Shelter Timely Relief
Sultan Aziz is employed as a driver in Islamabad. When the earth quivered in Chitral, he was in Islamabad while his family was in the affected region. Fortunately, his family did not suffer any casualty, however, their house was badly damaged. Mr. Aziz had to return to Chitral and found his family without a roof on their
head in the throes of unprecedented disaster.
Neither the government, nor any Welfare agencies / organizations attended to the region after the earthquake. The residents were in need of immediate relief. In this time of despair and tragedy, when things looked bleak, HANDS provided these citizens with
Construction of shelter
appropriate accommodations: instead of donations in cash, they were provided with construction material and equipment so that they could utilize it to build habitable shelters. Aziz participated in the construction and manual labor, building rooms measuring 14 x 12. These rooms accommodate a family of four, with ease. Tin was used in lieu of wood. The timely relief provided by HANDS enabled Aziz and other in the community to build shelter for their families.
View of disaster hit house
Garden that Builds Bonds
Ms Hajra works in a Kitchen-Garden, alongside nine other women from her community. On this stretch of land they grow tomato, onion, okra, brinjal, capsicum, potato, and lettuce. About eighty per cent of their produce is sold to earn an income, which the ladies then divide amongst themselves.
After harvesting their produce, the women transport the vegetables to the market place themselves. This independence has inspired people in their community to come forward and participate in similar activities pertaining to agriculture and self-sustainability. Selling this produce earns them an average of ten thousand rupees that bolster their household finances. The food supply is also taken care of as the remaining twenty-some per cent of produce is used domestically.
Before HANDS initiating of this project called Kitchen-Gardens, the women were harvesting wheat crops on that piece of land. This was not nearly as beneficial as their current vegetation. Since Hajra herself was skilled in farming, she was able to teach her friends, who then joined her in this endeavor. After the word got around, and the popularity of this idea of Kitchen-Gardens grew, people’s curiosity about the venture, and willingness to increase their household income prompted an overwhelmingly positive response.
Group Kitchen Gardening
Hajra believes she and her partners can train more women to start their own Kitchen-Gardens, especially considering the unmistakable need of employment in Chitral as the vast stretches of land is available to accommodate this venture. Through interactions in the market place as well as family circles, Hajra has gathered that people are in fact willing to learn the skills required for local agriculture, and eventually
participate in their own Kitchen-Gardens.
No Shame in Labour because People Benefit
Habib Ur Rahman and Ali Akbar are resident of a village in Chitral, both hold masters’ degree from University of Peshawar and are jobless. The road in their village connects them to schools, hospitals and other facilities was in a deplorable condition. The condition was such that water mostly remained stagnant on it and school going children were exposed to all kinds of waterborne diseases and posed a threat to
the comfort and safety of the commuters.
Therefore when HANDS presented this venture, the response was overwhelming. The laborers were understandably elated, because not only did they avail the chance to benefit their community but also earn an income. The road, as mentioned earlier, leads to a hospital, therefore it was all the more necessary to repair it.
This job lasted for about thirteen days and a group of ten participated. The men in the community were in search of employment for quite a while, as they had no access to any opportunities, nor did they have sources in employment firms that they could avail to their benefit.
Habib Ur Rahman and Ali Akbar, along with the other laborers who took part in this venture felt no shame despite being overqualified for manual labor. Due to the lack of availability of employment opportunities in the district, and the lack of financial feasibility to venture to far off places, the abled-bodied and educated members of the community are willing to accept any opportunity to earn that comes their way. For this very purpose, they are grateful to HANDS.
Habib and Ali Akbar though educated working as a laborer for uplift of the community