Pakistan’s educational institutions continue to be under threat of violence after the dastardly attack on Army Public School Peshawer. Despite threatening environment for educational institutions the students and teachers are showing determination for continuing education.
The Civil Society and other institutions are also playing their role through demonstrations and other means to condemn terrorism, showing that Pakistanis are a very vibrant nation. The challenges to control the elements which support terrorism need to be addressed. Despite lack of consensus among political parties on approach to deal with it there is complete agreement on eliminating these barbaric elements from the roots.
National accord is only possible when all segments of society will be treated just and provision of basic rights to people is indispensable.
To achieve this objective HANDS with its vision is committed to serve people and provide community development services to underprivileged to make Pakistan an truly Equitable Society where each citizen has access to facilities envisaged in MDGs.
We hope, this news bulletin will provide you crux of HANDS interventions and activities and keep you updated about development initiatives to address inequality of society.
HANDS Annual Appreciation Day
Best performance Annual Award distribution ceremony for HANDS employees was held on 30th August 2014 at Baharia Auditorium. HANDS Executive Board members were present on the occasion for the acknowledgement and encouragement of the HANDS employees. Several dignitaries honored the day with their participation. Twenty eight media professionals received awards for their services in highlighting the efforts of social development sector and social issues. HANDS also awarded those legislators and committee members who supported child marriage Restraint Act 2013.
An Evening with Founder of HANDS
An evening with Chairman of HANDS Prof. A.G Billoo was organized on the appreciation day in order to pay tributes to him. Moreover, Q&A session was held with the family of Prof. A.G Billoo. The staff presented momentos, gifts and awarded him the title of Living Legend.
Establishment of Learning Circles
In Sept, 2014 HANDS organized a meeting at Education Office Karimabad, Karachi with education supervisors of five towns, including Gadap, Orangi, Lyari, Keamari and Bin Qasim. In this meeting Ms. Iffat Kazmi technical advisor of Chemonics conducted the session on Learning Circles and its concept and implementation to all participants. This is one of the major activities of Sindh Reading Program which is supported by USAID. The program is expanded over a period of five years, HANDS is an implementing partner for the districts Kashmore, Sukkur, Larkana, Jacobabad and three towns of Karachi, including Lyari, Orangi and Gadap. The program is focused on improving assessment methodology, distributing
supplementary materials, family participation and teacher competency in mathematics and reading skills.
Demonstrating Patriotism at Rural Based Community Schools
HANDS is running 25 Rural Based Community Schools (RBCS) with the Support of Sindh Education Foundation and with various philanthropists. School at village Haji Nodo Jokhio U/C Darsano Chhanoo Gadap Town is among one of the best model schools situated in Karachi rural Sindh. On 14th August 2014 HANDS RBCS team organized Pakistan Day in which students of this school performed different activities and showed their love for the country.
Exposure Visit of KIRANS for Awareness to Action
The name of project “Awareness to Action “is self-explanatory as it explains its niche to create awareness and enable people to act upon, which they learn through various informative activities. The activities of the project include training, refreshers, survey data collection, networking and exposure visits. Under this project exposure visits of KIRANS were planned .The objective of exposure visits was to provide orientation to the KIRANS for their intellectual development. During this quarter, two exposure visits of KIRANS were conducted. One of the exposure visit was to the EDO health office Karachi. The objective of this visit to the EDO health office was to expose the KIRANS to the activities conducted under the EDO office. They were also informed about the working of this government office and how it manages the different health aspects at district level. During the visit they were also briefed about the Child Marriage Act 2014. The other exposure visit was to the Disaster Risk Management Center (DRMC) Thatta. The objective of this exposure visit was to provide orientation to KIRANS about the functions of DRMC and its role in different types of disasters. They were also exposed to different items kept at the DRMC which are used during different phases of any disaster like evacuation, relief & recovery and rehabilitation of disaster affected people.
These exposure visits added to the knowledge of the KIRANS and they were inspired to work for their communities with the same zest.
Mother and Child Health – Our Collective Responsibility
Theme of the event was “Mother and Child Health – Our collective responsibility”. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness of the participants on Mother & Child Health (MCH) issues besides that, it was also intended to raise the demand for utilization of MNCH centers adopted by Health And Nutrition Development Society & Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program (HANDS-MCHIP).
In addition to the event a one day Free Medical Camp was set up at Group MNCH Hafiz Meer Muhammad Kalhoro. CMW Azra and CMW Salma provided free services at their center on the day of advocacy event. Ms. Salma CMW of Group MNCH Center Hafiz Meer Muhammad Kalhoro was introduced with the event participants. Around 12 messages on MCH were highlighted through banners on the walls and repeatedly uttered during the session.
Participants of the event included Community members including men, women and children in large number, community notables, Lady Health Workers of National Program, members of Support Groups, Community Midwives (CMWs) and other stakeholders and organizations working on Mother & Child Health (MCH). Other Stakeholders included, District Health Department, LHW National Program, Peoples Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI-Dadu), Johi Organization for Rural Development And Natural Disasters (JORDAN) and LSU consultant. Dr. Ubaid Memon, Additional
District Health Officer (ADHO), was the Chief Guest of the event.
Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Tharparkar
HANDS is successfully implementing CMAM project with the collaboration of WFP/UNICEF for malnourished population (Pregnant and Lactating Women- PLWs and children – 6-59 months) in Taluka Mithi and Diplo of district Tharparkar which are drought hit areas of Sindh.
HANDS Tharparkar team completed the WFP-Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program including distribution of 56.6 metric ton of WAWA MUM (Ready To Use Therapeutic Food- RUTF) in 37,737 children of age 6-23 months in Taluka Chachro, Nagar Parkar and Taluka Dahli within required time period.
This Project aims to save the lives of malnourished women and children in affected areas by improving their nutritional intake through the provision of effective nutritional supplement.
Training on Extended Program on Immunization
The purpose of HANDS-GAVI project is to strengthen the health communities at different level of facilities including Basic Health Unit (BHU) ,Rural Health Center (RHC) , Taluka Head Quarter (THQ), District Head Quarter (DHQ) and Diarrhea Treatment Centers to enhance vaccination coverage. Increased number of facility based deliveries were conducted by skilled birth attendants. The project also focused on improving the antenatal and postnatal service coverage. This project helps to achieve the targets of MDGs 4 and 5.
Under this project HANDS organized one day training on Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for government teachers in collaboration with district education department at TRC hall Matiari. It was a wonderful event aimed to train teachers of uncovered areas regarding importance of immunization and to support vaccination activities in their communities.
HANDS Representation in International Conference in London
Investing in Young People
The provision of reproductive health services through Green Star Social Marketing (GSM) is operational in district Dadu, Sanghar and Ghotki. The interventions of the project includes provision of reproductive health services through Marvis (community based outreach health worker- model of HANDS). Under this project a series of mega events were organized on 11th July 2014, the World Population Day, in district Ghotki, Sanghar and Dadu simultaneously. The event comprised of different activities such as walk, seminar, Mobile Service Unit (MSU), baby show and corner meetings. The theme of these events was to raise awareness of participants on various issues such as family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. This event is celebrated every year by RHSP team with active participation of stake holders.
Behavior Change Communication (BCC) for Development
This training was conducted by HANDS HR&ID program in which other program staff participated and learnt key messages for development of behaviour change. General Manager HANDS ICR&A program was the lead trainer.
470 Vulnerable Received Livelihood Support
HANDS with the support of Oxfam Novib started a 12 month project (March 2014 to March 2015)with the title “Livelihood Enhancement for Flood Affected Communities in Ghotki (Sindh)” to reduce food insecurity and to improve availability of food and enhancing incomes through capacity building of rural farmers on seed bank, poultry and livestock rearing. 470 Vulnerable Right Holders, received livelihood support including 10 agriculture farms, 120 beneficiaries for agri inputs (certified wheat seed, urea and DAP), similarly 260 beneficiaries received support in fruit, fodder and planting trees while 80 women beneficiaries received poultry birds. To enhance the capacity of all 470 beneficiaries, 180 farmers have been trained on seed bank, 80 women beneficiaries received training on poultry birds , 100 beneficiaries received training on livestock rearing and 100 community members have been trained on fruit, fodder and tree plantation.
Empowering Local Community through Addressing their Basic Needs
A new project with Arif Habib groups has been initiated by HANDS. This is the integrated project including Livelihood, CPI, Wash, Social Mobilization, Health and Education. The main objective of the project is to support the local community regarding their basic needs such as water and sanitation facilities, support in livelihood, enterprise development trainings provision of health facility and early childhood education facility are also part of project activities.
Village Development Plan by Community
HANDS supported HUBCO project for community mobilization, in vicinity of HUBCO power plant. The major objective of this project is to bring community at one platform and support them in understanding their problems and enable them to mitigate challenges at village level and dig out their solutions themselves with available resources. A person identified by the community will be responsible to resolve the issues. Community Based Organizations (CBOs) have been formed at 3 villages Allana Goth, Qadir Bux Goth and Abbas Goth of Lasbella district. Further,their capacities have been built so that they could improve environment in their villages and can play their vital role in the development of their villages. The CBO members were also involved in assessment process during filling the poverty score cards of households in villages. Beneficiaries later selected livelihood enhancement plans and different businesses were chosen by villagers.
They also developed their own school development plan.
Update from AWARAN-Balochistan
The Awaran Earthquake Response Project is implemented with support of Department for International Development (DFID-UKAid), with the objective to provide shelters to 4,500 families while priority is being given to women headed families. The model adopted for the shelters in this project is earthquake resilient model, suggested by HANDS with specific DRR components. So far 1,269 shelters have been completed through which 8,000 people were benefitted. Along with that livelihood support has been given through cash for work strategy in which 3,339 were benefited.
553 More Shelters for Six Flood Affected Villages of Matiari- Sindh
The Project launched in 2012 by HANDS in Matiari with name of TAMEER III in connection with early recovery, rehabilitation and community restoration has been completed in September 2014. The project was funded by Medico International.The purpose of the intervention was to restore basic infrastructure, livelihood, improve social and economical conditions to reduce vulnerabilities of people.
Six villages benefitted from the project and total 553 shelters have been constructed. Water access has been given through 46 hand pumps to the villagers. Streets and culverts were also constructed in villages. Furthermore, 199 villagers received support in agriculture through land cultivation voucher and agri kits. Targeted communities’ capacities were also built through training to enrich their skills in their own work while 100 women received goats-package and 76 beneficiaries received poultry-packages. The important intervention of the area was the establishment of Market price information center facilitatate local farmers and agri-business community members. 136 villagers also received off farm livelihood support while Display Centre has also been established for their crafts. One center for Early Childhood Education at each village has been established while five government primary schools were renovated. In health sector, HANDS Marvi model was implemented in each village. A solar production unit has also been established under the project.
Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilience Rehabilitation
In the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, severe floods affected many districts of Sindh. HANDS in development partnership with BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation) and Medico International MI is implementing Disaster Prevention and Disaster Resilience Rehabilitation (DPDRR) project since Aug 2014. The project area is located in the northern province of Sindh and comprises four districts with a total population of approximately 4.7 million. The floods caused substantial damage to private houses (mostly clay buildings), schools, streets, and other social and productive infrastructure. It is expected that till July 2017 six villages will be assisted in the reconstruction of infrastructure and provision of livelihood. These six villages are selected in union council Qadirpur of Jacobabad district where 30 hand pumps, 120 latrines, 06 primary schools will also be repaired. To ensure access to safe drinking water, ceramic filters will also be distributed. This project is aimed at both strengthening government institutions and civil society organizations in the field of disaster risk management and at the same time enabling the actors to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Water Sanitation and Health Project in Gadap Town
This project is running with the objectives to provide Safe Drinking Water to vulnerable communities of urban slums of Gadap Town, Karachi with support of WaterAid. Total beneficiaries of the project are estimated to be 134,900. Along with this, communities are also provided Capacity Building Training for Operation & Maintenance. Water users are also provided awareness about water conservation, water rights and health and hygiene behaviors. 19 water supply schemes have been provided under the project with coordination of communities and KW&SB benefiting approximately 50,000 people residing in slums. These schemes are based on Community Led Sustainable Intervention by involving communities and formation of Muhalla WASH Committees. Awareness and advocacy is done through FM messages, bill boards and other forums like Hygiene Quiz Programs, Awareness Raising Walks, Media Sensitization Workshops, Media and Community Exposure Visits and celebrating International Days like Global Hand Washing Day and World Toilet Day. This Project also aims to lobby Govt to ensure safe drinking water to communities.
Water And Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) facilities for 500 Schools of Gadap Town
In Gadap Town Karachi, 69000 students and staff of 500 schools are being benefited by Water and Hygienic Sanitation facilities. This project aims to provide access to safe drinking water, hand washing facilities and toilets in the schools where awareness raising activities for health hygiene practices are also conducted. In this regard, intervention in 100 schools have been completed which is benefiting 20,000 students and staff. Awareness raising campaigns are also conducted in same schools for enhancement of hygiene behaviors of students. The teachers of the school are also trained through Heath Action School strategy.
Sanitation Program at Scale in Pakistan SPSP II Khairpur
HANDS with support of UNICEF is implementing Sanitation Programme at Scale in Pakistan – Phase II in 04 union councils of district Khairpur, Sindh. In this regard, 294 villages have been targeted to ensure access to improve sanitation by creating open defecation free environment. In one year duration 106,000 people will be approached for “Total Sanitation” called PATS approach. The implementation strategy will be focused on “Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation” to up-scale rural sanitation through strong social mobilization by social organizers and community resource persons.
To create a healthy environment and for developing safe hygiene practices, WASH clubs are underway in schools to launch “WinS” (WASH in Schools). For achieving open defecation free status, it is aimed that 543 self-help based latrines will be constructed in 74 villages. One demo latrine has been constructed with the help of Community Volunteers and Project Team. So far, 48 CRPs have been trained regarding CLTS facilitation. Two schools’ WASH facilities, have been repaired under the project while one more is in process to be constructed. Overall 70 school WASH facilities, 883 demo latrines and 352 hand pumps will also be installed. Moreover 10 model villages will be benefited through wet land schemes under this project.