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One-Room Shelters Protect the Vulnerable

Sewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS) successfully completed a One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-I, II, III & VI Program, with the financial support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). As per following details:

One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-I Union Council Duniapur, Tehsil Tangwani district Kashmore, Sindh Province

500 shelters

One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-II Union Council Duniapur, Tehsil Tangwani district Kashmore, Sindh Province

200 Shelters

One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-III Union Council Dilawar Hussain, Tehsil Jhudo, district Mirpurkhas, Sindh Province

500 Shelters

One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-VI Union Council Roshanabad and Dilawar Hussain, Tehsil Jhudo, district Mirpurkhas, Sindh Province

1000 Shelters

Total

1,200 Shelters

The project uses local designs and mobilizes communities’ capacity for self-help to meet the unprecedented need for shelter solutions. The design for a one-room shelter using local material and techniques, and built for the most vulnerable groups – such as female-headed households, minorities, disabled, the elderly, low income households and the family with large number of family members – have been given priority.

Households engaged in repair and restoration activities through cash-for-work initiatives that will assist them to meet their post-return basic survival needs. Additionally, a grant mechanism for restoration of assets for small businesses will be administered to revitalize these key sectors of the economic and social environment.

SDTS has made possible in every way to follow Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) recommendations to beneficiaries, initially, and now finally they completed all their plinth [architectural base], wall, and roof-level work according to plans.

 Plastic Sheets & Solar Lamps for Shelters

SDTS distributed non-food items (NFIS), including 500 plastic sheets and 500 solar lamps among one room shelter project beneficiaries provided by IOM.

During devastation of 2011 monsoon rain, union council Dilawar Hussain was severely affected – the houses were destroyed and families were displaced for the months.  After that, there was nothing for them to live in.

SDTS and IOM started to work on shelters and provided them support to rebuild their houses, and also provided them necessary input like toolkis, plastic sheets for roofing, and solar lamps for night time.

One Room Shelters for Vulnerable Groups

One Room Shelter Programme

With the financial support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) SDTS  is implementing the One Room Shelter (ORS) Programme. SDTS were involved in the monitoring and mobilization of 1,200 ORS.

 The project uses local designs and mobilizes communities’ capacity for self-help to meet the unprecedented need for shelter solutions.

The design for a one room shelter using local material and techniques had specific groups of people in mind: the most vulnerable groups such as female headed households, minorities, disabled, older persons, low-income households. And families with a large number of family members have been given priority.

Households engaged in repair and restoration activities through cash-for-work initiatives will be able to meet their post-return basic survival needs.

Additionally, a grant mechanism for restoration of assets for small businesses administered to revitalize these key sectors of the economic and social environment.

Beneficiary selection

There are following certain characteristics of beneficiaries’ selection:

  1. 100% demolished house.
  2. Widow.
  3. Disabled.
  4. Large families.
  5. Very poor families.
  6. Involved in chronic diseases.
  7. Aged/ Older persons.

All beneficiaries were selected by Village Committee (VC) in the presence of SDTS’ team for guidelines in terms of vulnerability.

Achievements/Results

  1. Selected villages as beneficiaries, which sustained the most destruction, and vulnerable families.
  2. Completed all documentation processes.
  3. Selection of 1,200 beneficiaries.
  4. Distributions of three tranches in each village became finalized with pictures.
  5. 100% plinth (base) level, wall Level, roof level, and occupied work is completed with each beneficiaries’ pictures.
  6. The completion of 1,200 ORS in selected villages.
  7. All 1,200 ORS has been occupied.
  8. Recorded GPS Coordinates.

Construction

SDTS conducted technical workshop/trainings in the Sukkur office at different times, and SDTS staff attended those workshops. IOM technical staff also came to SDTS’ field offices and gave technical training to the team.

SDTS’ Field Technical Mobilizer also conducted construction-related technical workshops in all selected villages and covered all aspects of construction material, parameters, quality, rules, and regulations.

“Build Back Better (BBB)” posters were displayed in each village.

SDTS has made possible in every way to follow the Distaster Risk Recommendation (DRR)  –  a technique to minimize natural disaster risk to the infrastructure, to beneficiaries, initially, and now finally they completed all their plinth, wall, and roof level work.