1 March,2012
Rawalpindi Slum Areas

The urban slums of Pakistan are one of the most deprived and unprivileged communities. In the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, there are 32 slums. Most of these slums are inhibited by gypsy community that depends on begging as their source of income. These men, women and children can be seen all day long on busy roads and boulevards, begging for money in scorching sun or chilling winters. Although these gypsies have been living for more than 2 decades in these slums, the land is not owned by them. Hence there are no schools for them, or any hospitals. RAHMA felt the need and with the help of Individual donors, launched a project for education in slums of Rawalpindi. To start educational services, a small building, located in the slum was renovated with civil work and furniture for students. Building is donated by local community to promote education in slum to change their future life style. Classes were formally started in 2011 with the induction of 25 students in Nursery class. At the beginning, parents of these students were mobilized towards education which resulted in a positive manner and made them agreed upon to be a part of this initiative. The area located towards East of Mureer Chowk, right between the Railway Line and IESCO Hospital is inhibited by gypsies in the form of mismanaged slum. Such slums are scattered across the entire city and gypsies are living in these slums. These gypsies are second generation immigrants from areas like Multan, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and other parts of southern Punjab. Most of these gypsies are involved in begging and drug dealing for their survival. Very few of them work in homes, factories and workshops for earning their livelihoods. The houses are make-shift, the sewerage lines are non-existent, and electricity is available only in some of the Jhuggies. There are approximately 120 Jhuggies in this slum and a population of around 1,200. Very few of the gypsies send their children to school for education. Majority of the children assist their parents from an early age in earning money through begging. This slum school is working towards spreading the light of knowledge and wisdom among the gypsies, who are very unprivileged and neglected part of our society.

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1 October,2011

The drought in Horn of Africa specifically in Somalia has badly affected the local population in terms of starvation and compelled them to shift in the IDP camps. These camps are heavily over-burdened due to growing influx of Displaced Persons. Provision of food to all these people is challenge that the Government and Humanitarian organizations are facing.

RAHMA decided to participate in the process of addressing this catastrophe. As first step, RAHMA designed this project that assisting the affected people in meeting basic humanitarian need of food for their families. It has distributed 1200 food packages to 1200 affected families. Average family size in Somalia is 6.9 persons per family . Hence around 8400 individuals (Men, women and children) were benefited from the project. Provision of food in appropriate quantity and quality in accordance with the needs of the people of all ages has reduced malnutrition caused by inadequate food due to long term drought.There are dozens of IDPs camps in surrounding of Mogadishu. Some of the camps were established few months back since drought was severely out broken in entire Somalia specifically the south region including Bay, Bakool, upper & lowerShabelle and Hiran. Around half million people are currently living in these camps. Some large camps are managed by thegovernment with financial and technical assistance of the international donors, where large scale kitchens are providing cooked food and other facilities including primary healthcare and water is also available.

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1 September,2010

RAHMA provided technical education to 500 individuals from 2009 to 2010 at Rifah Technical Training Institute in gharibabad, an underprivileged suburb of Rawalpindi. Technical education enabled the girls and boys to enhance their income opportunities. Over all scope is appropriate to address the rising demand for skilled labour and technicians. Technical and vocational education can contribute to such progress, both y reducing unemployment, through creating employment in the fields of pre-vocational specialization and self-employment, and by engendering a higher propensity for labour force participation at the end, improving productivity, and correspondingly resulting in higher graduate earnings. Recognizing the needs of disadvantaged women, we are specially focused on training for women the attracted women for skills training and enhancing their employment opportunities.


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4 July,2010
MSRPHP (Model Sustainable Rural Primary Healthcare Project) is aimed at improving the health condition of the rural population of AJK especially women and children by providing primary health care services and health awareness to the population of village Baroth naar, near Khuiratta city in AJK. Azad Kashmir is the area where only one doctor is available for the population of more than 5000 people which can be considered as a disaster in provision of health services. To provide health facility in remote areas, RAHMA taken the initiative that emerged in the form of RAHMA Basic Health Center. RAHMA and its companion believe that initiation of project is the start of change in the lives of people of Azad Kashmir. The project comprises of both curative and preventive primary healthcare services, includes medical consultations, lab tests through medical equipments such as, Micro lab, ECG, USG, subsidised pharmacy and through health awareness among different community groups. Since RBHC inception in the remote area of Broth Naar, more than 20000 patients have been facilitated. Project was initiated in collaboration with DF (Development Fund, Norway) and local community. Intervention was praised by the local community and as a result, they donated a piece of land to RAHMA for the establishment of Primary Health Care center. Building was completed in 2009 and center was formally inaugurated on July 2010. At the end of 2010, DF inputs to project were lifted and since then project was solely run by RAHMA Pakistan with the help of individual donors and by utilizing RBHC income. Project is being successfully operated and generates its own income which is complementing RAHMA efforts in implementation of project. Project is a model health care project which will be improved and replicated in different remote areas of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan.

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Flood Emergency Response

5 July,2010
Rahim Yar Khan

The flash floods in Pakistan resulting from heavy rains in July 2010 brought unprecedented miseries to the people of Pakistan. The floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood, infrastructure and human deaths. Hundreds of villages and settlements in 78 districts across Pakistan were affected or completely washed away by the floods. Around 2.25 Million hectares of cropped land was submerged. Cotton and rice crops were found worst affected by floods, while sugarcane, millet and fodder were also damaged. Seeds and grains stored at various locations were destroyed, resulting in food deficiency in the flood affected areas.

RAHMA devised a project to save lives of flood-affected people by averting starvation through distributing essential food supplies and allied Non-Food Items. The project rapidly started off by distributing Food Items within 10 days after the project commencement on 15 August 2010. Humanitarian assistance by RAHMA continued till April 2011. During this period, RAHMA provided food, Kitchen utensils, quilts, hygiene kits, cotton seeds and fertilizers among 5,400 flood affected families of province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab province.

RAHMA active participation to alleviate the sufferings of flood stricken families was praised by local community and aid organizations on national and international level.

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