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SRSO AND COMMUNITY ALONG WITH ITS PARTNERS ENDEAVORING TO RESTORE HUMAN DIGNITY

  Current Projects  
     
 

 

Project:

 

Union Council Based Rural Poverty Reduction Program ( Shikarpur , Kashmore and Jacobabad)

 

Donor:

  Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh
    Major Activities
     
  • PSC (Poverty Scorecard)
  • Social Mobilization and Formation of Community Organization (CO)
  • Formation of Village Organization( VO)
  • Formation of Local Support Organization (LSO)
  • Training and  Capacity Building
  • Vocational Skills
  • Income Generating Grants
  • CIF (Community Investment Fund)
  • CPI (Community Physical Infrastructure)
  • MHI (Micro Health Insurance)
  • Education

         
         
         

 

Project:

 

Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS)Programme

 

Donor:

 

European Union (EU)

 

Partners:

 

Govt. of Sindh, RSPN

 

District:

  Larkana, Qambar-Shahdadkot.
 

Budget:

  24 Millions Euro
 

Duration:

  05 Years (2016 - 2021)
    Major Activities
     
  • The rural communities of Sindh province suffer from critical socio-economic conditions which result in high prevalence of extreme and chronic poverty rates. In this context, in 2009, the Government of Sindh (GoS) launched the Union Council Based Poverty Reduction Programme (UCBPRP) in four districts of Sindh through the Rural Support Programmes(RSPs) working in the province. Comforted by the positive results achieved through the social mobilisation approach of RSPs to community driven development (CDD), GoS intends to scale up the programme. To support GoS in the scale up, the European Union (EU) has launched the ‘Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support’ (SUCCESS) Programme.
    The EU contribution through the SUCCESS Programme builds on the UCBPRP’s experience aiming at supporting GoS in developing its local CDD policy and allowing for a wider geographical outreach and providing financial means for important impact in rural Sindh. The aim of the SUCCESS Programme is to reduce poverty through undertaking CDD based on RSPs proven social mobilisation approach. Living conditions are expected to improve by building the local social capital for better access to basic social, economic services, and income generating and diversification activities; working along with the provincial government to define the basis for formulation of a local CDD policy in light of the learning from the UCBPRP.
  • The centre-piece of the RSP approach is mobilisation of the poor in order to enable them to participate directly in decisions that affect their lives and prospects. The concept is to build capacities of people to organise, manage their own organisations, and increase the outreach of government and other development actors for effective supply and genuine demand. SRSO provide social guidance as well as technical and financial assistance to the rural poor based on the three-tiered approach to CDD. Community Organisations (COs) form the foundation of these people’s own institutional network. 
  • COs are federated into Village Organisations (VOs) for planning and coordination at the village level. At the third tier, representatives from all VOs in a Union Council (UC) form a Local Support Organisation (LSO). 
  • The socio-economic service delivery will encompass support through Community Investment Fund, Income Generating Grants;
  • Capacity building of the networks of CO, VO, LSOs;
  • Vocational skills training;
  • Community Physical Infrastructure;
  • Health Micro Insurance;
  • Awareness raising about social sectors (education, health, hygiene, and nutrition);
  • Building linkages with local government line departments and other service providers.
         
       
         

 

Project:

 

Education Project

 

Donor:

 

Government of Sindh

    Major Activities
     
  • To ensure delivery of quality education by keeping the schools functional and develop better environment for the students to increase the enrollment especially of girl child and out of school children.
  • Renovated the infrastructure and provided furniture and fixtures wherever found missed;
  • Teachers were recruited and trained;
  • Revitalized School Management Committees (SMCs), as per standard procedure with the support from District Government and Education Department.
  • Overall, 102 morning shift schools have been functionalized, 24 second shift schools and 9 Early Childhood Centers were established, at Kashmore-Kandhkot and Shikarpur districts.

       
         
         

 

Project:

 

Prime Minister's Interest Free Loan (PMIFL) Scheme

 

Partner:

 

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund

   

District:

  Ghotki, Kashmore-Kandhkot and Shikarpur.
 

Duration:

  04 Years (2014 - 2018)
    Major Activities
     
  • SRSO has entered into a partnership with PPAF – LEED Group under Prime Minister Interest Free Loan Scheme amounting Rs. 120,000,000/- (Rupees One Hundred and Twenty million only). It is a revolving loan facility for a period of four (04) years. PPAF will disburse in four quarterly installments within One year. Based on satisfactory revolving during 4 years, the loan amount will be transferred as grant to community institutions with approval of PPAF.
  • The said facility to be revolved by SRSO through its branches / Loan Centers, in 12 Union Councils of Ghotki, Kashmore-Kandhkot and Shikarpur.
  • Aims to provide productive micro-loans to the doorsteps of the poor and the destitute,those on a score of 0-40 on the Poverty Score Card so that they may enhance their incomes and improve their quality of life and facilitate their empowerment both economically and socially.
  • Borrowers will be encouraged to return the loan that will go back to permanent fund available to the community for future lending. Fund will also educate the borrowers to convert from being “takers” to “givers”, so that the fund will continue to grow.

         
         
       

 

Project:

 

Non- Formal Education (NFE)

 

Donor:

  United States Agency for International Development(USAID) Sindh Reading Program
   

Districts

 

Kashmore- Kandhkot and Jacobabad

   

Duration

 

8 Months

    Major Activities
     
  • The project aims to enroll & educate out-of-school children ages of 10-15 years in Non Formal Education centers.
  • A total of 67 Non Formal Education centers will be opened (34 centers in Kashmore and 33 centers in Jacobabad) and 2,000 out-of-school children will be enrolled in the month of March 2016.
  • Hiring of Teachers who will be trained in the use of SRP provided NFE material.
  • Two master Trainers per district will be selected who will serve as trainers for teacher of NFE centers.
  • Provision of NFE material (three books per student)
  • Supervision of NFE centers with proper record keeping and drop out monitoring.
         
         
         

 

Project:

 

JHU/CCP-RSPN Health Communication Component of USAID's Maternal and Child Health Program

 

Donor:

 

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), JHU/ CCP and RSPN

 

District:

  Sukkur, Sanghar, Naushehroferoz, Larkana, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Shikarpur,
 

Duration:

  04 Years
    Major Activities
     
  • RSPN and SRSO has partnered with JHU.CCP to implement the Health Communication component of USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Program in Pakistan, using its proven model of trained, local community resources persons to generate awareness for family planning and reproductive health and to encourage communities to adopt health seeking behaviour, particularly in the context of maternal and child healthcare.
  • Community resource persons will be selected and trained from the target villages to stimulate communities toward healthy practices for women and children.
  • The community resource persons will operate as village level male/female pairs that conduct social mobilization, offer health education and counseling in small groups and conduct household visits to married women of reproductive age.
  • Male community resource persons have proven to be particularly powerful in influencing husbands’ perceptions about family health needs, including reproductive health.

  • Religious Leaders and Community noteables of targeted UCs will also motivate to become powerful change agents for improved MNCH/RH practices within their communities.
         
         
         
         

 

Project:

 

PSI- RSPN Provision of Reproductive Health Services through Social Marketing

 

Donor:

 

Department for International Development. UKaid , Population Services International(PSI).

   

Partner:

 

Rural Support Program Network

 

District:

  Sukkur, Sanghar, Naushehroferoz, Larkana, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Shikarpur.
 

Duration:

  July 2016- July 2017
    Major Activities
     
  • RSPN and SRSO is implementing a project titled, "Provision of Reproductive Health Services through Social Marketing" in 7 districts of Sindh i.e. Sukkur, Sanghar, Naushehroferoz, Larkana, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Shikarpur. This project is funded by Population Services International. It is a one yearproject,initiated in July 2016. The project aims to improve the quality of life of women and children in Pakistan by Increasing the availability of quality reproductive health products/services with a focus on rural areas.
  • Using RSPs proven model of social mobilisation through Community Resource Persons, demand is being created for reproductive health products.
  • Selection of community resource persons through village health committees.
  • Capacity building of community resource persons for social mobilization activities
  • Registration of target communities (married women of reproductive age and their spouses, extended family members, youth and religious leaders).
  • Developing and printing of information, education and communication material;
  • Demand creation for birth spacing through group meetings and household visits;
  • Formation of community health committees and federation of Village Health Committees at union council level;
  • Procurement of contraceptives and equipment for the provision of birth spacing services;
  • Business in a box for CRP’s sustainability and continuity of services;
  • Utilization of Greenstar Social Marketing Helpline for management of side effects and counseling on reproductive health;
  • Engaging public sector (Department of Health & Population Welfare Department) at UC/District level.
  • The communities will be supported in accessing the birth spacing services through mobile camps at their doorsteps to increase the contraceptive prevalence rate in the project areas.
  • Men involvement will be maximized in project activities to minimize the social barrier in accessing the birth spacing services.
  • An uncovered  population of 1500,000 will be benefited through a group of trained cadre of community resource persons in 7 districts with a special focus on married women of reproductive age.
         
         
         

 

Project:

 

Promoting Child Rights in Cotton Farming Areas of Sindh

 

Partner:

 

Rural Support Program Network (RSPN

 

Funded By:

 

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

 

District:

  Ghotki and Khairpur
   

Duration:

  September 15, 2015 to September 14, 2016(one year)
    Major Activities
     
  • There are 25 million children in Pakistan between the ages of 5 to 16, who are not in school. When a child does not go to school, he or she is vulnerable to all sorts of abuse and exploitation. They are also more likely to be involved in child labor, depriving them of their childhood, their health, their education and condemning them to a life of poverty. With the number of child abuse cases rising each year in Pakistan, there is an urgent need to protect these children and ensure that they have opportunities for a better life.The Pakistani agricultural sector has low rates of mechanisation and the use of low wage labor is rampant; cotton pickers are paid as little as 50-80 rupees (USD 0.5-0.8)per day. In order to meet day to day expenses, people from these families often take out loans in advance against their expected income from picking cotton but are not always able to repay these loans, which means they get trapped in a vicious circle of debt. In order to repay loans, these families also engage their children in cotton picking. In addition, the belief that soft hands are ideal for picking cotton encourages the use of young women and children as cotton-pickers.As a result, children drop out of school to work in cotton fields and risk exposure to various forms of violence and abuse.

  • RSPN has partnered with the Sindh Rural Support Organisation (SRSO) to promote an awareness for the rights of children in cotton picking areas of Sindh and to discourage families from sending their children to work on cotton fields.
  • Awareness will be raised among people regarding the rights of children and the negative impact of child labor.
  • By setting up a social fund and offering poor women income generating grants, rural communities will be given the opportunity to earn a better livelihood and stop engaging their children in labor.
  • To Conduct training of selected Incom Generation Grant(IGG) beneficiaries on Livestock Management Training.
  • Social Fund allocation to selected villages(351) for social development schemes.
  • Multifunctional community centers are also being set up to provide adult literacy classes, skills training for women and so on, in order to help people develop marketable skills which they can use to earn a better living.
  • Identification and training of Community Resource Persons(CRPs).
  • Street Theatre for awareness raising about child rights and child protection.
         
         
         

 

Project:

 

Empowering Older People to Improve Lives

 

Donor:

 

HelpAge International, Age International

 

Funded By:

 

Big Lottery Fund (BLF)

 

District:

  Jacobabad and Shikarpur
   

Duration:

  3 Years (November 2014 to September 2017)
    Major Activities
     
  • Development of a network of Older People Associations.
  • Capacity building of Older People Associations(OPAs) and District government officials.
  • Formation of a Federation of OPAs at District level.
  • To increase participation of older people in district and provincial level decision-making and planning processes through membership of OPAs to engage with and influence local authorities, financial and social protection institutes.
  • Information campaigns for older people on how to access existing social protection, microfinance and wider livelihoods support programmes.
  • Paralegal support for older people.
  • Advocacy with Stakeholders for inclusion of Older People and PWD in their policies.
  • Advocacy with Social protection departments/institutes for the inclusion of Older People and PWDs in their programmes and policies
  • Trainings on livelihood activities and provision of livelihood inputs.
  • Seed funding for microcredit of older people's livelihood development.
         
         
         

 

Project:

 

Construction of Low Cost Housing Units

 

Donor:

 

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Housing Cell (SBBHC) Govt. of Sindh .

   

Districts:

 

Shikarpur and Jacobabad

   

Duration:

 

6 Months

    Major Activities
     
  • Construction of 510 low cost houses in Shikarpur and Jacobabad districts.
  • Selection of beneficiaries in selected districts that are below the poverty-line and specially those that are houseless, with special emphasis on women.
         
         
       
         

 

Project:

 

Health System Strengthening Project

 

Partners

  Rural Support Program network (RSPN) and Sindh Rural Support Organization(SRSO)
 

Funded By:

  United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
 

Lead Consortium:

  JSI (John Snow International)
    Duration  

15th April, 2014 to 31st March, 2017

    Districts  

Jacobabad & Kashmore (LHWs uncovered area)

    Major Activities
     
  1. Increased Accountability & Transparency of Health system

    • Mapping of private health facilities & NGOs
    • Selection of UCs & clustering villages
    • Revitalization & formation of VHCs
    • Formation of UCHC
    • District Health Networking (DHN)
    • Improving health services at community institutions

  2. Improved management capacity of health & PWD

    • Field staff training
    • Mapping of LHWs covered & non covered areas
    • Formation of community institutions
    • Awareness regarding routine immunization
    • Registration of new births
    • Coordination with EPI at BHU & community level
    • Coverage of defaulters & drop out cases

  3. Outcome (a)

    • Increased awareness among communities about public & private sector facilities
    • Communities are able to take actions to approach health management for improvement in service delivery.
    • Community voices are heard & responded by DHPMT

  4. Outcome (b)

    • Increased awareness among communities about the importance of routine immunization
    • Coverage of defaulters/drop out cases for routine vaccine
    • Registration of new births in UC birth register

 

       
         
         

 

Project:

 

Equine Welfare Project

 

Donor:

  The Brooke Pakistan
    Major Activities
     
  • To improve the working equine welfare situation by encouraging community participation
  • Community mobilization and Formation of Equine welfare group.
  • To conduct community Meetings/sessions for awareness raising on Basic Equine Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Awareness raising among community, through awareness raising sessions/camps, deworming  campaigns, vaccination etc.
  • Skill enhancement of service providers.
  • Periodic and emergency Veterinary treatment services.
  • To ensure the provision of quality medicines to CMVCs (Community Mobile Veterinary Clinics) for the treatment of equine animals
  • Shed shelter, water troughs and grooming kits, canvas water buckets preparation  for equines.

 

         

PPL

 

Project:

 

Community Physical Infrastructure Development Project (CPI Schemes) Phase viii

 

Donor:

  Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Pakistan Petrolium Limited and SRSO
    Major Activities
     
  • 120 CPI Schemes in flood affected area of kashmore-Kandhkot;
  • Brick Pavement,
  • Link Roads,
  • Culverts,
  • Drains,
  • Sanitation,
  • Lining of Water Course,
  • Drinking Water Hand Pumps (DWSS).
         
         

 

Project:

 

Community Investment Fund and People's Women Empowerment Programme

 

Donor:

  Women Development Department, Government of Sindh
    Major Activities
     
  • Community Investment Fund & Interest Free Loan to destitute women identified through Poverty Score card.
  • Organizing the marginalized women groups in Community Organization;
  • Undertaking a prior identification assessment and tailor credit need accordingly;
  • Making the loan package more flexible; Providing business support (input identification and procurement, marketing support);
  • Promoting savings, as internal funds generation leads to financial independence;
  • Providing right-based training to beneficiaries for: Building their productive assets;
  • Increasing and diversifying their incomes;
  • Decreasing their risks ensuring the access to the safety nets – Health Insurance etc.
  • Improving their entrepreneurship and management skills.
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