Intel Science Fair
In continuation of Intel Pakistan’s Special Initiative Activities, selected students, along with their teachers from Sukkur, Jacobabad, Larkana, Kashmore and Karachi participated in a 3 days Provincial Intel Science Education Fair 2017 at Karachi. District Jacobabad and Sukkur schools qualified for National Science Fair event which was held at COMSATs, Lahore from November 23 to 26, 2016.
The projects were designed in subject categories; in Biology/Health Sciences. The Intel officials appreciated this initiative of SBEP and encouraged CMP team’s efforts. The participating students and teachers shared that it was a great opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills at such a forum and compete with the students from prestigious private educational institutions.
They also appreciated students and teachers for their hard work and confidence. During this competition National Level Intel Science Fair, a student of Government Girls High School Sukkur Ms. Saba Rafique Class 10 secured Special Category Certificate from Shoukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in individual category on the project titled “Treatment of fungus through butter and Soda”.
Nutrition Screening of Children Age 5-10 Years
CMP Team Sukkur have screened 7767 students in 90 CMP targeted schools age 5-10 years with support of head teacher and teachers. The main purpose of screening is to address the issues related to malnutrition especially among children affected in CMP targeted areas, to assess and analyze reasons for the prevalence of malnutrition and to improve child nutrition in selected communities and government schools.
Universal Children Day
Children’s Day – A day dedicated to children is observed on 20th November as an event across the world to celebrate childhood and promote awareness about children’s welfare. Endorsed by global organizations and governments, this celebration aims to promote the wellbeing of children, to uplift their social rights, to create attentiveness on the commitment on the development of children and ensure a better future.
HANDS Sindh Community Mobilization Program (SCMP) Kashmore, Larkana Jacobabad, celebrated this day on 22nd November 2016 in schools in depiction of students’ talent and to encourage their ideas and thoughts.
The program started with the recitation of Holy Quran. A tableau was performed by two students to welcome the guests and participants. A competition was held amongst the students and later speeches were made by the guests emphasizing this day celebration.
Establishing ALC centers for session 2016-2017
During the month of October 2016, 78 ALC centers were established in 13 districts of the Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab for the tenure of six months starting from October 2016 to February 2017. 791 men and 870 women were enrolled in these Adult literacy Centers (ALC). ALC manual “Teachers Guide” consisting on 27 codes covers to enhance capacity of learners, improving in reading, writing, discussions on social issues, storytelling, managing and calculating daily routine expenses and utility bills, letter drafting and reading, decision making and management skills of ideal family, neighbors and society development.
Provision of material to the ALCs
Complete teaching and learning material has been provided to the ALCs. Materials consist of white board, teachers guide, essential stationary supportive to develop teaching material, learners exercise copies to be used for class exercise and homework assignments and chattai/mat for sitting of learners.
Increased enrolment in ECE classes
65 ECE classes are ongoing in 13 districts of the Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces, and enrolment has increased from 1300 to 1680 students
Repair and renovations of ECE classes is ongoing and community based organizations are in process of submitting proposals of repair and renovation and construction. As per estimation 55 ECE classes will be renovated through approved amount of PKR- 6,15,000 and 28 ECE classes will be constructed with total cost of PKR-1,45,000.
Quarterly News of DPDRR project
HANDS- Pakistan under Medico International and BMZ Funding Project “Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilient Rehabilitation Project” is implementing in four districts of northern Sindh with the main objective to increase ability of Government institutions, civil society organizations and the population of 414 villages of the districts Ghotki, Jacobabad, Kashmore @ Kandhkot and Shikarpur to withstand natural disasters and 300 households of 06 villages in district Jacobabad have access to basic social and productive infrastructure and stabilized their livelihood.
In disaster risk reduction HANDS organized 03 quarterly coordination meetings at district level one in each district and organized 12 events of exchange program visits of DRR committees in districts Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kandhkot and Ghotki. Totally 239 participants from DRR committees participated in these events and shared their ideas with each other. Community has also constructed 93 Protective Community Infrastructure schemes in 87 villages of these districts.
In rehabilitation of social and productive infrastructure, one protective community infrastructure scheme has been constructed in one of the village. In livelihood, tool kits and seeds for kitchen gardening have been distributed amongst 150 beneficiaries of six villages of district Jacobabad. Training was also imparted on kitchen gardening.
Rapid-Pro Survey regarding WASH at Korangi Town, Karachi
Rapid-Pro survey regarding WASH situation was planned for two months, November to December, 2016 in collaboration with UNICEF in Korangi Town, Karachi. The survey was of new type itself as it involved technology. The entire survey was evaluated and was based on the mobile SMS. Thus the beneficiaries were required to SMS their feedback via their mobile phone on the allotted number that is “8623”. The citizens were mobilized by using different strategies like sessions in schools, community centres and mobile float movement along with proper advertisement through pole banners, Sign boards and handbills all around the Korangi town. The desired target of 10000 was successfully achieved to 12000 beneficiaries, which is indeed a great achievement of HANDS.
Rapid-Pro Survey regarding WASH at Korangi Town, Karachi
“Community Mobilization for Improved Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Services and Hygiene Behaviours in Jacobabad City”
The project in collaboration with Water Aid, UNICEF and USAID was successfully completed in the month of October 2016. It was an 18 months project, ensuring mobilization in the urban context of Jacobabad regarding WASH in the community of 8 Union councils and 26 schools of the city. International exposure visit to Durban, South Africa under this project was carried out with partners and government officials. This visit aimed to explore the Water and Sanitation system in the international context. Further, the national exposure to Islamabad was also planned for the citizens of Jacobabad to visit Integrated Resource Revenue Centre (IRRC), to make them aware of well-set example of revenue generation out of waste. Last, but not least the lesson learnt workshop was organized in collaboration with UN-Habitat being the fourth partner involved in this project to conclude the project highlighting the major lessons learnt from the project.
National exposure visit of Urban WASH project Jacobabad team at Islamabad
Discussion: How to Manage Emergencies and Disasters
Discussion on “How to manage emergencies and disasters” was organized by HANDS in collaboration with Action Aid, Pakistan on 29th December 2016 at Hyderabad. The discussion was arranged in the follow up of Hotel fire incident at Karachi in which reportedly twelve persons were killed and over 100 others were injured on Dec 5, 2016.
Major fire incidents have taken place in the past like in a garment factory at Baldia, Karachi. Similarly fire incidents / accidents regularly take place in the province due to bursting of gas cylinders at home and in vehicles, electricity wires
Discussion: How to Manage Emergencies and Disasters at Hyderabad
falls in rains and windy season, oil tankers and heavy traffic is observed on roads without any schedule, CNG pumps are located in residential areas and low quality of food and drinks causes deaths of many.
Representatives of different Civil Society Organizations were present in the discussion, demanded to form a committee having representation from CSOs to find gaps and take up with the appropriate government agencies, instead of blaming each other. It is the time to learn how to manage the situations in emergencies and disasters so that human lives can be saved.
Disaster Management Exhibition 2016
HANDS Disaster management program participated in Disaster Management exhibition 2016 organized by University of Peshawar in collaboration with UNDP on 7th to 8th December 2016 at Peshawar.
The Disaster Risk Management Program (DRMP) Stall showcased HANDS profiles, publications and presented Disaster Risk (DRM) models to the visitors and stake holders. Large number of people visited the HANDS stall and showed keen interest. They were briefed on HANDS interventions in disaster hit areas and received appreciation.
HANDS stall at Disaster Management Exhibition 2016
HANDS Disaster Management Exhibition 2016
HANDS established its stall at Peshawar in Disaster Management Exibilition 2016 organized by Peshawar Univeristy. All models of HANDS Disaster Management Program were displyed and all visistors were brified. It was also explained that currenetly HANDS Disaster Management program is working in different Disaster affected Areas of Pakistan and at International level as well.
HANDS GAD Program at ARY TV Channel
Ms Rahila Rahim SGM HANDS was invited as the chief guest along with GAD team in ARY morning show “Salam Zindagi”. HANDS team talked on Gender issues and also briefed about HANDS Gender and Development program, she also shared about HANDS shelter home for GBV survivors.
HANDS senior staff ARY morning show
Provincial Women Lawyers Conference
HANDS Team Participated in Provincial Women Lawyers Conference at Karachi on 11th to 12 Nov 2016. Ms. Rahila Rahim General Manager HANDS took an active role and shared her 22 years’ experience on the struggle of women rights.
Provincial Women Lawyers Conference at Karachi
Opening Ceremony of Shelter Home
HANDS Gender and Development program is running Shelter Home for gender base violence survivors from last year, Formal inauguration ceremony was organized on 2nd Dec. MS. Erum Khalid Special Assistant to CM ,WDD, director and other hub partners participated in the event.
Opening ceremony of HANDS shelter home at Karachi
Training on “Project Proposal Writing & Budgeting”
Two Days Training on Project Proposal Writing and Budgeting was held on December 21 – 22, 2016 at Quetta in collaboration with Youth Organization and Azad Foundation. 22 participants of different organizations attended the training. This was first training on proposal writing in Quetta. The objectives of the training were ,Definition of Project, Case for Support, Profile of the NGOs, Project Description, and Strategy of the Project, The Process of Proposal Writing, Fundraising, and Communication with Donor, Work Plan, and Budget.
Inaugural session of proposal writing & budgeting training
Young Generation Leadership Training
Two Days of Young Generation Leadership Training was held at Karachi
On 28th & 29th Dec 2016. It was conducted by Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed. The number of learners were 20. The key objective of this training was to develop leadership skills in youth, practice leadership skills, parenting, schooling and friendship, measure relations with parent, school mates and friends.
Brain storming session during young generation leadership training
Training of Trainers (ToT) on Leadership
Three Days Training of Trainers (TOT) for DEMs and Managers of HANDS staff was conducted at Murree from on 08th to 10th Dec 2016. The training included brainstorming, group activity, group presentation on 09 Mind Sets basic concepts related to leadership skills. During the training topics covered to improve knowledge on mindsets of leadership development, assess leadership mindsets, Strategize leadership mindsets and development plan.
Training of Trainers on Leadership at Murree
Webinar on “A Global Hub for sanitation discussion advocacy and action”
Ms. Tanya Khan (WSSCC) conducted a webinar on 08TH October 2016. The topic for the session was “A Global Hub for sanitation discussion advocacy and action Disaster Emergency Preparedness Sharing from START Network”.
HANDS head office staff alongwith CE HANDS attending Webinar on “A Global Hub for sanitation discussion advocacy and action”
National Disaster Awareness Day
HANDS Disaster Management Program celebrated Disaster Awareness Day on 8th October 2016 in collaboration with Provisional Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh at Karachi. Guests participated from HANDS, PDMA Sindh, UN OCHA, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) and other Organizations. Objective was to remember disaster victims and pay tribute to them.
This day was also observed in 10 HANDS Disaster Risk Management Centers Hyderabad, Thatta, Matiari, Umerkot, Badin, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Ghotki and Jacobabad to create awareness about Disasters.
National Disaster Awareness Day
NHN Meeting at Islamabad
The meeting was called by National Humanitarian Network (HNH) on National Conference on Striving for Effective and Accountable Humanitarian Governance. Future strategies also came under discussion.
NHN Meeting participants at Islamabad
Training of CBOs at District Thatta, Layyah & Shangla
HANDS Social Mobilization Program conducted Training for Community Based Organizations at community level with the objective to develop skills of community members on Leadership, Development, operate Community Organization and record keeping.
Under HANDS Multi-Year Humanitarian Program (MYHP) following members were trained
Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) Training
Mr. Sikandar Rahu, Manager Social Mobilization and Disaster Management Programs supported Muslim Aid in conduction of Minimum Initial Services Package (MISP) training during crises sessions at District Nasirabad Balochistan. Basic objective of this training was to provide initial support of reproductive Heath to females and prevention from HIV. All Lady Health Supervisors of Health Department attended. District Health Officer District Nasirabad and District Jafferabad also participated in this training.
Leadership Training at Kathmandu Nepal
Leadership training was conducted at Kathmandu Nepal for HANDS staff. During the training the main activities included brainstorming, group activity, and group presentation on 09 Mind Set basic concepts related to leadership skills. Objective of the training was to improve knowledge on mindsets of leadership development, assess leadership mindsets, Strategize leadership mindsets and development plan.
HANDS staff during leadership training at Kathmandu Nepal
Public Private Partnership
HANDS with Govt. of Sindh signed Public Private Partnership (PPP) project on March 2015. 38 HCFs of Gadap and Bin Qasim Town was administratively handed over to HANDS on November 2016 including 02 Sindh Government Hospitals, 02 Rural Health Centers, 07 Basic Health Units, 13 Mother Child Health centers and 14 Govt. Dispensaries. After taking over HANDS has completed provision of medicines, furniture, linen and equipment in 34 facilities. Renovation work is now completed in SGH Murad Memon Goth. Laboratory, X-ray facilities are started in 02 facilities. Operation theatres are established 02 facilities. Ambulance service is made functional in SGH Murad Memon Goth, SGH Ibrahim Hydri, RHC Rehri, RHC Old Thano and MCH Kathorh.
A view of Sindh Government Hospital Murad Memon Goth