Study Tour

Name of School: EMO Schools Project
Profile of the Target: Study Tour


Study tour is a major educational element. The importance of educational excursions is giving students the chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, Team building, Team work, and improve communication skills, experience new environments and enjoy days away from the classroom and it’s emphasize on experiential learning. In this trip students from VIII, IX & X has been participated along with HM, SC, Teachers and SMC members.

Educational trips are a perfect platform for students to bond, not only with their own peers but also with the teachers and adults who accompany them in a new environment. Such trips help children to open up, socialize and get to know each other better outside the classroom. Students get to team up with their classmates whom they might not be familiar with, for activities which require them to reach a given goal.

Study tours help immensely in improving a student’s life skills such as problem-solving abilities because they get better at decision making and also develop more confidence and communication skills.

Success Brief

We had took this trip as a challenge because it’s never before happened in HANDS history that students travel from one province to another province for a week. Another achievement girl’s students allowed to accompany with their one Parent (Mother/Father) and SMC members were also the part of this tour.

We have encourages students to learn through experience by exploring different places through this visit and students explored many historical and famous places of Lahore and Islamabad city such as Iqbal Park, Shahi Qila, Shahi Masjid, Shalimar Bagh, Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore city and they have been to
LUMS it helps them for their career selection and identify opportunities in term of institute selection
And find out Future Avenue and they also visited their Library and their five school buildings.

University briefed them about all five schools and programs which they are offering there and briefed about available scholarship opportunities which they are offering to deserving students.Students of grade IX and X are the target audience for National outreach program of LUMS students may approach for this great opportunity.

In Islamabad students explored Faisal Mosque, Lok Virsa Museum, Pir Sohawa, Lake View Park and outside view of Secretariat building, cabinet, Supreme Court.

Accommodation Students never been to out of city so it was a great exposure for them to visit out of province and explored so many places and for accommodation our admin team try their level best to provide comfort they had enjoyed accommodation at Al Safina Hotel and Pothohar Hotel.
The hotel staff were really polite and patient. The rooms are nice and clean.”

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hands Study Tour
hands Study Tour


Three schools were participated in whole trip and number of participants were 75 so it was quiet difficult to manage the Namaza, Lunch and dinner because we had lunch and dinner at so restrooms is always full and the students were found in waiting line. All participants belongs from different location so their choices are different.

The Problem

Rooms allocation to all participants includes Teachers, Students, Parents, SMC Members, District Staff and Head office staff.

The Solution

Finalize list according to participant’s nature attitude and behavior.

The Impact

Cultural observation inspiring them to work towards change. Study tour develop a passion for travel and students might be decide to study abroad to more thoroughly immerse themselves in different cultures. They may also be more likely to travel independently in the future, continuing to broaden their understanding of the world. Some students might even realize their passion for learning about other cultures, and turn it into a career. On long term basis such excursions may improve student’s social skills and critical thinking abilities outside of the controlled class setting.

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hands Study Tour
hands Study Tour
hands Study Tour
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hands Study Tour

First we have submit concept note to the Director EMO Schools Project and he had discussed the same with Chief Executive after their final approval we were disclose the plan with School and share the selection criteria and collect nomination from the school.

Selection criteria for Students

• Best Attendance record and ensure punctuality.
• Best Results of Test Plan -1 (2019-20), (Highest percentage)
• Maintain cleanliness and always in school uniform
• Fathers’ CNIC
• Copy of B-Form
• Interest/consent form will be filled by parents and duly
signed by Schools’ government HM & SMC.

Selection criteria of Teachers

• Best Attendance record and ensure punctuality.
• Best Results of students in Test Plan -1 (2019-20), in their
teaching subject.
• Follow schools’ rules & regulations
• Follow dress code
• Fathers’ CNIC
• Interest/consent form will be filled by parents and duly
signed by Schools’ government HM & SMC.
• Original CNIC

According to the mentioned criteria finalize following number:

Nomination for Study Tour
S.No Nomination for Study Tour Students Teachers School Staff Parents District Staff Head office staff Total
Girls Boys Male Female Male Female Male Female
1 GHS Bhellar 7 4 3 1 2 0 3 4 1 4 29
2 GHS Kamal Khan 0 9 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 5 23
3 GHS Pir Essa 2 8 3 1 1 2 0 0 2 4 23
Total 9 21 10 2 5 2 4 4 3 13 75

We had traveled in first week of December after midterm examination, so we didn’t miss too much school time and the weather was pleasant not too much cold.

Condition and guideline for tour

  • The event would be considered as study tour; the organizer will provide you transportation, accommodation and three time meals. Any extra cost, purchases, visit or personal expenses are not borne by HANDS.
  • Organizer would provide the transport/travelling, 03 time meals, accommodation and sight-seeing as per the provided itinerary during the visit.
  • This should be considered as an official trip and the per-diem policy would not be applicable.
  • Spouse or children of staff are not allowed by HANDS during the visit.
  • The provision of accommodation facilities will be decided by the organizers and all the participants have to cooperate with the organizer during the whole trip.
  • As the place selected for the exposure visit is a standard place therefore your complete fitness is highly desirable during the trip in order to safe all from any harm/problem.
  • Participants who are affected from allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, lung diseases, disability, injury or any other severe disease, they are requested to please inform organizers of the event prior to the trip. Special permission is required for them. Such type of participants is required to keep their complete medical kit which include all medicines prescribe by doctor along with official prescription.
  • Considering it as journey so everyone must carry his/her own baggage (only backpack/shoulder bags) & everyone has to help each other during the trip.
  • Each one must have suitable clothing (04 dresses, winter jacket/sweaters, 3 pair of socks, winter caps) and pair of joggers (mandatory) for the visit with other necessary things for the visit which safe them from any emergency weather conditions. No jewelries are allowed during travel.
  • Other than clothing you need to carry towel, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb, soap.
  • Distribution of food and accommodation would be made in groups (if required).
  • All participants are required to follow the instructions giving by the group leader during the trip.
  • Once the nomination is finally accepted by you this would be considered final confirmation.
  • Complete traveling is at your own risk; everyone has to ensure the safety of all and HANDS will not be responsible for any unfavorable circumstance during traveling.
  • For any unlawful acts by individual, HANDS-Pakistan will not own their responsibilities.
  • Everyone must carry the CNIC. You are allowed to carry all legal things which are not banned by law enforcing agencies (no arms/ammunitions or any kind of drugs, etc. are allowed)
  • Everyone are bound to follow the discipline of the visit as you all will represent HANDS Pakistan during the tour.
  • The amount of your package would be borne by HANDS as mentioned in the agreement with travel agent and any extra amount consumed by the participant would be charged to the participant.
  • You all need to follow the guidelines issue by HANDS Management.

Thirty students of grade X from all EMO School (15 boys & 15 girls), girl’s students accompany with their one parent (Mother/Father), 25 teaching staff along with HM, and five management staff (district and Head office) total group of 75 persons will participate in this trip. Students and Teachers selection criteria has been set.


It’s a guided tour, Students of grade X accompany with their parents. Head office and district team will be participate as a guide, mentor and supervisor. HO team is responsible to prepare Short duration sessions and these session will conduct during travelling time.

Travel plan

Day Activity Date Suggested places for visit
Day 1 Travel from Sukkur to Lahore 3rd December 2019
Day 1 Night stay at Lahore 3rd December 2019



Day 2


Lahore Tour



4th  December 2019

Shalamar Bagh, Shahi Qila, Badshahi Masjid, Mazar-e-Iqbal, Wazir Khan Hammam, Gurudwara Dera Sahib, Anarkali’s Tomb, Alamghiri Gate, Shahi Guzargah, Lahore Museum
Day 2 Night Stay at Lahore 4th  December 2019
Day 3 Travel from Lahore to Islamabad 5th  December 2019




Day 3


Islamabad Tour



5th  December 2019

Rawal Dam, Allama Iqbal Open University,NUST ,LokVirsa Museum, Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, Shakar Pariyan, Saidpur Village, Margalla hills and Daman-e-Koh Park., Pir Sohawa, Monnal
Day 4 Travel from Islamabad to Sukkur 6th  December 2019  
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Name: Asad
Father Name: Fazal Subhan
School Name: Gulshan Ghazi A (Saeedabad)
Project Associate: Mariam Shaheen


Student of Gulshan Ghazi A school, He enrolled in HANDS Primary School (HPS) at the time of base line. He has physical disability. At the beginning he was facing difficulty to walk and even could not able to go washroom without anyone’s help.
We took the survey for out of schools children and during survey we found Asad Children with Special Needs (CSN) he meet all criteria of enrollment and also we advised our teacher and staff to take special care of the CSN(Children with Special Needs ) children.
Initial days of the school, he was very Shy, less active , did not perform work, nor participated in the class activities and always silent in the class . After that his teacher and staff started to motivate him in the class so that his confident boost up in front of the class and start talking. His teacher made him monitor of the class.
As time passes, he able to understand things and gradually changes occur in his personality. Now he comes to school with his interest and also take the bag himself on his shoulder and do other things also. He done homework regularly, participated in the class activities. Now he is considered as an intellectual student of the school. His mother attends all PTM (Parent Teacher Meetings) and she told that now Asad does his own work without anyone’s help and he is very active. If anyone asks questions from him, he gives response of the questions, as well as his writing skill is very much improved.
He comes school on the time and take care of his own books and copies. Asad likes to play cricket so, we help him in physical activities
His mother and community members appreciate our teacher and staff services for the CSN(Child with Special Need )learners especially and also grateful to the Organization for development of their community in the Education sector.




HANDS Umerkot started the project entitled as WASH Flood Emergency Response in the tent cities of Umerkot, it is established by Sindh government during flood calamity, according to the government official figure more than 10000 rain affected population is living in tent city Chachro road most of them are non-Muslims like Bheel, Oad, Kolhi, Meghwar and others.


HANDS Umerkot visited tent city chachro road under the project WASH Flood Emergency Response where a comprehensive meeting was held with rain affected community to know their preliminary and basic needs and necessities. Among affected, we met a brave active lady Ms. Geeta who has a potential to do work for the betterment of rain-hit masses. We have conducted meeting with this courageous lady, in which ways of effective and cooperative work have been discussed, further she assures us that she would abide by the shared terms and conditions of HANDS Umerkot. Moreover, HANDS Umerkot distributed aqua tabs and sachets to make drinking water clean and safe for drinking purposes. During project interventions safe potable water has been distributed among affectees and health hygiene sessions have also been conducted. She showed a willingness enthusiastically to do work among the rain affected peoples of tent city Chachro road. She willingly took initiative to give demonstrative sessions regarding usage of aqua tabs and sachets and also conducting health hygiene sessions at door steps.
After conducting awareness sessions by Ms. Geeta, community started using aqua tabs & sachets to purify the water and getting health related benefits from the usage of aqua tabs. To deal with regular expenses Geeta has also opened a small tuck shop in her tent which shows her potential to do multiple work simultaneously. She is an inspirational woman for all of us to do work in critical situation.


These rain affected people are facing several problems regarding health issues & inadequate safe drinking water. Community has lack of resource to fulfil their basic needs because being homeless and they have no any financial source to complete regular needs.


HANDS has continuously provided a basic service to the rain affected peoples of tent city Chachro road. Geeta has become inspiration for other females of her community. She was very thankful to HANDS Umerkot steam regarding provide a relief services to fulfil their basic need of water by providing water storage tanks and hygiene kits.



The introduction of sanitation in remote communities, where people are not used to change and have used the ‘open air’ for defecation since ages, is not achieved by the simple act of building facilities. Due to local poverty and lack of awareness health/hygiene related to unsafe sanitation communities were not building or using toilets. Almost all kind of water and vector borne diseases were prevalent, and the most important aspect of sanitation intervention, in taluka Gambat or anywhere else was to make people aware of the dangers of faeces in the open and of link of sanitation and hygiene in promoting healthy living, dignity and cleanliness.
The village Haji Pirani Phull, UC Daraza Sharif, Taluka Gambat, District Khairpur consist of 59 households. The main occupation of majority of the villagers is farming, mason and labor work.

Wazir Ali aged 30 years old residence of village Haji Pirano Khan working as a mason is the only bread earner of his family.
Before HANDS intervention he was not aware about health and safety measurement and hygiene issues. When Unicef funded partner, HANDS intervened in Haji Pirano Khan village, and conducted awareness sessions to stop open defection and informed of the diseases related with open defecation they met many community members including Wazir Ali and he with his passion immediately believed in the need to act.

With HANDS intervention, village members formed the Village Wash Community (VWC) in order to support the community and keep an eye on the hygiene and health issues Wazir Ali was interested to be part of this committee as a member and started regular meetings with CRP and other VWC members along with community. The meetings and awareness session were a chance to learn about the hygiene, which he never knew before.


Connecting to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 underlined the need to increase people’s participation in ensuring universal access to water and sanitation Wazir Ali has done his job voluntarily.

‘’I made a promise to myself to create a sustainable community. It was also important that ‘new practitioners’ fully understand how to use the toilet properly, and that they introduce systems of keeping the toilet clean and its maintenance, making them realize that fingers can be a means of passing on disease, and take the trouble to wash their hands (Wazir Said).
In the training of Masons, he learnt the basics of the water, sanitation, and hygiene issues, furthermore, he also learned how to construct adequate latrines at low cost, the proper disposal of excreta, and the wastewater management.
After the training, Wazir Ali introduced low-cost wet-land model latrine. He installed this model outside his house in order to orient the community and started to work on local capacities and skills. He always tried hard to gather all the villagers at one place and briefly described all that he had learned and how the present practice being done was harmful for them and their children. Initially his friend and relative in the village mocked him, but he did not give up and continued to talk and share his newly learnt knowledge with all at every opportunity, which slowly started showing results with people listening to him and then also gradually adopting the good hygiene practice. The biggest reason cited was poverty, and the villagers said that they can’t afford latrines, or if they construct latrine than there is no proper drainage system to properly dispose the excreta. He then shared the pit latrine model, which had been shared with them by UNICEF and HANDS team.


Installation of wetland

Wazir said, “ with the support of HANDS, I constructed a latrine plus prepared a model of wetland that would not only solve the waste disposal problem but would also protect the environment.”
The collaboration of VWC, HANDS WASH team members, and CRPs all the houses in the Haji Pirano Khan village have now constructed the conventional latrines. Wazir Ali proudly says “ Now my village is one of the open defecation free villages because of HANDS intervention, we are all very thankful to UNICEF for their support and making us aware of our wrong practice and also giving us affordable and sustainable solutions.”


Constructed latrine with wetland



To improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities…safe water and sanitation is a great deed. With underserved communities, delivering critical technologies and education to establish sustainable safe water, hygiene, and sanitation programs. With these essential tools and practices in place, children, families and communities are empowered with the life-changing foundation for health, hope, and opportunity.
The village Zamro Khan Burdi is situated in the Union Council Raazi Bandero Kacho, Taluka Gambat, District Khairpur. The overall population of village is 180. Whereas the literacy rate is extremely low. There was no facility of the school but few are primary passed but a great majority of the villagers are unschooled. Village is away from basic knowledge about personal hygiene and care. Which in results, they were suffered from various health issues. They did not know how to create a sustainable community.


They used to open defecate. Even in 2010, an NGO allocated 70 latrines in the Zamro Khan Burdi village for the betterment of the society and to prevent them from different pathogenic diseases. But due to lack of awareness, they did not use those latrines and continued their practice to openly. They did not have any idea how harmful for them to defecate in the open air. They used to drink the tap water and did not even boiled it once or did not apply any remedy before taking the tap water. According to them if the water is physically clean, then it is suitable for a drink.

After all these HANDS took charge of the Zamro Khan Burdi village and made an organization for the villagers from them, in order to prevent them from the infectious diseases, the beauty of the Village Development Committee lies in its sustainability. The committee is formed by the community, and the VWC role is sharing information and, importantly, awareness of where more information can be accessed. There is also knowledge and skills development and not just material support. VWC selected Community Resource Persons (CRPs), which is female named “Shareefa”. HANDS WASH members guided Shareefa and taught her how to sustain the village and along with VWCs members, in their multiple training and sessions discussed the health and safety measurements she should take to prevent the village from the disease? Taught her all the significant points to sustain the society. With the collaboration of HANDS, she initiated her work at the household level for BCC section. She started to clean the latrines which were formerly built by the previous NGO and aware her companions about the disadvantages of the open defecation.

HANDS introduced Hand Pumps in the Zamro Khan Burdi village. Conducted an awareness session, in which they highlighted the issues of the water-borne diseases. From which the majority of the villagers were suffering. Furthermore, they thoroughly explained to them how toxic the water they were taking. Moreover, enlightened the villagers there are so many microorganisms present in water. That would be very determinantal to human health, with the efforts of HANDS and UNICEF
people now aware of how dangerous to drink water directly from the tap. Now all the village dweller taking water from newly installed hand pump.


Plus, they cultivated vegetables from that water too. People of the Zamro Khan Burdi community are very much thankful for us for providing them hand pump which will be long lasting beneficial for them.
Change in someone’s behavior is indeed a massive task for anyone. It was tough for us too, to create awareness among the villagers of Zamro Khan Burdi village.



The village Mujahid Muhalla is located in the Taluka Gambat, District Khairpur. The overall households in the village are 90 including 105 males, 111 females, and 273 children respectively. Due to the lack of resources, the people were suffering from an inadequate sanitation system which makes the community of the village more vulnerable to health risks.
The Water and Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) program of HANDS came about in response to the need for interventions to address a serious open defecation issue, which had existed among the community of the village for several decades. By following the CLTS approach HANDS team formed Village Wash Committee (VW
C) and the Community Resource Person (CRP) has also been selected in the Mujahid Muhalla. During interventions of the project, CRP conducted awareness sessions supported by VWC members in which they comprehensively described the exposure of diseases due to open defecation.
Zulaikha, the residents of the Mujahid Muhalla is one of the villagers who suffered from poverty eradication and lack of awareness about health and hygiene. Before attending awareness sessions conducted by the HANDS team, Ms. Zulaikha and her family were practicing open defecations without knowing the consequences and its health risks.


“I’ve eight males and females in my family. We all used to defecate openly before attending awareness sessions on health and hygiene by the HANDS team. During sessions, I’ve learned about the contribution of open defecation to diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, and cholera and realized the importance of latrine usage.” Zulaikha said while sharing her success story with the HANDS team.


She further added that “my husband is a daily wager and we couldn’t afford a construction of toilet and after knowing the consequences of open defecation it was a big concern for us to continue this bad and unhygienic habit, however with the financial assistance HANDS around 8,000/- I have been able to build an adequate latrine. Besides that proper training of craftsmen has been arranged to guide them about the conventional latrine at a low cost. HANDS provided all the equipment as well as material assistance to constructs latrine. Moreover, we did not have an appropriate drainage system in our village. HANDS also provided a proper drainage system and conventional septic tanks to dispose of the human excreta safely into the environment. We villagers not only have been benefited from the improved sanitation facilities; but also actively involved in maintaining the sustainability”.
“I am very much thankful to HANDS and UNICEF for bringing us on the right path and make our children’s future healthy and safe”.



Sometimes it seems very difficult when we first take the initiative, but when we put all our continuous effort, we got the desired results. Indeed, behavior-changing is such a strenuous task. Traditional reserve about sanitary practice means that, of all the area has the lowest toilet coverage.

The Sandi Loir village is situated in the premises of Union Council Kamal Dero. Sandi Loir village 8 kilometers far from the Union Kamal Dero, 28 kilometers distant from the District Gambat and 36 kilometers out the way from the District Khairpur. The community belongs explicitly to the Shah Community in the Sandi Loir village and it consists of 70 houses and has a total population of 521 (101- men, 122-women, and 298 are children).
At the earlier phase of project when HANDS team visited and initiative towards behavior change of specific Shah Community. They have noticed that there is an inadequate facility for toilets.


A village the size of Slaeng typically deposits around 300 kilos of pathogenic excreta every week.
As a result, faecal matter lies about in the environment, contaminating water, soils and dust carried in the air, and augmenting the toll of disease. The villagers of the Sandi Lori village are very much restricted. There are specific restricted rules that they can’t let anyone enter in their community. They were very strict about the veil. No one could enter except the Shah people. WASH members of HANDS tried hard to get in the community but failed several times.
The female Social Organizers (SO) in the Sandi Lori village took a great step and conducted an awareness session specifically for the females of the community.

In the result of visits Village WASH Committee formed with community female members and those served their duties as Community resource persons and VWCs.
They gathered all the females in one place to aware the females about the worst impacts of the open defecation. In that session, the female SOs/CRP/ VWCs enlightened the females about the improper handling of excreta, side effects of the open defecation. Furthermore, in that session, they choose the female Community Resource Person (CRP) that particularly works for the betterment of society. Both the female SOs and female CRPs apprise them strictly follow the Islamic rules; then, in Islam, it is mandatory to take care of hygiene as half of Imaan.


It does not suit the females to defecate openly. Due to open defecation, they are welcome for various harmful diseases that will be fatal to their families. To sustain the community, they must take care their hygiene practices.
The awareness session got positive outcomes. A great number of females agreed to install the latrines in their houses to sustain society and prevent multiple air and water-borne diseases. The collaboration of the female CRPs, and female WASH SOs, succeeded in raising the point that toiles is the basic need of their daily lifestyles. As well as it is the key element for the sustainable society.
This is such a huge achievement for us to change the behavior of the community towards success.



We have heard that teamwork gets a better result but we experienced and got the success in return.

Village Kamal Dero is sited in the Union Council Kamal Dero. It is 23 km distant from the District Gambat and 38 km far away from the District Khairpur. Kamal Dero village having a population of 280 residents. In which 64 are women, 67 are men and 149 children. Kamal Dero village consists of a total of 60 households. In which 38 are the house having the facility of latrines, whereas 22 homes do not have latrines in their houses.

In the start community did not even listen. So, the health worker team from the Kamal Dero village decided to meet the villagers with the collaboration of VWC. The Village Wash Community (VWC) formed and started campaign to aware community of Kamal Dero village which were hard to communicate but they continued their practice and worked well. The VWC and health workers was responsible for taking care of the WASH interventions and ensuring health practices in the village in the collaboration of HANDS team.

It was such an enormous task to gather all the villagers in one place because people are not like to do this. So, the day of Friday has been decided to meet people. At the time of the Friday prayer, the health workers and VWC gathered in front of the mosque. As soon as the prayer ended, the villagers came from the mosque. They gather all the villagers to sit in another place.

Kamal Dero village is one in those villages that has unavailability of latrines. Due to this terrible condition, many villagers were determined by various harmful diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria. The committee helped poor families to construct pit latrines and train school children about hand washing and toilet use. They delivered session on hand washing with soap.


The union of VWC/CRP/ Health workers continues trying to help those who need support.

VWC members, with the collaboration of health workers of the Kamal Dero village, went to the Sukkur commissioner ‘’ Mr. Shafique Mahessar’’ and requested for funded to install the drainage system in village and also arranged community meetings to motivate people to use latrines, keeping the commissioners updated on their activities. He was also interested in sanitation issues.

Continues meetings with Commissioner Sukkur division VWC union successful achieved result that he approved the bill in order to install the proper drainage system in Kamal dero village and provide adequate latrines for them. After many meetings the 1,20,00,000 bill was passed and drainage work started.


The Community Recourse Person (CRP) Rubina, she is an active female member. She helped a lot to induct the requisite drainage system in the village. Eventually, the hard work paid off, and with the combined effort and the hard work of the teamwork of VWC, CRP, and WASH health workers, SO, Kamal Dero village established the proper drainage system for their villagers. With the help of the strong mobilization skills, this burdensome task has been accomplished. In that manner, it is such an achievement for us that Kamal Dero is the first village to make ODF. The people of that village glad to have the sustained drainage system on their premises. They respect and thanks for our team.


A Practical Approach of Humanitarian Action

“Where there is will there is way” these were the sentiments of Mr. Obhayo Panhwar-President and Ms. Hamida President-Vice President Union Council Disaster Management Committee (UCDMC) Union Council (UC) Abdullah Shah of district Badin. A committee is comprised on 30 members including 13 women representing whole UC. It has taken different initiatives with collective action at grassroots level in disaster management and have also supported people in need through different sources.

UCDMC is intervention of HANDS Oxfam aiming at to work with communities (especially women) to build understanding, knowledge and skills to prepare for, adapt to and mitigate climate and disasters risks. empowering and make them resilient to disaster through capacity building and engaging them in developing disaster risk management plans.

A Practical Approach of Humanitarian Action

UCDMC has always tackled disaster issues of UC on top priority, in UCDMC meeting held on March 14, 2020 they discussed in detail regarding locust and decided precautionary measure to be taken in case of locust appeared in the union council Abdullah Shah.

In pandemic situation of COVID-19, UCDMC observed that hundreds of people of district Badin have been remained jobless due lockdown announced by government. It came in action and arranged fast food for 350 families for 15 days who were dependant on daily wages and those who were dependent on begging. This arrangement was done from its local donation and support from philanthropists. In addition to this UCDMC coordinated with EBS Karachi and have provide ration bags to 985 families in Badin city giving priority to widow, PWD and daily wages labour.

The major contribution of UCDMC in COVID-19 is provide alternate livelihood opportunities to labour force of district Badin working in mills/industries at Karachi, and hotel, shops, workshop at Badin. For this purpose UCDMCs has conducted series of meetings with landlords in Badin to accommodate jobless labour in agriculture activities. These meeting were conducted with Shaikh Kashif, Syed Raza Shah, Mustafa Panhwar, Hassan Khor, Mir Muhammad Panhwar, Allah Dino Jeandani and Ramzan Panhwar. In the result of meeting 64 labour were engaged with landlords as peasant in agriculture land and 108 labour were in engaged on daily wages on-farm activities i.e. tomato, sunflower and okra picking, wheat harvesting etch. Apart of this, UDMC has provided a complete set up biryani along with cart to Gamshad Ali who was working on hotel at Karachi and lost his job due to lockdown.

Comments from beneficiaries

Ghamshad who is earning money through biryani cart shared that, on returned back from Karachi, I feed my family for few days from saved money and searched for daily labor but couldn’t find. Thus with end of saved money there was no food on that time for children it was miserable condition. On that crucial situation, I contacted with sister Hameeda and Obhayo Panhwar of UCDMC with reference of one of my friend. I found UCDMC very supportive and caring, they have arranged biryani cart for survival, I sell 02 (Deg) on daily basis and saved around 1200-1500 per day. I am more than happy with support which has made easy my life and survival of family.

Muhammad Bachal was working at hotel at Karachi is engaged as peasant (crop sharing holder) with landlord Mustafa Panhwar. He has grown cotton crop, he shared in his views that, “UCDMC is blessing for deprived human being of the area. It has resolved my survival issue otherwise it was hard to survive in this crucial situation”

Muhammad Moosa Mallah was working as labour and lost his job, he is engaged as labour with landlord Syed Raza Muhammad Shah, he shared that, “no one was agree to support or to give loan for food arrangement and it was difficult to arrange food for family, Sister Hameeda and Qabeer Ahmed Jamali of UCDM has supported and engaged me with landlord and provided me the opportunity to survive.


A Small Support of Food Can Contribute in Survival of Families

Spezand is one of the Union Council is in district Mastung with most of population of the people working on daily wages or working in the land of others as farmer. This UC is known most populated as well as marginalized because the more number of inhabitants are workers, who work in brick clans, coalmines or in the lands of others as farmer.

This Union Council is situated in most cold region of Balochistan surrounded with mountains at the mid of Quetta and Mastung. Every year in winter season, this UC faces heavy snowfall and people mostly migrate to nearby normal towns but those who do not afford to migrate, stay at their homes and face the harsh waves of cold and snowfall in Spezand.

Mr. Abdul Nabi is eight years old who lives in Village Kubella Sekozai in union council spezand. He has three sons who are jobless but sometime get work on daily wage. He is also working in the garden of a tribal person in the area and in the result gets some support in the form of grains and weight at the season.

A Small Support of Food Can Contribute in Survival of Families

Mr. Abdul Nabi is very difficultly running his family because his sons do not get proper opportunity of earning and he himself is not at the condition to properly work and get income for his family. He has three goats and two sheep’s in his house but two of them were lost in last snowfall. According to him, the sheep and goats are the main source and support for his family getting milk and curds at their home to fulfil their food needs on daily basis. This happened unfortunate with Mr. Abdu Nabi that his two sheep and goats were lost in snowfall that affected his family’s food and livelihood needs. Apart, Mr. Abdul Nabi’s shelter walls were damaged in last snowfall now he isn’t able to rehabilitate his house owing insufficient amount for the rehabilitation.

According to Mr. Abdul Nabi, that he doesn’t had enough food for his family after last snowfall because in the slake season of winter neither any opportunity of work generated in the farms nor in the market to earn some amount for the need of his family. Even the food/fodder for his goats and sheep was issue for him to bring from somewhere. Fodder was available in the market but he wasn’t able to buy any fodder for animals.

Mr. Abdul Nabi was worried for his family, from one hand he has to deal with the need of food of his family, second he has to manage some amount to rehabilitate his house and thirdly he was to manage some fodder for his animal until the season of grain get starts in the area.

When he received the food and non-food item from HANDS, he was happy and it was unexpected for him that he would get this kind of support at this crucial time. He says that it is enough food for him to even run his family for more than two months. During these days, he and his sons would get some opportunity of work and they could save some amount to rehabilitate his houses and even could manage something for the fodder of his animals.

He was further expressing that this support has made for the first time in his village that he had never seen before and that not only could meet their food need even supported them to secure themselves in the winters using the blankets that was a second major support for them because they always look for the item of winterization.

At the end he thanks to HANDS and the relief team for selecting his village and prayed for the success of all.