HANDS National Leadership Award 2015- at Expo Center Lahore

پینتیس سالوں سے سماجی اور فلاحی خدمات سرانجام دینے والے پاکستان کے عالمی ادارے ہینڈز نے جشن آزادی کے سلسلے میں لاہور میں ایک پروقار تریب کا اہتمام کیا، جس میں ملک کے کونے کونے سے سماجی خدمات انجام دینے والے مرد و حضرات نے بڑی تعداد میں شرکت کی۔

ایکسپو سینٹر میں ہوئی تقریب میں ھینڈز پاکستان و انٹرنیشنل کے بانی اور چیئرمیں پروفیسر ڈاکٹر عبدالغفار بلو، وزیر سماجی بہبود پنجاب ذکعیہ شاہنواز، انصاف یوتھ ونگ کے چیئرمن زبیر احمد خان اور دیگر نے شرکت کی۔ جبکہ ہینڈز کے چیف ایگزیکٹو آفیسر ڈاکٹر تنویر نے ایک کمرے سے شروع ہونے والے ادارے کے پییتیس سالہ سفر پر تفصیلی بریفنگ دی۔

تقربب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے ھینڈز پاکستان و انٹرنیشنل کے بانی اور چیئرمیں پروفیسر ڈاکٹر عبدالغفار بلو نے کہا کہ ھینڈز ایک غیر منافع بخش اور غیر سرکاری رجسٹرڈ تنظیم ہے ، جو ۱۹۷۹سے صحتمند،تعلیم یافتہ، برابری،خوشحال  پاکستان کے واضح تصور کے ساتھ دیھی آبادی کے حالات زندگی کو بہتر بنانے اور آمدنی کے ذرائع پیدا کرنے کے ٹھوس پروگرام کے ذریعےمقامی آبادی کو بااختیار بنانے کے لئے کوشاں  ھےھینڈزصحت،تعلیم،غربت مٹاوّ اور سماجی تحرک کے شعبوں میں مقامی تنظیموں،سرکاری اور  غیر سرکاری اداروں کے اشتراک  سے ملک میں ۳۵اضلاع کے ،۲۰۲۷۴دیہاتوں کی ۱۶۰۲ملین سے زائد آبادی  کو فائدہ پہنچا رہی ہے ھینڈز نے اپنے پروگراموں کو موّثر اور زیادہ فعال بنانے کے لئے جینڈر اور ڈولپمینٹ کو پائیداریت کے پروگراموں سے مربوط کیا ہے۔

معاشرے کی سیاسی، سماجی ، لسانی، مذہبی، معاشی اور نسلی بنیادوں پر تقسیم سماجی ڈھانچے کی شکست و ریخت کی ذمہ دار ہےترقی اور خوشحالی کی بنیاد کسی ملک کے لوگوں کی بہتر حالت زار ہے۔ ترقی یافتہ اور خوشحال ملک وہ ہے جہاں لوگوں کی صحت کا معیار بلند ہے جہاں عوام کو تعلیم اور بہتر خوراک مہیا ہے، جہاں مزدوروں کو ان کی محنت کا حق ملتاہے جہاں معذوروں اور کمزوروں کی دیکھ بھال ہوتی ہے اور جہاں خواتین بااختیار ہوتی ہیں۔

انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ قدرتی آفات ہوں یا پہر خود انسان کی پیدا کردہ تباہکاریاں، بہت زیادہ سنگین مسائل ہیں اور معاشرے کے لئے ایک بہت بڑا چیلینج بہی۔ کہا جاتا ہے کہ قدرتی آفات کے بعد جتنے وسائل اور خاص طور پر جو رقم مختص کی جاتی ہے ، وہ کہیں زیادہ ہے ان وسائل اور رقم کے جو اس سے نمٹنے کے لئے درکار  ہوتی ہے ، یعنی اگر پہلے سے ان قدرتی آفات اور تباہ کاریوں سے نمٹنے کے لئے مناسب منصوبہ بندی اور اقدامات کرلئے جائیں تو نسبتاّ چوتہائی سے بہی کم وسائل اور رقم درکار ہو گی

ترقی یافتہ ممالک نے اس بات کی اہمیت کو سمجہتے ہوئے اپنی حکمت عملی برائے ڈزاسٹر مینیجمینٹ کو اس ہی اصول پر وضع کر رکہی ہے یہی وجہ ہے کہ ان ممالک کے لئے کسی بہی قسم کی آنے والے قدرتی آفات سے نمٹنا فوری طور پر کہیں زیادہ آسان ہو جاتا ہے

بانسبت ترقی پذیر ممالک کے اور انسانی جانوں کا زیادہ نقصان بہی نہیں ہوتا۔ اب ترقی پذیر ممالک میں بہی ان باتوں کو سمجہا جا رہا ہے اور کئی ملکوں نے تو اس پر کام بہی شروع کردیا ہے۔ ضرورت اس بات کی ہے کہ پاکستان بہی ڈزاسٹر مینیجمینٹ کی اہمیت کو سمجہے کیونکہ ماہرین کے رائے کے مطابق پاکستان کو آئندہ کئی سالوں تک قدرتی آفات کا سامنا کرنا پڑیگا ،چنانچہ حکومت اور پالیسی بنانے والوں کو نئے آنے والے  سال کے ترقیاتی فنڈز میں چاروں صوبوں بشمول گلگت بلتستان کے مناسب فنڈ مختص کرنےچاہئے اور اس کے لئے تیکنیکی رہنمائی بہی لینی چاہئےاور اس کو حکومت کی ترجیحات میں شامل کرنا چاھیے۔

تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے وزیر سماجی بہبود پنجاب زکعیہ شاہنواز نے کہا کہ فلاحی کاموں اور انسانیت کی خدمت کیلئے مالی وسائل سے زیادہ جذبے کی ضرورت ہوتی ہے۔ خدمت کا جذبہ دل میں ہو تو وسائل خود بخود میسر ہو جاتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے ہینڈز کی کارکردگی کو سراہا اور کہا کہ حکومت تنہا کچھ نہیں کر سکتی، لوگوں کے مسائل سے نکلنے کیلئے ہینڈز کی طرح دیگر اداروں کو بھی آگے آنا چاہئے۔

یوم آزادي کے مناسبت سے منعقدہ تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے ھینڈز کے چیف ایگزیکیوٹوڈاکٹر شیخ تنویر احمد نے کہاکہپاکستان میں تعلیم امیر آدمی کا سٹیٹس بنتا جا رہا ہے،انصاف کی طرح تعلیم پربھی ہر کسی کا حق ہونا چاہیے،ملک میں جس طرح دفاع کے نام پر کوئی کمپرومائز نہیں کیا جاتا اسی طرح تعلیم کے شعبے میں ترقی کیلئے بھی کوئی کمپرومائز نہیں ہوناچاہیے۔تعلیم برائے نوکری کا تصور ختم ہونا چاہیے۔میٹرک کے سالانہ نتائج 2015ء کا جائزہ لیں توپتا چلتا ہے کہ 50فیصد آبادی ابھی بھی میٹرک تک تعلیم حاصل نہیں کر پائی

پرائیویٹ یونیورسٹیوں کی تعدادسرکاری یونیورسٹیوں سے زیادہ ہوچکی ہے یا مستقبل قریب میں ہو جائیگی جو معیار تعلیم کی بہتری کیلئے کوئی اچھی علامت نہیں ہے۔فیسوں کا موازنہ کریں توسرکاری یونیورسٹی کی ایک سال کی فیس پرائیویٹ یونیورسٹی کے ایک سمسٹر کی فیس سے بھی کم ہے۔

کچھ شعبے ایسے ہوتے ہیں جس میں لاگت یا پیسے کا عنصر شامل نہیں ہونا چاہیے ،اس میں دو شعبے تعلیم اور صحت نمایا ں ہیں۔بدقسمتی سے دونوں شعبوں کے اندرلاگت یا پیسے عنصرکے ساتھ پرائیویٹ سیکٹر نے شامل ہوکر دونوں شعبوں کا بیڑہ غرق کر دیا ہے۔جس سے اب معیاری تعلیم کی جگہ پیسے نے لے لی ہے۔

انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ

خوشحال ملکوں میں رات کے وقت بھی تعلیمی اداے کھلے11838925_853187618111595_8436828731282479357_o رہتے ہیں جبکہ ہمیں رات کے وقت اپنے تعلیمی اداروں کی عمارتوں کو پرانا کرنے کے سوا کچھ حاصل نہیں ہوتالہذا تعلیم کے میدان میں ترقی کرنے کیلئے ہمیں رات کے وقت بھی سب کیمپسسز کھولنے چاہئیں۔

انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ موجودہ صورتحال میں پاکستان کا قدرتی آفات اور دیگر ماحولیاتی خطرات میں گھرے ہونے کے پیش نظر ھینڈز نے اپنے کمیونٹی ڈیولپمینٹ کے کاموں کے ساتھ ساتھ ڈزاسٹر مینیجمینٹ کی خصوصی حکمت عملی بہی واضع کر رکہی ہے اور اس حکمت عملی کے تحت ھینڈز نے کمیونٹی بیسڈ ڈساسٹر مینیجمینٹ سینٹرز تعمیر کیے ہیں، یہ سینٹرز تباہ حال  اور متاثرہ گاوّں اور دیہاتوں کے لوگوں کو انکے گھروں کی تعمیر میں مدد کیلئے تربیت فراہم کر رہے ہیں۔

تقریب میں بہتر کارکردگی کی بنیاد پر ہینڈز کے کارکنوں میں ایوارڈز تقسیم کئے گئے۔ تقریب میں نعت خوانی اور گانوں کے مقابلے بھی ہوئے۔ تقریب میں ملک بھر سے آئے کارکن ملی نغموں پر قومی پرچم اٹھائے جھومتے رہے۔۔

HANDS Report on Nepal Earthquake Relief July 3rd, 2015

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HANDS Report on Nepal Earthquake Relief

July 3rd, 2015

Background Situation: 

Two months have passed since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal on April 25 2015. Since then, the country has experienced hundreds of aftershocks, including a pair with a magnitude of 7.3 and 6.3 on 12 May. These earthquakes and aftershocks have had a devastating effect and directly affected millions of people. Among other things, it has led to the loss of thousands of lives, the displacement of over 110,000 people, and the destruction of billions of dollars of property. HANDS international Nepal team is working in close partnership with the Government of Nepal and local partners to respond to the urgent needs of victims specially women, children and older in earthquake affected districts in Nepal.

HANDS International Nepal team provided emergency relief support by providing temporary shelter support to 301 families, food items to 484 and medical services to 405 persons.

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HANDS International team along with teachers and community helping construction of temporary learning center in VDC Papaldanda in Sindhupalchowk district.

HANDS International signed MoU with Nepal education department to support process of reopening of schools by constructing temporary learning centers TLCs in 04 schools, till end of June HANDS completed construction of 5 TLCs with 11 class rooms in two schools with support of Medico International Germany helping 500 children to start their educational and recreation activities. School kit, ECD kit and recreation kits were also provided in these TLCs. These TLCs were handed over to school committee and children in presence of UN HQ based Mr. John Ging, Director UN-OCHA, District Education officer, National Education cluster team, community, and teacher. Medico International funded for construction of 15 TLCs along with provision of schools kits ( School, ECD and recreation kits) and WASH. Considering the damages in Sindhupalchowk where 95% schools are damaged in earthquake. HANDS International on request of district education department expanding its temporary learning centers program to other two VDCs.

HANDS International on request of National Education cluster Visited district Okhaldung, about 08 hours travel from Kathmandu to reach Okhaldunga. HANDS International committed to support 10 schools committees by providing CGI (ZINC/IRON) sheets to build temporary learning centers in monsoon season, HANDS International is co lead for district cluster along with Govt and street child UK.      HANDS International along with UK Based NGO Street Child submitted joint proposal to UNICEF for TLCs support in Okhaldunga district.

10005947_882507828489776_6479748000707887483_oHANDS International Nepal  supported 301 families by providing emergency  shelter material in badly damaged areas of Lalitpur                                                           district

HANDS international with support of Abu Faisal Trust UK distributed food to 66 families in Lalitpur district.

Domain name for HANDS International Nepal was registered as “handsinternational.org.np” through national mercantile Registration Services

MERCANTILE-COMMUNICATIONS-Kathmandu.

HANDS International registration and general agreement with Nepalese Social Welfare Council SWC was approved from SWC board and forwarded to 12 ministries board for final approval. This process was highlighted by one of largest circulated newspaper of Nepal The Himalayan Times mentioning HANDS International name among INGOs applied for registration with Govt of Nepal to work in Nepal.

Collaboration:

HANDS International team is working in close coordination with Government and local partners aiming at maximizing the efficiency of our interventions and developing god liaison and networking, HANDS Nepal team participated in various cluster meetings held in concerned departments offices, UN House, Lalitpur.. Meetings with UNESCO, UNICEF, Islamic Relief, Street Child UK, and ACTED teams were conducted to discuss any possible partnership opportunities. HANDS team with facilitation of ECCA team

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Children of Sidi Kamala Devi school,VDC Pipaldanda, sindhupakchowk in joyfull mood after restoring school and recreation activities in newly constructed Temporary Learning Centers. HANDS International with support of Medico International constructed 06 temporary class rooms in this school.

conducted many meetings with other NGOs and Government authorities and departments. The purpose of these meetings was to gather the information about the earthquake affected areas and the population, priority needs of the survivors and to share the HANDS plan for the relief activities.

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The lower secondary school Dakshnikali is located in the municipality of Chauatara in ward 1, formerly VDC Pipaldanda district Sindhupalchowk which is almost 4 hours from Kathmandu.
The school was devastated by earthquake on 25th April and aftershock on 12th May leaving its 125 kids learning in appalling and dangerous conditions.
Although the school is not too far from Chauatara town (district headquarter) due to hills and poor infrastructure it is challenging to access to school.
In Response: But these challenges didn’t put us off and at the beginning of May 2015 HANDS International began work to construct Temporary Learning Centers by constructing 5 temporary classrooms using bamboos, tarpaulin sheets, CGI sheets for 125 children. Till date 08 temporary learning centers have completed providing 16 classrooms in schools.
The earthquakes destroyed or heavily damaged over 32,000 classrooms in Nepal and we need your support to help get more kids back to school

Please consider donating today to support HANDS projects like this one.

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HANDS early relief packages included the provision of emergency shelter, mobile medical services and dry food ration provision to affected families. The area situation analysis and assessment, then the beneficiaries assessment were carried out by the HANDS & ECCA teams with consultation of the district government and local VDC (village development committees). The beneficiaries forms were filled and token were issued, verified by the representatives of local government officials and community representatives. The summary of beneficiaries is given in table:

S. No. Relief Package Geographical Area No. of Beneficiaries Families No. of persons benefited
1 Mobile Medical camps District Sindhupalchowk including Chautara Municipality, Chautara ward 2 (Guarati), Bagh Bazar, ChagulaTole, Baspati; in Milamchi at Kharka and Talamara 405
2 Food (dry ration package for 7 days) District Sindhupalchowk, Chautara Municipality 484 3388
3 Emergency Shelter District Lalitpur, VDC Dalchoki 301 2107
TOTAL Two districts   5886

Emergency Shelters

After the need assessment of the area, the beneficiaries’ assessment was conducted in VDC – Dalchoki.

It has been selected for temporary shelter distribution, as all 299 houses are destroyed or damaged.

301 Tarpaulin sheets along with 3000 nails and ropes were distributed in Ward 1 to 9 of VDC Dalchoki, to 301 families. (286+15)

The solar lights were also distributed among the lactating women, to the Health post staff and birthing station staff as the power supply is remained disconnected since earthquake.

  • Chlorine solution is distributed among the 200 families in ward 6 and 3, to purify water for drinking purposes.Mobile Medical Services:

    HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with financial support of Medico International and local collaborative partner ECCA. A

    Overall report of 4 Medical Camps:

  • Diseases % Total Patients < 5 Years > 5 Years
    Male Female Male Female
    Diarrhea 3.2 13 3 5 5
    Dysentery 0.0
    ARI 24.9 101 12 10 34 45
    Suspected Malaria 0.0
    Suspected Measles 0.0
    Skin Disease 4.2 17 2 1 2 12
    Eye Infections 1.2 5 1 1 3
    Fractures 0.2 1 1
    Injuries 9.4 38 26 12
    Others 56.8 230 6 2 91 131
    Total 405 24 13 160 208

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                          Distribution of Patients on Gender and Age basis:

    Disease Pattern and Age wise proportion of Patients:

    Only 13 patients of diarrhea reported which are 3 children, 5 male and female. Highest number of cases reported was 101 of acute respiratory infections. Among these were 22 children below five years of age, 34 male and 45 female. Total 38 patients treated of injuries, mostly of minor wounds, bruises and blunt injuries. All of these were above than 5 years of age and mostly male (26).                                         Untitled-7 copy

    Food Distribution:

  • After the situation analysis and need assessment, HANDS and ECCA team jointly decided to provide the dry Food ration to the needy families. The food package included the Rice 20 kg, Pulses 2 kg, Sugar 2 kg, cooking oil 2 liters and salt 1 kg. This package is for 7 days food for a family of 7 members each. The initial beneficiary assessment forms were filled and tokens were issued through the Municipality committee officials. Then on mutually agreed two food distribution sites/points were identified and selected. The tokens were verified on date of distribution and food package were given to the 484 families.

    HANDS Introduction:

    HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 31 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 44 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteer Board Members, more than 1700 full time staff and thousands of community based volunteers of more than 5200 community based partner organizations.

    HANDS has a vast experience to deal with Emergencies during the recent disasaters in the cuntry.

    1. Punjab Flood Emergency Response September 2014Emergency response was initiated within 24 hours in District MuzzafarGarh, Multan, MandiBahauddin, Jhang, Chiniot,  Hafizabad, Sialkot &Rajanpur more than 12000 beneficiaries  received relief package from HANDS and are still continue.

      2. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014:Drought in Tharparkar March 2014 Relief Packages provided to 6000 Families in 2 Months .                                                                                                   . Nutrition support (April to June 2014): (6 to 59 months) children total cured (MAM & SAM) 1480                                                                                 . Nutrition support (July to Sep 2014): (6 to 59 months)children total cured (MAM & SAM) 5502.

      3. IDPs of North Waziristan Agency 2014:

      Emergency Response was initiated within 36 hours to provide assistance to IDPs at Bannu, KP.                                                                                          4.Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014: Emergency Response was initiated within 5 hours and Relief package was provided to 6,000 families in 2 months.                                                                                               5Earthquake in Awaran Baluchistan in October 2013:

      Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours & comprehensive relief package was provided in hard conditions and conflicted areas within two months to 10,000 families.

    2. Rain Emergency 2012 in Northern Sindh, South Punjab &Balochistan:
    3. Emergency response was initiated within 6 hours. Distribution of emergency relief package was provided to 27000 families within 2 months
    4. Rain Emergency 2011 in Southern Districts of Sindh:Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours in 8 districts. 29000 families were reached within 2 moths
      1. Flood Emergency 2010: Emergency response was initiated within 4 hours in northern Sindh & 36,000 families were reached within 1 month.
        1. Kashmir Earthquake 2005Emergency response was initiated within 24  hours at Batgram more than 1000 patients / clients were treated.
          1. Badin Cyclone 2002
          2. HANDS emergency response was initiated within 6 hours at Badin and more than 700 patients / clients were treated.ECCA Introduction:

            ECCA (environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) was established in July 1987 as a nonprofit, non-political, non-government organization. ECCA is registered in Government of Nepal, District Administration Office, Jwagol, Kupondol-10, Lalitpur Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Kathmandu. ECCA has been a leading organization in the sector of social mobilization and community development. It implements various programs so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources and application of alternate and renewable technologies.

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          4. Contact Information:

            In Nepal

            HANDS International country office Nepal:                                   Contact Person:                                                                          Waseem Solangi                                                                             House # 254/20 Okharbot Marga,                                                     New Baneshower Opposite to Societal School ,                        Kathmandu, Nepal, Phone: +00977- 9813347891

            In Pakistan

            HANDS Head Office

            Contact Person:

            1. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS Pakistan & International

            Cell: +92-300-8200507

            Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk

            Cell: +92-346-8209538

            Email: ghulam.mustafa@hands.org.pk

            1. Muhammad Raheem Marri, General Manager Disaster Management Program HANDS

            Cell: +92-346-8209561

            Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk

            Address:

            1. No. 140-C, Block-2, PECHS, Karachi, Pakistan

            Tel: +92-21-34552804

            Email: info@hands.org.pk

            Web: www.hands.org.pk,

            youtube.com/handsinstitute, facebook.com/hands.org.pk, handspakistan.wordpress.com, flickr.com/photos/handspakistan, twitter.com/handspakistan

            In London

            HANDS International

            Address:

            Head Office: 483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS, United Kingdom.

            ​Tel: 020 3633 3679 – from outside UK +44 20 3633 3679

            Email: info@handsinternational.org.uk

            Web: www.handsinternational.org.uk

          5. Ghulam Mustafa Zaor, General Manager, IDEAS program HANDS

       

HANDS Emergency Response for Heat Wave affected People of Karachi June 2015

HANDS Emergency Response for Heat Wave affected People of Karachi

June 2015

Background Situation:

The current heat wave in Sindh affected every one and as the temperature continues to soar leading to large number of deaths mainly due to Heat stroke. During last 10 days 1000 deaths have been recorded from heat-related problems at different hospitals of the megacity Karachi.

In Karachi city, most of the patients were brought to Jinnah Hospital, AbbasiShaheed hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, Civil Hospital, Lyari General Hospital, Liaquat National hospital, Indus Hospital, HANDS-Jamkanda HospitalLandhi and Zia-uddin Hospital. According to the hospital resources thousands of Heat Stroke patients have been managed and treated during last one week. Further according to Pakistan metrological department the heat wave / warm weather will remain continue till coming two days.

Introduction of HANDS Pakistan:

HANDS was founded by Prof.A.G.Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979.HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model. HANDS has a network of 30 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 34 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteers Board Members, more than 1502 full time staff and nearly one million community based volunteers of 5205 medium and small size organizations.

HANDS Pakistan is registered under Societies Act, is certified by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP) and Tax exempted by Income Tax Department Government of Pakistan. HANDS has qualified the Institutional Management Program (IMCP) of USAID of management standards. HANDS is accredited with European Union. HANDS also possess membership with Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP).

HANDS International recently established its office in London, United Kingdom. HANDS international –UK is registered as Non-Profit Organization in Companies Act 2006 of England and Wales.

HANDS Disaster Management Program:

HANDS Disaster Management Program aims to reduce, or avoid the potential losses from the hazards, assure prompt and appropriate assistance to victims or survivors of disaster, and achieve rapid and effective recovery.

HANDS has established ThirteenDisaster Risk Management Centers in Two Provinces i.e. Sindh and Punjab, inlcuding districts are Karachi, Thatta, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Mirpurkhas,Hyderabad, Umerkot,  Sanghar,Matiari, Ghotki, Jamshoro and Muzafargarh. HANDS has its base office with well-equipped warehouse in Karachi.

HANDS Disaster Management Program responded to major disasters in Pakistan and has vast experience to deal with emergency responses during the recent disaster in Pakistan and out of the country.

  1. 1. Heat Stroke Affected Emergency Response at Karachi: 2015Immediately Emergency Response is initiated by establishing Heat Stroke Relief camps at Jinnah Hospital Karachi and at HANDS Hospital Jamkanda Bin Qasim town of District Malir more than 10000  people have been received HANDS relief including medical  services.
    1. 2. Emergency Response at Nepal Earthquake: 2015Immediately Emergency Response was initiated to evacuate the Earthquake affected people of Nepal and still it is continue.
      1. 3. Flood in Punjab MuzzafarGarh, Sialkot, Chiniot, MandiBahauddin, Hafizabad and Jhang 2014:Immediately Emergency Response was initiated to evacuate the effected population by providing transport, Medical services and Dewatering Machines. Still services are continue
      2. 4. IDPs of North Waziristan Agency 2014:
        1. Emergency Response was initiated within 36 hours to provide assistance to IDPs and Services are still continuing at Bannu, K
        2. 5. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014:Emergency Response was initiated within 5 hours and Relief package was provided to 6,000 families in 2 months.
        3. 6. Earthquake in AwaranBalochistan in October 2013:
          1. Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours & comprehensive relief package was provided in hard conditions and conflicted areas within two months to 10,000 families.
          2. 7. Rain Emergency 2012 in Northern Sindh, South Punjab &Balochistan:
            1. Emergency response was initiated within 6 hours. Distribution of emergency relief package was provided to 27000 families within 2 months.
            2. 8. Rain Emergency 2011 in Southern Districts of Sindh: Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours in 8 districts. 29000 families were reached within 2 moths
            3. 9. Flood Emergency 2010: Emergency response was initiated within 4 hours in northern Sindh & 36,000 families were reached within 1 month.HANDS Emergency Response for Heat wave affected people of Karachi:Chief Executive HANDS has declared emergency in HANDS Jamkhanda hospital, Malir Karachi to treat patients with heat stroke on emergency basis and presence of doctors, paramedical staff and necessary medicines is being ensured. HANDS also established “Heat Stroke Relief Center” at HANDS Jamkhanda hospital, Malir to provide free of cost relief to the citizens who are affected due to extreme heat wave. Further HANDS Disaster Management Program has established Heat Stroke Relief camps at Jinnah Hospital Karachi and at HANDS Hospital Jamkanda Bin Qasim town of District Malir to provide the relief to affected patients/ attendants with support of Friends of HANDS.
            4. Details ofRelief packagedistributed by the HANDS Pakistan at Heat Wave Relief Centers:
              • 923 Patients were treated through HANDS Hospital Jamkandaduring last 5 days.
              • More than 1500  patients/attendants  received food packets (Aftari) with support of friends of HANDS
              • More than 16000  people/ patients/attendants  received Sweet water  + safe drinking water
              • 11263 Mineral water bottles distributed to patients/attendants.
              • More than 4000 ORS packets  andsmall wet towels were distributed to the patients.
              • Awareness/ Education regarding “How to prevent from Heat Stroke” were delivered to the people.
              • Awareness/ Education how to prevent from Heat Stroke: Untitled-1 copy
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                • HANDS Pakistan contacts information:Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive ‐ HANDS Pakistan140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 03008200507Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk , Website: www.hands.org.pk

                  Dr. Muhammad Aslam Khan – Chief Operating Executive, HANDS Pakistan140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 0300‐2010061 Email:aslam.khan@hands.org.pk, Website: www.hands.org.pk

                   Dr. Muhammad Sarwat Mirza – Chief Research & Development Executive, HANDS Pakistan HANDS Islamabad Office: H. No. 241, Street 86, Sector G-9/4, Islamabad Tel: +92-51-2325560; Cell: 0346-1117788 Email: sarwat.mirza@hands.org.pk, Website: www.hands.org.pk

                   Muhammad RaheemMarri, General Manager ‐ Disaster Management Program HANDS 140‐C, Block‐2, PECHS, Karachi, Ph: 021‐34527698, Cell# 0346‐8209561Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk , Website: www.hands.org.pk

                  Donations: HANDS Account No.003800613865-03 (Habib Bank Limited)  HANDS Zakat Account No. 003800705395-03 (Habib Bank Limited)

                  Maqbool Ahmed Rahu ,District Executive Manager ‐ Karachi Urban E64/1 , Block‐7, Gulshan-e- Iqbal,Abul- Hassan IspahaniRoadKarachi, Ph: 021‐34992699, Cell# 0346‐8209537 Email:maqbool.rahu@hands.org.pkWebsite: www.hands.org.pk

                  Donations: HANDS Account No.003800613865-03 (Habib Bank Limited) HANDS Zakat Account No. 003800705395-03 (Habib Bank Limited)

HANDS Report on Nepal Earthquake Relief June 13, 2015

Background Situation:

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu. Government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The worst affected districts include Sindulpalchowk, Kabhrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Manang, Chitawan and Nawalparsi. Most of these districts are located in Central region and Western region.

Update on new wave of Earthquake on May 12, 2015

  • On 12 May, a 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal at 12:50 p.m. local time (UTC+5:45) near Chilankha Village Development Committee in Dolakha District.
  • A total of 32 districts were affected, including those still recovering from the 25 April 7.8 magnitude earthquake
    • The Government confirmed 65 deaths and 1,926 people injured.
    • Within the vicinity of the Chautara humanitarian hub, at least 20 buildings collapsed.
    • Heavy rain and aftershocks caused an influx of people to the Chautara humanitarian hub.
    • In Dolakha District, a large number of houses were damaged by the 12 May earthquake.
    • Debris removal remains a priority in all affected districts to ensure access to areas blocked by landslides.

Presentation1

Updates 13th June

Monsoon season in Nepal

People in Nepal are accustomed to adapting to the seasonal changes the monsoon brings to their lives. This includes changes in movement of people and goods, adjustments to livelihood methods, and challenges in terms of storage of assets that need to be protected from damp and wet conditions and the risk of flooding. The timing of the earthquake just prior to monsoon season means that challenges this year will be greater than usual and that the capacity of communities and households to be prepared for the monsoon will be stretched. The impending monsoon increases the urgency for humanitarian stakeholders to respond as rapidly as possible prior to the onset of the rains and to find ways to modify response during the monsoon to continue to meet the most urgent needs.

According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the 2015 monsoon is forecast to arrive in the southeastern part of Nepal around 5 June, and to spread westward across the country by 20 June (AGU Landslide Blog 20/05/2015). The monsoon lasts for an average of 105 days, with much higher rainfall experienced in the eastern region compared with the western region, with a peak in the central region (Sigdel and Ikeda 2012, Ichiyanagi et al. 2007). This means that, of the districts highly-affected by the earthquake, the monsoon will reach Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, and Ramechhap first, followed by the central region (Dolakha, Khabrepalanchok, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading), and will reach Gorkha last. In terms of agro-ecological zones, the hills receive higher annual rainfall than the mountains (Panthi et al. 2015). 80% of Nepal’s annual rainfall occurs during the monsoon period (Neupane 2008). When the monsoon withdraws it moves from west to east, the opposite sequencing of the onset (Gautam and Regmi 2013). Long-term trends point to a delayed withdrawal, which would see monsoon rains lasting progressively later into the year.

Presentation2Monsoon season-Potential impacts on Humanitarian assistance

Changes in access to settlements in parts of Nepal are a regular feature of the monsoon season. However, there is greater concern with access this year due to the instability of roads and the increased number of landslides to date, with more expected. The monsoon will impact access across all clusters/sectors in the delivery of aid.

Physical access to communities in need and by communities in need:

Road access will become increasingly difficult as rains make rural roads muddy, and difficult or impossible to navigate by vehicle. This impacts both the delivery of assistance and community access to services such as health care and markets.

Continued landslides pose a risk for blocking roads, taking out bridges connecting villages, and injuring people using mountain footpaths. The capacity to rapidly respond to blocked roads, mountain paths and damaged infrastructure varies.

Air access is known to become more difficult during the monsoon with a smaller window of safe travel time available. Rain and fog hinder helicopter access to higher altitude areas. Flight details specific to monsoon season were unavailable at time of writing, but flight cancellations are a common feature of air transport in Nepal. In 2014, domestic airlines cancelled 12,675 flights- one third of their total scheduled flights- mostly due to weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds, or blinding fog

 Potential Sectoral Impacts

FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOODS

The timing of the monsoon is crucial for agricultural output, as 67% of agricultural land in Nepal is rain-fed. The Central Region, which contains 12 earthquake-affected districts (Sindhupalchok, Rasuwa, Dhading, Ramechhap, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Sindhuli, Nuwakot, Makawanpur, Kabhrepalanchok, Chitwan), is the largest supplier of food grain in the country, contributing a third of total national rice and wheat production

SHELTER

Durable shelter that adequately protects inhabitants from rain and wind is necessary before the monsoon arrives. Due to the access issues outlined above there is added pressure on ensuring materials to provide this shelter are available in more remote areas prior to the monsoon because once the monsoon arrives delivery will be come much more difficult.

Spontaneous camps that have sprung up in flat urban areas of the valley will be prone to flooding. There will be a need to identify ways to ensure that the food and NFIs people have will not be destroyed by water.

Heavy rainfall and flooding in Chautara, Sindhupalchok in mid-May has already had a negative impact on the living conditions for the displaced population in the municipality

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

The monsoon brings with it an increase in several health concerns, particularly water-related diseases such as diarrhoea. The key concern in relation to health is that the issues regularly identified as problems during the monsoon will be worse than usual this year as a result of the impact of the earthquake in terms of living conditions, water and sanitation and that these will be further exacerbated if access to healthcare is more challenging than usual.

EDUCATION

The government plans to resume school using Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs), combined with re-opening schools that did not have damage. A shortage of materials for construction of TLCs is anticipated in many areas, and it is likely to take weeks to set up a TLC with a toilet for each damaged school. Communities eager to resume school may attempt quick repairs of damaged buildings with insufficient planning and limited budgets, which may result in unintentionally unsafe structures. Safe, flat spaces for these TLCs must be identified in cases where damaged schools are at risk of landslide or flooding.Slide2

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  • Total 330 humanitarian agencies are implementing some 2,200 humanitarian activities. To inform the planning and coordination of relief and early recovery in support of Government efforts, operational information are being consolidated from partners on the ground into a 4W to illustrate who is doing what, where and when.
  • According to the Ministry of Health and Population, 26 hospitals were damaged and more than 900 village health facilities outside the Kathmandu Valley are nonfunctional.
  • On 10 May, a district authority-led rapid multi-sectoral assessment started across all Village Development Committees (VDC) in Sindhupalchowk to generate a harmonized set of basic data for all clusters at the VDC levels. Cluster-specific assessments will complement the rapid multi-sectoral assessment.
  • Heavy rain and hail on 10 May caused significant flooding in the Chautara area affecting people without homes now living in temporary shelters. Unseasonal rains continue to further impede access by road to the most-remote VDCs.

Situation Overview May 11, 2015

  • Highest rate of destruction reported in districts Sindupalchowk and Gorkha. Across large parts of Dhading, Nuwakot and Ramecchap districts, more than 80 per cent of houses have been flattened.
  • In affected areas almost all of the population staying outside homes or in make-shift shelters, which are mostly arranged by them.
  • The demolition of damaged buildings is urgent
  • At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school unless urgent action is taken to assess schools in the affected districts and provide temporary learning spaces where schools are destroyed
  • There is an immediate need to restore primary health care services and provide rehabilitation support to discharged patients.
  • The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) estimates that each month about 1,500 pregnant women are likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth requiring medical care.
  • More than 535,000 children under age-5, 60,000 pregnant women and 637,000 adolescent girls are at risk of illness requiring special care in 14 districts according to the Health Management Information System (HMIS) data.
  • The Government and humanitarian partners have by now reached all the affected districts and are refining information on needs of affected people, particularly in remote and hard-to-reach areas.Slide4
    • More than 70% affected population have no access to safe drinking water
    • About 90% affected population are forced for OFD
    • The most of the temples, religious and heritage sites are damaged, but the more modern structures have withstood the severity of the quakes
    • National telecommunications systems and services and power supplies have been severely damaged throughout the affected area but now gradually improving
    • In many of the areas people have lost the seeds for sowing or planting for next season

    Earthquake Response by Governments and UN partners in Nepal

    The United Nations and its partners are scaling up operations as the information from all affected areas is refining to address the most urgent needs.The Government continues to coordinate relief support from over 16 countries. As of 10 May, the Government has released a total of 2.84 billion Nepalese Rupees (approximately US$ 21 million) to support relief operations in the affected districts.

    Humanitarian needs – including food, shelter and improve sanitation – remain cause for concern. A scale-up of operations is required to ensure immediate and principled assistance reaches people in desperate need within the next six weeks, in advance of the monsoon season. Shelter remains the most critical need in the affected areas

    • Orthopedic equipment and supplies are urgently needed in the Kathmandu Valley.  There is a need to support assisted discharge for earthquake injured patients who need post-operation follow-up and rehabilitation. Only 254 surgical operations are performed in five districts.
    • Measles (children 6 – 59 months) and Rubella crash vaccination initiated in Kathmandu valley districts.
    • An estimated 15,000 children (6 to 59 months old) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) require therapeutic feeding and 70,000 children (6 to 59 months) with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) need supplementary food.
    • Blanket supplementary feeding is needed for some 200,000 children and pregnant and lactating women. Some 126,000 children (0 to 23 months) need nutritious food to avoid malnourishment
    • Vitamin A, micronutrient supplements and deworming pills are needed for some 362,000 children (6 to 59 months) and 185,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
    • There is insufficient therapeutic food for an estimated 10,000 children with SAM and supplementary food for 70,000 children with MAM
    • Regarding shelter, self-recovery becoming more and more prominent but some logistic and technical assistance is required. The issue of Tarp sheet or CGI is still confusing for the local partners.
    • Sanitation response seems to be very sluggish. An already poor status of improve sanitation (37%), and a community priority, mobilization is urgently required with shelter support.
    • For early recovery, the local government system the Village Development Committees should be mobilized and rehabilitated, as more than 150 VDCs offices are also damaged

    HANDS Introduction:

    HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 31 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 44 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteer Board Members, more than 1700 full time staff and thousands of community based volunteers of more than 5200 community based partner organizations.

    HANDS has a vast experience to deal with Emergencies during the recent disasaters in the cuntry.          

    1. Punjab Flood Emergency Response September 2014

    Emergency response was initiated within 24 hours in District MuzzafarGarh, Multan, MandiBahauddin, Jhang, Chiniot,  Hafizabad, Sialkot &Rajanpur more than 12000 beneficiaries  received relief package from HANDS and are still continue.

    1. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014:

    Drought in Tharparkar March 2014 Relief Packages provided to 6000 Families in 2 Months and relief services.

    • Nutrition support (April to June 2014): (6 to 59 months) children total cured (MAM & SAM) 1480
    • Nutrition support (July to Sep 2014): (6 to 59 months)children total cured (MAM & SAM) 5502.
    1. IDPs of North Waziristan Agency 2014:

    Emergency Response was initiated within 36 hours to provide assistance to IDPs at Bannu, KP.

    1. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014: Emergency Response was initiated within 5 hours and Relief package was provided to 6,000 families in 2 months.
    2. Earthquake in AwaranBalochistan in October 2013: Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours & comprehensive relief package was provided in hard conditions and conflicted areas within two months to 10,000 families.
    3. Rain Emergency 2012 in Northern Sindh, South Punjab &Balochistan: Emergency response was initiated within 6 hours. Distribution of emergency relief package was provided to 27000 families within 2 months
    4. Rain Emergency 2011 in Southern Districts of Sindh:

    Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours in 8 districts. 29000 families were reached within 2 moths

    1. Flood Emergency 2010:

    Emergency response was initiated within 4 hours in northern Sindh & 36,000 families were reached within 1 month.

    1. Kashmir Earthquake 2005

    Emergency response was initiated within 24  hours at Batgram more than 1000 patients / clients were treated.

    1. Badin Cyclone 2002

    HANDS emergency response was initiated within 6 hours at Badin and more than 700 patients / clients were treated.

    ECCA Introduction:

    ECCA (environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) was established in July 1987 as a nonprofit, non-political, non-government organization. ECCA is registered in Government of Nepal, District Administration Office, Jwagol, Kupondol-10, Lalitpur Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Kathmandu.

    ECCA has been a leading organization in the sector of social mobilization and community development. It implements various programs so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources and application of alternate and renewable technologies.

    HANDS Relief Intervention in Nepal:

    1. Situation Analysis by HANDS

    The process of situation analysis is continued with the relief activities. HANDS team with support and facilitation of local partner organization ECCA conducted a quick situation analysis. The process includes the information sharing by the ECCA team, field visits observation, information from the local government authorities and the local resident communities.

    In phase-1, the areas covered were Khokana and Bangumati, which are peri-urban slums of Patan city in Lalitpur district, and the village development committee (VDC) Dalchoki,  rural area in district Lalitpur.

    In phase-2,the situation analysis was conducted along with mobile medical camps in Chautara Municipality and Guarati ward-2 of Chautara, both are located in Sindhupalchowk district, and in VDC Malta located in district Lalitpur.

    PHASE-1

    A.1 Situation in Khokana and Bangumati, district Lalitpur:

    • 80% of the buildings and houses are demolished or badly damaged and fragile. In these areas, many families live in fragile and vulnerable homes with outer walls and/or foundations constructed from poor quality materials. Most of them now sitting in open places. Shelters are not provided to these affected families.
    • The water supply lines are totally damaged. Now the district municipal government and other iNGOs have installed large water storage tanks. The water is supplied by the water tankers. Few of the NGOs are supplying chlorine solution to make the water safe for drinking purpose. The volunteers of the NGOs are providing information and conducting awareness sessions on hygiene and  use of chlorine solution for purification of water making it safe for drinking
    • Most of the latrines are also damaged. But the people are sharing the latrine in safe buildings in the neighboring area.
    • Medical services are provided by the Government health facilities, Thai army teams and NGOs. There was no critical health need identified.
    • Majority of the families have enough food stock, which they are retrieving the rubble. For immediate need the NGOs and citizens of Kathmandu are supplying cooked food. Nepal Army troops are supporting the families to recover the livlihood material from the damaged or demolished buildings and houses.
    • The religious sites such as temples and historical sites in these areas are also badly damaged or totally demolished.

    A.2 Situation in Dalchoki, district Lalitpur

    The Dalchoki is a VCD (village Development Committee), located towards the south of Patan city (district Headquarter of Lalitpur) in Kathmandu valley. It is spread over the mountainous area, nearly 34 Km from the Kathmandu city. It comprised of 9 wards, which are the smallest administrative unit. Each VCD is administered by the local people committee having representation from each ward. Here the population is widely dispersed in the mountains. There most of the houses are located in isolation, and at few places in small cluster of 4-6 houses. Most of the houses are made of mud and stones.  The information is based on observation, individuals community members and families including women and elders, and the representatives of the VDC. The data and few of the relevant information is also verified by the VDC records and Government local Health post record.

    • There were 299 houses in the VDC. The population is 1896.
    • Nearly 99% houses are fully damaged or need to be demolished for re-construction.
    • One death reported from the area
    • The people are living in open air or made temporary makeshift arrangement from the demolished tin sheets or mats etc.
    • The water supply is intact. It is government arrangement. Many houses previously have tap water supply within their homes, that have been damaged. But the community taps are functional. They used the same water for drinking purpose as well. Considering it safe for drinking they usually did not take any measures for its purification. Now the ECCA is supplying chlorine solution and providing awareness regarding the methodology and significance of purification of water for drinking purpose.Slide5
      • It is ODF free community. Although Latrines have been damaged in many of the houses, but almost all sharing the functional latrines within their neighborhood. No one is going for ODF.
      • Almost all families have food stocks, which they have recovered from the rubble.
      • Many animals are perished including goats, cows, and buffaloes
      • One Government Sub-Health Post is functional in ward 3, although it is partially damaged. Health assistant and Nurse assistant are residing there, providing the mobile services in different wards since the earthquake. One birthing station is also located in ward 3. One skilled birth attendant is residing in adjacent rooms with family. The building remained unaffected. The center is functional, usually 3-4 normal deliveries are conducted by the SBA.

       

      PHASE-2

      1. 3 Situation in Malta, district Lalitpur

      The VDC Malti is located 75 km in the south of Patan city, in district Lalitpur. Total 386 households comprised population of 2045, divided in 9 wards.

      • Almost all housed are affected as 290 (75 %) demolished and 96 (25%) are severely damaged
      • There were only few latrines, which all are damaged. All people are practicing ODF
      • Water supply was disturbed but since one day it is rehabilitated.
      • Large of livestock perished including the 45 Buffaloes, 90 goats and more than 500 poultry. As many small and one large poultry farm collapsed. Most if their livelihood depends on livestock and poultry business
      • Only one death is reported and only minor injuries to few people
      • Many school buildings are damaged.
      • There was no health facilitySlide6
  1. 5 Situation in Chautara Municipality, district Sindhupalchowk

The district is located in Central region, north-east of district Kathmandu. It is the most affected district. The population is 3146 comprised of 484 households.

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It is also hilly and mountainous areas and most of the houses are made of red-bricks, or mud and stones. The VDC is functional and try to facilitate the community and the aid-workers.

  • More than 90% houses are destroyed or severely damaged.
  • Still no temporary shelter is provided
  • Water supply remained disconnected for 8 days and is restored just one day back
  • Most of the population utilizes the existing latrines as most of the structure is not much damaged
  • Most of the families facing shortage of food
  • School buildings are mostly safe
  • One Health post is safe and functional. Medical staff and medicines are available
  • Other supplies or any sort of help is not arrived or provided by anyone
  • HANDS-ECCA team provided mobile medical services
  • HANDS-ECCA plan to provide food ration on request on VDC to all 484 families
  1. 6 Situation in Chautara Ward-2 (Guarati), district Sindhupalchowk

It is located 15 km east of city Chautara. The population is 1180 comprised of more than 200 households. The catchment areas includes the Bagh Bazar, ChaguliTole and Baspati.

  • There is no health post of the government and no medical relief is provided since the earthquake.
  • School buildings are damaged,
  • Most of the families are staying in open space or in self-made makeshift shelters
  • Few of them have started slowly the recovery of the material for construction of temporary shelter
  • Many of them have lost the food stocks and seeds for next season plantation/cultivation
  • Majority of the families have enough stock for next 2 weeks and they are sharing food with the other families
  • Livestock loss remained minimal
  • Water supply is intact
  • Sanitation facilities or latrines are usable and functional. Majority population is shairng and using the latrine and avoided the ODF
  • HANDS-ECCA team provided the mobile medical services as per their need
  1. HANDS International-Nepal Interventions:

Signing of MoU with District Education Officer Sindhupalchowk for construction of Temporary Learning Centers TLCs in 04 schools.

24,974 classrooms destroyed, Department of Education (DoE) reports 20,071 public and additional 4,903 private school classrooms estimated destroyed, while 9,986 classrooms have reported minor damages but still unsafe for students to carry their studies inside these classrooms. 870,000 children are out of school, due to destroyed/majorly damaged classrooms 1.6 million enrolled pre-crisis in 14 most affected districts. Hundreds of thousands are affected in other districts by interrupted schooling, damaged classrooms and psychosocial impact (figures from Nepal Education Cluster)

Sindhupalchowk district is one of worst affected districts in recent earthquakes. As per district education officer ninety-five per cent 95% school buildings in Sindhupalchowk district have suffered damage due to the devastating earthquake occurred on April 25 and May 12 and hundreds of students are unable to restore their schooling as soon schools re-open.

Educational activities are still suspended due to earthquake and government announced to reopen the schools from 30th May, 2015 but still educational activities not started as 95% schools damaged. As per figures shared by district education officer and field visits of schools, describing the crisis as a “children’s emergency,” HANDS International signed MoU with district education officer Sindhupalchowk along with its Nepalese partner ECCA to provide these children with a safe and supportive environment through constructing TLCs in 04 schools of ward 1 & 2 of Chuatara municipality. HANDS International and ECCA team visited target schools for assessment and conducted meetings with school head teachers. Local contractor are being assigned to carry out construction work.

HANDS International and Street Child UK joint assessment and support for District Okhaldunga

HANDS International Nepal team along with Street Child UK & ECCA visited Okhaldunga district to support educational activities. HANDS International signed MoU to support Nepal education department by constructing Temporary Learning Centers TLCs in worst affected districts to restart schooling, provide psychosocial counseling and protect children from trafficking and sexual abuse

 Emergency Relief activities:

HANDS early relief packages included the provision of emergency shelter, mobile medical services and dry food ration provision to affected families. The area situation analysis and assessment, then the beneficiaries assessment were carried out by the HANDS & ECCA teams with consultation of the district government and local VDC (village development committees). The beneficiaries forms were filled and token were issued, verified by the representatives of local government officials and community representatives. The summary of beneficiaries is given in table:Slide8

Emergency Shelters

After the need assessment of the area, the beneficiaries’ assessment was conducted in VDC – Dalchoki.

It has been selected for temporary shelter distribution, as all 299 houses are destroyed or damaged.

  • 301 Tarpaulin sheets along with 3000 nails and ropes were distributed in Ward 1 to 9 of VDC Dalchoki, to 301 families. (286+15)
  • The solar lights were also distributed among the lactating women, to the Health post staff and birthing station staff as the power supply is remained disconnected since earthquake.
  • Chlorine solution is distributed among the 200 families in ward 6 and 3, to purify water for drinking purposes.

Mobile Medical Services:

HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with financial support of Medico International and local collaborative partner ECCA. According to the need identification, the mobile medical camps were organized at two different sites. The first camp was organized at Chautara Municipality. Total 43 patients have attended the camp. Almost all of them were adults. Majority of them were suffering from Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI). Two team of volunteer doctors and paramedic staff and field assistances were involved in the services.

The second medical camp was organized at Chautara ward-2 (Guarati). The catchment areas include Bagh Bazar, ChagulaTole and Baspati. Total community members attended the medical services were 139 including 48 children. Most of them were suffering from acute respiratory infections (32%), followed by the injuries (12%). Most of the injuries clients were male. The third medical camps was organized at Kharka, Milamchi, district Sindhupalchowk. Total clients 110 clients got the medical services including 8 children, 46 women and 41 men. The fourth medical camp was organized at Talamara, Milamchi, district Sindhupalchowk. Total 113 clients got the medical services, including 10 children, 55 women and 48 men.

Among the clients, majority was suffering from acute respiratory infections, as mostly are staying in the night in open spaces and temperature is still a bit cold in the night. The injured patients 38 (9.4%) also got the follow up treatment. Most of the patients have complaint of ill-defined symptoms such as headache, palpitation, confusion etc, that reflected the stress state of which most of them are facing. It revealed the need of psycho-social program for the community.

Overall report of 4 Medical Camps:

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Total 405 patients were treated by HANDS-ECCA medical team in 4 days  and most of them were female 51%, male 40% and children under 5 years of age 9%.

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Distribution of Patients on Gender and Age basis:

Disease Pattern and Age wise proportion of Patients:

Only 13 patients of diarrhea reported which are 3 children, 5 male and female. Highest number of cases reported was 101 of acute respiratory infections. Among these were 22 children below five years of age, 34 male and 45 female. Total 38 patients treated of injuries, mostly of minor wounds, bruises and blunt injuries. All of these were above than 5 years of age and mostly male (26).Slide11

Food Distribution:

After the situation analysis and need assessment, HANDS and ECCA team jointly decided to provide the dry Food ration to the needy families. The food package included the Rice 20 kg, Pulses 2 kg, Sugar 2 kg, cooking oil 2 liters and salt 1 kg. This package is for 7 days food for a family of 7 members each. The initial beneficiary assessment forms were filled and tokens were issued through the Municipality committee officials. Then on mutually agreed two food distribution sites/points were identified and selected. The tokens were verified on date of distribution and food package were given to the 484 families.

  1. HANDS Consultative Meetings:

HANDS Nepal team participated in shelter and protection cluster meetings held in UN House, Lalitpur. Objectives and standards set for shelter installation and protections including child protection and GBV were discussed.

HANDS team visted VDC Dalchoki District Laltipur on 15-16 May where 301 families have received shelter material.  Shelter material found to be used properly in wads 1 to 9 with support of VDC Dalchoki.

HANDS team with facilitation of ECCA team conducted many meetings with other NGOs and Government authorities and departments. The purpose of these meetings was to gather the information about the earthquake affected areas and the population, priority needs of the survivors and to share the HANDS plan for the relief activities.

Visit of CEO HANDS International

CEO HANDS visited Nepal emergency project and participated in various coordination meetings.

Documenting the earth quake relief activities by HANDS

HANDS Information Communication Resource & Advocacy team documents earthquake hit areas as well as relief support provided by HANDS and ECCA

Meeting with Senior Management and Board Members of ECCA:

HANDS team held several meetings with the ECCA management. During the meetings both organizations presented the introduction for greater mutual understanding. The Relief plan was discussed, information regarding the need and situation was shared, situation analysis process was finalized. After several discussion, MoU, Budget and detail work plan is finalized. The project team is on board.

Orientation of ECCA-HANDS Relief project Staff:

Detail orientation of the project staff was conducted by HANDS team. The training on data recording and reporting formats, area and population assessment formats, beneficiary assessment formats, MIS and HANDS web-based Disaster Management System was given to the team. The formats were modified with mutual understanding according to the working modalities. The field working methodology, and approaches were discussed and explained.  The detail work plan is finalized.

Meeting of District Development Committee Lalitpur:

The district government of Lalitpurconducted meeting on May 03, 2015 at the administrative office, with all NGOs who are involved in relief work in the district. The purpose of the meeting was to share the progress and future plan by each partner, to enhance the coordination, avoid duplication and identification of priority needs and gaps in the services. HANDS team shared the plan, progress and request coordination and support from the government. They district administration admire the HANDS initiatives and committed to provide the support.

Coordination Meetings with Different cluster Partners

Several meetings were held with different cluster partners individually and jointly. The HANDS plan and other partners progress and plans, the challenges and issues were highlighted and discussed.

Coordination meeting with UN agencies HANDS International team ensured meetings and sharing contribution with various U agencies. Meeting with UNHABITAT, UESCO, UNDP and UNCIEF team were conducted.

Challenges

  • As soon monsoon season starts, access to hilly and far areas will be challange
  • After shocks continues which created panic among the people in both urban and rural areas.
  • Quality of locally available materials is also a concern and procurement time will need to be factored in.
  • Main roads are open in most of the districts. However, landslides have challenged transportation of relief items to some areas. Airlifts are required to access and deliver aid to rural areas. Many affected villages are still without road access at all.
  • Fuel is urgently needed to pump ground water and to maintain services at hospitals and other critical facilities where power outages are frequent.
  • There are different needs of different populations and at different geographical locations. Thereby in relief phase the integrated approach is not feasible.
  • Coordination among the local NGOs need to be improved to extend the relief work span
  • So far, no psychosocial rehabilitation activities are initiated, thereby the people self-recollection and recovery of livelihood items and shelter reconstruction is extremely slow.

PHOTO GALLERY

HANDS International and Street child UK team during field visit

HANDS International and Street child UK team during field visit

HANDS International and Street child UK team during field visit

HANDS International and Street child UK team during field visit

HANDS International, ECCA Nepal  and Street child UK team coordination meeting

HANDS International, ECCA Nepal and Street child UK team coordination meeting

HANDS International, ECCA Nepal  in district education cluster meeting Sindhupalchowk

HANDS International, ECCA Nepal in district education cluster meeting Sindhupalchowk

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HANDS  Partner Information:

In Nepal

ECCA-HANDS Office:

Contact Person:

  1. Angel Chitrakar, Senior Program officer, ECCA

Address: Wise-use House, Jwagol, Kopundol, Lalitpur

  1. O. Box 9210 Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: +977 1 5550452, 5553870 Fax: 5011006

Email:ecca@mos.com.np; Website: www.ecca.org.np

HANDS International Country office in Nepal

House No. 254/20 Okharbot Marga, New Baneshower, Opposite to Societal School, Khatmandu, Nepal.

Phone: +977-9813347891

Contact Person:

  1. Waseem Solangi; Country Coordinator, HANDS Nepal

Cell: +977-9813347891 ; Email waseem.solangi@hands.org.pk

In Pakistan

HANDS Head Office

Contact Person:

  1. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS

Cell: +92-300-8200507

Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk

  1. Ghulam Mustafa Zaor, General Manager, IDEAS program HANDS

Cell: +92-346-8209538

Email: ghulam.mustafa@hands.org.pk

  1. Muhammad Raheem Marri, General Manager Disaster Management Program HANDS

Cell: +92-346-8209561

Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk

Address:

  1. No. 140-C, Block-2, PECHS, Karachi, Pakistan

Tel: +92-21-34552804

Email: info@hands.org.pk

Web: www.hands.org.pk,

youtube.com/handsinstitute, facebook.com/hands.org.pk, handspakistan.wordpress.com, flickr.com/photos/handspakistan, twitter.com/handspakistan

In London

HANDS International

Address:

483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS , United Kingdom

Cell: UK 020 36333679 From outside UK +442036333679

Email: info@handsinternational.org.uk

Web: www.handsinternational.org.uk

Annual Dinner in the honor of Patrons of HANDS 30th May, 2015. Marriot hotel, Karachi

HANDS was privileged to be graced by the presence of Ministers, Politicians, Businessmen and Bureaucrats at the Annual Dinner arranged in the honor of Patrons of HANDS” on May 30th, 2015 at  Marriott Hotel, Karachi. Through the generosity of donors and partners, HANDS has  raised more than 500 million yearly in cash and in kind. Funds were raised through donations received for the dinner tables, cash donations and donations in kind. These funds are utilized by HANDS in education, health,  access to safe water, shelter, food security and elimination of gender disparity in deprived and remote areas of country.

During ceremony Prof. A Gaffar Billoo – Chairman HANDS stated that HANDS has been  transforming lives for the last 35 and empowering people at the grassroots level by strengthening the sense of Self -help, Self-reliance and sense of ownership without any kind of discrimination in terms  of gender, ethnicity or religion. HANDS has played a key role  to bring about a character and spirit of unity and understanding amongst all communities for the sustainable development.

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Chief Executive HANDS Dr.Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed said that HANDS serves as a catalyst in promoting economic growth, human rights and social progress in Pakistani society. HANDS along with its supporter’s delivers assistance across country in which we provides education, health, and access to safe water, shelter, food security and elimination of gender disparity at the community level. We seek to mobilize the expertise, capacity and knowledge of NGOs in a wide variety of ways to achieve our development mission and objectives.

HANDS Report on Nepal Earthquake Relief May 07, 2015

Background Situation:

The Nepal is administratively comprised of 5 Development Regions including Eastern region, Central region, Western region, mid-western region and Far eastern region. The Kathmandu is located in Central region. The regions are further divided administratively in 14 zones, which are comprised of 75 districts. Each district is further divided into small administrative units called as Village Development Committees (VDC).

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu. Government reports confirm that 30 out of 75 districts in the country have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, in areas where rural populations are dispersed, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.

The worst affected districts include Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Manang, Chitawan and Nawalparsi. Most of these districts are located in Central region and Western region.

Highlights Updated May 7, 2015:

As of May 06, the Government of Nepal reported

  • Population affected is > 8.1 million, among these approximately 126,000 pregnant women, 21,000 of whom will need obstetric care in the coming three months
  • Deaths increased to 7675and 16,392 injured people

Total 518557 houses reported destroyed or damaged. Destroyed houses reported increased to 284455 houses and damaged houses to 234102damaged. Most of these were constructed by stone and mud houses in mountainous areas or old constructions in cities or slums.

Situation Overview May 7, 2015

  • Highest rate of destruction reported in districts Sindupalchowk and Gorkha. Across large parts of Dhading, Nuwakot and Ramecchap districts, more than 80 per cent of houses have been flattened.
  • In affected areas almost all of the population staying outside homes or in make-shift shelters, which are mostly arranged by them.

    • The Government and humanitarian partners have by now reached all the affected districts and are refining information on needs of affected people, particularly in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
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      • More than 70% affected population have no access to safe drinking water
      • About 90% affected population are forced for OFD
      • The most of the temples, religious and heritage sites are damaged, but the more modern structures have withstood the severity of the quakes
      • National telecommunications systems and services and power supplies have been severely damaged throughout the affected area but now gradually improving

      In many of the areas people have lost the seeds for sowing or planting for next season

    • Earthquake Response by Governments and UN partners in NepalThe United Nations and its partners are scaling up operations as the information from all affected areas is refining to address the most urgent needs.The Government continues to coordinate relief support from over 16 countries. Over 10,600 metric tons (MT) of rice, sugar, salt, beans and lentils were distributed to support communities in the affected districts. Another 7,500 MTs of food were distributed through local government bodies.  The Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) mobilized 274 national medical teams (NMT). The Central Natural Disaster Relief Committee (CNDRC) released 1.79 billion Nepalese Rupees (equivalent to approximately US$ 17.3 million) to support relief activities at the district level.
    • Humanitarian needs– including food, shelter and improve sanitation – remain cause for concern. A scale-up of operations is required to ensure immediate and principled assistance reaches people in desperate need within the next six weeks, in advance of the monsoon season. Shelter remains the most critical need in the affected areas
      • Orthopedic equipment and supplies are urgently needed in the Kathmandu Valley.  There is a need to support assisted discharge for earthquake injured patients who need post-operation follow-up and rehabilitation. Only 254 surgical operations are performed in five districts.

        • Measles (children 6 – 59 months) and Rubella crash vaccination initiated in Kathmandu valley districts.
        • An estimated 15,000 children (6 to 59 months old) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) require therapeutic feeding and 70,000 children (6 to 59 months) with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) need supplementary food.
        • Blanket supplementary feeding is needed for some 200,000 children and pregnant and lactating women. Some 126,000 children (0 to 23 months) need nutritious food to avoid malnourishment
        • Vitamin A, micronutrient supplements and deworming pills are needed for some 362,000 children (6 to 59 months) and 185,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
        • There is insufficient therapeutic food for an estimated 10,000 children with SAM and supplementary food for 70,000 children with MAM
        • Regarding shelter, self-recovery becoming more and more prominent but some logistic and technical assistance is required. The issue of Tarp sheet or CGI is still confusing for the local partners.
        • Sanitation response seems to be very sluggish. An already poor status of improve sanitation (37%), and a community priority, mobilization is urgently required with shelter support.

        For early recovery, the local government system the Village Development Committees should be mobilized and rehabilitated, as more than 150 VDCs offices are also damaged

      • HANDS Introduction:
      • HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization of the country with integrated development model and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 31 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million population nearly 20,274 villages/ settlement in 44 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 18 volunteer Board Members, more than 1700 full time staff and thousands of community based volunteers of more than 5200 community based partner organizations.
      • HANDS has a vast experience to deal with Emergencies during the recent disasaters in the cuntry.
          1. Punjab Flood Emergency Response September 2014Emergency response was initiated within 24 hours in District MuzzafarGarh, Multan, MandiBahauddin, Jhang, Chiniot,  Hafizabad, Sialkot &Rajanpur more than 12000 beneficiaries  received relief package from HANDS and are still continue.
          2. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014:Drought in Tharparkar March 2014 Relief Packages provided to 6000 Families in 2 Months and relief services
          3. Nutrition support (April to June 2014): (6 to 59 months) children total cured (MAM & SAM) 1480
          4. Nutrition support (July to Sep 2014): (6 to 59 months)children total cured (MAM & SAM) 5502.
            IDPs of North Waziristan Agency 2014:
          5. Emergency Response was initiated within 36 hours to provide assistance to IDPs at Bannu, KP.
          6. Drought in Tharparkar in March 2014: 
          7. Emergency Response was initiated within 5 hours and Relief package was provided to 6,000 families in 2 months.

            1. Earthquake in AwaranBalochistan in October 2013: Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours & comprehensive relief package was provided in hard conditions and conflicted areas within two months to 10,000 families.
            2. Rain Emergency 2012 in Northern Sindh, South Punjab &Balochistan: Emergency response was initiated within 6 hours. Distribution of emergency relief package was provided to 27000 families within 2 months
            3. Rain Emergency 2011 in Southern Districts of Sindh:

            Emergency response was initiated within 8 hours in 8 districts. 29000 families were reached within 2 moths

            1. Flood Emergency 2010:

            Emergency response was initiated within 4 hours in northern Sindh & 36,000 families were reached within 1 month.

            1. Kashmir Earthquake 2005

            Emergency response was initiated within 24  hours at Batgram more than 1000 patients / clients were treated.

            1. Badin Cyclone 2002

            HANDS emergency response was initiated within 6 hours at Badin and more than 700 patients / clients were treated.

             ECCA Introduction:

            ECCA (environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) was established in July 1987 as a nonprofit, non-political, non-government organization. ECCA is registered in Government of Nepal, District Administration Office, Jwagol, Kupondol-10, Lalitpur Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council, Kathmandu.

            ECCA has been a leading organization in the sector of social mobilization and community development. It implements various programs so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources and application of alternate and renewable technologies.

            HANDS Relief Intervention in Nepal:

            The process of situation analysis is continued with the relief activities. HANDS team with support and facilitation of local partner organization ECCA conducted a quick situation analysis. The process includes the information sharing by the ECCA team, field visits observation, information from the local government authorities and the local resident communities.

          8.  In phase-1, the areas covered were Khokana and Bangumati, which are peri-urban slums of Patan city in Lalitpur district, and the village development committee (VDC) Dalchoki,  rural area in district Lalitpur.
          9. Situation Analysis by HANDS
          10.  In phase-2,the situation analysis was conducted along with mobile medical camps in Chautara Municipality and Guarati ward-2 of Chautara, both are located in Sindhupalchowk district, and in VDC Malta located in district Lalitpur.

            PHASE-1

            A.1 Situation in Khokana and Bangumati, district Lalitpur:

            • 80% of the buildings and houses are demolished or badly damaged and fragile. In these areas, many families live in fragile and vulnerable homes with outer walls and/or foundations constructed from poor quality materials. Most of them now sitting in open places. Shelters are not provided to these affected families.
            • The water supply lines are totally damaged. Now the district municipal government and other iNGOs have installed large water storage tanks. The water is supplied by the water tankers. Few of the NGOs are supplying chlorine solution to make the water safe for drinking purpose. The volunteers of the NGOs are providing information and conducting awareness sessions on hygiene and  use of chlorine solution for purification of water making it safe for drinking
            • Most of the latrines are also damaged. But the people are sharing the latrine in safe buildings in the neighboring area.
            • Medical services are provided by the Government health facilities, Thai army teams and NGOs. There was no critical health need identified.
            • Majority of the families have enough food stock, which they are retrieving the rubble. For immediate need the NGOs and citizens of Kathmandu are supplying cooked food. Nepal Army troops are supporting the families to recover the livlihood material from the damaged or demolished buildings and houses.
            • The religious sites such as temples and historical sites in these areas are also badly damaged or totally demolished.

            A.2 Situation in Dalchoki, district Lalitpur

            The Dalchoki is a VCD (village Development Committee), located towards the south of Patan city (district Headquarter of Lalitpur) in Kathmandu valley. It is spread over the mountainous area, nearly 34 Km from the Kathmandu city. It comprised of 9 wards, which are the smallest administrative unit. Each VCD is administered by the local people committee having representation from each ward. Here the population is widely dispersed in the mountains. There most of the houses are located in isolation, and at few places in small cluster of 4-6 houses. Most of the houses are made of mud and stones.  The information is based on observation, individuals community members and families including women and elders, and the representatives of the VDC. The data and few of the relevant information is also verified by the VDC records and Government local Health post record.

            • There were 299 houses in the VDC. The population is 1896.
            • Nearly 99% houses are fully damaged or need to be demolished for re-construction.
            • One death reported from the area
            • The people are living in open air or made temporary makeshift arrangement from the demolished tin sheets or mats etc.

            The water supply is intact. It is government arrangement. Many houses previously have tap water supply within their homes, that have been damaged. But the community taps are functional. They used the same water for drinking purpose as well. Considering it safe for drinking they usually did not take any measures for its purification. Now the ECCA is supplying chlorine solution and providing awareness regarding the methodology and significance of purification of water for drinking purpose.


            • It is ODF free community. Although Latrines have been damaged in many of the houses, but almost all sharing the functional latrines within their neighborhood. No one is going for ODF.
            • Almost all families have food stocks, which they have recovered from the rubble.
            • Many animals are perished including goats, cows, and buffaloes
            • One Government Sub-Health Post is functional in ward 3, although it is partially damaged. Health assistant and Nurse assistant are residing there, providing the mobile services in different wards since the earthquake. One birthing station is also located in ward 3. One skilled birth attendant is residing in adjacent rooms with family. The building remained unaffected. The center is functional, usually 3-4 normal deliveries are conducted by the SBA.

            Table: Ward-wise Population Distribution and Status of damages

            S. No. Ward Number Total Population Total Households Post-Earthquake status Other Losses or damages
            Fully Damaged Partially Damaged
            1. 1 216 36 33 3
            2 2 216 36 34 2
            3 3 252 42 42 0 Sub-Health post building is partially damaged
            4 4 192 32 32 0
            5 5 168 28 26 2
            6 6 144 24 23 1 School building collapsed
            7 7 204 34 31 3
            8 8 210 35 32 3
            9 9 192 32 31 1
            TOTAL 1794 299 284 15

             

            PHASE-2

            1. 3 Situation in Malta, district Lalitpur

            The VDC Malti is located 75 km in the south of Patan city, in district Lalitpur. Total 386 households comprised population of 2045, divided in 9 wards.

            • Almost all housed are affected as 290 (75 %) demolished and 96 (25%) are severely damaged
            • There were only few latrines, which all are damaged. All people are practicing ODF
            • Water supply was disturbed but since one day it is rehabilitated.
            • Large of livestock perished including the 45 Buffaloes, 90 goats and more than 500 poultry. As many small and one large poultry farm collapsed. Most if their livelihood depends on livestock and poultry business
            • Only one death is reported and only minor injuries to few people
            • Many school buildings are damaged.
            • There was no health facility

              Table: Ward-wise Population Distribution and Status of damages

              S. No. Ward Number Total Population Total Households Post-Earthquake status Other Losses or damages
              Fully Damaged Partially Damaged
              1. 1 166 20 15 5 Buffaloes = 45
              2 2 288 60 40 20 Goats = 90
              3 3 200 45 30 15 Poultry >500
              4 4 548 100 80 20 Many school buildings are damaged
              5 5 138 25 15 5
              6 6 163 28 19 9
              7 7 165 29 20 9
              8 8 189 39 36 3
              9 9 188 40 30 10
              TOTAL 2045 386 290 96

               

              1. 5 Situation in Chautara Municipality, district Sindhupalchowk

              The district is located in Central region, north-east of district Kathmandu. It is the most affected district. The population is 3146 comprised of 484 households.

              Population Number
              Children < 5 years 409
              Male > 5 years 1341
              Female > 5years 1396

              It is also hilly and mountainous areas and most of the houses are made of red-bricks, or mud and stones. The VDC is functional and try to facilitate the community and the aid-workers.

              • More than 90% houses are destroyed or severely damaged.
              • Still no temporary shelter is provided
              • Water supply remained disconnected for 8 days and is restored just one day back
              • Most of the population utilizes the existing latrines as most of the structure is not much damaged
              • Most of the families facing shortage of food
              • School buildings are mostly safe
              • One Health post is safe and functional. Medical staff and medicines are available
              • Other supplies or any sort of help is not arrived or provided by anyone
              • HANDS-ECCA team provided mobile medical services
              • HANDS-ECCA plan to provide food ration on request on VDC to all 484 families

            1. 6 Situation in Chautara Ward-2 (Guarati), district Sindhupalchowk

            It is located 15 km east of city Chautara. The population is 1180 comprised of more than 200 households. The catchment areas includes the Bagh Bazar, ChaguliTole and Baspati.

            • There is no health post of the government and no medical relief is provided since the earthquake.
            • School buildings are damaged,
            • Most of the families are staying in open space or in self-made makeshift shelters
            • Few of them have started slowly the recovery of the material for construction of temporary shelter
            • Many of them have lost the food stocks and seeds for next season plantation/cultivation
            • Majority of the families have enough stock for next 2 weeks and they are sharing food with the other families
            • Livestock loss remained minimal
            • Water supply is intact
            • Sanitation facilities or latrines are usable and functional. Majority population is shairng and using the latrine and avoided the ODF
            • HANDS-ECCA team provided the mobile medical services as per their need
            1. HANDS Relief Interventions:

            PHASE-1

            After the need assessment of the area, the beneficiaries assessment was conducted in VDC – Dalchoki.

            It has been selected for temporary shelter distribution.

            • On day one, 17 shelters tents were distributed in Ward 6 of VDC Dalchoki.
            • The solar lights were also distributed among the lactating women, to the Health post staff and birthing station staff as the power supply is remained disconnected since earthquake.
            • Chlorine solution is distributed among the 66 families in ward 6 and 3, to purify water for drinking purposes.

            PHASE-2

            Mobile Medical Services:

            HANDS initiated health services through conduction of Mobile Medical Camps with financial support of Medico International and local collaborative partner ECCA. According to the need identification, the mobile medical camps were organized at two different sites. The first camp was organized at Chautara Municipality. Total 43 patients have attended the camp. Almost all of them were adults. Majority of them were suffering from Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI). Two team of volunteer doctors and paramedic staff and field assistances were involved in the services.

            The second medical camp was organized at Chautara ward-2 (Guarati). The catchment areas include Bagh Bazar, ChagulaTole and Baspati. Total community members attended the medical services were 139 including 48 children. Most of them were suffering from acute respiratory infections (32%), followed by the injuries (12%). Most of the injuries clients were male.

          11. Overall report of 2Medical Camps:
            Diseases % Total Patients < 5 Years > 5 Years
            Male Female Male Female
            Diarrhea 0.5 1       1
            Dysentery 0          
            ARI 31.9 58 5 6 12 35
            Suspected Malaria 0          
            Suspected Measles 0          
            Skin Disease 7.7 14 2 1 1 10
            Eye Infections 2.2 4 1   1 2
            Fractures 0          
            Injuries 12.1 22     18 4
            Others 45.6 83 3 1 24 55
            Total 182 11 8 56 107

             Among injured patients all were either children of more than 5 years or mostly adult males. The acute respiratory infections are mostly manifested in adult women. This might be due the lack of proper shelter availability. Many of the adult men and women are under stress and depression. They need psychosocial support.

            Total 182 patients were treated by HANDS-ECCA medical team in 2 days  and most of them were female 59%, male 31% and children under 5 years of age 10%.

                             Distribution of Patients on Gender and Age basis:

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            Age wise proportion of Patients:

          13. Only one case of diarrhea was reported. Highest number of cases reported was 58 of acute respiratory infections. Among these were 11 children below five years of age, 12 male and 35 female. Total 22 patients treated of injuries, mostly of minor wounds, bruises and blunt injuries. All of these were above than 5 years of age and mostly male (18).

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            1. HANDS Consultative Meetings:

            HANDS team with facilitation of ECCA team conducted many meetings with other NGOs and Government authorities and departments. The purpose of these meetings was to gather the information about the earthquake affected areas and the population, priority needs of the survivors and to share the HANDS plan for the relief activities.

            Meeting with Senior Management and Board Members of ECCA:

            HANDS team held several meetings with the ECCA management. During the meetings both organizations presented the introduction for greater mutual understanding. The Relief plan was discussed, information regarding the need and situation was shared, situation analysis process was finalized. After several discussion, MoU, Budget and detail work plan is finalized. The project team is on board.

            Orientation of ECCA-HANDS Relief project Staff:

            Detail orientation of the project staff was conducted by HANDS team. The training on data recording and reporting formats, area and population assessment formats, beneficiary assessment formats, MIS and HANDS web-based Disaster Management System was given to the team. The formats were modified with mutual understanding according to the working modalities. The field working methodology, and approaches were discussed and explained.  The detail work plan is finalized.

            Meeting of District Development Committee Lalitpur:

            The district government of Lalitpurconducted meeting on May 03, 2015 at the administrative office, with all NGOs who are involved in relief work in the district. The purpose of the meeting was to share


            the progress and future plan by each partner, to enhance the coordination, avoid duplication and identification of priority needs and gaps in the services. HANDS team shared the plan, progress and request coordination and support from the government. They district administration admire the HANDS initiatives and committed to provide the support.

            Coordination Meetings with Different cluster Partners

            Several meetings were held with different cluster partners individually and jointly. The HANDS plan and other partners progress and plans, the challenges and issues were highlighted and discussed.

            Coordination meeting with UNHABITAT Team

            HANDS-ECCA activities and relief plan was shared. Future possibilities for early recovery phase related to shelter provision and appropriate models were discussed.

             Challenges

            • Current available humanitarian non-food items and shelter stocks in country are very limited, while the need to assist IDPs staying in self-settled and formal sites is increasing.
            • Quality of locally available materials is also a concern and procurement time will need to be factored in.
            • Main roads are open in most of the districts. However, landslides have challenged transportation of relief items to some areas. Airlifts are required to access and deliver aid to rural areas. Many affected villages are still without road access at all.
            • Fuel is urgently needed to pump ground water and to maintain services at hospitals and other critical facilities where power outages are frequent.
            • There are different needs of different populations and at different geographical locations. Thereby in relief phase the integrated approach is not feasible.
            • Coordination among the local NGOs need to be improved to extend the relief work span

            So far, no psychosocial rehabilitation activities are initiated, thereby the people self-recollection and recovery of livelihood items and shelter reconstruction is extremely slow.


             

            Future Plan:

            PHASE-1:                “Relief Activities for Nepal Earthquake Survivors” (270 families)
            S No. Item No. of units per family Unit cost (in NRs) Frequency (No. of families) USD
            1 Emergency Shelter 992680 10000
            1.1 Tarpaulin Sheets (15’x18′) 1 299
            1.2 Ropes (kg) 1 299
            1.3 Nails 8 299
            1.4 Bamboos (12′ length) 4 299
            2 Dry Food (7 persons in a family for 7 days) 819720 8300
            2.1 Rice  (kg) 20 414
            2.2 Pulse (kg) 2 414
            2.3 Cooking oil (litre) 2 414
            2.4 Salt (kg) 1 414
            2.5 Sugar (kg) 2 414
            3 Medical Camps No. of camps 10 200000 2000
            4 Management cost 200000 2000

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            HANDS signed MoU with ECCA (Local NGO) of Nepal for Relief Project implementation

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            Destroyed Houses in District Sindhupalchowk

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            Destroyed Houses in District Sindhupalchowk

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            Contact Information In Nepal

            ECCA-HANDS Office:

            Contact Person:

            1. Yogendra Chitrakar, Executive Director, ECCA
            2. Angel Chitrakar, Senior Program officer, ECCA

            Address: Wise-use House, Jwagol, Kopundol, Lalitpur

            1. O. Box 9210 Kathmandu, Nepal

            Phone: +977 1 5550452, 5553870 Fax: 5011006

            Email:ecca@mos.com.np

            Website: www.ecca.org.np

            In Pakistan

            HANDS Head Office

            Contact Person:

            1. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed, Chief Executive, HANDS

            Cell: +92-300-8200507

            Email: tanveer.ahmed@hands.org.pk

            1. Ghulam Mustafa Zaor, General Manager, IDEAS program HANDS

            Cell: +92-346-8209538

            Email: ghulam.mustafa@hands.org.pk

            1. Muhammad RaheemMarri, General Manager Disaster Management Program HANDS

            Cell: +92-346-8209561

            Email: raheem.marri@hands.org.pk

            Address:

H.No. 140-C, Block-2, PECHS, Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi Declaration for 2025 Pakistan From Civil Society Organizations of Pakistan on 26th March 2015

We felicitate the Government of Pakistan for presenting “Pakistan vision 2025” and admire this initiative. Citizens of Pakistan are such a social group which is affected by every public and social decision. Yet mostly and in the process of development of vision 2025, their views remain unheeded.

HANDS Pakistan started obtaining public opinion and feedback on the “Pakistan vision 2025” from five thousand rural and urban organizations three months ago. On 26th March 2015 representatives from these organizations participated in “National Community Convention” in Karachi and through debates, theater, speeches, analyzed vision 2025 and presented their opinion.

The Karachi resolution is a reaction and analytical recommendation on “Pakistan vision 2025” in context of sustainable development. This resolution brings to light the rights of the public and ways to protect these rights. The Karachi resolution demands the following rights to be made essential part of the “Pakistan vision 2025”.

The Karachi resolution is 2015 demand from Federal and Provincial Governments to incorporate following rights into vision 20205 documents and during its process of implementation.

The right to basic needs – Access to essential goods and services: adequate food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, water and sanitation.

  1. The right to Security – Protection of life, property, dignity, and also protection of disabled, vulnerable and marginalized people or groups.
  2. The right of access to information – Right to have access to information to make informed decisions and safeguard against dishonest or misleading advertising and labeling.
  3. The right to elect the representatives of local democratic institutions – freedom to engage in electoral democratic process and involve in decision making of development projects
  4. The right to be heard – To have Citizen Interests represented in the making and execution of government policy, and in the development of products and services.
  5. The right to justice – the right to easy access of justice and to receive fair settlement of just claims including compensation for losses.
  6. The right to a healthy environment -To live and work in an environment that is non-threatening to the well-being of present and future generations.

Karachi Resolution and responsibilities of people of Pakistan:

  1. Critical awareness – Citizens must be aware and more to be more inquisitive about the provision of the quality of goods and services.
  2. Involvement or action – Citizens must assert themselves and act to ensure that they get a fair deal.
  3. Social responsibility – Citizens must act with social responsibility, with concern and sensitivity to the impact of their actions on other citizens, in particular, in relation to disadvantaged groups.
  4. Ecological responsibility – there must be a heightened sensitivity to the impact of Citizen decisions on the physical environment, which must be developed to a harmonious way, promoting conservation as the most critical factor in improving the real quality of life for the present and the future.
  5. Solidarity – the best and most effective action is through cooperative efforts through the formation of Citizen/citizen groups who together can have the strength and influence to ensure that adequate attention is given to the Citizen interest.

The declaration calls for action at various levels such as the Government, UN agencies, International Agencies, International Financial Institutions, NGOs and the Citizens of Pakistan, to ensure the implementation of Vision 2025 in its true spirit. This is responsibility of Federal and Provincial Governments to ensure above mentioned rights in the document of vision 2025 and during its implementation. This resolution demands from all democratic institutions to keep part and parcel poor, weak, and vulnerable segment of population in mainstream development.

Civil Society Organizations of Pakistan will continue the follow up of implementation of vision 2025 by federal and provincial governments and will organize national community  convention and will publish watch 2025 report every year.

Civil society organization of Pakistan

Sports complex Kashmir Road Karachi

26th March 2015

Chief Executive HANDS presenting Karachi Declaration on the occasion of National Community Convention Organized by HANDS on 26th March 2015 at Sport Complex Kashmir Road Karachi. ..more than 6000 participants attended the session representatives of more than 100 Civil Society Organizations of Pakistan, leading Philanthropists, development partners enthusiastically participated in the convention. In this event HANDS professional staff of 31 district offices across Pakistan and community based volunteers were also participated

Chief Executive HANDS presenting Karachi Declaration on the occasion of National Community Convention Organized by HANDS on 26th March 2015 at Sport Complex Kashmir Road Karachi. ..more than 6000 participants attended the session representatives of more than 100 Civil Society Organizations of Pakistan, leading Philanthropists, development partners enthusiastically participated in the convention. In this event HANDS professional staff of 31 district offices across Pakistan and community based volunteers were also participated


National Community Convention (NCC) for 2025 Pakistan (Qoumi Awami Ijtama) “Let’s Build Pakistan – Aao Banain Pakistan” on Thursday, 26th March, 2015, at Sports Complex Kashmir Road Karachi 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM.

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The theme for the event is “Let’s Build Pakistan – Aao Banain Pakistan”. It focuses on engendering dialogue, optimism and hope, by creating a space that will enable a greater mobilization of resources for an alternative future within 2025 Pakistan.

The aim of this NCC is to dialogue around 2025 Pakistan strategy. The event will showcase the richly textured vision produced by the wide spectrum of social and political movements, with special emphasis on the role of children, youth and women in taking forward the aspirations. Alternative visions and actions as a response to development issues of Pakistan will by an integral part of all the events. More than 5000 community members from remotest across Pakistan are expected to participate, representing diverse movements and organization.

The thematic areas are democracy at grass root level, multiculturalism and dignity of ordinary citizen of Pakistan, development issues of health, education and poverty , exclusion and discrimination, theories and practices of sustainable developments, media and culture, social sector, young Pakistan women’s movements and developing alternatives

HANDS is inviting all Partners / Parliamentarians / Media Persons / Civil Society Organization Representative / Community Based Organization / Local Support Organization to participate to join their voices with the Community Members on their issues and proposed solutions.

Struggle for Change

The Success Story

BurfatMuhalla is one of the settlement located in Yousuf Goth of UC-7, Gadap Town in Karachi City. It’s population is estimated to 4,500 people. The living style of residents of the settlement was same like other urban slums around the Karachi City. HANDS started working in Yousuf Goth for provision of safe drinking water through sustainable resources with support of WaterAid. Not only for achievement of the object but also to ensure sustainable development, the Water supply schemes are provided with community participation. HANDS was forming Muhalla WASH Committees in each settlement of Yousuf Goth for this purpose. Same was formed in BurfatMuhalla.

BurfatMuhalla Committee Chosen Muhammad Ali Burfat as their chairman to lead the committee. During the norming phase although community faced some major challenges like;

  • Bring all community at one platform and build level of understanding on basis issues of community.
  • Encourage individuals as well as the community to embark on a process of change.
  • Mobilize for the Contribution of community in Water Schemes.
  • Complete water schemes work with the help of community and ensure billing.

With some efforts the community resolved the issues and water supply scheme was provided by HANDS and each household of the area got the tape water in their home.

Apart from project targeted activities community made extra efforts to make some more betterment for their vicinity. They brought the whole community at one platform and mobilized them to identify their own needs and to respond to address these needs through physical or financial inputs.

Following are some the achievement of their struggles;

  • Solution of sewerage issues.
  • Cleaning of Streets.
  • Plantation in streets.
  • White wash on the external wall in whole area.
  • Garbage collection from each HH on daily basis against minimal charges.
  • Continuousefforts the keep safety from garbage and sewerage.
  • Community resolves their electricity problems almost 60% and for remaining 40% community tries to rent out PMT on monthly basis.
  • Promotion of Health and Education.

Now they are doing efforts to make their streets concrete. Their struggle for Change makes their settlement different from others and sat example for others to follow. Other committees, who visited them, are seeking their advices now for change.

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