Organization for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI) aims to improve living conditions for under-privileged communities in the rural areas of Pakistan through sustainable poverty reduction strategies.
OSDI has a unique approach to sustainable development in rural villages with a three-pronged policy that works towards enhancing incomes through the Livelihood Assistance Program, reducing expenditures through the Community Development Program and preventing chronic hunger through the Food Security Program.
LAP aims to create suitable working opportunities under Agriculture Development Project (ADP), low income generation farmers are supported to increase their crop yields through capacity building trainings and use of proper agricultural goods, Livestock Development Project (LDP) provides landless farmers with healthy livestock to ensure food security, asset creation and livestock maintenance. Unemployed are facilitated to initiate small business in the Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP).
OSDI gradually creates rural empowerment through initiating projects, which contribute directly/indirectly in lowering the monthly expense levels and creating awareness about the fundamental rights towards better living. Under CDP, OSDI provides Education For All, primary Health-care, Water & Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) sensitization, Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Infrastructure Development.
Under FSP, OSDI provides the means to overcome chronic hunger and food inaccessibility along with contributing towards lowering of the monthly kitchen expenses. Building upon the capacity and providing these people with basic crop cultivation necessities (seeds, pesticides, etc.), OSDI enables these people to grow fresh and nutritious vegetables within or outside their homes. In this way, an easy to access and readily available variety of vegetables is obtainable at their doorstep under the Kitchen Garden (K.G.) Project.
In DRA, OSDI aims to provide urgent facilitations as per need, to help lower the sudden impact, which leaves the vulnerable communities helpless. During the Covid-19 pandemic, OSDI has distributed ration bags to overcome the hunger and malnutrition issues within its focused communities as majority of the people living in these areas are daily wage laborers. Due to the massive destruction caused by the monsoon floods in 2010, OSDI undertook flood relief operations in mid-August 2010 in District Charsadda in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa (KPK) and Districts Shikarpur, Khairpur, Matiari and Thatta in Sindh.