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General Medical Camp held in Hussain Chib Sheikh, Lasbela


On May 24, 2024, OSDI organized a one-day General Medical Camp at Husain Chib Shaikh village, supervised by Dr. Kamran with the support of district health department. Prior to the camp, efforts were made to inform villagers and raise awareness. The camp aimed to provide primary medical services to the community, treating a total of 160 patients, comprising 53 males and 107 females. During the GMC, three Health and Hygiene (H&H) sessions were held, involving volunteers who educated 51 participants on personal hygiene practices. Common ailments observed included Respiratory Tract Infections (RTI), Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) issues, Gynecological problems, Musculoskeletal issues, and Skin conditions. The GMC played a crucial role in addressing community medical needs and promoting health awareness.
 

General Medical Camp held in Morra Banda, Mardan


On May 21, 2024, OSDI Mardan office organized a one-day General Medical Camp (GMC) under supervision of district health department in village Morra Banda, aimed at providing primary medical services to the local community. Prior to the event, extensive promotional efforts were made to ensure villagers were informed about the upcoming camp, fostering awareness within the community. The diligent efforts of Dr. Arifullah, a proficient male doctor, were instrumental in delivering medical assistance to the community. A total of 127 people were examined, males being 46 while females were 41. Under the age of fifteen, there were 40 patients who were children. A range of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal issues, gynecological concerns, gastrointestinal troubles, respiratory tract infections, and fever-related ailments, were diagnosed among the patients. Local volunteers from Village Morra Banda played an essential role in facilitating the smooth operation of the camp, which included security measures and other logistical activities. Additionally, 15 participants attended Health and Hygiene Session was organized during the GMC. This session aimed to promote essential practices for maintaining good health and cleanliness within the community, contributing to the overall well-being of the villagers.
 

Field Team Monitors Agro Fields of ADP Phase-IX Beneficiaries


On May 17 and 20, 2024, the field team, accompanied by an Agro Expert, conducted visits to Hussain Orki and Abdul Sattar Angari villages to monitor the agro fields of 18 ADP Phase-IX beneficiaries. During these visits, the expert closely monitored the health conditions of the cotton crop. While inspecting the cotton fields, a minor aphid infestation was observed on a few beneficiaries' fields in Orki. Expert recommended the use of neem oil or any organic insecticide to control the aphid attack. All other beneficiaries' fields were in good condition, and it was noted that they had filled the gaps as instructed during the training sessions. Expert suggested that its optimal to provide beneficiaries with post-emergence weedicide and urea to ensure the healthy vegetative growth of the cotton plants. This strategic intervention will help maintain crop vigor will ensure a successful harvest for the beneficiaries.
 

Health Check and Deworming of Livestock in LDP Phase IV


On May 7, 8, and 9, 2024, the Field Team, accompanied by a Veterinary Assistant, conducted health examinations of goats and bucks distributed under the Livestock Development Project Phase IV. The visits took place in the villages of Saleem Khan Banda, Hassan Abad, Shanay Zangle, and Saeed Abad. Deworming medicines were administered to all animals, excluding kids and pregnant goats, to ensure their health and well-being. Additionally, a spray for skin diseases was applied to all goats and bucks, further safeguarding their health. These measures are part of ongoing efforts to maintain the vitality and productivity of the livestock, crucial for the success of the project.
 

Agriculture Development Project Phase VIII: Outcome Assessment


On May 02 and 03, 2024, OSDI conducted an outcome assessment of the Agriculture Development Project Phase VIII in the villages of Hamarkani, Jhani Khan, Mutkani, Haji Jamot, and Haji Meeran. Led by OSDI's Senior Associate Manager, Manager Programs, and Field Team, the assessment aimed to comprehensively analyze the impact of the project on the local communities. The team evaluated the impact of the ADP project on the beneficiaries and analyze the increase in their agricultural yield. The assessment focused on understanding how the training provided regarding agriculture practices had benefited farmers with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their yield and improve their livelihoods.
 

Manager Programs visited fields to Monitor Agriculture Development Project Phase IX - Cotton Crop/h4>
On May 2nd and 3rd, the Manager Programs, along with the field team, visited Mutkani, Waryani, Hussain Orki, and Abdul Sattar Angaria villages. Their objective was to engage with the beneficiaries of ADP Phase IX, meticulously monitoring the health condition of their cotton crop. It was observed that farmers had diligently sown the seeds, completed tillage, and did the soil management taught to them in the training sessions. Prior to initiating these activities, farmers received comprehensive training sessions conducted by agriculture expert, ensuring that they were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for successful crop cultivation. This proactive approach highlights OSDI's commitment to empowering farmers and fostering sustainable agricultural practices within the community..

 

Polio vaccine round at OSDI TLC Jhangi/Mutkani, Uthal Lasbela


On April 30, 2024, OSDI Field Team, facilitated and provided access government polio frontline workers to inoculate the polio drops to all children up to 5 years in the villages Jhangi & Mutkani to administer vaccinations to children under the age of five. During the visit, the TLC teacher provided assistance and support to the teams, facilitating their efforts to reach and vaccinate the children effectively. A total of 22 children were vaccinated at the TLC in Jhangi/Mutkani during this initiative. This joint effort between government and OSDI highlights to ensure the health and well-being of children in targeted communities. Such collaborative endeavors play a crucial role to reach every eligible child in the eradication of diseases like polio and demonstrate the effectiveness of community-based initiatives in reaching vulnerable populations.
 

OSDI Field Team Assesses Impact of Weather on Orange Orchards in Akhondara


On April 29, OSDI Field Team in Mardan conducted an assessment of the orange orchards in Akhondara, accompanied by an agriculture expert. The visit aimed to evaluate the status of the orchards and understand the impact of recent weather conditions on fruit production. During the inspection, it was observed that approximately 20% of the plants are currently bearing fruits this year. However, the orchards faced challenges due to heavy and continuous rainfall, as well as hail, during the pollination period. These adverse weather conditions had a detrimental effect on the plants, causing physical harm to the fruit, defoliation of trees, branch breakage, disease spread, and a delay in harvest. Despite the challenges, this year marks the first time the orchards have yielded fruits, indicating progress in their development. In a positive turn, the agriculture expert offered valuable insights, expressing optimism for the future. It is projected that next year, the orchards could see a substantial improvement, with an estimated 60% to 70% of plants bearing fruits. This forecast serves as an encouraging sign and provides a clear direction for the future management of the orchard. Additionally, it was noted that wheat crops, planted as an intercrop in the orchards, are ready for harvest in approximately 20 days. The OSDI Field Team remains committed to supporting the development of agriculture in the region and will continue to monitor and assist in the management of the orange orchards in Akhondara.
 

Nani Mandir Festival: Three-Day General Medical Camp Heals Thousands Through Joint Effort


From April 26th to April 28th, the Nani Mandir Camp, a collaborative effort between the Organization for Social Development Initiative, the district government, and Hilton Pharma, extended vital medical aid to pilgrims and festival participants. Approximately 8,500 ailing patients sought treatment during this three-day endeavor. A dedicated team of six doctors, three medical technologists, three dispensers, and numerous volunteers worked tirelessly to facilitate patient care throughout the camp. The most commonly diagnosed ailments included diarrhea, dehydration, vertigo, vomiting, wounds, and skin allergies, with each patient receiving the necessary medical attention and free treatment. This successful joint venture underscores the power of cooperation between public and private entities in serving the humanity without discrimination of race or religion. Such initiatives not only alleviate individual suffering but also foster the overall health and well-being of society.
 

OSDI Field Team visited TLC Jhangi/Mutkani with BEF District Supervisor


On April 19, 2024, Team Leader Lasbela, accompanied by BEF District Supervisor Mr. Mansoor Sahab, visited TLC Jhangi/Mutkani. The purpose of the visit was to assess the educational environment. They inspected the classrooms, interacted with teachers and students, and met with community members. As per the requirement of BEF (Baluchistan Education Foundation), a new PTSMC was formed during the visit. Mr. Mansoor Sahab also facilitated the completion of necessary documentation for the adaptation process. This initiative aims to strengthen community involvement and ensure effective management of the learning center.
 

ADP Phase I Wheat Crops Ready for Harvesting


During field visits on April 17, 18 and 20, the OSDI team conducted a comprehensive assessment of wheat crops belonging to beneficiaries in ADP Phase I. Across villages including Saleem Khan Banda, Shanay Zangle, Hassan Abad, Morra Banda, and Umar Dair, observations revealed that the wheat crops of all 24 beneficiaries were ready for harvesting. This successful outcome is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the beneficiaries, who have diligently tended to their crops. The OSDI team commends their efforts and is committed to providing continued support to ensure the success of agricultural initiatives in the region. As the harvesting season approaches, the OSDI team remains vigilant in monitoring the progress of agricultural projects and looks forward to celebrating the fruitful yields achieved by the beneficiaries.
 

Strengthening Livestock Health in LDP Phase IV


In a concerted effort to ensure the health and well-being of livestock in LDP Phase IV, the Team Leader in Mardan spearheaded a meeting with the Livestock Doctor on April 16th. Discussions centered on vaccines and deworming activities vital for the upkeep of the animals. The meeting aimed to strategize the implementation of health protocols to safeguard the livestock. Prioritizing preventive measures such as vaccinations and deworming reflects the commitment to the success of projects in the region. Fast forward to April 26th, a pivotal development unfolded as OSDI in Mardan received essential medications for deworming, liver fluke, and skin diseases from the Government Hospital Rustam. Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad, the veterinary Supervisor of Tehsil Rustam, facilitated the delivery of these crucial medicines. The timely receipt of these essential medicines ensures that livestock health remains a top priority, contributing to the overall sustainability and productivity of agricultural practices in the region.
 

New Session Begins at TLC Saleem Khan Banda


The commencement of the new session at TLC Saleem Khan Banda on April 15th has brought excitement and anticipation among students. However, a delay in book distribution has left students awaiting their study materials. The Team Leader at TLC Saleem Khan Banda has taken proactive measures by reaching out to the concerned government department to address the issue promptly. Efforts are underway to resolve the delay and ensure that students receive their books at the earliest. While the delay is an inconvenience, the dedication of the team to resolve the matter reflects their commitment to providing students with the resources they need for a successful academic year.
 

OSDI distributed Agro Inputs to ADP Phase IX Cotton crop beneficiaries


On April 8, 2024, OSDI took a pivotal stride in bolstering agricultural pursuits in the region by providing essential agro inputs, including seeds, fertilizer, and cash grants for tillage, to participants enrolled in ADP Phase IX cotton crop. The distribution specifically targeted farmers in Hussain Orki, Abdul Sattar Angaria, and Mutkani villages, aiming to furnish them with the necessary tools to optimize crop yields and promote agricultural sustainability. This endeavor reaffirms OSDI's dedication to empowering rural communities and catalyzing agricultural development in the locality.
 

OSDI Field Team Organizes Training Session for ADP Phase-IX Farmers


On April 8, 2024, OSDI Field Team, organized one-day training session aimed at bolstering the agricultural expertise of farmers enrolled in ADP Phase-IX along with participants from the previous Phase-VIII and seven focal persons from targeted villages. The event served as a platform for knowledge exchange and capacity building in key areas of agricultural practices. Facilitated by OSDI's experienced Agro Expert, the training session covered a diverse range of topics crucial for enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability. Among the key subjects discussed were Soil Types, Land Preparation for Cotton Crop, Sowing Time, Seed Rate and Spacing, Seed Treatment, Weed Management, Irrigation Schedule, Manures and Fertilizer Application Techniques, Crop Protection (From Pests and Diseases), importance of Border/Intercropping, importance of Crop Rotation: The initiative underscores OSDI's commitment to promoting sustainable agricultural practices and empowering farmers with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their livelihoods and contribute to food security in the region.
 

Livestock Distribution under Phase IV of LDP


On April 4, 2024, a significant step was taken in the Livelihood Development Project Phase IV as livestock distribution took place among selected beneficiaries. A total of 23 beneficiaries received livestock support, comprising 1 male goat and 2 female goats each. All the female goats provided were pregnant, strategically chosen to contribute to asset creation through herd increase. In the village of Hassan Abad, 11 beneficiaries were provided with livestock, while 9 beneficiaries in Saleem Khan Banda and 3 beneficiaries in Shanay Zangle.
On April 4, 2024, a significant step was taken in the Livelihood Development Project Phase IV as livestock distribution took place among selected beneficiaries. A total of 23 beneficiaries received livestock support, comprising 1 male goat and 2 female goats each. In the village of Hassan Abad, 11 beneficiaries were provided with livestock, while 9 beneficiaries in Saleem Khan Banda and 3 beneficiaries in Shanay Zangle.
During the distribution process, veterinary doctor examined all the animals to ensure their health and well-being. All goats and bucks were found to be in good health, except for one goat in Hassan Abad, which had a dry skin problem. The veterinary doctor recommended milky cream for the affected goat, ensuring appropriate care and treatment.
Looking ahead, a recommendation was made to deworm the Bucks but the Does need to be dewormed after parturition to maintain their continued health and well-being. Additionally, it's worth noting that seven goats gave birth in the village of Hassan Abad, marking a positive development towards the project's goals and objectives. Overall, the livestock distribution event signifies a significant step forward in empowering beneficiaries and enhancing their livelihood opportunities under Phase IV of the LDP.
 

Prize Distribution Ceremony at TLC Saleem Khan Banda


On April 3, 2024, the annual examination results of the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Saleem Khan Banda were officially unveiled, marking a significant milestone in the academic journey of its students. Under the guidance of dedicated educators, students had diligently prepared and appeared for their exams, showcasing their commitment to learning. To celebrate their achievements, the Team Leader in Mardan, presided the prize distribution ceremony. Position holders were honored with prizes as a token of recognition for their outstanding performance. Additionally, all students received thoughtful gifts in acknowledgment of their hard work and dedication throughout the academic year. In recognition of their relentless efforts in shaping young minds, the teachers were presented with souvenirs and certificates, underscoring their invaluable contribution to the educational development of the students. The ceremony served as a testament to the collective effort and dedication towards nurturing a brighter future through education at TLC Saleem Khan Banda.
 

Field Team Monitors TLC Activities and Conducts Health & Hygient Sessions in TLC Jangi/Mutkani


On April 5, 2024, the field team Lasbela undertook a visit to the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Jangi/Mutkani to oversee the ongoing educational activities. During the visit, the team assistant actively monitored the classes to ensure smooth operations and effective teaching practices. In addition to classroom observations, health and hygiene sessions were organized with a total of 61 students (19 boys and 42 girls) actively participating. These sessions aimed to educate students on essential health practices, including personal hygiene and sanitation, to promote their overall well-being. Furthermore, meeting with School Management Committee (SMC) was conducted as part of the visit. As a gesture towards environmental sustainability, plants were distributed to SMC members for plantation within the school premises. This initiative aims to beautify the school environment and instill a sense of responsibility for nature conservation among students. Through these comprehensive efforts, OSDI reaffirms its commitment to promoting quality education, health awareness, and community engagement in the villages of Lasbela. By nurturing holistic development within TLCs, OSDI aims to empower students and contribute to their overall well-being and future prospects.
 

Field Team Conducts Land Verification for ADP Phase-IX in Lasbela


On April 3 and 4, 2024, the field team from OSDI Lasbela, accompanied by Agro Expert Mr. Qaiser Habib, embarked to verify land sizes for the upcoming Agriculture Development Project (ADP) Phase-IX. The team visited villages including Mutkani, Waryani, Moosa Chib Sheik, Hussain Orki and Abdul Sattar Angaria Orki where they examined the agricultural lands of 10 beneficiaries. During these visits, Mr. Qaiser Habib utilized his expertise to verify the suitability of the lands for cultivation of cotton crop in coming season and to address any issues that may arise for agricultural activities planned under Phase-IX of the ADP. The verification process included thorough inspections of the lands, assessing factors such as land size, soil texture & quality, land levelling, weed problems, irrigation facilities, and overall suitability for cultivation. By ensuring accurate land assessments, OSDI aims to optimize the utilization of resources and maximize the agricultural productivity of participating beneficiaries. Through strategic planning and meticulous execution, OSDI remains dedicated to fostering sustainable development and prosperity in the region.
Through such initiatives, OSDI remains dedicated to promoting sustainable agricultural development and empowering farming communities in Lasbela.
 

Books Distributed to Students at TLC Jhangi/Mutkani by OSDI Lasbela Team


On April 1, 2024, the team from OSDI Lasbela undertook an initiative to enhance educational resources at the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Jhangi/Mutkani. In collaboration with government departments, books was procured to enrich the learning experience of students in the village. These books covered various subjects and grades, catering to the diverse educational needs of the students. The teacher distributed the books among the students with enthusiasm and gratitude as access to quality educational materials is essential for academic growth and development. Through such initiatives, OSDI remains committed to supporting education in underserved communities, striving to provide students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in their academic journey.
 

Field Team Monitors ADP Phase VIII Wheat Crops with Agro Expert


On March 9, 2024, the field team, accompanied by an agro expert, conducted a comprehensive visit to Haji Meeran and Haji Jamot villages to monitor the agricultural fields of our 12 ADP Phase-VIII beneficiaries. During this visit, the team individually met with the beneficiaries to assess the progress of their wheat crops. The overall condition of the wheat crop was found to be good, with almost all beneficiaries reaching the harvest stage, characterized by hard grains and dry, brittle straw. No new pest attacks were observed in the fields. Notably, the wheat crop of Nasrullah from Meeran demonstrated significant improvement, indicating the positive impact of organic fertilizer on crop health. In the case of Rehmatullah from Meeran, whose crop had previously been under stress due to irrigation issues, significant improvement was noted following two rounds of irrigation. Important information on wheat harvesting and storage was provided to all beneficiaries during the visit. Immediate instructions were given onsite to ensure that necessary steps were taken to care for and improve the condition of the fields.
 

Field Team Monitors ADP Phase VIII Wheat Crops with Agro Expert


On March 18, 2024, the field team, accompanied by an agricultural expert, conducted a visit to Mutkani, Jangi Khan, and Hamarkami villages to monitor the agro fields of 13 ADP Phase-VIII beneficiaries. During the visit, individual meetings were held with the beneficiaries to assess their wheat crops. Overall, the crop conditions were reported to be good, with most crops reaching the harvest stage, evidenced by hardening grains and dry, brittle straw. No new pest attacks were observed during the field visit. Additionally, Mr. Ramzan of Hamarkani village had already harvested his crop. Important information on wheat harvesting and storage was provided to all beneficiaries, and immediate instructions were given onsite to ensure proper care of the fields. It was noted that the organic method exhibited a slow but noticeable effect on crop health. While farmers are generally employing good weed management practices, there remains room for improvement in certain fields. These observations highlight OSDI's ongoing commitment to supporting agricultural initiatives and enhancing the productivity of farming communities in the region.
 

Verification of Potential Families for ADP Phase-IX in Lasbela


On March 25 and 26, 2024, OSDI's Senior Associate Manager (Livelihood Assistance Programs) undertook the verification process for 24 potential families for inclusion in Phase-IX of the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) in Lasbela. The verification process involved visiting multiple villages, including Moosa Chib Sheik, Mutkani, Hashim, Waryani, Hussain Orki, and Abdul Sattar Angaria, to meet with the identified families. During the visits, the Senior Associate Manager personally engaged with each potential family, conducting thorough verification procedures to ensure their eligibility for participation in ADP Phase-IX. This involved assessing various factors, including the family's agricultural background, land ownership, socio-economic status, and their commitment to actively participate in the project. Additionally, physical verification of the land the potential farmers own or intend to cultivate in the upcoming cropping season was conducted. In this process, factors such as the size of the land, leveling, presence of grass or weeds, irrigation water source, and distance of water source from the land were considered. Out of the 24 families assessed, 20 were selected to participate in ADP Phase-IX after meeting the eligibility criteria. By meticulously verifying the eligibility of each family, OSDI aims to ensure that Phase-IX of the ADP benefits those who are most deserving and have the potential to maximize the impact of the project's interventions. Through this process, OSDI reaffirms its commitment to transparent and community-driven development initiatives aimed at uplifting rural livelihoods in Lasbela and beyond.

Second Dose of Urea Fertilizer Distributed to ADP Phase I Beneficiaries
On March 14, following recent rainfall, the second dose of urea fertilizer was distributed among 24 beneficiaries. Prior to this, the wheat crops had been experiencing slow growth due to insufficient rain. OSDI recognized this challenge and devised a strategy. Upon the occurrence of rain, urea fertilizer was applied to enhance crop growth. Urea fertilizer is essential as it improves vegetation growth of crops. By applying it after rainfall, OSDI ensures optimal absorption by the soil and crops, maximizing agricultural output. OSDI remains committed to assisting farmers, particularly in mitigating the impact of weather on crop productivity. Their efforts aim to bolster food security and livelihoods in farming communities
 

Verification of Livestock Development Project Phase-VI Families in Lasbela


On March 12 and 13, 2024, OSDI's Livelihood Assistance Programs underwent a comprehensive verification process for potential families eligible for the Livestock Development Project Phase-VI in Lasbela. Led by the Senior Associate Manager, the verification covered several villages including Hussain Chib Sheik, Haji Meeran, Mutkani, Jhangi Khan, Hussain Orki, Abdul Sattar Angaria, Hashim Burfat, and Waryani village. During the assessment, a total of 29 families were evaluated for their suitability to participate in the Livestock Development Project Phase-VI. After thorough scrutiny and consideration, 28 families were shortlisted based on predefined criteria. The shortlisted families have been forwarded to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team for further evaluation and validation. This verification process exemplifies OSDI's commitment to ensuring transparency, fairness, and inclusivity in the selection of beneficiaries for its livelihood assistance programs. By identifying and supporting deserving families, OSDI aims to empower communities and promote sustainable development in the region.
 

Meeting Held Livestock Development Project Phase-IV Beneficiaries in OSDI Field Office, Mardan


On March 13, OSDI conducted meeting with beneficiaries of the Livestock Development Project Phase-IV at the OSDI Field Office in Mardan. During the meeting, significant progress was made towards enhancing collaboration and ensuring the effective implementation of the project. The highlight of the meeting was the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between OSDI and the beneficiaries, formalizing their participation and commitment to the project. Prior, the Team Leader Mardan briefed the beneficiaries about the clauses mentioned in the MoU. The participants were educated in the local language, and their queries were addressed. The highlight of the meeting was the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between OSDI and the beneficiaries, formalizing their participation and commitment to the project. Additionally, village-wise committees were established to streamline communication. All 26 beneficiaries of the Livestock Development Project Phase-IV were in attendance, representing villages including Shanay Zangle, Saleem Khan Banda, and Hassan Abad. Their active participation and engagement underscored their dedication to the project's success and their eagerness to leverage the opportunities it presents. By fostering partnerships and empowering local communities, OSDI continues to strengthen its impact and promote sustainable livelihoods in the region. The successful outcome of this meeting sets a promising precedent for future collaborations and underscores OSDI's commitment to fostering positive change at the grassroots level.
 

Livestock Mundi Visit for Purchasing Goats for LDP Phase IV Beneficiaries


On March 19 and 21, OSDI's Livestock Development Project (LDP) team embarked on a visit to Livestock Mundi alongside project committee comprised of beneficiaries, vet and village focal persons. The visit aimed to facilitate the acquisition of livestock to enhance the livelihoods of participating families. During the visit, our team, accompanied by beneficiaries of Saleem Khan Banda, Shanay Zangle, and Hassan Abad villages to initiate the purchasing process. At Livestock Mundi, meticulous attention was paid to selecting healthy and suitable goats that align with the project's objectives of improving the economic prospects of rural communities. Through this initiative, OSDI reaffirms its commitment to empowering communities and fostering sustainable livelihoods by providing them with access to essential resources and opportunities.
 

Annual Exams at Temporary Learning Center in Mardan


Annual examinations commenced at TLC Saleem Khan Banda on March 1st, encompassing students from Nursery to Grade 4. The examination period concluded on March 9th. Following the completion of examinations, educators embarked on the task of compiling and preparing the results. The results are scheduled to be announced at the beginning of April, providing students, parents, and teachers with an insight into the academic performance and achievements of the students.
 

Agricultural Expert Evaluates Progress of Agriculture Development Project in Mardan


In a recent visit to several villages including Shanay Zangle, Saleem Khan Banda, Hassan Abad, Morra Banda, and Umar Dair, an agriculture expert assessed the wheat crops of the Agriculture Development Project Phase I beneficiaries. The visit, conducted over March 5th to 7th, provided insights into the progress of the project. Beneficiaries of the project have diligently applied urea fertilizers and weedicide spray following rainfall. Observations during the visit revealed varying degrees of stem elongation among the beneficiaries' crops. The result shows significant diversity in growth patterns, with an overall positive trend. Head emergence was noted in 30% of the crops, while flowering status ranged from 10% to 90%. However, concerns were raised regarding a rust attack affecting 15% of the wheat crop among 24 beneficiaries. To address this issue, the expert recommended a spray containing Trifloxystrobin, Tricofrol, and additional crop nutrients to inhibit the growth of the fungus causing yellow rust. While the application of the second dose of urea fertilizer is pending, farmers remain vigilant in protecting their crops from potential pest attacks. Notably, the absence of rainfall during the initial three months had adversely impacted the tillering of the wheat crop. Nevertheless, current indicators such as flowering status are showing positive responses, indicating potential recovery. The expert's visit underscores the importance of continuous monitoring and proactive measures to ensure the success of agricultural projects, particularly in mitigating challenges such as pest attacks and adverse weather conditions. Through collaborative efforts and timely interventions, the agriculture sector in the region can thrive, benefiting both farmers and the broader community.
 

Field Assistant Conducts Assessment and Health Session for Agriculture Development Project in Lasbela District


In a proactive move towards fostering agricultural development, on March 7, 2024, the Field Assistant in Lasbela visited the Hussain Orki and Abdul Sattar Angaria villages. During the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) assessment visit, the Field Assistant not only conducted assessments for potential families but also organized a Health and Hygiene session at Hussain Orki village. During the session, which coincided with the ADP assessment, seven community members were sensitized about their personal hygiene practices. They were made aware of the importance of maintaining proper hygiene to prevent diseases and improve overall well-being. Additionally, the community members were educated about the dangers of consuming gutka, highlighting the associated health risks. The primary objective of the visit was to identify deserving families for inclusion in the Agriculture Development Project Phase-IX. A meticulous assessment was carried out, focusing on 12 families within the communities. This initiative underscores OSDI's commitment to holistic development, addressing not only agricultural needs but also health and hygiene concerns within rural communities. By integrating health and hygiene sessions alongside project assessments, OSDI aims to empower communities with the knowledge and resources necessary for sustainable development. The project's focus on enhancing agricultural practices, improving livelihoods, and promoting health and hygiene reflects OSDI's dedication to fostering long-term sustainability and prosperity in the Lasbela district.
 

Training Session Conducted for LDP Phase-IV Beneficiaries at OSDI Mardan Office


On March 9th, a training session was conducted for beneficiaries in Phase-IV of the Livestock Development Project (LDP). Led by esteemed veterinary doctor Mushtaq Ahmad, the session aimed to equip participants with essential knowledge regarding goat care, house preparation, deworming, disease management, feeding techniques, treatment protocols, and vaccination procedures. A total of 26 beneficiaries actively participated in the training, demonstrating a keen interest in enhancing their understanding of livestock management practices. The session provided a platform for beneficiaries to engage in interactive discussions, ask questions, and exchange experiences, fostering a collaborative learning environment. Participants left the session empowered with newfound knowledge and skills to effectively care for their livestock.
 

OSDI and BEF Collaborate to Enhance Education in Lasbela


On March 8, 2024, a significant milestone was achieved in the realm of education as the Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) Faqeer Muhammad and TLC Jhangi/Mutkani students welcomed OSDI Team and the District Head of the Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF). During the visit, prizes were awarded to students who excelled in their examinations, recognizing their outstanding academic achievements. Recognition also extended to the remaining students for their dedication in pursuit of knowledge. Moreover, acknowledging the pivotal role of teachers in shaping young minds, souvenirs were presented to them as a token of appreciation and encouragement. Following the prize distribution ceremony, a meeting was conducted with School Management Committee (SMC) members to discuss ongoing educational initiatives and address any concerns or suggestions for improvement. The highlight of the day was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BEF officials and OSDI Team at the OSDI Field office. As part of this agreement, TLC Faqeer Muhammad was officially handed over to BEF, marking a new chapter in the journey of educational empowerment. Mr. Hameedullah, Director Admin/HR, and Mr. Naqeebullah, Deputy Director of Operations, were among the dignitaries present during the ceremony. Souvenirs were presented to BEF officials as a gesture of goodwill and partnership. This collaborative endeavor between OSDI and BEF reflects a shared vision of fostering education and creating a brighter future for the youth, underscoring the importance of collective efforts in advancing educational goals and initiatives.
 

OSDI Clinches K-Electric Khi Award 2024


In a proud moment for OSDI (Organization for Social Development Initiatives), the organization secured the esteemed K Electric Khi Award 2024 in the category of Livelihoods and Vocational Training. The award recognizes OSDI's exceptional efforts in empowering farmers through skill development and sustainable livelihood initiatives. The journey to this prestigious recognition began with OSDI's submission of a detailed application form, highlighting its impactful program in the field of vocational training and livelihood enhancement. Following a rigorous selection process, OSDI emerged as one of the shortlisted nominees. The final presentation took place virtually, with OSDI representatives highlighting the organization's innovative approaches and impactful outcomes to the esteemed jury panel, leading to OSDI being honored with the coveted award. This achievement is a testament to OSDI's commitment to creating lasting change and improving livelihoods in rural areas. The organization expresses gratitude to K Electric for this recognition and reaffirms its dedication to advancing sustainable development and integration in the communities it serves.
 

Empowering Farmers: Training Session on Agriculture Practices


On February 20, 2024, a significant training session was held at the Mardan office, targeting beneficiaries of the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) phase-I. Led by Agriculture Expert Mr. Sardar Hussain, the session aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants in agricultural practices, with a particular focus on weedicide spray. During the session, Mr. Sardar Hussain provided comprehensive instructions on the preparation, use, and cautionary measures associated with weedicide spray. Participants were guided through the proper preparation process of the spray and its effective implementation in farming practices. Additionally, Mr. Sardar Hussain emphasized the importance of caution and safety measures to prevent any potential risks of poisoning. Furthermore, the training session covered the proper utilization of urea fertilizers, highlighting its significance in enhancing crop growth and yield. Beneficiaries were educated on the appropriate application methods to ensure optimal results in their farming endeavors. After the informative session, beneficiaries were equipped with weedicide spray and urea fertilizers to implement the learned techniques in their agricultural activities. This hands-on approach aimed to empower farmers with practical knowledge and tools to improve their farming practices and ultimately enhance agricultural productivity in the region.
 

Promoting Health and Hygiene: Post-ADP Training Session


Following the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) training, a crucial health and hygiene session was conducted with ADP beneficiaries on February 20, 2024. The session aimed to reinforce the importance of proper hygiene practices among participants, with a focus on effective handwashing techniques. Led by field team, the session garnered participation from 21 beneficiaries who actively engaged in learning about the significance of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in their daily lives. The session primarily emphasized the proper way to wash hands, a fundamental practice in preventing the spread of diseases and maintaining overall health. Participants were guided through step-by-step instructions on the correct handwashing procedure, including the use of soap, water, and adequate rubbing and rinsing techniques. The importance of washing hands before and after various activities, such as eating, cooking, and using the restroom, was underscored to instill good hygiene habits. By imparting essential knowledge and practical skills, the health and hygiene session aimed to empower ADP beneficiaries with the tools they need to safeguard their health and well-being. Such initiatives not only contribute to individual health but also foster a culture of hygiene awareness within the community, promoting overall well-being and disease prevention.
 

Field Team Conducts Assessments for Livestock Development Project Phase VI Beneficiary Selection


On February 24, 2024, our field team embarked on a visit to Hussain village to conduct assessments aimed at selecting beneficiaries for the upcoming Livestock Development Project (LDP) Phase VI. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the suitability of potential beneficiaries and identify those most eligible to benefit from the project. During the assessment, the field team closely examined 12 community members, assessing various criteria to determine their eligibility for participation in the LDP Phase VI. Factors such as livestock ownership, experience in animal husbandry, and willingness to actively engage in project activities were carefully considered during the selection process. By selecting deserving candidates, we aim to enhance the livelihoods of rural communities and promote sustainable development in Baluchistan.
 

Field Team Monitors Wheat Crop Health in Agro Fields Lasbela


On February 23, 2024, our field team, accompanied by Agro Expert Mr. Qaiser Habib, conducted a comprehensive visit to the agricultural fields of our 13 beneficiaries under the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) Phase-VIII. The visit encompassed the villages of Hamarkani, Jhangi Khan, and Mutkani, where wheat crops were under observation . During the field visit, Mr. Qaiser Habib monitored the health conditions of the wheat crops, assessing various growth parameters and identifying any potential issues. The overall assessment revealed a positive outlook, with the crops exhibiting healthy growth and development. Such monitoring efforts play a crucial role in optimizing agricultural practices and enhancing crop yields, ultimately benefiting the livelihoods of the participating beneficiaries.
 

Urea Fertilizer and Weedicide Distribution to ADP Phase I Beneficiaries


On February 12, 2024, the field team took proactive measures in anticipation of expected rainfall. The team distributed urea fertilizers and weedicide spray among the project beneficiaries of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) Phase I, aiming to optimize crop growth and yield potential. During a previous visit in January, our field staff closely monitored the growth of wheat crops in the area. It was observed that the growth of the wheat crops had been notably sluggish, primarily due to the persistent absence of rainfall. This deficiency in precipitation significantly impacted the development of the crops, posing a challenge to the anticipated agricultural yield. In response to this observation, our team devised a plan to leverage the potential rainfall. Upon its occurrence, they are prepared to implement the application of urea fertilizers and the spray of weedicides. After rainfall, the growth of weeds and unwanted plants accelerates alongside major crops. These unwanted plants consume the majority of the nutrients provided for wheat crops. To overcome this problem and save the majority of the nutrients for the desired plant, herbicides are employed. Weedicide is promptly applied to eliminate unwanted plants. This action ensures that nitrogen nutrients become available for the wheat. Urea fertilizer, composed of nitrogen at 46%, serves as a vital nutrient for wheat crops, promoting robust growth and enhancing yield potential. Rainfall plays a crucial role in facilitating the absorption of urea by the wheat plants, facilitating the uptake of nitrogen, essential for their growth and development. It was suggested to beneficiaries to apply weedicide and urea after rainfall. This strategy ensures that the agricultural inputs effectively absorbed by the soil and crops. Despite these challenges, the proactive measures taken by our field team reflect our commitment to optimizing agricultural practices and enhancing crop yield in Shanay Zangle, Saleem Khan Banda, Umar dair, Hassan Abad, and Morra Banda Villages.
 

Field Head Balochistan Conducts Inspection Visit to TLCs


On February 17, 2024, the Field Head of Balochistan embarked on an unannounced visit to Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) at village Faqeer Muhammad and Jhangi/Mutkani to oversee the progress of the ongoing Annual Exams. Amidst the surprise inspection, students were found engaged in completing their mathematics papers, showcasing their dedication to academic pursuits. The visit underscores the Field Head's proactive approach towards ensuring the smooth conduct of examinations and maintaining educational standards across TLCs in the region.
 

TLC Akhundara: A Beacon of Educational Progress


During a recent visit to TLC Akhundara in Mardan , Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, conducted on February 20, 2024, our field team revisited the school, which had been constructed by the OSDI and subsequently entrusted to the Elementary and Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) in March 2023. Upon inspection, the team observed a significant uptick in student enrollment, with the total school population now standing at 67, compared to the initial count of 53 at the time of transition. This surge in enrollment is a testament to the ongoing efforts of the ESEF to expand educational opportunities and improve access to quality schooling in the region. Furthermore, during interactions with members of the School Management Committee (SMC), the team received commendations for the dedication and professionalism of the teaching staff. Specifically, SMC members praised the integrity and punctuality of the teachers, highlighting their honesty and consistent attendance. The collaborative efforts between governmental and non-governmental entities, as demonstrated through initiatives like the TLC Akhundara, are instrumental in driving positive change and enhancing educational outcomes across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
 

Field Head Lasbela Conducts Agro Field Inspection with Agronomist


On February 16, 2024, the Field Head of Lasbela, accompanied by Agro Expert Mr. Qaiser Habib, undertook a visit to Haji Meeran and Haji Jamot villages to monitor the agricultural fields of 12 beneficiaries under the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) Phase-VIII. During the inspection, the Expert closely examined the health conditions of the wheat crops, noting an overall positive outlook. Furthermore, the presence of beneficial insects in the fields was observed, which play a vital role in natural pest control, thus contributing to the enhanced health and productivity of the wheat crop. This symbiotic relationship underscores the importance of maintaining a balanced ecosystem in agriculture. The visit underscores the commitment of the authorities to support agricultural initiatives and ensure the prosperity of farming communities in the region.
 

Field Team Conducts Site Visit for Olive Orchard


On February 12, 2024, in a proactive move towards agricultural advancement, the field team embarked on a site visit to check the feasibility of growing the Olive Orchard under OSDI's Agriculture Development Project (ADP) in the intervention areas of Mardan, KPK. OSDI is working since 2010 to improve the livelihood of vulnerable people in mountainous region of Mardan in KPK. These areas boast favorable climatic conditions and soil quality, making them ideal for horticulture activities. Revealing promising prospects, it was disclosed that a combined land area spanning 25 acres had been earmarked for this purpose. This initiative marks a significant stride towards harnessing the potential of olive cultivation, showcasing the commitment towards sustainable agricultural practices and economic growth in the region.
 

OSDI Head Office Team Conducts Mid-Term Assessment of ADP Phase VIII Beneficiaries


In a proactive move to evaluate the progress of the Agriculture Development Project Phase VIII, the OSDI head office team embarked on a Mid-Term assessment. The team visited fields across four villages to assess the impact of the project. With a total of 25 beneficiaries, the assessment focused on the condition of the wheat crop. Despite facing a scarcity of nitrogen-based fertilizer in the market during peak times, the wheat crop remains in satisfactory condition. To mitigate this challenge, alternative Nitrophos fertilizer, containing nitrogen and phosphorus, was distributed to the beneficiaries. This NP fertilizer serves as a viable substitute for urea, supplying essential nutrients for optimal plant growth. Some beneficiaries voiced concerns about the reduced occurrence of cold temperature. Farmers believe that colder temperatures are more favorable for wheat cultivation. However, they remain optimistic, with expectations of a yield exceeding 20 maunds. As a pilot project, organic fertilizers were provided to five farmers instead of synthetic. Organic compost fertilizer was provided as replacement of DAP, and liquid fish fertilizer was administered as an alternative to Urea. Despite the overall success of these fertilizers, one beneficiary's crop appears less developed. The agronomist emphasized that it is too early to attribute the less development of the crop solely to the organic fertilizer provided. The assessment took place on February 1st and 2nd, 2024, marking a significant step in monitoring and supporting agricultural development efforts in the region.

Livestock Development Phase-VI: Assessment and Interviews for New Beneficiaries
In a significant development for the Livestock Development Phase-VI project, an assessment of new beneficiaries was conducted on February 03, 2024, in Jhangi Khan and Hashim villages. The assessment aimed to identify and evaluate potential beneficiaries for the project. Under the supervision of Senior Associate Manager, 25 new interviews were conducted as part of the assessment process. The interviews were meticulously carried out to ensure accuracy, evaluating various parameters to assess the suitability of candidates for participation in the Livestock Development Phase-VI project. OSDI remains dedicated to fostering sustainable development and improving livelihoods in rural areas.
 

General Medical Camp Held in Mutkani Village, Lasbela


On February 26, 2024, Team Lasbela organized a one-day General Medical Camp (GMC) at Mutkani village, overseen by Dr. Kamran. Prior to the GMC, extensive promotional campaigns were conducted to raise awareness among villagers about the upcoming GMC. The camp catered to the healthcare needs of 209 ailing patients from Mutkani, Jhangi Khan village, and neighboring areas. During the GMC Patients were examined, diagnosed provisionally, and medicines were prescribed to ensure they received necessary treatment without financial constraints. Common ailments observed during the camp included Respiratory Tract Infections (RTI), Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) issues, Gynecological (Gynae) ailments, Musculoskeletal (Maskulate) problems, and skin conditions. Alongside medical treatment, three Health and Hygiene (H&H) sessions were conducted with the assistance of volunteers, enlightening participants about the significance of personal hygiene practices. Local volunteers and the focal person actively engaged in the camp's activities, ensuring its smooth operation.
 

General Medical Camp Held in Umar Dair, Mardan


On February 28, 2024, the Mardan office organized a one-day General Medical Camp (GMC) in the village of Umar Dair. Before the GMC, thorough promotional efforts were undertaken to inform villagers about the impending medical camp and increase awareness within the community. The camp aimed to provide primary medical services to the local community. A dedicated male doctor, Mr. Arifullah, was present to conduct medical examinations for the 142 patients who attended the camp. Among these patients, 62 were male and 80 were female. Notably, 79 children under the age of 15 were included in the total patient count. The event was made possible under supervision of district health department and with the support of the OSDI team, local volunteers, and community members who assisted in managing the camp and providing care to elderly attendees. In addition to medical check-ups, two health and hygiene awareness sessions were conducted during the GMC, attended by a total of 20 participants. These sessions emphasized the importance of health education in the community, contributing to overall well-being. The GMC in Umar Dair proved to be a success, with numerous patients receiving crucial medical attention for various ailments like RTI, Gastritis, Musculoskeletal issues, etc. Valuable safe health practices were promoted among the local population, further enhancing community health awareness.
 

Head office team visited TLCs Lasbela


The Head Office team including Manager programs and Communication Officer conducted a visit to the Temporary Learning Centers. During the visit, valuable insights were gained, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the syllabus coverage at the TLCs Furthermore, in a collaborative meeting with the School Management Committee (SMC), it was proposed to fortify the boundaries of the TLCs with bricks or locally available material. This recommendation aims to enhance the durability of the boundaries, ensuring a secure and long-lasting environment for the students. Additionally, the suggestion to paint the newly constructed washroom was discussed as part of efforts to maintain a pleasing learning environment. These recommendations underscore the commitment of the Head Office team to not only evaluate and address academic needs but also to ensure a safe, durable, and pleasant educational space for the students at the TLCs.
 

OSDI Organizes General Medical Camp to Address Healthcare Needs in Mardan


OSDI organized the second General Medical Camp (GMC) in Village Hassan Abad, Mardan, to examine and treat primary health issues, especially seasonal diseases and outbreaks. Pre-camp activities included coordination with the Government Health department, community mobilization, and provision of necessary logistics and medical staff. The GMC, held on January 27, 2024, provided essential healthcare services including consultations, medicines, and health sessions. 240 patients benefited from the camp, with diseases ranging from ENT, Musculoskeletal, RTI, Skin, GIT, Cardiovascular, Kidney, Gynae, to miscellaneous conditions. Notably, there was a noticeable decrease in the number of patients presenting with gastrointestinal (GIT) issues, dropping from 41 in the first GMC to 11 in the second, marking a decrease of approximately 73.17%. Musculoskeletal diseases decreased from 53 to 31, indicating a reduction of approximately 41.51%. These changes reflect the effectiveness of OSDI's healthcare interventions and underscore the positive impact on the community's overall health and well-being.
 

TEAM LEADER LASBELA ATTENDED DEG MEETING


On January 5, 2024, Team Leader Lasbela actively participated in DEG meeting. The Assistant Deputy Commissioner (ADC G) of Lasbela chaired the meeting. During the session, OSDI and various line departments shared updates on their progress. The DEG appreciated the valuable contributions of non-governmental organizations in the collaborative efforts towards community development.
 

OSDI AND AGRO EXPERTS COLLABORATE FOR WHEAT CROP EVALUATION


OSDI teamed up with Agro Experts to conduct a thorough visit to Hamarkani, Jangi Khan, and Mutkani villages on January 12, 2024. The primary objective of the visit was to assess and monitor the wheat crops of 13 beneficiaries under the Agriculture Development Project (ADP) Phase-VIII. Accompanied by Agro Expert Qaiser Habib, OSDI representatives meticulously examined the health conditions of the wheat crops during the visit to agricultural fields. The Expert suggested tips for optimizing wheat crop health and yield, further enriching the ongoing agricultural development efforts in the region. This initiative underscores OSDI's commitment to supporting local agriculture and ensuring the success of ADP Phase-VIII beneficiaries.
 

HORTICULTURIST ASSESSES ORANGE ORCHARDS FOR OPTIMAL GROWTH


In Mardan, OSDI's appointed Horticulturist Mr. Sardar Hussain conducted a thorough inspection of both Orange Orchards Phase-I and Phase-II on January 8 and 9, 2024. In Phase-I, he observed thriving plant growth. In Phase-II, Mr. Hussain identified soil fertility deficiencies, along with fungal and insect issues on the plants. He recommended essential macro and micronutrients, including Humic Acid, Zinc, and Nitrophos, to improve soil fertility. Advising beneficiaries, he suggested circles surrounding plants, emphasized the importance of soil mulching for proper availability of the nutrients to plants and endorsed Chloro (for chlorophyll production). Additionally, he recommended Fipronol as an insecticide and Copper oxychloride as a fungicide. The visit aimed at optimizing the overall well-being and growth of the orchards.
 

IMPROVED FACILITIES AT TLC: NEW WASHROOM CONSTRUCTION BENEFITS JHANGI KHAN AND MUTKANI VILLAGE STUDENTS


In a positive stride towards improving educational facilities, a new washroom facility has been recently constructed at the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) catering to the students from Jhangi Khan and Mutkani villages. This development brings about several advantages for the students attending TLC. The foremost benefit is the promotion of hygiene and sanitation, ensuring a healthier environment for the children. The convenience of having a washroom within the TLC premises eliminates the need for students to travel long distances, saving valuable learning time. The addition of this essential facility also contributes to preserving the dignity and privacy of the students, fostering a more comfortable atmosphere for their educational journey. Beyond the immediate impact on students, the construction of the washroom reflects a commitment to community well-being, addressing a fundamental need for proper sanitation facilities in the area. This initiative is a testament to the ongoing efforts by the Organization for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI) to provide an inclusive and conducive learning environment for the children of Jhangi Khan and Mutkani villages.
 

OSDI FIELD TEAM COLLECTS EPI DATA IN MARDAN AND BALOCHISTAN


In a commendable dual initiative, the Organization for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI) collaborated with the government to enhance healthcare initiatives. The OSDI Field Team, during the period from January 3 to January 6, 2024, successfully gathered crucial Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) data. In Mardan, the team covered Saleem Khan Banda, Shanay Zangle, Hassan Abad, Umar Dair, and Morra Banda. In Balochistan, the team visited Haji Meeran, Haji Jamot, Hamarkani, Mutkani, Jhangi Khan, and Faqeer Muhammad. The collaboration aimed at improving healthcare services by enhancing immunization coverage, with a specific focus on the well-being of the communities.
 

TLC STUDENTS ILLUMINATE HEALTH AND HYGIENE PRACTICE


In a dedicated effort to promote health and hygiene awareness, an impactful Health and Hygiene (H&H) session was conducted at TLC in Jhangi/Mutkani and Faqeer Muhammad on Jan 9th, 2024. A total of 57 children in Jhangi/Mutkani and 39 children in Faqeer Muhammad actively participated in these informative sessions. The sessions covered essential topics including good health and personal hygiene, hand washing techniques, dental hygiene, and nail cutting techniques. Notably, TLC students took an active role in presenting the H&H sessions, showcasing their knowledge in front of their peers. By taking the lessons from the classroom into their households, these students are contributing to a positive shift in community health practices.
 

OSDI organized a GMC in Haji Meeran Community


On 29th December 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Healthcare team conducted its first General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Haji Meeran in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The GMC was organized in cooperation with the District Health Department. During the one-day medical camp, OSDI's appointed doctor and paramedical staff checked 144 ailing people. People from within the communities of adjacent communities, were facilitated at this primary healthcare camp. For capacity building of the 44 participants, OSDI's team and Social Mobilizers conducted 3 awareness raising sessions on the significance of adapting safe health & hygiene practices. #health #hygiene #medicalcamp #awareness #sensitize
 

Field Visit to TLCs in District Lasbela by OSDI & BEF team


On 27th December 2023 (Wednesday), senior management of OSDI comprising of Assistant Manager Communications & Education - Ms. Fizza Rizvi, Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid, Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. On behalf of Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF), Mr. Rehmatullah - Director Operations, Mr. Naqeebullah - Deputy Director Community Development and Mr. Mansoor Baloch - Regional Supervisor Central Region B, Kalat Division visited the OSDI's educational facilities. After an introductory meeting at the OSDI's Field Office in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), teams of both the allies - OSDI and BEF travelled to the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Faqeer Muhammad community for monitoring and observation of students and teacher along with meeting the members of the School Management Committee (SMC). The TLC has a strength of 52 students as of now. Next, both the teams travelled to the focused community of Mutkani. The TLC in this village has students enrolled from the focused communities of Mutkani and Jhangi Khan. BEF team met and interacted with the teacher and students, checked the TLC attendance registers and inspected the classroom condition. 63 students are acquiring primary education in this TLC. After the meeting, SMC members were met in detail. Later on, representatives of both OSDI and BEF, gathered at the OSDI's Field office of Lasbela where a generous donation of PKR 50,000 was given by OSDI, for the repair and maintenance work of BEF Community School in Hashim Channa community of Tehsil Bela in Lasbela. Currently, 79 students are enrolled in this educational facility.
#primaryschool #education #notoilliteracy
 

Monitoring Visit to ADP Fields in Mardan


On 21st (Thursday) & 22nd (Friday) December 2023, OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) visited the wheat fields of farmers participating in the recent phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Overall, it is the 6th Phase of ADP in this district. OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain accompanied the OSDI's Field team to closely observe the crop condition, soil fertility, moisture level, growth of unwanted plants etc. and have one to one discussion with the farmers about their crop growth. The plants seemed to be in a healthy state. Mr. Hussain recommended the spray of weedicides next month. #agriculture #wheat #weedicide #livelihood
 

H&H sessions & Washroom Construction in TLCs


On 21st December 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted field visits to the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. The purpose of this visit was to meeting the members of School Management Committee (SMC), sensitize the students about safe health & hygiene practices and show the land area to the constructor for building of washroom facilities in both the TLCs. Nearly, 103 students from both the learning facilities of OSDI participated in the 2 awareness raising sessions held in each TLC. Mr. Qadir emphasized on the importance of hand wash and demonstrated the proper hand washing technique amongst the students. Next, the monthly meeting with members of SMC was conducted to know about the progress of the TLC, student regularity, upcoming winter vacations and teacher attendance. Last but not the least, Mr. Qadir showed the constructor hired for the construction of washroom facilities in each of the TLC, the suitable land area. #primaryeducation #school #education #health #hygiene #awareness #sensitize
 

2nd Mid Term Assessments Conducted in OSDI TLCs


Students of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) located in Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) were assessed for the 2nd term exams between 11th (Monday) & 12th (Tuesday) December 2023. Altogether, 115 students from both the schools participated in the assessment tests. In district Mardan (KPK), OSDI conducted the assessment tests from the 14th (Thursday) - 22nd (Friday) December 2023 in the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Saleem Khan Banda. 72 students enrolled in this TLC successfully attended the assessment tests. The TLCs will soon close for winter vacations. #primaryeducation #education #assessments #midtermexams
 

Outcome Assessment of LDP - Phase 5 in Lasbela


On 15th (Friday) & 16th (Saturday) December 2023, OSDI's Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused communities of OSDI in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The purpose of this visit was to conduct the outcome assessment for Livestock Development Project (LDP) - Phase 5. On the first day, OSDI's team met 27 beneficiaries from the focused communities of Hussain, Moosa, Gao, Hindu Mohallah and Jamot Colony whereas on the second day 16 beneficiaries were met. On Day 2, OSDI's team visited the communities of Jangi khan, Hashim Burfat, Golani, Hamarkani, Muraad and Baraad. Soon, the next phase of LDP will be launched in district Lasbela. #livestock #livelihood #assessment
 

OSDI organized 2nd GMC in Saleem Khan Banda


On 16th December 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's District Mardan (KPK) team organized the 2nd General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Saleem Khan Banda. During this one day GMC, OSDI's appointed doctor checked and treated 152 patients. Amongst the ailing people facilitated, 72 were males and 80 were female patients. OSDI's doctor treated 68 children under the age bracket of 15 years. Upon primary diagnosis, it was observed that majority of the patients complained of viral fever, flu and cough issues due to the changing weather. During the three sensitization sessions conducted by the OSDI's team nearly 130 people were trained and briefed about the benefits of safe health & hygiene practices. The OSDI's appointed doctor also conducted a separate awareness raising session for the female participants. #health #hygiene #medicalcamp #awareness #sensitize
 

OSDI's HoD Mardan Met DPO - ESEF


On 13th December 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said met the District Program Officer (DPO) - Mr. Zahir Shah from Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF). During the meeting, Mr. Said handed over the proposal for transfer of OSDI's initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) built in Saleem Khan Banda village. Upon receiving the complete information about the TLC, Mr. Shah showed his interest to physically visit this educational facility and interact with the students. His suggestion was welcomed by OSDI's Head of District Mardan and Mr. Shah was formally invited to visit the school. #primaryschool #education #notoilliteracy
 

Horticulturist's Visit to Orange Fruit Farms


On 8th December 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said along with the Horticulturist - Mr. Sardar Hussain and Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali paid a regular monitoring visit to the orange fruit farms set-up in the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch. Last month, OSDI's appointed Horticulturist recommended the spray of Bifenthrin Acetamiprid and Diafenthiuron in Akhundara and Bifenthrin and Lambda-cyhalothrin insecticides on fruit plants in Biroch. After carefully examining the fruit plants, the insecticide spray was once again recommended by the horticulturist. The farmers thanked the OSDI's team for the visit. #livelihood #agriculture #horticulture #farmer
 

H&H awareness session held in TLC of Saleem Khan Banda


On 6th December 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted 3 sensitization sessions in the OSDI's Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in Saleem Khan Banda. During the awareness raising session, the students were briefed about the importance of safe health & hygiene practices. Altogether, 70 students participated in the knowledge sharing session. After the health & hygiene session, Mr. Ali conducted a monthly follow up meeting with the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) and schoolteachers to discuss about the upcoming mid-term examinations, school fees collection and to know about the day-to-day issues. The teachers handed over the school fees collected to OSDI's representative. #education #primaryeducation #students
 

Monitoring visit to ADP Fields of Phase 8


Between 7th (Thursday) & 8th (Friday) December 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir accompanied by the OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib visited the agro fields of farmers participating in the 8th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). It was a regular monitoring visit to check the wheat crop condition. On the first day, OSDI's team visited the fields of 13 farmers from the focused communities of Mutkani, Jhangi Khan and Hamarkani and on the second day, lands of 12 farmers were visited. On this day, farmers from the focused communities of Haji Jamot and Haji Meeran were met. The agriculture expert examined the germination of wheat crop and found that the germination percentage was 95%. The farmers were extremely pleased with the germination rate of the wheat seed. The farmers expressed that they had never observed such a high germination percentage prior to OSDI's intervention. In the upcoming days, OSDI will provide urea bags to the farmers. #livelihood #agriculture #wheatcrop #farmers #urea
 

OSDI's Field Assistant Participated in FGD


On 5th December 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir participated in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) organized by Mera Maan Foundation. The meeting was held at the Pak. Mission Society Office. During the discussion, representatives from Secure Islamic France, HANDS, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Pak Mission Society and OSDI were invited to share their views on the upcoming Nutrition Sensitive Initiative for Resilient Communities and Households. This initiative is phase 2 of Gawadar Lasbela Livelihoods Support Project (GLLSP). The team of experts shared their experiences and learnings over the years. #livelihood #nutrition
 

Wheat Fields of ADP - Phase I Farmers Visited


On 28th (Tuesday) & 29th (Wednesday) November 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali accompanied by Mr. Sardar Hussain agrarian expert visited the farmlands of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) - Phase I farmers. The purpose of this monitoring visit was to check the wheat crop condition. OSDI's agrarian expert met all the farmers in detail and checked their farming practices. Furthermore, the agro expert observed the soil moisture, seed germination and plants health. At the end of the visit, Mr. Sardar suggested to apply weedicides spray in the upcoming month.
#agriculture #livelihood #farmers #wheatcrop
 

Monthly Visit by Vet in District Lasbela


On 28th (Tuesday) & 29th (Wednesday) November 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir along with the veterinary expert - Dr. Waseem visited the beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) - Phase 5. The purpose of this visit was to check the animal health, physical condition and weight. OSDI's team visited the focused communities of Hamarkani, Hashim Burfat, Golani, Jhangi Khan, Muraad and Baraad on the first day of the activity. On the 2nd day, beneficiaries from the communities of Hindu Mohallah, Moosa Goth, Gao, Hussain Goth and Jamot Colony were met. A total number of 43 beneficiaries participating in this phase were visited by the OSDI's team in which health of 119 animals was checked overall. 4 animals were dewormed against parasitic worm infestation.
#animalhealth #deworming #healthcheck #livestock #livelihood
 

13th Phase of SBDW initiated in District Mardan


On 25th November 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) initiated the 13th Phase of School Based De-Worming Campaign (SBDW) in the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Saleem Khan Banda. Currently, 75 students are acquiring primary education at this educational facility. On the activity day, 80 children were administered with a dose of the deworming medicine (zentel syrup) by the OSDI's team. In compliance with the health policy shared by the Ministry of Health in Pakistan, every child belonging to the age bracket of 5-14 years should receive atleast 3 doses of the deworming medicine in order to stay protected from worm infestation. After the deworming activity, each child received a packet of energy biscuits and 250ml of milk pack for health & nutrition intake. OSDI's team conducted 2 awareness raising sessions to sensitize the students about safe health & hygiene practices.
#health #hygiene #deworming #students
 

Distribution of Agro Inputs in District Lasbela


On 25th November 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) distributed agricultural inputs amongst the 25 farmers participating in the 8th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers have chosen to grow wheat crop in this cycle. OSDI's Team distributed wheat seeds amongst all the farmers on this day. Besides this, 20 farmers received bags of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) fertilizer. As a pilot project, it has been planned to provide organic fertilizer to 4 farmers from the focused community of Hamarkani and one farmer from Haji Meeran village. These farmers have received two bags of organic compost fertilizer per acre, which is a DAP replacement. This fertilizer is purely made from organic raw material such as whole fish and carcass products, including bones, scales and skin. Altogether, 70 acres of land will be cultivated by 25 farmers in this phase.
#farmers #agriculture #livelihood #agroinputs #wheat
 

GMC held in Hashim Burfat Community


On 24th November 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Healthcare team conducted its second General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Hashim Burfat in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The GMC was organized in cooperation with the District Health Department. During the one-day medical camp, OSDI's appointed female doctor and paramedical staff checked 208 ailing people. Altogether, a total number of 82 male patients and 126 females were treated at this medical camp. People from within the communities of Hashim Burfat and Golani, were facilitated at this primary healthcare camp. For capacity building of the 56 participants, OSDI's appointed Lady Health Worker and Social Mobilizers conducted 3 awareness raising sessions on the significance of adapting safe health & hygiene practices, mother & child healthcare and importance of polio & EPI vaccination.
#medicalcamp #health #hygiene #awareness #sensitize #primaryhealth
 

Outcome Assessment Conducted in District Lasbela


On 23rd November 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Monitoring & Evaluation Team conducted an outcome assessment in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). During this survey, the farmers who participated in Agriculture Development Project (ADP) - Phase 7 were enquired about their crop produce. Dr. Kamran Sohail - OSDI's Manager Healthcare and Monitoring & Evaluation and Mr. Abdullah Ilyas - Healthcare and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer met all the 17 farmers to know about their learnings and income generated from the increased crop produce. After compilation of the results, decrease in poverty levels will be assessed.
#monitoring #evaluation #assessment #agriculture #farmers
 

OSDI organized GMC in Shanay Zangal community


On 22nd November 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI organized a General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Shanay Zangal in district Mardan (KPK). This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. OSDI's appointed doctor checked and treated 125 patients at this one day GMC. Altogether, 45 male and 80 female patients received primary diagnosis and treatment by the health team. Amongst the patients' 56 children were from below the age group of 10 years. The patients attended this GMC from various communities of Bazaar such as Shanay Zangal, Nakhtar Banda, Baizad Banda, Gulshan Abaad and Speen Qabruna. OSDI's team distributed free medicines as per the doctor's prescription to the ailing people. To sensitize the participants about safe health & hygiene practices OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted awareness raising sessions on how to improve their lives.
#primaryhealth #hygiene #awareness #treatment
 

Monitoring Visit to TLC in Saleem Khan Banda


On 15th November 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said paid a monitoring visit to the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) built in Saleem Khan Banda community. During the visit, Mr. Said interacted with the students and teachers. He checked the attendance registers of the teaching staff and students. Subject related questions were asked from the students to check their understanding about the lessons being taught in class. The students enjoyed the delightful sessions with the Head of District.
#primaryschool #primaryeducation #learning #schoolmanagement
 

Distribution of Tillage Amount in Mardan


On 14th November 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said invited the 24 farmers participating in the 6th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers will grow wheat crop in this phase. Each farmer received tillage amount of PKR 7,500 per acre. The land size of each beneficiary varies from 1 to 3 acres of land. During this phase, the farmers have been chosen to participate from the focused communities of Shanay Zangal, Saleem Khan Banda, Hassanabad, Morra Banda and Umar Dhair. The farmers have received wheat crop seeds and DAP fertilizer from OSDI on 30th October 2023 under ADP phase I.
#livelihood #agriculture #wheatcrop #farmers
 

Monitoring Visit by Horticulturist in Mardan


On 13th November 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the orange fruit orchards set-up in the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch. Horticulturist expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain accompanied Mr. Ali during the visit. OSDI's team first went to the fruit orchards in Akhundara village. It was observed, that few plants were infected by leafminer, thrips whitefly and mites. He also observed leaf curl issue in some plants. Therefore, the horticulturist recommended the spray of Bifenthrin Acetamiprid and Diafenthiuron. Moving on to the fruit orchards set-up in the focused community of Biroch, the horticulturist suggested using Bifenthrin and Lambda-cyhalothrin insecticides on them. The farmers thanked OSDI's team for the consultation and guidance.
#livelihood #horticulturist #farmers #orangefruit
 

Meeting with SMC members & Hygiene Awareness Sessions


On 15th November 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the Temporary Learning Centers in the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad to conduct the monthly follow up meetings with School Management Committee (SMC) members. Besides this, the field team conducted awareness raising sessions on health & hygiene (H&H) with the students. In the TLC of Faqeer Muhammad, OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted the sensitization session with 51 students and in the TLC of Jhangi Khan, OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela - Mr. Rashid Butt briefed the 55 students enrolled about safe health & hygiene practices. OSDI's team updated the SMC members about the school's progress and asked the committee members to do fencing around the TLCs.
#primaryschool #primaryeducation #learning #schoolmanagement
 

ADP - Phase 8 Farmers Attend Capacity Building Training


On 10th November 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) organized a one day capacity building session for the 26 farmers participating in the upcoming phase 8 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). OSDI's Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid and Agro Expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib conducted the knowledge sharing sessions. Nearly, 40 participants including 6 farmers from the previous phase along with the 4 focal persons from our targeted communities of Jhangi Khan, Hamarkani, Mutkani and Haji Mehran also attended the training. The farmers shall grow wheat crop on their farmlands in this phase. During the training, the farmers were educated about land preparation techniques, seed sowing, seedbed maintenance, preparing irrigation channels, application of fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides, etc. The training was held at the Circuit House in Lasbela.
#agriculture #agro #farmers #training #capacitybuilding
 

OSDI's TL attended Cricket Tournament in Lasbela


On 7th November 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended the Final Cricket Match as a Chief Guest. The tournament took place at the Wayaro Cricket Ground. K. B. Baricha Memorial Cricket Club Wayaro organized the match between itself and Hamarkani Cricket Club (HCC). The match was won by the HCC team. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt distributed cash prize amongst the winning team.
#sports #cricket #physicaleducation
 

OSDI's Annual Team Meeting in Karachi


Between 1st (Wednesday) and 2nd (Thursday) November 2023, OSDI organized its annual team meeting in its Head Office of Karachi. The purpose of this meeting was to have an overview of the overall progress of all projects ongoing, completed and to be implemented in both the focused districts of Mardan (KPK) and Lasbela (Baluchistan). Both teams had a detailed session on Exit Indicators before ending of the projects. OSDI's Founder Trustee - Mr. Aasim A. Siddiqui attended the meeting along with Mr. Asad Chandna - Executive Director at Pakistan Intermodal Limited (PIL) and had one-to-one discussions with each team member. OSDI's Field Teams from both the districts shared detailed information about their projects. Mr. Siddiqui appreciated the efforts of his team and emphasized on synergizing and strengthening ties with the local district departments for betterment of the vulnerable communities for sustainability creation. OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan supervised the team meeting. On 3rd November 2023 (Friday), an exposure visit was planned in which the staff was taken to Keenjhar Lake in district Thatta (Sindh).
#teammeeting #sustainability #povertyalleviation #annualteammeet
 

First Term Assessments Conducted in TLC of SKB


Between 23rd (Monday) to 28th (Saturday) October 2023, OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) conducted the first term assessments in the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Saleem Khan Banda. It was the first time these students had participated in the assessment tests. The students were assessed for various subjects according to their class groups. Moving on, the school teachers have been asked to conduct regular class assessments of the students to assess their subject understanding. The 2nd term has formally begun in the school.
#primaryeducation #education #assessments #learning
 

OSDI Initiates 13th Phase of School Based De-Worming Campaign


OSDI's Manager Health-care and Monitoring & Evaluation - Dr. Kamran Sohail visited the recently initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad to initiate the 13th phase of School Based De-Worming Project (SBDW). The activity was carried out on 31st October 2023 (Tuesday). Every student from the age group of 3 - 12 years received a dose of deworming medicine i.e. zyntel syrup along with a pack of 250ml milk and energy biscuits. The overall strength of students in TLC of Jhangi Khan was 67 on the activity day and in TLC of Faqeer Muhammad 55 students were present. OSDI's team conducted 2 awareness raising sessions in both the TLCs to educate the students about safe health & hygiene practices to avoid abdominal worms.
#deworming #students #awareness #health #hygiene #healthiswealth
 

OSDI organized 2nd GMC in Faqeer Muhammad community


On 31st October 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Healthcare Team conducted a General Medical Camp in the focused community of Faqeer Muhammad in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). It was the second medical camp held in this village since December 2022. OSDI's appointed doctor and paramedical staff checked and treated 229 patients in this GMC. The ailing people came from the focused communities of Faqeer Muhammad, Pini Ladhoo and Sukkan. Free medicines were distributed as per the doctor's prescription to the patients. Later on, OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir along with Mr. Abdullah Ilyas - M&E and Healthcare officer conducted 2 sensitization sessions on creating awareness about practicing safe health & hygiene methods to live a healthy live. 22 females attended the first session and the other one had 25 children.
#health #primaryhealthcare #hygiene #awareness #capacitybuilding #training
 

Capacity Building of Farmers for ADP - Phase 1 in Mardan


On 31st October 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said along with the agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain organized a one day capacity building workshop for the 24 farmers selected to participate in the 6th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Agriculture expert Mr. Sardar Hussain conducted the training. The farmers were trained about the basic modern techniques of wheat crop cultivation. Mr. Hussain shared details on land preparation, seed rate per acre and seed sowing techniques, application of fertilizer, pre- & post-emergence weed/herbs and weedicide/herbicides utilization. He also informed the participants about the irrigation requirements for the wheat crops. All the participating farmers attended the training. Mr. Said briefed the participants about the benefits of this project and how it could help in creating sustainability within their lives if followed and implemented properly. He emphasized on educating their children.
. #capacitybuilding #training #livelihood #agriculture #landpreparation #farmers
 

Data Collection of Cotton Crop - Phase 7 in Lasbela


On 28th October 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the focused communities of Hamarkani, Hashim Goth and Golani to collect data of cotton crop production cultivated in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). 17 farmers chose to grow cotton crop on 48 acreage of farmland in this cycle. After the final compilation of overall results, the crop produced in maunds shall be calculated. In the next cycle, wheat crop will be cultivated by the farmers.
#agriculture #farming #cotton #wheat #livelihood
 

OSDI organized its 1st GMC in Natyaan


On 28th October 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of District Mardan (KPK) organized its First General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Natyaan. This village lies in the village council of Surkhabi, in the union council of Bazaar. OSDI appointed Dr. Muhammad Tufail to check and treat the ailing people. A total number of 278 patients availed primary healthcare treatment at this one-day medical camp. Patients from the adjacent communities of Natyaan, Surkhabi, Khanpur, Shah Dara and Dara attended the GMC. OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions to educate the participants about the significance of adaptive safe health & hygiene practices.
#health #primaryhealthcare #hygiene #awareness #capacitybuilding #training
 

Agro Expert Visit for Land Inspection in ADP - Phase 1


On 25th October 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain visited the agricultural fields of farmers selected to participate in the phase 1 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Overall, it is the 6th Phase of ADP in district Mardan (KPK), previously the beneficiaries were being assisted through interest-free micro-financing. During this phase, 24 farmers intend to cultivate wheat crop on 54.5 acres of land. The farmers have been chosen from the focused communities of Shanay Zangal, Saleem Khan Banda, Hassanabaad, Umar Dhair and Morra Banda. Mr. Sardar inspected the size of the land, soil texture and the level of fields; he further guided the farmers about land preparation tips and field levelling techniques.
#livelihood #agriculture #landpreparation #farmers
 

Capacity Building Training of Volunteers & Social Activists


On 20th October 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Manager Monitoring Evaluation & Health care - Dr. Kamran Sohail accompanied with OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said conducted a capacity building training for the local individuals from the 6 recently intervened focused communities of OSDI. These communities are Saleem Khan Banda, Natyaan, Hassanabad, Umar Dhair, Shanay Zangal and Morra Banda. Nearly 13 individuals comprising of schoolteacher and School Management Committee (SMC) members of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Saleem Khan Banda and focal persons from each of the villages attended the one-day training session. Dr. Kamran briefed the audience about the interventions made by OSDI within its focused communities, over the years. Next, the participants were trained about the importance of adapting safe health & hygiene practices and organizing monthly General Medical Camps (GMCs) to provide primary healthcare facilitations to the ailing people. The participants were trained about need assessment, planning and execution prior to conducting the activity and taking follow-up later on. OSDI's team trained about the benefits of networking with concerned individuals and institutions considering the phase out exit strategy. The participants thanked the OSDI's team for the enlightening session.
#health #hygiene #awareness #capacitybuilding #training
 

Reverification of LAP Beneficiaries in Mardan


Between 17th (Tuesday) - 20th (Friday) October 2023, OSDI's Manager Monitoring Evaluation & Health care - Dr. Kamran Sohail and Monitoring Evaluation & Health care Officer - Mr. Abdullah Ilyas visited district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to conduct reverification of all the potential beneficiaries selected to participate in the upcoming phases of Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). In the newly selected focused communities of Saleem Khan Banda, Natyaan, Hassanabad and Morra Banda, OSDI intends to launch its 6th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP), 9th Phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP) and 5th Phase of Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP). Altogether, the M&E team assessed and re-verified 60 individuals. The projects will be initiated after the finalization of the beneficiaries.
#monitoring #livelihood #agriculture #livestock #smallbusiness
 

Visit of OSDI's vet to LDP - Phase 5 Beneficiaries


OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the veterinary expert - Dr. Akhtar visited the Livestock Development Project (LDP) beneficiaries of Phase 5 on 19th (Thursday) & 26th (Thursday) October 2023. This purpose of this visit was to check & monitor the health of the livestock distributed by OSDI. On the first day, 16 beneficiaries from the focused communities of Hamarkani, Golani, Hashim Burfat, Jangi Khan, Muraad and Baraad were met. OSDI's team checked the health of 48 animals and dewormed 14 livestock. The remaining 26 beneficiaries from the communities of Hussain, Moosa, Gao, Faqeer Muhammad, Hindu Mohallah and Jamot Colony were met on the second visit in which health of 72 animals was checked and 21 were dewormed.
#livelihood #livestock #animals #deworming #healthcheck
 

Sports Items Donated in TLC of Faqeer Muhammad


On 23rd October 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Faqeer Muhammad to hand over the sports equipment to the school teacher. For the holistic growth and development of the students, engaging them in physical education is very important. OSDI donated 2 cricket bats, 2 tennis balls, 2 footballs, 2 jumping ropes, 2 frizz bees, 2 wicket sets, 4 badminton rackets and 4 badminton shuttles for the students. Currently, the TLC has more than 40 students enrolled in it. On behalf of the students, the schoolteacher thanked OSDI's team.
#students #primaryeducation #sports #physicaleducation
 

Meeting with Senior AED Representative


On 16th October 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt visited the office of the Agriculture Extension Department to meet the Deputy Director - Mr. Haider Abbas. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the wheat crop input composition for the upcoming phase 8 of OSDI's Agriculture Development Project (ADP). During this phase, OSDI's team plans to cultivate wheat crop. To serve the purpose, Mr. Butt enquired about the seeds selection and suitable variety of wheat seeds suitable for sowing in district Lasbela. After an enlightened session, Mr. Butt thanked the senior representative for the detailed information sharing.
#agriculture #wheat #seedsowing #livelihood
 

Distribution of Stationary items and Initial Assessment


On 17th October 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Assistant Manager Communications & Education - Ms. Fizza Rizvi visited the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad along with the Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt and Mr. Adnan Qadir - Field Assistant. The purpose of this visit was to primarily meet and interact with the students enrolled in OSDI TLCs and their teachers. Besides this, OSDI's senior representative hand over stationary items, school bags, notebooks, slates, chalks, color pencils, classroom charts, Pakistani flags and hygiene awareness banners in each TLC. On behalf of OSDI, each enrolled student received a school bag along with pencil pouch containing 2 pencils, an eraser, a sharpener and a ruler. To conduct the initial assessment, subjective question papers were distributed amongst the students. To acknowledge the efforts of the teaching staff, OSDI gave souvenirs to each of its teacher. Next, one-to-one meetings were held with the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) in which their queries were addressed, details about the school progress was shared, emphasis was made on increasing the number of student enrollments, washroom facilities and preparation of school play area was discussed. The SMC members of Faqeer Muhammad community were asked to clean their passage way as the trees have overgrown and are blocking the main route.
#students #primaryeducation #assessments #stationary #firstterm #teachers
 

Distribution of Sports Equipment in TLC Jhangi Khan


For smooth and healthy development of psychomotor learning skills, physical education is equally important. On 13th October 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir hand over the sports equipment and material to a representative of the School Management Community (SMC) in the focused community of Jhangi Khan. This TLC also caters to the students of the adjacent community of Mutkani. On behalf of OSDI, the sports material given consisted of 2 cricket bats, 4 tennis balls, 2 footballs, 2 jumping ropes, 2 frizz bees, 2 wicket sets, 4 badminton rackets and 4 badminton shuttles. Currently, 54 students are enrolled in this TLC and the number of enrollments is gradually increasing. The SMC member thanked OSDI's team for the kind donation.
#students #primaryeducation #sports #physicaleducation
 

OSDI's Teacher conducted H&H activity in Class


On 14th October 2023 (Saturday), the students of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Faqeer Muhammad in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) were engaged in a repetitive activity of relearning about the importance of safe health & hygiene practices. The students collectively enjoyed the learning by doing activity in class. The class teacher taught the students about the necessity of trimming nails every week, washing hands before and after every meal especially after sanitation, wearing clean clothes, bathing and combing hair daily. The students were also briefed about maintaining cleanliness in class and at home. 34 students were present on the activity day.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitization #capacitybuilding #students #primaryeducation
 

H&H activity held in TLC Jhangi Khan


On 13th October 2023 (Friday), OSDI's female teacher of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Jhangi Khan organized a recurring activity to highlight the importance of health & hygiene in class. This follow-up session was held as a repetitive activity to engage the students in motor learning skills. The class teacher re-educated the students about the benefits of hand-wash before and after every meal, especially after sanitation. She emphasized the significance of cleaning teeth twice a day using miswak (a traditional method of cleaning teeth from twig of Salvadora Persica Tree). The students were asked to take bath daily to stay safe from germs and diseases. 46 students were present on the activity day in which 29 were girls and 17 were male students.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitization #capacitybuilding #students #primaryeducation
 

OSDI & HANDS collaborate for H&H session


On 9th October 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the representatives of HANDS visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. The purpose of this visit was to conduct Health & Hygiene awareness raising sessions in both the TLCs. On behalf of HANDS, Ms. Nusrat Jalil - Senior Officer, Ms. Sadia Zahid - Senior Officer, Ms. Huma Qadir - Senior Officer and Mr. Mola Bux - Senior Officer conducted the sensitization session in the presence of Mr. Wajahat Baloch - District Admin Officer. Altogether, 62 students from both the TLCs attended the 2 capacity building sessions. The students were briefed in detail about safe health & hygiene practices in which the trainers talked about significance of hand wash and cleanliness. Later on, the HANDS team distributed anti-bacterial soaps amongst the students.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitization #capacitybuilding #students #primaryeducation
 

First Health & Hygiene Sensitization Sessions in TLC Saleem Khan


On 5th October 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Assistant of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted the first health & hygiene awareness raising sessions in the newly initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC), located in the focused community of Saleem Khan Banda. This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. 63 students participated in the sensitization sessions. During the 3 capacity building sessions the students were briefed about the importance of safe health & hygiene practices. Mr. Ibrar informed the students about nail trimming, hair combing, brushing teeth twice a day, bathing daily and washing hands before & after every meal especially after sanitation. By adapting these behavior change practices the chances of falling ill on regular basis will also be lowered, thus the health of the students will be protected.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitization #capacitybuilding #students #primaryeducation
 

Re-verification of ADP & SREP Beneficiaries by M&E


Between 2nd (Monday) - 3rd (Tuesday) October 2023, OSDI's Monitoring Evaluation & Healthcare team visited the focused vulnerable communities in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) to meet the beneficiaries and re-verify about their details before initiation of the upcoming projects. OSDI's Field team of Lasbela accompanied the head office team during the 2 days visit. Initially, the monitoring team went to the newly initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in both the targeted communities of Faqeer Muhammad and Jhangi Khan, next re-verification assessment was made for the farmers of the upcoming phase 8 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The team met the potential farmers in Hamarkani, Mutkani, Faqeer Muhammad, Jhangi, Haji Jamot and Haji Meeran villages. OSDI's team also checked the agro land of the farmers for verification purpose. After this, re-verification assessment of 4 potential beneficiaries for Small Rural Enterprise Project - Phase IV was done.
#monitoring #assessment #agriculture #primaryeducation #smallbusiness
 

Construction of TLCs in Jhangi Khan & Faqeer Muhammad


On 28th September 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt along with Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad to monitor the construction work of Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs). The members of the School Management Committees (SMCs) were also present to facilitate the construction labors. Infrastructures of both the TLCs were completed on this day. Prior to the TLC construction, the community members prepared the land by levelling it and ensuring some void space to be kept for the playground area. The students shall be shifted to these TLCs from next week onwards.
#primaryeducation #school #learning
 

1st General Medical Camp in Morra Banda


On 28th September 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) organized the first General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Morra Banda. The village lies in the union council of Bazaar. During this one-day GMC, OSDI's doctor and paramedical staff successfully treated 124 patients amongst which 58 were males and 66 were female patients. Nearly, 14 patients were minors. Prior to conducting the GMC, OSDI's field staff arranged a door-to-door promotional campaign to inform the villagers about the medical camp. Announcement was also made on the community mosque's loudspeaker. Patients from the adjacent communities of Surkhabi, Arab Seray, Dara and Morra Banda itself availed the primary healthcare facility. Ailing people also received free medicines as per the doctor's prescription from OSDI's staff. It was observed that 43% males and 57% female patients suffered from Gastro Intestinal Tract Infection (GIT), 59% females and 41% males had Musculoskeletal problems and nearly 14% patients complained of Ear, Nose & Throat (E.N.T.) issues. Mr. Ibrar Ali - OSDI's Field Assistant in district Mardan conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions to educate the 20 participants present about safe health & hygiene practices.
#primaryhealthcare #health #freemedicines #hygiene #awareness #treatment
 

Health & Hygiene Sensitization Session in TLC Saleem Khan


On 23rd September 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the OSDI's recently initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Saleem Khan Banda to conduct a sensitization session on safe health & hygiene practices. The TLC has more than 70 students acquiring primary education in it. Mr. Ali taught the students about the importance of hygiene in daily life and how it can help in lowering the chances of falling sick. The students were briefed about the benefits of daily bathing, brushing teeth twice a day, washing hands before and after every meal, wearing clean clothes, combing hair, trimming of nails on weekly basis, keeping their school premises and home clean, discarding litter properly, etc. 63 students were present on the activity day.
#hygiene #health #awareness #sensitization #education
 

Monitoring Visit of Horticulturist to the Fruit Farms


On 21st September 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali along with the Horticulturist expert - Sardar Hussain visited the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch to examine the orange fruit plants. Mr. Hussain checked the plants distributed by OSDI and fences built by the farmers around the orchards. He further commented that the growth of the plants is very well and suggested that after the maize crops are harvested we should dig a circle around each plant extending 3 feet from base. Furthermore, the horticulturist also recommended the spray of leaf miner, sega pest clear spray and Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK) spray on all plants.
#horticulture #plants #orangefruit #maize #pestspray
 

OSDI organized General Medical Camp in Baraad Community


In the focused community of Baraad, located in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI organized its second General Medical Camp (GMC) this year. This one day GMC was held on 22nd September 2023 (Friday). Ailing people from the adjacent community of Muraad also received primary healthcare treatment and checkup from the OSDI's appointed doctors and qualified paramedical staff. 159 patients were treated and received medications as per the doctor's prescription at this GMC. It was observed that 28% patients were diagnosed with Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI), 17% suffered from Musculoskeletal issues, 16% ailing people had Gastro Tract Infection (GIT) and nearly 15% patients had Skin Infections besides, other diseases. OSDI's team conducted 5 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions in which 68 individuals were sensitized about adapting safe health & hygiene practices to improve their living conditions. Practical demonstration on proper hand wash and teeth brushing technique was shown to the beneficiaries.
#primaryhealthcare #health #freemedicines #hygiene #awareness #treatment
 

Volunteers Capacity Building Training in Lasbela


On 21st September 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Monitoring Evaluation & Health Care Manager - Dr. Kamran Sohail along with the M&E and Health Care Officer - Mr. Abdullah Ilyas conducted a Volunteers Capacity Building Training in the field office of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The basic purpose of this training was to enable the local individuals and activists including both male and female for community support and development after OSDI's exit from the focused communities. Altogether, 15 people attended these sessions from 11 focused communities in which 7 were female participants and 8 were males. OSDI's field team invited the village volunteers, local teachers and representatives of the focused communities of OSDI to work as positive social change agents to sensitize their fellow community members on various ways to improve their living standards. The major topics of discussion were General Medical Camps (GMCs), Health & Hygiene (H&H) awareness and importance of immunization for which participants were briefed about planning, implementation and assessment of the activities as pre, intra and post levels. Apart from this, attendees were also encouraged to communicate and connect with health-care providers both at local and district levels to minimize the prevalent gaps between the local community and health-care officials. The attendees thanked OSDI's team for the self-awakening session.
#primaryhealthcare #hygiene #awareness #sensitize #training #capacitybuilding
 

Monitoring Visit to TLC in Saleem Khan Banda


On 19th September 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the newly initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) opened in the focused community of Saleem Khan Banda. This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. Mr. Ali met the students and had interactive sessions with them class wise. He also took an update from the schoolteacher Mr. Ijaz about the student's progress and regularity. As of now, there are 63 students enrolled in this TLC.
#education #primaryeducation #classmonitoring #teacher #students
 

ADP Monitoring Visit by OSDI's Field Team


On 19th September 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the focused communities of Hamarkani, Hashim and Golani to inspect the cotton crop condition after the ongoing seasonal rainfall. OSDI's Team met 9 farmers and checked their cotton fields. On behalf of OSDI, District Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt collected Community Development Fund (CDF) from 3 farmers. As the cotton crop-picking cycle is currently ongoing, the farmers were enquired about their crops. The received CDF will be used in the community development projects as per the requirement of the local people having 50% contribution from OSDI has an equal opportunity provider. The total crop produced in this 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) will be calculated after the picking cycle is completed.
#agriculture #farmers #cottoncrop #monitoring
 

Routine Visit to OSDI's TLCs in Lasbela


On 18th September 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the recently initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) built in the focused communities of Faqeer Muhammad and Jhangi Khan. It was a surprise-monitoring visit to check the situation of the ongoing classes. Mr. Butt interacted with the students of both the TLCs and asked questions about the subjects being taught. He also asked the class teachers about any issues being faced by them. Later on, OSDI's team visited the TLC construction sites in both the focused communities along with the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) for land inspection and measurements. The land levelling work is currently ongoing in both the villages.
#education #primaryeducation #classmonitoring #teachers #students
 

OSDI's TL attended Cricket Match Tournament


On 15th September 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended the Cricket Match Tournament held at the Morand Cricket Ground. The sports festival was organized by Morand Star Cricket Club. Mr. Butt was invited as a Chief Guest to attend the semifinal match of Shaheed Dhani Bux Cricket Memorial Tournament. The cricket match was held between the players of Tehsil Lakhra and Tehsil Utthal. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt distributed cash prize amongst the players. Team Lakhra won the match.
#cricket #sports #tournament
 

Monitoring Visit to TLC in Faqeer Muhammad


In the newly initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the community of Faqeer Muhammad in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan paid a monitoring visit. This educational facility is currently made functional beneath a tree until the TLC construction work is completed. Since its inception in the previous month, the TLC has 30 students enrolled in the facility. On 14th September 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's team distributed energy biscuits amongst the students. Mr. Khan checked the students & teacher's attendance registers for monitoring purposes. Next, the Manager Programs met the School Management Committee (SMC) members to know about the school progress. TLC construction site was also visited by the Manager Programs to check the land levelling and ground preparation work.
#primaryeducation #education #learning #schoolmanagement
 

Health Check of Livestock in Lasbela


On 13th September 2023 (Wednesday), Mr. Sheheryar Khan - OSDI's Manager Programs and Mr. Babar Junaid - the Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) accompanied by the field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) and OSDI's appointed veterinary expert - Dr. Akhtar visited the Phase 5 beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP). It was a routine monitoring visit to check the health of animals distributed in this phase. On this day, the livestock of 16 beneficiaries was checked. Dr. Akhtar dewormed 19 animals and treated 3 critically ill goats out of the total 41 animals monitored. OSDI's team visited the targeted communities of Hamarkani, Hashim, Golani, Jhangi Khan, Muraad and Baraad to meet the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries thanked OSDI's team for the detailed visit.
#livelihood #livestock #animalhealth #deworming #treatment #healthcheck
 

Monitoring Visit to TLC in Jhangi Khan


On 13th September 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid and Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the OSDI's newly initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Jhangi Khan. This educational facility caters to the children of Mutkani village also. OSDI's senior management met the students and class teacher to enquire about the daily lessons being taught in school. So far, the TLC has 22 students enrolled in it. Besides this, 27 children are attending classes regularly. OSDI's team distributed energy biscuits amongst 14 male and 35 female students. Furthermore, the team went to the TLC site to check the land levelling work in progress. In the end, the School Management Committee (SMC) members were met.
#primaryeducation #education #learning #schoolmanagement
 

OSDI's TL attends Disaster Risk Reduction Forum


On 12th September 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended a meeting held at the office of Deputy Commissioner Lasbela - Mr. Noor Muhammad Mando Kheil. The event was organized by Pak Mission Society. During the meeting, Mr. Butt shared a brief introduction about OSDI and its past interventions within the focused communities. OSDI's TL also talked about the status of upcoming and currently ongoing projects. Additional Deputy Commissioner (R) - Mr. Muhammad Naeem Umrani, ADC (General) - Mr. Farhan Sulaiman Ronjhoo, DDHO Lasbela - Mr. Mansoor Malik and DEO Lasbela - Mr. Anwar Jamali also graced the occasion with their valuable presence. Besides this, district heads of Pak Mission, PPHI, FAO, BRSP, NRSP, HANDS, ESP, CPD-PITE, IRC, SIF and Ehsas Nashonuma also attended the meeting.
#capacitybuilding #sustainability
 

Vet Visit to LDP - Phase 5 Beneficiaries


On 8th September 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the veterinary expert - Dr. Akhtar visited the 28 beneficiaries participating in the 5th Phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP). It was a routine monitoring visit to check the health of animals distributed in this phase. OSDI's team went to the communities of Hussain, Mussa, Gao, Faqeer Muhammad, Hindu Mohalla and Jamot Colony to monitor the health condition of 78 livestock. 34 goats were dewormed and 5 animals were treated by the vet. Moreover, the vet also filled the health checklist of the animals.
#livestock #livelihood #goats #dewormed #animalhealth #monitoring
 

Monitoring Visit of the ADP - Phase 7 Fields


On 5th September 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the targeted communities of Faqeer Muhammad, Jhangi Khan and Baraad to monitor the cotton crop health. It is the 7th phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) in which a total number of 17 farmers have participated. Since the cotton crop has matured now, the picking process of the cotton balls is currently ongoing. Mr. Adnan met 8 farmers for monitoring purpose on this day. The farmers were busy on their farm fields.
#livelihood #agriculture #cottoncrop #monitoring #farmers
 

Health & Hygiene Sessions in New TLCs of Lasbela


On 5th September 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the newly initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad communities. The purpose of this visit was firstly; to check the teacher and student attendance registers, conduct sensitization sessions in both the educational facilities and lastly, meet the community members to mobilize them to send their school age going out-of-school children (OOSC) to the OSDI's TLCs. Firstly, a sensitization session was held in the TLC of Faqeer Muhammad community. During this awareness raising session, 19 female students and 11 male students were engaged in informal training on how they can lower the risks of falling ill through keeping themselves clean and tidy. The TLC initiated in the focused community of Jhangi Khan also has children attending regular classes from Mutkani village. Nearly, 30 girls and 12 boys attended the capacity building session in this TLC. The students thoroughly enjoyed the demonstrative part of the training where they were taught about the proper hand-washing technique. #handwash #awareness #capacitybuilding #education #primaryeducation #hygiene
 

Distribution of Course Books in TLCs of Lasbela


On 1st September 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt invited the newly appointed female teachers of OSDI's initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad to his office. Both the schoolteachers shared details about the students' progress in class and increase in student enrollment. After the discussion, OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir handed over 17 sets of course books and 28 slates with chalks to the schoolteacher of TLC in Jhangi Khan community. This TLC also facilitates the students from the adjacent village of Mutkani. On the other hand, the TLC teacher of Faqeer Muhammad received 10 sets of course books and 16 slated with chalks for the students in her school. The teachers were asked to maintain students' attendance on day-to-day basis. #education #primaryeducation #notoilliteracy #coursebooks
 

Vet Visit to LDP - Phase 5 Beneficiaries


On 25th August 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir along with the veterinary expert - Dr. Akhter visited the focused communities of Hamarkani, Hashim Goth, Golani, Jhangi Khan, Muraad and Baraad. The purpose of this visit was to check the health of the remaining livestock, missed in the previous visit. On this day, the remaining 42 livestock of 16 beneficiaries was checked by OSDI's team. During the visit, 22 animals were dewormed and 1 critically ill goat received medical treatment. OSDI's team visited 6 beneficiaries in Hamarkani village, 4 in Jhangi Khan, 2 each in Golani & Baraad and 1 each in Hashim Goth & Muraad.
#livelihood #livestock #animals #healthcheck #deworm #treatment #monitoring
 

MoU Signing with SMC members in Mardan


On 26th August 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said had a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) for the Temporary Learning Center in Saleem Khan Banda village. This community lies in the union council of Bazaar. As per criteria, the SMC consists of 5 reputable people nominated by the community members. On the same day, MoU signing between the owner of the house and OSDI also took place. The 4 rooms built cemented infrastructure has been donated as a TLC area for the cause of education. OSDI shall appoint schoolteachers in the next few days to begin the regular classes in this vicinity.
#education #primaryeducation #teachers #learning
 

Monitoring of Fruit Orchards by Agro Expert


On 25th August 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch along with the horticulturist - Mr. Sardar Hussain. It was a routine monitoring visit to check the health of orange fruit plants given in both the phases of the horticulture project. During the visit, Mr. Hussain checked the overall the parameters including plant height, leaf color, soil condition, nutrient requirement, symptoms for pest or insect attack and fencing of the orchards. The farmers were guided to use the Sega Pest Clear spray for the safeguarding of the leaf tissues. The farmers vowed to have their plants gushed with the pesticide spray in the next few days.
#livelihood #horticulture #fruitorchard #oranges #pestspray
 

Initial Assessment for ADP - Phase 8 in Lasbela


On 21st (Monday) & 26th (Saturday) August 2023, OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted the initial household assessment survey of potential vulnerable farmers for the Phase 8 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). In the upcoming cropping season, the farmers are expected to grow wheat crop on their farmlands. OSDI shall conduct the reverification process of the suitable farmers in a few days after which finalization of the participants shall be confirmed. So far, the assessments have been done in the focused communities of Haji Meeran, Haji Jamot, Hamarkani, Jhangi Khan, Gao, Faqeer Muhammad and Mutkani. OSDI will organize a training session for the capacity building of the potential farmers soon after the project initiation after which wheat inputs will be distributed.
#livelihood #agriculture #farmers #wheatcrop
 

TLCs Initiated in Jhangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad


The new academic session has begun from 15th August 2023 (Tuesday) in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), however, the OSDI's newly initiated Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in the recently intervened focused communities of Faqeer Muhammad and Jhangi Khan started from 21st August 2023 (Monday). As both the TLCs are in the construction phase as of now hence, OSDI has arranged for temporary locations in both the villages to initiate the classes. OSDI's appointed schoolteachers and field representatives are proactively following up with the parents and guardians to have their school age going out-of-school children (OOSC) to attend the regular classes. In the initial phase, the students are being taught about basic ethics and morals to adapt to classroom environment, respect their classmates and teachers alike. The students are also being taught about the importance of personal and environmental hygiene and its impact in their daily lives. The schoolteachers are engaging the students in various informal activities to motivate them towards acquiring education.
#primaryeducation #education #students #teachers
 

Visit of Senior BEF Representative to TLC Qambrani


On 21st August 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied with the Regional Supervisor (Central Region B, Kalat Division) at Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF) - Mr. Mansoor Ahmed Baloch visited the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the Qambrani community. During the visit, Mr. Mansoor was introduced to the schoolteacher and students in class. Mr. Mansoor checked the student register, teacher's daily diary, classroom condition and had one-to-one discussion with the students. He fulfilled the final BEF requirements for school taking over. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Rashid Butt conducted a health & hygiene awareness raising session which was attended by 64 students present on the activity day. Later on, Mr. Mansoor met the members of the School Management Committee (SMC) to introduce his organization restructured the SMC to Parents Teacher School Management Committee (PTSMC).
#education #primaryeducation #school #learningcenter #schoolmanagement
 

OSDI's TL attended Introductory Meeting in Lasbela


On 18th August 2023 (Friday), Mr. Rashid Butt - OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) attended a meeting held at the office of District Chairman (Lasbela). The meeting was chaired by Sardar Rasheed Forai. Uthhal Tehsil's Municipal Committee Chairman - Syed Soomar Shah also graced the event as a Guest of Honor. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt shared details about the areas of intervention, ongoing projects, vulnerability checking mechanism and monitoring procedures to ensure transparency of all programs. Furthermore, the meeting was well-attended by representatives of all line departments, social welfare department and other non-profit organizations.
#monitoring #vulnerability #intervention
 

Reverification Assessments for Potential LAP Beneficiaries in Mardan


Between 16th (Wednesday) - 19th (Saturday) August 2023, senior management of OSDI comprising of Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan, Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid and Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said conducted reverification assessments of the families shortlisted for the Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). Projects under LAP will initiate in the upcoming days. OSDI's team went from door-to-door to interview the vulnerable households. Nearly, 123 susceptible individuals were met for the reassessment process. After short listing of the final beneficiaries, OSDI shall initiate its intervention within the newly selected focused communities by launching its livelihood assistance, community development and food security projects as planned. OSDI's team met the families for re-verification in the communities of Shanay Zangal, Saleem Khan, Umair Dhair, Hassanabad, Morra Banda and Natyan.
#baselinesurvey #sustainability #livelihood #community #foodsecurity
 

1st Integrated Health Outreach Medical Camp Held in Chib Sheikh village


On 17th August 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) under the supervision of Dr. Kamran Sohail - OSDI's Manager Health-care and Monitoring & Evaluation held the first Integrated Health Outreach Medical Camp (IHOM-Camp) in the focused revenue village of Chib Sheikh. This one day medical camp was held in collaboration with the District Health Department - Government of Baluchistan and People's Primary Health-care Initiative (PPHI-Baluchistan). On behalf of the district health department, 2 vaccinators and one Malaria supervisor attended the medical camp. The government's health team conducted Malaria, Dengue, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis C (HCV) tests. OSDI's appointed doctor checked the health of 252 patients in which 79 were males and the remaining 173 patients were females. It was observed that majority of the patients suffered from Gastro Tract Infection (GIT) as 28.1% ailing people, Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) as 6.7%, Skin Infection as 4.7% and other diseases as 50.7%. The patients attended the GMC from the adjacent communities of Gao, Moosa Goth, Noor Muhammad village and Hussain Goth. Free medicines were distributed by OSDI as per the doctor's prescription. To sensitize the participants regarding safe health & hygiene practices OSDI's team in collaboration with HANDS conducted 3 awareness raising sessions with 72 individuals. Furthermore, the team from HANDS also distributed 250 jerry cans and 1000 soaps amongst the attendees. The Chairman of Union Council - Mr. Muhammad Ali and Vice Chairman - Mr. Muhammad Khan also visited the medical camp as Guests of Honor.
#health #primaryhealthcare #medicalcamp #freemedicines #patients #capacitybuilding #awarenessraising #sensitization
 

Health Check of Animals by Vet in Lasbela


On 16th August 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) to check the health of animals distributed under the 5th Phase. During this one day visit, OSDI's appointed veterinary expert - Dr. Akhter met 28 beneficiaries participating in this phase. OSDI's team checked the health of 79 animals, dewormed 30 livestock and treated 2 animals against diseases. In this phase, 16 beneficiaries have been chosen to participate from the focused community of Hussain Goth, 7 from Moosa Goth, 2 from Jamot Colony and one each from Gao, Faqeer Muhammad and Hindu Muhallah. The beneficiaries thanked OSDI's team for the monthly follow-up visit to check the health of their animals.
#livelihood #livestock #vet #healthcheck #deworming #treatment #animals
 

Independence Day Celebration in Rustam Model School


To celebrate the 76th Independence Day of Pakistan, OSDI's Field Team of District Mardan (KPK) attended the celebration held at the Rustam Model School on 14th August 2023 (Monday). Mr. Sajjad Said - OSDI's Head of District Mardan graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. The enthusiastic students delivered patriotic speeches, read motivational poetry, sang songs and national anthem with complete zest and zeal. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Said distributed certificates of appreciation and acknowledgement amongst the participating students and teachers. Besides this, nearly 225 plants were sowed within the school premises by the students under the Natural Resource Management (NRM) project.
#independenceday #pakistan #education #naturalresource #plants
 

One day Field Visit of Senior Official to Lasbela


On 12th August 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Assistant Manager Communications & Education - Ms. Fizza Rizvi visited the field office of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The aim of the visit was to meet the focal person of education department, conduct teachers initial training, meet the School Management Committee (SMC) members and check the land finalized for Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) prior to construction. Initially, the Focal Person of Education Department / EMIS - Mr. Ather Qureshi met Ms. Rizvi to discuss about the ongoing projects of OSDI in the field of education. He applauded the educational facilities built by OSDI and their contribution in uplift the cause of education in Lasbela district. OSDI's team requested him for the provision of course books for the upcoming academic year. For the newly appointed female teachers a training session was held which was entitled, "Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Skills in a Teacher." To share day-to-day classroom experiences, Ms. Maryam - school teacher of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Qambrani village was requested to join the training session. Next, OSDI's team visited the vulnerable community of Faqeer Muhammad to meet the SMC members and inform them about the roles & responsibilities of SMC. OSDI's team emphasized on the student enrollment activity and focusing on female enrollment ratio. The community members of Jhangi Khan and Mutkani were met in the end to allot a suitable place for 15 days so the regular classes shall commence until the TLC is formally constructed.
#education #primaryeducation #schoolchildren #learningcenter
 

Finalization of Land for TLCs


On 11th August 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) held meetings with the School Management Committee (SMC) members of both Faqeer Muhammad and Jhangi Khan communities. During the meeting, land area was finalized prior to construction of a Temporary Learning Center (TLC). Mr. Rashid Butt - OSDI's District Team Leader met 10 community members to discuss about the suitable land area. The focused communities of Jhangi Khan and Mutkani will share the same TLC infrastructure whereas, the villagers of Faqeer Muhammad shall have their own educational facility. Re-verification of stats of the out-of-school children (OOSC) in all the communities was also done on the same day.
#education #primaryeducation
 

Cotton Crop Assessment in District Lasbela


On 9th (Wednesday) & 10th (Thursday) August 2023, OSDI's Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid along with the field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the focused communities of Hamarkani, Golani, Baraad and Jhangi Khan. The purpose of this visit was to monitor the cotton crop health. On this day, OSDI's team visited the cotton crop lands of 10 farmers participating in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The overall crop growth seemed satisfactory. The first cycle of cotton crop picking has started by the farmers. Mr. Junaid guided the farmers about crop picking technique and its storage.
#livelihood #agriculture #farming #cottoncrop #farmers
 

One Day Training on Natural Resource Management


On 6th August 2023 (Sunday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended a one day training workshop organized by the WWF-Pakistan. The training was entitled, "Introduction to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources". The event took place in the Circuit House in collaboration with the Agriculture Extension Department (Lasbela). Dr. Ghulam Ali - Assistant Professor and Dr. Shahmeer from Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences (LUAWMs) spoke about natural resource management, utilization of best agricultural practices, etc. Focal Person of Organic Projects in Baluchistan and Deputy Director at Agriculture Extension Department - Mr. Habibullah Shah was the main chief guest at this event.
. #naturalresource #capacitybuilding #training #agriculture
 

Collection of Solar Panel Installments in Mardan


On 4th August 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused community of Akhundara in union council of Palo Dheri. The purpose of this visit was to collect the monthly installment of Solar Panels set-up by OSDI. In FY 2020-21, OSDI distributed orange fruit plants under the pilot project of horticulture. 7 farmers have been chosen to grow fruit orchards. To provide easy access to water, these farmers were facilitated with Solar Panels facility. The farmers collectively contribute PKR 10,000 per month to pay OSDI their share on the installation expenses. #water #farmers #horticulture #orangeplant #fruitplant
 

Capacity Building of District Lasbela Field Staff


On 4th August 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir participated in a one day training seminar organized by the Taraquee Foundation. The training was entitled "Inheritance Rights of Women in Pakistan". During the seminar, Mr. Anwar Zai - District Coordinator spoke about gender-based violation, laws, rights and female inheritance clauses in Pakistan. Mr. Ayoub Achakzai - SSP Lasbela graced the occasion as a chief guest. The event was attended by law enforcement agencies, government representatives, social sector officials and media representatives. #womenempowerment #capacitybuilding #training
 

Health-check of Animals by Vet in Lasbela


In the focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI's Team along with the veterinary expert - Dr. Akhter met 17 beneficiaries participating in the 5th Phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP). The health check of livestock distributed by OSDI was done on 31st July 2023 (Monday). During the visit, OSDI's appointed vet checked the health of 49 animals, dewormed 34 animals and treated 3 livestock. Dr. Akhter also addressed the queries of the beneficiaries regarding livestock rearing and breeding. OSDI's team visited the beneficiaries in the focused communities of Hamarkani, Waryani, Golani, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad, Muraad and Baraad.
#livestock #livelihood #animals #animalhealth
 

SMC Formation in Faqeer Muhammad Community


Located in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) is a little scattered community called Faqeer Muhammad. The village comprises of 30 vulnerable households. On 31st July 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Rashid Butt met the local community members to form a School Management Committee (SMC). Based on the credibility, reputation and willingness of the individuals, the SMC members were elected by the village elders and parents.
Nearly, 16 people attended the gathering.
#education #primaryeducation #school
 

OSDI's Team Leader Met DHO in Lasbela


On 31st July 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt met the District Health Officer (DHO) - Dr. Hameed Baloch at his office. Dr. Mansoor - Deputy District Health Officer (DDHO) was also present during the meeting. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt discussed about the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in the focused areas of intervention and exploring opportunities of mutual collaboration with the health department. He further requested the health department to support OSDI in organizing General Medical Camps (GMCs). Dr. Baloch ensured his support to facilitate the ailing people.
#health #primaryhealth #immunization
 

Spray Application and Training of Farmers in Horticulture


On 21st July 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said accompanied with Mr. Ibrar Ali - Field Assistant visited the Phase 1 & 2 farmers participating from the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch in the Horticulture project. OSDI's appointed agrarian expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain thoroughly examined the plants growth. The farmers were trained about the effective methods for orchard management. The training topic covered essential aspects of citrus cultivation, disease prevention, and pest control. OSDI's team distributed 1 bottle of Bifenthrin 250ml, 2 packets of Thiamethoxam 30gm, 2 packets of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium fertilizers (2020) 250g, 6 bottles of humic acid (micro nutrient) 4l and 50kgs of Urea fertilizer. The farmers thanked the OSDI's team for the counselling and guidance.
#agriculture #livelihood #horticulture #orangeorchard #farmers
 

OSDI's Built TLC Qambrani Transferred to BEF


On 20th July 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Assistant Manager Communications & Education - Ms. Fizza Rizvi visited the Government Girls High School located at Mondra Chowk in district Hub (Baluchistan). The purpose of this visit was to meet the Regional Supervisor (Central Region B, Kalat Division) at Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF) - Mr. Mansoor Ahmed Baloch to sign a MoU between both the organizations. The meeting was held at the office of Deputy District Officer (DYDO) (F) in Hub - Ms. Shazia Hameed. In the year 2021, OSDI constructed a one classroom based Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Qambrani in M.C. Utthal. This TLC had an enrollment strength of 79 students till the end of academic year 2022. From the next academic session, the TLC shall now be officially managed and operated by the BEF team.
#education #primaryeducation #schooltransfer #sustainability
 

Staff Capacity Building and Skill Development on Non-GMO seeds


On 19th July 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Adnan Qadir attended the training session on "Non-GMO Seeds Multiplication & Bio-Inputs" held at the Circuit House in Utthal. The training was organized by the Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). The CABI trainers delivered fruitful lectures on seed germination and best seed sowing practices. They briefed the audience about organic seeds and its benefits besides, pest controlling and management. The event was attended by senior government officials, social sector officials and media representatives.
#agriculture #training #capacitybuilding
 

ADP - Phase 7 Farmers Receive Fertilizers in Lasbela


On 18th July 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) distributed nitrogen and phosphorus (NP) fertilizer amongst the farmers participating in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Altogether, 13 farmers received one bag of NP fertilizer (each) on this day. 4 farmers came from Jhangi Khan, 3 from Hamarkani, 2 each from Golani & Faqeer Muhammad and one each from Baraad & Hashim Goth. The remaining 2 farmers from the focused communities of Golani and Hashim Goth received their fertilizer bags on 20th July 2023 (Thursday). The farmers shall use the fertilizer in the upcoming days.
#agriculture #livelihood #fertilizer
 

OSDI organized Training on IPM for ADP Farmers


On 18th July 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) organized a farmers training on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The training was held in the OSDI's field office. For capacity building of the farmers participating in the recent phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP), OSDI appointed Dr. Ghulam Ali (Assistant Professor) and Mr. Qaiser Habib (Lecturer) from Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences (LUAWMs) to conduct the training session. The farmers were taught modern techniques of crop protection for pest controlling and management. Mr. Sultan - Internal Control Inspector (ICI) at WWF also conducted a training session on identifying the common pests and beneficial insects found in the crops. Furthermore, Mr. Dawood (Botanical Pesticide Expert) from WWF demonstrated the use and preparation of Kurtuma and Neem spray for gushing on the plants to protect them from pests. OSDI's team invited District Head of Agriculture Extension Department (AED) (Lasbela & Hub) - Mr. Qamar ud Din Baloch as a Honorable Chief Guest. Besides this, Mr. Haider Abbas Naqvi - Deputy Director at AED and Mr. Muneer Ahmed Baloch - District Training Manager at Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE) also attended the training as dignitaries.
#agriculture #livelihood #pestcontrol #training #capacitybuilding
 

Botanical Pesticides Received from AED office


On 14th July 2023 (Friday), Mr. Rashid Butt - OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the office of the Deputy Director - Mr. Haider Abbas Naqvi in Agriculture Extension Department (AED). The purpose of this visit was to receive the botanical pesticides for the farmers participating in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Mr. Naqvi most generously donated 16 liters of pure Kurtuma extract and 6 liters of Neem extract for the cotton crop plants. The liquid extracts shall be sprayed on all the plants to protect them from being infested with pesticides for better growth of the plants. OSDI shall distribute the extracts in the upcoming days.
#farmers #livelihood #agriculture #cottoncrop #pesticides
 

1st GMC organized in Hassanabad


In the newly intervened focused community of Hassanabad, located in the union council of Bazaar in district Mardan (KPK), OSDI organized the first General Medical Camp (GMC) on 13th July 2023 (Thursday). OSDI's appointed doctor checked 214 patients in the GMC. The ailing people comprised of 94 males and 120 female patients. Amongst the patients, treated 26 patients were from under the age bracket of 5 years. It was observed that nearly 7% patients had Eye, Nose and Throat (ENT) infection, 6% people suffered from Gastro Intestinal Tract (GIT) Infection, 5% had skin infection issues and 4% had musculoskeletal pain. People from 4 different areas attended the GMC from the adjacent places of Baikar, Checkpost, Banda and Hassanabad. Mr. Ibrar Ali - OSDI's Field Assistant conducted an awareness raising session with 20 participants on safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices.
#medicalcamp #primaryhealth #freemedicines #hygiene #awareness
 

Monitoring Visit by Agro Expert in Cotton Crop Fields


Between 12th (Wednesday) & 13th (Thursday) July 2023, OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) conducted monitoring visits of the agro fields. OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib accompanied the OSDI's team to check the crop health. Out of the total 17 farmers participating in the 7th phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) in which they have chosen to grow cotton crop, OSDI's team met 16 farmers. 1 farmer could not be reached due to road damage issue. After the monitoring visit of the ADP farmers, OSDI's team then visited the vegetable lands of Kitchen Garden (K.G.) beneficiaries.
#farmers #livelihood #agriculture #cottoncrop #kitchengarden #vegetables
 

Meeting with NRSP Representative in Lasbela


On 13th July 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt visited the office of the District Supply Chain Officer in National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) - Mr. Amjad Ali Shah. It was an initial meeting to explore partnership opportunities of mutual interest. NRSP has collaborated with OSDI in the previous years, to support us with malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) kits and medicines during the one day General Medical Camps (GMCs) held in district Lasbela. Mr. Ali has vowed to continue supporting OSDI to help lower the malaria disease in the district.
#healthcare #malaria #primaryhealth
 

OSDI TL meets Village Counsellor of Sukkan


On 12th July 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt invited the village counsellor of Sukkan village at his office. This community lies in the union council of Wayaro. Mr. Butt, discussed about the upcoming interventions of OSDI, in the newly intervened focused community of Jhangi Khan. Mr. Rehmatullah - village counsellor of Sukkan was asked to address the community issues and expedite the process of land finalization to initiate the construction work of Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Jhangi Khan. Moreover, Mr. Butt emphasized on the ideology of OSDI to work as collaborative partners alongside the community people.
#primaryeducation #education
 

Meeting with SMC members in Lasbela Office


On 12th July 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt held a meeting with the members of the School Management Committee (SMC). The meeting took place in the field office of OSDI. In the previous month, OSDI formed a 5 members based SMC in the newly intervened focused communities of Jhangi Khan, Soomar Goth and Mutkani. As all the three communities are adjacent to each other, one Temporary Learning Center (TLC) shall be constructed in the center location. Mr. Butt urged the SMC members to finalize a land location so the construction work shall begin.
#education #educationforall #primaryeducation #learningfacility #school
 

OSDI's TL Participates in Monthly DEG Meeting


On 10th July 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt attended the monthly District Education Group (DEG) meeting held at the office of Deputy Commissioner (D.C). The meeting was chaired by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) - Mr. Farhan Roonjha. Senior representatives of the government department attended the meeting to share progress about their respective teams. The attendees included people from the Social Welfare Department, District Education Department, etc. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt shared a detailed overview of the progress especially in the field of education.
#education #educationforall
 

Initial Meeting with SREP Beneficiaries


On 7th July 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir met the potential beneficiaries of Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) in the OSDI's field office. In the upcoming days, OSDI intends to initiate the 4th Phase of SREP in this district. 3 beneficiaries have been chosen to participate from the focused vulnerable communities of Faqeer Muhammad, Hashim Goth and Golani. Mr. Butt enquired in detail about the business plans of these beneficiaries. One potential beneficiary has shown interest to open a vegetable shop, one individual intends to open a tailor shop and the other is interested in grocery shop. Soon the project shall be launched. #livelihood #smallbusiness #financialempowerment
 

OSDI's Team Conducted GMC in Umar Dhair village


On 27th June 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's district Team of Mardan (KPK) organized the first General Medical Camp (GMC) in the newly intervened focused community of Umar Dair. This village lies in the union council of Machi. On behalf of OSDI, Dr. Arifullah checked and treated 197 patients in this GMC. Amongst the patients, 90 were males the remaining 107 patients were females. 25 patients from below the age group of 5 years received primary health care treatment at this medical camp. OSDI's team gave free medicines as per the doctor's prescription to the patients. The medical camp was attended by the ailing people from the adjacent communities of Darang Kotti, Seel Banda and Surkh Koye alongwith Umar Dhair village
#primaryhealth #freemedicines #treatment #healthcheck
 

Livestock Health Check by Vet in Lasbela


On 27th June 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied by the vet - Dr. Akhtar visited the beneficiaries of Phase 5 - Livestock Development Project (LDP). The visit was aimed to check the health of remaining animals left in the previous trip. Altogether, the vet examined the health of 54 animals from 8 focused communities. OSDI's team met 17 beneficiaries of LDP from the vulnerable communities of Hamarkani, Jhangi Khan, Muraad, Baraad, Gao, Faqeer Muhammad, Hindu Mohalla and Jamot Colony. The vet dewormed 27 livestock and treated 1 animal.
#livestock #livelihood #animalhealth #deworming #healthcheck
 

SMC Formation in New Communities of Lasbela


On 27th June 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt visited the newly intervened focused community of Jangi Khan to meet the community members and form a School Management Committee (SMC). People also attended the meeting from Mutkani and Soomar villages. Altogether, 38 community representatives from these villages selected 5 reputable people as SMC members. OSDI shall soon initiate the construction of a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) to begin the education process after finalization of land for school premises. The SMC members have vowed to positively contribute towards the cause of education to help uplift their communities from illiteracy.
#school #schoolmanagement #primaryeducation #notoilliteracy
 

1st Medical Camp in Hamarkani Community


On 26th June 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Healthcare team conducted the 1st General Medical Camp (GMC) in the newly intervened focused community of Hamarkani. This village is located in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). A total number of 168 patients received medical assistance and treatment during this one day GMC. The patients comprised of 102 females and 66 ailing males. Majority of the patients were diagnosed suffering from Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) (25%), Skin Infections (23%) and Gastro Intestinal Tract Infection (GIT) (20%) besides other diseases. OSDI's team held 2 sensitization sessions on safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices to train and educate 41 participants to help them improve their living conditions.
#primaryhealth #hygieneawareness #freemedicines #treatment
 

OSDI Donates Medicines in Mardan


OOn 21st June 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said and Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali successfully donated medicines in the Rustam Civil Hospital. Dr. Kashif Pirzada - Medical Superintendent (M.S.) received the medicines on behalf of the hospital. OSDI's team donated 5012 capsules of Esorid (40mg) medicine for the vulnerable and deserving patients. Esorid capsules are used to cure erosive reflux esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and duodenal ulcers. The management of Rustam Civil Hospital applauded the efforts of OSDI for the generous donation.
#medicinedonation #health #helppatients
 

Monitoring Visit by Horticulture Expert


On 17th June 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali paid a monitoring visit to the focused communities of Biroch and Akhundara to examine the condition of orange fruit plants distributed in the Horticulture project. OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain accompanied the field assistant during this visit. After thorough observation of the plants, the agro expert recommended the farmers to use potassium humic acid, NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium) fertilizer and urea (Nitrogen fertilizers) to overcome the fertilizer deficiency. Moreover, as few plants were identified to be affected by leaf minor disease Mr. Hussain recommended to have bifenthrin spray sprinkled on them.
#agriculture #horticulture #fruitorchard #orangefruit #plants #fertilizers #livelihood
 

Meeting with Representative of CPD-PITE


On 17th June 2023 (Saturday), Mr. Rashid Butt - OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) held a meeting with Mr. Muneer Ahmed Baloch - District Training Manager at Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE). The meeting took place at OSDI's field office of district Lasbela. Both the representatives exchanged details about the progress of ongoing projects in the field of education. They also discussed about opportunities of mutual interest to promote the cause of education in district Lasbela. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt took keen interest in teachers training and professional development sessions to further improve the quality of education being delivered in class.
#education #primaryeducation #teachertraining #capacitybuilding
 

Reverification of Beneficiaries for LAP Projects


Between 14th (Wednesday) - 17th (Saturday) June 2023, OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) under the leadership of Mr. Sajjad Said - Head of District met a total number of 35 individuals for the reverification process of potential beneficiaries for the upcoming projects of Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). The selection of beneficiaries would be finalized based on pre-defined LAP family selection criterion. Under LAP, OSDI offers a variety of projects such as Agriculture Development Project (ADP), Horticulture Project, Livestock Development Project (LDP) and Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP). During the meeting, Mr. Said briefed the participants about the beneficiaries' roles and responsibilities for making OSDI's initiatives sustainable after its exit. He also guided the individuals how they could contribute effectively for the overall progress of their relevant communities.
#livelihood #agriculture #livestock #smallbusiness #horticulture #incomegeneration
 

OSDI's TL attends meeting in DC office


On 13th June 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt met the Honorable Deputy Commissioner of district Lasbela at his office. Mr. Younas Sinjrani - Deputy Commissioner chaired the meeting to know about their upcoming and ongoing projects in the district by representatives of the social sector. Mr. Farhan Ronjhoo - Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), District Health Officer (DHO), Deputy DHO, Deputy Director Agriculture & Livestock, MS DHQ hospital, DSM from PPHI and representatives of other line departments were present during the meeting. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Butt briefed about the sustainability creation projects previously completed within the focused communities. Furthermore, he informed about the interventions planned in the new susceptible villages.
All the meeting participants applauded the poverty alleviation strategies of OSDI.
 

OSDI's TL meets Senior Representative at Agriculture Extension Department


On 12th June 2023 (Monday), Mr. Rashid Butt - OSDI's recently appointed Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) met a senior representative at Agriculture Extension Department in Lasbela district. Firstly, Mr. Butt visited the office of Deputy Director - Mr. Haider Abbas Naqvi. During the meeting, OSDI's representative shared details about the OSDI's currently ongoing Agriculture Development Project (ADP). He also invited Mr. Abbas to visit the agro fields of OSDI's farmers and attend the capacity building trainings and workshops as an honorable guest. Next, Mr. Butt distributed urea bags amongst the 2 farmers who could not receive the bags on 10th June 2023.
#agriculture #farmers #fertilizer
 

Fertilizer Distribution amongst ADP - Phase 7 Farmers


On 10th June 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) distributed urea (Nitrogen Fertilizer) bags amongst 15 farmers participating in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The remaining 2 farmers could not visit the OSDI's field office due to some unavoidable reason however, they will receive it in a few days. It is the 2nd round of fertilizer distribution amongst the farmers in this phase. Each farmer received 2 bags of urea per acre of land. The farmers thanked OSDI for its contribution in helping them uplift from poverty.
#agriculture #farmers #fertilizer
 

Animal Health-Check by Vet in Lasbela


On 8th June 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid accompanied by the field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the beneficiaries of Phase 5 - Livestock Development Project (LDP). Dr. Akhtar - veterinary expert also accompanied the OSDI's team. The vet checked the health of 83 animals from the focused communities of Hussain Goth, Musa Goth, Hashim Burfat and Golani. 36 animals were dewormed by the OSDI's appointed vet and 1 animal received medical treatment as per need on this day.
#healthcheck #livestock #vet
 

BBCM and H&H session Conducted in Saleem Khan Banda


On 7th June 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said and Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the newly intervened focused community of Saleem Khan Banda to conduct a Broad Based Community Meeting (BBCM) and Health & Hygiene (H&H) awareness raising session. This village is located in the union council of Bazaar. Prior to initiating the BBCM, Mr. Said visited the water bore and water storage tank site in this community. The BBCM was attended by 25 participants. After a thorough discussion on the day-to-day issues being faced by the villagers, Mr. Said initiated an awareness raising session on the need and importance of safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices to help lower the health issues and improve the living conditions of the local people. OSDI's representative trained the participants on effects of daily bathing, brushing teeth twice a day, trimming of nails every week, washing of hands before and after every meal specially after using the toilet. He further informed about the hazardous effects of snuffing tobacco on health.
#health #hygiene #awareness
 

Monitoring Visit to Agro and K.G. Fields


On 7th June 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's newly appointed Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Rashid Butt along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir and Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid conducted a monitoring visit to the agro fields of farmers participating in the Phase 7 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers have opted to grow cotton crop in this cycle. OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib was also a part of this monitoring team. Altogether, fields of 14 farmers were visited in 5 focused communities. The agro expert checked the cotton crops' progress and informed the beneficiaries about weeds and pest management. He also explained the efficient application of urea fertilizer and irrigation water. Next, the monitoring team visited the Kitchen Gardens (K.G.) of 11 beneficiaries to check their vegetable crops. The ADP farmers and K.G. beneficiaries were grateful to the OSDI's team for the field visit.
#agriculture #farmers #kitchengarden #monitoring
 

Initial Meeting to Reopen GGPS in Shanay Zangal


On 6th June 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's team of district Mardan (KPK) and Mr. Zahir Shah - District Planning Officer (DPO) at Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) visited the newly intervened focused community of Shanay Zangal. This village comprises of 30 vulnerable households. The team met the community elders of this village to discuss about the reopening of non-functional Government Girls Primary School (GGPS). Mr. Said had a detailed discussion with stakeholders to uplift the cause of primary education in this village, focus on female enrollment and make education easily accessible to all out-of-school children (OOSC). Moreover, the community elders thanked OSDI's team for initiating to support them.
#education #primaryeducation #femaleliteracy #studentenrollment
 

OSDI's HoD meets ESEF Representative in Mardan


On 5th June 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Head of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said met the District Planning Officer (DPO) at Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) - Mr. Zahir Shah at his office. The purpose of this meeting was to explore opportunities for sustainability, address specific concerns related to educational infrastructure, and seek further opportunities for mutual collaboration in the newly intervened focused communities of OSDI. During the discussion, Mr. Said shared details about OSDI's upcoming projects in the newly selected focused communities. He further explained the efforts being made for community mobilization to highlight the cause of female literacy and have out-of-school children (OOSC) enrolled to acquire primary education. Mr. Shah appreciated the efforts of OSDI and vowed to visit the focused community of Shanay Zangal to meet the local community regarding reopening of the non-functional Government Girls Primary School (GGPS).
#education #primaryeducation #femaleliteracy #studentenrollment
 

OSDI's Manager Programs visited the Agro Fields


On 30th May 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar N. Khan along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the agro fields of the farmers facilitated in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The purpose of this visit was to check the project implementation and ensure timely application of fertilizers and weedicides. OSDI's team visited the 16 farmers from the vulnerable focused communities of Hamarkhani, Hashim Burfat, Golani, Jangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. Due to time constraints, 1 farmer from the community of Baraad was not met. Mr. Khan had one-to-one detail discussion with each farmer to check the project progress.
#agriculture #farmers #cottoncrop #livelihood #inspection
 

General Medical Camp in Saleem Khan Banda


On 24th May 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's district Team of Mardan (KPK) organized the first General Medical Camp (GMC) in the newly intervened focused community of Saleem Khan Banda. This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. On an average the community lies, at a distance of 14kms from the Bazaar Government Hospital. On behalf of OSDI, Dr. Arifullah checked and treated 212 patients in this GMC. Amongst the patients, 81 were males the remaining 131 patients were females. 17 patients from below the age group of 5 years received primary health care treatment at this medical camp. It was observed, that most of the patients suffered from viral fever and were anemic due to malnutrition. OSDI's team gave free medicines as per the doctor's prescription to the patients. The medical camp was attended by ailing people from the adjacent communities of Saleem Khan Banda, Kas Malandary, Khula Dhere and Nari Khawar. OSDI's team conducted 2 health and hygiene (H&H) awareness raising sessions which were attended by 26 people altogether.
#medicalcamp #primaryhealthcare #treatment #freemedicines #hygieneawareness
 

Initial Assessment of SREP in Lasbela


Between 19th (Friday) and 20th (Saturday) May 2023, initial assessment of suitable beneficiaries for the upcoming phase of Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) was done by the district Lasbela (Baluchistan) team. Uptil now, OSDI has successfully facilitated 16 vulnerable individuals to initiate the small businesses in this district. To support susceptible individuals to initiate small businesses under Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) selection and identification of individuals is being conducted as of now. OSDI's team conducted initial assessments of 9 male and female individuals. People interviewed were from Hashim Burfat (4), 3 from Hamarkani, 1 each from Jangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. The project shall be launched after finalization of beneficiarie.
#livelihood #smallbusiness #incomegeneration #assessment
 

Course books Distributed in TLC Qambrani


On 13th May 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) handed over the course books received from the Government's Education Department, last month. School teacher - Ms. Maryam received the course books books on behalf of the students enrolled in the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani. After a while, the enthusiastic students stood in a queue to receive their course books for the new academic year. This TLC has been upgraded to grade 3 with the passing out of students from the previous grade. OSDI shall distribute stationary items amongst the students in the next few days.
#education #primaryeducation #students #newacademicyear #coursebooks
 

K.G. Follow-up and Application of Agro Inputs


Between 11th (Thursday) - 12th (Friday) May 2023, OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the beneficiaries of recently initiated Kitchen Garden (K.G.) Project - Phase 4 and farmers of newly commenced Phase 7 - Agriculture Development Project (ADP). During this 2 days monitoring visit, the OSDI's team checked the progress of the K.G. and ADP project. It was observed that seedlings had sprouted on the K.G. plots and farmers were busy in seed sowing of cotton crop on their agro farmlands. OSDI's team guided the farmers about application of weedicides in cotton crop and appropriate usage of fertilizers. The farmers appreciated the gesture of the OSDI's team in helping them with the sowing method. During this visit, the OSDI's team went to the focused communities of Baraad, Faqeer Muhammad, Golani and Jangi Khan.
#livelihood #agriculture #kitchengarden #farmers #monitoring #agroinputs #cottoncrop
 

Health check of Livestock by Vet in Lasbela


On 9th May 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied with the Veterinary Officer in Government's Livestock Department - Dr. Akhtar visited the beneficiaries of Phase 5 - Livestock Development Project (LDP). It was a regular monitoring visit to check the health of the animals distributed by OSDI. Dr. Akhtar checked the health of nearly 125 animals. To ensure better health of the animals, 75 goats were dewormed by the vet. On this day, beneficiaries from the focused communities of Hussain Goth, Musa Goth, Baraad, Faqeer Muhammad, Jangi Khan, Golani and Hamarkani were met.
#livelihood #livestock #animalhealth #healthcheck #deworming #vaccination
 

Seed Sowing Demonstration by Agro Expert


On 8th May 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir accompanied with Mr. Qaiser Habib - OSDI's appointed agro expert visited the farmlands of Agriculture Development Project (ADP) - Phase 7 participants. To educate the farmers about better seed sowing practices the agro expert delivered a demonstration. During the capacity building session, seed broadcasting technique was explained by the agro expert. The farmers learnt about the importance of distancing while sowing seeds, uniformity in seed depths and layering of soil over the seed. Mr. Habib also briefed about the weedicide spray and its usage through drip irrigation process. The farmers enthusiastically learnt the new crop cultivation methods with interest.
#agriculture #farmers #cottoncrop #agroinputs #weedicides #seedsowing
 

Monitoring Visit of SREP beneficiaries


Between 9th (Tuesday) - 10th (Wednesday) May 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali met the 3 beneficiaries facilitated under the Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) in district Mardan (KPK). Last year, these beneficiaries were supported to initiate their small businesses. Amongst these beneficiaries, 2 individuals belonged to the focused community of Akhundara and the remaining 1 person was from Prrang Dara village. Mr. Ali checked the financial books of these beneficiaries, enquired about the daily sales and profits, etc. Overall, the beneficiaries seemed to be satisfied with their businesses.
#smallbusiness #livelihood #sustainability
 

Monitoring Visit of WNH Project in Akhundara


On 8th May 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused community of Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to check the condition of solar panels given under the Water Nearby Homes (WNH) project. Last year, OSDI set-up the solar panels as per the requirements of the local community to ease the water extraction process for the orange fruit plants watering. These plants have been distributed under the horticulture project. Mr. Ali received a sum of PKR 10,000 from the 7 farmers participating in the horticulture project as monthly installment of CDF amount.
#horticulture #agriculture #farmers #solarpanels #orangefruit #plants #water #solarpanels
 

Monitoring of Orange Fruit Orchards


Between 12th (Friday) and 13th (Saturday) May 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch in district Mardan (KPK) to check the orange fruit plants. During the field visit, Mr. Ali had one to one meetings with the farmers and enquired if there were any issues. The farmers shared details about watering, application of pesticides and weedicides on time, etc. OSDI's efforts for the regular follow-up and keen interest in this project was appreciated by the farmers.
#farmers #fruitorchard #orangeplant #agriculture #horticulture
 

Initiation of ADP - Phase VII in District Lasbela


On 6th May 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali and Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir distributed cotton crop inputs (seeds, fertilizer, and weedicide) among the selected farmers in the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers have also been given cash grants for plowing and land preparation. During this cycle, 17 farmers have been selected to grow cotton crop on 48 acres of their farmlands. OSDI's field team has distributed 3.3kgs cotton seeds, one bag of Diammonium phosphate (DAP), two bags of nitrogen fertilizer urea, one bag of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), and one bottle of Pendimethalin - Herbicide per acre. These inputs were recommended by the agriculture expert. The tillage amount given to each farmer is PKR 6600 per acre. In this phase, the farmers have been chosen from the focused communities of Faqeer Muhammad (3), Hamarkani (3), Hashim Burfat (2), Jangi Khan (4), Golani (4) and Baraad (1).
#agriculture #farmers #cottoncrop #agroinputs #fertilizers #weedicides
 

Capacity Building of Farmers for Phase - 7 in ADP


On 4th May 2023 (Thursday), OSDI organized a capacity building training on modern techniques of cotton crop cultivation at OSDI's district Lasbela office for the ADP phase VII beneficiaries. The training was conducted by appointed agrarian expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib. Nearly, 28 farmers attended this session amongst which 20 were participants of ADP - Phase 7 and the remaining 8 attendees belonged to the recently completed phase 6. Mr. Habib began the training with details about the importance of using modern agrarian techniques to enhance the crop yield and generate better livelihood. Furthermore, using the powerpoint tool he explained the different steps involved in cotton crop farming such as land preparation and leveling, maintaining soil fertility, seed broadcasting, application of fertilizers, traditional and chemical pest & weeds management techniques, irrigation pattern, etc. After the training, a detailed question and answer session was held to address the queries of the farmers.
#agriculture #farmers #cottoncrop #training #capacitybuilding
 

OSDI's TL attended the Monthly DEG meeting


On 5th May 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali attended the monthly District Education Group (DEG) meeting held at the office of the Deputy Commissioner Lasbela. This follow up meeting is regularly conducted to ensure transparency and be updated about the upcoming and ongoing education projects within the district. During the meeting, it was informed that 4 non-functional closed schools were reopened by the District Education Department. To control the usage of gutka, tobacco, mawa, etc. by school students strict disciplinary action is being taken by the concerned authorities. Furthermore, plantation of trees in schools, capacity building of the school teachers and setting up of new electrical connections in educational facilities was also discussed. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Mansoor briefed about the recent interventions of OSDI in new vulnerable communities of district Lasbela and intentions to open up Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) in Faqeer Muhammad, Jangi Khan and Mutkani.
#primaryschool #education #educationforall
 

Senior Official of BEF Visits TLC Qambrani


On 5th May 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir from district Lasbela (Baluchistan) visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the vulnerable community of Qambrani along with Mr. Mansoor Baloch - Regional Director of Baluchistan Education Foundation (BEF). Mr. Baloch checked the student enrollment register and enquired about the progress of students from the class teacher. The students were engaged in question and answer session by him. At the end of the visit, Mr. Baloch appreciated the efforts of the OSDI's team in provision of quality education to the under-privileged students. OSDI is committed to exploring new partnerships with local stakeholders for sustainability and the aforementioned visit was initiated to hand over the facility to BEF.
#education #primaryeducation #students #educationforall #teacher
 

Land Inspection by Agro Expert in Lasbela


On 2nd May 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied with the Agriculture Expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib visited the agro fields of 20 vulnerable farmers for the upcoming phase 7 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The team travelled to 6 newly intervened focused communities located in union council of Wayaro. The agro expert met the farmers and checked the land size, soil fertility, land levelling and irrigation water channels before project initiation. Each farmer will receive agro inputs in the form of grants. The OSDI's team visited farmers in the communities of Hamarkani, Hashim Burfat, Golani, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad and Baraad. Cotton crop will be grown in this upcoming phase.
#agriculture #farmers #livelihood #cottoncrop #landcheck
 

Donation of Medicines to Rustam Civil Hospital


On 3rd May 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Sajjad Said along with the Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the Rustam Civil Hospital to donate medicines. On behalf of the hospital, Medical Superintendent (M.S.) - Dr. Kashif Pirzada received the kind donation. OSDI has donated 8,960 capsules of Esorid (20mg) and 5,012 capsules of 40mg Esorid medicine. This medicine will support the healthcare facility to treat the patients suffering from Acid Peptic Diseases (APD). Dr. Kashif wholeheartedly thanked the OSDI's management for the kind gesture to facilitate the ailing people.
#healthcare #medicines #freemedicines #donation #communitydevelopment
 

District Education Department Donated Course Books


On 29th April 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Shah received the kind donation of course books from the District Education Department. These books are to be distributed in the upcoming next academic session. Students from kindergarten to grade three shall receive these books. The course books received by the OSDI's representative included 27 textbooks for KG students, 24 books for class 1, 15 books for class 2 and 14 books for class 3. To further facilitate the students, OSDI shall distribute stationary items and note copies amongst the students.
#primaryeducation #coursebooks #education #newacademicyear
 

Monitoring Visit by Manager Programs


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 to check the health of orange fruit plants distributed in the two phases of Horticulture project. The visit was conducted on 20th April 2023. Altogether, 10 vulnerable farmers have been supported to grow orange fruit on their farmlands in this pilot project. OSDI's appointed agrarian expert - Mr. Usman Said recommended the farmers to have pesticide spray gushed over the plants as a very minor section of plants have been identified with leaf minor pest. To control the situation on the initial level Mr. Said urged the farmers to take action soon after the wheat harvesting process is completed. Manager Programs met each farmer in person to enquire about their plants growth and any other issues.
#farmers #livelihood #horticulture #agriculture #orangefruit #plants #fruitorchards
 

Broad Based Community Meeting in Saleem Khan


On 20th April 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan accompanied with the Head of District - Mr. Sajjad Said visited the newly selected focused community of Saleem Khan in district Mardan (KPK). This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. There are nearly 80 households in this village with a population size of 600 individuals. During the Broad Based Community Meeting (BBCM), Mr. Sheheryar discussed about the construction of a Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in this community, to impart primary education and ensuring easy accessibility of clean drinking water. Besides this, the villagers discussed about their day-to-day issues and problems. 15 village elders and representatives attended the meeting.
#education #primaryeducation #safewater #drinkingwater #sustainability
 

Health & Hygiene Session conducted in TLC Akhundara


On 28th April 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted a Health & Hygiene (H&H) awareness raising session in the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Akhundara. This educational facility has been handed over to the Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) this year. Altogether, 40 students attended this capacity building session in which they were trained by the OSDI's representative about safe health & hygiene practices to live a healthy life. 17 female students and 23 male students thoroughly enjoyed the training session. The students learned about proper handwashing techniques and had fun in the practical activity. Mr. Ali also educated the students about the positive health benefits of brushing teeth twice a day, wearing clean clothes, bathing daily, disposing litter properly, ensuring hygiene in home and surrounding, etc.
#health #hygiene #awareness #education #capacitybuilding #handwash #training
 

Land Verification for ADP - Phase 7 in Lasbela


On 27th April 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Manager Monitoring & Evaluation and Healthcare - Dr. Kamran Sohail along with the M&E and Healthcare Officer - Mr. Abdullah Ilyas Ghaznavi and field team visited the newly intervened focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The purpose of this visit was to re-verify the potential farmers and check their land prior to initiating the 7th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers are expected to grow cotton crop in the upcoming phase. Altogether, OSDI's team met 23 farmers from which 4 farmers belonged to the community of Hamarkani, 3 from Hashim Burfat, 2 from Golani, 4 from Baraad village and 5 each from Jangi Khan and Faqeer Muhammad. ADP - Phase 7 shall commence soon after the finalization of the farmers.
#agriculture #livelihood #cottoncrop #farmers #monitoring
 

OSDI donates medicines for Hinglaj Yatra for the 3rd time


On 19th April 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's district Lasbela (Baluchistan) team handed over medicines for the upcoming Holy Pilgrimage of Hinglaj Yatra to the District Health Officer (DHO). This annual event holds an important position in the Hindu religion. This year, the Holy Pilgrimage is scheduled to commence between 25th April 2023 to 1st May 2023. Hindu devotees from across the globe will attend this significant festival, in which they will visit the Hinglaj Asthan. On behalf of the Hindu brethren, Dr. Hameed Baloch - District Health Officer (DHO) approached the OSDI's team for the kind donation of medicines. Like every year, the district government shall set-up a medical camp to serve the devotees with suitable primary healthcare facilitations.
#medicalcamp #healthcare #primaryhealth #freemedicines
 

Monthly Monitoring Visit of Vet in Lasbela


On 14th April 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali visited the beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) - Phase 5 to check the health of the animals distributed by OSDI. Mr. Muhammad Akhtar - Vet Officer at Veterinary Department in District Lasbela accompanied OSDI's Team Leader during this monitoring and health check visit. OSDI's team travelled to the focused communities of Hussain Goth in Chib Sheikh, Musa Goth, Jangi Khan, Baraad and Muraad to have one-to-one meetings with the beneficiaries and observed the health of their animals. Altogether, health of 82 livestock was checked. OSDI's team inoculated a dose of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) vaccination to 32 goats, 34 animals were dewormed with Oxafex medicine and 13 goats received injections of Genta Combisone medicine for protection against viral fever and flu.
#livestock #livelihood #goats #deworming #vaccination #healthcheck #animalhealth
 

Initial Assessment of Farmers for Cotton Crop Cultivation


Between 6th (Thursday) and 9th (Sunday) April 2023, OSDI's Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid along with the field team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) conducted an initial survey in the newly intervened focused communities. The preliminary assessments were made for the upcoming Phase 7 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). The farmers are expected to grow cotton crop in this phase. OSDI's team interviewed 28 individuals from the focused communities of Hamarkani, Golani, Hashim Burfat, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad and Baraad. Extremely vulnerable candidates will be selected to participate upon compilation of results.
#cottoncrop #farmers #livelihood #agriculture #assessment
 

Kitchen Garden - Phase 4 Initiated in Lasbela


Between 12th (Wednesday) & 14th (Friday) April 2023, OSDI's district Lasbela (Baluchistan) team distributed vegetable seeds amongst the 29 vulnerable beneficiaries selected to participate in the recent phase of Kitchen Garden project. It is the 4th Phase of K.G. in this district. On an average, each beneficiary has chosen to sow seeds on 250 sq. ft. of land. From the focused under-privileged communities of Golani (3) and Waryani 2 families have been selected to participate along with, 4 from Jangi Khan, 2 from Hussain Chib Sheikh, 2 from Muraad, 7 from Baraad and 9 from Faqeer Muhammad community. OSDI has facilitated the beneficiaries to grow ladyfinger, apple gourd and ridge gourd in this phase.
#kitchengarden #vegetables #growyourownfood #foodsecurity
 

OSDI's TL attended Monthly DEG Meeting


On 3rd April 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Ali attended the monthly District Education Group Meeting (DEG) held at the office of Deputy Commissioner (Lasbela). The meeting was chaired under the honorable leadership of Mr. Murad Khan Qasi - D.C. (Lasbela). During the meeting, it was discussed that atleast 10 non-functional government schools shall be regularized and made functional. The usage of substance abuse such as tobacco/gutka/mawa, etc. by the students shall be controlled at school level. Aggressive efforts shall be made to increase the student enrollment ratio and teaching vacancies shall be filled through inclusion of appropriate candidates to impart quality education. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Mansoor shared the details about the ongoing efforts made by OSDI to highlight the cause of education in this region. District Education Officer (DEO) - Mr. Imran Hussain, Mr. Qadir (District Coordinator) at UNICEF and Mr. Muneer from Real Time School Monitoring (RTSM) and other dignitaries also attended the gathering.
#education #school #studentenrollment #teacher #learningprocess
 

Horticulture Monitoring Visit in Mardan


Between 13th (Thursday) and 14th (Friday) April 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali made a monthly monitoring visit to the 10 orange fruit farm fields in the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch. During the visit, Mr. Ali met the farmers and checked the fruit plants one by one. The fruit plants were observed in good condition. Mr. Ali enquired about the regularity in plants watering and ensuring protection from weedicides and pests. The farmers seemed to be satisfied with the regular monthly monitoring visits of the OSDI team and its appointed agro expert.
#horticulture #farming #fruitorchard #oranges #plants #monitoring
 

Horticulture Farms Visited by Agro Expert in Mardan


On 29th March 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI’s Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) – Mr. Ibrar Ali along with the newly appointed Agriculture Expert - Mr. Naveed Ahmed visited the horticulture farms in the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch. Mr. Ahmed holds a MSc. Degree in Botany from the University of Peshawar. During the monitoring visit, it was observed that the orange fruit plants in both the communities were doing well. Regular follow-ups and close monitoring by the OSDI’s team has kept the farmers at their toes. The farmers were grateful for the guidance by the agro expert.
#livelihood #horticulture #farmers #oranges #fruit #plants
 

Veterinary Expert Visit in District Lasbela


Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) – Mr. Babar Junaid accompanied with the Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the Livestock Development Project (LDP) beneficiaries of Phase – 5 between 29th (Wednesday) and 30th (Thursday) March 2023. OSDI’s appointed Veterinary Expert – Mr. Muhammad Akhtar (Vet Officer at Veterinary Department in District Lasbela) checked the animals distributed by OSDI in Phase-5 of Livestock Development Project (LDP). OSDI’s team checked and treated, a total number of 130 animals. It was observed that 7 – 8 animals were found sick and were instantly treated by the vet. The most common diseases diagnosed in the animals were diarrhea, flu and fever. Parturate animals were given drench by the vet. The beneficiaries thanked OSDI’s team for the kind facilitation.
#livelihood #livestock #vet #animals #treatment
 

Monitoring Visit by Agro Expert of ADP Fields


On 29th (Wednesday) and 30th (Thursday) March 2023, Manager Programs of OSDI – Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Mansoor Ali visited the wheat fields of 19 farmers participating in the Phase 6 of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). OSDI’s appointed Agro Expert – Mr. Qaiser Habib (Lecturer in Horticulture Department) at University of Lasbela accompanied the OSDI’s team to conduct close monitoring of wheat crops. During the visit, it was observed that as a positive outcome of close follow-ups the farmers have performed better as compared to the previous years. The farmers informed that they had never heard about DAP (Di-ammonium Phosphate) fertilizer prior to becoming OSDI’s beneficiary. It is for the first time they have used such agro inputs distributed by OSDI and the results are impactful. As of now, the wheat crop is in the harvesting phase. Previously, the crop produce was calculated at 8 maunds per acre.
#farmers #agriculture #wheatcrop #livelihood
 

H&H session held in TLC of Akhundara


On 28th March 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI’s Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) – Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted a health & hygiene (H&H) awareness raising session in the OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Akhundara. This school has been handed over to Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) this year. Altogether, 44 students attended the sensitization session in which they were trained about safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices. Mr. Ali briefed the students about the benefits of regular hand-wash, taking bath daily, trimming of nails every week, combing of hair and wearing clean clothes. He asked the students to ensure their surroundings are kept clean by discarding litter properly.
#health #hygiene #awareness #training #capacitybuilding #students
 

Monitoring of ADP Fields in District Lasbela


On 22nd March 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI’s Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Mansoor Ali along with the Field Assistant – Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the agro fields of farmers participating in the 5th Phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Farmers have chosen to grow wheat crop in this phase. To monitor the crop growth, Mr. Qaiser Habib – OSDI’s appointed agrarian expert accompanied the OSDI’s team to the farmlands of all 19 farmers. The team visited the focused communities of Muraad, Baraad, Hussain Goth in Chib Sheikh, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad, Waryani and Golani. Mr. Habib closely inspected the crops and responded to the queries of the farmers in detail.
#farmers #agriculture #livelihood #wheat #monitoring
 

Pakistan Day Celebration at TLC Qambrani


On 24th March 2023 (Friday), Pakistan Day Celebration was held at the OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in Qambrani community in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Each year, Pakistan Day is celebrated on 23rd March to commemorate the Lahore Resolution which holds a high historic value in formation of the country. As compared to the previous year, the school teacher – Ms. Mariam conducted an art work activity this time. It was a coloring and drawing fun filled activity, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students present in class. The students were assigned the task to draw the Pakistani flag. The children enthusiastically show cased their artwork after the activity.
#students #pakistanday #drawing #coloring #education #primaryschool
 

Health Check of She-Goats in Lasbela


On 15th March 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI’s Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Mansoor Ali accompanied by the Field Assistant – Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the focused communities of LDP – Phase 5 beneficiaries. Dr. Karim - Senior Veterinary Officer from the Livestock Department also joined the OSDI’s team. The purpose of this visit was to conduct fertility tests on the she-goats distributed during this month. Dr. Karim had ultrasound done on 29 she-goats. The goats checked belonged to the focused communities of Hussain Goth, Moosa Goth and Hamarkani Goth.
#livestock #vet #healthcheck #livelihood
 

Field Visit of Senior Education Officer to District Lasbela


On 20th March 2023 (Monday), OSDI’s Senior Education Officer – Ms. Andaleeb H. Malik visited the newly intervened focused communities of district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The purpose of this field visit was to conduct Broad Based Community Meetings (BBCMs) to form School Management Committees (SMCs) in the targeted communities of Jangi Khan, Mutkani and Faqeer Muhammad. OSDI’s district team of Lasbela accompanied the Senior Education Officer during the field visit. Firstly, OSDI’s team met the community representatives of Faqeer Muhammad and formed an SMC there then, villagers of Mutkani and Jangi Khan were met to highlight the cause of education. Later on, Ms. Andaleeb also visited the OSDI’s built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in Qambrani village for student assessment.
#education #primaryeducation #school #studentassessment
 

5th General Medical Camp held in Akhundara


On 18th March 2023 (Saturday), OSDI’s Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) organized the 167th General Medical Camp (GMC) in this region. The medical camp was held for the 5th time in the focused vulnerable community of Akhundara. OSDI’s appointed doctor checked 262 patients during this one day GMC. Amongst the patients, 91 were males and 171 were female patients. The patients attending this GMC came from 5 susceptible adjacent communities of Karko Banda, Sab e Maira, Warra Dara, Jarro and Tajakabaad. OSDI facilitated the patients with free check-up, treatment and medicines. 39 child patients from the age group of below 5 years availed the primary healthcare treatment at this GMC.
#health #medicalcamp #freemedicines #treatment #primaryhealthcare
 

OSDI organized 1st General Medical Camp in Jangi Khan


In the newly intervened vulnerable community of Jangi Khan, OSDI has organized the 1st General Medical Camp (GMC) on 17th March 2023 (Friday). This village lies in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). OSDI’s appointed doctors and paramedical staff checked 204 patients at this medical camp. Majority of the patients treated were females (117) and 87 were male patients. It was diagnosed that most of the ailing people had health issues of Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) and Gastro Intestinal Tract Infections (GIT) besides, skin diseases and musculoskeletal pains. To sensitize the participants about safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices 4 hygiene awareness raising sessions were held by OSDI’s Health team in which 112 people were trained.
#health #medicalcamp #hygiene #awareness #capacitybuilding
 

LDP - Phase 5 Initiated in District Lasbela


Between 9th (Thursday) – 10th (Friday) March 2023, OSDI’s team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) under supervision of Mr. Babar Junaid - Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) visited the livestock market of District Hub. This market is located in the union council of Sakraan. During the two days survey, Senior Veterinary Officer – Dr. Kareem also accompanied the OSDI’s team to check the physical health of the goats prior to purchase. The next day, on 11th (Saturday) March 2023, OSDI’s team successfully distributed 111 animals amongst the 39 nominated beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) – Phase 5. Beneficiaries facilitated on this day, belonged to the vulnerable communities of Hussain Goth, Moosa Goth, Barad Murad, Hashim Goth, Golani, Burfat Goth and Hamarkani Goth. As for the remaining 5 beneficiaries from the focused communities of Bolani, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad and Baraad, goats were distributed on 15th March 2023 (Wednesday).
#livestock #healthcheck #livelihood #goats
 

1st LDP Training for Phase 5 Beneficiaries


On 6th March 2023 (Monday), OSDI’s Senior Associate Manager Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP) - Mr. Babar Junaid along with the Team Leader of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) – Mr. Mansoor Ali and Field Assistant – Mr. Adnan Qadir organized the first training session on Livestock Management & Handling. Senior Veterinary Officer (Lasbela) – Dr. Kareem, conducted the training. Altogether, 51 participants attended the training, in which 44 individuals were the selected beneficiaries for this upcoming 5th Phase of Livestock Development Project (LDP) in this district. OSDI’s appointed trainer educated the audience about shed preparation and maintenance, disease symptoms & cure in goats, hygiene upkeep, fodder mixing, milking, herd increase and overall goat management techniques. The training was held in the community hall of Moosa Chib Sheikh.
#livestock #training #capacitybuilding #animalhealth #hygiene
 

MoU signing with LDP - Phase 5 Beneficiaries


In the focused community of Chib Sheikh, OSDI's District Team of Lasbela (Baluchistan) gathered to have Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Phase 5 beneficiaries of Livestock Development Project (LDP) in this district on 28th February 2023 (Tuesday). Overall, it's the 14th Phase of this project. Altogether, 44 vulnerable beneficiaries have been selected to participate from the newly intervened focused communities. Maximum number of beneficiaries have been nominated from the community of Hussain Goth in Chib Sheikh (17). From the community of Moosa Goth (7), (6) from Hamarkani, (2 each) from Baraad Ali, Golani, Jangi Khan, Muraad Ali and Jamot Colony and from the remaining villages of Faqeer Muhammad, Gao, Hashim Burfat and Hindo Muhallah one beneficiary from each community has been identified. Nearly, 132 goats shall be distributed amongst these beneficiaries in the upcoming days.
#livestock #capacitybuilding #financialempowerment #assetcreation
 

1st GMC held in Baraad Community


On 24th February 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Healthcare team organized the first General Medical Camp (GMC) in the newly intervened focused community of Baraad in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). This village is located in the union council of Wayaro. OSDI's appointed doctors checked and treated 266 patients altogether. During the primary diagnosis, it was observed that 32.33% patients suffered from Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI), 19.17% people had Gastro Intestinal Tract Infection (GIT), 17.15% had skin infection issues and 34.96% people had other health related concerns. Out of the total patients, checked 114 were males and 152 were female patients. To educate the participants, about safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices 4 sensitization sessions were organized by the OSDI's team in which 60 people were trained.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitize #capacitybuilding #patients #treatment #freemedicines
 

BBCM held in Jangi Khan, Mutkani & Faqeer Muhammad


On 23rd February 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Andaleeb H. Malik along with the Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Shah and Mr. Adnan Qadeer - Field Assistant visited the newly intervened vulnerable communities of Jangi Khan, Mutkani & Faqeer Muhammad. OSDI's team met the community elders and influential people to conduct a Broad Based Community Meeting (BBCM) with them. During the meeting, OSDI's Senior Education Officer emphasized on the need and importance of acquiring education. She highlighted the cause of education in creating enlightenment for a prosperous future. Furthermore, Ms. Andaleeb highlighted the dire need of female literacy and student enrollment. The community representatives welcomed OSDI's initiative to open up a learning facility in their villages and vowed to allot land for the school.
#primaryeducation #femaleliteracy #studentenrollment #school #advocacy
 

Annual Prize Distribution in TLC Qambrani


On 23rd February 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Andaleeb H. Malik visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) in the focused community of Qambrani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). The purpose of this visit was to participate in the annual prize distribution ceremony organized by the teacher and students of this educational facility. The event began with recitation of Hamd, followed by Naat then patriotic speeches and songs. Prizes were distributed amongst students scoring good grades and positions in annual exams, punctuality, neatness and cleanliness, classroom participation, etc. The TLC has been upgraded to class 3 now.
#class #education #primaryeducation #annualprize
 

MoU signing with the Horticulture Project Farmers


On 23rd (Thursday) & 24th (Friday) February 2023, OSDI's appointed agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain and Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali met the farmers participating in the 2 phases of Horticulture project in district Mardan (KPK). Altogether, 10 farmers have opted to grow orange fruit plants in this pilot project. To begin with, a monitoring visit was made by the agro expert to observe the fruit plants growth and outcomes of pesticide spray. After which, OSDI's Field Assistant had MoU's signed by the farmers according to which the farmers shall now take care of fertilizer application and timely spraying of weedicides & pesticide on their plants. To empower the farmers with ownership of their fruit orchards they shall now be responsible for overall growth and development of their plants.
#horticulture #fruitorchard #monitoring #oranges
 

Fertilizer & Pest Control Spray on Fruit Orchards in Mardan


On 21st February 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali along with the Agro Expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain visited the horticulture fields of OSDI set-up in the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch. The purpose of this visit was to ensure application of fertilizer and pesticide spray on the 1400 orange fruit plants given during the 2 phases of OSDI's Horticulture Project. OSDI's agro expert had NitroPhos Fertilizer applied to the soil of the plants to improve their growth. To control the pests, termite spray was done on the fruit plants. The farmers were guided about pest spray preparation and application technique. The farmers thanked OSDI's team for the timely facilitation.
#horticulture #fruitorchard #fertilizer #pestcontrol #oranges #capacitybuilding
 

Monitoring visit of Wheat Fields by Agriculture Expert


On 21st February 2023 (Tuesday), OSDI's Field Team of District Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied by the Agro Expert - Mr. Qaiser Habib visited the focused communities of Muraad, Baraad, Waryani, Golani, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad and Hussain Goth in Chib Sheikh to meet the farmers participating in the recent phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). OSDI has facilitated the farmers to grow wheat crop during this season. Mr. Habib had one to one meetings with the farmers on their wheat fields. He monitored the crop growth and health in detail. Overall, the crops were observed to be in good condition. The first phase of crop harvesting is expected to begin in the month of April.
#agriculture #agro #farmers #wheat #monitoring
 

5th General Medical Camp held in Prrang Dara Village


On 16th February 2023 (Thursday), OSDI conducted its 5th General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Parrang Dara in district Mardan (KPK). Patients from nearly 5 adjacent settlements availed the primary healthcare treatment during the one day medical camp from within the union council of Palo Dheri. The patients came from Sher Abbas, Babo Dara, Sharma Khan, Mayeen Hut and Prrang Dara communities. OSDI's appointed female doctor checked nearly 176 ailing people, comprising of 71 males and 105 female patients. Amongst the patients, 21 belonged to the age group of below 5 years. Patients received free medicines as per the doctor's prescription from the OSDI's team. Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali conducted health & hygiene awareness raising session with 10 participants.
#heath #hygiene #awareness #patientscheck #treatment #capacitybuilding
 

OSDI's built TLC in Arab Seray converted to GPS


On 13th February 2023 (Monday), OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the focused vulnerable community of Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK) has been transferred to the Government's Education Department. The community of Arab Seray lies in the union council of Bazaar. All 103 enrolled students acquiring education in the OSDI's built TLC have been transferred to the Government Primary School (GPS) in Arab Seray, along with all the learning and educational tools. The government's education department has appointed female teachers in this school to conduct regular classes. The government officials applauded the efforts of OSDI in making ripples of positive social change within the susceptible communities.
#education #primaryeducation #school #studentenrollment
 

OSDI & NCHD's visit to TLC in Pini Ladhoo


On 6th February 2023 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Shah & Mr. Mehboob - Field Officer at National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) visited the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) at Pini Ladhoo community. This TLC has recently been reconstructed by OSDI as the previous infrastructure was washed away by the floods. Representatives of both the organizations met the school teacher and members of the School Management Committee (SMC) to inform them about the handing over of this educational facility to the District Education Department of Government of Baluchistan. Both the SMC members and school teacher was grateful for the initiative and thanked NCHD & OSDI's team for their collaborative efforts.
#education #primaryeducation #school #management
 

SMC meeting held in TLC of Chamasara


On 3rd February 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Field Team of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied with the representatives of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) went to the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the focused community of Chamasara. This village lies in the union council of Khenwari. During the floods last year, the TLC was washed away. As a self-initiative the SMC members arranged for a tent to accommodate the students so the learning process keeps on-going. OSDI has recently rebuilt the TLC facility once again. On behalf of NCHD, Mr. Mehboob - Field Officer and Mr. Mansoor - OSDI's Team Leader of Lasbela met the members of School Management Committee (SMC) and teacher to discuss about the handing over of this TLC to the Education Department - Government of Baluchistan through NCHD.
#education #primaryeducation #school #management
 

ADP - Phase 19 Farmers met in Lasbela


Between 11th (Saturday) & 13th (Monday) February 2023, OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) - Mr. Mansoor Shah accompanied by the Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir met the farmers participating in the newly initiated phase of Agriculture Development Project (ADP). During the 2 days field visit, the OSDI's representatives met 11 farmers in total. Amongst these farmers, 10 participants belonged to the vulnerable focused community of Faqeer Muhammad and one farmer is from the village of Jangi Khan. Both these communities are from the union council of Wayaro. It was an initial monitoring visit by the OSDI's team to see the crop management techniques exercised by the farmers. The farmers shared details about their routine crop upkeep with the OSDI's team.
#agriculture #agro #farmers #monitoring
 

Monitoring of Wheat Fields in Waryani & Golani


On 9th February 2023 (Thursday), OSDI's district team of Lasbela (Baluchistan) accompanied by the Monitoring & Evaluation team from head office visited the agricultural lands of farmers from Waryani and Golani communities. Both these villages lie in the union council of Wayaro. During this phase of OSDI's signature Agriculture Development Project (ADP), 3 farmers have been selected from the Waryani community and 2 farmers have been chosen from the Golani village. It is the 19th phase ADP in district Lasbela. OSDI's team checked the crop growth and maintenance in detail, during the field visit.
#agriculture #agro #farmers #wheat #monitoring
 

Wheat Fields of Baraad & Murad Communities Visited


On 8th February 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Assistant of district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the recently appointed Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - Mr. Abdullah Ilyas Ghaznavi visited the agricultural lands of farmers from the focused communities of Muraad Ali and Baraad Ali. Farmers in this phase have opted to grow wheat crop. All the 3 farmers from both of these villages were met by the OSDI's team. The team did a detailed survey of the agricultural land, during which they kept enquiring about the crop maintenance methods and techniques used by the farmers to take care of their crop. In the upcoming days, agro expert will be visiting the fields for close inspection of the crops and capacity building of the farmers .
#agriculture #agro #farmers #wheat #monitoring
 

SBDW activity held in TLC Qambrani


On 27th January 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Healthcare and Monitoring & Evaluation Manager - Dr. Kamran Sohail visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) along with the field team members. The purpose of this visit was to conduct School Based De-worming (SBDW) activity in this school for the 3rd time. In continuation with the ongoing 12th Phase of SBDW activity, nearly 75 enrolled and out-of-school children (OOSC) were de-wormed with a dose of zyntel syrup. OSDI's team distributed 250ml of milk packs to each child. Ms. Madiha Khan - Health Promotion Practitioner (HPP) conducted an awareness raising session for capacity building of the students to educate the children about safe health & hygiene practices, after the deworming activity.
#health #hygiene #deworming #studenthealth #awareness #capacitybuilding
 

35th Medical Camp held in District Lasbela


In the newly intervened focused community of Waryani, which is located in the union council of Wayaro in district Lasbela (Baluchistan), OSDI has organized its 35th medical camp. This village comprises of nearly 15 vulnerable households having a population size of 105 people. Under the supervision of Dr. Kamran-OSDI's Healthcare and Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, the medical camp was held on 27th January 2023 (Friday). Approximately, 343 number of patients received free consultation, provisional diagnosis and treatment by the OSDI's appointed doctors and paramedical staff. The patients checked included 196 female patients and the remaining 147 ailing individuals were males. For capacity building of the local people, regarding safe health & hygiene practices OSDI's team conducted 2 awareness raising sessions in which 40 participants were trained.
#primaryhealthcare #treatment #medicalcamp #patients #doctors #health #hygiene #awareness #sensitize
 

Monitoring Visit of Fruit Orchards in Mardan


Between 13th (Friday) & 14th (Saturday) January 2023, OSDI's Field Assistant for district Mardan (KPK)-Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused communities of Akhundara and Biroch to visit the fruit orchards. It was a regular field-monitoring visit to check the condition of orange fruit plants. Mr. Sardar Hussain-agrarian expert appointed by OSDI recommended nitrophos, zinc and hemic acid fertilizer and termite spray for all plants in Akhundara community. It was observed during the visit that few plants have termite attack. On the other hand, in the community of Biroch, the 3 farmers have dug circles around each plant. The edging and mulching around plants will further improve their growth. Mr. Hussain recommended the use of similar fertilizer and termite spray as in the former community.
#farmers #horticulture #orange #fruit #plants #monitoring
 

Agro Expert visited the fields of ADP-Phase 6 Farmers


On 14th January 2023 (Saturday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan)-Mr. Mansoor Ali Shah along with the Field Assistant-Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the fields of farmers participating in the 6th Phase of OSDI's Agriculture Development Project (ADP). Mr. Qaiser Habib - Agrarian Expert also accompanied the team during the one day monitoring visit. Farmers from all 7 focused communities of Waryani, Golani, Jangi Khan, Faqeer Muhammad, Baraad, Muraad and Hussain Goth of Chib Sheikh were met in detail. The agro expert had one-to-one discussion with each farmer to know about their crop maintenance strategies and water quantity being given during winters. The agro expert also checked the crop germination. Moreover, the farmers were given tips for weedicide management.
#agriculture #farmers #agroexpert #weeds #cropmaintainence
 

6th General Medical Camp set-up in Biroch village


On 11th January 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Field Team of district Mardan (KPK) set-up the 6th General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Biroch. This village lies in the union council of Bazaar. Prior to the GMC, OSDI's field team made announcements in the community and its adjacent villages of Tajak Abaad, Sab e Maira and Jarro to inform the local people about the setting up of GMC. Nearly, 141 patients were checked and treated by the OSDI's appointed doctor and paramedical staff. Upto, 53 males and 88 female patients availed the primary health services from which 21 patients were minors. Free medicines were given to the patients by OSDI's team as per the doctor's prescription. The patients attended the GMC from 6 vulnerable communities of Biroch, Uthman Khel, Spen Qabruna, Shanay Zangal, Nakhtar Banda and Muhammad Kotti.
#health #checkup #patients #doctor #medicalcamp
 

Health & Hygiene Session in Waryani community


On 4th January 2023 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan)-Mr. Mansoor Shah along with the Field Assistant-Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted a health & hygiene awareness raising session in the recently intervened focused community of Waryani. This village lies in the union council of Wayaro. Approximately, 15 households are there in this village having a population size of total 105 individuals. During this sensitization session, 23 male members of the community were trained regarding safe health and hygiene practices. OSDI's representative briefed the audience in the local lassi language.
#health #hygiene #awareness #sensitization #capacitybuilding
 

Visit to OSDI's Built TLCs in Pini Ladhoo & Sayarani


On 9th January 2023 (Monday), OSDI's district Lasbela (Baluchistan) team visited the OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) situated in the focused communities of Pini Ladhoo and Sayarani along with Ms. Khair-un-nissa-Assistant Director (A.D.) at National Commission for Human Development (NCHD). The visit was planned to check the school's overall progress. On behalf of NCHD, Ms. Khair-un-nissa met the school teachers and discussed about the students' progress and regularity. Random questions were enquired from the students to know about the grip on the lessons being taught in class. The students proactively responded to the queries. NCHD's representative thoroughly checked the teachers and students records for invigilation.
#primaryschool #education #students #nchd #teachers
 

Visit to the camp school in Chamasara community


On 6th January 2023 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan)-Mr. Mansoor Shah along with the Field Assistant-Mr. Adnan Qadir visited the OSDI's initiated Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chamasara. On behalf of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) - Ms. Khair-un-nissa-Assistant Director (A.D.) accompanied the OSDI's team. Chamasara is located in the union council of Khenwari. Because of the floods, which occurred last year, the TLC was wiped-out. However, members of the School Management Committee (SMC) gathered to convert a camp into a classroom to continue imparting of the education process. Ms. Khair-un-nissa checked the student copies and teacher's registers to have an update about the current progress of education.
#primaryschool #education #students #nchd #teachers
 

Senior Management of ESEF visited OSDI Built Schools


On 5th January 2023 (Thursday), a team of senior delegation from Elementary & Secondary Education Foundation (ESEF) visited the OSDI built schools of Akhundara and Arab Seray in district Mardan (KPK). Upon its successful exit from these communities, OSDI has formally handed over its schools to this organization. On behalf of ESEF, Managing Director - Mr. Zareef ul Mani, Director - Mr. Gulzar Shah and Director - Mr. Habib ur Rahman along with the District Planning Officer (DPO) - Mr. Zahir Shah met the students and teachers of these schools. OSDI's Head of District Mardan-Mr. Sajjad Said and Field Assistant-Mr. Ibrar Ali were also present with the ESEF team. Mr. Zareef was pleased with the progress of TLC in Akhundara and asked his management to move the students of TLC in Arab Seray to Government Primary School (GPS) building and complete the further process.
#primaryschool #education #students
 
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