Helping Hands Welfare Association Baltistan
Skardu and Ganche , Pakistan
The proposed project,envisions in bringing social, economic transformation by educating the less fortunate children in the rural and semi urban communities of five districts of Gilgil Baltistan province among others in Pakistan. Gilgit Baltistan with a population of about 15,00,000 people, 40% of which are children, 53% are women and 23% are youth between 18 and 30 years of age.
Currently the states of less fortunate children in Gilgit Baltistan are encompassed with immense sufferings. Pakistan is a country that depends on 70 % agriculture (farming. The intensive dicrease in crop production and terrerism/ militency destroyed most of thepeople causing most of the less fortunate groups of people which includes, the elderly, widows, the sick and children to spend a tuff day. There are many chances that most families are unable to support themselves and keep their children in school throughout the year. You will also notice that it is worse with millions of children living in the rural communities, slum areas and those coming from the poorest of the poor communities.
In a process to reach up to the vision, the strategy is that at least number of the Orphans Vulnerable Children registered in the community who are wondering why they were born because they are without any one helping. So by God’s will these will have access to:-
Basic education in a conducive classroom environment.
Have scholastic materials provided to them.
Each child having a school uniforms.
Each child will have access to basic treatment.
Live in a better environment.
Renovations of the existing Destiny home for children.
Improved hygiene and sanitation among the children and their guardians.
Provided with essential support in form of blankets, bed sheets.
Basic essential treatments of malaria, opportunistic infections, typhoid and sleep in treated mosquito nets.
Supports improve livelihood conditions of poor mothers/ guardians/poor women, elderly and widows in the community through supporting their local initiatives. i.e. craftwork, poultry, vegetable growing, goat and improved cattle rearing projects.-
This will address the sustainability component that guardians will support their children in future.
The situation has left most children with little or without hope at all they live in situation, not sure of a and are uncertain of their future.
Being aware that children are nation’s greatest future resource, the project intends to ensure and support the child’s complete development that’s mentally, physically, socially, spiritually and economically, liberating and equipping them as they unwrap their FULL potentials.
The high poverty levels in the area due to, less food production, unemployment, lack of entrepreneurship skills and poor health among the working age group have knit out the vulnerability web mainly among women and youth, resulting in broken families, early marriages, rape and defilement, drug addiction and abuse and increased crime toll. All these factors collectively result in causes of early deaths or imprisonment of parents, consequently making the children vulnerable. The poor yield as a result of the subsistence traditional farming. The aggravated problem therefore is the vulnerability of children rendering them unable to access their rightful basics of health care, education, good nutrition and psychosocial uplifting; that really need to be molded and empowered by them accessing basic education, treatment, with vocational skills that can make them happy, useful and resourceful citizens in society.
It is justifiably apparent that in the entire whole 7 district of Gilgit Baltistan there is no care center for vulnerable children and this renders the less fortunate children more vulnerable because they cannot access basic Education, no one cares or minds and hence these less fortune children are left to guide themselves and also form strong peer groups that are characterized by drug abuse that leads to juvenile delinquency.
Secondly due to its rural peripheral location from the cities or town where the economical activity of subsistence peasantry farming making it far below the international poverty line resulting in people failing to afford good basic education, health care and feeding. This has maintained tremendous vulnerability of children resulting in high level of prostitution, child labor and child sacrifice. Therefore schools, orphanage homes with a highly enriched skills vocational center can have both short and a long term solution.
Thirdly there are not quality education primary and secondary schools in the area that can provide good educational services. They are congested with high children – to- teacher ratio; they are of low academic standards, and not suitably deliverable to the vulnerable children.
Therefore this project is intended to demonstrate true love to the less fortunate children and hence committed to delivering services to the true and rightful beneficiaries without any discrimination of any form and working towards considering the gender based phenomenon and working to ensure it minimizes internal and external stigmatization among the beneficiaries.