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Support of Positive way to Family.

Intervention: PMIFL Support
Name of PO: HANDS
District: Lasbela (Baluchistan)

Pre intervention Situation

Hameeda Bibi W/o Bangal Khan CNIC # 51503-2805381-8 (PSC-23) age 35 years. she lives with his family at Akram Colony Uc-Berrot. She belongs to a very poor Family. Her family size is 6 members.She is a very brave & hard worker work as a normal person as they do it so it is very difficult for his that he earns for his family to normal way.

Details of Intervention

Ehsaas HANDS team conducted a session regarding IFL loan at Akram Colony. During Session team given detail brief about Ehsaas program & Process about loan. she was very happy to received messages EHSAAS Program. she is able to know how support & guide all female who’s need change to their society & their family economic. she managed a group with her community & support with her apply to loan from HANDS.

Immediate Output

Hameeda Bibi is already received 1st loan from HANDS Rs.20000/= & now she received Loan Rs. 20,000/= from HANDS Lasbela. This time she starts a Sindhi rilly & pillow with local design & sold out to local market. People like her work & design of rilly & She received more order from her community & she earned well from this entrepreneur business.

Impact / Sustainability

Now she applies for 3rd cycle Rs. 30,000/= from HANDS for financial support she will receive soon from HANDS Lasbela. She wants to improve her business & improve her family financial status through her own business as she running very well in her family & community.

Challenge

We observed that already managed her sell challenges very well as well.it is big challenge for her that she manages all material for per community demand.

Suggestion

she should consider that she saves some investment for increasing & promotion her business that she able to show in a good way her business presentation with all needful material for her community which they can demands. Hameeda Bibi current business running successfully is very well & she manage well as per all season.

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Annexure VII – Guidelines for Sharing Story/ Brief of the Borrower

Basic information about the borrower

Name of the borrower (s):  Hajran Mirbher

Age: 48

Union Council: Chattochund

Tehsil: Thatta

District: Thatta

Poverty Score: 25

Family size/ dependents: 4

Type of enterprise/business: Livestock 

Detailed information required to develop a story

  • What was the situation like for the borrower before he/she took the loan?

Being ultra poor she was willing to contribute in domestic expenses.

  • Why did this person decide to take the loan?

She decided to avail loan to because the loan are interest free and are easy to avail it. 

  • From where did he/she learn about the loan facility? 

From the near by village where the scheme was already launched 

  • How did the borrower use the loan? 

The borrower utilized her loan in purchasing the female buffalo.

  • What sort of progress did the borrower make? 

She wants make a herd of livestock for earning 

  • What were their challenges and struggles?

Being female she has very less opportunity and has less freedom and choice to do business. 

  • What skills did he/she use to overcome the challenges?

She has very fin skills of livestock keeping, embroidery and cloth selling; she used her skills to establish her business with regular and with lumsum income. 

  • How did the relevant PPAF partner help?

Hands introduced the easily lending policies of loan availing and also conducted the mentoring sessions to encouraged the borrowers. 

Conclusion

  • What is the situation like now?

Now she has a buffalo which will give milk in next 10 month for her family and for sell that will support her family economically and nutritionally. She is much motived and has made her mind to make her herd in future. The other villagers are impressed by her business and there are impressed to avail the IFL opportunity and start her business. She said,” I’m very much thankful for starting the IFL loan scheme for poor peoples of villages where there are no hope for them. The EHSAAS scheme has brought hope in their lives.”
Has his/her situation motivated other people in the area to acquire IFL loan?
What future does the borrower see for himself/herself, the family and the community in general

  • Include a summary statement or quote of the borrower expressing her emotions and +sentiments

Message from the borrower for others

IMPORTANT

The story of a woman borrower should also share the challenges she faced being a woman, her position in the family and in her community after being empowered economically, acceptance of her opinion in important family matters after earning money. Her message to women who have the skill but lack resources on how to transform their life and that of their families.

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Family Planning Services during COVID-19

The village lal Muhammad Khaskheli is one of the target village in Marvi Sehat Saan Khushhali project in UC Sakro of District Thatta. The village has around 126 households and an estimated population of 1100 and there is no functional school in the village.

Bakhtawar w/o Mithan was selected as Marvi Worker for community based FP intervention in the village. She is 38 –years of age having 4 children. She is middle pass (Class 8). Her husband was a laborer, earning about 10000 rupees per month.

Bakhtawar has been providing FP services in her village for the last 2 years. She had been conducting health awareness session on FP methods within the community especially for women group. In the beginning of the year 2020, COVID-19 pandemic appeared and it rapidly spread in almost all the countries of the world. As COVID-19 cases started appearing in Pakistan and there was a fear that field based activities may not be continued due to lockdown situation and SOPs of infection prevention and control. But HANDS management developed an advisory for the field staff so that the outreach activities could be continued following the SOPs of COVID-19. HANDS Management provided an orientation on COVID-19 to their district based team and then they provided sessions further to community based staff.

The community in village Lal Muhammad Khashkheli was very apprehensive about the COVID-19 situation as they did not have any information about preventive measures that could be taken for infection prevention and control. Bakhtawar discussed the concerns of community with her supervisor LHV. She provided an awareness session in the community on the precautions of COVID-19 which include the information regarding the mode of spread of virus and preventive measures with an emphasis on hand hygiene, respiratory etiquettes and social distancing measures.

Due to COVID-19 lockdown and unavailability of health care providers and suspension of services at public health facilities, the community was very fearful. Bakhtawar with the support of HANDS team continued to provide services with in her community regarding COVID-19 and Family planning both.

Maintaining the SOPs, Bakhtawar continued the home visits and group counselling sessions and follow-ups of the clients. The team ensured the ample supply of contraceptives and continuity of services at Marvi Health Centre to avoid any drop outs. Due to the continued efforts of team and Bakhtawar during these challenging times, the FP clients increased.
“Many community women approached me for Family Planning services because of suspension of services during lockdown at public health facilities” says Bakhtwar.

During COVID-19 Pandemic and lockdown situation, Bakhtawar generated around 26 new Family Planning clients. The commitment and dedication of Bakhtawar and team supported in minimizing the fears and myths among community and able to continue the services in the village.

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Empowered Marvi as a change agent improves her family economy & bringing behavior change among her community

Village Allah Ditto Lashari is a remote village in district Sujawal, Sindh, Pakistan, with no educational or health facility. It has about 165 households with a population of a little over 1,000 people. Piped or safe drinking water is not available. Electricity is available in the village, but there are power outages that can last for hours.

Ameena is a Marvi worker in the village. She is 45 years old and has four children, who she wanted to educate but was unable to because of lack of resources. Her husband is an agricultural laborer and works hard to provide for his family. Though Ameena’s literacy level is low, she is committed to serving her community and to improving her family’s circumstances.

When HANDS identified Ameena as a Marvi worker, she was provided skills-based training on community mobilization and awareness-raising on family planning with the help of videos in Sindhi, the local language; she was also trained to use tablets to show the videos. The community helped build a space called the ‘Marvi House’, where she conducts family planning awareness sessions and where a Lady Health Visitor visits every fortnight to provide additional services including IUCD insertion and removal and injectable contraceptives.

Ameena now provides counseling about different family planning methods and its benefits, especially to young couples, and encourages inter-spousal communication and women’s participation in decision-making about family planning. Since she began her work a significant number of women have adopted modern contraceptive methods for birth spacing. A digital application prompts alerts for client follow up; HANDS is also introducing additional technology to upload real time data on family planning.
In addition to her family planning work, Ameena was provided a small grant of PKR 20,000 (approx. USD 150) to establish a small ‘Business in a Box (BiB) in her Marvi House. Here, she sells health, nutrition, and hygiene products as well as basic food items and vegetables at affordable prices, which have become very popular since the village has no shops, and people had to travel far to purchase basic items. The women in particular were dependent on their male relatives for their basic items. These women soon became Ameena’s customers, enabling her to start earning an income.

Eventually, Ameena was able to save enough money to purchase a motorbike for her family, which her husband uses to take their children to school and to take sick people from the village to a health facility. He has also been able to establish a small business of his own, through which he supplies milk to the nearby town, which further supplements their family income.
Ameena says, “Besides earning money and getting respect and recognition in the village, I feel delighted when I see my community being provided with quality services with the support of HANDS, knowing that I have contributed to this.” Samina, another Marvi worker in Umerkot district, Sindh, said she was inspired to join the program because, “In our village, there was no information about family planning. Many women died during childbirth.”

Today, Marvi refers to a network of literate or semi-literate village women aged 18 to 40 who provide information about family planning in their villages. The program has extended from 300 Marvi workers in one district to 3,600 Marvi workers in eleven districts across the country, serving a total population of more than 4 million population including more than 850,000 women and adolescent girls. Under this project, HANDS works with 900 such Marvi workers in remote rural areas in three districts in Sindh, Pakistan.

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Pandemic 2019

Name of School: EMO Schools Project
Profile of the Target: COVID-19 Pandemic

Background

The WHO declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, and recommended communities take social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Globally, COVID-19 is more than a public health challenge-it has laid bare the consequences of persistent systemic inequalities and is threatening our social fabric, trust in our institutions and the economic security of billions of people. Million of confirmed cases have been reported worldwide with significant number of people having died from the virus. Most of the countries have also been affected by the pandemic, which is expected to have dire social and economic consequences as well.

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries posing a serious threat to our health, security and lives, education in schools and universities is also facing unprecedented challenges. In response to a surge in school and university closures to contain the spread of COVID-19, HANDS convened a distance learning program for students to step up the emergency response and to minimize learning disruption. HANDS has already set up an online-teaching infrastructure at Head office which is linked with all HANDS offices through web based application Microsoft Team.

Introduction

The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world. Globally, over 1.2 billion children are out of the classroom. This situation never happened before in current century that’s why nobody has prepared to face this challenge. Nevertheless to overcome for students’ academic losses Education system has change its approach proactively, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms.

EMO management has also took initiavitve sit together and develp consensus how to utilize this crucial time and facilitate our beneficires (student) and minmize their acadaemic loss and definitely teachers are the main link to approach students.First they approach to all Teachers and engaged them in Teaching and learning process.

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Training is a major Educational element it’s an effective for teacher learning and professional development. Teacher learning is a continuous process that promote teachers’ teaching skills, master new knowledge, develop new proficiency, which in turn, help improve students’ learning and its improve the team building, team work, and improve communication skills.

Success Brief

We had took this LOCKDOWN as a challenge because it’s never happened before during current century in the world’s history. EMO team shake their brains and develop consensus for best utilization of this LOCKDOWN. All schools were closed since March 2020.

First EMO team approached all Teaching staff and conduct Teachers survey to know about the availability of digital facilities and internet connectivity in an area.

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Then EMO management decide to assign teaching staff to prepare MODEL COPIES of their respective subjects.Education team prepare guidelines for MODEL COPY and connect all teaching staff on microsoft team and guide them about copy making and share the complete plan and assigned to initiate the task all required stationary assured by district team.

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Meanwhile EMO management team preapre the concept note for distant learning and conevence management to initiate this and engage all EMO Staff and students in an fruitfull activities and miminze their mental and academic losses teachers and management training plan for best utilization of time and engage all teaching staff in productive task and to improve existing capacity of teaching staff during lockdown.

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EMO management also launch the digital platfor for students MAKTAB ONLINE and approch students through their class teachers.

Challenges

Some students may not be benefitted from EMO digital Platform there are list of reasons like unavailability of android phones, 14 to 16 hours of unscheduled load-shedding in their area, absence of an educational environment at home, children’s and parents’ lack of interest in Education, poverty and pressures of domestic responsibilities, Nevertheless, a considerable number of students benefitted from EMO digital platform (Maktab Online)

The Problem

First we suggested different platform for distance learning like Microsoft Team, Skype, ZOOM, GOOGLE Meet, but during survey we had find out that majority of parents haven’t android phones.

The Solution

We had finalized to approach students through simple text messages.

The Impact

We have engaged our EMO teachers in online sessions to seek the Knowledge and improve the capacity of Teaching .The digital distance teaching and learning introduced dynamic interaction amongst students and Teachers, ideas were shared and conditions synergy generated through the learning process. Students and Teachers get familiar with digital resources.

Change in the Future

This pandemic is a lesson learned for Educationist and we must adopt the provision of distance learning at our schools to deal with this kind of situations. We may introduced hybrid Education system it will be the combination of Face to face and online classes.

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Study Tour

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

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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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Challenges

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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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.

Procedure

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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HANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL PAKISTAN

Name: Asad
Father Name: Fazal Subhan
School Name: Gulshan Ghazi A (Saeedabad)
Project Associate: Mariam Shaheen

Introduction

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.

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EFFECTIVE ROLE OF WOMEN DURING RAIN EMERGENCY RESPONSE FOR AFFECTED PEOPLE OF TENT CITY, CHACHRO ROAD

Background

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.

Methodologies

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.

Challenges

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.

Outcomes

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.

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ADOPTING CHANGE LEADS TO SUCCESS

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.

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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.

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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.”

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Constructed latrine with wetland

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SUSTABILE GREEN SOCIETY

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.

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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.

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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.