News Room | 05 June 2016

FRD turned 8 today

Today is FRD 8th Birthday!! Since 2008, FRD is working for development and uplift of the marginalized rural communities through long term development and humanitarian assistance with cooperation of various development and humanitarian partners including; UNHCR, Inter Cooperation (Swiss funded), UNDP, UNOCHA, UNICEF, IOM, DRC, USAID, WFP, UNHABITAT, GIZ etc..

With focus on essence of humanitarian and development domains, FRD has delivered and is delivering variety of services to the poor segments of the society in various sectors like WASH, Shelter, Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Community Infrastructure, Livelihood Development, Non-formal Education, Natural Resource Management, social mobilization, peaceful coexistence, rehabilitation of social services delivery, youth engagement and development of linkages between gross root communities with government and non-governmental agencies in various locations of Pakistan. Social Mobilization, Capacity Building, Gender Mainstreaming and DRR are cross cutting themes of FRD that have been integrated as essential parts in all its projects/programs.

In the humanitarian scenario the FRD responds right from the initial emergency phase to early recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

In 2010, the worst Monsoon floods left millions of people homeless throughout the country, People were left stranded on the mercy of the nature under the open sky with no proper sanitation and shelter. To respond to the shelter needs of the flood affected population, FRD provided Emergency shelter & NFI kits in Tehsil tunsa, District Dera Ghazi Khan, as well as permanent shelters accompanied by kitchen and wash room to 1743 families in Charsada. FRD also provided sustainable shelters along with lands to 35 landless families of spontaneous camps in Charsadda and Nowshera.

In response to WASH needs of flood affected population, FRD provided WASH services to flood affected population in KP (charsada, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Swabi, Lower Dir, Haripur, Mansehra, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan) and in DG khan Punjab. Wash projects in KP and FATA contributed in improvement of general health and hygiene condition of the people and provided sustainable access to clean drinking water.

FRD not only provided shelters to flood affected families but also to returning IDPs of South Wazirstan, Kurram, Mohmand & Orakzai agency who were forced to leave their houses cause of military operations and sectarian violence in their area of origin. Shelter projects for flood affected population and for returning IDPs benefited more than 10, 000 families.

FRD is also facilitating those families who are still livings in miserable condition in government established camps due to the conflict situation in their areas of origin. In 2011 FRD provided camp coordination and camp management services in Nahaqi and Danish Kol camp and currently FRD is providing site maintenance services in two biggest IDPs camp Jalozi and Togh serai. FRD also installed/rehabilitated tents in Jaolzai, Togh serai and New Durrani camp. Tent projects improved living condition of IDPs and provided protection against the harsh weather with increased covered area. Recently FRD provided relief assistance to North Waziristan IDPs and return assistance to IDPs of Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram and South Wazirstan agency.

In addition to emergency response in regard to Shelter, Wash and CCCM, FRD is rehabilitating schools for host as well as refugee community since 2013 in Punjab and KP. Rehabilitation of schools not only improved learning environment but also enrollment of students as well as social cohesion between refuge and host community.

In addition to humanitarian assistance, FRD purpose is to bring the marginalized and underprivileged communities in to the mainstream of development. The term development as used in the context of FRD is an inclusive term which includes but is not limited to education, health, economic development (Livelihoods), Community infrastructure, Protection, equality and social inclusion.

Since July 2011, FRD is facilitating livelihood development program in Mohmand Agency to improve livelihood systems & to prepare communities to cope with natural disaster or conflict related vulnerabilities. The program activities include communities’ social mobilization, capacity building, agriculture development, livestock intervention, community infrastructure, non-formal education and value chain management. In Mohammad agency, FRD also provided clean drinking water to the refugee hosting community.  Keeping in view current power break-down in Pakistan, FRD provided solar powered drinking water supply schemes, benefiting 3451 individuals.

In November 2012, FRD with support of UNDP rehabilitated critical community infrastructure as well as restored livelihoods of flood affected families. The project benefited more than 22904 individuals and supported 400 families with cash for work component of the project.

In January 2014, FRD initiated 2 projects specifically for women, one of them aimed at revitalizing and rehabilitating SMEs that suffered due to militancy or floods 2010. In this assignment with support of ERKKF FATA, FRD facilitated potential business women of Kurram Agency and Mohmand Agency in upgrading their businesses. While in Peshawar, FRD with support of IOM/PTI provided 2 months skill development training on knitting machines along with basic entrepreneurship skills training to 40 semi-skilled women. All women were provided with the knitting machines at the end of the project.

In September 2014, FRD entered an agreement with TVET reform Support unit of GIZ for managing the demonstration farms in FR Peshawar & for building the capacity of farmers in enhancing their productivity & at the same time ensure sustainability of the agriculture through reducing the impact of intensification and extensification.

Currently FRD in partnership with WFP is implementing Food for work support program for Sustainable livelihood at Kurram and Orakzai Agency with main focus on the livelihoods support through structural rehabilitation & DRR mechanisms, and through capacity development of the local communities in Community Based Disaster Risk Management with a modality of Food for work and food for training.

This is just the beginning,FRD is committed to continue to strive towards Prosperous, Peaceful, Productive and socially inclusive society.

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