Jun 8, 2021

Peace Schools for Children-Pakistan

Peace Schools for Refugees and Host Communities

Report – January 2021- May 2021

Case Study:

Alia is 10 years old and younger among the 6 siblings, her family has migrated from south Punjab for seeking livelihood as her partners were working as bonded labor there at a former local landlord. Her father is working as a street vendor and her mother is a factory worker. Like most of the other households, her family is also living in a rented place. The total income of the household was 20 thousand per month before COVID. After COVID her mother lost her job and during the lockdown, her father also suffered a lot due to the restrictions on different work and occupations. Her mother is now working from home and Alia is also helping her in her home-based work, her other siblings are also working with her mother so that the family can earn their livelihood. She is very disturbed due to the lockdown and closing of schools. She missed her friends from school and school life. She said distant learning is difficult for her as she cannot focus on her studies due to her environment at home. The 08 family members are living in one room and she cannot spare time for studies. She wanted to become a teacher in the future.

Students session
 A session with the students was held on the hygiene practices and the orientation on the homework given to them. The objective of the session was to aware the students regarding the hygiene practice the students during the pandemic. The session also addressed with the students the orientation on their school homework and assessments.

The students were called in a group of 10 students each. 

 International Women's Day-Session with Mothers

A session was held on the significance of International women's day with the mothers of the students. The objective of the session was to discuss the challenges women faced during the pandemic and the impact of unemployment.

 Fun and Science experiments with Students

A session was organized with the students of the school, during the break it has been observed that the students used to spend time in the community and have no creative work to do. The school staff has arranged the session on science experiments and drawing sessions with the students to engage them in the productive activity. The 05 students from each class were called for the activity.

Staff Meeting

The staff meeting was held to discuss the school performance and the future strategy of the school. During the pandemic, the school staff has tried different methodologies for the school and the homework of the students. It was discussed that due to the higher rate of illiteracy among the mothers of the students it has become a challenge among the staff of the students. The staff has to work hard to deliver their best due to these issues.


Attachments:
Jun 4, 2021

Corona Virus Relief Support for Pakistan

Installation of more hand washing units (Soap, washbasin, water tank)

A total of 03 hand-washing units were installed in 03 local targeted communities of Lahore, where domestic workers, janitorial staff, security guards, salesmen & women, and daily wagers reside. Before the installation of handwashing units, the local community members were engaged in order to decide the appropriate location in their local communities for the larger impact of hand washing units. The community leaders and members of the local areas played a vital role in monitoring the units through personal visits and ensuring the availability of material, including soap and water according to the need. The general public, including men, women, and children, benefited through these installed hand-washing units, as they reduced the chances of infection and acted as an essential protective measure against the coronavirus. The handwashing units also served the purpose to enhance awareness about the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of disease.

 

Distribution of Ration (Food Items)

The ration (food packages) was provided to 30 vulnerable families of domestic workers, daily wagers, laborers, security guards, salesmen & women, and janitorial staff of 04 local targeted communities of Lahore who lost their livelihoods during the outbreak of coronavirus. The ration was consisting of flour, pulse, sugar, rice, black beans, salt, red chili, spices, tea, oil/ghee, and the baby’s powdered milk. The food package was met their nutritional needs and provided them with short-term assistance while they follow the SOPs of the lockdown. The aim of the distribution of food packages was to provide the families with adequate sustenance till they are able to restore their livelihoods. The distribution decreased the risk of undernutrition and food insecurity among the affected families; pregnant women, infants, and young children had access to food and adequate nutrition, which minimized health risks and optimized survival outcomes. 

 

Distribution of Hygiene kits 

FACES Pakistan distributed 25 hygiene kits to 25 families of domestic workers, daily wagers, laborers, security guards, salesmen & women, and janitorial staff of 03 targeted communities of Lahore. A total of 25 hygiene kits were distributed to 25 families of the targeted areas. The hygiene kits helped at-risk families in warding off local transmission of the novel coronavirus and preventing community infections. Each hygiene kit consisted of 10 handwashing soaps, 10 hand sanitizers, 50 face masks, and 20 gloves. The kits encouraged beneficiaries to practice better hygiene, including washing their hands regularly and using gloves and mask while visiting the local market, going to work, and visiting their relatives. The distributions of the hygiene kits were conducted through small gatherings (5-10 people) following social distancing rules and using personal protective equipment (PPE). A team of volunteers and community leaders facilitated the distributions, monitored adherence to SOPs, and informed beneficiaries of the method of distribution.

 COVID Awareness and Protection Sessions

Meetings were held on the awareness of COVID precautions with the community members at different field areas.

The sessions were held to aware the community of COVID precautions. The number of beneficiaries was 325, whereas male members were 200 and the women were 125. The beneficiaries include youth adults, host, and refugee’s community.

 

Vaccination awareness sessions:

The sessions were held on the awareness of Vaccination for the community members. The objective of the sessions was to register the community members with COVID vaccination services. The total number of beneficiaries registered was 300 in different communities.

The community was not willing at the beginning to register themselves for the vaccination. But then the participants have registered and convinced.


Attachments:
May 31, 2021

Rehabilitation of Earthquake Affected Azad Kashmir

Earthquake Reconstruction in Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Report – January 2021-May 2021

 

Fully damaged houses Construction (14*14)

During the reporting period of (January 2021 – May 2021), FACES Pakistan constructed more houses 280 fully damaged houses in the earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. They constructed 280 houses were handed over to 280 beneficiaries/families of this project for their security, safety, comfort, and sustainable accommodation. These houses provided them thermal comfort, protection from the climate and secured their privacy. During the construction of houses, beneficiaries were selected as laborers for cash for work in order to provide livelihood opportunities during the reconstruction phase. The material of houses and techniques were used to minimize the adverse impact of the local natural environment during the summer and winter seasons. 

 
Fully damaged washroom Construction (6*6)

During the reporting period, a total of 280 washrooms have been completed in earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and handed over to 280 beneficiaries/families. The beneficiaries were involved in the designing phase of the washroom in order to meet the WASH needs appropriately. During the construction, the families were also part of the management of the construction of their washroom. After the completion of washrooms, the men, women, and children of all ages were aware and mobilized to adopt measures to prevent deterioration in hygiene conditions and to use and maintain the facilities which were provided to them. The FACES Pakistan has provided access to appropriate and acceptable washroom facilities close to their houses to allow rapid, safe, and secure access at all times (day and night) and to maintain their personal hygiene, health, dignity, and well-being.

LivelihoodSupport

The FACES Pakistan provided livelihood support to 750 affected families in earthquake-affected areas of Azad Jammu Kashmir during the reporting period of January 2021-May 2021. The support enabled them to recover and develop the resources necessary for their food security & future livelihoods priorities. The selection process was adopted in order to select the most deserving and affected people who have lost their livelihood and stored foodstuff for their survival. The community groups were also facilitated to reach the most deserving families through a strong verification process. The people are very happy about this and are living a peaceful life now.

 
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