Environment Protection and Natural Resource Management
Natural capital can play an important role to boost the economic growth and to accelerate the pace of development. However, there is a growing concern of environmental degradation in the country which if not checked and rehabilitated can exacerbate poverty. Also, the learning on ground suggests that unless communities are appropriately involved at all levels (from planning to implementation) of execution of the activity, none of the initiatives get sustained. Our organization will strive for optimum natural resource management through participatory approaches and introduction of new techniques for promotion of agriculture, forestry, water resource management and livestock.
The population in Pakistan recently faced unprecedented energy crisis. The remote areas in particular are without modern means of energy. Also there is population pressure, commercial interest and the extreme level of poverty that forces people to engage in deforestation. There are new inventions in the world which can solve energy problems of the people and protect forests. Our organization will explore their availability, feasibility and viability for application in our region and adapt it for solving local energy problems.
Societies that emphasize education have historically prospered in comparison with those who relish the comfort of ignorance, confining themselves to a cocoon of benign inactivity which retards growth. Pakistan is one of the leading countries in the world with the highest number of children who do not go to school. More than six million Pakistani children are out of primary school and that is the highest of any country in the world. A large number of students who make it to schools, however, drop out by class five. According to National Education Policy (NEP), about 72 percent make it to grade five which means a dropout rate of 28 percent. Our organization already well experienced in education sector, will work for the promotion of quality education among disadvantaged communities through formal and non formal education.
Health plays the key role in determining the human capital. Better health improves the efficiency and the productivity of the labor force, ultimately contributes the economic growth and leads to human welfare. To attain better, more skilful, efficient and productive human capital resources, the organization will continue to work in Basic Health and nutrition.
Youth from the deprived sections of society well experienced in living in chronic poverty, frustration and socio economic injustices, are at high risk. Youth, particularly boys are becoming vulnerable to exploitation from extremist groups that selfishly exploit. Alternative ways of giving youth confidence to become responsible citizens of society will have to be explored. We believe that many of the young people desire for opportunities to positively channel their energies. We also believe societal change will come through youth. As a rational program strategy, there is a need to identify, educate and, develop a cadre of young people. This will be a relatively long-term strategy that will enhance and expand the academic and intellectual knowledge and un-polished skills of youth on one hand; and will start a process of their personality and character building, on the other. Hopefully, this will be a worth-investing human resource building approach which will, later on, be capitalized for the formation and development of the parents and community as a whole. We therefore will invest our energies and resources to mobilize and capacitate youth for their due role in the communities.
Skill development and Micro Enterprises Development
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 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.