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HDF to hold its 10th anniversary this week.

ISLAMABAD, September 07, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Human Development Foundation (HDF) has completed ten years of its existence in Pakistan and announced to hold a number of activities to celebrate tenth anniversary this week. During the last ten years it helped the humanity by providing basic preventive and curative health facilities, elementary and primary education through formal and non-formal schools and small loans through easy conditions to facilitate small businesses. In 1997, visionary Pakistani expatriates of USA realizing the urgent need of community empowerment for sustained, meaningful progress established Human Development Foundation North America (HDFNA), in Chicago, USA. Human Development Foundation (HDF) Pakistan, affiliated with HDFNA since its inception in 1999 started its work from Mardan Region and spread to eight regions, which included Mardan, Shamsabad, Rahim Yar Khan, Zhob, Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. HDF provides people with the skills necessary to make use of their available resources empowering the communities that help initiate a change in society while focusing on social mobilization, education, health, economic development and sustainable environment. There are 23 Units of HDF, each comprising of one thousand households, are directly helping 202,500 people and another over thousand people through the partner organizations. The focus of the Social Mobilization Program is to create awareness amongst the masses and for the purpose 1,424 Community Organizations like Development Organizations (DOs), Village Development Organizations (VDOs) at village level and Unit Development Organization (VDOs) at Unit level have been established. HDF has so far opened a total of 5 formal primary schools in the target areas under its education programme, which also includes adult literacy courses that have benefited 3,729 individuals and 1,623 teachers have been trained through teacher training courses. Primary health services are being provided to a total of 19,744 households that have 148,080 people at eight Community Health Centres (CHCs) with focus on health of mother and child. The Economic Development Program includes capacity building through technical skills development and total of 9,437 people have so far been trained. For establishment of enterprises, HDF has provided over 75 million rupees in loans through the small loans program. Through this Program, a total of 6,765 loans have been issued. Under the Sustainable Environment / Community Physical Infrastructure Program a total of 596 projects have been completed to cater to essential needs like provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, solid waste disposal and improvement of irrigation system. When the devastating earthquake hit the Northern Areas of Pakistan, HDF, like the Pakistani spirit, rose to the occasion and started relief and rehabilitation program at Bugna, Muzaffarabad that was soon converted into a regular program area being served till today. Through its developmental services, HDF is directly helping 200,000 people and another over 100,000 people through the partner organizations. In the same spirit, when the country faced with the problem of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following military operations in Swat, Dir and Buner, HDF felt its primary responsibility to help its compatriots in need. The IDPs are being served by HDF through creation of recreational centres, mobile health services, education of children, and skills development of women. A program of distribution of some of the very basic but essential items like milk for children and hygienic and sanitary kits for women has also been started. HDF is also working for formalization and sharing of information so that the available resources are equally distributed and not wasted, as was experienced during the earthquake. For this purpose, HDF has become part of the PUKAR Alliance formed under the umbrella of Mir Khalil-Ur-Rehman Foundation (MKRF).

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 7, 2009
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