Human Development Foundation (HDF)

Human Development Foundation "Fighting Poverty by Helping People Help Themselves" For the past 15 years HDF has been fighting extreme poverty through a unique holistic model of development focused on lasting change. The cornerstone of HDF's efforts is our commitment to working directly with communities through our social mobilization program. In this, HDF facilitates the formation of democratic community organizations which empower individuals to have a say in the decisions that affect them.
Jul 17, 2014

A Labor Ward in HDF's Health Center

Patient receiving antenatal care at the CHC
Patient receiving antenatal care at the CHC

HDF's Community Health Center (CHC) in Karolwar village, Lahore now has a much needed labor room, providing ultrasound services, an equipped observation room, and patient examination room. In addition to this, 347 Antenatal Exams were conducted, and 2,547 women of reproductive ages were immunized were fully immunized.

 

Medical camps and educational seminars were held to educate mothers about vaccinating their children. 80% of immunization refusal cases were educated and agreed to receive TT and EPI vaccinations. Approximately 600 children have received immunization or vaccination services from this health center this year.  Almost 2,000 children have received growth monitoring, and a Supplement Camp was held to routinely administer various multivitamins to pregnant ladies and nursing mothers. De-worming medications were given to malnourished children ranging from six months to ten years.

Jul 17, 2014

Meet Shabana, A Student With Ambition!

Shabana is an intelligent, conscientious 12 year old student at HDF’s Elementary and Secondary School in Tando Muhammad Khan. HDF has been working in this area since April 2000. Currently, HDF is providing services to over 29,000 people in this region.
Shabana is one of 6 children: four boys and 2 girls. Since both of her parents are teachers by profession, education is highly valued and emphasized in her family. Shabana has been studying in HDF schools since 2010 and she is very happy with the education facilities, resources, and opportunities she has received . “I love coming to school and studying”, she said. Her siblings also attend HDF's school in this region. This bright girl has hopes of becoming a doctor in the future.
WITH ONLY THIRTY PERCENT ENROLLING IN SECONDARY SCHOOL, TEENAGE GIRLS IN PAKISTAN ARE A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE. (39% OF GIRLS AGED 15-24 ARE ILLITERATE). And WITH less than 8% OF GIRLS PURSUING a COLLEGE LEVEL EDUCATION, TOO FEW WILL ENTER SOCIETY WITH THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE equally in their societies. 

The foundation of HDF's efforts is to create a culture of independence where our beneficiaries are the ones leading the charge for a better future. This begins with Social Mobilization, where HDF facilitates the formation of democratic community organizations, that represent each household, and empower individuals to have a say in the decisions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. For girls in these villages this is the first step to bring about change! 

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Apr 30, 2014

Meet Samreen, a stellar HDF student

Samreen at school
Samreen at school
Samreen is a very talented 4th grader at HDF’s School Ramzan Lasi in Karachi. The teachers rave about her academic and extra-curricular performance, stating that she is a very active and energetic girl. Samreen has been studying in the school since Nursery and is the star pupil in her grade. Her hobbies? Drawing, painting, and reading poetry!
Samreen comes from a large family, and is the eldest of 6 children. Her father is the sole breadwinner in the household, and works out of the city as a mason for a meager income of less than $6 per day. His income is insufficient to afford her educational expenses to become a doctor. Samreen has ambitious plans for the future and someday hopes to become a doctor. HDF has provided her with the chance of completing her education and empowering her to pursue her dreams.
60% of girls in HDF schools are girls.Through HDF's Education and Literacy programs, we help to build their self-esteem, protect their basic human rights, protect them from preventable diseases, make sure they goes to school and receive appropriate skills training so they have the power to earn. This will transform their lives, help lift their family out of poverty, and give them the resources and opportunities to contribute to their community. Research has proven time and again:  Education is a pathway out of poverty, an escape from slavery, hunger and disease – and it offers the promise of a better future, not only for girls but for us all.

 

Samreen with her family
Samreen with her family
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