Helping Hand for Relief and Development is a global humanitarian organization providing relief and assistance to humans globally. HHRD aims to serve humans regardless of gender, class, ethnicity, caste, occupation, etc. The organization has been working in Pakistan since 2007; however, it scaled up its operations after the floods hit Pakistan’s regions.

HHRD significantly scaled up its rehabilitation services after the 2010 floods had badly hit Pakistan, destroying the infrastructure and leaving many homeless. The worst series of floods in Pakistan left 6 million homeless people, and 1.9 million people harmed. HHRD’s priority was to get back people into safe houses. Initially, HHRD distributed tents amongst the survivors of the catastrophe to shelter them. More than 15,600 flood survivors found shelter through this immediate response by HHRD. To provide unique and better rehabilitation services according to people’s needs, HHRD merged its seven key programs to come up with the ‘Adopt a Village/Union Council’ program.

Adopt A Village/Union Council Program

This innovative program was the cornerstone of numerous programs covering all facets of recovery. The program focused on providing medical assistance, aid for livelihoods, development of new skills, creation of permanent housing, education and health facilities, support for orphaned children, and rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems. The preceding Eleven union/village councils were incorporated under this action plan; Charsadda, Nowshera, Swat (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa); Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Mianwali (Punjab); Jacobabad, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Thatta (Sindh); and Jafferabad (Balochistan).

‘Adopt A Village/Union Council Program’ has seven elements. HHRD carried out the following experiments under each component:

Health: HHRD ensured the successful establishment of 11 Mother and Child Health Center (MCHC). The healthcare centers were equipped with all the latest technology and medical equipment to facilitate mothers and children.

Water and Sanitation: HHRD proficiently installed 33 plants for water filtration, 620 boreholes, 700 washing pads, 100 permanent latrines, and 1,100 awareness sessions on hygiene throughout the 11 districts.

Microfinance and Economic Empowerment: HHRD granted Interest-free micro-loans for the reconstruction of subsistence activities worth $ 270,000. Awareness campaigns educating people on matters of financing and loans were also carried out.

Skills Development: HHRD assured the successful establishment of 11 training centers for vocational training and skills training to train 2,475 women (225 women from each UC). The training sessions encouraged women to contribute towards self-sufficiency and financial stability in their respective families.

Construction: HHRD ensured the construction of around 275 good quality permanent two-room, flood-resistant homes (25 in each UC).

Education: Many schools were destroyed due to massive flooding. HHRD completed the rehabilitation of more than 12 schools and assisted students in 84 schools.

Orphan Support: Already vulnerable orphans and widows were severely affected by the natural calamity. Hence, HHRD offered help for schooling, medical, food, and behavioral uplift in flood-affected areas for 1,100 orphans through its various initiatives.

HHRD’s efforts to restore and improve the infrastructural capacity of Pakistan are truly remarkable. The organization has done a lot for the badly affected developing country. Pakistan and the whole world needs more organizations like HHRD.

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