Success Stories | 30 November 2011

From state of desperation to smiles

"Children seen smiling in various villages of Tehsil Safi in Mohmand Agency were not smiling like this just a few months ago. The conflict situation in Tehsil Safi of Mohmand Agency disrupted life for a long time. FRD in partnership with UNHCR was the 1st organization to provide relief to the returnee IDPs in the severely conflict affected area through provision of shelter repair kit."

The volatile security situation and later on military operation caused thousands of people to leave their houses and take refuge in some other area. The active conflict situation and lack of proper maintenance deprived the people of their homes. FRD in partnership with UNHCR was the 1st organization to provide relief to the returnee IDPs in the severely conflict affected area of Mohmand Agency.

FRD adopted a participatory method of beneficiary identification while also maintaining the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian assistance. FRD teams carried out door to door assessments of all the severely affected villages in southern and central parts of tehsil Safi. Community representatives in each village accompanied FRD team, so that all the needy families are identified and reached to. After identification of the families, FRD social mobilization and technical teams established a close liaison with them, and continuously provided them with technical advice for rehabilitation of their houses. While the beneficiaries were planning and carrying out construction, Logistics team members of FRD ensured that all the material required for houses rehabilitation reach them well on time. Raising the walls had been contribution of the beneficiaries, while FRD and UNHCR were responsible for supply of the material, technical advice, and after completion of the shelter the families were provided with cash for work.

Men, Women and children not only got their shelters, but they also own them, because their contribution was always there in the construction. FRD re-affirm its commitment to spreading smiles on the faces of children, women and men.

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