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Meeting with DPO in Mardan


On 31st August 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said participated in a meeting organized by the District Police Officer (DPO) - Mr. Irfan Ullah. The meeting was held in the DPO's office. The conflict resolution meeting was organized to resolve a land dispute ongoing between two families in district Mardan. As the security of the region was being compromised in this conflict Mr. Said along with other members of the Jarga Mishraan were invited to help resolve the issues. Through advocacy, Mr. Said carefully created awareness about respecting the law. He educated the two groups to not distort the peaceful environment of the district and mutually discuss about solving their issues in the presence of the community elders and law enforcement agency.
#advocacy #capacitybuilding
 

5th GMC held in Biroch village


In the focused community of Biroch, OSDI has organized its 5th General Medical Camp (GMC) on 30th August 2022 (Tuesday). This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. During the one day GMC, a total number of 160 ailing people were checked and treated by OSDI's appointed doctor. It was observed that majority of the patients suffered from body weakness, skin infections and gastro tract infections. The patients received free medicines as per the doctor's prescription by the OSDI's team. Mr. Ibrar Ali - Field Assistant conducted 2 sensitization sessions on safe health & hygiene practices which was attended by 20 participants.
#primaryhealth #freemedicines #healthcare #medicalcamp
 

Visited TLC Qambrani and Checked LDP Beneficiaries


On 26th August 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused vulnerable community of Qambrani. The purpose of this visit was to check the condition of the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) and monitor the health of the goats distributed under the Livestock Development Project (LDP). OSDI's team met the School Management Committee (SMC) members to enquire about the school reopening and further planning of school resumption. Increase in student enrollment and social mobilization for the out-of-school children was emphasized by OSDI's team. Health of livestock distributed by OSDI was monitored by the OSDI's Field team. It was observed that few goats had caught infection on their legs due to which they need urgent treatment.
#monitoring #primaryschool #education #livelihood #livestock #healthcheck
 

BBCM held in Hassan Abad community


Located at a distance of upto 10kms from the Rustam city, lies the community of Hassan Abad in district Mardan (KPK). To enquire about the basic survival issues being faced by the villagers, Mr. Sajjad Said - Head of District Mardan organized a Broad Based Community Meeting (BBCM) on 4th August 2022 (Thursday). On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Said asked the community elders to share their problems one-by-one. The villagers shared details about their livelihood sources. The community does not have a school. The villagers have to travel to Rustam Hospital to avail primary health facilities. OSDI's Head of District said, "OSDI's primary objective is to help people reduce their monthly expense levels and increase their income to pull out from poverty." The villagers also complained about the lack of road and electricity facility.
#poverty #vulnerablecommunity #sustainability
 

Follow up Meeting with SREP - Phase 4 Beneficiaries


On 22nd August 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said invited the 3 beneficiaries participating in the 4th Phase of Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) in his field office. It was mid-term follow-up meeting. Mr. Said held one-to-one meetings with each beneficiary to know about the hurdles and progress in their businesses. He checked the log books of each beneficiary and enquired about its maintenance. The beneficiaries were also asked about the sales and purchase of their products. It is worth informing that during this phase, 3 beneficiaries have been supported to initiate small businesses. One beneficiary has chosen to open a cloth shop, other has a Jaggery store and the third beneficiary has a vegetable shop.
#smallbusiness #financialmanagement #capacitybuilding #livelihood
 

Pesticide Spray on Fruit Orchards of Mardan


On 19th August 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said accompanied by Mr. Sardar Hussain - Agro expert visited the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch to monitor and inspect the orange fruit plants. During the visit, Mr. Said enquired about the plants condition from the farmers. OSDI's appointed agrarian expert educated the farmers about the use of Potassium Humic Acid mixed with water for better growth and development of the plants. He also had the plants gushed with Pesticide spray. The farmers thanked OSDI's team for the regular monthly follow ups in helping them take better care of the fruit plants.
#plants #horticulture #monitoring #pesticidefree #agriculture #fruitorchard
 

OSDI Team visits LDP Beneficiaries in Lasbela


On 22nd August 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali accompanied by Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused communities of Ibu Sheikh and Essa Goth. The purpose of this visit was to check upon the health and condition of the livestock distributed under the Livestock Development Project (LDP). OSDI's Field Team visited 14 beneficiaries residing in both the communities. Altogether, 25 animals were checked for signs and symptoms of diseases. It was observed that the health of animals distributed by OSDI was better. The animals checked also included the other livestock from both the focused villages.
#livestock #floods2022 #healthcheck #monitoring
 

OSDI's Field Team visited communities in M.C. Utthal


On 17th August 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the Municipal Committee of Utthal. During this visit, members of 3 newly selected vulnerable communities were met. Members of 40 flood affected households located in Mammu Goth were met. This village lies in the revenue village of Mukka. In the revenue village of Muri-1, 38 families from the communities of Haji Meeran and Haji Jamot were met. OSDI's team discussed with the community elders and village members about the magnitude of losses suffered due to the recent monsoon rains.
#floods2022 #disastermanagement #emergencyrelief
 

Manager Programs visits Flood Affected Communities of Lasbela


On 12th August 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan along with the Associate Manager - Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid visited the newly selected communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) to gauge the losses inculcated as a result of recent floods. The team visited 3 revenue villages located in the union council of Wayaro. 49 households of Motkani village, 30 families of Faqeer Muhammad and 23 homes of Jangi Khan located in the revenue village of Sukkan were met. After this, the team travelled to Waryani and Hashim Burfat villages each having 15 families per village and 6 households of Golani were met in the revenue village of Watori. Moving on to the vulnerable community of Hamarkani in which 18 families were met. This village lies in the revenue village of Wayaro. OSDI's team met the respective community elders and discussed about the future intervention opportunities to overcome the losses occurred.
#floods2022 #disasterrelief #damagecheck #ration #medicines #foodsecurity #emergencyrelief
 

Visit to New Flood Affected Communities


To check upon the damages caused by the recent floods in the newly selected focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI's recently appointed Team Leader - Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the villages on 11th August 2022 (Thursday). OSDI's team visited 7 villages from the union council of Wayaro on this day. OSDI's team explored 4 revenue villages. In the revenue village of Retelara, the community of Danook is located which comprises of 18 households, the revenue village of Gao has 22 families, revenue village of Chib Sheikh has two susceptible communities - Hussain Goth having 45 households and Musa Goth consisting of 20 homes. In Ahora revenue village, three villages are located Barad comprising of 25 families, Muraad Ali having 15 households and Musa Ibu Siyan consisting of 30 vulnerable homes. Details of losses caused due to the recent floods were noted and reported to the head office team for further action.
#floodaffected #vulnerablecommunities #rain2022 #flood2022
 

Ration, Medical Kits & Blankets Distribution in Lasbela


The heavy monsoon rains this year, have caused immense flooding in Baluchistan region. Many houses have collapsed, agriculture destroyed, livestock dead and numerous people went missing. To help lower the effects of this disastrous situation for the people living in the OSDI focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan), an emergency flood relief campaign was initiated in collaboration with The Robin Hood Army. Between 7th (Sunday) till 11th (Thursday) August 2022, OSDI's Team along with the support of its ally The Robin Hood Army distributed dry ration bags, blankets and basic medicines amongst the affectees. Altogether, 200 vulnerable households were supported with 30kg ration bags. Each bag consisted of 10 kg flour, 5 kg rice, 3 types of lentils weighing 2 kg each variety, 3 kg sugar, 1/2kg tea, 1 kg dry milk, 800 gms salt and 3 ltrs cooking oil as ration items. Besides this, basic medicines consisting of 3 sachets of ORS, 1 box of mosquito coil, 2 strips of Panadol, 1 bottle of Mospel and 2 blankets per household were also distributed. OSDI shared the list of affectees with the Deputy Commissioner to inform about the houses damaged/collapsed during the floods for claim of payments as announced by the local government. Beneficiaries facilitated during the phase 1 of ration, medical kits and blankets distribution belonged to the focused communities of Essa Goth, Haji Ibrahim, Ibu Sheikh, Laloo Goth, Muhammad Dooda, Qambrani and Sayarani. #floodrelief #disastermanagement
 

Visit of Senior Management to District Lasbela


To analyze the dire situation caused by the recent floods in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), a team of senior management visited the focused communities on 29th July 2022 (Friday). OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan and Chief Accountant & Admin Manager - Mr. Ather J. Siddiqui travelled from Karachi. The senior officers went to the focused communities of Qambrani, Ibu Sheikh, Haji Ibrahim, Laloo Goth and Essa Goth. Reaching the community of Muhammad Dooda Goth was impossible as the road had disappeared so, the team had to collect the details of losses on call. It was observed that floods had swept away the houses of most of the people. In a situation, the houses managed to sustain the pressure of the floods they got severely damaged. Agricultural lands had completed destroyed, livestock had died and many people disappeared. The situation in this locality is very unfortunate. OSDI is trying to arrange for emergency facilitations as per need in these communities.
 

Livestock of LDP - Phase 3 Checked by Vet


On 21st July 2022 (Thursday), the OSDI's appointed veterinary expert visited the focused communities of Akhundara, Prrang Dara and Biroch along with the OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali. The purpose of this visit was to check upon the health of the livestock distributed by OSDI during the 3rd Phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP). The vet thoroughly checked the health of the animals and found them in good health. Height and weight of the animals was measured to observe the growth and development. He also checked the fodder quality and shed condition. A beneficiary named Dilshad, residing in the community of Biroch sold his goat at a cost of PKR 42,000 and purchased a cow worth PKR 60,000 instead as per approval from the OSDI's management.
 

Admission Campaign for the year 2022-23


OSDI's Field Assistant of District Matrdan (KPK), conducted an awareness raising campaign in the vulnerable focused community of Baizad Banda on 29th July 2022 (Friday). This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. OSDI has built a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this village to provide quality primary education amongst the school-age going children by enrolling them and motivating them to study. To create a multiplier effect, OSDI's Field Assistant accompanied by the school teacher and students went from door-to-door to counsel the parents and village elders to have their out-of-school children (OOSC) enrolled for the upcoming academic year 2022-23. Mr. Ibrar distributed school admission forms amongst the families of out-of-school children (OOSC) and asked them to have Birth Certificates of their children made.
 

Monitoring Visit of Agro Expert in Akhundara


On 18th July 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali accompanied the Agro Expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain to the orange fruit orchard set-up in the focused community of Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to monitor the plants condition and check upon the solar water facility installed to benefit the farmers. The agro expert asked the farmers to trim the unnecessary grass and weeds. He further recommended that maize plants be grown around the fruit plants and the soil should be mulched around the fruit plants to preserve the moisture and prevent the weeds from growing. Besides this, Mr. Sardar also suggested that pesticide spray should be done as there are signs of leaf minor, plant hoppers and citrus aphid insects. Potassium Humic Acid, Bifenthrin, Acetamiprid and Monoacid were recommended to be used on the plants.
 

Visit of Manager Programs to new susceptible communities


On 5th July 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan accompanied by Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said and Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the communities of Umar Dhair and Saleem Khan. Both these communities are situated in the union councils of Machi and Bazaar. The community of Umar Dhair is located at a distance of approximately 10-14kms from Rustam city and has an estimated population of 60 - 80 households. This village has no health facility nearby, hence the people have to travel all the way to Rustam city. The village road is damaged and the people face drinking water issues. Primary school in this village has no boundary wall. On the other hand, the community of Saleem Khan is nearly 18-22kms away from OSDI's district Mardan office. There are approximately 80-100 households. Primary problems of this village involve lack of access to health, education, road and drinking water facility. Future of 120 school-age going children is bleak as there is no school nearby. The community also faces issues of livelihood opportunities.
 

Workshop on Women Rights held in Lasbela


On 5th July 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Abdul Qadir participated in the one day workshop organized by the United Nations in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The workshop was held in the office of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP). Mr. Khalil Ahmed from the Women Rights Department of United Nations, Ms. Mehwish Kakar - Advocate from Islamabad High Court and Mr. Nasir Ali from APEX Consultants were the honorable panelists who conducted the session. During the workshop, they discussed about the basic human rights and role of women in forming a society. The participants were asked about various ways to create awareness about female empowerment within the region.
 

OSDI organized 3rd GMC in Qambrani Goth


On 29th June 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI organized the 3rd General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Qambrani village in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). 145 patients received primary health consultation, treatment and free medication by the OSDI's appointed healthcare team. Nearly, 53 ailing males and 92 females were checked by the doctors and paramedical staff. Ms. Madiha Nazr - Health Promotion Practitioner (HPP), Mr. Khurram Jafri - M&E and HealthCare Officer, Mr. Adnan Qadir - Field Assistant and Ms. Jamila - Enumerator conducted 6 health & hygiene sensitization sessions during this GMC, in which 58 participants were trained.
 

Coordination Meeting with District Program Manager


On 22nd June 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt met the District Program Manager - Mr. Faiz Baloch from ESP - UNICEF and Mr. Muneer Ahmed Baloch - District Training Manager at Continuing Professional Development (CDP) / Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE) - United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The coordination meeting was held to discuss about the upcoming enrollment and awareness creation activities pertaining to education after the reopening of schools in the district. Activities of mutual interest were brought to discussion by the participants. Door-to-door awareness sessions and organizing seminars to increase female literacy and enrollments of out-of-school children were a few topics discussed.
 

SMC members & Parents met in Qambrani


In the focused community of Qambrani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), on 27th June 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir met the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) and parents of the students enrolled in this TLC. During the meeting, the representatives were asked to ensure the cleanliness of the educational facility while the students were at the annual summer break. The parents and SMC members were asked to aggressively plant more seedlings and trees for the beautification of the school. Daily watering of the plants was also requested. Mr. Butt asked the parents to ensure their children join school upon reopening.
 

Meeting with SMC members & Parents of TLC Chib Sheikh


OSDI's Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir met the members of School Management Committee (SMC) and parents of OSDI built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Chib Sheikh on 8th June 2022 (Wednesday). During the meeting, OSDI's Team Leader asked the SMC members to take care of the school during the summer break. He also urged them to sow more plants around the school premises for beautification of the educational facility. Since, a SMC member had left the village hence, he was replaced upon mutual understanding and recommendation of the villagers.
 

OSDI Team Meets SMC members & Parents of TLC Sayarani


On 6th June 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused community of Sayarani. The purpose of this field visit was to meet the School Management Committee (SMC) members and parents of the school children. Mr. Butt asked the SMC members to take good care of the educational facility during the summer vacations as the school was off. He further asked the SMC members to daily water the plants and ensure the cleanliness of the classrooms and school area. The SMC members were asked to ensure all students rejoin the school after summer break and motivate the out-of-school children to be enrolled in the TLC.
 

Monitoring Visit for LDP & SREP projects


Between 1st and 2nd June 2022 (Wednesday & Thursday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan along with the Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Programs - Mr. Babar Junaid visited the focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The monitoring visit was aimed at meeting the Livelihood Assistance Programs (LAP) beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) and Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP). During the field visit, OSDI's senior representatives enquired about the daily income being generated, details about profit and loss, issues pertaining to selling of goods by the SREP beneficiaries and health of livestock from the LDP participants. The beneficiaries shared their respective concerns and took appropriate guidance relevant to their projects.
 

Monthly DEG Meeting held in Lasbela


To acquire an update on the monthly activities pertaining to the field of education District Education Department of Lasbela (Baluchistan) regularly conducts meetings with the relevant government teachers, officers, and social sector representatives. The district government of Lasbela is keen on promoting the cause of education specially, increasing the female literacy ratio within the vicinity. In continuation with their strong commitment and dedication to provide the means of quality primary education to each out-of-school child of the district a monthly follow-up District Education Group meeting was held at the office of Deputy Commissioner - Utthal on 9th June 2022 (Thursday). On behalf of OSDI, the meeting was attended by Mr. Rashid Butt - Team Leader of Lasbela. During the meeting, Mr. Butt briefed about the details of the ongoing and upcoming projects of OSDI in the field of education.
 

Oxford University Press organizes Teachers Training


On 21st June 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's district Mardan (KPK) team along with the OSDI's appointed teacher - Mr. Ijaz from the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Baizad Banda attended a teachers training workshop. The one day training was organized by the Oxford University Press (OUP). The training was entitled "Lesson Planning & Classroom Management". The trainer - Ms. Nadia taught the participants about various methods of maintaining discipline in class, managing the students, responding to student queries and helping them enhance their learning process through different ways. She taught about the qualities of a sound teacher and how students can be motivated to actively participate in the classroom learnings. The participants received certificates after the training.
 

Health Check of LDP - Phase 3 in Mardan


OSDI's appointed veterinary expert in district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Liaqat Ali along with Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali checked the health of animals distributed under the 3rd phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP) on 24th June 2022 (Friday). OSDI's team visited the 20 beneficiaries of LDP in the focused communities of Akhundara, Prrang Dara and Biroch. Altogether health check of 43 goats and 35 kids was done by the vet. Amongst the livestock checked 40 goats were given a dose of the deworming medicine. OSDI's team also checked upon the shed maintenance and quality of the fodder being given to the animals. The beneficiaries thanked the OSDI's team for the visit.
 

3rd GMC organized in the community of Akhundara


In district Mardan (KPK), lies the susceptible community of Akhundara in the union council of Palo Dheri. OSDI organized the 3rd General Medical Camp (GMC) in this village to facilitate the ailing people with primary healthcare facilities at their doorstep on 28th June 2022 (Tuesday). A day prior to the GMC, OSDI's district Mardan field staff made announcements in the community of Akhundara and its adjacent villages of Karko Banda, Warra Dara, Sab e Maira, Tajak Abad and Jarro. OSDI's appointed doctor and paramedical staff successfully treated 188 patients altogether, in which 81 were males and the remaining 107 were female patients. 23 patients belonged to the under 5 age group. Mr. Ibrar Ali - OSDI's Field Assistant conducted an awareness raising session with 10 people on safe health & hygiene practices for better living.
 

Solar Panels Installed in Horticulture - Phase 1


On 13th June 2022 (Monday), OSDI's District Team of Mardan (KPK) facilitated the 7 vulnerable farmers supported under the 1st Phase of Horticulture Project with a water facility. In this phase, OSDI has distributed 770 orange fruit plants to sow on 5.25 acres of farmland. OSDI has set-up the solar panels worth PKR 316,268 as per the request of the farmers. Out of the total amount spent, the contribution of OSDI is 81%; whereas, 19% of the contribution is by the farmers. The farmers shall now be able to take better care of the orange fruit plants.
 

Beneficiaries from Mardan Facilitated in SREP


In the month of May 2022, OSDI has facilitated 3 vulnerable beneficiaries to initiate their small businesses under the Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) in district Mardan (KPK). Amongst the beneficiaries, 2 are from the community of Akhundara and the remaining 1 is from the community of Prrang Dara. On 9th May 2022 (Monday), OSDI has facilitated Abdullah Jan from the community of Prrang Dara to come up a jaggery shop. OSDI has contributed PKR 66400 and the contribution of Abdullah is PKR 16600. Another beneficiary supported on the same day is Bhati Jan. He has been provided a vegetable vending cart. OSDI facilitated him with PKR 56120 and self-contribution of Bhati is 14030. On the next day, another beneficiary from Akhundara village was supported to open up a woolen & fleece shop. OSDI contributed PKR 72000 and PKR 18000 was the self-contribution.
 

Annual Examinations held in GPS-GMS


Under the supervision and monitoring of the District Education Department, students of OSDI's supported Government Primary School (GPS), located in Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) community in district Thatta (Sindh) participated in the annual yearly exams. The exams were held on 26th May 2022 (Thursday). On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Muhammad Usman - Team Leader of Thatta accompanied by Mr. Ghulam Abbas - Social Organizer witnessed the assessment process. Mr. Muhammad Yaseen Rind (Supervisor) along with Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Khaskheli (Assistant Supervisor) from the education department conducted the oral and written examination of the students. Students who due to their age limit could not be enrolled in the General Registration Entry (GRE) register were prepared to participate in the Grade 5 exams by the OSDI's team. Fortunately, these students have successfully cleared the exams and have promoted to secondary section. Besides, this students of Grade 1 have been promoted to Grade 2 on 30th May 2022 (Monday).
 

OSDI organized 3rd GMC in Prrang Dara


On 24th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's district Mardan (KPK) team collaborated with the District Health Department to conduct the 3rd General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Prrang Dara. This village lies in the union council of Palo Dheri. OSDI's appointed doctor - Dr. Arifullah checked and treated 143 patients altogether during this one day medical camp. Amongst the patients, 64 were males and the remaining 79 were female patients. The ailing people attended the GMC from different villages of Palo Dheri: Sherabad, Babo Dara, Sherinabad, Mayeen Hat, Mirzaki and Prrang Dara. OSDI distributed free medicines amongst the patients. OSDI's Field team conducted 2 awareness raising sessions on safe health & hygiene practices which was attended by 18 people.
 

2nd SBDW activity in GPS-GMS


On 23rd May 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Health-care team under the supervision of Dr. Kamran Sohail - Manager Monitoring Evaluation & Health Care visited the OSDI's supported Government Primary School (GPS) located in the rural community of Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) in district Thatta (Sindh). The school has recently been handed over to National Disability & Development Forum (NDF). 2nd phase of School Based De-Worming Project (SBDW) has been initiated in this school in which 61 students present on the activity day received a single dose of zyntel syrup. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Muhammad Usman conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions to sensitize the students about safe hygiene practices for living a healthy life. The sessions were well attended by 65 participants including students, School Management Committee (SMC) members and teachers. At the end of the session, each student received a 250ml milk pack and energy biscuits from the health-care team.
 

SBDW activity in TLC Qambrani


On 18th May 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Monitoring Evaluation & Health Care Officer - Mr. Khurram Jafri visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the focused community of Qambrani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Phase 11 of School Based De-worming Project (SBDW) was initiated in this educational facility. Nearly, 44 students present in school were bestowed with a dose of zyntel syrup for deworming. Each child received a 250ml milk pack along with energy biscuits from the OSDI's health-care team. Mr. Jafri conducted 2 sessions on safe health & hygiene practices which was well-attended by 50 participants.
 

OSDI organized 2nd GMC in Muhammad Dooda Goth


In the union council of Khenwari, lies the scattered community of Muhammad Dooda Goth in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). On 19th May 2022 (Thursday), OSDI organized the 2nd General Medical Camp (GMC) in this village in collaboration with the district health department. Earlier, a GMC was held in the month of September 2021 to facilitate the ailing people with primary diagnosis and health-care. During the one day medical camp, OSDI's appointed doctors and paramedical staff provided primary consultation and treatment to 93 patients along with provision of free medication. 34 males and 59 female patients received the treatment. It was observed that 32% of the patients suffered from Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI), 20% from Gastro Intestinal Tract infections (GIT) and 5% people had skin diseases; the remaining 42% people had other health issues. To sensitize the local community about safe health & hygiene practices, OSDI's Health-care team conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions in which 26 people were trained.
 

NRSP organized a Coordination Meeting on UN-Women project


On 13th May 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended the coordination meeting organized by National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) in collaboration with Baluchistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP). The meeting was held at the NRSP Lasbela office. Potential amendments to further improve the UN-Women project was discussed during the meeting. To reduce the economic vulnerability of the women affected during the Covid-19 pandemic through food security in household, social protection schemes and creating income opportunities was brought to dialogue by the stakeholders. Senior representatives from Aga Khan Foundation - Mr. Ramzan (District Head), Mr. Khalil Roonjha (Director) - Welfare Association for New Generation (WANG), Mr. Jahangir (Acting District Head) from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Ms. Fehmeeda (Livelihood Officer) at Baluchistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) along with other officials attended the meeting.
 

Final Exams ongoing in OSDI Built TLCs of Mardan


As the academic year has come to a final closing in schools across the country, OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) have also initiated to conduct final examinations. In district Mardan (KPK), from 18th (Wednesday) - 25th (Wednesday) May 2022, students are participating in the yearly examinations. The dedicated teachers of OSDI TLCs in Baizad Banda, Akhundara and Arab Seray villages have worked hard throughout the year to impart quality primary education amongst the students. Annual results for these exams shall be announced on 30th May 2022. Soon after the result announcement, the students shall leave for summer break as per the government announced holidays from 1st June - 15th August 2022.
 

OSDI's Senior Education Officer visits District Mardan


Between 13th (Friday) & 14th (Saturday) May 2022, OSD's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Saira Rashid visited the 3 OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Arab Seray, Baizad Banda and Akhundara in their respective villages in district Mardan (KPK). During the visit, Ms. Rashid held one to one interactive learning sessions with the students, conducted question and answer sessions from the course books and checked the class work copies of the children. School teachers were met and various pedagogy strategies were discussed in detail. Ms. Rashid also met the members of the School Management Committees (SMCs) and parents to enquire about the education standards of the TLCs.
 

H&H session organized in the TLC of Sayarani


OSDI's newly appointed Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted a health & hygiene (H&H) awareness raising session in the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Sayarani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) on 11th May 2022 (Wednesday). During the session, Mr. Qadir briefed the students about the health benefits of keeping oneself clean. Altogether, 82 students comprising of 34 female students and 48 male students attended the sensitization session. OSDI's Field Assistant demonstrated the steps of proper handwashing technique and encouraged the students to follow the steps. The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive learning session.
 

Manager Programs visits LDP - Phase 3 & SREP Beneficiaries


On 10th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused communities of Biroch, Prrang Dara and Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to meet the beneficiaries of OSDI's Livestock Development Project (LDP) - Phase 3 and Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) beneficiaries. Manager Programs enquired about the improvement in lives of the beneficiaries after becoming a part of OSDI's Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). The beneficiaries shared details of how they are now able to generate some savings on monthly basis. In SREP, grocery shops of Asif Khan and Said Jan were visited. Mr. Sheheryar checked their bookkeeping registers and enquired about the monthly income details of the shop. The beneficiaries appreciated the visit of Manager Programs and thanked for the timely guidance on sustainability creation from time to time.
 

Manager Programs meets Horticulture Project Farmers


On 10th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused communities of Biroch and Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to meet the Phase 1 and Phase 2 farmers of Horticulture Project. OSDI has facilitated 7 farmers in Phase one and 3 farmers in the second phase to grow orange fruit orchards on 5 acres of farmland in each phase. During the meeting, the farmers requested the senior management of OSDI to be facilitated with a solar water project, as the water level is very low in Akhundara village; the farmers are unable to fulfill the water requirement of the orange fruit plants.
 

Coordination Meeting with TEO in Thatta


On 28th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Thatta (Sindh) visited the office of Tehsil Education Officer (TEO) - Mr. Noor Muhammad Kalamati in Mirpur Sakro. The purpose of this visit was to enquire about the general register (G.R.) matter. The G.R. consists of details of all students, from personal to student enrollment information. This record is maintained in each educational facility. Besides this, details of future coordination with National Disability Forum (NDF) for the smooth functioning of Government Primary School in Gul Muhammad Samoo village, was also discussed. Mr. Usman also talked about the upcoming annual examination and regular school monitoring by the government's education department
 

Visit of Vet for Livestock Health Check


On 22nd April 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant for district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali along with the veterinary expert - Mr. Liaquat Ali visited the focused communities of Akhundara, Biroch and Prrang Dara. The purpose of this visit was to check upon the health of livestock distributed under the 3rd Phase of OSDI's Livestock Development Project (LDP). Approximately, health of 5 bucks and 31 does was checked by the OSDI's team. During the health check-up, one goat was diagnosed with high fever. The vet provided appropriate medicines to treat the animal. OSDI's appointed vet also checked the animal sheds and fodder. The vet has suggested deworming of the animals after Eid holidays.
 

DEG Meeting held in District Lasbela


On 25th April 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt participated in the monthly District Education Group (DEG) meeting held at the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Utthal. The meeting was chaired by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Lasbela) (General) - Mr. Farhan Suleiman. Besides, OSDI's representative other senior dignitaries who attended the meeting included District Education Officer (Lasbela) - Mr. Muhammad Rafique Baloch, District Education Officer (Female) - Ms. Riffat Shakir, District Officer (Male) - Mr. Muhammad Anwar Jamali, Mr. Ather Qureshi - Head Master at Government High School in village Ramzan - Lakhra, Superintendent - Mr. Inayat Sheikh, Mr. Faiz Baloch and Mr. Mukhtiyar Baloch. During the meeting, the ADC emphasized on appointment of class teachers in schools which suffered from teacher unavailability and ensure regularity in classes, reopening of ghost schools, facilitating the schools with water and electricity.
 

Health & Hygiene Awareness Sessions in Thatta


OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Muhammad Usman visited the local community of Sathi Jatt and OSDI's adopted Government Primary School in Gul Muhammad Samoo village in district Thatta (Sindh), to sensitize the people about safe health & hygiene practices on 13th April 2022 (Wednesday). Firstly, Mr. Usman conducted an awareness raising session in the OSDI's adopted Government Primary School of Gul Muhammad Samoo to train the students about the importance of health & hygiene. Altogether, 16 students attended the training session after which members of the local community of Sathi Jatt village were met and OSDI's representative gave briefing to them. 10 community males attended the session. During the capacity building session, Mr. Usman demonstrated the proper handwashing technique to be practiced before and after every meal.
 

Follow up visit of Horticulture Project - Phase II


On 19th April 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused community of Biroch to meet the 3 farmers participating in the 2nd Phase of Horticulture project. OSDI has facilitated the farmers to grow orange fruit orchards on 5 acres of land. The agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain also accompanied the HoD on the crop-monitoring visit in which he briefed the farmers to ensure atleast 3 feet of circle to be dug around each plant for better growth. Moreover, Mr. Sardar also asked the farmers to water the plants every other day as its summer season and the plants might dehydrate if not properly watered. After the capacity building session, the farmers requested for implementation of solar panels as they were facing water scarcity issues due to frequent load shedding and unavailability of electricity.
 

Online Teacher Training Session


On 12th April 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Saira Rashid conducted an online teacher's training session with the female teacher employed at the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani. This community lies in the focused district of Lasbela (Baluchistan). During the online session, Ms. Rashid enquired about the classroom management technique being applied to engage the students and keep them motivated at the same time. The teacher shared details about the student's progress and daily attendance in class. At the end of the session, the teacher was asked to ensure proper discipline in class.
 

Course Books Donated in the Community School of Sangal


On 13th April 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) donated course books to the management of the Community School in Sangal. This educational facility is being run under the supervision of the Hingol National Park (HNP), a close ally of OSDI. Approximately, 30 students acquiring education at this facility shall benefit from the donation given. The community of Sangal is a revenue village in the union council of Lyari. This settlement is approximately 120 kms away from the OSDI's field office in Utthal.
 

H&H session in TLC of Qambrani


Located in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) is the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani. On 14th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt conducted a monthly awareness raising session on the importance of safe health & hygiene practices. On the activity day, 30 female students and 15 male students were present. During the session, Mr. Rashid briefed the students about benefits of healthy living. The students were taught about the proper handwashing technique. After the sensitization session, Mr. Butt distributed course books amongst the students.
 

Handing Over of GPS - GMS to NDF


On 14th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Saira Rashid signed an MoU with Mr. Abid Lashari - President of National Disability and Development Forum (NDF) at the OSDI's Head Office in Karachi. As per the agreement between both the organizations, the OSDI's adopted Government Primary School (GPS) located in the vulnerable community of Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) in district Thatta (Sindh), will now be run by NDF. OSDI formally adopted this school in August 2021. The school has been facilitated with 2 teachers by OSDI along with provision of necessary teaching and learning tools. As of now, 60 students are acquiring education at this facility. Furthermore, the school shall be transferred to Sindh Education Foundation by NDF in the upcoming days.
 

Fertilizer Distribution in Akhundara Fruit Orchard


On 7th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused community of Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK) along with the agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain. The purpose of this visit was to facilitate the farmers of Horticulture Phase I with appropriate fertilizers for the orange fruit plants. All the 7 farmers participating in this phase were facilitated with nitro phosphate and potassium humic acid fertilizers. Besides this, Bifenthrin and nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) was also provided to spray on the plants. OSDI's appointed agro expert guided the farmers on the fertilizer and spray usage.
 

Distribution of Cash Prizes for OSDI Teachers


On 12th April (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt met the District Education Officer (DEO) - Mr. Rafique Baloch at his office along with the teachers of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Pini Ladhoo, Sayarani and Chib Sheikh. All the 4 teachers deployed at these TLCs received a cash prize of PKR 40,000 per person on behalf of OSDI for the immense commitment and dedication towards teaching the students with whole heart and mind. OSDI has resumed ownership of these schools from NCHD. The teachers thanked OSDI and District Education Department for appreciating their work.
 

Course Books Distributed in OSDI TLCs


On 6th April 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt invited the teachers of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Pini Ladhoo, Sayarani and Chib Sheikh in the field office. Later on, the School Management Committee (SMC) members of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chamasara were also, called upon. The purpose of this visit was to hand over the course books for the upcoming academic year to the relevant teaching staff and SMC members of the respective TLCs. After the completion of final exams for the current academic year, these course books shall be distributed amongst the students. The teachers thanked OSDI's team for the support.
 

3rd GMC in Sathi Jatt community


On 1st April 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Health Team in collaboration with the District Health Department organized a General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused vulnerable community of Sathi Jatt, in the union council of Kaghan in district Thatta (Sindh). The village lies at a distance of approximately 30kms from Gharo city. During the one day GMC, 157 patients were checked and treated by the OSDI's appointed doctors and paramedical staff. Amongst the patients, 56 were males and 101 were females. Majority of the patients complained about Gastro Intestine Tract Infection (GIT). Amongst the elderly patients, Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) was the most common disease. To create awareness about safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices, a total number of 51 people were trained during the 4 sessions.
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