For a young girl, an early marriage is bound to create problems. My students are well aware of the negativities that child marriage brings with it. They talk of apprehension for starting a new life with a man, working domestically at his home and then bearing his children. They know that they are merely old enough to take care of themselves, let alone bear a child and then cater for the whole family. They feel deprived and scared because they know that succumbing to the pressure is the only way their parents are going to keep their honors intact. But I feel their distress and I want to be able to do something about it.
I think it’s time that all of us step in the shoes of our young girls and try to feel what they go through. Why sacrifice their happiness in the name of honor? Why believe that they are a burden on us when they are the ones who care for us more than the boys? The responsibility to bring about a change lies on our shoulders. How willing are you?
With support from UNFPA, FIDA has developed original Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials for preventing and ending child marriages.
In order to facilitate the return of IDPs to South Waziristan, the Pakistan Army requested that FIDA and Change In Education assist them in conducting a teacher training to improve the quality of teachers in those areas that had been affected by military operations. The training was held on 24th February.
This is part of a four-month project in Tank, DI Khan, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Karak, Kohat and Hangu that is aimed at enhancing gender equity, increasing women's empowerment, combatting gender based violence and strengthening the capacity of local organizations that are advocating for these issues.
This picture shows one of the program introduction meetings held in Khokhar Mandra.
One of FIDA's original and most active Board Members, Brig. (Rtd.) Muhammad Aslam Khan, addressed a crowd of local residents and district representatives at the inauguration of FIDA's water filtration plant in Village Yarak. This plant will provide clean, accessible water to residents throughout the village.
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-Sona Khan, Young Activist
FIDA recently concluded a project entitled "Young Activist Development Programme" with RSPN. The project sent twenty young activists from Dera Ismail Khan and Tank to various RSPN-supported Local Support Organizations (LSOs). The participants were trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of social mobilization and encouraged to begin similar work in their own areas.
For more information, please see the program report here and photographs here.
The following day, FIDA’s field staff visited a nearby village and found Hameeda teaching her brothers how to properly wash their hands with soap. Hameeda’s mother told FIDA’s female Public Health Promoters that Hameeda had come home and told everyone in her extended family what she had learned about the importance of personal hygiene.
Now Hameeda is motivating everyone in her family and at the Child Protection Center to adopt proper hand washing methods. She has become FIDA's youngest, honorary Public Health Promoter.
See her case study here.
FIDA and IRD installed a new water supply scheme in this village, but drilled to a depth of 340 feet for the pumping machinery. Thus ensuring that the water is clear, clean and suitable for drinking.
FIDA continues to distribute shelter kits, kitchen kits, hygiene kits, Aquatabs, jerry cans and buckets as shown above.
Tool kits, solar lights, blankets, cloth and other basic items are also being distributed.
For press clippings regarding distribution, please click here.
For more information about FIDA's flood response, please click here.
- 8,757 families registered
- 3,563,500 litres of drinking water provided
- 5 water tankers engaged
- 60 standing water tanks established
- 145 bathing spaces constructed
- 65 soak pits constructed
- 2 water supply schemes rehabilitated
- 92,800 water purification sachets distributed
- 6,800 Hygiene Kits distributed
- 6,300 Household Kits distributed
- 323 Shelter Kits distributed
- 312 Health and Hygiene sessions completed
- 9 schools provided with WASH facilities
- 1 town clean up underway
Information is also available here.
Major Ahmad Farooq Mella (2 IC Commandant) presented the shield to Mr. Imran in the presence Mr. Barkat Ali, Mr. Asif Wazir and Pir Mushtaq Ahmad of FIDA. Major Mella voiced his appreciation for the role of Mr. Imran and FIDA for assisting IDPs in Tank. All FIDA members present thanked 39 AK Regiment for considering a FIDA employee for this honorable recognition.
For press clippings from the handover ceremony, please click here.
"YLC is a 6-day residential conference where youth from all over Pakistan and abroad, interact and network with each other and leading personalities from the world of business, development, academia and culture. Participants engage in activities and simulations that facilitate learning of essential leadership skills needed to excel in our challenging and fast-changing global environment."
This year's theme was “Suno Kay Mein Hun Jawan,” which the organizers describe as,
"the realization of and journey towards self-actualization. It facilitates youth to step out from confusion and harness their potential that enables them to contribute to the world. Youth empower themselves to become young leaders through greater responsibility, discipline, vision, creativity and commitment. They look into their hearts and minds and discover the essence of who they are. It is about they pursuing dreams with faith, mindfulness and passion!"
For more information on YLC and SOL, please go to http://www.ylc.sol.edu.pk/
The following students won prizes for their participation:
1st Prize - Noman Shah (Model School)
2nd Prize - Sanullah (City Science School)
3rd Prize - Muhammad Riaz (Gov't High School No. 2)
The debate competition was followed by a town clean up activity with the participation of all the school children.
To see the news report on this activity, click here. To see newspaper clippings, click here.
Click here to see the video and hear the song.
Click here to see FIDA's new video on IDP registration.
At the heart of every ShelterBox is a ten-person tent. It is custom made for ShelterBox by Vango, one of the world’s leading tent manufacturers, and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. Internally, each tent has privacy partitions that allow recipients to divide the space as they see fit.
Following the announcement of intensified military operations, FIDA and Social Welfare Department have started a second phase of registration for IDPs arriving from South Waziristan.
A project report on previous registration is available here.
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Registration officially ended on 15th August and the information is now being verified by NADRA.
With registration completed, it will now be possible for the affected communities to receive aid and assistance. FIDA will continue to work with various partners in order to provide assistance in the following areas: protection, non-food items, emergency shelter, water and sanitation, health and hygiene and access to primary medical care.
In addition to a legal aid center at the District Court, FIDA is working to establish small arbitration centers outside of the city where community members can use traditional dispute resolution techniques to settle minor legal issues. The jirga system is a holistic and comprehensive approach to community justice, which relies on oral case precedent.
Our team members are also holding legal awareness forums to educate people, particularly women, about the legal system and their basic rights.
Look at the photo gallery for more pictures of this project.