Completed Projects

Project Title: Support to Sehat Sahulat Program on Awareness Campaigns for Insaf Health Cards in Mardan District
Location: Mardan
Duration: 3 Months
Funded by: USAID-KPG-DAI

Project summary:

The Government of KP has started Sehat Sahulat Program” (SSP) with the aim to improve the health status of targeted population of KP through increasing their access to quality health services and to reduce poverty by reducing their out of pocket payments for health related expenditures. Through this scheme, the government plans to provide health cards for hospitalization coverage to 51% of the 1.8 m households through a Public Private Partnership between the governments, insurance company and private sector hospitals of KP. The SSP has requested KPG for support to create awareness among beneficiaries of the cards for their optimum utilization.

The ultimate aim of this grant is to raise awareness among the people of Mardan for better utilization of health cards that will enhance citizens’ satisfaction over provision of health services delivery by the KP Government. This in turn will not only improve their perceptions about governance and create a positive image of the government’s responsiveness to their basic needs but will also lead to poverty reduction.

The project objectives can be summarized as follows;

  1. Better utilization of the public health facility of Sehat Insaf Card and reducing public out of pocket medical expenses;
  2. Contributing to improvement in health status of the target population and reducing poverty.

Following Activities are to be carried out under the proposed activity:

  • Coordination meetings with SSP and District Health Offices;
  • Mobilization meetings with community organizations, LG elected representatives, BHUs etc;
  • One day Awareness raising sessions will be held in 75 Union Councils (Administrative unit consisting of 5-8 villages) of Mardan District. These meetings will be held in the local hujras (communal places) or local basic health units. All those beneficiaries who have been issued “Sehat Sahulat Cards” will be invited to these meetings. At least 30% of these meetings will be held with women.  IEC reference materials will be delivered in these meetings.
  • Coordination with Health Department and SSP for participation in TV program
  • Telecast three (03) TV talk shows of 60 minutes duration on a Pashto TV channel and its repeat transmission for 2 times (3×3=9 programs)
  • Develop a three minutes long radio public message

Three minutes (03) long radio message telecast for 25 times in Pashto language.

Project Title: WASH- Sanitation program at scale in Pakistan(SPSP- Urban polio + Project) in specific urban settlement in district Peshawar-KP
Location:        UC Shaheen Muslim town-1, Shaheen Muslim town-2 and UC  LARAMA
Duration:       7th Sept 2015 to 6th Aug 2016(11 months)
Funded by:    UNICEF
Coordination: UNICEF-Education, Health department, WSSP, Local representatives, District management
Deliverables:
Hygiene Education, Rehabilitation of WASH Facilities.

An Agreement was signed between UNICEF & AHO on 07 September 2015. According to the Agreement AHO has to carry out the following activities in 03 Union Councils (Shaheen Muslim Town I & II and Larama) in Urban areas of District Peshawar: Construction/Installation of demonstration latrines at public places Repair/ Rehabilitation of existing latrines facilities and installation of hand washing places in schools Installation/ Rehabilitation of latrines facilities in health centers/ hospitals (2 separate units of latrines for men & women with disability factor considered) preferably near children wards Installation of hand washing stations in the hospitals near public latrines & public eating places Repair/ Rehabilitation/ retrofitting/ quick fix of existing WSS in community Repair/ Rehabilitation/ retrofitting/ quick fix of existing WSS in schools Social organizers & other project staff of AHO & HF trained & SABAWON on facilitation of PATS in urban communities & schools Training of school teachers on facilitation of SLTS in schools Training of LHWs/LHVs on facilitation of PATs in communities & schools Formation/ Capacity development of 35 WSC (25 M & 10 F – 2 members from each ward) on demand creation for sanitation, organizational management, advocacy tools & linkage development with social welfare department Government officials & political leaders (newly elected district councilors & neighborhood councilors) oriented/ trained on PATS to enhance ownership, ensure sustainability & promote the approach Coordination meetings with the sector partners & Strengthening of Water & Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) on water quality testing & use of deliqua kits (with the support of PCRWR/WHO) Formation & strengthening of District Sanitation Committee (DSC) Baseline & End-line established for knowledge management & accountability Launch 50 BCC campaigns in target communities and schools to create demand for sanitation, personal health & hygiene and nutrition Celebrate special events e.g Cleanliness drive, best UC & Mohallah events, GHWD,/ WWD, WTD, street theaters & puppet shows Mass Awareness through electronic media – talk shows, documentary One month comprehensive hand washing campaign in Peshawar city involving government, media, hospitals, citizens, students & ambassador Formation & strengthening of WASH clubs in schools.

Project Project Title: Provision of essential Shelter, WASH and FSL Assistance to Earthquake affected Communities in KP and FATA.

Location: Lower Dir and Swat in KP; Bajaur Agency in FATA
Duration: (01/12/2015) to (31/3/2016)

Background:
A powerful earthquake struck on 26th October 2015 which has affected large area of Pakistan. According to the Meteorological department of Pakistan the earthquake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Badakhshan province in Afghanistan. Severe Tremors jolted the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Punjab, and Balochistan as well as in the capital Islamabad.
Initial reports from NDMA indicated 272 deaths and 2,156 people being injured in Pakistan with 225 of those fatalities occurring in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province. An additional 1,797 were reportedly injured. 23,296 houses were partially or completely damaged. There were also reports of loss to property and livestock especially in the KP and FATA.
KP being closest to the epicenter of the earthquake is the worst hit. Six districts that include Shangla, Swat, Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Torghar have reported massive losses and damage to infrastructure. 50 deaths are reported in Shangla, followed by 35, 32, 26, 20, and 18 in Swat, Chitral, Lower Dir, Upper Dir and Torghar respectively. With nearly 24,000 houses damaged and heavy loss to infrastructure and livestock vulnerability has increased drastically for children, women, older people and persons with disabilities.
According to reports heavy losses were occurred in lower and upper Dir areas as well as Swat Districts. With little assistance available, people are left in the open to spend the nights in cold weather with temperatures hitting as low as zero Degrees Centigrade in most of the areas at night.

Project Rationale
Due to the current prevailing situation the Earth Quake Affected People of Lower Dir, Swat Bajaur Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are either living under the blue or in damaged houses which is a severe threat to the lives of the affected people including women, children and disable population of the areas.
AHO intends to provide them with the following facilities to save them from further sufferings:
1: Distribution of Shelter Repair Kits

2: Cash Grants for Shelter Assistance

3: Repair of water points and water treatment

4: Hygiene Promotion and Distribution of Hygiene Kits and IEC material

5: Distribution of Winterization Kits

6: Material support for repair of household latrines

7: Cash for Work (CFW) Programmed for debris clearance

Beneficiaries
For this emergency intervention, 2,500 families will be targeted by AHO. FOCUS will coordinate with relevant stakeholders and organizations operating in the area in order to select beneficiaries not receiving similar assistance already. AHO will ensure that the needs of families with completely destroyed houses as well as the needs of the most vulnerable households are met, and that there is no overlap with other humanitarian actors in the area. To ensure community participation, the proposed intervention is based on initiation meetings with the community of each identified village. By working with the local community and local leaders AHO will identify potential beneficiaries, based on the criteria outlined below. Female-headed households will be targeted in priority.
The proposed intervention is also designed to address the specific needs of different groups from the target communities. Women and children will be treated with particular attention. Further, the implementation team will be gender-balanced. Additionally, representatives of female community groups will participate in the decision making processes, such as the beneficiary selection, project inputs and activities.
The intervention is especially designed to target vulnerable groups. Therefore, the project will target villages with vulnerable groups and vulnerable individuals according to their needs, using the following criteria: • Presence of other emergency/humanitarian actors providing similar support, with only such areas being selected where no other actor is covering the Shelter/NFI/WASH needs;• Not receiving similar assistance from any other source; • Families with a significant proportion of children under five years of age, elderly, pregnant and/or lactating mothers and malnourished children;• With high level of vulnerability to future food insecurity (primarily due to lack of livelihoods opportunities) including those with a large family size and having unemployed family members; • Those with extremely vulnerable persons including persons with disabilities or chronic illness;• Female and child headed households.

Objectives
• To provide Shelter and NFIs facilities to the Earthquake affected people• To provide Cash For Work to the affected people for economic support

Implementation Methodology
Under the umbrella of ACTED, the proposed project will be implemented by AHO through its Regional Office in ???. A dedicated project team will assist AHO staff in the identification of households as well as distribution of items.
AHO will adopt the following strategy for implementation of the proposed project:
Preliminary Activities Activity 0.1: Staff HiringAHO will hire 31 staff members for the project. The staff will contain 01 Project Coordinator, 1 team leader, 03 Sub-Engineers, 01 M&E Officer, 12 Hygiene Promoters, 02 Data Entry Operators, 01 Admin & Finance Officer, 03 Logistic Assistants, 06 Security Guards and 01 office Boy/Cook. All recruited for 04 months.
Activity 0.2: Staff Induction and OrientationThe newly appointed staff will be given one day project orientation and induction to enable them to understand the crux of the project activities.
Activity 0.3: Hiring of VehiclesAHO will hire 04 vehicles for Field activities to enable the field staff to carry out the field activities without hurdles.
Activity 0.4: Transportation of MaterialThe AHO Logistic staff will transport the material from ACTED Warehouse Chakdara to the targeted districts/agency for further distribution among the affected people.
Activity 0.5: Initial Community Mobilization: Acceptance of the project by all community stakeholders is critical for the success and feasibility of the action. Cooperation and understanding of the project by target communities will be promoted through in-depth meetings explaining the action, with a specific emphasis on the beneficiary selection process. In addition, community members will be closely involved in an initial participatory rural assessment.
Activity 0.6: Creation and capacity development of COs/CBOs:Community organizations (COs) will be created, when not existing, for each target village. Where existing, they will be assessed in terms of their suitability and capacity to partake in the project. They will be provided with capacity building and management training, enabling them to become an active partner in the planning, implementation and sustainability of the Project. The purpose of COs will be to: a) support beneficiary selection, b) take part in participatory rural appraisals,c) identify community priorities and resources, d) promote pro-active community participation in the Action, e) link with local authorities to enhance sustainability and ownership of the Action.
Activity 0.7: Beneficiary SelectionDirect beneficiaries of the project will be selected against the aforementioned vulnerability criteria with AHO targeting earthquake-affected households who lost their shelter and livelihood assets. These standard criteria will be explained to the communities. Final beneficiary lists will be made in consultation and coordination with the COs, in a highly transparent manner, in order to minimise the potential for bias and triangulate suggestions for potential families. AHO’s database teams will then verify the identified beneficiaries to ensure the non-duplication of selected beneficiaries and to filter out any bias.

Core ActivitiesActivity 1: Emergency Shelter AssistanceActivity 1.1: Distribution of Shelter Repair KitsTo distribute shelter repair kits along with shelter construction session to 2,000 earthquake affected households (500 in Swat, 1,000 in Lower Dir and 500 in Bajaur) to enable them construct/rehabilitate their shelters. These same households will also receive IEC Material.
Activity 1.2: Shelter Support Grants 2,000 Shelter kit beneficiaries (500 in Swat, 1,000 in Lower and 500 in Bajaur) will be provided shelter assistance grants to enable them meet other necessary costs to build their shelter such as transportation, miscellaneous items etc.
Activity 1.3: Winterization kitsTo cope with the severe winter in the disaster affected area, AHO will also distribute 2,500 winterization kits (750 in Swat, 1,250 in Lower Dir and 500 in Bajaur Agency) among the affected households.

Activity 2: Emergency WASH Assistance

Activity 2.1: Repair of water points and water treatmentThe project will repair 10 communal water points (5 in Lower Dir and 5 in Swat) which are partially destroyed by the earthquake and land sliding and which need small level repairs in the target districts in consultation with local community and respective TMA and PHED.
Activity 2.2: Hygiene Promotion, Distribution of Hygiene Kits and IEC materialTo address hygiene needs of disaster affected communities, AHO will conduct hygiene promotion sessions with the target communities. AHO will also provide with 2000 standard hygiene kits and 2000 hygiene IEC material (1,000 in Swat and 1,000 in Lower Dir).
Activity 2.3: Material support for repair of household latrines300 affected households will be provided material for construction of latrines the latrines of whom are damaged or destroyed in earthquake (100 in Swat and 200 in Lower Dir).
Activity 2.4: Water FilterTo ensure provision of Clean Drinking Water to the affected people AHO will distribute 200 Water filters (100 in Swat and 100 in Lower Dir)

Activity 3: Emergency FSL Assistance
Activity 3.2: Cash for Work (CFW) Programme for debris clearanceTo arrange cash for work programmes for 500 families (250 in Swat and 250 in Lower Dir) for debris clearance, de-silting of Irrigation Channels, repair of Walking Tracks and other. Priority will be given to disaster affected community, food insecure households and others among lower poverty bands to work as unskilled labor in these CFW schemes.
Activity 3.3: CFW Tool Kits and MaterialAHO will provide 50 Tool Kits and Material among the affected people (25 in Swat and 25 in Lower Dir) to enable the affected community to rehabilitate their damaged shelters.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation
At the beginning of the project, a household assessment survey will be designed and data will collected to allow beneficiary selection based on set criteria (vulnerabilities such as number of members in the households, pregnant and lactating women, state of destruction of shelter, etc). This assessment will also serve to assess household shelter state, needs, and NFI as well as WASH needs to feed into projects activities. Additionally, after the beneficiary selection, AHO will conduct a verification of the beneficiaries identified by the COs in order to assess their selection against the above outlined set criteria.
Throughout the project implementation, AHO will conduct monitoring to ensure that the project’ implementation is in line with the initial plan and the quality standards agreed with ACTED and DFID. This will include site checks, documentation review and beneficiary interviews. AHO will also facilitate supervision and monitoring visits by the ACTED staff. In addition, a complaint response mechanism will be in place.
AHO will report on progress to ACTED on a monthly basis and prepare narrative progress and financial reports on formats to be agreed with ACTED, which will further the progress report to the donor. An end of project evaluation report will be prepared once the project activities are completed. This will capture whether the beneficiaries report having equal access to the assistance, the level of satisfaction with the intervention and the degree of engagement in the project.

 

Other Project Information
Coordination with other Actors: AHO will closely coordinate the project activities with other actors in the area through bilateral meetings as well as participation in the Shelter, WASH and FSL cluster. Coordination with relevant clusters will take place through regular participation in other provincial and national cluster meetings and technical working groups. In addition, FOCUS will engage in bilateral meetings with district/agency administration and relevant line departments to discuss the implementation in detail.
Gender Strategy: The proposed intervention has been designed considering the different needs of men, women, girls and boys. Where cultural norms demand, AHO will ensure that female staff members are present at distribution points to help female-headed households. A roster of experienced female Community Mobilisers will be engaged in this project, to ensure the full inclusion of female beneficiaries. The project results will directly reflect specific gendered needs.

Project Title:       Immediate Assistance to Earth Quake Affected People of Bajaur Agency FATA

Location: BAJAUR KHAR

Duration: 1st November 2015 to 30th November 2015

Funded by: UNICEF

Background:

The Earthquake of 26th October 2015 struck the entire Country Pakistan including FATA with a magnitude 8.1 rector scale. The relief efforts are underway throughout the areas affected by the Earthquake with the Government leading the response. Emergency measures are in effect in all areas of KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Information regarding damages continues to be compiled as reports from more remote areas are received. According to NDMA sources Bajaur and Mohmand Agencies are among the worst affected areas of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).In this connection AHO deputed a team of four staff members on 27th October 2015 to carry out a rapid situation analysis of the two agencies. The team visited 07 Tehsils (04 Mohmand Agency and 03 Bajaur Agency).AHO prefers to provide immediate assistance to the affected villages in the following Tehsil of the Bajaur Agency:ACTIVATION OF CONTINGENCY PCA – IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED PEOPLE OF BAJAUR AGENCY FATAThe AHO Field Staff proceeded to Tehsil Khar of Bajaur Agency FATA on 3rd November 2015 and held meetings with Political Agent, Political Tehsildar and Hayat Foundation to discuss the earthquake emergency based project activities. AHO arranged Project Office and Warehouse in Tehsil Khar and started carrying out detailed assessment of the earthquake affected people in the targeted villages in Khar Tehsil.In the meantime AHO received Six hundred Ninety Three (693) Hygiene Kits, Nine Hundred Eighty Six (986) Jerry Cans, One Hundred (100) Fiber Glass Latrine Slabs and Eight (8) Roles of Tarpaulin Sheets through Hayat Foundation.  On the basis of detailed assessment AHO distributed Hygiene Kits and Jerry cans among the Earthquake Affected People in the targeted villages. The AHO staff attended meetings with political administration in different situation to have close co-ordination and progress sharing etc. Meetings were held with Political Administration (Tehsildar) on 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th November, 2015.One (100) Latrine Slabs and Eight (8) Roles of Tarpaulin Sheets are were installed and 293 Jerry Cans were also distributed..

Project Title:   “Livelihood Support & Small Community Infrastructure projects (LACIP Phase 2)”

Location: UCs Parova, Tehsil Parova, District D.I.KhanDuration: 01 May 2014 to 31 March 2015

Funded by: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF)/KfW

Beneficiaries: 3673 HHs (25730 Individuals)

Coordination: AHO and PPAF

Budget:

PKR 108.0 Million Deliverables: Human Institutional Development (HID), Small Community Physical Infra-Structure (CPI), Livelihood Support and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
In recognition of the excellent outputs and the entire satisfaction of PPAF as regards the results of the existing LACIP project awarded to AHO in 2012 in UC Mahra of Tehsil Parova D.I.Khan District, another LACIP project was awarded in UCs Parova, from 1st May 2014 to 31st July 2015.  So for 40 Male and 21 Female COs have been formed in 10 villages of UC Parova; Poverty Score Card has been carried out for 2000 HHs in UC Mahra while 1700HHs in UC Parova. 46 Skill Trainings have been imparted to male while 35 vocational trainings have imparted to female in the target UC of D.I.Khan District. 26 Village Disaster Management Committees have been constituted of which 09 have been trained on CBDRM. In CPI component of the program 10 Small Community Infrastructure schemes have been initiated.

Project Title:   “Livelihood Support & Small Community Infrastructure projects (LACIP Phase 1)”

Location: UC Mahra, Tehsil Parova, District D.I.Khan

Duration: November 2012 to May 2015

Funded by: PPAFBeneficiaries: 3544 HHs (24847 Individuals)

Coordination: AHO and PPAF

Budget: PKR 33.3 Million

Deliverables:

Institutional Development of 62 COs (40 Male Cos + 22 Female COs), 05 VOs and completion of 25 Small Community Physical Infra-Structure Schemes
In Nov 2011, AHO conducted a Need Assessment Survey in 04 UCs of Dera Ismail Khan i.e. Mahra, Parova, Miran and Naivella. On the basis of Survey Findings AHO submitted a proposal to PPAF for UC Mahra to carry out activities in the fields of Institutional Development and Community Infra-structure Schemes. The proposal was approved by PPAF and AHO was taken on board in the on-going (KfW funded) program for Khyber Pakhtunkhawa. During the course of time 62 COs, (40 Male COs + 22 Female Cos) and 05 VOs were constituted. The COs and VOs were properly trained on documentation and identification and execution of small infra-structure projects.  After completion of documentations and opening of separate bank accounts for each CO, the identification of small community infrastructure schemes like street pavements, drinking water scheme, water channels etc was initiated. A total of 24 schemes have been completed through COs and VOs. The community infra-structure projects are so designed that they will play a vital role in Livelihood Enhancement which will directly and indirectly contribute in poverty alleviation among the target communities. An impact study will be carried out at the end of the project which will determine the out-come of the project and its benefits towards the target community. The survey report will be published and shared with the stakeholders.

Project Title:   “WASH Interventions in areas of return FATA”

Location: Lower Kuram, Lower Orakzai, Tirah Maidan Malik Din Khel Tribe khyber Agency FATA

Duration: 05 November 2014 to 04 February 2015 (Three Months)

Funded by: UNICEF

Beneficiaries: 28700 HHs (200900 Individuals)

Coordination: AHO, UNICEF, Political Administration, Law Enforcement Agencies

Budget: PKR 25.14 Million

Deliverables:

Conduction of Hygiene Sessions, Provision of Hygiene Kits, Provision of WASH facilities in Schools, Provision of WASH facilities in Health Centers, provision of drinking water to returned community.
During Military operation against the insurgents the inhabitants of the three agencies (Kuram Agency, Orakzai Agency and Tirah Maidan of Khyber Agency) took shelter in Govt. established camps in Nowshera and Sadda; and most of the TDPs preferred to live with host communities in Peshawar, Kohat, and Hangu. During the operation the infra-structure like schools, BHUs, roads and community buildings received severe damages. Mostly the damages were seen in the infra-structure of WASH facilities in schools and hospitals as these were the primary targets of the insurgents. The operation restored the government writ and the areas were declared de-notified for the TDPs return.
There was a need to rehabilitate and restore the damaged facilities in the areas of return. Keeping in view the immediate need of the returned communities AHO carried out a rapid need assessment of the WASH facilities in schools and health centers. On the basis of the need assessment AHO submitted a proposal to UNICEF for provision/rehabilitation of WASH facilities.
The proposal was approved and an agreement was signed with UNICEF on 05 November 2014. The project activities were started from the 06 November; the staff hiring, vehicle hiring, staff induction and deputation to field were completed till 08 November 2014. After the completion of ground work for the project the implementation of the project activities was started. The AHO Engineers completed the technical assessment of the target schemes i.e 16 in Kurram, 30 in Orakzai Agency and 17 schemes were identified and assessed in Khyber Agency. The WASH intervention schemes included 05 in Health Facilities, 25 in Education and 33 in Community. These included rehabilitation of Latrines, installation of water tanks, provision of drinking water from gravity schemes and installation of Hand Pumps. In addition, 3000 Hygiene Kits, 3000 Jerry Cans and 3000 Buckets were distributed among the returned communities 1000 each in the three target agencies.

Project Title:   “Distribution of NFIs and Feed and Fodder to NWA TDPs in Bannu”

Location: District BannuDuration: 11 August 2014 to 25 November 2014

Funded by: Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Beneficiaries: 20633 Families + 4826 Families

Coordination: AHO, NRC, District Administration Bannu, LEA and PDMA

Budget: PKR 12.35 Million (In-kind)

Deliverables:

Provision of NFIs Kits to 20633 TDPs Families and Feed & Fodder to4826 TDPs Families in District Bannu.
The Military Operation in North Waziristan Agency compelled millions of people of the area to migrate to Districts Bannu, .D.I.Khan and Laki Marwat and take temporary refuge. Very few families opted to shift to Govt. established TDP camp as it was against their culture to live in camps. More than 97% of the TDPs lived with host families and some were living in rental houses.
The AHO staff carried out a rapid need assessment in District Bannu to find out the immediate needs of the TDP families as well as the livestock they carried with them. On the basis of the Need Assessment AHO submitted a proposal to Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) for provision of NFIs and Feed & Fodder. Being the Emergency response the NRC approved the AHO Proposal immediately and signed agreement on 11th August 2014. The agreement was for three and half months. The NFIs and Feed & Fodder Kits were to be procured by NRC and transported to AHO warehouse in Bannu.
AHO hired 23 staff for the project and also hired office and warehouse in Tehsil Domel from where the activities were to be carried out. The AHO staff established its distribution point near to the distribution hub of WFP in order to make it easy for the TDPs to receive both the FIs from WFP and NFIs and Feed & Fodder from AHO. AHO distributed 20633 NFIs Kits and 4826 Feed & Fodder Kits among the TDPs. The project was completed on 25th November 2014.

Project Title:   “Immediate Assistance to NWA IDPs in Host Communities”

Location: UCs Kaki, and Sikandar Khel Bala, Tehsil and District Bannu

Duration: 14 July 2014 to 13 September 2014

Funded by: Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund/OFDA

Beneficiaries: 764 Families (8022 Individuals)

Coordination: AHO, Concern WW and PDMA

Budget: PKR 14.28 Million

Deliverables:

Provision of NFIs Kits, Kitchen Sets, Hygiene Kits and Drinking Water Supply through Tankers to 764 IDPs Families with Host Communities in District Bannu.

As a result of the Military Operation in North Waziristan Agency millions of people of the area were affected and compelled to migrate to Districts Bannu, .D.I.Khan and Laki Marwat. A few families opted to live in Govt. established IDP camp while most of the IDPs are living with host families.
The AHO Program staff visited two UCs i.e. UC Kaki and UC Sikandar Khel Bala of Tehsil and District Bannu; A rapid need assessment was carried out in these two UCs and on the basis of the Need Assessment submitted a proposal to Concern WW for provision of NFIs, Kitchen Sets, Hygiene Kits and Drinking Water through Tankers. The proposal was approved and an agreement was signed on 14th July 2014.
On signing of the agreement the initial activities like staff hiring, staff induction and the process of procurement of NFIs, Kitchen Sets and Hygiene Kits were commenced. AHO hired 20 staff for the project and 764 kits of NFIs including Kitchen sets, Bedding Sets and Hygiene Kits were procured and supplied to AHO warehouse in Bannu. In addition, 3 Tankers were hired to provide clean drinking water to the target community at the rate of 64000 liters per day for 35 days. The AHO staff established its hub in Bannu Township from where the TDPs were provided with the kits. Besides Rs.525 per family were to be paid to the TDPs as transportation charges for carrying the Kits.
The project activities were continued for two months. The project was completed on 13th September 2014.

Project Title:“Winterization Program for Tirah Returnees”

Location: Malik Din Khel, Tirah Bagh Maidan Khyber Agency

Duration: November 20, 2013 to January 25, 2014

Funded by: Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund/OFDA

Beneficiaries: 2911 HHs (20377 Individuals)

Budget:           : PKR 29.035 Million

Deliverables:

Distribution of Winterization Kits among Tirah ReturneesThe Military Operation against the insurgents in Tirah was started on 19 May and ended on 10 June 2013 during which the entire Tirah Maidan area was cleared. The area was de-notified as safe for IDP return in mid September 2013.As a result of the Operation 17140 families were displaced and settled in different camps Jalozai, Jerma and New Durrani Camps and host families at Peshawar Kohat and Hangu. In the initial stage 3947 families returned to their area out of which 2911 families belonged to Malik Din Khel Tribe. Keeping in view the upcoming winter season AHO decided to distribute Winterization Kits among the returned families. The matter was discussed with the Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund. Due to budget constraints the Concern Worldwide RF informed that they could only provide funds for 2000 kits.A proposal was submitted to Concern Worldwide for distribution of Winterization Kits among 2911 return families of Malik Din Khel Tribe; the Concern Worldwide RF was agreed to provide funds for 2000 WKs. An agreement was signed with Concern Worldwide RF to procure and distribute 2000 Kits to be distributed among the 2911 families. The Kits were procured following the standard procurement policy and distributed among the returnees of Malik Din Khel Tribe in Tirah Maidan Khyber Agency.The project was completed on 25th January 2014.

Project Title:           “Rehabilitation of Drinking Water Supply Schemes for Orakzai Returnees”

Duration:              18 April to 31 July 2012

Location:                Lower Orakzai Agency FATA

Funded by:           Concern World Wide RAPID Fund

Beneficiaries:      17 Villages of Ferozkhel and Uthmankhel Tribes of Lower Orakzai Agency

Coordination:      AHO, Concern RF, Political Administration, FDMA & Community

Budget:                  PKR 11.176 million

Deliverables:

Rehabilitation of (153) Damaged Wells and Installation of Hand Pump.
To maintain the Government writ in Orakzai Agency military operation against the insurgent in lower Orakzai Agency FATA was carried which rendered around 30000 families to leave the area and take shelter in IDP camps in Kohat and Hango. To save their lives and the lives of their women and children the families left each and everything within their homes and fled for safe havens. After clearing the area from the insurgents the IDPs returned to their homes but they found that their houses, household belongings and livestock were totally destroyed. The immediate need of the returnees was food and drinking water.The food items were provided by WFP but the problem of drinking water was yet to be solved, keeping in view the dire needs of the returnees & the tribes of lower Orakzai Agency. As a result of the finding of this need assessment it was found that at least 153 damaged wells were
to be rehabilitated and hand pumps installed to solve the problem of drinking water in the area.On the basis of need assessment and its findings AHO submitted a proposal to Concern Worldwide RAPID fund for provision of funds to rehabilitate the damaged wells and installation of hand pumps. The proposal was approved and an agreement was signed with Concern Worldwide RF for Rehabilitation of 153 damaged Wells and installation of Hand Pumps in 17 villages of Tehsil Kalaya Lower Orakzai Agency FATA. A total of 1488 households (10416 individuals) will be benefitted from this project. Activities:The project activities included the staff recruitment, staff induction, baseline survey, technical assessment, social mobilization, formation of O&M Committees, tender for procurement of hand pump material, tool kits for hand pumps, construction material and tender awarding processes. Along with the procurement process, the rehabilitation of damaged wells and finally the installation of hand pumps were completed. The activities were carried out in the 17 villages of Ferozkhel and Uthman Khel tribes of Lower Orakzai Agency. The project covered a total of 1488 households with total population of 10416 individual. The project was completed on 31st July, 2012. The project was funded by Concern Worldwide, RAPID Fund through OFDA/USAID funding.

Project Title:        “Formal Education and Technical Skills for Juveniles in Jails”

Location:District Jail Karak

Funded by: Asia Humanitarian Organization (AHO)

Beneficiaries: Juvenile (as students and teachers)

Coordination: AHO and Jail Authorities

Duration: 15 January 2012 to 31st March 2013

 Deliverables:

Computers with equipments, Furniture, Books, Note Books and other Stationary items for students, Qualified teachers allocated (among the convicts) from inside the jail for different classes According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), education is the backbone of development for any nation of the world. In the same context, Asia Humanitarian Organization, realizing the importance of education in general and for those who are inside the jails, launched a jail education program for juvenile delinquents inside the jail on 15th January 2012. AHO Team visited the district and central jails of Karak and Bannu and after thorough need assessment, it was identified that Juvenile delinquents require formal education as well as technical skills program. Trained teachers were also identified among the convicts inside the jails. The juveniles like the normal citizens require quality education and technical skills in order to make them positive and constructive citizens after release from the jails.

the course of one year and three months 18 Juvenile students in the Karak Jail in different classes were provided books, note books, stationery and computers. In addition, two teachers were identified from among the convicts to impart education to the students. Besides, computer teacher was also identified to provide computer skills to the matriculate juvenile.The main objective of the program was to provide formal education and technical skills to the juvenile to bring them at par the normal citizens of the country.

Project Title: “Rehabilitation of Drinking Water Supplies for Orakzai Returnees”

Duration: 30th April to 29th July 2013

Location: Central Orakzai Agency FATA

Funded By: Concern World Wide RAPID Fund

Beneficiaries: 22 Villages of Mishti Tribe, Central Orakzai Agency

Coordination: AHO, Concern RF, Political Administration, FDMA & CommunityBudget: (13.706) Million PKR

Deliverables:

Rehabilitation of (195) Wells and Installation of Hand Pump
As a result of the Military operation against the militants in Central Orakzai Agency FATA; thousands of families were rendered homeless and took shelter in nearby areas of Hangu, Kohat and Peshawar. The situation compelled the people to leave everything at their homes and escape to nearby safe areas. After successful operation the area was cleared and resultantly the law enforcement agencies cleared the way for IDPs to finally return to their homes after almost more than one year.As soon as the IDPs returned to their homes they found that their houses, crops, livestock and household utensils were totally ruined. At that time, the returnees were in acute need of shelter, drinking water, food, health facilities etc.
World Food Program (WFP) provided food item and UNHCR provided Shelter material to the affected people. NFIs were provided by SRSP but still drinking water remained a question mark, because the wells were completely damaged during operation; however, a few wells were rehabilitated by the returned community on self-help basis.
AHO team carried out a rapid need assessment in 22 villages of Mishti tribe of Central Orakzai Agency and it was found that at least 195 wells were to be rehabilitated and hand pumps installed on the same to cope with the shortage of water for drinking, cooking, washing and various other purposes.AHO submitted a proposal to Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund; which was accepted and a contract was signed between Concern Worldwide RF and AHO for Rehabilitation of 195 Wells and installation of Hand Pumps.The Project was completed on 29th July 2013.

Project Title:           “Rehabilitation of Drinking Water Supply Schemes for Orakzai Returnees”

Duration:              18 April to 31 July 2012

Location:                Lower Orakzai Agency FATA

Funded by:           Concern World Wide RAPID Fund

Beneficiaries:      17 Villages of Ferozkhel and Uthmankhel Tribes of Lower Orakzai Agency

Coordination:      AHO, Concern RF, Political Administration, FDMA & Community

Budget:                  PKR 11.176 million

Deliverables:

Rehabilitation of (153) Damaged Wells and Installation of Hand Pump.
To maintain the Government writ in Orakzai Agency military operation against the insurgent in lower Orakzai Agency FATA was carried which rendered around 30000 families to leave the area and take shelter in IDP camps in Kohat and Hango. To save their lives and the lives of their women and children the families left each and everything within their homes and fled for safe havens. After clearing the area from the insurgents the IDPs returned to their homes but they found that their houses, household belongings and livestock were totally destroyed. The immediate need of the returnees was food and drinking water.The food items were provided by WFP but the problem of drinking water was yet to be solved, keeping in view the dire needs of the returnees & the tribes of lower Orakzai Agency. As a result of the finding of this need assessment it was found that at least 153 damaged wells were
to be rehabilitated and hand pumps installed to solve the problem of drinking water in the area.On the basis of need assessment and its findings AHO submitted a proposal to Concern Worldwide RAPID fund for provision of funds to rehabilitate the damaged wells and installation of hand pumps. The proposal was approved and an agreement was signed with Concern Worldwide RF for Rehabilitation of 153 damaged Wells and installation of Hand Pumps in 17 villages of Tehsil Kalaya Lower Orakzai Agency FATA. A total of 1488 households (10416 individuals) will be benefitted from this project. Activities:The project activities included the staff recruitment, staff induction, baseline survey, technical assessment, social mobilization, formation of O&M Committees, tender for procurement of hand pump material, tool kits for hand pumps, construction material and tender awarding processes. Along with the procurement process, the rehabilitation of damaged wells and finally the installation of hand pumps were completed. The activities were carried out in the 17 villages of Ferozkhel and Uthman Khel tribes of Lower Orakzai Agency. The project covered a total of 1488 households with total population of 10416 individual. The project was completed on 31st July, 2012. The project was funded by Concern Worldwide, RAPID Fund through OFDA/USAID funding.

Project Title:“Winterization Program for Lower Orakzai Agency FATA”

Duration: 02 December, 2011 to 01 February 2012

Funded by: Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund

Beneficiaries: 1480 families (10360 individuals)

Total Budget: PKR 19.4 Million

After completing the Military Operation in Lower Orakzai Agency the Government declared the area de-notified; the IDPs returned to their homes and found that the household belongings were destroyed during the operation. AHO carried out a need assessment survey in lower Orakzai agency to find out the prioritized needs of the returnees. The finding of the survey showed that since their household belongings were destroyed and they had no source to protect themselves from the chilling cold; their immediate need was provision of Winterization Kits.For this purpose AHO submitted a proposal to Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund for funding. The proposal was approved and an agreement was signed with Concern Worldwide RF to provide funding for the following Winterization Items to be distributed among the Returnees.01 Bukhara (A fuel efficient stove/Heater)02 quilts,03 jackets for children aging between 04 to 12 years04 Woolen Blanket for Infants05Ladies Winter Shawls06 Men Winter Shawls07 Pairs of socks and08 canvas bagThe above items were procured and distributed among 1480 families of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA. The project was completed on 01 February 2012.  All the families in the villages were intervened during the project activities that were affected by the conflict and the resultant migration. Therefore, AHO covered each of the family in the proposed 11 villages that have returned after the displacement. The target population was benefitted through blanket distribution in the 11 villages covering a whole of 1,480 families. These families included men, women, children of varying ages and infants. The contents of the kits were tailored to meet the need of all. The target area included 80 families of the Sikh minority community. These families are most vulnerable in the prevailing scenario. The project was completed on 01 February, 2012. The project was funded by Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund through USAID/OFDA funding.

Project Title: “Distribution of Gas Cylinder Kits among the conflict affected Returnees of Lower Orakzai Agency  FATA”

Duration:          25 October – 24 December, 2011

Funded by:       UNHCR/FDMABeneficiaries: 14770 families (134407 individuals)

Budget:

PKR 3.5 MillionSome 30,000 families at Lower Orakzai Agency left their homes in the aftermath of the conflict that took place between the Militants and Security Forces. The families have now returned to their homeland. Unfortunately, houses and household items of the majority of them have been destroyed during the conflict.The Government of Pakistan and other national and international organizations have been striving hard in helping them to ‘Build Back Better’. The Orakzai Agency receives an extreme cold in the winter season. The agency has a high rate of precipitation and snowfalls. Before the crisis, the communities coped with the extreme weather through specifically designed homes, using the local heating systems and clothes befitting the situation. They lost almost everything in the displacement and return process, it seemed hard to them to defend themselves against the chilling cold. They didn’t have adequate infrastructures/ shelters, internal heating systems and enough clothing.Asia Humanitarian Organization (AHO) submitted a proposal to UNHCR to assist the deprived communities of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA. The proposal was approved and accepted and the idea was finally shaped and projected for assistance with the title “Distribution of Gas Cylinder Kits among the Returnees of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA”. The assistance covered 14770 out of estimated 30000 families (59%). Activities: AHO intervened in single Sector i.e. Distribution of Gas Cylinder Kits. The kits consisted of one Gas Cylinder, one heater, one burner, one packet of lights. The Cylinders were procured by UNHCR and stored in the Warehouse at Azakhel, Nowshera.  They were picked from the UNHCR warehouse and transported to AHO warehouses at Chaman Jana and Saam Lower Orakzai Agency where numbers were embossed and then distributed among 14770 beneficiaries in Lower and Central parts of Tehsil Kalaya Orakzai Agency. The identification and registration of the beneficiaries in different villages of the Lower & Central Orakzai Agency was being carried out simultaneously.The project “Distribution of Cylinder Kits among Conflict Affected Returnees of Orakzai Agency FATA” started on October 25th and completed on December 24, 2011. The project was in-kind one for which UNHCR provided an amount of PKR 3.5 million as services delivery.Impact of the Project:The project benefitted 14770 families. Due to chilling cold the returnees especially the women and small children suffered from different diseases. They had no source to hide themselves from the extreme cold of the area. The distribution of gas cylinders saved the beneficiaries from the cold and thereby saved the children and women from different diseases.

Project Title:   “To provide immediate assistance to conflict affected returnees of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA”

Duration: 09 June – 30th September, 2011

Funded by: Concern Worldwide RAPID Fund IslamabadTotal Cost: PKR 17.5 Million

Beneficiaries: 659 families (4613 individuals)

In continuation of maintaining the government writ and uprooting the Taliban insurgencies the military operation was carried out in Orakzai Agency FATA. In the very previous conflict, the prologue of Taliban to the same situation-creation has blended the problem in multi-mode context. In cross attacks of militants and Armed Forces, besides collateral damages, also destroyed the overall scenario of the area. From harassment to deprivation and killings; everything resulted in a complete hopelessness for the target residing community. It was the general impact, but sometimes; when there are people living in the area; having different religions and beliefs; they get more targeted and affected by such disasters; and the same happened at Lower Orakzai FATA; where the Sikhs were targeted by the Taliban because they were in Minority. They were attacked and taken for Ransom. The situation further deteriorated and then the Sikhs fled and displaced to nearby areas of KPK and Punjab.Finally, after clearing the area from militants; the Sikhs returned to their area, destroyed homes and now they were in severe need of reconstruction. Keeping in view the humanitarian urge, Asia Humanitarian Organization (AHO) submitted a proposal to Concern Worldwide to assist the deprived communities in one of the mandated area of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA; through Responding to Pakistan Internally Displaced Fund (RAPID). The proposal was approved and accepted and the idea was finally shaped and projected for assistance with the title “To Provide Immediate Assistance to Conflict Affected Returnees of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA”. The assistance not only covered the Sikhs community but also the Muslims Community for expanded assistance of WASH and NFI’s. The approach was demanding immense mobilization expertise in a technical manner because the project provided shelter only to minority Sikh community living among the majority Muslim community.  ActivitiesAHO intervened through three sectors. These included Shelter, WASH and Logistics Support & Relief Commodities. Prioritizing the vulnerable, 59 Sikh families received shelters and latrines exclusively. Moreover, AHO rehabilitated 40 wells and installed Communal Hand Pumps, supplied and distributed Non Food Items (NFIs) to 659 families that consisted of general populace and the minority 59 families in six villages, Saam, Sur Gul, Kata Panra, Dader Khel, Bezot and Malik Sharif of Tehsil Kalaya Lower Orakzai Agency. The project “To Provide Immediate Assistance to Conflict Affected Returnees of Lower Orakzai Agency FATA” started on June 9 and completed on 30th September 2011. The project was funded by Concern Worldwide RAPID FUND through USAID/OFDA funding.