Noor Muhammad Village

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NOOR MUHAMMAD VILLAGE AT A GLANCE:

Noor  Muhammad village is located in the west of Kemari Town near Hub river UC Gabopat Deh Gondpass about 35 KM distance from Karachi city. The village has population of 1000, 393 Men, 382 women, 276 children with 130 households, The village is consisting of several castes’ as Baloch, Jogi s sheikh  , Kachi sheikh and kolhi sheikh. The villagers lack basic facilities of water and sanitation and safe drinking water, as well as educational and health facilities. The villagers are scavenger. Their basic income is from sorting garbage which comes from Karachi on dumpers. They burn garbage and then sort out metals and glass which they sale and earn their bread and butter which is a major health hazard for the village. Their income is very limited due to the scavenging.

The houses are built of bamboos and cloths. That does not protect them from the sun and the rain, Villagers have to be rebuilt their houses after every monsoon. The literacy level of the village is also very low. Only 3 people have passed primary level out of the population of 1000. The nearest Health and education facility is at lasbela Baluchistan which is approximately 5 km away from the village. Lack of transportation makes the facilities difficult to reach. The lack of safe drinking water is another major reason for health problems in the village. The villagers use to drink from open tanks which had been used to collect dust / garbage and other pollution.

Houses :

Village has no government building, village  houses are shaped as tent covered by bags/ Palls with  no proper walls and roof  these tent’s are based on sticks.  Maximum  area  of ground is available  in front and beside of each house , every  caste is residing in their own Werha/Parah  and boundaries are given by the Lorhas in village there are 130 households Major spots of villages are Mosque besides the hills , Hotel, Biryani stall ,Otaque  Kanta located  beside the road of village .

Kitchen

Maximum houses have no proper kitchens they cook in a corner of open ground.

Latrines

In village only 10- 15 houses which have pit holes latrines without roofs covered by cloths.

Drinking Water

village has no proper water supply system in each Para, open tanks in ground are constructed by villagers own efforts weekly a tanker comes from the nearest town and fills theses tanks Each Tank filling charges are RS, 400 (paid by the house hold contribution), each household takes water from that tank which is polluted by the air and garbage. Villagers are drinking unhygienic and unhealthy water.

Sewerage

There is no proper sewerage system for the houses they use to drain in to the streets, or into the pit holes. When pit holes overflow villagers throw out the sewerage stuff through tins buckets which is almost done by the women.

Electricity

Electricity is not available in the village, only 5 houses have batteries through which they use fans and TV.

 Streets

Village has raw streets rain water stands for weeks in streets villagers face difficulties in passing through

Environment,

Open drainages from the latrines and dumping of garbage are the main causes of pollution as the villagers cook in open grounds dirt and dusty air polluted their foods.  Uncovered drinking water is also influence by the garbage and unsafe drainage through latrines which causes serious health hazard

Education facility and literacy status

There is no school going child in the village because the nearest school available is two kilometers away. Among the six literate peoples of village only one is educated up to middle and others are at primary level not a single woman is literate in the village.

Health facility EPI and TT status

Due to no health facilities in the village peoples have to go in emergencies to the hub private hospital which is 5 kilo meter away. Means of transports are rickshaw and Taxi which charges Rs .800 to 1000 for out back. Scissor delivery charges are RS.6000 and charges for normal delivery are 1500 to 2000.  This village is not covered by EPI vaccination program (only Polio vaccine drops team visits this village)

Major issues and source of income

Villagers’ major issue is land holding no proper land is available for constructing their own house threats of leaving the land is a permanent issue. Unavailability of education facility, lack of recreational facilities and poverty are the major issue of the village. Source of income of villagers is through collection of metals, glass and papers from garbage mounds and sale it to kanta.   Whole family including male female and children’s earn maximum 200 rupees daily.

Social Mobilization :

Under this project HANDS has formed Community Based organizations. Named Anjuman Kaalmati  Hote Baloch men organization and Sartiyoon   women organization. Monthly regular meetings are conducted by the CBOs. CBOs are maintaining record on daily basis. Before intervention Noor Muhammad village settlement was not recognized, HANDS legalized village through leasing by Revenue department.

  • CO has complete MIS, Meeting register, Tameerati register, Visit register, Awareness raising session register, stock register, Monthly fees register, and Voucher (receipts) file
  • Advocacy   activities on social issues are continue in village
  • Village house hold counting process has completed through National census survey team
  • CO is conducting regular monthly meetings

Health

HANDS with partnership of PPAF started health services at dispensary Noor Muhammad village from 1st Feb.2010, where trained LHV and dispenser are providing health services, TBAs also trained.

Patients visited continuously take services from dispensary for the treatment, consultation, Medicines (Multinational company) provided at 50% cost.Growth monitoring and height and weight monitored by the team. EPI and TT vaccination started through Govt dispenser two rounds of crash vaccination programs conducted in village ,Developed patients referral   strategy for 24 hours service developed liaisons with nearest Hospitals, Regular Health awareness sessions are conducting at  village.

  • Education

During reporting period HANDS Team mobilized community of Noor Muhammad Village to donate plot for temporary School building, team and community identified accessible plot for village children.  Identification and recruitment of two teacher’s for school.  Teachers trained about ECD and ECE (Early childhood development and Early Childhood Education) concepts through 9 days teachers training package.

Village survey for student’s identification for enrollment conducted by teachers and team through house hold visits. 81 students Enrolled in school

  • Student’s annual examination has been conducted by the Education department
  • Syllabus of new academic year has planned to implement

RESEARCH :

Base line survey of Noor Muhammad village conducted covered 100%Houses   conducted In-depth Interviews (IDI) of 48 Married CBAs.

100% Houses covered to fill out Poverty Score Card forms,

Literacy Status of Population, Growth Monitoring ❤ Children’s immunization survey <1 Children, family Planning Status of Couples, reproductive Health Status of Women covered 100% of village.

Village Leasing

Team achieved major target of   providing legal rights to villagers through getting leasing order of village from Revenue Department during reporting period.

Providing CNIC Cards to villagers

500 villagers have got their CNIC cards through NADRA mobile team visits at village.

Provision of Bio sand filters and Energy Efficient stoves:

HANDS has provided Bio sand filters and energy efficient stoves to the communities, trainings of above mentioned topics provided to the selected members of the CBOs then they replicated trainings and developments both in their village.

Community Physical Infrastructure (CPIs)

HANDS with the collaboration of PPAF and Shell

Providing following CPIs schemes at village and HANDS also initiated housing schemes and constructed 3 houses including water and sanitation unit.

  • Drain (covered and open)
  • Street pavement
  • Water tanks
  • Protection walls
  • Housing schemes
  • Kitchen
  • Communal Wash room
  • Protection wall
  • EES
  • Bio sand filters
  • Community center
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Plantation
  • Kitchen gardening
  • 74% sanitation open drain has been completed
  • 80% covered drain has been completed
  • 60 % street pavement achieved
  • Block # 27 has completed 3 houses, communal kitchen , washroom , water tank  construction has completed ,
  • BOQ for school health facility & community center finalized, lay outing done and excavation started

Special events conducted at school and community level:

  • Ground breaking ceremony
  • Hand washing Day
  • Cultural day
  • Foundation stone ceremony
  • Health and hygiene week Celebration
  • Fruits day celebration
    • CNIC Card and Book Distribution ceremony
    • Teachers Exposure visit
      • Mothers Day celebration

Future plans

  • Strengthening of CBOs by providing series of capacity building trainings, exposure visits etc.
  • Provision of livelihood
  • Provision of enterprise development
  • CBOs registration
  • Follow Up of individual leasing
  • House and water and sanitation units construction
  • Construction of   School, hospital, community center
  • Complete paved streets and drains
  • Conduction of   CBP   ongoing trainings for CBOs, SMC.HMC members
  • Crash vaccination of new born children and child bearing females
  • Facilitate patients for secondary care  through referral service
  • Tree plantation in surrounding of village
  • Celebration of  National and international days/events
  • Start new academic session of school.

Article in Alamgir Times

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