Success Stories | 15 May 2011

Having the dignity of own home for the 1st time in the life of a family.

" FRD continue to spread smiles on the faces of the vulnerable flood population who dont have enough resources to reconstruct their houses. "

Khaista Rehman and his family used to live in a mud house owned by the local land lord. The monsoon floods of 2010 destroyed the house and the family was forced to take refuge in Hisara Spontaneous camp in district Charsadda. With onset of early recovery phase of shelter response FRD field team visited the camp and started the assessment of families who had a plot of land but did not had resources to construct their house. In the meanwhile Khaista Rehman had and Naheeda had gathered their resources i.e. jewelry and other resources and sold them out to purchase a piece of land. FRD Team Constructed a permanent shelter accompanied by a kitchen and Wash room. The kids are having their own home for the 1st time in their life.

FRD and UNHCR continue to spread smiles on the faces of the vulnerable flood population who dont have enough resources to reconstruct their houses.

Khaista Rehman and his family used to live in a mud house owned by the local land lord. The monsoon floods of 2010 destroyed the house and the family was forced to take refuge in Hisara Spontaneous camp in district Charsadda. As the land on which the house was there before the floods did not belong to Khaista Rehman and his family, they were not allowed to build some permanent house on that land. With onset of early recovery phase of shelter response FRD field team visited the camp and started the assessment of families who had a plot of land but did not had resources to construct their house. In the meanwhile Khaista Rehman and his wife Naheeda  realised that unless and until they own a land of their own they can not get their permanent home. Khaista Rehman and his family gathered resources and purchased a plot in the nearby village. Naheeda, the wife of Khaista Rehman Played a major role in getting the land as she gave her jewelry to sell out and contributed the major part of the cost of land.

The team of FRD also visited the site and Khaista Rehman was also recommended as deserving beneficiary by the organization of the flood affected community organization in the village. FRD technical team provided the technical guidance about good construction techniques and Disaster risk reduction measure in the construction. Khaista Rehman and his family were so enthusiastic during the construction he visited FRD ware house for issuance of material even when his foundation was not ready for construction. One of FRD staff asked why he was in so hurry Khaista Rehman said "All of my kids are going to have their own home for the 1st time in their life, so me and my wife are so enthusiastic to have this dignity as soon as possible, all of my 6 kids will live in their own house" FRD provided construction material,skilled labour, technical advice and Rs.2500 as cash for work. Khaista Rehman and his family provided unskilled labour. Khaista Rehman is so happy and says " This place has given me and my family a peace of mind. Now we are safe from hot, and cold. we have worked hard to make it resistant to future floods and earth quacks... this is my familyhome now.. and i am not the only homeless who got the home, more than 60 families from Hisara spontaneous camp have been provided the shelters. they provided us dignity and identity. To acknowledge their support we want to name this neibghourhood as FRD Colony... we are thankful to FRD and UNHCR for their in time support .. "

The family is hopeful that they can purchase back the jewelry and other assets, the sold out to get their own house. Naheeda says " As we have got our own home, now Khaista can go to work with peace of mind. We will regularly save some money from his earning and i will again get my jewelry". She says while smiling "Now our home is far better than the previous, so i should have better jewelry"

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