| 01 May 2015
Livelihood Program Hindukush (LPH) With support of Inter Cooperation & SDC, FRD is facilitating livelihood development program in Mohmand Agency since July 2011. The successful implementation of the program has paved the way for initiation of a long term program on livelihood development in FATA and Hindukush region extended till 2015.
The project aims at improving the livelihoods of poor communities in Pak-Afghan Border areas. FRD’s role in the project is of Services Facilitation Partner (SPF in terminology of SDC and HSI). FRD provides social mobilization, organization and capacity building services. FRD team first identified villages of intervention in consultation with local elders and Political administration. After identification of the villages FRD field team developed linkages with community members including its traditional leaders and formed inclusive and representative CBOs of the local communities. After formation of the CBOs their capacity building process started. The CMST and LMST is provided with main focus on sustainability of these CBOs to enable them to take charge of their development. As an innovative step in the capacity building process of CBOs, FRD has recently designed a blend of CMST and LMST with the name of “Rights and Obligations training” for CBOs.
As majority of the local communities livelihoods are dependent on agriculture and livestock, so targeted interventions in these sectors are carried out to support their livelihoods. In agriculture seeds of improved quality and fertilizers are introduced in the villages for replication by the villagers. To transfer the skills and technology to the farmers various trainings like seed storage techniques, improved sowing and harvesting techniques etc, specific trainings are arranged for the farmers of each CBO. Similarly to equip the villagers with proper techniques of Livestock care, Livestock Extension Workers (LEWs) from all the potential villages have been trained and involved in the services delivery in the communities. The trained LEWs have been involved in FRD-HSI sponsored vaccination and deworming campaigns. Other trainings for farmers regarding livestock feeding and housing etc have also been delivered and the LEWs have been involved in the follow up. To motivate the LEWs to adopt the profession and improve their services, candidates with good performance and real interest have been selected for advanced training in veterinary medicine. It is planned to support them in establishing their businesses and supporting them in preparing their business plans etc.
The project also provides community infrastructure in villages such as Drinking water supply schemes, Flood Protection structures, improved irrigation, rain water harvesting etc. Another important component of the project is to increase literacy rate in the villages of interventions, so NFE schools are being established, Village Education Committees (VECs) are being formed and trained for improving the literacy rate in their villages. The project also works on sustaining the natural resources and improving the forestry in the area, FRD in coordination with forest department facilitates site identification and maintenance through communities.