Pakistan: Providing Shelters for Vulnerable People in Sindh

STDS-shelterA woman adds the finishing touches to her shelter. Photo: SDTS

By Khadim H. Dahot, Managing Director, SDTS, November 2012 

One-Room Shelters Protect the Vulnerable

SDTS-shelter-2Photo: SDTSSewa Development Trust Sindh (SDTS) successfully completed a One Room Shelter (ORS) Phase-III Program in union council Dilawar Hussain, district Mirpurkhas of Sindh province, with the financial support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Now SDTS is involved in ORS phase-IV with 1000 shelters in union council Dilawar Hussain and Jhudo districts Mirpurkhas of Sindh province.

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.

SDTS-shelter-3Photo: SDTSHouseholds 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.

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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.

Raising Awareness on Climate Change

Climate Leadership for Effective Adaptation and Resilience (CLEAR) is a five-year initiative of LEAD Paksitan focusing on climate change impacts on the lives of poor people and farmers in southern Sindh and Punjab. The project aims to empower and equip local stakeholders to streamline their local climate adaptation practices and develop district-based local adaptation plans of actions (LAPAs).

Mr. Khadim H. Dahot,  Managing Director of SDTS, is Master Trainer for the  CLEAR Project and attended a 2nd training workshop on “local adaptation plans of actions (LAPAs)”  held in hotel Regent Plaza Karachi in September 2012.

SDTS conducted a one-day orientation session with community stakeholders to sensitize them about climate change and its impacts in the country, and how they can contribute to face climate change challenges.

Young People Become Active Citizens

SDTS is implementing its Active Citizenship training program, phase-II for the year 2012. This year, SDTS will train more than 600 young people through 20 ACP workshops; last year, SDTS conducted 10 Active Citizen Program(ACP)  workshops and trained a total of 310 young people from rural areas and built their leadership skills.

Under the Active Citizens training programme, three trainings have been conducted with young people this year; each training covers four days.*       

Sewa Development Trust Sindh is implementing the Active Citizens Programme with the support of the British Council Pakistan in the three districts of Sindh province. The Active Citizens program aims to develop leadership skills in young people of Khairpur, Mirpurkhas, and Larkana districts.

It facilitates community and political participation amongst young people through interaction with local community, organizations, and local and national governments. It also develops an understanding of global issues which affect young people and their communities.

The program aims to increase Active Citizens' outreach through developing strengthened partnerships with civil society organizations in the country, and engage with communities and young people in the Khairpur, Sukkur, and Larkana districts.

Social Action Projects

SDTS organised a community event in Khairpur to award and recognize Social Action Projects being undertaken by young Active Citizens. After successful completion of ACP training, the Active Citizens are encouraged to do social action projects (SAPs) in their communities to address the local issues on a self-help basis.

During the year 2011, a total  of 30 SAPs were conducted by active citizens, to exhibit their SAPs; a community event was organized in Bilawal Bhutto Park Khairpur to showcase their SAPs and award certificates of recognition.

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Our focus is to uplift the social, economic status of the Vulnerable and Marginalized communities in general children and women groups, youth and farmers in particular so as to facilitate in initiation of the development process.

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