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Read below for a recent report (mid May) from KK on their work:
Khwendo Kor’s Humanitarian Work for the COVID-19 Response
Humanitarian response is one of main components of KK programs. KK was actively engaged in supporting the affected people of 2005 earthquake, floods in 2010-11, and the temporary displaced people as a result of man-made and natural disasters.
The current pandemic spread of corona virus has made the entire world vulnerable, and so far no one has been able to come up with a universal solution such as that of polio vaccine. In addition number of deaths due to this are alarming than ever.
COVID -19 has badly hit all segments of society without any discrimination of wealth, color, religion, and gender. Poor have become poorer, people have lost jobs and revenues and economies are collapsing.
Khwendo Kor’s working communities include Urban communities of diversified faiths and culture, rural communities of merged districts and semi urban communities mainly in KP.
Khwendo Kor despite its limited resources has initiated COVID-19 response work with following strategies.
- Food distribution.
- Cash distribution
- Integration of C-19 in to Peace building project supported by NCA.
- Provision of Hygiene facility in school.
1- Food distribution:
The wave of COID-19 is increasingly making more and more people helpless, especially the daily wagers are in critical situation. Thousands of daily wagers are jobless due to lockdown and closure of businesses.
KK had started serving cooked food to the drug users even before C-19 and none of the daily wagers would join the drug users. After C-19, many daily wagers who become jobless, have started eating the food along with the drug users.
In-order to feed the jobless laborers KK has started serving cooked food exclusively for them. Presently, Iftar dinners are prepared and served in Hayatabad area to daily wagers, men, women and children. More than 200 individuals including women and men have been fed. The activity is supported through donation by friends and family members of KK staff.
Cooked food served among daily wagers women and men at Hayatabad
2- Cash distribution.
Based on KK’s humanitarian work experience cash distribution in remote areas was found useful for many reasions including needy people can utilize it according to thier own prioritized pressing needs, it saves transportation and storage cost and most importantly handing over cash enhances trust and confidence of taking decsion how to spend the money. KK has distributed cash among 40 men and women in two villages of merged district of Bannu in Jani Khail and Machi Khail.
KK has developed reporting format for ensuring transparenecy in the distribtuion of cash showing who, where, and why the cash was distributed. Cash distribution process was done in the stated villages involving community activists both men and women who identified poorest of the poor prior to the actual distribution.
KK has distributed cash among vulnerable women at village Janikhail merged District Banuu.
3- Integration of C-19 in to Peace building project supported by NCA.
3.1 : Masks Distribution among community including women and minorities:
Since last three years with the help of Norwegian Church Aid KK has been working on peace building and promoting social cohesion project in District Peshawar. Like everything else C-19 has affected everything and also has transformed the project. Now COVID -19 response related activities have been incorporated in this project. The details are as following.
Under KK economic empowerment program, several women have acquired skill in stitching, producing woolen product, producing handicrafts items in their own homes.
KK came up with innovative idea and encouraged some of the community based women handicrafts producers to start making masks. In this way a): their income is increasing, b): they are providing easy access to masks in their own community and c): masks produced by these women are been distributed among CCH, youth and women group member under Peace Building.
3.2- Awareness raising:
Under Youth Fellowship program , youth fellows as well as members of Council of Communal Harmony (CCH) are actively contributing in C-19 response related following activities.
Youth Fellows and CCH are diversified groups of women and men from different faith, culture and class. Both forums by contributing towards C-19 response are expressing solidarity to the broader society as a whole and enhancing social cohesion and harmony in their circle.
3.2.1: Mr. Fawad, from Para Chinar, Mr. Hanif, & Mr. Shiraz from Charsadda , Ms. Tayyaba from D.I Khan, Dr. Taimur & Mr. Dilshad from Peshawar have been actively engaged in awareness raising on preventive measures against Covid-19 e.g. Hand Washing with social distances and use of masks in their respective areas. These informations shared not only with women, men but also with children.
3.2.2: Mr. Taimur Emergency Intensive professional from Youth Fellowship (YF) Engaged in screening of patient RMI Peshawar
3.2.3: CCH members and Youth Fellows from diversified community including Mr. Muhammad Shiraz , Ms. Naina, and Mr. Subhash were engaged in mapping needs of vulnerable in district Peshawar, Para Chinar and District Charsadda.
3.2.4: CCH members and Youth Fellows including Mr. Muhammad Shiraz , Ms. Naina, and Mr. Subhash were engaged in need identification of vulnerable, the identified needs include mainly medicines and food in their own community and shared the list with KK.
3.2.5: Ms. Naina is a member of Youth Fellowship, did needs assessment among the Hindu community
3.2.6: Similarly Mr. Fawad from Youth Fellowship program has distributed food items among 200 families including Suni and Ahle Tashee Community in Parachinar
3.2.7: Ms. Hijab is engaging children; she teaches them how to wash hands and she also distributed food package among 200 daily wagers families.
3.2.8: Mr. Ehtisham is also engaged with children and demonstrated hand washing protocol essential to stay safe from C-19
3.2.9: Awareness raising through whatsaap: KK’s has been vigorously engaged with community through virtual means, especially through the most accessible tool whatsaap. KK keep on sharing information on the preventive measures against C-19
3.2.10: Awareness raising through Radio Program: KK’s project team organized a radio show focusing on awareness raising on COVID-19 and advocating for co-existence, cultural cohesion, shared values and culture promotion by hiring the services of Pakhtunkhwa Radio FM 92.2.
Awareness through Radio program
3.2.11: Youth Fellows in Prime Minister Ehsas program:
Mr. Dilshad is an active member of KK’s Youth Fellowship program. He has been actively engaged in supporting the illiterate and poor communities for registration in Prime Minister Ehsas Program and has registered over 1200 individual under Ehsas program.
4: Provision of Hygiene facility in school.
KK identified following needs with the active involvement of mothers and fathers School committees in Chashmai village to address the emerging challenges of C-19.
- Due of lack of personal hygiene facility in the school, it was decided that the existing toilet will be repaired and hand washing basin will be installed.
- Teachers will be trained on C-19 protocols .
- Village women having sewing & tailoring skills will be encouraged to make masks.
- Mud flour will be cemented to avoid dust.
All above activities will be done on partner basis, with equal contribution in kind by community.