Oct 20, 2020

Peace Schools for Children - Pakistan

Peace School for Afghan Refugees and Host Communities

Report –July 2020- Oct 2020

Ali is in 3 class in Peace School. Being eldest in 6 siblings Ali is sharing the responsibilities of the home while looking after his siblings. His father is a daily wager in construction sector and mother is working as domestic helper. The total household income is twenty thousand per month. They are living in a rented place. As the both parents are working so being eldest Ali use to look after his siblings in the absence of the parents. He said he can cook some food for the siblings if their mother use to reached late at home. He wanted to become a school teacher in future. He said the community is very poor and they can only bring change with education. He will serve his community as a teacher.  He said my mother use to work very hard to meet our expenses, I will let my mother take good rest when I will start earning. He said the boys in the community used to help their parents to earn, but my mother never let me work as a helper, as she wanted me to focus on my studies.

Educational Documentary for the Kinds

The peace school has arranged a documentary and de briefing of the documentary for the students. The objective was to educate the children on the issues of Child Labour and Child Abuse. The Staff further discuss and de brief the students on the content and the students shared their views and shared their experiences as well. The aim was also to make students aware of the issues happening around. The COVID precautions were followed and implemented during the activity.

Community Visits to increase the enrolments in School:

The school staff visited door to door to increase the enrolments for the school. Due to COVID the schools were closed as per Government instructions and the community started sending their kids as daily wagers. The staff started mobilization in the community and educate them to send their children in schools instead of workplaces.

Independence Day Celebrations-Green the World:

The independent day was commemorated with the school children. The theme was like every year to green the world. The teachers aware the students about the need to plants and trees, and then the students sow the seeds of happiness. The students adopted the plants and were committed to look after them for their own environment and for the Mother Nature.

Mask Distribution

The mask distribution for the students was arranged. The staff briefed the students about the significance of the mask wearing and the importance of social distancing during the pandemic.

Staff Meeting

Regular staff meeting was held in the peace school. The overall progress and the future startigies were discussed in the meeting. the staff suggestions were also noted down regarding the reopening of the school and the sechudule of the classes following the COVID precautions.

Follow ups with Parents:

During the COVID period it was discussed and finalized among the school staff that the staff will ask mothers to regularly visit the school on alternative days, and took the homework and get the previous checked. However, the online classes were also under consideration, but the field realities were different as the availability of the smart phones was not possible at every home.

The practical option was to call the mothers or one of the parents at school and give them homework for the children. The mother brought the done homework with them and took the new from the students. That helped to cover the syllabus for the students.

Training of the Staff on COVID SOPs and protocols

 Before re-opening of the school, the staff has arranged the training of the students on COVID SoPs and trained them about the different aspects of the COVID precautions. The support staff was also a part of the training. The use of disinfectants, mask, thermal gun was also practiced and explained.

Reopening of the School:

After the notification from the provincial Government, the schools were reopened, follow by the COVID precautions. The students were called on the alternative days and teachers ensured the social distancing and the mask wearing for the students.


Attachments:
Oct 7, 2020

Corona Virus Relief Support for Pakistan Report

 Corona Virus Relief Support for Pakistan

Report –July 2020- September 2020

 

Installation of hand washing units (Soap, wash basin, 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 are resided. Before installation of hand washing units, the local community members were engaged in order to decide the appropriate location in their local communities for 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 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 chances of infection and acted as an essential protective measure against the coronavirus. The hand washing units also served the purpose to enhance awareness about importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of disease.

 Distribution of Ration (Food Items)

The ration (food packages) was provided to 31 vulnerable families of domestic workers, daily wagers, laborers, security guards, salesmen & women and janitorial staff of 03 local targeted communities of Lahore who lost their livelihoods during the outbreak corona virus. The ration was consisting of flour, pulse, sugar, rice, black beans, salt, red chilli, spices, tea, oil/ghee, and 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 31 hygiene kits to 31 families of domestic workers, daily wagers, laborers, security guard, salesmen & women and janitorial staff of 03 targeted communities of Lahore. A total of 31 hygiene kits were distributed to 31 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 hand washing soaps, 10 hand sanitizers, 50 face mask 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.


Attachments:
Oct 1, 2020

Rehabilitation of Earthquake Affected Azad Kashmir

Earthquake Reconstruction in Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Report –July 2020- September 2020

 

Fully damaged houses Construction (14*14)

During the reporting period of (July 2020 – September 2020), FACES Pakistan constructed 280 fully damaged house in the earthquake affected areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The 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 laborer for cash for work in order to provide livelihood opportunities during reconstruction phase. The material of houses and techniques were used to minimize adverse impact of local natural environment during the summer and winter seasons. 

  

Fully damaged washroom Construction (6*6)

During the reporting period, total 280 washroom has 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 washroom in order to meet the WASH needs appropriately. During the construction, the families were also the part of management of 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 them. The FACES Pakistan have 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.

 

 Livelihood Support

The FACES Pakistan provided the livelihood support to 753 affected families in earthquake affected areas of Azad Jammu Kashmir during the reporting period of July 2020 – September 2020. 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 most deserving and affected people who have lost their livelihood and stored food stuff for their survival. The community groups were also facilitated to reach most deserving families through strong verification process.     

 
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