Infrastructure Development, Alternate Energy and Shelter Department


IDEAS Department is committed towards providing good quality infrastructure and alternate energy to its target population. It is a series of interventions, based on the foundation of field-tested best practices and proven capabilities. The innovative models by HANDS IDEAS are low cost, durable, socially acceptable, and environmentally friendly. Following are IDEAS Department best practice services/models:




Union Councils

Villages/Urban Settlement

Covered Population


Service Models

A Low Cost Shelter

Provision of low cost shelter to disaster hit families who cannot afford to rebuild their houses are addressed through this model:


The objectives of this model are to:

  • Provide low cost shelter to homeless.
  • Provide security, safety and physical protection of the
    needy through shelter.
  • Address the need of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
  • Provide standard/quality construction at affordable price.

Community Physical Infrastructure (CPI) Schemes

Community Physical Infrastructure-CPI is the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities like Street Pavements, Link Roads, Hand Pumps, Gravity Water Supply, sewerage, telecommunication, and energy needed to sustain the operation of a village/town and city. This model not only improves the physical infrastructure for the communities but also opens new horizons for economic and human resource development in the area.


Objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide improved physical infrastructure.
  • Provide safe drinking water facilities.
  • Provide paved streets in target areas.
  • Provide clean and better paths in target area.
  • Provide communication facility.
  • Facilitate local businesses requiring good communication
  • Renovation/ construction of Schools.
  • Improve the socio-economic status of community.

Construction of Water Sanitation and Hygiene Schemes

WASH is “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”. Universal, affordable and sustainable access to WASH is a key public health issue within village, town or District development and is the focus of Sustainable Development, like Hand Pumps, Latrines, drainage system, gravity water supply, Ponds.


Objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide a drainage system for waste water.
  • Provide toilet facilities to the communities.
  • Promote Open Defecation Free (ODF) environment.
  • Improve health and hygiene conditions.
  • Improve the aesthetic view of the locality.
  • Reduce prevalence of diseases caused by absence of sanitary system.

Alternate Energy Schemes

Energy is required in almost all of our daily activities unfortunately, it is either not available or is in great shortfall. To combat this situation, HANDS – IDEAS has come up with best practice model of small scale alternate energy generation schemes.


The Objectives of Ambulance Service are to:

  • Provide alternative solar energy for use in communities.
  • Develop and deploy village specific electricity generation system.
  • Introduce solar technology for low cost power supply.

Energy Efficient Stoves (EES)

HANDS has introduced Energy Efficient Stoves in intervened areas of Pakistan, which can be made easily from local material available in the village. Energy Efficient Stove can be used for cooking, space heating and to get multiple uses with the same amount of fire wood at a time. The EES emits less smoke and therefore, equally good for health. The Energy Efficient Stove was initially designed to reduce consumption of fuel wood, therefore, it was tested that it consumes less fuel wood as compared to traditional open ended stoves.


The objectives of this model are to:

  • Providing Technical assistance and guidance to community for making Energy Efficient Stoves.
  • Decrease need for large quantities of firewood, decrease pressure on deforestation caused by firewood collection
  • Decrease the workload on local people (especially on women and children)
  • Providing the quality of cooking stoves, put a positive impact on women’s health as it reduces eye irritation to a considerable extent and disease
  • Reduce lung irritation or disease for both women and children who remain most of the day time in the smoky houses.
  • Reduce asthma and other respiration-related diseases among women and children.
  • HANDS has launched EES intervention in intervene areas and our technical team has conducted trainings of local community members especially women and activists on Energy Efficient Stoves (EES). Community has made Energy Efficient Stoves. District wise detail is mentioned

Hands Contribution in Sustainable Development Goals

Low Cost and Disaster Resilient Shelter

HANDS IDEAS Program has focused on providing Low Cost Resilient Shelters. The Bulk raw construction material used is local clay which is mixed with lime to stabilize different building elements, locally available or procured materials like; local fibers, plastic sheets, bamboos and girders used for roofing component. In the construction of shelters lime is used as key stabilizing material.

There are different shelter typologies has been designed for different parts of the country as per local vernacular practices by incorporating Disaster Risk Resilient – DRR measures in all building elements so that the structure can survive in any kind of disaster and includes ,Lime Stabilized Adobe Mud Shelter ,Lime Stabilized Mud Block ,Fired Brick Shelter with Lime Stabilized Mortars, Renders/ Plasters and Screeds, Loh Kath Shelter with Lime Stabilized Renders/ Plasters and Screeds, Cement Concrete Block Shelter with Seismic Bends and Confined Masonry Shelter with Seismic Bends.

HANDS Implemented and achieved 26 different projects funded by DFID UKAID, UNHCR, MI, UNDP, SCF and other national and international agencies in disaster and calamity hit areas of 31 Districts of Pakistan where 85,905 shelters have been constructed for shelter less most vulnerable communities since 2011.

Cost Saving: By using locally available natural construction materials, the cost decreases more than 50% if we compare with regular construction materials and methods using by the peoples/ communities.

CO2e Saving: Through construction of 84,700 shelters of different typologies in disaster and calamity hit areas of the country by use of natural materials, HANDS has contributed CO2e saving as per following breakup and that is 287,609 CO2e Saving.

Disaster Risk Reduction approach has been adopted in intervention areas for resilient infrastructure. As per protocol 91% of households have 1.5 feet raised plinth, 55% have 1 foot roof projection from wall and 38% have back filling and 57% shelters have been construction with lime stabilized soil.

Disaster Risk Reduction approach has been adopted in intervention areas for resilient infrastructure. As per protocol 91% of households have 1.5 feet raised plinth, 55% have 1 foot roof projection from wall and 38% have back filling and 57% shelters have been construction with lime stabilized soil.