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DEO Lasbela conducts meeting to increase student enrollment:

Under the chairmanship of District Education Officer (DEO), Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Wahid Shakir conducted the yearly meeting on education. The objective of this meeting was to determine goals that can lead towards the increase in student enrollments across the entire district. The meeting was held on 26th February 2019 (Tuesday).

During the meeting it was informed that enrollment of 12,949 students had to be done along with facilitating them with course books and provision of other necessary educational tools. Mr. Shakir urged all officials present to ensure children upto 5 years of age are enrolled in schools Lasbela district.

Representatives of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Pakistan Reading Project (PRP), Welfare Association for New Generation (WANG), Education Support Program (ESP) – UNICEF, Real Time School Monitoring (RTSM) – UNICEF and OSDI were invited to attend the meeting. Senior government officials including District Officer Education (DOE) – Mam Shamim Aziz, DDO (M) Utthal – Mr. Ghulam Rasool and DDO (F) Utthal – Mam Shahida Ali were also present.

After the meeting a press briefing was also given by the senior government officials. 


Final Exams conducted in TLC Chib Sheikh:

Students of OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Chib Sheikh have been assessed for the first time to participate in the final year examination. The exams were held between 18th (Monday) – 23rd (Saturday) February 2019.

As it’s the first batch of this TLC hence, there are only 2 grades in this school as of now: nursery and grade 1. This TLC shall soon be upgraded with the passing out of students from grade 1 to grade 2. Final results of the examination shall be announced soon.

Successful achievers shall be bestowed with souvenirs by OSDI.


Assessment of Adult Learners in TLC Chib Sheikh:

On 12th February 2019 (Tuesday), Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Rashid Butt paid a surprise visit to the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chib Sheikh Community. The visit was uninformed to check upon the regularity of classes being held for young adults.

During the visit, he conducted a surprise reading and writing test on a random chapter from the Urdu course-book. Most of the learners performed well in the test and the remaining learners were motivated to increase their focus on studies.

Few learners informed him that now, they can read newspapers also.



DEO Lasbela provides Textbooks to OSDI:

Acknowledging OSDI’s efforts to promote the cause of education in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) on 11th February 2019 (Monday), the District Education Officer has most generously facilitated OSDI with text books.

A total number of 800 books were provided to OSDI which included course books of English, Maths, Islamiat and Urdu subjects for students of Nursery, grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3. These books shall be distributed to students enrolled in OSDI’s Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in district Lasbela.

So far, there is only one functional TLC of OSDI in the community of Chib Sheikh and soon construction of another TLC in the revenue village of Sayarani Goth shall be initiated after which student enrollment process shall begin.


OSDI collaborates with NRSP against Malaria:

On 14th January 2019 (Monday), Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Rashid Butt met National Rural Support Programme’s (NRSP) Project Coordinator – Mr. M. Yousuf and Mr. Arshad Iqbal – Program Officer to discuss about the mutual opportunities to overcome Malaria disease in the region. NRSP is currently working to help facilitate the ailing people under its Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria project (GFATM).

During the meeting it was agreed that NRSP would conduct Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) in the free General Medical Camps of OSDI. This test is conducted for the diagnosis of malaria. NRSP shall bring 8 RDTs kits for testing purposes and upon diagnoses the malaria positive patients shall be provided with free anti-malaria medication and referrals shall be made in case of need.

Together, OSDI and NRSP intend to facilitate the suffering patients of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) by providing them quality primary health-care.


Baseline Survey conducted in village Biroch:

In continuation with our efforts to identify more vulnerable communities in district Mardan (KPK); a baseline survey was conducted in the community of Biroch. The survey took place on 9th February 2019 (Saturday).

The primary aim of this survey is to expand our reach to help facilitate as many underprivileged rural households as possible; enabling them to proceed towards sustainability along with the community participation.

Respondents were selected from 65 households to participate in the survey.

The communities of Boday Qabar, Baizad Banda and Carrang Dara have already participated in the baseline survey conducted during the month of January 2019. Upon conclusion, of the results suitable projects shall be initiated as per the dire need of the local community along with their support.


Baseline Survey in district Thatta:

It’s been quite some time that OSDI has been interested to initiate its projects in the susceptible district of Thatta (Sindh). The district holds a strong position due to its ancient historical significance. From 22nd – 24th January 2019 (Tuesday to Thursday), OSDI’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) team conducted a baseline survey in 19 vulnerable communities from the two union councils of Chobandi and Khagan.

12 enumerators were engaged to conduct the survey across 289 households. The overall number of households within the selected communities was 1,164.

Baseline survey was conducted in the under-privileged communities of Misri Unar Goth, Sulaiman Lashari Goth, Ladho Rind Goth, Jaffar Babbar Goth, Wali Muhammad Pitafi Goth, Kasir Lashari Goth, Wariyal Rashari Goth, Lal Bux Mari Goth, Muhammad Khan Rind Goth, Yaqoob Jokhiyo Goth, Mulla Qadir Bux Jokhiyo Goth, Ahmed Mir Bahar Goth, Babu Mir Bahar Goth, Hashim Jat Goth, Muhammad Khaskheli Goth, Haji Pandhi Jat Goth, Sati Jat Goth, Arab Jat Goth and Gul Muhammad Goth.

OSDI shall initiate its intervention within the selected communities upon finalization of the vulnerability results.


Baseline Survey in district Mardan:

In the union councils of Bazaar and Palo Dheri in district Mardan (KPK), OSDI conducted a thorough baseline survey from 23rd to 25th January 2019 (Wednesday to Friday). The purpose of this survey was to identify highly vulnerable communities so suitable interventions could be made to facilitate the poverty-struck villages.

100 households belonging to the communities of Boday Qabar, Baizad Banda and Carrang Dara were chosen for the survey. The sample size taken comprised of 90 respondents.

As of now the results are being compiled hence, selection of communities shall be made after final conclusion.


Endline Survey in district Mardan:

A thorough endline survey was conducted in the focused communities of district Mardan from 27th – 29th December 2018 (Thursday – Saturday). The purpose of this survey was to gauge the positive difference created due to OSDI’s intervention within these deprived villages.

Suitable projects as per the communities highlighted needs were initiated in these areas after which lives of the vulnerable beneficiaries started to improve. OSDI’s projects were initiated in the susceptible communities of Akhundara, Arab Seray, Shahtori and Beroch.

Literacy levels have started to improve from 53% to 88% in the community of Arab Seray where OSDI had built a Temporary Learning Center (TLC). Health expenditure has lowered from PKR 1,824 prior to OSDI’s intervention to now PKR 9 due to the Free General Medical Camps (GMCs) held by OSDI.

Moreover, the income levels have increased from PKR 6,750 per household to PKR 11,700 on an average per month for the Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) beneficiaries.


SBDW activity continues in District Lasbela:

Phase 2 of OSDI’s School Based De-Worming activity continued in the focused region of district Lasbela (Baluchistan); on 10th (Thursday) & 11th (Friday) January 2019. This activity took place across Government Primary School (GPS) in the vulnerable community of Essa Bucheri and Frontier Constabulary Public School (FCPS) in Bela.

Altogether, 525 students of both these schools were facilitated with a dose of de-worming medicine and provided a 250ml of milk pack by OSDI’s Health team. Milk was distributed amongst the students as a nutritional supplement for calcium.

Social mobilizers appointed by OSDI educated the students about the significance of personal health & hygiene to live a healthy life. Students were briefed to ensure their schools, homes and surroundings were kept clean and they properly discarded the litter. Management of both these schools appreciated the earnest efforts of OSDI in creating awareness amongst students about the side-effects of living an unhealthy life.

Meeting with Teachers of GBPS Qalam Jan Banda:

A meeting was held on 10th January 2019 (Thursday), by OSDI’s Head of District (HoD) Mardan – Mr. Sajjad Said in the Government Boys Primary School of Qalam Jan Banda village. The meeting was attended by school teachers, management and village elders.

This community is located at a distance of nearly half a kilometer from OSDI’s district office of Mardan (KPK).

Previously, GBPS comprised of 2 classrooms but, due to OSDI’s advocacy the government’s education department constructed an additional classroom keeping in mind the increase in number of student’s day by day. Now, once again HoD Mardan has requested the Education District Officer (EDO) – Mr. Gulzar Shah to facilitate in the construction of another classroom as the number of students in this school have reached to 235. The request has successfully been accepted and now another classroom is also being constructed due to OSDI’s advocacy.

The second most important agenda of this meeting was to highlight and inform the teachers to create awareness on the importance of health & hygiene in students. Mr. Sajjad urged the teachers to ensure that all students attending school were aware about personal and environmental hygiene.

All the teachers agreed to conduct interactive sessions with students to promote health & hygiene importance via activity based learning method.


Visit to Chamasara and Sayarani villages:

On 9th January 2019 (Wednesday), Deputy Director at National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) – Mr. Zahid Baloch visited the villages of Chamasara and Sayarani along with Mr. Rashid Butt – Team Leader of OSDI for District Lasbela. The visit was scheduled for area confirmation regarding the school construction by OSDI within both these selected vicinities.

The village of Sayarani lies in the union council of Wayaro. There are 60 households located in this community. There are 6 scattered communities located in this village. The nearest educational facility from this village is approximately at a distance of 3.5 kms. Nearly, 150 children of this community have no choice but to remain illiterate as the parents are reluctant to send their minors to school due to long travelling distance.

Chamasara Goth falls in union council of Kehnwari, comprising of 30 households based on 3 – 4 little settlements. Nearly, 50 out-of-school children reside in this area. OSDI intends to construct schools in both the above mentioned locations and hand them over to NCHD in the near future.

OSDI participates in NRSP workshop:

In district Lasbela (Baluchistan), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) organized a one day inception workshop on 7th January 2018 (Monday). The workshop was aimed at launching, National Socio Economic Registry (NSER) project across all union councils of district Lasbela (Baluchistan).

NRSP plans to do a carpet coverage of the entire district. To serve the purpose, NRSP invited various government and representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) working in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) to know about their areas of intervention along with their ongoing and upcoming activities.

OSDI has extended its facilitation to run an active social mobilization campaign in its respective focused communities; by informing the villagers a day prior to the survey about the activity. So, the villagers can stay at home and keep their CNIC copies with themselves in order to avoid any hindrances during the survey.

Meeting with Government official in Rustam:

OSDI’s Head of District Mardan (KPK) – Mr. Sajjad Said met Mr. Fawad Khattak – Additional Assistant Commissioner of Tehsil Rustam on 1st January 2019 (Tuesday). During the meeting Mr. Khattak was briefed about the various interventions done by OSDI within the focused communities of this district.

Mr. Sajjad requested him to look into the matter and facilitate in expediting the process of construction of a proper government school building in the village of Arab Seray which has already been approved by the concerned department. Moreover, he was also briefed about the necessity of a formal school in the focused community of Akhundara; where there is no educational facility within the radius of upto 8kms.

Mr. Sajjad also told him about the unfortunate incident that occurred few days ago in Spinkay village in which 2 young labors lost their lives while working in the mountains due to no safety measures being provided to them. Altogether, 10 men have died so far as they were not facilitated with proper shoes, helmets or ropes. Mr. Khattak was asked to look into the labor security and safety steps and ensure all suitable precautionary measures are taken for safety.

Mr. Khattak was also informed about the community of Aman Goth which is approximately 8kms above the community of Arab Seray located high up on the mountains. The village has nearly 100 households. Since there is no proper road constructed here hence, people had to travel through the mountains on donkeys and mules to reach Arab Seray village. The harsh journey often resulted in the death of people or livestock. Inspite of several requests to the government the road was not constructed hence, the people took upon themselves to construct the road by digging between the mountains. The community collectively contributed PKR 3,000 per household to arrange for finances. Upto 4kms of road has now been finished. For the remaining 4kms, Mr. Sajjad requested Mr. Khattak to arrange for funds either from the police department or Tourism department. Due to OSDI’s positive advocacy, the local government has donated PKR 100,000 for the construction of this road.


OSDI participates in District Education Group Meeting:

On 21st December 2018 (Friday), a District Education Meeting was organized under the chairmanship of Mr. Shabir Ahmed Mengal, Deputy Commissioner – District Lasbela (Baluchistan). During the meeting issues pertaining to education were highlighted.

On behalf of OSDI – Mr. Rashid Butt (Team Leader Lasbela) attended the meeting. Mr. Mengal was briefed about the performance of education projects ongoing in the district by District Education Officer – Mr. Abdul Wahid. He was also informed that 10 ghost schools have been made functional by the support of government’s education department by NCHD. The overall enrollment ratio has increased in the district and salaries of teachers which were irregular have been deducted to ensure they overcome the absenteeism issue.

Senior members from the government’s education department ADC Revenue (Lasbela), DEO (Lasbela), DDOE (M), DDOE (F), Deputy Director of National Commission for Human Development, Social Welfare Office (Utthal) and other representatives of NGO’s & GTA’s also attended the meeting.


Baseline Survey conducted for identification of new areas:

Between 4th (Tuesday) – 6th (Thursday) December 2018, the monitoring and evaluation team of OSDI conducted a thorough baseline survey in the revenue villages of Retalara and Chamasara. During the survey more than 70 households across 11 villages were enquired about their households, source of livelihood and income generation along with other necessary details such as bifurcation of monthly expenditures spent on food, education, health-care and others.

The survey was conducted to identify new vulnerable areas for intervention. Revenue village of Retalara falls in union council Wayaro and is comprised of 2 villages Mangyani Goth and Sayarani Goth.

Sayarani Goth further has 6 more settlements within itself called Bilal Khaskheli Goth, Yousuf Goth, Mangya Goth, Sayarni Goth, Umrani Goth and Saleh Goth. The revenue village of Chamasara is located in union council Kehnwari. It has 4 scattered settlements Umer Goth, Sajan Goth, Shero Goth and Azam Goth.

Survey team included 3 female and 7 male enumerators. Upon finalization of the survey results; OSDI shall initiate its interventions in the selected vulnerable communities.


Free General Medical Camp conducted in Sayarani Goth:

One day free medical camp was organized by OSDI in Sayarani Goth in the union council of Wayaro on 22nd December 2018 (Saturday) in which 659 patients were treated. These patients included 316 females and 343 male patients from various age groups.

As it was a free general medical camp so patients were provided with free medical consultations and treatment by OSDI’s appointed qualified doctors and paramedical staff. Upon diagnoses suffering people were also facilitated with free medicines.

Patients attended this medical camp from multiple settlements which included Sulaiman Goth, Chandio Goth, Dalok Goth, Faqeera Goth, Mangiyani Goth, Yousuf Goth, Chakhora Goth, Bilal Goth, Jano Goth, Mohd Bux Goth, Raza Goth, Retalda, Ishaq Goth, Abdullah Goth, Soomar Goth, Achra Goth and Aqil Goth.


SBDW activity concludes in District Mardan:

OSDI’s district team of Mardan (KPK), successfully completed the phase 2 of School Based De-worming activity on Wednesday, 19th December 2018. Students of the remaining 3 schools (Government Boys Primary School in Biroch, Faiz ul Islam School in Rustam and Government Boys Primary School in Surkhabi) were facilitated with a dose of de-worming medicine to keep the children safe from worm infestation. As per the health team it is mandatory to provide atleast 3 doses of this medicine to a child with a little gap so the child may remain healthy.

Unfortunately, due to lack of information regarding safe hygiene practices and its importance; children rarely take care of their personal hygiene as a result they get affected by the surrounding bacteria; which leads to stomach ache, vomiting, fever, etc. School irregularity and lack of concentration on studies happens next as a result of frequent illness.

In order to keep our children healthy OSDI conducts this SBDW activity across schools of all our focused communities so, we may highlight the importance of healthy living. During this second phase, 861 boys and girls from district Mardan have been de-wormed and facilitated with milk packs .


Second Phase of School Based De-Worming in District Mardan:

On 15th December 2018, (Saturday) the second phase of OSDI’s School Based De-worming campaign was initiated in district Mardan (KPK). During this activity, students of 4 schools were facilitated with a dose of de-worming medicine along with a 250ml free milk pack.

Social mobilizers appointed by OSDI briefed the students about the significance of health & hygiene to live a healthy life. Students were educated to wash their hands before and after every meal, brush their teeth twice a day, avoid eating junk food and try to consume more fresh vegetables and fruits.

Altogether, 255 students were educated from Government Girls Primary School in Shahtori, Government Boys Primary School in Shahtori, Government Girls Primary School in Surkhabi and OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center in the community of Arab Seray.

Students of more schools are scheduled to be de-wormed in Mardan district.


Endline Survey conducted in district Lasbela:

From 22nd October to 20th November 2018, OSDI conducted a thorough endline survey in all the focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) in which intervention had taken place.

It was observed that 53% of the families had their children enrolled in schools due to OSDI’s intervention. These out-of-school children were previously engaged water fetching. The water management committees (WMCs) formed by OSDI had managed to collect PKR 65,000 as maintenance funds for water projects. As compared to the previous 4% there was now a raise of 17% in income generation of families facilitated under livestock development project. The 61 households facilitated under kitchen gardening project were availing fresh and nutritious vegetables upto PKR 2365 per month from outside their homes. The overall enrollment increase to 28% due to OSDI’s positive interventions. The health expenditure has reduced from PKR 1,159 to PKR 174 per patient on an average.

Following the foot-steps of OSDI’s advocacy the partner organizations such as Hasan Jamot Welfare Foundation has implemented 3 solar water projects in the communities of Lakhra, facilitating almost 70 house-holds altogether. A concrete school building has also been constructed by Global Partner for Education (GPE), a project of World Bank in the susceptible community of Joosa Goth. Currently, 80 out-of-school children are acquiring education there. Moreover, renovation of 2 primary schools by UNICEF and implementation of solar panels by NRSP within the focused community of Bohaar have taken place.

Moving on with our aim to benefit as many lives as we can; OSDI shall proceed towards other vulnerable villages to facilitate them with the primary need such as water, education, livelihood, kitchen gardening, etc. Based on which these rural people can start proceeding towards sustainability.


NCHD and OSDI sign MoU to uplift education in District Lasbela:

On 22nd Nov 2018 (Thursday), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between OSDI and NCHD (National Commission for Human Development) to mutually collaborate towards ensuring Education for All (EFA) in the vulnerable areas of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). As per the agreement OSDI shall construct 5 Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) till December 2019 and hand over the educational facilities to NCHD for smooth functioning.

Furthermore, provision of material such as staff furniture, mats, white boards, water cooler, etc. shall be provided by OSDI to 14 Feeder Schools of NCHD. These schools include the upcoming 7 Feeder Schools which shall be constructed by OSDI in near future. NCHD on the other hand, shall facilitate with technical assistance to ensure Quality Education is being imparted to students. Teacher’s training shall be aggressively done by NCHD to make them acquainted with modern teaching pedagogies.

Both the organizations shall conduct upto 3 monitoring & evaluation surveys together during the quarter to observe the progress of the schools administered based on which construction of next TLC shall take place.


Second Phase of School Based De-Worming activity:

Worm infestation in minors results in high absenteeism and irregularity to school. To lower the health issues of students between the age group of 4 - 14 years, OSDI organizes the School Based De-Worming Campaigns (SBDW) within its focused districts. As it was the first phase of this activity in district Lasbela last year, OSDI de-wormed the 351 students of Government Boys High School in Union Council Wayaro and 327 students of Frontier Constabulary Public School in Bela. The activity was conducted in December 2017.

The second phase of this activity took place on 20th November 2018 (Tuesday) at 6 selected schools across district Lasbela. These schools included - Government Boys Middle School in Sukkan, Government Boys Middle School in Ahora, OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center in the community of Chib Sheikh, NCHD Girls’ Feeder School, Government Boys Primary School in Union Council Kehnwari and Government (NCHD) Girls’ Feeder School.

Altogether, 625 students from the following schools were facilitated with a dose of zyntel syrup and each child was given a 250ml milk pack as a nutrition and calcium supplement. OSDI’s appointed social mobilizers conducted awareness raising sessions on health & hygiene after the SBDW activity.


Water Storage Tank installed in Akhundara:

The focused community of Akhundara in district Mardan region has been facilitated with a bore and cemented water base by OSDI. The bore has been drilled till 230ft in the surface; however, the water extraction began from 170ft.

Currently, the water being extracted is 40liters per minutes which is nearly 10,800 liters per day. A plastic water storage tank having the capacity to store 1000 liters of water has been installed in this village on (Friday) 2nd November 2018.

The water storage tank is capable to meet the water requirements of nearly 20 households in case of need. The villagers are grateful to OSDI for facilitating them to overcome their water shortage issues.


First Term Examination conducted in TLC Arab Seray:

The first term examination began on (Monday) 5th November 2018 and concluded on (Saturday) 10th November 2018, at OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Arab Seray in district Mardan. It is the very first time students of TLC Arab Seray have participated in any written examination.

Amongst the 55 students enrolled in this educational facility, 24 students were from Preparatory level, 20 students were from Grade 1, 8 students were from Grade 2 and 3 students were from the third Grade who appeared in this exam. OSDI’s appointed teachers had put in a lot of efforts to motivate the students with positive learning attitude so they could compete on the basis of knowledge and their classroom learnings.

Students who have secured good grades shall soon be awarded with souvenirs comprising of notebooks and stationary items upon the finalization of the result.


Kitchen Garden (K.G.) Implemented in Kareer Goth:

In the mountainous community of Kareer Goth, in district Lasbela (Baluchistan); OSDI installed a water facility for the 20 vulnerable families residing in this vicinity. The project was completed in collaboration with Hassan Jamot Welfare Foundation (HJWF).

On 30th October 2018 (Tuesday), OSDI began the implementation of Kitchen Garden (K.G.) project within this community. 5 susceptible families comprising of 35 members altogether, were selected to participate in this project. The aim was to help these families by lowering the burden of their monthly kitchen expense levels and enable them to generate some savings on monthly basis. Nearly PKR 100 – PKR 150 per day is spent on purchase of vegetables per family.

Because of the water facility provided by OSDI, each family is able to avail 72 liters of water per day which according to them is sufficient to fulfill their daily consumption need. Beneficiaries have grown mustard, coriander and radish for self-consumption. A beneficiary has also chosen to grow maize for the purpose of animal fodder.

Fellow villagers after witnessing the positive change being inculcated within the beneficiary households have shown interest to prepare K.G. plots for themselves as well.


Hand pump installed in Arab Seray community:

During the previous fiscal year 2017-18; OSDI initiated to facilitate the under-privileged rural community of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK) region by giving them an easy access to fresh water under the Water Nearby Homes (WNH) project. There are nearly 38 vulnerable households within this community.

OSDI had a 110ft of bore drilled to access the water from underground. A proper cemented water base was constructed to further strengthen the construction process. Next, a plastic water storage tank was also embedded having the capacity to store 1000 liters of water at a time.

The availability of water was found from 36ft within the surface of the ground. On 24th October 2018 (Wednesday); OSDI completed the water facility by installation of a water hand pump.


Health & Hygiene sessions conducted in District Lasbela:

Lack of rainfall and unavailability of any proper water To mobilize the focused communities of district lasbela (Baluchistan) regarding the importance of health & hygiene in order to live a healthy life; OSDI conducted a three days awareness raising session amongst the community members between 22nd (Monday) – 24th (Wednesday) October 2018. The activity was held across 15 villages/areas of U.C. Wayaro. These areas were Utthal city, Siyarani Goth, Siyarani Baloch Goth, Sukkan, Ahora, Chak Ahora, Janu Goth, Hussain Goth, Ishaq Goth, Ishaq Mandra Goth, Miru Suleiman Goth, Janu Sheikh Goth, Issa Bucheri Goth, Retalara and Faqeera Goth.

During the 19 sessions held in these communities; 375 individuals were trained on keeping themselves and their surroundings clean. OSDI’s health team educated the individuals to take bath daily, brush their teeth twice a day, wash hands before and after every meal, maintain hygiene after sanitation, ensure cooking utensils are clean, etc.

Furthermore, 3 sessions also took place in Government Primary School of Issa Bucheri community, an NCHD supported school in revenue village of Retalara and a Madrassa in Miru Suleiman Goth. The aim was to engage the students so they may focus on their health and hygiene in order to avoid absenteeism from school.

Mr. Rashid – Team Leader (Lasbela), Mr. Hassam (Health Assistant) and 2 social mobilizers from OSDI conducted the H&H sessions successfully.


Adult Literacy Classes in TLC Chib Sheikh:

As a result of our continuous social mobilization within the focused community of Chib Sheikh in district Lasbela (Baluchistan); the village youth have started to show interest towards education. During the day hours minor children attend classes at the OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC). Nearly, 57 students which were previously out-of-school children are being equipped with primary education from morning till afternoon.

Adult literacy classes begin at night between 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Currently, 12 young men are regularly attending the classes held in this TLC to learn basic literacy. Most of the young men are farmers, laborers or rickshaw drivers by profession who attend classes after work.

It is due to OSDI’s positive advocacy that these young men have found a ray of hope to improve their lives.


Drip irrigation implemented in Miru Suleiman:

In the focused community of Miru Suleiman, district Lasbela (Baluchistan); OSDI has recently implemented the drip irrigation project. The district team of Lasbela initiated it as a pilot project by setting up the system in 2 selected plots of the community.

First plot was prepared on 13th October 2018 (Saturday) and the other was done with on 16th October 2018 (Tuesday). Soon after the plots preparation OSDI’s team proactively engaged the beneficiaries’ household in vegetables sowing. The size of each plot was 15*20 ft.

On each plot, onion and brinjal seedlings along with seeds of carrot, radish, spinach, coriander and bottle gourd were planted.

Upon maturing of these plants, the beneficiary households can consume fresh and nutritious vegetables within their homes; which shall result in the lowering of monthly kitchen expense. Hence, these beneficiaries would be able to generate some savings.


Distribution of Stationary items in TLC Chib Sheikh:

On 18th October 2018 (Thursday), OSDI invited District Education Officer (DEO) of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Naveed Hashmi to distribute stationary items to the students of OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Chib Sheikh.

All the 57 students of this TLC were facilitated with stationary pouches and school bags by OSDI. Each stationary pouch consisted of pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and a ruler. Moreover, the slates and ink donated by the teachers of OSDI’s supported Government Boys High School in Wayaro were also given to the students.

Mr. Hashmi conducted a little quiz competition amongst the students to further increase their motivation towards studies. He also distributed cash prizes to the successful achievers.


Installation of Solar Water Project in Kareer Goth:

On 19th September 2018 (Wednesday), the solar water installation work came to its completion in the focused community of Kareer Goth in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The village is located at a distance of almost 55kms from Utthal city; in a rough mountainous region. OSDI initiated the bore upon the request of the local community during the month of March 2018. However, due to some unavoidable reasons the completion work was delayed. Atleast 25 – 30 liters of water is being extracted per minute from this planted water facility now.

Nearly, 20 households of this community shall be facilitated with water. The community size is of approximately 150 individuals.

Prior to OSDI’s intervention the community availed water from a nearby natural spring almost 0.5kms away and in case it dried up; due to lack of rainfall then the village females had to travel atleast 4-5kms away to fetch water from the natural spring available across the mountains. Due to lack of awareness about health and hygiene females not only fetched the water for drinking purpose but also washed their clothes in this spring.

In near future, OSDI plans to implement a drip irrigation system here so the villagers can grow fresh vegetables for consumption under the Kitchen Garden Project (K.G.). A water storage tank shall also be installed soon.


NRM Survey conducted in district Mardan:

During the month of April 2018, OSDI distributed 1,940 plants under the Natural Resource Management (NRM) project to the vulnerable families of district Mardan’s focused communities. Each family was donated with 5 fruit and 5 non-fruit seedlings.

A survey was conducted between 21st (Friday), 22nd (Saturday) and 24th (Monday) September 2018, to observe the growth of the seedlings distributed amongst the beneficiaries. OSDI’s team visited the focused villages of Akhundara, Surkhabi and Shahtori to check the plants given.

Nearly, 80% of the fruit plants given were in healthy condition however, since the plants were still young fruits had not ripen. These plants include orange, java plum, bottle brush and pomegranate. Unfortunately, the remaining 20% fruit plants of guava and loquat could not survive.


OSDI implements Efficient Water Management System:

Lack of rainfall and unavailability of any proper water storage facility has resulted in drop of water levels in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Due to the prevalent water issues people living in the rural areas cannot grow vegetables or fruits.

To better facilitate the people living in our focused communities OSDI initiated to implement an efficient water management system along with the support of Lok Sanjh Foundation. This pilot project was implemented on 27th (Thursday) and 28th (Friday) September 2018 in the focused villages of Moosa Goth and Miru Suleiman Goth.

Mr. Gulfam Dogar – Program Coordinator (LSF) and senior management of OSDI initiated the project on 6 plots of 300 sq. meters each within these two villages. Vegetable seeds were planted on each plot. OSDI has grown spinach, carrots, coriander, bottle gourd and turnip within the kitchen gardens.

It is the first such facility of its kind in which eatables can be grown on small farmlands which have low water levels. The drip irrigation system has been set-up via line drip in which 100 liters of water drum is connected to gradually fulfill the water supply of the plants. In the initial phase only 5 families per community have been facilitated. The number of households can increase based on the success ratio of the project.


Education Survey Conducted in Baizad Banda:

Nearly 52kms away from Mardan city is the community of Baizad Banda. It is located in a mountainous area. The village comprises of 55 households having the population size of 440 individuals. Since the community does not have any education facility available nearly 112 children amongst the 127 total school-age-going children are deprived of education.

On 26th September 2018 (Friday), OSDI conducted an education survey there. During the survey it was observed that only 15 children are acquiring primary education in this village. The Government Primary School available is at a distance of 4kms near the main road. Baizad Banda itself lacks any infrastructure facility.

People rely mostly on livestock rearing or work as laborers to earn their living. The community has urged a hafiz (who lives at a distance of 20kms away) to educate its children in a mosque. In exchange for his service he is given wheat or maize by the villagers. In future, a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) shall be constructed within this community to have all the out-of-school children enrolled.


Mardan Team conducts BBCM in New Villages:

Expanding the boundaries of our sustainability creating projects in the under-privileged rural communities of district Mardan (KPK); OSDI’s district team conducted one-to-one meetings with elders in new villages. The selection of villages was made from the union councils of Palo Dheri and Bazaar.

Head of District Mardan – Mr. Sajjad Said conducted Broad Based Community Meetings (BBCM) from 20th (Saturday) – 21st (Sunday) September 2018. On the first day, 5 vulnerable communities from U.C. Bazaar were visited along with Mr. Jihaad Ali – Nazim and Mr. Bakht Nazeer – Naib Nazim. The communities visited were Boaday Qabar, Baizad Banda, Parrang Dara, Malandary and Chingay Baba. Altogether, these are 520 households in these villages.

Located at a distance of 15kms from U.C. Bazaar is U.C. Palo Dheri in which BBCM was conducted on the second day. The elders of village Jaleel Abad and village Nangabad were met along with the assistance of Mr. Muzaffar Shah – Nazim and Mr. Habib – Naib Nazim. These communities comprise of nearly 430 households.

Interventions in these communities shall begin after agreement of mutual understanding with the representatives of the local community.


Teachers Training session conducted in Chib Sheikh:

In the focused community of Chib Sheikh, OSDI constructed a two classrooms based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) during this year. Due to our continuous awareness raising meetings with the local community more than 50 out-of-school children were enrolled in this education facility.

Since, the previously appointed two male teachers moved on with their career growth hence, two diligent young teachers were taken onboard to facilitate the students. On 19th September 2018 (Wednesday), a training session was organized by Mr. Muneer – Training Coordinator at UNICEF to educate these young teachers about various teaching pedagogies.

The teachers enthusiastically participated in the learning process. OSDI’s management urged them to apply all the learnt strategies in their classrooms to better aid the students.


GBHS Wayaro donates Stationary items:

Acknowledging the earnest efforts of OSDI, to create positive social change by focusing on provision of quality education within its focused communities. The teachers and staff of Government Boys High School in Wayaro, district Lasbela (Baluchistan) gave a generous donation of stationary items for the students of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Chib Sheikh community.

Senior management of GBHBS Wayaro donated slates with pen and ink on 10th September 2018 (Monday). The total quantity provided was 60.

Mr. Rashid Butt shall distribute these stationary items to the young children of OSDI’s built TLC in Chib Sheikh, in the coming days.


Vaccination of livestock continues in District Mardan:

On Monday, 10th September 2018 animals belonging to the individuals of OSDI’s focused communities in Arab Seray and Surkhabi were vaccinated in district Mardan (KPK). Livestock available in all the targeted communities of OSDI has been given a dose of medicine against the life threatening disease called “Ghunddari”.

The well-trained vet of OSDI injected 319 cows, oxens and buffaloes during the previous month. Animals vaccinated in the month of August 2018 were from the targeted communities of Shahturi, Surkhaway, Saeedabad, Akhundara and Beroch.

142 remaining livestock have also been inoculated, now. In total, 461 animals belonging to 113 households have been secured against Ghunddari disease.


OSDI organizes GMC in village Ali:

In the parameters of U.C. Palo Dheri, Tehsil and District Mardan lies the under-privileged village named Ali. It is a big community consisting of 200 households. Majority of the people living in this village are farmers or labors by profession.

In case of any medical assistance the villagers are bound to visit Rustam city which is located at a distance of 3kms. People travel on chingchi rickshaws or motorbikes to reach the hospital. The overall medical expense including the doctor’s consultation fees, medicines and travelling is estimated at above PKR 1000.

Since, the community does not have any primary health-care facility available to treat the ailing people hence, OSDI chose this locality to conduct the Free General Medical Camp (GMC). The main village Hujra was chosen as the GMC location. OSDI upon the approval of the district health department conducted the GMC on 8th September 2018 (Saturday). Altogether, 332 patients were provided with free treatment in which 156 were female and 176 were male patients by OSDI’s appointed qualified doctor and paramedical staff.


Initial Survey conducted in Revenue Village Bocheri:

The revenue village of Bocheri is located in U.C. Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). It is located at a distance of 20kms from Utthal city. On 6th September 2018 (Thursday), OSDI’s representatives paid an initial visit to this village to look out for intervention opportunities.

Nearly, 32 – 35 families reside within this community comprising of approximately 210 – 245 individuals. There are 4 nearby villages Mullah Umar Goth, Kareemi Goth, Faqeera Goth and Ramoo Goth. There are 3 dry wells within these communities due to which water is unable in these villages.

The only water facility available is nearly 1km away in another village. Since the village size is more as compared to the number of households present there hence; the females travelling from Bocheri scarcely get a chance to fill in their water pots. Unfortunately, they have to stand in long queues to get their turn in hot temperature. Females use donkeys to carry the water pots.


WMC formed in Revenue Village Chamasara:

After an initial survey held last month by the senior management of OSDI, to identify susceptible communities in the focused district of Lasbela (Baluchistan); a Water Management Committee (WMC) was set-up on 4th September 2018 (Tuesday) for the people of revenue village of Chamasara. The meeting was held at the district Lasbela office of OSDI.

Mr. Rashid Butt - Team Leader District Lasbela, chaired the meeting. Nearly, 22 community elders attended the meeting on behalf of revenue village Chamasara. These representatives included people from Umer Goth, Sajan Goth, Azam Goth and Shero Goth. The revenue village of Chamasara is located in U.C. Kehnwari area.

During the meeting the community was informed about its role and responsibilities to safe water and properly manage its consumption; prior to setting up the water facility by OSDI. The water project would soon be commenced in this locality.


D.C. invites OSDI in coordination meeting:

Upon the call of Honorable Deputy Commissioner Lasbela – Mr. Sikandar Zeeshan, OSDI’s representative – Mr. Rashid Butt participated in the coordination meeting held on 3rd September 2018 (Monday) at D.C. office. It was a senior level meeting in which all the representatives of ngo’s (non-governmental organizations) working in district Lasbela were invited.

Representatives from various ngo’s working in the field of health-care, fisheries, human development and vocational trainings, education, etc. briefed the D.C. regarding their projects and activities. Mr. Zeeshan emphasized that all the ngo must keep the government intact about their activities and plans prior to intervention; in order to have the maximum support from the government.

Ngo’s involved participants from PRP, WANG, HAND, NRSP, CARD, HARD, LIFE, BRAC, Jam Yousuf Welfare Society, IRM and LWT. ADC General Lasbela and Social Welfare Officer Utthal & Hub were also present during the gathering.


DEG Meeting Attended by OSDI’s representative:

On 3rd September 2018 (Monday), OSDI’s representative of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) attended the meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Lasbela – Mr. Sikandar Zeeshan in his office. It was the first meeting organized by the DC office.

The meeting aimed at having a briefing by all the representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operational within the district. It was specifically a District Education Group (DEG) meeting.

The Honorable D.C. wanted to acquire information regarding all the ongoing and upcoming projects of each ngo along with knowing about their success stories working in this district. He emphasized on the electricity and sanitation issues to be resolved in government schools. Moreover, he also asked all the NGO’s to focus on WASH (Water and Sanitation, Hygiene) issues in schools.

ADC General Lasbela – Mr. Doostain Hodh, Social Welfare Officer Utthal – Mr. Muneer, DDEO Male – Haji Naveed Hashmi, DDEO Female– Ms. Tanveer Kausar, and Deputy District Officer Hub along with representatives of BRAC, UNICEF, PRP, NCHD and WANG were also present during the meeting.


OSDI participates in Coordination Meeting:

On 1st September 2018 (Saturday), Mr. Rashid Butt – Team Leader of District Lasbela participated in a coordination meeting organized by the District Education Officer (DEO) - Mr. Wahid Shakir. The purpose of this meeting was to have an update regarding the ongoing and upcoming contributions of non-government organizations (NGOs) working within the district to promote the cause of education.

Since, the district government of Lasbela has called on, for an education emergency to ensure 100% enrollment of all out-of-school children; to have them acquire at least primary education. He applauded the efforts of OSDI by appreciating our contributions for the promotion of education and regularly updating him about it.

Mr. Rashid informed him and the attendees about the regular social mobilization campaigns held by OSDI to create awareness amongst the vulnerable focused communities to join hands with us to educate their children. It is due to our advocacy that young adults have also started to attend Basic Literacy classes in OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Chib Sheikh community. Upon knowing about this latest development, Mr. Shakir said, he would try to get this school recognized and adopted by the government’s education department.

Moreover, he also enquired, “If OSDI would be building new schools in this district?” To this Mr. Butt responded affirmatively. Representatives of UNICEF (ESP), UNICEF (RTSMS), BRAC, NRSP, PRP and WANG were also present on the occasion.


Exploring new Horizons for Intervention:s

Ever since, our intervention in the vulnerable province of Baluchistan, OSDI has eagerly been working to help improve lives of the rural people in the focused communities of district Lasbela. On 29th August 2018 (Wednesday), representatives of OSDI visited the communities of Hussain Goth and Abdul Rehman Goth to conduct the initial survey.

Hussain Goth is situated between 2 revenue villages i.e. Gaddor Goth and Chak Gaddor Goth. The village comprises of nearly 15 – 17 households on each side of the revenue villages. The average distance between each settlement is 1.5kms. The village is deprived of electricity, road, school or solar system for water. There is only one water storage tank that is non-functional since 2006. As the government’s water pipeline in this community is non-functional; the females of this community have to fetch water on camels and donkeys from atleast 3kms distance. The functional government water pipeline is near a school and Hassan Langa Hotel (area name).

Abdul Rehman Goth comprises of 50 – 55 households. It is located in Revenue village Hada Sethar in U.C. Hada Sethar. The government’s water pipeline and the water storage tank in this community is non-functional since long. The village females fetch water on donkeys from a private agro land which is less than half kms away. Currently, there are 50 students acquiring education in a one classroom based government school under the supervision of a single male teacher.


SMC formed in Sayarani Goth:

On 28th August 2018 (Tuesday), OSDI’s district Lasbela team organized a community meeting in the newly selected community of Sayarani Goth to finalize a School Management Committee (SMC). The role of this SMC would be to monitor and take care of the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) that would soon be initiated by OSDI.

Currently, 150 out-of-school children reside in this village who like their ancestors have no access to primary education. However, the community has constructed a temporary one room hut for religious education. Approximately, 60 – 70 children acquire religious education in this madarssa under the guidance of a male teacher.

The only school facility is at a distance of 3kms due to which their parents are reluctant to send them to school. OSDI realizes an entire generation of children cannot go illiterate. Besides, constructing a TLC in this community; well qualified teachers shall also be appointed by OSDI to educate the students and ensure their regularity along with providing advocacy on education to the parents so 100% enrollment of students can be made possible.


Livestock Vaccination against Ghunddari disease:

“Ghunddari” is a life threatening disease in livestock. It begins with high fever and after death of the animal; its meat starts to blacken hence it cannot be slaughtered and consumed. Similar to the previous year, OSDI’s district Mardan team initiated to have the vaccination of livestock done in order to avoid any major losses of the vulnerable people.

OSDI has conducted this activity in collaboration with the district government in which vaccine has been provided by the government and OSDI has facilitated with its veterinary doctor. Besides this, PKR 10 per animal has been charged as a nominal fee for OPD of the animal.

Livestock of the beneficiaries from the targeted communities of Shahturi, Surkhaway, Saeedabad, Akhundara and Beroch have been vaccinated. Since, there are less number of big animals in the community of Akhundara hence, facilitation was extended to the community of Saeedabad as well because they have more animals which are big.

Nearly, 319 cows and buffaloes have been provided with a single dose of medicine. This vaccination strengthens the immunity system on the animal and protects them from falling ill. Prior to conducting the activity the district team of OSDI visited the targeted community a day before to inform the people to keep their animals at home and make themselves available at the time of vaccination.

The animals in Arab Seray community are yet to be vaccinated as due to the rainy season veterinary doctor is currently unavailable.


Plantation Activity in TLC of Chib Sheikh:

Students of OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the vulnerable community of Chib Sheikh, district Lasbela (Baluchistan) participated in the plantation activity within the parameters of their school. The plantation activity took place on 10th August 2018 (Friday).

Teachers of TLC in Chib Sheikh demonstrated the plants cultivation techniques to motivate the students to plant trees in their own homes and surroundings. The activity was a part of the science lesson in which students were briefed about the significance of plants and how they affect our lives.

Three plants of Conocarpus Erectus were placed outside the school. At least 40 students were present on the activity day.


Hingol National Park donates again:

A generous donation of 100 plants have been made by Hingol National Park on 10th August 2018 (Friday). The wildlife preservation park has contributed to support OSDI for the second year in line. Last year the management of HNP provided 200 plants of various species to OSDI.

Upon receiving the plants, Team Leader of district Lasbela – Mr. Rashid Butt contacted the water management committee (WMC) of Moosa Goth to take the donated plants. The committee members were asked to distribute atleast 4 - 5 plants per household.

Conocarpus Erectus also called Buttonwood or Button Mangrove, Tamarind (Imlee), Java plum also called Jambolan (Jamun) and Manila Tamarind (Jungle Jalaibee) are amongst a few plant species donated by HNP. The WMC of Moosa Goth was extremely grateful to receive the plants. They even vowed the plant more trees on their own, collectively.


BBCM conducted in Moosa Goth:

Nearly, 25kms from Utthal city is the vulnerable community of Moosa Goth. It is located within the cluster village of Bohaar. Upon the request of the villagers OSDI has facilitated the community with a water shortage tank. On 9th August 2018 (Thursday), a BBCM (Broad Based Community Meeting) was held by OSDI’s district Lasbela’s Team Leader – Mr. Rashid Butt.

The meeting was organized to highlight the role and responsibilities of the community members. The community was asked to initiate the community contribution funds and keep appropriate records and track of it, in order to maintain transparency.

The second objective of this meeting was to discuss about the drip irrigation system so more water could be extracted to expand the Kitchen Gardening Project (K.G.). Because, the community has already been facilitated by OSDI’s team to initiate K.G. in this vicinity. As a positive outcome of our advocacy the villagers have started doing K.G. but, on a minor level.

Moreover, the community was also informed that plants shall be donated by OSDI under the Natural Resource Management project (NRM).


Basic Literacy Classes for Adults begin in TLC Chib Shiekh:

The revenue village of Chib Sheikh is at a distance of 25kms from Utthal city in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Hussain Goth and Moosa Goth are the two adjacent communities within this revenue village where OSDI has built a Temporary Learning Center (TLC).

On 10th August 2018 (Friday), the classes for the adult learners began. As compared to the 2 adults who previously acquired basic literacy lessons this time 7 young men have been enrolled to attend the evening classes. Since, the learners are labors by profession and cannot be available throughout the week hence, 3 days a week classes are conducted by OSDI’s TLC teachers. The classes are held from Monday to Wednesday between 4pm to 5pm. Daily refreshments are served by OSDI to encourage the young learners as they come to attend classes after work. And learning won’t be a two way process if students are tired and lethargic. Most of the learners are inspired by their children who are regular students of TLC Chib Shiekh.


Field Visit to Revenue Village Chamasara:

Located at a distance of nearly 43kms from Utthal city in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) is the revenue village of Chamasara. There are 3 small villages associated to this community i.e. Sajan Goth, Azam Goth and Shero Goth. On 2nd August 2018 (Thursday), senior management of OSDI visited these small villages to select new areas for intervention.

Both the communities of Sajan Goth and Shero Goth are within a radius of 1km if Azam Goth is considered as the centerpoint. There are nearly 28 households in these villages comprising of 196 individuals altogether. OSDI plans to initiate its projects in this distant area. The community avails spring water which is up on the rocky mountains at a distance of nearly 5kms from Shero Goth, 4kms from Azam Goth and 3kms from Sajan Goth.

Females and children fetch the spring water on donkeys. There is a one classroom based ghost school located on the mountain. The school has been non-functional ever since its construction 6 years ago; because the teacher has never been appointed. Besides the three villages visited by OSDI team; there are 8 – 10 more villages nearby from which children could have come to school if it was functional. The school is located near a central location between a mosque and hotel.

Due to water issues the vicinity does not have any plants or agriculture. OSDI’s team conducted a BBCM (Broad Based Community Meeting) with the village elders and shared our plans for intervention. Due to our advocacy the community heads later on, visited our office in Utthal showing interest to collectively contribute towards the cause of community development. In the near future, OSDI shall initiate its efforts in this area.


Independence Day Celebrated at District Lasbela:

On 13th August 2018 (Monday), OSDI team geared up to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of Pakistan in District Lasbela (Baluchistan). Students of Government Boys High School in Wayaro, Government Middle School in Ahora and Temporary Learning Center in the community of Chib Sheikh were provided with goody bags. Each pouch comprised of a flag, badge, few sweets, a pencil and a packet of vegetable seeds. The goal behind provision of vegetable seeds was to promote and engage the community in Kitchen Gardening (K.G) project. Since, students are the best change agents hence, we captured their attention to create K.G.’s in their homes. By doing so not only would their families become food secure but also it would help create a more greener Lasbela.

Nearly, 700 goody bags were prepared by the head office team of OSDI. The students of each school were also engaged in quiz activity and winners were awarded with exclusive gift hampers. Besides this, diligent students of GBHS Wayaro were also awarded with cash prizes for best performances in debate competition, speeches in Urdu and English and songs (Milli Naghma).

Teachers of GBHS Wayaro also distributed cash prizes to position holder’s grade wise for performance in studies. The management and teachers of all the three schools appreciated OSDI’s efforts and the students were extremely jovial to receive prizes and goody bags.


Empowering the people through Advocacy:

During the month of January 2018, OSDI successfully inaugurated its 2 classrooms based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the mountaineous region of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK). The village did not have any education facility prior to our intervention and even though the parents wanted to educate their children but were reluctant to send their minors to another village for the fear of stray dogs and strangers, etc. Another grave issue was the availability of basic facilities such as clean drinking water, electricity and separate washrooms for both boys and girls.

The TLC of Arab Seray served as a solution providing all the basic necessities required in a school. Due to OSDI’s constant mobilization; 63 boys and girls were enrolled in this TLC. However, this was not enough because a government’s permanent educational facility had to be established. For this Mr. Sajjad Said – Head of District Mardan held several advocacy sessions with the community elders to approach the senior government officials to facilitate in this regard. In the beginning the people were hesitant to raise their voice but, upon taking an initiative to not participate in general elections if their village was not provided with an educational facility; the matter was resolved by the education department.

As a result of our positive advocacy and mobilization the allocation of funds have been nominated and approved for construction of a Government Primary School in Arab Seray community.


OSDI organizes 10th GMC in District Lasbela:

Access to primary health-care is the basic right of every individual. But for the people residing in the rural areas of Pakistan things are quite different. In the rocky and mountainous area of union council Kehnwari in district Lasbela (Baluchistan); is a little village of Mitha Sheikh Goth.

There are 6 small villages associated to U.C. Kehnwari which include Mitha Sheikh Goth, Taj Muhammad Bandija, Muhammad Ramazan Gaddor Goth, Kareem Bux Goth, Ayoub Gaddor Goth and Arab Goth. These villages comprise of 212 vulnerable households with approximately 1484 individuals.

On 28th July 2018 (Saturday), OSDI organized a free medical camp in which 580 patients were treated and consulted for free by well qualified doctors and paramedical staff. Ailing people were also facilitated with free medication as per the doctor's prescription. During this GMC, 105 sick male patients, 203 female patients and 272 child patients were facilitated. The villagers appreciated the earnest efforts of OSDI for arranging the free medical camp facility in their surrounding.


Land Donated for Graveyard in Badam:

In a little ceremony organized by the district team of Mardan (KPK), OSDI donated 2 canals of land for the construction of a graveyard in village Badam. The event was held on 20th July 2018 (Friday) at 4pm.

Nearly, 40 community elders and villagers participated in the ceremony. Mr. Sajjad Said – OSDI’s Head of District Mardan thanked the community for the support and faith in OSDI over the years. 120 households of the community and its adjacent areas would be facilitated to bury the dead in this graveyard.

The water supply scheme of Badam was also formally inaugurated during the occasion. More than 30 households of the community shall avail clean drinking water through the water facility provided by OSDI.


OSDI conducts First Adult Literacy Training in Lasbela:

It is said that, “Learning is an ongoing process which never stops.” Following this quote, OSDI has collaborated with NCHD to conduct an exclusive three days Adult Literacy Training workshop from 19th (Thursday) – 21st (Saturday) July 2018 for the teachers of OSDI’s TLC Chib Sheikh. The purpose of this training was to educate our teachers regarding the Modern Teaching Methodologies and best practices to deliver knowledge to adult learners.

It is worth mentioning that 2 uneducated young men from the community of Chib Sheikh have been coming to OSDI’s TLC regularly to take elementary classes from our teachers for quite some-time now. As, managing adult learning requires different teaching strategies as compared to children hence, OSDI initiated to train our diligent teachers (Mr. Abdul Hameed and Mr. Sheeraz Baloch) to better facilitate the learners. OSDI’s Field Assistant – Mr. Sheeraz Ahmed also attended this workshop.

During the three day workshop NCHD trainer – Mr. Najeeb Atta; focused on enhancing the skills for Basic Literacy Learning in which OSDI teachers were introduced to two primary books of NCHD. After two months, Level 2 of this training shall be conducted.

The training was held at NCHD office in district Lasbela (Baluchistan).


LDP initiated in new villages of District Mardan:

On 16th July 2018 (Monday), 20 vulnerable households from the selected focused rural communities of district Mardan were provided with livestock by OSDI. Each beneficiary family was facilitated with one cow. 05 families from village Akhundara, 07 from Shatori, 05 from Arab Seray and 03 households from Beroch community are amongst the beneficiary households.

The average monthly income per household is estimated at PKR 7,000; whereas, the average family size comprises of 8 people. Provision of this livestock shall support these families to generate some additional income through herd increase and provide food security through utilization of milk.

Beneficiaries were overjoyed to receive this extra support from OSDI and thanked the management wholeheartedly.


Solar System set-up in TLC Chib Sheikh:

In the rural community of Chib Sheikh, U.C. Wayaro, district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI constructed a two classrooms based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) during the start of this year. Since, then regular classes have been ongoing in this little education facility of OSDI.

Realizing the unbearable heat and hot climate during summers, the TLC has been equipped with 2 fans which shall work on the support of Solar System installed. Furthermore, 06 light bulbs shall also be supported. The approximate cost of Solar System installation is PKR 30,000.

The installation work has been completed on 15th July 2018 (Sunday).


Outcome assessment of WNH Project:

A two days survey was conducted by OSDI’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team between 25th to 26th June 2018 (Monday & Tuesday) for the outcome assessment of Water Nearby Homes (WNH) project. A team of 6 enumerators surveyed head of households from 76 homes from the targeted communities of Faqeera Goth, Bano Hussain Goth, Miru Suleiman Goth and Bhakrani Goth in district Lasbela (Baluchistan).

OSDI’s M&E team applied both quantitative and qualitative methods by doing a survey then conducting Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) for cross verification of data collected from all 4 villages.

Beneficiaries were also enquired about the difference created by implementation of Kitchen Garden project (KG) and Natural Resource Management (NRM) project in their communities. Beneficiaries from these communities largely appreciated the efforts of OSDI for facilitating them with sufficient provision of clean and fresh drinking water. Due to our strategic assistance these people are not only able to avail fresh water but, they have also grown vegetables and fruits within their communities which has significantly lowered their monthly kitchen expenses.

Water Storage Tank installed in Bohaar:

In the under-privileged settlement of Moosa Goth within the radius of revenue village Bohaar in district Lasbela (Baluchistan); OSDI has successfully completed the installation of a water storage tank. The project was completed on 23rd June 2018 (Saturday).

The community comprises of nearly 28 vulnerable households. The community considering its need had dug a bore to fulfill their water requirement however, they lacked any water storage facility. Upon intervention, OSDI committed to provide them with a water storage tank having the capacity to preserve 6,000 liters of water for later use.

Prior to the installation of water storage tank; OSDI’s appointed engineers had a cemented base constructed to avoid any damage to the storage tank.

Education Survey conducted in Siyarani Goth:

In our efforts to expand our primary education program in the most vulnerable areas of district Lasbela (Baluchistan); on 21st June 2018 (Thursday) OSDI’s field team conducted an initial education survey in the community of Siyarani Goth. There are more than 50 households in this community having a population of more than 500 people.

Households in this village are scattered. This community is located at a distance of 14 kms from Uthal city in Union Council Wayaro. The nearest school available is at a distance of 3 kilometers.

Nearly, 150 school-age-going children reside in this village however; they do not go to school as the parents and guardians are reluctant to send their young ones to any other place due to hot temperatures and stray dogs. Since, the only means of locomotion for these children is to walk on foot to acquire education they are left in the hands of illiteracy. Upon compilation of the survey results it shall be confirmed if OSDI shall construct a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this community.

Water bore completed in Akhundara:

In the rough mountainous region of Union Council Palo Dehri in district Mardan (KPK) is a small village named “Akhundara” comprising of nearly 35 vulnerable households. Previously, the community suffered tremendously due to water scarcity issues.

In order to overcome the water crisis of this locality and help create sustainability in the lives of the under privileged villagers; OSDI initiated to do bore and install a water storage tank in this community. To serve the purpose a 230 feet deep bore has been successfully dug. Nearly, 30 liters of water is being extracted from this bore in 3 minutes time.

The community of Akhundara is now able to access clean and fresh drinking water near their homes. Besides this, people from nearby villages and areas are also coming to avail fresh water. In the coming days, a water storage tank shall soon be installed in this community.

Education survey conducted in Pini Ladhoo:

OSDI’s district team of Lasbela (Baluchistan) conducted an education survey in the vulnerable community of Pini Ladhoo on 20th June 2018 (Wednesday). This village is located near the revenue village of Daraabi in Union Council Wayaro.

To begin with OSDI’s representative briefed the villagers about the necessity of education to live a better life. Nearly, 19 males participated in this survey; which primarily aimed to create awareness about education and motivate the community to educate their children. The community’s response towards not sending their children to school was due to unavailability of any school facility nearby. OSDI was informed that the nearest school facility was at a distance of 8 – 10 kms. Due to poverty, parents could not afford the travelling expense nor did they have any vehicle facility hence they refrained from sending their children to school. Besides this stray dogs that freely roamed around were another threat for the minors along with hot climatic temperatures, etc.

The community has approximately 45 to 50 children who are out-of-school. In near future, OSDI plans to initiate a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this community to provide access to primary education for these children.

Second Phase of Medicine Donation in District Lasbela:

On 8th June 2018 (Friday), OSDI’s representative of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) donated medicines to the Health team of Frontier Constabulary Baluchistan. The organization is known for its free health facilitation for the under-privileged people of this district.

The trained health staff of F.C. ensures every patient that comes in their OPD is provided with free treatment and medication that is no less than any well-reputed hospital. Approximately, 90 - 100 suffering male and female patients are daily treated in the OPD (Out Patient Department). The health facility is well-equipped with medical equipment, tools and machines to provide quality treatment in case of any emergency.

It is one of its kind hospitals within this area that is serving the people of rural communities in Baluchistan province.

Newly Renovated Emergency Ward inaugurated in Uthal:

Upon the request of the senior government officials, OSDI initiated to refurbish and renovate the emergency ward of District Head Quarter (DHQ) hospital situated in Uthal city, district Lasbela (Baluchistan). On 30th May 2018 (Wednesday), official inauguration of this newly renovated health facility was done by District Commission – Mr. Shabir Ahmed Mengal.

The event was graced by Southern Representative of PPHI – Mr. Saqim Baluch, General Manager (NCHD) – Mr. Zahid Baluch, Capt. Tabish from F.C. Awaran Militia (Baluchistan), District Program Manager (UNICEF) – Mr. Munir Ahmed, District Health Officer – Mr. Ghulam Farooq, Medical Superintendent – Dr. Farhat and others; along with senior representatives of government, press, ngo's, etc.

Latest equipment and technology has also been placed in this emergency ward to provide utmost facilitations to the ailing patients. Nearly, 150 patients are expected to avail treatment at this health facility on daily basis.

Furthermore, OSDI has also constructed a reception area and a separate waiting area for attendants.

Livestock Survey conducted in District Mardan:

On 22nd May 2018 (Tuesday), OSDI completed the initial survey for livestock development project (LDP) in district Mardan. Under-privileged families living below the poverty lines were selected to be interviewed from our focused communities.

Rural households from the deprived communities of Arab Seray, Akhundara, Shatori and Biroch were enquired about their livelihood income and monthly expenditures. Nearly, 17 people participated in this survey; amongst which 14 were males and 3 were females.

Most of the people in these communities earn their living by selling woods on donkeys, mining sand on daily wages or selling snacks and stuff on street by riding a bicycle. Upon final assessments of the beneficiaries purchasing of livestock shall begin in this district.

Involving Minors through Co-Curricular Activities:

Rather than focusing on rote learning the teachers of OSDI’s recently inaugurated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chib Sheikh are involving the minor students to learn through active participation in co-curricular activities in class. Since, the children of this community have never been to school; development of positive interaction amongst the students is very essential.

On 14th May 2018 (Monday), the teachers of TLC Chib Sheikh arranged for several learn through play activities such as drawing, coloring, musical chairs, making stories through pictorials provided, etc. It is through such activities that children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain self-confidence required; engaging in new experiences and environments.

Currently, 57 students are enrolled in this school and the number of enrollments is soon expected to increase.


Distribution of School Uniforms in TLC Arab Seray:

Every child is unique in his/her own way. Uniforms not only give a smart look to students but also save them from the hassle of daily dressing. Besides this, students also consider their peers as equals and focus more on acquiring knowledge.

Students of OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the susceptible community of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK) were provided with uniforms on 14th May 2018 (Monday). The event was graced by several senior dignitaries, community elders, parents, teachers and OSDI’s field staff. The students were overjoyed to receive their new school uniforms and showed bright smiles. The TLC which initially had 48 enrollments has now 69 students acquiring primary education amongst which 34 are boys and 35 are girl students.

In near future, the number of enrollments is further expected to increase.

Inauguration of TLC in Chib Sheikh:

There was no education facility within the revenue village of Chib Sheikh in U.C. Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) prior to OSDI’s intervention. The only school available was at a distance of 4 kms. Due to the long distance, stray dogs and hot temperature parents refrained from sending their little children to school.

Upon the request of the local community OSDI intervened to build a 2 classrooms based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this community. Two experienced and qualified male teachers were also appointed by OSDI to begin the regular classes and increase the enrollment ratio.

The TLC was successfully inaugurated on 8th May 2018 (Tuesday) by Mr. Wahid Shakir – District Education Officer (DEO) of Lasbela. District Officer – Haji Naveed, General Manager NCHD – Mr. Zahid Baloch, DPM NCHD – Mr. Rafique Baloch, along with representatives of NRSP – Mr. Arshad Iqbal & Mr. Hafeez, Mr. Aqeel Qamar – Social Welfare Department and Mr. Adeel Samad – District Manager (WWF) were also present during the occasion.

Currently, 57 students are acquiring enrolled in this school amongst which 31 are girls and 26 are boys. It is due to our advocacy and active social mobilization campaigns that the community has realized the significance of female education and are now sending their daughters to school.

Empowering females to initiate their own business:

OSDI is an equal opportunity provider to both males and females living in our focused communities. After supporting two educated and unemployed youth to initiate their business in the newly intervened villages of Shahtori and Akhundara; OSDI has now stepped forward to aid two female beneficiaries from the communities of Arab Seray and Shahtori.

Prior to our intervention, Javida Bibi and her 2 sons survived on the charity donated by the village members whereas, Aziz Jan Bibi’s husband worked on daily wages in sand mine. However, his insufficient income was not enough to support a family of 10 people.

Both these ladies have been facilitated to initiate their own business of grocery store.

Distribution of Uniforms in Faiz ul Islam School:

Faiz ul Islam School was formed in 1915 in Rustam, district Mardan (KPK) by the community elders of the region. Nearly, 210 students acquire quality primary education in this charitable school. The school also has hostel facility for the orphans.

During the School Based De-worming activity conducted in the month of January 2018; OSDI committed to provide uniforms to students. Fulfilling our promise on 4th May 2018 (Friday), OSDI distributed new uniforms to students and clothes to teachers.

The school administration and members of the managing committee along with teachers and parents were grateful for the generous distribution. They whole-heartedly thanked OSDI and its team for facilitating their staff and students.

Course Books Distributed in TLC Chib Sheikh:

Due to the active social mobilization campaigns and advocacy of OSDI to have all the out-of-school children enrolled in the newly constructed Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chib Sheikh in district Lasbela (Baluchistan); nearly 40 students are now acquiring primary education and the number of student enrollment is increasing day by day. The two male teachers appointed by OSDI have been instructed to initiate regular classes.

To further support the cause of education on 30th April 2018 (Monday), the field staff of OSDI has distributed course books to the students. Since, textbooks are an important teaching resource; it eases the learning process for the learner.

The teachers and students of TLC Chib Sheikh are grateful to OSDI for giving them a new direction and new meaning to life.

Survey of NCHD Schools in U.C. Wayaro and Kehnwari:

To promote the cause of education and get as many out-of-school children enrolled in schools OSDI in collaboration with NCHD visited their schools in the far fledged areas of Union Council Wayaro and Kehnwari in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The two days survey was conducted on 9th and 10th April 2018.

The aim of this activity was to observe the infrastructure of NCHD schools, the enrollment ratio and other facilities so; OSDI could join hands to support them in imparting quality primary education to the vulnerable children. In U.C. Wayaro, OSDI’s field representative visited 2 functional schools and in U.C. Kenhwari he surveyed 3 functional schools of NCHD.

The schools seen were Boys Feeder School Watari (Hashim Goth) and Girls Feeder School (Faqeera Goth) in U.C. Wayaro and Girls Feeder School Chak Kharari (Jannu Goth), Girls Feeder School (Isaq Goth) and Girls Feeder School (Mitha Sheik Goth) in U.C. Kenhwari.

It was observed that the enrollment ratio in all these functional schools was high.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Unemployed Youth:

One of the key features of OSDI’s Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) is to help create opportunities for the vulnerable households by guiding them about means for income generation so they may financially stabilize to create assets and gradually move out from poverty. OSDI’s Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) was initiated in 2012 to help facilitate the educated and unemployed youth residing in the focused rural communities.

The goal was to empower and enlighten these youth so they may be motivated to earn respectable living without compromising on their integrity. On 19th April 2018 (Thursday), a young educated beneficiary (Intikhad Ali Khan) from the targeted community of Shahtori, district Mardan (KPK) was supported to become an owner of a grocery store and on 21st April 2018 (Saturday) another beneficiary named Nasir Khan from the village of Akhundara was facilitated to initiate his business.

In near future, more such young beneficiaries from our focused communities would be provided with assistance to initiate their own business.

Water Supply Scheme Implemented in Village Badam:

The focused community of Badam, U.C. Bazar, district Mardan (KPK) is divided into two regions i.e. Upper Badam and Lower Badam. Nearly, 40 households which reside in the Upper Badam region availed water from a natural fountain within their vicinity. However, upon drying up of this fountain the community suffered hardships due to water unavailability for more than 15 days.

To overcome the water requirement the villagers from upper Badam region upon mutual understanding with the community of the lower Badam region were allowed to withdraw water from the water bore available. However, the water supply given would be only for 5 hours in a day.

Since, this was the only option available to have access to water hence; the community was left with no other choice but to agree. To seek assistance the villagers of Upper Badam approached OSDI to facilitate them. Nearly 2,000 feet of water pipeline having 1 ½ inch diameter has been installed by OSDI to benefit the community of Upper Badam on 19th April 2018 (Thursday).

As a result of which the water shortage issue has been resolved and people of Upper Badam region are now able to avail fresh water.

Renovation of Emergency Ward in DHQ Hospital:

The emergency ward of District Head Quarter (DHQ) Hospital in Tehsil Utthal, district Lasbela, Baluchistan had long been a victim of severe negligence. Upon OSDI’s intervention in this district, the government authorities approached us to renovate the emergency ward as the patients did not have any suitable place to sit or lie down for first aid or primary treatment.

Hence, on 8th April 2018 (Sunday), OSDI has initiated to refurbish the entire emergency ward along with updating the hall with latest medical equipment and machinery. In the first phase of this project, repairing, plastering and paint of walls and ceiling would be done. Along with this the damaged hall flooring would also be amended. During the second phase of this scheme fixation and placement of medical equipment and machinery would be made.

Besides this, a reception area would also be constructed to facilitate the attendants of the suffering patients.

OSDI organizes First GMC in Shahtori:

In the rocky mountainous community of Shahtori, OSDI organized its first General Medical Camp to help aid the suffering patients. The GMC was held on 13th April 2018 (Friday) in which nearly 185 ailing patients were treated free of cost. OSDI’s committed staff also distributed free medicines to the patients after check-up; as per the doctor’s prescription.

Nearly, 113 male and 61 female patients were consulted and treated by the dedicated government doctor taken onboard by OSDI. Amongst the patients checked 11 severe cases were referred to the DHQ Mardan for further treatment. Patients from the focused community of Shahtori and its adjacent villages from Union Council Palo dheri, Tehsil Rustam, District Mardan (KPK) also attended this GMC.

The community appreciated the earnest efforts of OSDI in organizing such a free medical camp as previously no such activity had ever taken place within this vicinity.

Parents Day Celebrated in TLC Arab Seray:

On 31st March 2018 (Saturday), Parents day and Result day was celebrated in the newly constructed Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the vulnerable community of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK). Parents of all the students studying in this OSDI built TLC were invited to attend this event.

The program began with recitation of few verses from the Holy Quran followed by Hamd. Later on, students recited poems in both English and Urdu languages. The aim of organizing this activity was to motivate the students and parents alike towards realizing the importance of education.

Students who acquired first, second and third position from each class group were awarded with prizes and shields for 100% attendance and best hand-writing. The event was concluded by a vote of thanks by OSDI’s senior representative Mr. Sajjad Said – Head of District Mardan (KPK) in which he spoke about the need of education to bring in positive social change in the society. He urged the audience to send their children regularly to school so they may be able to live better a life.

It was the first such event ever organized in this community and the parents thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

The event concluded with serving of refreshments.

Natural Resource Management Activity in district Mardan:

To facilitate the vulnerable households of villages Surkhabi, Shaturi and Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK); OSDI came forward to distribute plants under the Natural Resource Management (NRM) project. The event took place on (Sunday) 1st April 2018 at the office of village councilor Surkhabi.

110 beneficiary families from the under-privileged community of Surkhabi, 48 households from Shaturi and 36 homes from Akhundara were provided with 5 fruit and 5 non-fruit plants. Hence, 10 plants per family were distributed by Mr. Sajjad Said – District Head Mardan. The aim of this project is to contribute in the beautification of these communities and also facilitate the people with fresh and nutritious fruits. Besides this, these plants would also help in controlling the atmospheric temperature.

To support our cause Mr. Jihaad Ali – Nazim (Surkhabi) and Mr. Ajmal Khan – Secretary were also present during the event along with the village elders and other community representatives.

Construction work continues of TLC in Chib Sheikh:

In continuation with OSDI’s mission to provide quality primary education to all the out of school children residing within the focused communities of rural Pakistan; currently, the construction work of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in revenue village of Chib Sheikh is ongoing in district Lasbela (Baluchistan).

Since the construction work is on the verge of completion soon the TLC shall be inaugurated and made functional.

OSDI shall appoint two male teachers to impart quality education to the young minds for a better and prosperous tomorrow.

Construction of Water Storage Tank Base in revenue village Bohaar:

On 21st March 2018 (Wednesday), in the settlement of Moosa Goth OSDI initiated the construction of base for water storage tank. The community has nearly 28 under-privileged households and falls in the premises of revenue village Bohaar in district Lasbela (Baluchistan).

The vulnerable community of this area requested OSDI for facilitating them with a water storage tank as they do not have any storage facility to keep water safe. Hence, OSDI shall soon provide them with a plastic water storage tank capable to store 6,000 liters of water. However, prior to placement of the water storage tank a well-constructed base is required.

Currently, the construction of the base is being done.


OSDI sets up a Mini Cinema to motivate Out-of-School Children:

Education is the most essential tool to initiate positive social development in the tough and vulnerable province of Baluchistan. To motivate the young out-of-school children and their families towards education OSDI in collaboration with UNICEF’s Education Support Program (ESP) came forward with a unique approach.

The idea was to informally engage the out-of-school children and their families by stimulating their thinking process towards the need of education in order to contribute towards poverty alleviation and inculcate sustainability within their communities. The mini cinema was set up on 12th March 2018 (Monday), in the highly neglected community of revenue village Chib Sheikh. The vicinity does not have any educational facility and from generation after generation people have been illiterate.

To begin with warm up games were played with the children by representatives of OSDI and UNICEF. Later on, motivational cartoons were put up on the mini cinema. Nearly, 100 male and female children thoroughly enjoyed the activity along with 60 community elders and parents.

It is also worth sharing that currently, construction of the first ever educational facility is being done by OSDI in the form of a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this community and soon it shall be inaugurated.

OSDI Participates in Education Awareness Campaign:

On 12th March 2018 (Monday), OSDI in collaboration with UNICEF’s Education Support Program (ESP), National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Government’s Education Department of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) participated in an education awareness campaign.

Students of various schools walked from Government Boys High School Wayaro to Main Bazar of Utthal city to create awareness regarding the importance of education. Moreover, educationists, community elders, parents, government officials and media personnel’s, along with representatives of other NGOs joined the walk to show solidarity for the noble cause.

During the occasion, OSDI conducted a debate competition in which students spoke on the importance of education. Later on, prizes were distributed amongst the achievers.

Mr. Naveed Hashmi – District Officer (M) Lasbela vowed to distribute gifts, shields and appreciation letters to all the out-of-school children upon enrollment in school. Mr. Sabir Panezai – BOC (Bureau of Curriculum) Deputy Director Baluchistan said, “It was for the first time such a magnanimous event had been organized in any rural area of Baluchistan and he was proud to be a part of it”.

Dignitaries like Mr. Ghulam Rasool – DDO (Deputy District Officer) Uthal, Mr. Muneer Ahmad – District Program Manager UNICEF (ESP) and Mr. Rafique – District Program Manager (NCHD) Lasbela were also present in the awareness raising activity.

Two Days Mobile Medical Camp organized in U.C. Hada Sethar:

In the highly vulnerable community of Union Council Hada Sethar in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI organized two days free mobile medical camp (MMC) in the four revenue villages of HadaZor, Chankara, Sadoori and Zarmb. The medical camps were held on 13th (Tuesday) and 14th (Wednesday) March 2018; along with the mutual collaboration of FC Militia Baluchistan and District Government’s Health Department.

During the first day, 315 patients were examined and treated in the revenue village of HadaZor. The diligent doctors checked 388 patients on the second day of the MMC in the revenue villages of Sadori, Zaramb and Chankara. Altogether, 703 ailing male and female patients were facilitated with free check-ups and medication by OSDI and its allies. Majority of the people were diagnosed with GIT (Gastro Intestinal Tract infections) or anemia, etc.

Moreover, the Counselor of Sadori/Zaramb and member of Zila Council - Mr. Majeed accompanied the OSDI team during the second day of the MMC. Unfortunately, none of these communities holds a government dispensary and patients had to rent mini trucks or rickshaws to travel to the hospitals or clinics. This made access to health-care facilities quite challenging for the patients.

Since it was the first such medical camp held in the history of these communities the people appreciated our efforts and requested our team mates to organize more such camps within the vicinity.

Furniture Distribution in TLC Arab Seray:

During the month of January 2018, OSDI inaugurated the newly constructed Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the vulnerable community of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK). The village did not have any educational facility prior to our intervention. Due to which most of the parents refrained from sending their children to school.

OSDI facilitated the students enrolled by providing them with 20 student chairs. The furniture had been purchased for the students of Nursery and Pre-Primary classes. Besides this, floors mats for students along with staff furniture including 4 chairs, a cupboard and one staff table was also placed with in the TLC.

The community of Arab Seray is grateful to OSDI for helping them enlighten the future of their young ones.


Education Enrollment Campaign in Chib Sheikh:

On 6th March 2018 (Tuesday), OSDI’s field staff of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the support of UNICEF’s ESP (Education Support Program) correspondent – Mr. Muneer Ahmad organized a door to door enrollment and education awareness campaign. To serve the purpose a male and female social mobilizer were also provided by UNICEF.

The aim of this activity was to motivate the parents of all out of school children to enroll their young ones in the currently being developed Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chib Sheikh.

OSDI plans to have 100% enrollment made in both the adjacent communities of Moosa Goth and Hussain Goth. Besides conducting one to one sessions with the parents and family elders; announcements highlighting the importance of education were also made on loud speakers. Due to the effective mobilization campaign nearly 60 out of school children showed eagerness to study in our TLC. The data of these children has been recorded.

As it was a working day hence, not many males were available at home. However, we do hope that due to our aggressive social mobilization the number of student’s enrollment in TLC Chib Sheikh would soon increase significantly.


Identification of New Villages for Intervention:

In our efforts to reach out to the most vulnerable and poverty stricken communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan); OSDI has been taking careful measures to facilitate as many rural people as we can through the umbrella of our various projects. To serve the purpose, OSDI’s Manager Programs – Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan along with other representatives of the organization randomly visited 6 under privileged communities.

Pini Ladhoo and Baryal Goth were surveyed for education purposes whereas; Pir Muhammad Goth, Muhammad Goth, Umer Goth and Kareer Goth were checked for water facilitations. Nearly 101 households (HH) reside in these communities having 18HH in Pini Ladhoo Goth, 15HH in Baryal Goth, 18HH in Pir Muhammad Goth, 22HH in Muhammad Goth, 8HH in Umer Goth and 20HH in Kareer Goth. The average family size per household within all these communities is estimated at 8.

In near future, OSDI shall intervene in these communities along with its projects as per the mutual understanding and ownership between the communities and itself.


Construction of TLC in Revenue Village Chib Sheikh:

Nothing can beat the power of Education. To bring in positive social change within the rural communities of Pakistan educating the young minds is very crucial. The revenue village of Chib Sheikh has a total child population of 139 kids. Amongst which only 20 young boys are going to school whereas, the remaining 119 children between the age group of 4 – 12 years have never been to school. It is also worth mentioning that none of the female children go to school.

One of the major reasons for this unfortunate dilemma is due to the unavailability of any education facility within this region. As a result children are bound to go to other far away villages to acquire education. This is a threat in itself as children can fall prey to any incident which stops the parents from taking the risk of sending their children to school.

On Monday, 26th February 2018, realizing the education emergency in this revenue village OSDI has initiated to construct 2 classrooms based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) within this community. The selection of land has been done between Hussain Goth and Moosa Goth.

Soon after the construction of this TLC, specialized enrollment campaign shall begin and 2 male teachers shall be appointed by OSDI.


OSDI Team participates in Education Awareness Meeting:

On 28th February 2018 (Wednesday), the District Commissioner of Lasbela (Baluchistan) organized a meeting with the representatives of local and international NGO’s. Senior government officials mainly from the education department were also present during the occasion.

In the meeting he discussed about the significance and necessity of education. He urged all the NGO’s to play a vital role in highlighting the importance of education in U.C. Wayaro. To further the cause, he invited all NGO’s to aggressively participate in the upcoming education awareness campaign under which parents, guardians and community elders have to be mobilized through discussions, education awareness walk, and community engagement programs.

The purpose of these activities would be to increase the enrollment of students in schools and motivate the parents towards female education.

Representatives of OSDI also briefed D.C. Lasbela about the performance and upcoming initiatives within the field of education by OSDI. This included renovation and reconstruction of Government Boys High School Wayaro, construction of academic block in Frontier Constabulary Public School (Bela), construction of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Chib Sheikh and regular participation in education awareness walk.


OSDI partners with HJWF for SWP projects in District Lasbela:

Founder Trustee of Hasan Jamot Welfare Foundation (HJWF) – Sardar Hasan Jamot in collaboration with OSDI has formally inaugurated the Solar Water Projects (SWP) in the focused communities of Faqeera Goth, Bano Hussain Goth and Miru Suleiman Goth. The event took place on 26th February 2018 (Monday). OSDI’s Manager Programs – Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan wholeheartedly congratulated Mr. Jamot on the successful completion of these projects.

Approximately, 800 vulnerable people shall be facilitated by safe drinking water in the focused communities of OSDI in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Prior to our intervention, these communities faced severe water shortage as a result they were unable to grow vegetables or fruits. Hence, due to low monthly income generation they suffered from financial constraints to make the ends meet and were food insecure.

By providing these communities with sufficient quantity of fresh water; OSDI and HJWF have opened new doors of enlightenment for these people. These people can now grow fresh and nutritious vegetables and fruits within their vicinities. Access water can also be used for plantation purposes. This shall not only beautify the entire localities but also help in lowering of climatic temperature.


Livestock Vaccination in District Lasbela:

On 22nd February 2018 (Thursday), OSDI’s appointed veterinary doctor and field staff organized a livestock vaccination campaign in the focused community of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The purpose was to inoculate the goats given to the vulnerable households of Faqeera Goth, Bano Husain Goth, Miru Suleiman Goth and Muhammad Bux Goth during the first phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP).

Amongst the does and bucks provided by OSDI during the month of November 2017; each animal was given a dose of medicine against Goat Pox disease. It is a fatal disease that is communicable. During the one day activity 79 animals were provided with the vaccination. These animals include 42 goats provided by OSDI and 37 goats of the local community.

OSDI’s veterinary doctor also weighed the animals to check upon their physical health.


Students of GBPS Shaturi De-Wormed:

On 8th February 2018 (Thursday), OSDI’s field staff of district Mardan educated and trained the students of Government Boys Primary School in village Shaturi on the importance of health & hygiene. The students were given brief awareness sessions on worm infestations and how they harm the human body. Due to which, children often fall sick and suffer from stomach ache and other serious health issues.

Social Mobilizers of OSDI demonstrated the students with correct way to wash hands, brush teeth, comb hair and bathe daily.

Altogether, 49 students who are currently acquiring quality education at this school amongst which 12 are girls and 37 are boys attended this awareness session. Each child was given a dose of de-worming medicine along with milk and a hygiene kit consisting of shampoo, soap, comb, teeth brush, toothpaste and nail cutter. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activity and responded affirmatively on improving their hygiene.


Mobile Medical Camp held in Revenue Villages Hada Sethar and Herradi:

In the dry and rocky region of Union Council and revenue village Hada Sethar and revenue village Herradi, a mobile medical camp was organized in collaboration with Frontier Constabulary Awaran Militia and District Health Department of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The Mobile Medical Camp was held on 26th January 2018 (Friday) in the following 09 under-privileged communities of Yaqoob Goth, Abdul Rehman Sethar Goth, Behrami Goth, Muhammad Siddique Goth, Bijrani Goth, Atta Muhammad Goth, Ramzan Goth, Hussain Goth and Lakho Goth.

Later on, during the second half of the activity day 20 households of Faqeer Goth, 23 households of Muhammad Goth and 6 households of Zubair Goth were provided with free medical consultation and medicines.

OSDI’s district team along with the support of doctors and paramedical staff facilitated 466 male and female patients during this one day activity. The patients were grateful to OSDI for taking the initiative to come to this hard core area to help them.

First Medical Camp held in Surkhabi:

To facilitate the ailing patients living in the focused community of Surkhabi and its nearby villages in Union Council Bazar, district Mardan (KPK); OSDI organized its first General Medical Camp in this community on 25th January 2018 (Thursday).

Nearly, 215 patients attended the GMC in which 107 were males and 108 were female patients.

The qualified doctors appointed by OSDI provided free consultations, treatment and medicines to the vulnerable patients. It was the first such medical camp held in the vicinity. The community appreciated the efforts of OSDI in reaching out to them and minimizing their health concerns.

SBDW Activity held in Government Schools of Surkhabi and Shaturi:

In continuation with our efforts to de-worm as many school going children as possible in the focused communities of district Mardan (KPK), the third day of School Based De-Worming activity continued in the focused communities of Surkhabi, Union Council Bazar and Shaturi, Union Council Palodehri. On 24th January 2018 (Wednesday), the students of Government Girls Primary School Surkhabi, Government Primary School Surkhabi and Government Girls Primary School Shaturi were given a dose of de-worming medicine.

Nearly, 330 students were educated and given de-worming medicine and hygiene kits; including the children who attended the activity along with their parents. OSDI’s senior representative – Mr. Sajjad Said along with the assistance of Lady Health Worker – Ms. Razia educated and briefed the students about the safe health & hygiene practices.

Hygiene kits consisting of milk, shampoo, soap, nail cutter, tooth paste, tooth brush and a comb were also distributed to students after the training session. The management of all these schools was grateful to OSDI for conducting this awareness raising activity.

TLC inauguration and First Phase of SBDW activity in Arab Seray:

In the far-fledge mountainous region of Arab Seray, district Mardan (KPK), OSDI has successfully inaugurated its’ Temporary Learning Center (TLC) on 23rd January 2018 (Tuesday). The event was graced by the valuable presence of Assistant Commissioner, Tehsil Rustam – Mr. Najeeb Ullah, Nazim of Village Council (Surkhaabi) - Mr. Abdur Rehman, Secretary of Village Council (Surkhaabi) – Mr. Ajmal, Nazim of Village Council (Landey) – Moulana Tahir and OSDI’s senior representative – Mr. Sajjad Said.

More than 100 guests including government officials, parents, community elders and others attended the inauguration ceremony. Mr. Sajjad highlighting the need and significance of education invited the community to get their out of school children enrolled in this TLC as soon as possible to improve the overall literacy ratio.

Later on, every student was given a dose of de-worming medicine along with a pack of hygiene kit which comprised of milk, shampoo, soap, nail cutter, tooth paste, tooth brush and a comb. Students were briefed about the effects of cleanliness on health and how it helps in improving life.

More than 80 students attended the event.


Science Teacher placed in GBHS Wayaro:

Upon the request of the District Education Officer (DEO) of Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI was approached to facilitate the Government Boys High School Wayaro by appointing a science teacher for the students of grade 9 and 10.

In this regard, 9 candidates were initially interviewed amongst which the DEO short-listed 5 suitable candidates. Based on the scores gained during the selection process the highest scoring candidate has been selected to join us as a temporary science teacher in GBHS Wayaro.

The newly appointed teacher has begun conducting classes in the school.


De-Worming of Livestock in District Lasbela:

On 9th January 2018 (Tuesday), OSDI’s team organized the de-worming activity of livestock that were distributed to the vulnerable households of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Nearly, 37 does and 7 bucks were given a dose of punch drench from the focused villages of Miru Suleiman, Bano Hussain, Faqeera Goth and Muhammad Bux Goth.

Infected livestock was also given a dose of antibiotic medicine by the veterinary doctor appointed by OSDI.

Furthermore, on 11th January 2018 (Thursday) vaccination of the animals distributed by OSDI including the personal livestock owned by the community was done. 180 animals were inoculated altogether. The focused communities appreciated our efforts and bestowed us with their complete support.


Survey conducted in Moosa Goth:

In revenue village of Bohar, Moosa Goth a survey was conducted by OSDI team on 6th January 2018 (Saturday). The survey aimed at figuring out details of water facility within the community.

Since, the village has dug a bore to access clean water they asked for OSDI’s assistance in having a water storage tank built to store water. This water storage tank shall have the capacity to store 6,000 liters of water. To carry on with the smooth execution of this project a Water Management Committee has also been formed. 28 households shall avail the clean water facility in this vicinity.

Soon, more new villages shall be identified and facilitated in the coming days.


De-Worming of Students in Madrassa Faiz ul Islam:

On 20th January 2018 (Saturday), the students of Madrassa Faiz ul Islam were provided with a dose of de-worming medicine in district Mardan (KPK). Due to OSDI’s timely information sharing with the students; 100% attendance was witnessed.

During the one day activity, 165 boys and 36 girls were educated on health & hygiene maintenance by OSDI’s appointed Social Mobilizers and Lady Health Worker. Specially prepared hygiene kits were also distributed to each child consisting of milk, nail cutter, comb, shampoo, soap, tooth paste and tooth brush.

Furthermore, the students were also informed about the importance of de-worming and its benefits on health. The management of Madrassa Faiz ul Islam was grateful to OSDI for educating and training their students. In the upcoming days, more students shall be trained on the subject to improve their personal and environmental hygiene.


Certificates Distributed to GBHS Boys Scouts:

Students of Government Boys High School - Wayaro, who participated as volunteers during the 7th General Medical Camp of OSDI held in the cluster village of Peprani, district Lasbela (Baluchistan) on 18th October 2017 were bestowed with letters of appreciation.

These scouts rendered their voluntary services for crowd controlling and management in the GMC. Nearly, 421 patients were successfully provided with free consultation and medication along with their support.

Services of the 15 hard-working participants of the boys scouts were acknowledged on (Friday) 15th December 2017 by the senior management of OSDI. Physical Training Head of GBHS Wayaro – Mr. Shah thanked OSDI for recognizing the efforts of their students and assured their full support in near future.


First Phase of SBDW and H&H session conducted in District Lasbela:

On 21st December 2017 (Friday), OSDI launched its first phase of School Based De-Worming along with Health & Hygiene session in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The activity was conducted in both the OSDI supported schools i.e. Government Boys High School - Wayaro and Frontier Constabulary Public School – Bela.

Teachers of both the schools informed students a day before to ensure their 100% attendance on the activity day. Due to timely information sharing the absenteeism ratio was very low.

The sessions in the schools started with briefing on causes of worm infestation in young children and the necessity for de-worming by Dr. Tariq of Awaran Militia Bela. OSDI’s appointed Social Mobilizer informed students about WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) and its safe practices.

Later on, senior representative of OSDI - Ms. Fizza Rizvi delivered a thorough lecture on personal and environmental hygiene to students. Students were also given demonstration on hand-wash, hair-wash and brushing of teeth.

Each student was given a dose of zyntel syrup along with SBDW and health & hygiene kit comprising of an energy biscuit, milk, nail cutter, comb, tooth brush, toothpaste, 2 sachets of shampoo, soap and a towel.

Senior Management, teachers and students of both the schools enjoyed the sessions wholeheartedly. They acclaimed that this was the first time such an activity ever took place in their school premises.


Education Survey Conducted in Chib Sheikh:

On Thursday 26th October 2017, an education survey was conducted in the cluster village of Chib Sheikh in district Lasbela, Baluchistan. During this survey, 75 vulnerable households from the poverty stricken communities of Barar Goth, Hamza Goth, Hussain Goth and Moosa Goth were enquired about the reason for not sending their school age children to school..

Altogether, 218 children reside within this area from which only 25 male students attend school where as, the remaining 95 male and 98 female children are out of school. It was observed that most of the parents were reluctant to send their children to school in other vicinity because of the long travelling distance as it was 3kms away.

In near future, OSDI plans to construct a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) within this community. Upon completion of the construction work, an active social mobilization campaign would be run to educate the parents and village elders about the necessity of education in which they would be guided to get their children enrolled.


Livestock Project Initiated in District Lasbela:

In addition to our efforts to create sustainability in the vulnerable district of Lasbela (Baluchistan). OSDI launched its first phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP) under the flagship of Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). The project has been initiated on Tuesday, 07th November 2017.

The key objective behind initiation of LDP is to help the under-privileged families with healthy livestock so they may generate income, create assets and become food secure. During this phase 20 beneficiary households have been selected from 4 focused communities of Bano Hussain Goth, Miru Suleiman Goth, Muhammad Bux Goth and Faqeera Goth.

Each family has been given 02 does per household for herd increase and milking purposes and 2 bucks have been given per village for reproduction. Prior to purchasing of these goats the veterinary doctor of OSDI checked the physical health of each animal.

Altogether 40 does and 8 bucks have been given by OSDI. Since, all the does given were pregnant at the time of distribution hence, 10 kids have already been born multiplying the number of animals for the beneficiaries and few more are yet to be born.

The goats distributed are Khuzdari and Kamori breed only. All LDP beneficiaries were thankful to OSDI for its kind support in helping them move out from the vicious poverty cycle.

Construction of TLC in Arab Seray:

Education is a very essential key to penetrate positive social change in a society. On 11th November 2017 (Saturday), OSDI initiated the construction work of building a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the vulnerable community of Arab Seray, district Mardan (KPK). Altogether, there are 116 children in this village amongst which only 64 children are going to a school in a village nearby.

The remaining 55 school age children are out-of-school. Upon, conducting a thorough education survey OSDI came to know that one of the major reasons for not getting the children enrolled in school was due to the travel distance between both the villages. The parents were considerate in case any harm came to their children.

OSDI initiated to construct an infrastructure based on 2 classrooms and 2 washrooms (separate for girls and boys). The TLC building will have the capacity to accommodate 100 students. Each classroom will have 1 window and 1 door. The size of each classroom is 20 ft (height)*15 ft (width).

The washrooms shall be 5 ft*5 ft each. The community of Arab Seray has also joint hands with OSDI by providing daily lunch meals and tea to the laborers and cleaning the place. A sand trolley has also been contributed by them.

Upon completion of the TLC, OSDI shall appoint 2 qualified male teachers to begin the education process.


Education Survey conducted in District Mardan:

In the vulnerable community of Arab Seray (cluster village Surkhabi), OSDI conducted a thorough education survey. This activity took place from 13th (Friday) to 16th (Monday) October 2017.

Out of the 45 parents interviewed during this survey it was observed that nearly 47% school age going children were out-of-school, due to the unavailability of any educational facility within the village. Altogether the village has 116 children amongst which only 64 are enrolled in school.

As for the remaining 55 children, the parents showed grave concerns over not being able to educate their children because of the long travel distance and stray dogs roaming around.

In near future, OSDI plans to initiate a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this vicinity and ensure all the out-of-school children are enrolled in it.


Science Lab Equipment Donated in GBHS Wayaro:

This quarter’s mega project, Government Boys High School Wayaro, district Lasbela (Baluchistan) has been facilitated with a well-equipped Science Laboratory by OSDI. By supporting this school, OSDI aims to provide the vulnerable students with quality education facility which can be compared to any good private school.

We firmly believe that education is the key to success if we have to bring in positive change in the province of Baluchistan. The science lab was inaugurated by Mr. Wahid Shakir, the newly appointed District Education Officer (DEO) on (Friday) 27th October 2017.

The event was attended by senior government officials, school administration, OSDI’s team, etc. Mr. Shakir applauded the enthusiastic efforts of OSDI and promised he would resolve the issue pertaining to the science teacher, soon. Besides this, he also assured his complete support and guidance to OSDI in all upcoming projects.


Student Furniture Donated in F.C. Public School:

On 29th October 2017 (Saturday), OSDI donated classroom furniture to F.C. Public School Bela, district Lasbela (Baluchistan). This furniture has been given for the newly constructed classrooms of OSDI academic block which was inaugurated by the Founder Trustee last month.

The school has been provided with 30 student desks having the capacity to accommodate two students per desk and 60 student chairs, separately. Altogether, 120 students can be easily accommodated in this seating arrangement. The total expense inculcated was PKR 0.296m.

The management of FCPS is grateful to OSDI for the kind gesture of support in helping them improve the education facilities of the school.


Free Medical Facilitations given to Patients in Cluster Piprani:

On (Wednesday) October 18, 2017, the seventh free General Medical Camp of OSDI took place in the civil dispensary of Chelewari area, cluster Piprani, district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The team of diligent doctors appointed by OSDI comprised of two males and one female doctor.

Altogether, 421 patients’ were provided with free medical consultations, treatment and medication during this one day camp.

Sessions on health & hygiene were delivered by OSDI’s male and female social mobilizers who trained the people on the importance of personal cleanliness and keeping their surroundings unpolluted.

For the first time, the Boys Scouts of Government Boys High School Wayaro extended their voluntary support in managing the crowd and assisting the OSDI field team in matters of overall camp administration. The camp concluded at 4pm.

Earlier a medical camp was held in this area on (Wednesday), 11th February 2017 in which 331 patients had been examined. OSDI is grateful to FC Baluchistan and District Health Officer for supporting us to conduct this camp successfully.


OSDI participates in Enrollment Awareness Raising Campaign:

District Education Department in collaboration with UNICEF division of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) organized a grand enrollment awareness raising campaign on 25th September 2017 (Monday). The event was attended by 300 people mostly representatives of all non-governmental organizations (NGOs), senior government officials, academia, district administration and media.

A seminar was conducted after an awareness raising walk in which awards were distributed to Best Performing Teachers and Students. The students were rewarded on regular enrollment and scoring of maximum grades on district level. Students acted on specially prepared tableaus, songs, etc. during the event. To boost the morale of participating students OSDI’s district team representative distributed cash prizes amongst them.

Mr. Azeem Sajidi – District Education Officer and Additional Deputy Commissioner – Mr. Tariq Mengal appreciated the efforts of OSDI in promoting education.


Inauguration of GBHS Wayaro: