Water, sanitation & hygiene remain the main focus programme for HRDS since 1992 and develop its capacities in the sector. About 50 projects have been implemented in Punjab, Sindh, KPK and AJK during last 10 years. Provision of improved WASH facilities to IDPs and flood affected communities, Construction, installation and rehabilitations of washing places, in schools, implementation of rain water harvesting schemes, ensuring accessible WASH facilities for people with disabilities(PWDs), promotion of hygiene practices, formation of WASH committees and their capacity building was the main focus of WASH projects.
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HRDS has taken significant steps towards increasing the enrolment and reduction of drop out ratio. HRDS successfully implemented the education projects in different areas of Pakistan including FATA. Despite of the deteriorating law and order situation of South Waziristan, HRDS with the financial support of UNICEF took a challenge to strengthen the education sector for the repatriated children especially girls affected by the militancy. Recently, HRDS completed education projects in Swat for the provision of missing school facilities, repairing schools and their up-gradations, provision of rented schools buildings, teacher trainings, and PTC trainings.
HRDS is striving to strengthen and improve the basic health systems to provide quality health care facilities to mother and neonatal. HRDS has been implementing basic health projects for the last decade. The two significant projects for HRDS in health sectors are PIAMAN (USAID) and RAF (Research & Advocacy Fund) on mother and Neonatal Health. Major activities of HRDS in this sector includes Advocacy via participatory Governance, medical Camps, TT vaccination for the expecting mothers, capacity building of traditional birth attendants on safe deliveries and establishing birth centres. About 40,000 persons benefitted from these projects.
Inclusion of PWDs and older age people is the integral part of HRDS programme implementation strategy. HRDS with the partnership of SightSavers International is implementing water and sanitation projects for PWD’s. “Promoting Social Inclusion through Accessible water & Sanitation in Mansehra, Shadadkot, and Chitral is one of the major projects.
Pakistan has been a victim of natural disasters for the last few years. Thousands have lost their lives and millions stand stranded. Since the Earthquake of 2005 to the recent devastating floods in all over the country, HRDS has always been on its toes to provide relief to the affected population. HRDS strategizes the contingency plans to tackle/cope the predicted devastating situation. HRDS is proud organization as it helped the flood affected population by providing them basic necessities of life and providing them clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. HRDS spent Approx. 4 million PKR to provide relief to the flood affected communities throughout Pakistan.
The conflict affected population was forced to leave the areas where they were residing, Resulting a huge influx of refugees fleeing to nearby areas that were relatively well protected. These internally displaced persons (IDP’s) were in severe agony and pain. As they had nothing to eat and they were left stranded. Government and Humanitarian agencies started providing them all the basic necessities of life in order to save their endangered life. HRDS was one of the humanitarian agencies that were working to provide them relief through activities like: provision of shelters, clean drinking water supplies and sanitation facilities. HRDS is still serving the IDP’s In Nahaqi camp, Mohmand Agency and Jallozai camp. The basic components of all these activities are provision of WASH facilities, repairing and maintenance of the installed facilities and decommissioning after the repatriation of IDPs.
In emergencies, after the relief phase the next crucial phase starts i.e. the early recovery & livelihood restoration. HRDS implemented this project with the financial assistance of UNDP and USAID. The aim of this project was to provide earning opportunities to the flood affected population and to decrease their vulnerabilities through strengthening livelihood systems. HRDS completed early recovery project for 50 floods affected villages of 2010’s flood in Naseerabad. Beneficiaries included 46,263 flood affected population from 5075 households.
HRDS realizes the importance of Healthy environments that lead to healthier communities. In this scenario Pakistan is one of the most affected nations affected by environmental changes. In collaboration with PPAF, HRDS is addressing the environmental issues in DMPP programme in which water courses linings, rain water harvesting ponds, delay dams, dug-wells, pipe irrigation and Diversion Bunds etc have been constructed for community to minimize the hazards of droughts in the vicinity of DG Khan.
HRDS strongly deem on the quote “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”HRDS is working on different projects with UNICEF and SightSavers on Research. A MoU has been signed between HRDS and COMSATS IIT Abbotabad Campus for joint research in different sectors. Currently HRDS is implementing a 3 year research project with SightSavers International that is the combination of Hardware and software including Research and Advocacy in disability sector. HRDS believes that for a sustainable future we need to invest in behavioral change of people that is stimulated via mind change. In Mansehra, HRDS is advocating for policy implementation and change in behavior for mother and neonatal health.
HRDS also provides engineering and community infrastructure services to the Donors and humanitarian organizations working for vulnerable communities. The services include installation of hand pumps, VIP latrines, pit latrines, flush latrines, washrooms, labor rooms, ramps, and accessible washrooms for PWD’s, check dams, water canals, and brick lined roads and semi-pakka roads etc.
HRDS provides monitoring services to different organizations. HRDS signed Long Term Agreement (LTA) for the monitoring and supervision services of 40 Different IP’s working on water supply schemes of schools in Punjab, Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan, Baluchistan, AJK, and FATA. Third party validation is also a proficiency of HRDS and has a vast experience working as a third party validation of WASH related projects. HRDS completed third party validation of CDWI project for the Ministry of Industries, Production and special initiative, Government of Pakistan. HRDS conducted consumer surveys for WASA Rawalpindi, water quality of WASA Lahore, LG and RDD AJK for UNICEF. HRDS did the technical surveys of militant affected schools in Swat. Baseline surveys are considered key to an effective implementation of a project. HRDS’s all intervention based upon baseline surveys. These surveys include technical as well as social surveys such as KAP and research surveys.
HRDS developed its expertise in Water quality monitoring, water resource management, surveillance and mitigation and promoting locally adaptable solutions for accessible safe drinking water. Keeping in view the importance of water quality, HRDS established a water testing “The Water Clinic” that comprises of water experts. The Water Clinic team has designed Bio-sand filter, House-hold water filters, mass chlorination and arsenic removal filters for the community. The laboratory is also providing water quality monitoring services to the masses and different organizations.