By Hina Gul, SAWERA Human Resources Manager, September 2013
Emergency Assistance for Vulnerable Conflict-affected Internally Displaced Persons
SAWERA has started a new project with CARE International for internally dispaced persons (IDPs) of tribal areas in Federally Adminstered Tribal Areas (FATA).
SAWERA is implementing activities in two districts, District Nowshehra and District Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, under the entitled project:
“Emergency Livelihoods Assistance for Vulnerable Conflict-affected Internally Displaced Persons Living in Districts Nowshera and Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan”.
The proposed project is addressing 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 caseload.
SAWERA staff conducted a meeting with CARE International and one of the implementing partners, IDEA, regarding the livelihood and health project.
SAWERA Gives Cash Grant to Haleema for Grocery Store
"Self-trust is the first secret of success"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Haleema Bibi is a resident of Union Council Agra village Agra Bala Charsadda. She is unmarried and has dependent elderly parents, both of whom are probably over 70 years old.
Her father was a domestic worker with local landlords, but now due to old age and being underemployed, he has not been able to fully meet the day-to-day expenses of his family.
The landlord has given him a small mud-house free of rent to live there, although he will have no source of income; thus, Haleema Bibi planned to start her own business.
Initially, she started stitching clothes to earn some money for day-to-day expenses. When SAWERA's field team intervened in this village, they selected Haleema Bibi as the executive member of SAWERA Community-based Organization (CBO) because she is a very honest and hardworking woman.
As SAWERA is working for women's empowerment, and Haleema is an active member of SAWERA CBO and the only earner of her family – having skills and interest as well, she was selected for a cash grant.
Haleema, in consultation with her father and SAWERA, plans to open a small grocery shop at her home to generate more income for her family.
Haleema is managing the operations and financial business of her shop very efficiently.
Since she has started her shop at the ground floor of her residence, she is very easily managing its operations. She is hardworking and honest in dealing community. To further increase her shop’s sale and to increase her goodwill she provides grocery related items to her community even in off working hours.
After receiving a cash grant from SAWERA and the successful launch of her grocery store, Haleema now plans to diversify the on-shelf variety of items. She has good experience of dealing in grocery items. Her revenue per month has increased to Rs 6000.
As there is a public school near to her house, now she is planning to bring stationery items, mobile cards, easy load facility, etc. She believes that a stationery business will give a reasonable boost to her business.
A gradual increase in income and success of her grocery shop has had a positive impact on the family life of Haleema. She successfully meets the daily expenses of her family.
She is also saving a sufficient amount for her marriage.
Heema recalls the days when women were entirely dependent on male members of the family for fetching the daily use items; they had to wait for days for when their male family members would go to the urban centre, then they would fetch the things for them. Many times, when the male members had brought the required goods, it was not liked by the women and this had caused squabbles in the family.
But now all these women can come easily to her shop and purchase the thing of their choice.
Health & Hygiene with CARE International
One of SAWERA staff members attended a three-day training on “Health & Hygiene” in Islamabad arranged by CARE International.
During training, instructions were given to participants to help people understand what germs parasites are, how they are transmitted, and how to use this knowledge to prevent water- borne illnesses. In addition, proper health and hygiene practices on how to effectively treat water in the field and how to pass this knowledge to others was discussed.
This training gave a powerful way to help people in developing communities improve their health and well being.
Food Security Progress
The Food Security Cluster meeting of partners was held in the beginning of July. The meeting brought together more than 40 participants and observers representing approximately different partner agencies.
The meeting was facilitated by a variety of partners who led specific sessions based on their technical knowledge and area of expertise.
The overall purpose of the meeting was to review the work of the local organizations throughout 2013 and to identify the strategic direction for 2013-2015.
The specific objectives of the meeting were to:
- Assess progress and provide direction for the Food Security Cluster's four Working Groups.
- Improve understanding and consensus on the role of agencies, and country food security clusters.
- Increase engagement with partners for mainstreaming good practices on cross-cutting issues and accountability to affected populations.
- Promote coordination among partners and other implementing agencies as well.
- Agree on a methodology for addressing resilience within the food security cluster.
- Understand the purpose, suggested process. and next steps involved for the Food Security Cluster Evaluation.