Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD)

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) is a social community based organization was established in December 2001-2002 and registered under the Societies Registration Act: XXI of 1860 on 17 May 2003. Re-Registered on June 1st 2013 Vision To bring Peace, Justice, Unity and Harmony for all and to ensure availability of food for marginalized communities of Pakistan
May 14, 2013

Flood Victims constructing new houses near Matli

Flood Victims constructing new primary school near
Flood Victims constructing new primary school near

Flood Victims constructed new houses near Matli

As well as responding to emergency needs within its own programs, Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD), together with its partners, plays a crucial role in influencing decisions that are made by other organizations – governments and multinational and international institutions – that have vastly greater capacity to deliver significant response and reconstruction results. AHD’s approach is always to secure the best outcome for people living poverty, providing a conduit through which their legitimate concerns can be raised at a high level. In delivering a response to a natural disaster of this scale, it is essential for AHD to work collaboratively and effectively with others – with the Government of Pakistan and with other local and international NGOs. This involves different standpoints and opinions and sometimes difficult discussions, so recognizing and respecting alternative approaches and keeping lines of communication open are essential.

AHD has helped to provide shelter for over  people. Its initial activities took place in Taluka  Matli District Badin Sindh Pakistan between 2011 and 2012, where it provided an immediate response in the acute, post-Rain flood. The massive floods then spread to southern parts of Sindh to Upper and Lower Sindh, to Kashmore, Jacobabad, Shahdadkok, Jamshoro, and Thatta. Here, shelter kits consisting of plastic sheeting with rope, nails, bamboos , a small toolkit containing a hammer and saw, bamboo poles and  wheelbarrows, were distributed to families so that they could rebuild their homes in advance of the cold winter months. In Matli, where people had more time to evacuate, AHD provided smaller, more portable kits, intended to aid reconstruction as people returned home. AHD is conducting a pilot project to adapt and strengthen houses in Matli, Sindh, to enable 6500 households in 320 villages to make their homes less vulnerable to future flood situations. AHD hopes that this pilot will be seen by others as something to replicate in other flood-affected communities, with help from NGOs.

May 3, 2013

Shelter kits distributed in flood victims of Jacobabad

Bamboos for shelter for 750 families Flood Vicitms
Bamboos for shelter for 750 families Flood Vicitms

 

Formation of Village Development Committee (VDC)

Community Assistance Committees/ (CAC) Village Development Committee (VDC) is two step processes; it is a committee of people of village, who represent the whole village, highlight the issues and problems of village which they need to solve. The first step in formation of Community Assistance Committees/ (CAC) Village Development Committee (VDC) is to have an introductory meeting with the community of respective village in order that both parties should know each other very well, in introductory meeting; we briefly explain them about our project work, procedure of work and duration of our project. Introductory Meeting: - In introductory meeting, first, representative of Association of Humanitarian Development (AHD) arrange recitation of Holy QURAN PAK. After recitation of Holy QURAN PAK, AHD team introduces themselves and their organization (AHD/ERF) with community. After introduction AHD team offers them that you should also introduce yourself with us. (The purpose of this introduction is to start getting feedback from community). AHD team tells community more about their working areas that we will work on and Temporary Shelter and NFI (Kitchen Utensils) support to most vulnerable household with the consensus of community. We ensure community that if you co-operate with AHD, then AHD could start its project work as soon as possible at your village.

 

Identification of Beneficiaries

In each village after the process of Community Assistance Committee / village committee formation, with the support of village committee identify the beneficiaries. When all the beneficiaries were identified by village committee then AHD team register them and at last AHD team verify those beneficiaries in household level. And in the end Final Selected Beneficieries list share with communities and that list was endorsed by CAC/ VDC.

Training of Fuel Efficient Stoves

Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) is becoming increasingly concerned about energy issues in communities, camps, or settlements where internally displaced persons (IDPs) are settled temporarily. At a minimum, all displaced people require fuel to cook, and the manner in which fuel is obtained and used can have significant impacts on displaced populations, host communities, and the surrounding natural environment. Firewood always is in high demand for traditional methods of cooking. Fuel-efficient stoves (FES) can have many positive impacts in a camp, Temporary settlement, or other IDP setting. These stoves can help save energy, reduce the time and burden of collecting firewood, and limit the associated exposure for collectors to physical attack and/or gender-based violence. Because traditional open fires can be very unsafe in crowded camp or settlement conditions, FES can reduce the risks of uncontrolled fires, as well as burns suffered by cooks and children. FES also has the potential to reduce the impact of health problems related to smoke inhalation. In many cases, cutting trees, shrubs, and roots for fuel can lead to the depletion of forests and environmental degradation in areas that host transient populations. Fuel-saving stoves can slow the degradation and help ease tensions over the use of, and access to, these natural resources. During the emergency phase of a natural disaster or complex emergency, affected populations at a minimum need water, shelter, protection, food, and the means to cook food.

Reduced risk or incidence of gender-based violence

By reducing the amount of fuel households need to cook their food, FES can, in theory, result in a reduction in fuel-gathering trips undertaken by household members—usually women and children—thus reducing their potential exposure to violence and abuse. To report on this objective, you will need to monitor the number of trips and amount of fuel your beneficiaries are collecting. Because it can be difficult and time-consuming to demonstrate that the FES directly results in reduced risks of harm, exploitation, and abuse to the targeted population.

Reduced risk of house fires and burns

All fuel-efficient stoves contain and control fire in some manner. This containment can help reduce the risk of materials catching fire from open flames, fires started by cinders or embers, and burns from open flames. Demonstrating this correlation involves tracking the number and cause of fires in communities before FES were introduced, compared to the number and cause of these incidents after the introduction of the stoves. Similarly, a survey of burns and burn victims can help determine if the FES reduced the incidence. Note that in both cases, information gathered before the program started will in most instances be recall data which must be collected and analyzed carefully.

Improved health

Stoves that are more efficient or are designed to reduce emissions, in principle, could help reduce the negative health impacts of inhaling smoke. However, few organizations will have the time, resources, or expertise to undertake a full health impact study in a disaster context.

Environmental damage mitigation

Reducing the amount of cooking fuel needed by households could contribute to reduced deforestation and environmental damage.

In this regard Association for Humanitarian Development (AHD) works with the financial Support by ERF Pakistan implementing its project in Union Council Mubarkpur Taluka Thul District Jacobabad with 750 Families. The Fuel Efficient Stoves training and Construction is also included in the project activities. Following is the update of the Fuel Efficient Stoves village wise. 

1    Village Profiling

20 Fill the village profile form of 20 Village

2 Formation of CAC (Community Assistance Committees )

20 Formed 20 MALE & 20 FEMALE  Community Assistance Committees (CACs)

3 Beneficieries Selection

750 Total Target OF Beneficieries completed

4 Training of Fuel Efficient Stoves

750 Total Beneficieries were trained about the FES (Fuel Efficient Stoves)

5 Construction of Fuel Efficient Stoves

750 Completed

6 Distribibution NFI and Transitional Shelter Material

750 Completed

Flood victims recieving goods at Jacobabad
Flood victims recieving goods at Jacobabad
Kitchen sets for Flood Victims
Kitchen sets for Flood Victims
Mr. Jumo Khan taking Floor matts to home
Mr. Jumo Khan taking Floor matts to home
May 3, 2013

Young women learning sewing skills

New dresses prepared by young women
New dresses prepared by young women

AHD program is to enable women in poverty, sorrow, sadness and disappointment. It forces women in disenabling factor. Through understanding empowerment of women, many development for intervention to empower women in all situations.                                                                                                 

Pakistani women hold on to their customs, traditions and religion tenaciously. The views of empowerment is leading   to the themes were expressed as true for their lives.                                                  

AHD program that women contribute in most activities or making decision, and this can be seen as a major obstacle towards development.                                                                                      

AHD has taken many measures to enhance the economic sphere.                                                                 

AHD Sewing Center is the main purpose or centers to empower women.                                                    

There are three AHD sewing centers are running in HYD.                                                                                   

1) AHD sewing center is in ISLAMIA COLONY HYD, there are 19, girls who work in sewing center.                     

2) AHD sewing center is in LAITIFABAD UNIT NO 5, there are 15, girls in sewing center.                              

3) AHD sewing center is in LATIFABAD UNIT NO 4, there are 14 girls, who work in sewing center.                                       

Women uses their skills and supports their families easily. The young girls here are gaining an excellent reputation for high quality garments and appreciate the training they are receiving from qualified dress makers.

Stuff : loan, khaddar, cambric, chiffon, silk, cotton, latte, jeans, crab, chicken, taravera, jorjat, crinkle, velvet, washenware, stonewash, marble, polyester, spring summer lawn, cotton knit fabric, silk shantung, spung silk.

Sample of stuff :    

In two months we did many works in our sewing center.  We trained girls for cutting, sewing, embroidery, Karaj, hamming, sewing full dress. 

We trained them how to make bed sheets and covers. We trained them how to make scheme and charts for their work.

We trained girls for making efficient stoves.  We trained girls how to make their water safe and clean with NADI FILLTER.  We gave them education too. We trained them how they clean their home and street.  We give them health and hygiene, how they protect themselves from harm and dieses. We arrange them in a CBO formation. We visit their homes to make them attentive and alert how they work hard for the development of their homes and community.  We joined them and celebrate Malaria’s Day.                                                                                                                                                                          

In the other hand we give them place to sit with each other and solve their problems. We relax them from their worries and problems in these ways.  We share each other ideas in group to development and

Young women busy in sewing
Young women busy in sewing
New dresses prepared by young women
New dresses prepared by young women
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