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Khurram Jamali



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:56 am    Post subject: Machar Colony Projects - Concern for Children Trust (CFC) Reply with quote

This will be brief because the forums ate up my long post (we need to do something about that)

I am attaching a very detailed report from Concern for Children Trust (CFC). I am also including in this post different projects that CFC is about to undertake wrt to Machar Colony. After my site visit I can safely say that they are all worthy of our funding (although we need to pick one that best fits our criteria and fund availability). \

I also have no qualms about the NGO (although they are small) - the director has a masters in as social work-related field from NYU. I will be more than willing to be project champion. Can we get the Project VOlunteer moving on putting together a team for this?

Note that CFC wants to build a recurring relationship rather than having us fund one project. we should keep that in mind while choosing projects.

Please also note that if we still have funding for Kashmir related projects, they have undertaken and are undertaking some interesting ones (documented in the attachment).

THey have also offered to house our Volunteer Manager in their office and have their IT backbone provide take over our website maintenance for free! Needless to say this is a relationship that I feel we can build on long-term.

Please read at least the rest of the post, if not the attached document.

Kind Regards,

Khurram

Public Advocacy Program

The introduction of The Public Advocacy Program to Concern for Children Trust (CFC) (referred to ‘Program’ in this section) in October 2006 marks a pivotal moment in the organization’s growth. It is the first organizational step towards social policy. Hence, at this juncture CFC begins to look at the country’s political and social spectrum in the context of a welfare state. Therefore all advocacies that take place through CFC will focus on approaching the needs of disadvantaged citizens namely on economic, political and social policy level. Policies will be tackled holistically.

The Public Advocacy Program has been designed in such a way that certain components will be running throughout all Initiatives. This is based on a shared philosophy dominating the program: empowerment of those individuals for which the organization advocates. They will be empowered through Income Generation, a National Working Group, Community Based Organizations, The Bill Board Project and Documentaries (outlined below). They will be the dominating presence in the platforms created for each Initiative. These platforms will form linkages with members of the government (both on a provincial and federal level), corporations non-profit organizations and at the grassroots level in accordance to their areas of expertise and the specific ‘Initiative’ being advocated will be a part of the platform. For each Initiative a platform will be created that will be presented to concerned parties during the lobbying process. It is possible that some of the actors on these platforms will overlap, due to the interdependent nature of social issues being tackled by the Program.

Current Public Advocacy Manager:
Ayla Bajwa
Current Advocacy Consultant:
Mariam Siraj

Strategy: The Public Advocacy Manager will oversee a team of Advocacy Consultants who will be brought onto the CFC team. Each Advocacy Consultant will develop specific expertise in the particular policy issue. For the 2007-2010 Advocacy Program Strategic Plans, the Program entails property rights and healthcare. At this time Public Advocacy’s Healthcare Development Department umbrella’s a Mother Child Healthcare Initiative, a Special Education Initiative and a Mental Health Initiative. The Advocacy Program has been developed in light of the organization’s long term objective in developing into a fully functioning Policy Institute. The Program is the first step towards this goal.

Data used for the development of the Program will be retrieved from ‘Machar Colony’ for the purpose of the 2007-2008 year of the Program. It will conduct its activities with the cooperation of the residents of ‘Machar Colony’, to ensure wide needs assessments. Agents from both the public and private sector will be invited to partner in research and project activity. It will serve as a data collection tank for the purposes of research and advocacy. In light of this situation the Public Advocacy Program aims to identify a location (one with close physical proximity to CFC’s Mother Child Health Clinic) in order to facilitate meetings held by community based organizations and provide a supportive environment for dialogue, political participation and other strides made for the empowerment of the people in the community.

Community Empowerment Department
The Community Empowerment section of the strategic plan describes those components shared throughout all ‘Initiatives’. All initiatives running under this department aim to empower individuals to represent themselves in any situation where injustices being faced by them are discussed. The initiatives have been formulated through a holistic lens, where all aspects of the community member’s well-being are considered.

Income Generation Initiative
Objective: Economic advancement plays a key role in creating a positive attitude in the environment and providing incentives for those living in the community to become involved in their own development. Through dialogues held between project staff, community members and other non-profits working in urban slum areas, for instance the Orangi Pilot Project and Urban Resource Centre have noted a correlation between feelings of confidence and hope with progress of economic welfare. In recognition of this reality the Public Advocacy Program has ensured that income generation opportunities on a community level exist with in all ‘Initiative’s launched. Manners in which income generation will be incorporated in the Public Advocacy Program will be listed under Community Based Organization (CBO’s), Data Collection, Mother Child Healthcare and Mental Health efforts falling under Public Advocacy.

Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) Initiative
Objective: The formulation of Community Based Organizations will take place in ‘Machar Colony’ as a formal endeavor to organize the community to adopt the ideals of participatory democracy. It will present a forum on which community members will interact with one another in a formal setting, for the pursuit of a common agenda. The Program projects that structured community organization will develop leadership skills and create a susceptible setting for social change. It will give members an opportunity to seek accountability from elected officials on a provincial and federal level. CBO’s are the fundamental agents in the effective execution of petitioning, lobbying and overall advocacy within electoral politics.

Strategy: As apart of CFC’s Community Driven Development Project (CDDP), Community Awareness Meetings are being held on a weekly basis in different locations throughout the Colony. Experiences during these meetings have revealed a therapeutic practice in which members of the community indulge in dialogue about the social, political and economic issues plaguing the community. These meetings have allowed CFC to witness the resident’s desire to work towards their own rights and to become politically involved for the forward movement of their community. However, at both male and female meetings it became obvious that the resident’s desires and passions would have to be guided by a structured framework. The CBO will provide the structured framework and assist in remaining focused on issues that need to be advocated. The upcoming year will concentrate on property/land rights and healthcare. Healthcare will be limited to the scopes of Mother Child Healthcare, Mental Health and Special Education. These issues have been identified through dialogue taking place during the Community Awareness Meeting and other channels of data collection. The Public Advocacy team’s responsibility is to create a road map on which best to support the identified causes.
The Program intends to introduce six (6) CBO’s into the community. Two (2) of the CBO’s will only make up women members, two will facilitate male members and the remaining two will be specifically for the children of the community. Hence members in the CBO for children will range from the ages of 12 to 18 years of age. The idea behind the children’s CBO’s is to introduce these individuals to the principles of democratic participation at an early age. It will allow them a voice to express concerns towards their environment. Each CBO will have a point of concentration, for instance mother child health care or mental health. The office space will be strictly for the purposes of political empowerment and participation; it will be titled “Khana-e-Haque” (House of Rights). The office will become a place for members of the CBO’s to have monthly meeting and watch documentaries and read publications/pamphlets/news letters. It will serve as a source of empowerment.

Office bearers will be elected by members of the CBO’s. These office bearers will receive a monthly stipend that not only will serve as an income generating initiative but ensure that all office bearers are held accountable for their responsibilities. They will be supervised by the Resource Mobilizer.

National Working Group Initiative
Objective: The purpose of the National Working group is to have an independent and effective body to channel and support the activities of the Public Advocacy Program. It will be a voluntary body that will serve the Program on an Advisory Capacity. It will brainstorm for the program, presenting new challenges and ideas to be discussed and taken into account during CBO meetings. They will be a source of evaluation, monitoring and revision of progress. The group will be an amalgamation of government representatives, non-profit organizations working in the fields pertinent to the program’s agenda, human rights organizations, media and other stakeholders of the society in which we live.

Strategy: The national working group will meet on a quarterly basis. The meeting will comprise of five focal members. Each member will represent a separate organization; this includes fundamental government representatives from the provincial and federal cabinets. During these meetings the Public Advocacy Manager will receive the member’s input and relate proceedings to concerned team members. A Public Advocacy Consultant will attend the meeting in situations in which policies that fall under their expertise are being discussed.

This group will address issues at hand by distinguishing what is problematic in the systems that already exist. They will evaluate the policy options prevailing in the country and conditions needed for retrieving the data the national working group will speculate the potential of change in the specific area being advocated. It is based on these speculations that the Program will proceed.

Bill Board Initiative
Objective: The Billboard will serve as a daily reminder serving as a community awareness initiative in which the life styles of those living in ‘Machar Colony’ are highlighted. The ‘Initiative’ approaches private individuals with consumer sensitivity. Under this ‘project’ the individual has been approached from a market stand-point. ‘Machar Colony’ will be ‘sold’ as an entity of the non-profit/ charity sector.

Strategy: It presents ‘Machar Colony’ as a ‘product’ and the billboard will be a mechanism in molding public opinion about the area in which CFC carries out service provision operations. In terms of advocacy, it will be the first stepping stone in inviting private individuals to join platforms that will be created to push advocacy agendas in a government setting. The billboard has been planned in correspondence to CFC’s Public Advocacy Program’s philosophy to have the area in question advocate for it. The billboard will state facts on ‘Machar Colony’. Arrows will be printed on the bill board design pointing in the direction of the Colony. Therefore anyone driving past the Colony will be forced to pay attention to the slum area.

CFC’s Community Mobilizer has facilitated a survey of bill boards located on Maripur Road. Billboard companies in the area have quoted that billboards, approximately 10x20 in size will cost the tenant Pak Rupees 200,000. The bill board will be given on a donation basis and hence has not been included in the annual budget. The design for the bill board will be developed through partnerships that will be made with advertising companies. However certain allowances will have to be made for expenditures incurred during the process.

At the moment, no bill board post is located directly outside the Colony’s entrance. Therefore the Public Advocacy team will lobby to have the city government allocate a pole to be put in front of the Colony. The effort will strengthen relationships between CFC and the local government. However, it is important to highlight that the effort is very likely to cause tension between CFC and concerned government entities. It will serve as a trial run to larger efforts made to lobby policy change/development and/or execution.

Data Collection Initiative
Objective: Effective advocacy can only take place with the accumulation of quantitative data that can be presented to private and public agents for the evolution of policy development and execution. At the moment, CFC has a plethora of qualitative available for usage. This information has been accumulated through needs assessments carried out before the development of project designs that are too then be implemented by the organization. It is vital that CFC acquires this quantitative data in order to provide legitimacy to the organization’s operations and overall advocacy effort.

Strategy: The data collection process formulated by the program will simultaneously serve as an income generating exercise and population census for the area. The Resource Mobilizer will hire and train ten individuals from the community. They will receive a stipend at the end of the process. These individuals will be allocated a district in the area to carry out surveys. They will be required to go door to door and spend thirty to forty minutes per survey. These surveys will include the following questions:

1. Number of households residing in Mohammadi Colony.
2. Ethnic backgrounds of the residents.
3. Literacy rate
4. Male-female ratio
5. Political affiliations present in the community.
6. Identify interest of community members to become permanent settlers in the area.
7. Occupations held by community members.
8. Number of government and non-government agents working in the area.
9. Status of citizenship.
10. Number of healthcare facilities on the area.
11. Number of academic institutions in the area.
12. Existing standards of sanitations and solid waste management.

Questions listed above are questions that are not included in the surveys taken by the Federal Bureau of Statistics. They are legally limited by the government of Pakistan to the information they can collect from the community. The processes of data collection adopted by CFC are shared with the Federal Bureau of Statistics. This decision has been made based on the fact that donor agencies hold the bureau at highest credibility for the presentation of quantitative data. Hence the Public Advocacy Program has adopted the same methodology. The survey will be done in partnership with the agency.

The information will illustrate constituencies residing in the community. The Advocacy team will use this information as a bargaining tool with government representatives affiliated with the Ministries concerning the issue in question. Recognition of the politically driven actions undertaken by government representatives furthers the notion that the program has been designed to be sensitive to the different actors involved in advocating.

Documentary Initiative
Objective: The year 2007-2008 will witness the introduction of Land Rights and Healthcare under the Public Advocacy umbrella. The Public Advocacy Healthcare Department will comprise of three ‘Initiatives’: special education, mental health and mother child healthcare. Each ‘Initiative’ will have a documentary focusing on concerns related to each one of the ‘Initiatives’. The audience for these documentaries will first be the residents of ‘Machar Colony’ and based on their reaction will be taken to other katchi abadis for viewing (and then widely circulated in the greater Karachi areas). All documentaries will be in Urdu and have English sub-titles. Members of the community will become informed of the policies set in place and given guidance on how to participate in their successful implementation. The Program has avoided inclinations towards one comprehensive document encompassing all ‘Departments’ and ‘Initiatives’ in light of its audience. The Program desires to stream line the interests of those living in the community. Documentaries will be shown to members of the CBO’s in accordance to the group’s point of concentration.

Strategy: Documentary film makers will be introduced to the community. They will be informed of the sensitivities that exist with in residents. They will be prepped on mind sets that prevail in the area so that they become well acquainted with the audience to which they are dealing. An Advocacy Consultant with the assistance of the Advocacy Manager will compose a list of experts that will be interviewed for the documentary. They will also serve as guides to determining the content of the documentaries.

Public Advocacy Land Rights Department
The population of Mohammadi Machar Colony is approximated at 700,000+ and has been in existence before the 1982 Sindh Katchi Abadi Regularization and Development Order, which states all katchi abadis identified before 1982 are applicable to regularization. This means that those individuals living on the land will have the opportunity to lease the land on which they live. However, ‘Machar Colony’ is located in the industrial centre of the city and is under the authority of Karachi Port Trust (KPT). It is for this reason that it remains on the list of those katchi abadis that are not applicable to land lease rights and are dismissed as an “unofficial katchi abadi”.
Objective: Advocate for ‘Machar Colony’ to be included in the list of ‘official katchi abadis” identified by the 1982 Sindh Katchi Abadi Regularization and Development Order.

Strategy: CBO’s created through the Program will network with other “unofficial katchi abadis” and will lobby at appropriate agencies. This includes the Secretariat house of Sindh which houses the Ministry of Local Bodies and Katchi Abadis. A platform of non-profit organizations, corporations, government representatives and civil society members will present quantitative data, petitions and negative publicity to the Chairman of KPT.

Public Advocacy Healthcare Department
Pakistan’s healthcare sector is constitutionally a provincial subject but health concerns have been jointly administered by the federal and provincial government, which is mainly responsible for implementation. The Federal Ministry of Health is responsible for the development of health policies for the country. This includes the Minister of Health, Secretaries of Health, Planning and Finance Division and Director-General Health and Chief of Health. They are concerned with policies related primary healthcare issues such as EPI (Expanded Program on Immunization), MCP (Malaria Control Program), and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), drug policy, user charges and health insurance.

The private sector provides health coverage to 70% of the population, whereas the public sector provides health services to the remaining 30% of the population of the country. The government has polices in place both on a provincial and federal level. However successful implementation of these policies has been a continuous point of concern for all stakeholders of the healthcare sector. The National Health Policy 2001 “The Way Forward” developed by the Ministry of Health and the Health Policy for the Province of Sindh has highlighted a lack of human resources, retention and skill as one of the major challenges in implementation of the policies. The National Policy focuses on professional and managerial deficiencies found in the healthcare system while the provincial policy concentrates on the actual eradication of diseases prevailing in rural and urban environments for instance, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B and blood safety control.

Objective: In reflection of the structure that determines health policies in Pakistan, the Public Advocacy’s Healthcare Department is committed to becoming the liaison between provincial level activity and the federal government.

Strategy: The Program will partner with the provincial government for implementation of activities as per stated in the Health Policy for the Province of Sindh. There are three tuberculosis efforts being facilitated under the umbrella of CFC’s Community Driven Development Project’s Healthcare Initiative. Simultaneously the Mother Child Health Clinic provides hepatitis B vaccinations and medication for malaria. Relationships established with the provincial government will be made on the basis of the experience the organization has in the field of healthcare. The expertise that the organization enjoys will be reinforced to the government representatives in order to extend partnerships for the implementation processes set forth by policy initiatives. Upon establishment of these partnerships, the Program will be given an insight into the deficiencies occurring in government healthcare programs

Mother Child Healthcare Initiative
Objective: Reproductive health is a right for both men and women. At this point in time, reproductive health indicators are adverse. An estimated 400,000 infant and 16,500 maternal deaths occur annually in Pakistan. Statistics presented above are indicative of the low status of economic, social and political well-being of women in Pakistan. In light of the root causes of poor service provision of mother child facilities, the Program will liaison with Ministry of Population Welfare, Ministry of Women Development Social Welfare and Special Education and the Planning Division of the government of Pakistan. The Mother Child Advocacy Consultant will establish a relation with their provincial agents in Sindh and identify gaps in the implementation process of policies created by these ministries and facilitate relationships between them and CFC’s Public Health Initiative. The issue of women needing to be empowered on a holistic level to realize the importance of Mother Child Healthcare explains the multifarious departments of the government involved in this specific aspect of healthcare.

Strategy: Upon creating relationships with provincial agents working towards uplifting the conditions of mother child health facilities based on federal policy, the consultant will identify voids in the implementation process. Linkages will be formed to invite services such as the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) into CFC’s service provision projects. CFC will utilize its own experiences in mother child health in Machar Colony and join hands in processes of implementation by providing the government certified services in para-medical in Machar Colony and will move onto other katchi abadis in Sindh after a six month period. These services according to the Reproductive Health Policy, Population Policy of Pakistan and National Policy of Women Development and Empowerment of Women, include mental health, obstetric care, HIV/Aids awareness, addressing drug abuse, provision of contraceptive, et cetera. The Program will focus on katchi abadis in Sindh for the year of 2007-2008. At the end of the year evaluations will take place at the health care facilities in which the Program was involved. Results of the evaluations will determine the course of the Initiative for the following year.

Special Education Initiative
Objective: Milestone Charitable Trust is a non-profit, non government organization established in 1998. The organization provides specialist therapeutic and academic services to 53 developmentally disabled students between the ages of 3 and 18, in order to empower each child to achieve their maximum potential. At this point in time, CFC and Milestone have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding by which CFC’s Public Advocacy Manager will guide Milestone Program Coordinator in preparing a grant for funding. The funding will be requested for a Special Education Public Advocacy Initiative. Upon receiving funding, Milestones will extend itself into the area of policy.

Strategy: A budget will be determined upon funding received through grant proposals. The deadline to apply for funding according to timelines determined by the Public Advocacy team is for the first week of September 2007. Once the funding is secure, Milestones will hire a Special Education Advocacy Consultant who will be housed under the CFC Public Advocacy Program. This Initiative will develop a forum of Special Educators to serve this issue in an advisory capacity as a road map is developed for tackling this issue at a federal level. The immediate goal for this Initiative will be to research allocation of government funds toward special education centers and the capability of existing centers. Milestone Charitable Trust aims to serve as the model for special education centers in Pakistan. This Initiative will collect necessary data from Milestone Charitable Trust to advance in the area of special education.

Mental Health Initiative
Objective: Research existing state policies of Mental Health. Develop a certification program for practicing Mental Health Practitioners (inclusive of course material and exam).

Strategy:
CFC’s Mental Health Initiative will be a collaborative project with the Pakistan Mental Health Association. The Mental Health Advocacy Consultant will research existing state policies in order to draw a road map for CFC’s future interventions in this area. For the 2007-2008 year, the Program will aim to design a certification program that will be essential for all practicing mental health practitioners in Sindh.
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Tarim Wasim



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Khurram,

Thanks for visiting CFC and for posting this. Looks like they are well-entrenched in the community and working on several different fronts. I read through the attachment and noticed that they have two key projects in Machar Colony: Community-Driven Development and Public Advocacy. The former has initiatives that are more similar to the kinds of things ADP has funded.

1) Are they looking for funding for both areas, or only the Public Advocacy. If both, any idea which projects in CDD need funding?

2) Have you gotten comfortable that that the issue of illegal settlement is one that can be overcome through Public Advocacy? Any precedents that we can look at to understand what it can achieve?

3) Do you have any thoughts on how we would assess what kind of social return we are getting on each dollar invested in the Public Advocay program and how we can demonstrate the impact to our donors?

Very gracious of them to offer to host our VM and do website maintenance. Do you know what they mean by website maintenance (i.e., more web hosting and backups rather than content updates)?

Our VM is supposed to start mid-September, but Mubarik has a more recent update on Amna's status. If our VM ends up being in Karachi, CFC's offer could be really valuable.

Best,
Tarim
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Khurram Jamali



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarim:

There are two projects under the Public Advocacy Umbrella that I am extremely interested in, although, to be honest, I haven't given the rest as thorough thought as i might want to - the first is data collection, and the second is documentaries for the people of that area.

In terms of measuring social returns, the former is hard to quantify. Chats with Ayla and Sheila have convinced me that data collection will open a pandora's box for the government - in our case a treasure trove of knowledge wrt the true plight of individuals in the region. The amount of studies that can be carried out would be unbelievable. Having said that, measurability of success would definitely be an issue.

I see more potential for success in the measurability of the latter of the two. The way I envision measurability is as follows:

(i) Pick a topic from CFC's documentary initiative - currently we have special education, mental health and mother child healthcare - CFC would be willing to pick a more focused topic as well, I'm sure. Im our case, I think picking mother child healthcare would be best and most easily measurable

(ii) In terms of measurability, one needs to compare those families that have undertaken viewership of the documentary and compare them with those that haven't. We collect data on measurables, such as mother-child health related illnesses and their influx in firstly the control group, which can be families that haven't watched the video. We of course would need to collect some additional data - for example the size of the family etc., to control for other exogenous effects

(iii) Once such data is collected on a relatively large number (say 100 families, on a monthly basis, while the documentary is being made) we can expose a part of the control group to the documentary, maybe half of them. We then continue to monitor the entire group on a monthly basis, and at the end of a prescribed time period, in which we constantly add more families into the 'having watched the documentary' subset, we close the experiment, run a statistical analysis on the date and voila, we will have a precise percentage figure as to what aspects were impacted by viewership of the documentary. This type of measuring is known as experimental analysis in econometrics and is used largely in medical studies but can be used in any economic analysis whereby there are two populations and the populations have been monitored prior to the use of a drug/or remedy. It leaves no room for guessing of impact - you either do or don't have a statistically significant impact.

So that is basicallywhat I was envisioning. In terms of costs, I believe one director has already floated the idea of doing these documentaries for free, so the real cost to ADP would be hiring someone for monthly data collection, and exposing CFC to the methodology employed so that it can be undertaken moving forward, on all their projects.

These documentaries will be slightly different from the earlier idea of a documentary to ignite public sentiment, in the sense that the target audience is that of Machar colony itself. It has little to do with the long - term advocacy goals, but that is something ADP might want to get into once a base relationship with CFC has been built.

What do you all think?

Best,

Khurram
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me address the other questions you had directly.

[i]1) Are they looking for funding for both areas, or only the Public Advocacy. If both, any idea which projects in CDD need funding? [/i]
They are looking for funding in whatever area we might be interested. As Public advocacy is something that is just getting to the ground, it seemed to make more sense for us and what we like to do, to them.

[i]2) Have you gotten comfortable that that the issue of illegal settlement is one that can be overcome through Public Advocacy? Any precedents that we can look at to understand what it can achieve? [/i]

I do think the issue can only be come through public advocacy...the best route for it (i.e., big name director does a documentary, or CFC fulfills the demand of the government that they require data on the numbers there) is still up for discussion. CFC plans on exploring and eventually funding all routes, and it is up to ADP to decide which routes it wants to be a part of

As far as webhosting goes, let me find out what they may or may not be able to do for us.
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Mubarik Imam



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Khurram,

Thanks a lot for taking time out to do a site-visit. I apologize for the late response, as I didn’t’ have e-mail access last week. Here are a couple of thoughts:

1)Do we know whether CFC still needs funding for any of its EQ projects?
a.If so, can we get a budget for their two projects and where they might need assistance?
b. If not, can they suggest other organizations or projects that are ongoing in the EQ areas that ADP might be able to fund?
We still have money left over from the EQ projects, so there is definitely a high probability of funding projects for the EQ region that fulfill our criteria.

2)Public Advocacy/Community Driven Projects:
a.Recording data: LUMS students and professors often do field research similar to what you described above. Instead of having ADP fund someone to do this, do you think it would be helpful to put Ayla in touch with a Professor at LUMS in the Social Enterprise initiative to explore whether they are willing to undertake this project (probably a student's summer internship)?
b.Community Driven projects are definitely closer to what we’ve funded in the past. Assuming (2a) doesn’t work out, I’m comfortable with staffing a project team to the project to explore the likelihood of funding community driven projects or data-collection and letting the project team decide which might be a better use of our funding, after we have more information. What do you think?
c. Budget: Is it possible to get a high-level budget for the Community Driven projects and any updated budget (if applicable) for data-collection?

3) Please let us know any updates on web-maintenance. Any help we can get with that will go a long way!

Thanks for all your work! Excited to have you lead the project team on this and glad to hear that CCT is interested in a long-term partnership. Due to other commitments, Amna won’t be taking on the VM role. We are currently looking for a VM and as soon as we have one, we’ll staff up a project team (assuming that the project budget is within the scale that ADP funds).

Thanks!
Mubarik
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Khurram Jamali



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:17 am    Post subject: Ayla's Answers to Mubarik's Questions Reply with quote

Here are Ayla's anwers to Mubarik's questions. Please also find attached some pictures and videos of Machar colony

[u]QUESTION 1[/u]
Do we know whether CFC still needs funding for any of its EQ projects?
a.If so, can we get a budget for their two projects and where they might need assistance?
b. If not, can they suggest other organizations or projects that are ongoing in the EQ areas that ADP might be able to fund?
We still have money left over from the EQ projects, so there is definitely a high probability of funding projects for the EQ region that fulfill our criteria.

[u]ANSWER 1[/u]
CFC received funding for a Mental Health Initiative, Healthcare Initiative and Education Initiative 'Project Kitab' in July 2006. The Mental Health Initiative ran for a six month period and was funded by AUS AID. Currently, CFC is facilitating its Education Initiative in a remote village by the name of Bandi Chakkan located in the Hattian Balla Tehsil. The 'Education Initiative' has taken the shape of a fully functioning tent school since January 2006. This tent school employs six teachers from the village and provides mental health support and art therapy techniques simultaneous to a government certified academic curriculum to attending students. At this time, CFC is working towards providing the village with a permanent structure in place of the tents that have been used since the October 2005 disaster. Unfortunately due to increased rates of construction and winter months coming closer CFC's need for funding for construction is now dire. All blue prints and approvals have been passed by the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) and National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak) for construction to take place. CFC has ensured that all paperwork pertaining to construction is correspondent to government regulation so that the school can be adopted by the Azad Jammu Kashmi (AJK) education system upon completion of a two year period. CFC will be able to send you a detailed budget of the Education Initiative running in AJK in the upcoming week.


[u]QUESTION 2[/u]
2)Public Advocacy/Community Driven Projects:
a.Recording data: LUMS students and professors often do field research similar to what you described above. Instead of having ADP fund someone to do this, do you think it would be helpful to put Ayla in touch with a Professor at LUMS in the Social Enterprise initiative to explore whether they are willing to undertake this project (probably a student's summer internship)?
b.Community Driven projects are definitely closer to what we’ve funded in the past. Assuming (2a) doesn’t work out, I’m comfortable with staffing a project team to the project to explore the likelihood of funding community driven projects or data-collection and letting the project team decide which might be a better use of our funding, after we have more information. What do you think?
c. Budget: Is it possible to get a high-level budget for the Community Driven projects and any updated budget (if applicable) for data-collection?

[u]ANSWER 2[/u]
I would be more then happy to be put in touch with the Professor overseeing the Social Enterprise Initiative at LUMS. However, I would be more excited to involve the students in other data collection exercises pertaining to advocacy, as the program is extremely intense and will require continuous data collection. The proposal presents the basic census needed for moving advocacy forward. The way that the census has been planned, it also serves as an income generation project along with a team building exercise that will be critical in developing relationships needed for introducing community based organizations in the Colony. The Public Advocacy Program has been formatted so that it holistically empowers community members so that they can represent themselves on a larger forum.

I will send the Community Driven Development Project's and Public Advocacy's data collection budget at the same time that I send the Kashmir budget.

[u]QUESTION 3[/u]
3) Please let us know any updates on web-maintenance. Any help we can get with that will go a long way!
[u]ANSWER 3[/u]
I have spoken to the Manager of Business Services, Sami Siddiqui at Creative Caos about assisting ADP with their website. I have given Khurram's name and they will be expecting your phone call. Give Sheila's reference when you speak to him. The phone number is 111-111-426 and his email address is sami@csquareonline.com.
(Tarim, Mubari, maybe you should talk to him directly with my reference, as I'm not sure what all you want him to handle wrt the website)



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here are some pictures
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And some more
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These are the last few I am putting up. THere are tons more but I believe these picutures encapsulate the plight of Machar colony relatively well. Although I wish I could upload the videos too...
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