HANDS has evolved in 36 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 31 district branches across the country (till June 2016) and has access to more than 23 million population in more than 21,000 villages/ settlement of 48 districts of Pakistan. These branches are supported by 5,994 medium and small size organizations’ network in Pakistan.
HANDS has successfully managed 578 projects during the last 23 years. This was only possible because of establishment of web based data systems of Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resource and Services. HANDS is currently managing a budget of approximately Rs. 2,138 million.
This publication is an attempt to share the experiences of last 36 years and Best Practice models of each program. We at HANDS have successfully applied these models in our intervention for our communities. These models are offered here to all the developing organizations to take advantage from our experiences and replicate these models in their respective intervention areas. We are providing this opportunity for others to learn from our lessons and success stories in the process of implementation and not to go through the same learning cycle through which we have gone in all these years.
In addition to above mentioned projects, HANDS is working on developing 20,000 models integrated villages and settlements in 13 districts of Pakistan. We have set our targets for year 2020 and the benchmarks are based at current status of national health, education and poverty indicators (as stated in nationwide surveys). We intend to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) well before 2030.
In order to make this happen all the district offices of HANDS have been equipped with technical, intellectual and object oriented manpower, we believe that this is the way to make our work truly sustainable and to translate our vision more vigorously. While the most professional staff and their energy, dynamism, and enthusiasm for HANDS and the work that we do remain a constant source of support for us, as does the faith of our donors, to whom we are grateful, not just the funding they provide but for the opportunities that they give us, to learn, to get our message out to a wide and diverse audience and marginalized communities and for helping us towards our long term goal of achieving greater independent sustainability.
Currently HANDS is delivering services in Health, Education, Livelihood, Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Reduction from Karachi to Chitral. Two years back HANDS got its self registered from Charity Commission of London and Wales. We are recently working in humanitarian crises in France, Turkey, Greece and Nepal.
We believe whatever we have done is a sincere and devoted effort, made up to our maximum capacity. However we understand that our work is a drop in ocean. There is lot of work to be done to bring Pakistan in the line of developed and prosperous countries, that is why, we believe in “replication of HANDS programs” and don’t believe on doing of ourselves. However, we are confident that HANDS’ efforts will go a long way in improving health, promoting education and making prosperous nation. We pray to Almighty Allah to give us more courage, potential and capabilities to serve the humanity which is our ultimate goal.
Professor Abdul Gaffar Billoo