Disaster Management Services

World’s climate is changing because of the imbalances in nature caused by human activity. Global warming is an undeniable issue that is leading to a higher frequency of natural disasters such as floods, heavy rains, droughts, storms, hurricanes and wildfires. The dilemma is Pakistan’s contribution in carbon emission is <1% but we are in the top 10 most affected countries of the world

Pakistan is at high risk due to climate change and natural disasters. Events such as heat waves, flooding, drought, earthquakes, snow storms, flash rains and typhoons have haunted the country for years and regularly swept away the foundations on which the lives of hundreds of thousands of families were built.

In 2022-23, HANDS carried out 20 Disaster Management projects in 49 districts and 4,538 villages and urban settlements.

1.15 million Beneficiaries (2022-23)

12

Disaster Risk Management Centers (DRMCs)

102

Disaster Responses & Rehabilitation Projects

8,244

Medical Camps

412,299

Food Ration (Families)

HANDS Disaster Management provides prompt and appropriate assistance to disaster victims and strives to achieve an effective and rapid recovery. The program enables appropriate actions at all points which leads to greater precautionary measures and better warning systems leading to reduced vulnerability and possible prevention of disasters. The holistic disaster management cycle not only provides emergency relief but also focuses on shaping public policies and plans that modify the causes of disasters and mitigate their effects on people, property and infrastructure.

Services Models

HANDS Disaster Risk Management Centers

Disaster Risk Management Centers (DRMCs) are a resource for HANDS community workers to support disaster victims. The 12 DRMCs provide material support, medical aid and advisory support to the affected areas. One of the main purposes of disaster centers includes training volunteers and community persons to respond to emergencies or needs. The establishment of a DRMC sets a formal and legal channel for bringing relief to people.

Disaster Response

HANDS has worked on 102 disaster response and rehabilitation projects in Pakistan. During the reporting period, HANDS responded to 02 disasters i.e. Heatwave in Larkana and flood response in 41 District of Pakistan.

Responded to 102 Major Disasters Since 2005

05

Earthquake Response

06

Rain Emergency

03

Drought Emergency

48

Flood Emergency

09

Heatwaves

01

Support to Syrian Refugees

01

Bomb Blast Emergency

01

North Waziristan Emergency

01

Fire Response

01

Cyclone

01

Snowfall Emergency

25

COVID-19 Response

Major Targets & Achievements

  • Retain and Maintain the status of the Organization as a leading Disaster Management Non-Government Organization of the Country.
  • HANDS is a member of Technical Working Groups (Heatwave, Floods & Drought) under the START network. HANDS is co-chairing Heatwave Technical Working Group.
  • Two times member of the UN humanitarian pool fund project approval committee.
  • Partnerships with different international networks including NEAR Network, START Network and START Ready.
  • Liaison building with federal ministries including the Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of SAFRON, Ministry of Economic Affairs Division, National Disaster Management Authority & Provincial Disaster Management Authority (Sindh & Balochistan).
  • Organized different seminars and events with Nationals Disaster Management Authority, National Humanitarian Network, Provincial Disaster Management Authority & Academia
  • Signed Agreements with Academia & Switch Communication/Bakhabar Kissan
  • Facilitation in different Rapid Need Analyses at Sindh & Balochistan
Callaboration with PDMA(Provincial Disaster Management Authority) for the National Disaster Awareness Day

Inclusive Development

Promoting inclusion at HANDS at both organizational and grassroots levels involves a multi-faceted approach that addresses various aspects of organizational culture, policies, practices, and community engagement. By taking a comprehensive and systematic approach to promoting inclusion, HANDS committed to create equitable and empowering environment for all stakeholders, including older people, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Here are some strategies to promote inclusion across different levels within HANDS

Community Based Inclusive Development CBID Network

HANDS inclusive approach comprises of strengthening Community-Based Inclusive Development Network (CBIDN) a network of organizations of persons with disabilities, developmental Organizations, humanitarian organizations and international organizations working in Pakistan. HANDS supports CBIDN financially and technically to strengthen secretariat and provincial chapters. CBID Network comprises of Islamabad based secretariat and provincial chapters in all provinces and administrative areas of Pakistan.

Major Achievements:

CBID Network is comprised of  26 Organizations working for Persons with Disabilities. CBID did continuous consultations and advocacy with the parliamentarians and policymakers for legislation with remarkable landmarks achieved as below:

  • The Employers Federation of Pakistan and Sightsavers, in collaboration with the Pakistan Business Network, held the inaugural Disability Inclusion Excellence Awards in 2023. The event recognized corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and efforts within businesses to create inclusive workplaces and accessible environments. Funding came from the International Labor Organization (ILO), GIZ Germany, Standard Chartered, and UNICEF Pakistan, with additional support from the Community Based Inclusive Development CBID Network Pakistan. Mian Asim Zafar and Ghulam Nabi Nizamani from HANDS received this award.
  • CBID Network supported consultation meeting on draft Rules for disability legislation, rules framed by CBID Network and HANDS. The workshop organized by SightSavers a member organization of CBID-Network. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmad Chief Executive and Dr. Sarwat Mirza of HANDS witness the event supported by CBID Network.
  • The Government of Pakistan received a petition with thousands of signatures urging action to protect disability rights. This occurred ahead of a major UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The petition was presented to Rafiullah Kakar, Member Social Sector, Planning Commission Division. Notably, the Community-Based Inclusive Development organization lent its support to the petition, backing the efforts of its member organization, Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign.
  • CBID Network through its member organizations developed and submitted parallel report against Government of Pakistan UN CRPD implementation report. CBID Secretariat Coordinator Asim Zafar attended UN Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Demanding a transformative and accelerated action that is inclusive of people with disabilities and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Sightsavers and CBID Network called upon political leaders to mainstream inclusion of persons with disabilities in all the initiatives towards achieving SGDs. They expressed their demand during a press conference held in Islamabad
  • Consultation with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities on rules framed by HANDS, CBID Network and SightSavers. Mr. Anis Danish and Ghulam Nabi Nizamani from HANDS were present there.

The Network in Independent Living Centers (ILCs)

HANDS has been a strong advocate for Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in Pakistan. They’ve provided support to the ILC network and collaborated with the Pakistan Independent Living Centers Network (PILC) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This strategic partnership allows HANDS to empower Organizations of Persons with Disabilities at a local level by channeling their support through established ILCs.

Major Achievements:

  • Shaheena Ali, affiliated with the Karachi Independent Living Center, was recognized for her impactful work in 2023. She received the esteemed International Henry Viscardi Award that year for her efforts in promoting gender equality and inclusion specifically for women with disabilities.
  • Umar Gul from ILC Hyderabad, Ahmed yar Khan ILC Multan and Sajid Abbasi ILC Ghotki selected by Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Council (PKCC). All players participated and won Wheelchair Cricket Asia Cup in 2023. All-rounder Umer Gul was declared man of match in final against India.
  • HANDS ILCs team participated at the 10th International Abilympics were held in Metz, France in 2023. The team ILC won two brownz medals in world level competitions among many developed countries.
  • HANDS DPM Karachi ILCs Mr. Shakeel Khan International Henry Viscardi Award, USA in 2024. Award recognized for his efforts in empowering persons with disabilities through Independent Living Philosophy.
  • In recognition of their work promoting the rights of women with disabilities in Pakistan, members of the Karachi Independent Living Center (KILC), Mr. Babar Iqbal and Tariq, were invited to attend the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters in New York. This event took place most likely in 2023, as the 68th session is a recent one.
  • Amjad Hussain Nadeem, ILC Gilgit DPM received the prestigious Tamgha-i-Imtiaz award in 2024 for his dedication to social welfare, specifically focusing on improving the lives of people with disabilities in Gilgit-Baltistan.

26

Groups Organization Person with Disabilities (OPDs)

04

Inclusion Policies/legislations/Rules

574

Distribution of Wheelchair and Devices

From Despair to Dignity: Dr. Zaib Taaj Jumani's Story of Resilience

Dr. Zaib Taaj Jumani, a qualified MBBS graduate, had her dreams shattered by a tragic incident. A stray gunshot wound from the police left her with severe spinal cord damage and a disability. This trauma was compounded by the immediate breakdown of her new marriage, leaving her feeling isolated and depressed. For eight years, Dr. Jumani battled with physical and emotional challenges. However, a turning point came when her father’s friend referred her to the Karachi Independent Living Center (ILC). Here, surrounded by a supportive community, Dr. Jumani gradually rediscovered her strength.
Taking charge of her situation, Dr. Jumani began providing medical check-ups to her fellow ILC members with disabilities. This act not only helped others but also rekindled her passion for medicine. Inspired by the ILC team’s focus on independence and empowerment, Dr. Jumani set her sights on rejoining the workforce.
With newfound confidence, Dr. Jumani secured a position as a doctor at The Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI). Today, she leads a dignified and fulfilling life, proving that even in the face of adversity, resilience and determination can pave the way for success.