AGRICULTUER & FOOD SECURITY:
Local Support Organizations (LSOs) are central to the Shehzad Welfare Organization Rural Support Programme approach to local participation and play an important role in planning and implementing rural development activities in agriculture, non-farm enterprise, employment, and infrastructure.
They also help to mobilize matching funds from communities, which helps to ensure community ownership and sustainability of project activities.
- Provision of best quality seeds of maze, wheat, potato and different vegetables to the potential farmers.
- Provision of different fertilizers.
- Demonstration of improved vegetable production (on and off season) for farmers.
- Demonstration of improved vegetable production was initiated for farmers.
- Field days were organized to transfer the modern agricultural techniques to the farmers.
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (NRM)
The majority of households in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa especially in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral remain dependent on agriculture for their income and the SWO has played a central role in increasing productivity and improving marketing of local produce.
As a result of our great struggle other development partners’ efforts, farm incomes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, while increased staple food crop production has resulted in greater food security for vulnerable populations. The SWO is struggling to help farmers take advantage of more reliable irrigation water to diversify their agricultural production. SWO will also train farmers’ enterprise groups on new technologies and innovations, and will help them connect with markets and agro-processors to secure higher prices for their crops. Since intractable poverty remains a feature in the remote, mountainous programme area, SWO intends to launch a livelihoods enhancement and protection programme shortly. The initiative provides livestock packages, including training, particularly poor and vulnerable households.
CIVIL SOCIETY STRENGTHENING
- The Building a Sound Baseline of Information on the civil society sector: Baselines make it possible to measure impact and the progress of a programme over time.
- Enhancing the Competency and Sustainability of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): This component encompasses initiatives to build the organizational capacity of indigenous CSOs, with a special focus on good practices in such areas as forming partnerships, constituency building, participation, joint planning with stakeholders, mediation, encouraging pluralism, and peace building.
- Fostering Ethics and Integrity amongst Development Agencies: As efforts in poverty reduction, civil society strengthening, and development in general are frequently thwarted by the widespread prevalence of corruption among entrenched bureaucracies, with private commerce and leadership structures uncontrolled by mutually agreed social contracts, modules will be developed to show ways to pre-empt the risks of corruption, identify problems when they occur, and introduce corrective measures.
- Fostering Strong and Effective Collaboration between Governments and CSOs: While public-private partnerships show great promise for increasing the impact of development initiatives, an impediment to such improvement is the generally unfavorably view governments have of CSOs (especially NGOs), based on a range of perceptions including about the legitimacy of their right to exist, their probity, governance, and patriotism, and excessive personal benefits. Many government officials are unaware of what CSOs do or the valuable contributions they make (or could make) to the development agenda. Various activities are planned to both address these prejudices and create an enabling environment for collaboration.
Fostering Strong and Effective Collaboration between the Business Sector and CSOs: While many commercial sector professionals in developing countries are interested in actions of social responsibility, they are not clear about what they can do.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
The Foundation’s activities in early childhood development provide more students annually aged 0-8 years (65 percent girls) with quality learning opportunities, in both urban and rural settings.
The SWO Education Services aims to ensure access of children aged 2-8 years to quality early childhood programmes and services. For this purpose, it provides pre-school and early primary education in the remote areas of KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral and in some parts of the country.
Each day children are guided to develop skills in:
- Approaches to learning
- Language, literacy and communication
- Social and emotional development
- Physical development, well-being and health
Arts, mathematics and sciences
- More than 50 Poor and needy people were provided with interest free loans by the SWO volunteers.
- 50 orphans and poor students are helped in getting quality education in different Schools. Moreover, SWO is willing to generate financial compensation from financial institutions in Pakistan.
TOURISM PROMOTION SERVICES
The SWO trying to raise Funds for Economic Development promotes tourism by building and managing hotels, resorts and lodges that contribute to economic growth in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner.Tourism that promotes awareness of the environments of developing countries and improves appreciation of their cultural traditions can help protect those environments and traditions.
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYABLE SKILLS
Rural households benefit from having a wide range of income sources that help them to manage uncertainty more successfully. Accordingly, the SWO Support Programme has supported skills development, vocational training and market development to generate employment opportunities outside the agriculture sector.
Many people in the SWO Support Programme programme area face considerable challenges in accessing relevant and affordable financial services. Over the past 5 years, SWO has addressed this issue and worked to improve financial inclusion in a variety of ways.
PRODUCTIVE PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In profoundly isolated and remote reaches, physical infrastructure can have a transformative effect on quality of life.
These include irrigation channels, drinking water supply schemes, Sanitation etc in collaboration with Youth Star Development Organization and land development projects, link roads and bridges, and other projects related to water supply, energy and social sectors. SWO is willing to utilize and raise funds to support infrastructure development and maintenance.
- Pony tracks having length 08 Km were made through the financial assistance of LP in Upper Shishi in the year 2009-10.
- 20,000 cft Check dams were made in targeted villages of Upper
Shishi sponsored by LP in the year 2009-11.
- 3000 rft Protective walls were constructed in 5 villages of Upper Shishi sponsored by LP in the year 2009-11.
- 7000 rft Protective walls were constructed in selected villages of UC
Drosh II, Arandu and Chitral II sponsored by Thrive/CIADP in the year
- 4 irrigation channels were established in targeted areas of District Chitral Sponsored by Thrive/CIADP in the year 2010-11 having length of 500 rft.
- 2 irrigation channels were established in Upper Shishi through LP 2009-10 having length of 2000 rft.
DRINKING WATER SUPPLY SCHEMES:
- Water Supply Scheme to Serai, Upper Dir. (Funded by EU & Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
- By digging 40 wells in Drosh 3500 people were benefited by providing them with clean drinking water sponsored by TVO from 2007-08.
- 2 drinking water supply schemes were established for the selected villages of UC Drosh II sponsored by Thrive/CIADP in the year 2010-11 for 250 HH.
- 15 Drinking water supply schemes were rehabilitated in selected villages of Chitral sponsored by CESSD from 2010-11.
- 3000 rft Stairs were made for the selected villages of UC Drosh II in the year 2010-11 Sponsored by Thrive/CIADP.
- 2500 rft streets were paved for the selected villages of UC Drosh II in the year 2010-11 Sponsored by Thrive/CIADP.
- 1500 rft Drains were made for the selected villages of UC Drosh II in the year 2010-11 Sponsored by Thrive/CIADP.
- Sewerage and drainage systems were improved for the selected settlements of Chitral II Sponsored Thrive/CIADP in the year 2010-11.
- 4500 rft Streets were paved for the selected villages of UC Chitral II in the year 2011 Sponsored by Thrive/CIADP.
- Provision of 120 golden breeds of goats to the poorest families sponsored LP from 2008-11.
- Provision of 950 poultries to the needy females sponsored by LP in Upper Shishi and Thrive/CIADP in Arandu and Drosh II.
- Animal treatment, De-warming and vaccination in different villages of Upper Shishi through LP.(2500 animals) from 2009-10
- Provision of 1000kg feeders for poultries sponsored by LP and Thrive/CIADP.
- About 20,000 Nos. of forest plants were planted in different areas of
- Drosh sponsored by LP and Thrive/CIADP.
- 2500Fruit plants were distributed among the desiring and deserving
- Individuals of UC Shishi Koh, Drosh II and UC Arandu sponsored by LP and Thrive/CIADP from 2009- 11for 16 villages.
PLANNING AND BUILDING SERVICE, PAKISTAN
The Shehzad Welfare Organization Planning and Building Service, Pakistan works in programme areas such as safe water supply systems; village sanitation facilities; thermal and energy efficiency; renewable energy; vocational training in construction skills; retrofitting & safe construction of low-cost housing; village planning; and disaster risk reduction.
FOCUS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PAKISTAN
Climate change is considered to be one of the most significant development challenges of recent times. In addition to institutionalizing climate change, increasing community resilience and disaster preparedness, FOCUS Pakistan is working on Climate Change Adaptation related projects, in partnership with government agencies, donor agencies and academic institutions.
- Community Education and Awareness.
- Rapid Assessments and Remote Hazards Mapping.
- Hazard Assessments, Mapping and Risk Mitigation.
- Advocacy, Research and Studies.
- Effective Natural Resource Management for Risk Reduction
- Road Safety Programme.
Pakistan is working on a comprehensive road safety programme, which involves the mapping of hazardous spots along the roadside, placement of precautionary safety boards with hazard signs, and the training of drivers on road safety and first aid. Additionally, to ensure effective responses to road accidents, trains policemen and women in basic first aid and casualty handling.
Pakistan works closely with the Pakistan Meteorological Department for Integrated Mountain Development and SWO to implement climate adaptation programmes.
- Participated in different local and national level games and won series of events.
- Participated in several recreational and healthy activities In district And out of district
- 1050 pounds blood was donated free of cost to needy patients.
- 2000 Serious patients were saved by providing them fresh blood in casualties and other occasions.
- Our Services are continued in Peshawar, Islamabad and other cities till days.
The Shehzad Welfare Organization (SWO) in Pakistan has been working with local governments in Pakistan to help improve access to health care to those who may not be able to otherwise afford it. These initiatives have included training community midwives to make health care geographically more accessible and introducing micro health insurance to make health care financially more accessible.
Moreover in collaboration with Government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, SWO intends to initiate project regarding community midwives for training and later supervise to help increase the percentage of assisted deliveries in Chitral. This initiative is greatly appreciated by the local and provincial government. Further more the following steps have been completed in collaboration with Youth Star Development Organization.
- Five Free medical camps were arranged in different places with the
- Financial assistance of Hamza foundation Peshawar and CIADP Chitral and treated more than 2500 patients.
- Medicines having cost of Rs. 850,000 were issued to poor patients
- Throughout Chitral sponsored NATPOW and Thrive/CIADP.
1050 pounds blood was donated from 1987 to present.
- 5000 Children were given polio drops in different areas of Chitral in coordination with THQ hospital Drosh.
- Polio patients are helped for their treatment by SWO Volunteers.
EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE AND RELIEF
SWO Response teams are divided into two components: i) search and rescue operations immediately after disasters, and ii) humanitarian relief including provision of food and non-food aid, shelter and camp management for those affected by disaster internally or for refugees. SWO is one of the leading and most experienced disaster response agency in Pakistan.
HEIRLESS DEAD BODIES:
- So far 80 heirless dead bodies have been buried by YSS&WS.
- 15 heirless dead were taken to their houses via Afghanistan after their identification.
- Our services are continued till days.
During its initial years, Pakistan hosted a large influx of Afghan refugees through camp management, providing food, shelter, education and skill development programmes. With support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, SWO volunteers worked for in facilitation the return of approximately 43,000 Afghans to their home country
POWERT ALLEVIATION & CONSVERATION OF NAUTRAL RESOURCES:
- Cooperative pine nut association was registered for the proper marketing of pine nuts.
- Ruthless cutting of pine nut trees was stopped through awareness.
- Honey bee boxes were given to poor and potential individuals to enhance their livelihood through Thrive/CIADP in UC Drosh II and Arandu in the year 2010-11.
- 10 Sewing machines were given to trained females to generate their income sponsored by LP in the year 2010.
- 30 Fuel efficient stoves were distributed among the poor families of UC Shishi, Arandu and Drosh II sponsored by LP and Thrive/CIADP in the year 2010-11.
- Time and lives saving Pine nut harvesting tools were given to the trained pine nut collectors through LP in the year 2009-10.
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
SWO implements a range of risk reduction programmes to build resilience among mountainous and coastal communities that are prone to disasters and enhance their response capacity.
WALK AGINST SOCIAL CRIME:
- Walks are arranged against social evils.
- Volunteers are always ready to participate in this activity.
- Every year demonstrations and walks against street crimes, injustice, unemployment and encroachments are made.
- Awareness work to reduce gender discrimination.
- Formation of monitoring committees to prevent violence against women.
- Arranged different trainings for the monitoring committees to ensure gender equity.
- Water user committees formed for the women to ensure their participation in water sector.
- Village forums formed in UC Drosh I&II for women.
- Small grants were provided to 80 women of 10 groups for small scale business and enterprises in Shishi Valley.
- Employable skills opportunities created for the young girls in upper Shishi valley through LP/IC for sewing and embroidery, computers and livestock trainings.