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

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
Apr 30, 2014

HDF Maternal & Child Healthcare in Swat Valley

To address the lack of access to basic health services for community members, HDF’s work in Swat Valley Pakistan enables the delivery of a preventative and curative interventions for mothers and children. According to UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Report on Pakistan (2008), 100 of every 1,000 children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province die before their fifth birthday. Many of these children die due to preventable diseases like diarrhea; pneumonia; acute respiratory infections; water-borne illnesses; malaria and skin infections.

During the health seminars and household visits, children – especially in rural areas – receive immunizations and de-worming medications. Mothers are counseled and trained on caring for their newborns, basic hygiene skills, and on how to identify and treat diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea.



Since the beginning of 2014, the following activities and achievements have taken place:

  • 1,844 households were visited by Lady Health Workers
  • 531 Antenatal Checkups were conducted
  • 31 Post-Natal Exams were conducted
  • 1,677 children under the age of 5 were monitored for growth
  • 821 children were fully immunized
  • 2,774 women of reproductive ages were immunized for TT
  • 31 babies were delivered
  • 6 community health seminars for mothers and children took place


Social mobilization activities ensure that vaccination campaigns reach out to eligible children that are immunized against preventable, life-threatening diseases. HDF continues its dedicated efforts in comprehensive healthcare to assist community-based basic maternal, neonatal and child health services.

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