Oct 6, 2017

Failure always opens many new doors for success

Village Rukhla Pakistan
Village Rukhla Pakistan

Sustainable Development Association (SDA) is a right based organization. It has a team of very devoted individuals who are very sensitive and have empathic hearts. They keep them busy in empowering the Right-holders and building the capacities of duty bearers.

 SDA started a right based program with salt mineworkers’ community residing in a village Rukhla of District Khushab in the Province of Punjab Pakistan.

Rukhla is a beautiful village at the foothill of Salt Range also known as Red Mountains. The Red Mountains are very scenic and fascinating. Residents are poor mineworkers and violations of their rights is a common practice. They work from sun rise to sunset and earn very nominal sum of money.  Safety measures are not ensured in the mines and every, year many fatal incidents take place.  They are not provided the adequate health facilities and many Mineworkers face different diseases. Their children go to nearby school 3 KM away from their village.

Though there exists a Policy Document but Government Agencies do not take care about it and severe rights violations of mineworkers were very common. Women and children face the most inverse effects. SDA started intervention to empower these marginalized mineworkers. Many meetings and seminars were held to make them sensitized about their rights.

During the meetings, the most burning issue raised was non availability of clean drinking water. The source of water was rain water stored in an open pond at a distance of 1 KM from the village. Animal and human both were using this water pond. Women had to fetch water from this pond.

The team of SDA was shocked to see this painful situation and decided to support the community to provide clean drinking water within the village.

In a meeting Mineworkers told the solution for this issue. A canal was passing 2 KM away from the village. Subsoil water near that canal was suitable for drinking. A bore near that canal was made and pipeline was laid from that bore to the village. In the village, a tank was made with taps. Water was supposed to pump into the water tank and community would have to fetch water from the tank.

Everyone in the community was happy on completion of the project. It was all made by the team of SDA, local community and local mason.

Pumping of water started to the tank. But it was only for less than an hour.  The pipe started leaking from many spots. “Oh” why it happened, no one had the answer.

A civil engineer was consulted and he told that the tank is at a height of 500 feet and the pressure was not bearable to the pipes.

We all were sad on failure but gave us strength to stand and start a comprehensive campaign for the provision of drinking water to the village Rukhla. We met the duty bearers and Elected Representatives and highlighted the issue. Within one year, Government approved a scheme and the community was facilitated with clean drinking water.

Symbol of our failure “The water Tank” was used for alternative purpose. Yes community is producing Bio gas from it.

We learned that; for technical work, we must have to consult technical expert as well and only indigenous solution might not work. We learned not only the success but failure also boost and rebuilds our strengths to move forward and achieve the goal. We learned that the product of failure could be used in alternative ways.

Rain Water in Pond used for Drinking
Rain Water in Pond used for Drinking
A Girl Fetching Water from Pond
A Girl Fetching Water from Pond
A Old Woman of the Village Rukhla
A Old Woman of the Village Rukhla
Students of Village Rukhla
Students of Village Rukhla
" Water Tank" Product of Failure
" Water Tank" Product of Failure
Jul 21, 2017

Livelihood Initiatives; students' mothers trained on caring their livestock.

Training on Domestic Livestock Caring
Training on Domestic Livestock Caring

There are different dimensions of child development and all must be addressed to make him an asset for the society. Students of the school belong to poor families and many students are facing malnutrition. There physical growth needs to be addressed. The economy of the village is agricultural based and it was observed that most of the families have livestock at home which is cared by the women of the families. They use traditional ways to grow the livestock. Often the poor families face losses due to death of their livestock due to common disease. Due to any economic loss, children suffer and to counter this SDA decided to train the women of the village on livestock caring. Paidar Development Organization supported SDA to establish training center equipped with lab and provided training manual as well. 60 women of the village were trained.

One of the trainee expressed her feelings, “We have now knowledge about the silage preparation, disease prevention, symptoms of different diseases and improve the quality and quantity of milk. Our livestock will be more productive and definitely will increase our income. Thank you very who supported this unique intervention in our village”.

Women in Training session
Women in Training session
Jan 8, 2017

Enrollment Campagin attracted the masses

A Session With Community at a Religious place
A Session With Community at a Religious place

Though the majority of the people are now aware about the importance of education for the girls but population is increasing very rapidly which result in poverty. Poor families have not enough resources which result in sacifice of girls education. Management of the Sustainable Development Association decided to launch Enrollemnt Campaign. Corner meetings, walks, door to door visits and seminars were held in the village. Students and communty elders were involved. The message was "Girls' Education Ensures Prosperity". It attracted the masses particularly the poor families and many mothers visited the school. Members of SDA even visited Religious Places and influenced the rigid religious clergies. In all the events the participants raised their hands and made promise to play their role for the promotion of education.  The admission will start in Feb and we are very hopeful that majority of the girls will start their education in next session.

Community Elders promising to educate girls
Community Elders promising to educate girls
Students Joined hand in Campaign
Students Joined hand in Campaign
More students in Campaign
More students in Campaign
Another Session with community
Another Session with community
Door to Door visit
Door to Door visit
 
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