LHVs further trained 500 MARVI workers.
HANDS participated in Nutrition Festival in Tharparkar
This festival held on 8th, 9th and 10th April 2015 at Mithi District Tharparkar. Different Communities, CSOs, NGOs, Donors, Media, Corporate sector, Academia, Chief Secretary, and Health Department representatives participated in the event .The purposes of this event were to instill positive behavior and mindset in the local communities, highlight the current situation prevailing along with suggested solutions through health and nutrition stalls, mobilize stakeholders and donors, creating awareness through the event, bringing to light issues like food security and community development. A variety of activities have included to celebrate this event and to give message to all. These activities included health and nutrition stalls, specialist camps (Paeds, Gynae, General Physician, and General Surgeon),lab tests, medicines and giveaways, awareness Sessions (Halls 01, 02, 03), puppet show, kids play area, food, handicraft and Thar Cultural Night.
HANDS – Key Activities were included dissemination of broachers,dissemination of FM Radio messages received from health department, photography and movie setup, medicine and supplies for their ongoing beneficiaries and new screening and enrolment during festival, vehicle support for beneficiaries and HANDS also responsible for the availability of community and Mother Support Group.
SHE Leads Conference Awareness to Action Project
This was program to acknowledge that Kirans have worked under Awareness to Action (A2A Project) and after completion
of two sets of trainings; they have worked for creating awareness in their community about negative consequences of early marriages. During this process 90 Kirans reached out to 9,000 young females of Karachi (rural) with messages on SRHR of girls and consequences of early marriages/teen age pregnancies to bring positive change in the community. On achieving these targets, this program has arranged to give incentives and appreciations to those Kirans, who have been engaged in community advocacy regarding safe motherhood, early child marriages, early pregnancies, sharing of their learning and experiences about the task they have completed in Karachi district.
As the title of this program “SHE Leads” reflect that program was led by the young girl (Kiran) Rasheeda with full of confidence. She carried out the program according to schedule, Dr Anjum Fatima from HANDS welcomed to all participants, incentives (tablet PCs ) distributed among the beneficiaries. Mr. Qadeer Baig CR Rutgers WPF took a great part in the event with his valuable speech regarding the A2A project. Two role-plays based on a real case study performed by the Kirans of G.G.S.S Wali Muhammad Goth and Tayyaba Fellowship School, which were main reflection of whole struggle done by Kirans (Motivation by Kirans to stop early marriage and effects of early marriages). The way Kiran Rasheeda was moderating the event was very great. Personal experiences shared by Kirans Aisha, Sabrunisa, Rashida and Shirin. Teachers also shared their working experiences in community. All participants appreciated their presentation. Rasheeda and other Kiranswho were performing, exhibited their leadership skills with excellent performance, they captured whole crowd by their inspiring words and activities. A admirable speech given by Dr. YasmeenQazi about the thought behind the project, her life struggle. Ms. Bina Shah, Journalist/Author of 4 novels,2 collections of short stories on social issues also addressed to young Kirans, she was very happy to saw the talents of young Pakistani girls. Dutch Ambassador Mr. Marcel de Vink was very impressed from performance of Kiran. According to him, “I AM PROUD OF YOU”.
Training of Health Care Providers (HCPs) for Training whole of facility on Youth Friendly Space (YFS)
HANDS Karachi Rural ASK Project organized A Two Days Training on whole of facility on YFS, value clarification and commodities. We have trained 10 HCPs. These HCPs were from 02 selected Youth Friendly Health Centers. This training is facilitated by Dr. Munazza Haris (Technical Advisor- Health Program Rutgers WPF).
Annual School Day Celebrations
Sindh Community Mobilization Program (SCMP) teams organized Annual School Days Celebrations in all 229 schools. This activity was commenced in the month of April and May. A great number of participants from each village attended the events. Prizes were distributed among those students who secured position in annual examinations. SCMP team Jacobabad organized 58 annual school days in focused schools, SCMP Kashmore team organized Annual School Days celebrations in 52 focused schools.
SCMP Karachi team facilitated Annual School Days celebration in 23 targeted schools in Gadap and Lyari Towns Karachi. Teams closely coordinated with schools and looked over exam results to plan and celebrate the events. The first three students in grades one to ten received trophies.
SCMP Sukkur team celebrated annual school days celebration in 50 targeted schools. SMC subcommittee members’school staff organized events as per plan through these activity students who secured positions first second and third got prizes community members and parents education officials among the guests of the events. SCMP Larkana team SMC and subcommittee members organized school day celebrations in their 44 targeted schools
Approximately 24,869 parent’s participants including 39,619 students, teachers, SMC members, and community members, 1250 ELD officials and USAID/SCMP officials participated in these celebrations. The events generated a large number of prospective community candidates for SCMP’s upcoming community and school based activities, including SMPs and SIPs and encouraged more parents to send their children to school.
World Environment Day Celebrations
Sindh Community Mobilization Program (SCMP) District teams celebrated “World Environment Day” on 05th June 2015, in targeted Government Schools. The day was celebrated to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth and through this event community involve celebrating World Environment Day. More than 1,175 children, 450 teachers, 750 parents and other locals participated in this event. Focal persons of Education Department Supervisors, DEOs, TEOs, IRD representatives and USAID officials were Chief Guest of these events.
SCMP District Jacobabad celebrated “World Environment Day” on 05th June 2015, in Government Boys Primary School Budhani. Mr. Riaz Hussain Shah Supervisor/ focal person of Education Department was the Chief Guest of this event. Stage Plays showing the importance of protectionof environment presented by the students. The participants and guests shared their remarks and suggested tips for protection of environment.
SCMP Karachi team facilitated to celebrate World Environment Day at GGSS Wali Muhammad Haji Yaqoob, LyariTown Karachi. 568 participants including 500 students and 68 parents, teachers, SMC members, community
members, and USAID/SCMP officials participated in the event. Event consist of so many fruit full activities including plantation, students competitions etc. It was first mega event inLyari Town. During the event students took part in speech, arts, model making competitions. Almost 60 students took part in stage competition activities. A jury was seated for decision of first, second and thirdpositions. The trophies distributed among the position holders (students).
On Friday June 5, 2015, SCMP District Larkana celebrated World Environment Day at GGPS Jakhra, where two other CMP focused schools also participated in the event. Basically this day was created to inspire people around the villages to become active about environment and learn more about the ways, they can help to ensure sustainable environment.
SCMP Kashmore team organized World Environment Day on 5th of June 2015 at GBHS Rasaldar, where students and teachers of 3 schools including GBHS Rasaldar, GBPS Rasaldar and GGPS Rasaldar. A large number of participants attended the event including 22 women. On the occasion, speakers delivered speeches on betterment of environment, while students presented short plays in favor of environment. On the day, 10 sampling trees were also planted to mark the environment day.
HANDS Impact Assessment
HANDS conducted an impact assessment survey to measure the sustainable development goals in 22 districts of Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan provinces. For this purpose, training for the master trainers was conducted on 8-9 May, 2015. For the sampling of total 450 household respondents of 78 villages were interviewed in the month of May and June for the assessment of health, education, livelihood, WASH and infrastructure.
l EPI coverage among 0-5 year children was 50.1%.
l TT vaccination among currently married women was 36%.
l Total 36% were currently using family planning methods.
l 92% women availed 2 or more antenatal visits
l Similarly 57% visited health facility for postpartum purpose.
l 79.2% villages have the facility of latrine
l Hand pump was available in 86% households
l 69.5% respondents had the disasters resilience shelter.
l 73.4% household’s having their own livestock
l Among ECE children, 21.5% of were beginners, 52.5% could read letters and 23.2% children were familiar with Sindhi/Urdu words.
HANDS LEP Program News Updates
District Jacobabad was severely affected by 2010, 2012 & 2013 floods; a number of 3781 villages comprising 70% of the total district remained underwater. More than 938,659 or 95% of the pre-flood population was affected and 85% of the district swamped through blockade of 1365Kms of roads for approximately six weeks limiting the land communication to aerial only. Injuries approached to as high as 1,235 with fatality tolling up to 137 people, nearly 9,300 livestock’s lost along with the destruction of 142,221 to 156442 houses in the calamity that left the heavily affected agricultural land behind it.
HANDS along with support of MI & BMZ intervened in this severely affected area with objective to revive the infrastructure and livelihoods comprising of food, shelters, WASH, health, schools and winterization items as the winter season was on it full peak.
So far, MI & BMZ supported 600 goats to 300 flood struck beneficiaries and 600 poultry to 60 most vulnerable families of UC Qadirpur Jacobabad, aiming to improve livelihoods and nutrition status of the affected areas and these distributions were backed by a number of trainings in each sector. And this combined endeavor is still on its way to provide relief to the affected area under this project.
HANDS Gender Equity Program (GEP)
HANDS is running the project “Promoting Improved Livelihood for Informal Sector Workers” with the collaboration under Gender Equity Program (GEP) of Aurat Foundation (AF) After that project team has selected 120 HBW from Korangi Crossing & Ibrahim Hyderi and 8 master trainers have been selected from 120 in both areas and project team conducted meeting with WDD and SEMDA for social security schemes for Home Based Workers.Three TOT for master trainer conducted . The master trainers learned different types of skills, like color combination contrast cutting and others things during the TOT and After the TOT they conducted trainings for selected 120 HBW and sale of their production done by different mechanism like through display centers,Exhibitions etc.