Our Projects | 01 November 2014

Rapid needs assessment and relief interventions for North Waziristan IDPs living at communal places

After the start of military operation in the North Waziristan agency thousands of families have fled the agency and took refuge in the nearby districts of Bannu, DI khan, Laki Marwat, Karak , Hangu and Kohat. Although a camp to accommodate these IDPs had been established at Baka Khel (FR Bannu), but instead the families have opted to stay in the host community.

The families, who had some resources, are living in rented houses while many families took refuge in the govt. schools buildings, Hujras, Private schools and madrassas. The families living in these collective centers in most of the cases lack the basic facilities like water, latrines and wash room along with the need for additional shelters and support for their livestock in terms of shades etc.

Keeping this in view FRD with the support of UNHCR provided necessary assistance to IDPs families living at the govt. schools buildings and communal facilities at district Bannu and Laki Marwat. The total number of individuals in the selected facilities in 19 Ucs of Bannu and 10 Ucs of Lakki Marwat is 16310 with 48% male and 52% female population.

The project was implemented in two phases. Initially rapid assessment was carried out through the technical and social mobilization staff to assess the needs of the families living at various communal places in relevance to shelter, water and sanitation, protection and other basic needs. Immediately after the rapid assessment the relief activities started to provide quick relief to the community in the form of establishment and rehabilitation of toilets, Bathing places, Provision of additional shelters, Purda wall, Provision/Rehabilitation of water sources in RVs, provision of shades/plastic sheets for livestock, identification of protection concern and their referral, referral of families for NFIs and other lifesaving tasks. FRD also established registration centers as and where desired by UNHCR to facilitate the registration process along with the technical support for the camp site planning and development. The registration centers not only facilitate the IDPs, but also provided support to the FDMA and other stakeholders involved in registration and furthermore in the assistance to these families. Similarly to facilitate UNHCR and its partners in protection, monitoring and referral of protection cases, Grievance desks are established by FRD at appropriate places with mutual consultation of UNHCR, FRD and protection partners.

The identification of the needs of these families and the provision of the necessary assistance enabled these families to have reasonable environment inside these communal facilities and helped in providing them relief in the hard times they were facing due to sudden displacement. The project also provided short term assistance in terms of wages through employing labour from within the community and thus resulted in improved food security for IDPs.

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