Skills, from basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, to vocational skills equip and enable individuals for practical work in all areas of the economy to become fully and productively engaged in livelihoods. Skills development is increasingly receiving the recognition it deserves among international donors as a tool to reduce poverty. Microenterprise development is considered a mechanism for poverty reduction based on its capacity to generate employment and raise earnings. As part of our lasting and sustainable poverty reduction strategy, we will focusing on creating income generating avenues for the poor and disenfranchised through skill development and creating supportive environment through marketing and BDS. Skills development can play an important role in reducing poverty.Women economic empowerment is organization’s most powerful program. It chains and builds a systematic process of women mainstreaming. The apparent intent of the program is to increase participation of women in economic activities and decision making process. However, it facilitates women to access value markets, capacity building and intensified business development services (BDS). The process finely and deeply interweave steps from quality production training to mentoring for entrepreneurship, to marketing techniques, to conduct and participation in exhibitions to business development services such as access to finance from commercial banks, tool makers, input suppliers and designers etc. It does not end here. The women are encouraged to form community based saving groups and women trade association as an apex body to protect and assert their collective rights. In addition to this organization highlight gender issue through gender sensitization seminars and workshops raising occupational and environmental safety issues for environmental friendly working practices for women. Although the organization is scaling down it micro finance program, it provides microfinance services with special focus on women and disable persons for their economic empowerment and achieve gender balance. Human Rights
Human rights are commonly understood as “inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. Human rights are thus conceived as universal (applicable everywhere) and egalitarian (the same for everyone). We often ignore abuses against children and religious minorities. A major portion of the population consists of youths and children who are highly exposed to exploitation. Gender discrimination against women and harassment at workplaces is common in almost every sector. Violence against women is a most urgent item of concern. The social acceptance of many of these problems hinders their eradication. One prominent example is honor killings. Without literacy what hope do our women have of pulling themselves out of the abyss. Our organization has also recently included transgender in its human rights program for to reduce their marginalization.
Major Running Projects
Electoral Cycle Support Program
RCDO is implementing UNDP Election Project Electoral Cycle Support for the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The project is mandated to strengthen the Election Commission of Pakistan through increasing the capacity of the ECP to deliver its strategic plan, electoral laws, and procedures strengthening and improve the engagement of citizens, particularly women and youth in electoral process.
There is range of stakeholders in election process i.e. polling staff, security personnel, political parties, CSOs and voters etc. that can benefit from the correct information flow and their respective roles and responsibilities. The project among other activities focuses on training of polling officials though Master Trainers.
Civic & Voter Education Project
RCDO is implementing a project “Civic and Voters Education for upcoming general elections in Pakistan” in Mianwali in Collaboration with Association for Gender Awareness & Human Empowerment(AGAHE) with financial support of UNWOMEN/UNDP.
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)
Annual Status of Education is a household survey , a project of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. We(RCDO) are implementing partner of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi here in Mianwali since 2008. We conducted 3 times (In 2008 , 2010, 2011) ASER survey in Mianwali. In 2011 we also was a part of advocacy campaign and dissemination of results of ASER. In this manner RCDO has arranged ASER Baithaks in different villages where ASER was conducted.
We conducted ASER 2012 in 4 district (Bhakkar , Mianwali , Chakwal , Khushab).
Skill Development Program
RCDO has set up Vocational Center in Daudkhel with the collaboration of Strengthening Participatory Organization that provide learning opportunities for young girls and boys. This center is located in Daudkhel. Sewing, cutting and embroidery classes are held for young girls. Computer classes provide software and hardware training for both boys and girls. Internet facilities are also provided. In addition, English language classes are also held for youth. This center help in providing income generation activities.
Organization has 20 Sewing Machine , 4 Zigzag Machines , 7 Computers and a Knitting Machine in its Vocational Training Centre.