SPO successfully implemented ‘Emergency Humanitarian Measures in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ relief project with the financial support of Australian Development Agency. The project started in October 2010 and concluded in March 2011, covering districts Nowshera and Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The overall goal of the project was to assist flood affected populations by providing humanitarian assistance and protection in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project aimed to help the effected vulnerable population to have access to and make use of rehabilitated drinking water facilities and follow hygiene practices to sustain and safeguard their lives and health.
SPO reached out to flood affected communities. The well-coordinated efforts of SPO resulted in the availability of safe drinking water through around 50 water sources that were cleaned and restored. Total 2,750 families (20,075 individuals) received and used water storage kits. Community and private sanitation facilities were rebuilt and around 200 latrines were rehabilitated. Approximately 4,000 individuals were given access to use sanitation facilities and total 2,750 hygiene / household kits were distributed and used by 20,075 individuals.About 4,000 meters of drainage channels were also restored through engaging 675 households that received cash for work.
47. Food Assistance for Flood Affected Communities in Punjab
SPO successfully implemented ‘Food Assistance for Flood Affected Communities in Punjab’ relief project with the financial support of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The project started in September 2010 and concluded in December 2010, covering districts Layyah & Mianwali, Punjab.
The overall goal of the project was to save lives andimprove essential nutritional and health status of women, children and other vulnerable individuals through emergency food supply intervention in districts Layyah and Mianwali of Punjab.
SPO implemented this two-month emergency relief response in collaboration with local authorities and support of its volunteer network. As a result of these efforts, a total of 35,040 individuals (26520 women and children) were given food packages to meet their nutritional needs. SPO provided one-month food packages to 4,800 flood affected families of Punjab.
48. Emergency Relief Operation for Flood affectees in Balochistan
SPO successfully implemented ‘Emergency Relief Operation for Flood Affectees in Balochistan’ project with the financial support of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The project started in August 2010 and concluded in November 2010, covering district Naseerabad in Balochistan.
The overall goal of the project was to reduce the possible risk of epidemics outbreak in the affected areas by introducing Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventionsin Tehsil Tambu of district Naseerabad, Balochistan.
SPO provided Health and Hygiene kits to 2000 families and ensured that Women and children of 2000 families accessed clean drinking water with the provision of jerry cans distributed among them for water storage. As a result, a total of 40 water sources (wells, hand pumps and water supply schemes) were restored that helped affected communities to have easy access to clean drinking water. The WASH activities of the project were implemented keeping in view the cultural practices in the district. The distribution points were established in places which were accessible to women.
49. Relief Operations for Flood Affected Population Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
SPO successfully implemented ‘Relief Operations for Flood Affected Population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ project with the financial support of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The project started in August 2010 and concluded in November 2010, covering district Swat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The overall goal of the project was to support flood affected population in resettling and returning towards their normal life. The aim was to provide shelter and non-food items (NFIs) to meet the needs of the displaced and flood affected communities living in District Swat.
SPO reached out to 1,040 flood affected families and distributed bedding kits and NFIs. SPO conducted beneficiaries’ assessment in relief and spontaneous camps. For transparent and effective use of resources and project implementation, monitoring activities were carried out during relief kits distribution. SPO provided cooking utensils, blankets and bedding materials to women headed households in order to help them maintain their health, privacy and dignity.
50. Rehabilitation of the WASH component for flood affectees in Rajanpur
SPO successfully implemented ‘Rehabilitation of the WASH component for flood affected in Rajanpur’ project with the financial support of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The project started in November 2008 and concluded in February 2009, covering district Rajanpur in Punjab.
The overall goal of the project was to provide safe drinking water to flood affected communities by installing 185 water hand pumps and contributed to promote hygiene practices through health and hygiene awareness sessions.
In order to ensure smooth and transparent implementation of the project SPO strategized to engage local government officials and members from affected communities in project orientation. Keeping in mind the parameters of gender responsive needs, it was ensured that SPO’s interventions had complete ownership of the concerned community. Alongside this, women were reached out as most vulnerable group as they lacked access to clean drinking water and were primarily responsible for water fetching chore. Water Management Committees (WMC) were formed followed by Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with local communities for site selection of hand pumps. The intervention resulted successful because local community had partnered with SPO by providing services of digging and Labor/masons identification for installation of water sources. As a result of SPO and other stakeholders’ efforts, 26,000 people were provided drinking water facilities through the installation of 185 hand pumps.
51. Improve Awareness About Social and Cultural Heritage Among Communities in Selected Districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces (On-Going)
SPO is successfully implementing its project titled ‘Improve Awareness About Social and Cultural Heritage Among Communities in Selected Districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces’ with the financial support of Norwegian Church Aid. The project has started in April 2019 and will conclude in May 2020 and is being implemented in district Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Lahore and Faisalabad in Punjab.
The overall goal of the project is to mobilize key local leaders, communities in collaboration with relevant Government Departments to promote social and cultural integration necessary for social and economic empowerment of the communities. The project was aimed to support local partners to organize cultural activities, and awareness raising sessions for community to promote social integration in the society.
SPO under its ‘Cultural Heritage & Tourism Promotion’ programme made contributions through different projects by introducing and developing mechanisms for building informed and empowered citizenry, public information sharing, consultation and engagement with people and community-based organizations to pave the path for cultural integration and heritage preservation. Capacitating the civil societies aims to ensure that people are informed about their rights and responsibilities with respect to shared norms and history can actively participate in the socio-political processes. All these steps have been taken to enable collective nation-building, with some structural transformations as well achieving equality and empowerment, and for securing citizens’ rights. The initiatives under the project included were joint celebrations of socio-religious festivals through involvement of Government officials, political and community leaders to promote a culture of inclusivity so that different segments of society value its local culture and traditions. SPO organized a one-day national conference on Celebrating diversity where artists, government officials and federal ministers committed to arrange such events in order to increase social cohesion among people of Pakistan. SPO also collaborated with Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs Department and published a book titled ‘White in Flag’ to celebrate contributions of non-Muslim citizens of the country. The project also entailed capacity building of community activists to improve their knowledge about legacy of powerful cultural heritage that nurtures unity in diversity for meaning full co-existence. Through such like initiatives SPO is trying to cultivate a desire in Pakistani society to promote culture, traditions and heritage that brings people closer to each other
52. Relief Operations for Flood Affected Population Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
SPO and Indus Cultural Forum (ICF) successfully organized three ‘Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festivals’ in Islamabad with the financial support of HBS, Government of Sindh and Lok Virsa from February 2016 to February 2018.
The overall goal of these festivals was to mainstream literature and art in local languages to celebrate Pakistan’s rich and diverse cultural history. These festivals played a key role in introducing local musicians, writers, folk singers, poets and play writers to youth. SPO organized these festivals to promote Pakistan’s indigenous culture and strengthen social cohesion and interconnectedness. More than 150 authors, artists and researchers as speakers were being invited to share their knowledge about the rich linguistic and literary heritage of Pakistan. Specially those artists were encouraged who usually do not have access to such opportunities at the national level.
SPO under its ‘Culture Heritage & Tourism Promotion’ programme attained its core objective when SPO and other partners were officially approached by the Senate of Pakistan to participate in a Public Hearing. The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice at that time was in the process of assessing a constitutional amendment bill to provide national status to all major languages of Pakistan. This initiative was instrumental in promoting the importance of Pakistan’s indigenous culture and also inspired policy makers to take timely decisions.
53. Promotion and Strengthening of Socio- Cultural Harmony and Local Artisans
SPO successfully implemented ‘Promotion and strengthening of social and cultural harmony and local artisans’ in collaboration with the Government of Punjab. The project started in January 2015 and concluded in May 2015, covering Lahore, Multan and Bahawalpur districts of Punjab.
The overall goal of the project was to promote local cultural heritage through traditional and indigenous performing arts by engaging and capacitating 40 local singers, musicians and story tellers including Trans-genders and Nomad groups of selected districts. Through this intervention, SPO developed networks and connected different groups of artists so they can collectively promote the voice of pluralism and cultural preservation across Pakistan.
SPO under its ‘Cultural Heritage & Tourism Promotion’ programme implemented this intervention by creating a group of peace advocates and enhancing their capacity to address the local issues through linkage building with the relevant government departments. 120 Khawaja Siras, Merasis, Dooms and Bhaands were identified and trained on different performing arts such as dancing, singing, mimicking, theatre and storytelling skills to introduce a unique and cultural approach to peace building. After the training Aman Toliyan were linked with District and Tehsil Municipal Administration in both districts. Resultantly, Punjab 1717 helpline received several complaints and an immediate action was taken.
54. Pur Aman Pakistan
SPO successfully implemented ‘Pur Aman Pakistan’ project in collaboration with Media Housesand Government of Pakistan from April to June 2015 in Multan and Lahore districts of Punjab.
The overall goal of this project was to curb and minimize violent extremism against vulnerable and marginalized communities of Pakistan through engaging electronic and print media. SPO, under this initiative produced 08 TV talk aired on mainstream TV channels. The TV programmes were produced with eminent guest speakers from academia, civil society actors, Govt. representatives and artists in Lahore and Multan. A print media campaign was also launched to disseminate the message of cultural plurality, harmony and dignity of every citizen of Pakistan.
SPO under its ‘Cultural Heritage & Tourism Promotion’ programme implemented this short term initiative for mass awareness through print and electronic media.
55. Support for Establishing Data Base of Human Rights Situation & Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan
SPO successfully implemented ‘Support for Establishing Data Base of Human Rights Situation and Human Rights Defenders in Pakistan’ with the financial support of Care International in Pakistan. The project started in September 2014 and concluded in March 2015.
The overall goal of this project was to establish a database on Human Rights violation in Pakistan by developing a software which records information related to Human Rights violation at Federal and provincial level. The project also included capacity building trainings for Federal and provincial directorates in order to transfer knowledge and responsibilities to maintain, review, and utilize the data resource pool. A detailed Management Information System (MIS) on Human Rights was handed over to the Ministry of Law, Justice & Human Rights.
SPO under its ‘Digital Knowledge Transformation’ program implemented this project through which a database of human rights violations was prepared and owned by the state and its representatives. Due to SPO’s continuous efforts to digitalize the human rights violations, the civil society organizations working on Human Rights advocacy benefited to access the information and devise strategies accordingly. This small scale project proved to be a huge contribution in systematically recording the human rights violation data, which also helped the ministry to take informed actions and extended timely response to the needs and challenges faced by citizens.