By Hena Gul, HR Manager, SAWERA (Society for Appraisal & Women Empowerment in Rural Areas), July 2013
'Dear Friends; apology for such a long absence, But however finally we have completed the reconstruction process with your timely support and courage. We need a lot of support.
Special thanks to those individuals and institutions for giving us donations, and see your little donation create a very positive change.
Thanks once again to all for continues support; please keep it up.'
The SAWERA Team
Livelihood Project for Pakistan's Internally Displaced Tribal Women
SAWERA's Emergency Livelihood Assistance project for vulnerable conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Districts Nowshera and Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, continues, despite difficulties over the past year, including the bombing of the organization's facilities in March 2013, and the assassination of its co-founder, Farida Afridi, in July 2012.
Since July 2008, Pakistan’s North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) areas of Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have been experiencing an ongoing complex emergency characterised by significant population movements as a result of security operations against non-state armed groups as well as sectarian violence.
The situation in the NWFP remains fluid, with displacement and returns continuing to take place simultaneously.
Unfortunately, anticipated future military operations will continue to displace people within FATA to KPK.
Continued and immediate assistance is required to extend even the most basic services to IDPs, particularly to support those who are unregistered and are unable to receive certain types of assistance.
Fostering Social Cohesion
Women IDPs and [their] hosts, because of social restrictions (mobility, household decision-making, income access, etc) partially arising from conservative norms within families and communities, need targeted opportunities to articulate their needs and those of their families.
Through mobile women services (MWS) this project will support the creation of a socially acceptable space where women can discuss and inform with responsive health and livelihood interventions.
In a similar vein, lessening the burden IDPs place on host families and the resulting tensions that can arise requires an inclusive approach.
Engaging host families and IDPs in joint planning, implementation and monitoring of CBIs (cash-based interventions), and skills training activities, so as to ensure hosts also benefit from community services, will be integral to the project’s vulnerability assessment and response.
MWSs and CBI community planning committees will target both IDPs and host families to foster and maintain social cohesion.
Access to Humanitarian Assistance
The proposed project will address immediate household income and livelihood needs of the most vulnerable off-camp IDPs and host community residents in Nowshera and Peshawar districts through cash-based interventions.
Support to help increase access to humanitarian assistance, for vulnerable IDPs in host communities will be extended through coordination and advocacy with the relevant stakeholders and will include a significant emphasis on ensuring IDPs are registered and eligible to receive humanitarian assistance.
In order to do no harm and mitigate tensions and conflict arising from targeting only IDP beneficiaries, a benchmark of 70% IDPs and 30% host community members will be employed.
Because the situation remains unpredictable and security is potentially volatile in areas, the project must remain flexible to respond to urgent needs arising from IDP movements (mobile services) as well extending support to bolster and strengthen existing services and community capacities for the protracted IDP case load.
Beside all this SAWERA also took the initiative for education scholarship for school, college, and university students. Each year, seven students will be selected from FATA's seven agencies for the scholarship, and it will a great step to give awareness to the people regarding education.
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Interventions During Emergencies
From its inception, SAWERA has accomplished many interventions in the FATA and KP regions successfully.
In 2010, during a flood emergency, SAWERA implemented its water supply and sanitation project at district Charsada of KP, and continuously in 2011 and 2012, with the financial assistance of CARE International.
SAWERA successfully completed “Integrated Humanitarian Assistance for flood affected populations towards livelihood restoration, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene), DRR (disaster risk reduction), and meeting early recovery needs in District Charsadda Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.
Under this project, SAWERA involved women in livelihood, DRR, WASH and enterprise development activities, and also provided trainings on modern techniques of agriculture. As the partner of CARE, SAWERA committed to the SPHERE Standards in Emergency Relief and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership.
SAWERA's own internal Humanitarian Accountability Framework establishes project standards that are consistent with international standards and guides all project design and implementation.
SAWERA is really thankful to the W4 family on behalf of the SAWERA team for taking such a great step for Pakistani daughters and sisters.