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.
HANDS-International launched in London
Dr. Saeed Ismail, Finance Secretary, HANDS, and Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS, visited UK for the
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.
HANDS honors its patrons and friends at the Annual Fund Raising Dinner
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 needs 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
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.
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
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
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.
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. Karim 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,
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
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
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
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.
Kashmore school function
Hunarmand Markaz Display
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.
Poverty Alleviation Initiatives
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.
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
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.
Leadership trainings and Exposure Visits
Up to 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.
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.