Model Village at Kot Addu
Supported by the Association for the Development of Pakistan, Sahara for Life Welfare Trust is constructing a model village at Basti Ghareebabad in Kot Addu, Distt. Muzaffargarh as part of a larger redevelopment project to build 1,000 houses for families without shelter in flood affected areas. ADP will be funding a subset of this project (10 housing units), thereby addressing the critical need to secure families from vulnerability to harsh weather and water borne diseases with the construction of shelters equipped with WASH facilities.
Basti Ghareebabad is a very small village in the Muzzafargarh district with no access to electricity and other basic infrastructure (in addition to being largely ignored by major aid agencies in the aftermath of the floods in 2010). The town is very close to the banks of two rivers, which meant that the damage from the floods to people’s houses was quite severe.
Once a model village has been constructed, the beneficiaries can begin to make the slow and difficult transition towards routine life, and more targeted assistance can be provided by other NGOs operating in the region. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be households providing labor at nearby factories and brick kilns; the average household size at the selected village is 7-8 people and up to ten households will benefit from the project.
Sahara For Life Trust (SFLT) is a charitable organization established in 1998, enjoying consultative status with United Nations (U.N) (under the charter of DESA) as well as being certified by the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) and accredited as a charity in U.K, USA and Canada. Sahara envisions reaching the unreached and serving the under-served through projects in health and education sectors in remote areas of Pakistan. SFLT is well known for setting up the Shugra Shafi Medical Complex in Narowal, where over 1.2 million people have been treated free of cost to date, and where a Research Centre has been established to find innovative ways to build a strategy for fighting poverty.
Project success will be gauged in terms of whether targeted households are provided access to shelter and proper hygiene, as set out in the following metrics:
- 100% of the targeted families will receive shelter kits;
- 100% of targeted families will avail WASH facilities;
- 100% of targeted families will have access to safe drinking water at their homes.
The primary factor to stand out in the evaluation of this project for ADP is that SFL, through their flood redevelopment program, targets families that will find it hardest to rebuild their homes via a rigorous selection process. Over a year after the floods in 2010, the targeted beneficiaries in the flood affected Muzzafargarh district have a long way to go in rebuilding their lives, and this project aims to help them get started by fulfilling a basic need – shelter. The project also endeavors to promote development in the area through building organized, model villages which would support social and economic development in the area.
Furthermore, SFL is promoting extensive community involvement in the rebuilding process and ensuring that they involve community members in all aspects of the project, from identification of beneficiary property to the actual construction itself, thereby ensuring sustainability. ADP is also excited to be working with an organization of SFL’s caliber. SFL’s track record illustrates significant competence, a perception reinforced by the comprehensive planning and design of the model village project.
Given the success we had with Sahara For Life Trust in the first project, ADP has decided to fund the expansion of the emergency shelter project to build an additional 12-14 houses. Many people have been without shelter since the devastating floods of 2010. Through this project, ADP aims to give them a home.
SFL has reported that based on an exhaustive survey using predefined criteria, the organization identified 12 households that needed shelter more than the others (although all of them are in extreme need). SFL sent a list of finalized beneficiaries along with their monthly report (available on the right hand side of this page). ADP transferred the first tranche of funding in December.
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