Beneficiaries from Mardan Facilitated in SREP
In the month of May 2022, OSDI has facilitated 3 vulnerable beneficiaries to initiate their small businesses under the Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) in district Mardan (KPK). Amongst the beneficiaries, 2 are from the community of Akhundara and the remaining 1 is from the community of Prrang Dara.
On 9th May 2022 (Monday), OSDI has facilitated Abdullah Jan from the community of Prrang Dara to come up a jaggery shop. OSDI has contributed PKR 66400 and the contribution of Abdullah is PKR 16600. Another beneficiary supported on the same day is Bhati Jan. He has been provided a vegetable vending cart. OSDI facilitated him with PKR 56120 and self-contribution of Bhati is 14030.
On the next day, another beneficiary from Akhundara village was supported to open up a woolen & fleece shop. OSDI contributed PKR 72000 and PKR 18000 was the self-contribution.
Annual Examinations held in GPS-GMS
Under the supervision and monitoring of the District Education Department, students of OSDI's supported Government Primary School (GPS), located in Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) community in district Thatta (Sindh) participated in the annual yearly exams. The exams were held on 26th May 2022 (Thursday).
On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Muhammad Usman - Team Leader of Thatta accompanied by Mr. Ghulam Abbas - Social Organizer witnessed the assessment process. Mr. Muhammad Yaseen Rind (Supervisor) along with Mr. Gulzar Ahmed Khaskheli (Assistant Supervisor) from the education department conducted the oral and written examination of the students. Students who due to their age limit could not be enrolled in the General Registration Entry (GRE) register were prepared to participate in the Grade 5 exams by the OSDI's team.
Fortunately, these students have successfully cleared the exams and have promoted to secondary section. Besides, this students of Grade 1 have been promoted to Grade 2 on 30th May 2022 (Monday).
OSDI organized 3rd GMC in Prrang Dara
On 24th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's district Mardan (KPK) team collaborated with the District Health Department to conduct the 3rd General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused community of Prrang Dara. This village lies in the union council of Palo Dheri.
OSDI's appointed doctor - Dr. Arifullah checked and treated 143 patients altogether during this one day medical camp. Amongst the patients, 64 were males and the remaining 79 were female patients. The ailing people attended the GMC from different villages of Palo Dheri: Sherabad, Babo Dara, Sherinabad, Mayeen Hat, Mirzaki and Prrang Dara. OSDI distributed free medicines amongst the patients.
OSDI's Field team conducted 2 awareness raising sessions on safe health & hygiene practices which was attended by 18 people.
2nd SBDW activity in GPS-GMS
On 23rd May 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Health-care team under the supervision of Dr. Kamran Sohail
- Manager Monitoring Evaluation & Health Care visited the OSDI's supported Government Primary School (GPS) located in the rural community of Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) in district Thatta (Sindh). The school has recently been handed over to National Disability & Development Forum (NDF).
2nd phase of School Based De-Worming Project (SBDW) has been initiated in this school in which 61 students present on the activity day received a single dose of zyntel syrup. On behalf of OSDI, Mr. Muhammad Usman conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions to sensitize the students about safe hygiene practices for living a healthy life. The sessions were well attended by 65 participants including students, School Management Committee (SMC) members and teachers.
At the end of the session, each student received a 250ml milk pack and energy biscuits from the health-care team.
SBDW activity in TLC Qambrani
On 18th May 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Monitoring Evaluation & Health Care Officer - Mr. Khurram Jafri visited the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) located in the focused community of Qambrani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). Phase 11 of School Based De-worming Project (SBDW) was initiated in this educational facility.
Nearly, 44 students present in school were bestowed with a dose of zyntel syrup for deworming. Each child received a 250ml milk pack along with energy biscuits from the OSDI's health-care team.
Mr. Jafri conducted 2 sessions on safe health & hygiene practices which was well-attended by 50 participants.
OSDI organized 2nd GMC in Muhammad Dooda Goth
In the union council of Khenwari, lies the scattered community of Muhammad Dooda Goth in district Lasbela (Baluchistan). On 19th May 2022 (Thursday), OSDI organized the 2nd General Medical Camp (GMC) in this village in collaboration with the district health department. Earlier, a GMC was held in the month of September 2021 to facilitate the ailing people with primary diagnosis and health-care.
During the one day medical camp, OSDI's appointed doctors and paramedical staff provided primary consultation and treatment to 93 patients along with provision of free medication. 34 males and 59 female patients received the treatment. It was observed that 32% of the patients suffered from Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI), 20% from Gastro Intestinal Tract infections (GIT) and 5% people had skin diseases; the remaining 42% people had other health issues.
To sensitize the local community about safe health & hygiene practices, OSDI's Health-care team conducted 2 health & hygiene awareness raising sessions in which 26 people were trained.
NRSP organized a Coordination Meeting on UN-Women project
On 13th May 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan)
- Mr. Rashid Butt attended the coordination meeting organized by National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) in collaboration with Baluchistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP). The meeting was held at the NRSP Lasbela office.
Potential amendments to further improve the UN-Women project was discussed during the meeting. To reduce the economic vulnerability of the women affected during the Covid-19 pandemic through food security in household, social protection schemes and creating income opportunities was brought to dialogue by the stakeholders.
Senior representatives from Aga Khan Foundation - Mr. Ramzan (District Head), Mr. Khalil Roonjha (Director) - Welfare Association for New Generation (WANG), Mr. Jahangir (Acting District Head) from National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Ms. Fehmeeda (Livelihood Officer) at Baluchistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) along with other officials attended the meeting.
Final Exams ongoing in OSDI Built TLCs of Mardan
As the academic year has come to a final closing in schools across the country, OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) have also initiated to conduct final examinations. In district Mardan (KPK), from 18th (Wednesday)
- 25th (Wednesday) May 2022, students are participating in the yearly examinations.
The dedicated teachers of OSDI TLCs in Baizad Banda, Akhundara and Arab Seray villages have worked hard throughout the year to impart quality primary education amongst the students. Annual results for these exams shall be announced on 30th May 2022.
Soon after the result announcement, the students shall leave for summer break as per the government announced holidays from 1st June
- 15th August 2022.
OSDI's Senior Education Officer visits District Mardan
Between 13th (Friday) & 14th (Saturday) May 2022, OSD's Senior Education Officer
- Ms. Saira Rashid visited the 3 OSDI built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Arab Seray, Baizad Banda and Akhundara in their respective villages in district Mardan (KPK).
During the visit, Ms. Rashid held one to one interactive learning sessions with the students, conducted question and answer sessions from the course books and checked the class work copies of the children. School teachers were met and various pedagogy strategies were discussed in detail.
Ms. Rashid also met the members of the School Management Committees (SMCs) and parents to enquire about the education standards of the TLCs.
H&H session organized in the TLC of Sayarani
OSDI's newly appointed Field Assistant - Mr. Adnan Qadir conducted a health & hygiene (H&H) awareness raising session in the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Sayarani in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) on 11th May 2022 (Wednesday). During the session, Mr. Qadir briefed the students about the health benefits of keeping oneself clean.
Altogether, 82 students comprising of 34 female students and 48 male students attended the sensitization session. OSDI's Field Assistant demonstrated the steps of proper handwashing technique and encouraged the students to follow the steps.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive learning session.
Manager Programs visits LDP - Phase 3 & SREP Beneficiaries
On 10th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Head of District Mardan
- Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused communities of Biroch, Prrang Dara and Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to meet the beneficiaries of OSDI's Livestock Development Project (LDP)
- Phase 3 and Small Rural Enterprise Project (SREP) beneficiaries.
Manager Programs enquired about the improvement in lives of the beneficiaries after becoming a part of OSDI's Livelihood Assistance Program (LAP). The beneficiaries shared details of how they are now able to generate some savings on monthly basis. In SREP, grocery shops of Asif Khan and Said Jan were visited. Mr. Sheheryar checked their bookkeeping registers and enquired about the monthly income details of the shop.
The beneficiaries appreciated the visit of Manager Programs and thanked for the timely guidance on sustainability creation from time to time.
Manager Programs meets Horticulture Project Farmers
On 10th May 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Manager Programs - Mr. Sheheryar Khan along with the Head of District Mardan - Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused communities of Biroch and Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK). The purpose of this visit was to meet the Phase 1 and Phase 2 farmers of Horticulture Project.
OSDI has facilitated 7 farmers in Phase one and 3 farmers in the second phase to grow orange fruit orchards on 5 acres of farmland in each phase.
During the meeting, the farmers requested the senior management of OSDI to be facilitated with a solar water project, as the water level is very low in Akhundara village; the farmers are unable to fulfill the water requirement of the orange fruit plants.
Coordination Meeting with TEO in Thatta
On 28th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Thatta (Sindh) visited the office of Tehsil Education Officer (TEO) - Mr. Noor Muhammad Kalamati in Mirpur Sakro. The purpose of this visit was to enquire about the general register (G.R.) matter.
The G.R. consists of details of all students, from personal to student enrollment information. This record is maintained in each educational facility. Besides this, details of future coordination with National Disability Forum (NDF) for the smooth functioning of Government Primary School in Gul Muhammad Samoo village, was also discussed.
Mr. Usman also talked about the upcoming annual examination and regular school monitoring by the government's education department
Visit of Vet for Livestock Health Check
On 22nd April 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Field Assistant for district Mardan (KPK) - Mr. Ibrar Ali along with the veterinary expert - Mr. Liaquat Ali visited the focused communities of Akhundara, Biroch and Prrang Dara. The purpose of this visit was to check upon the health of livestock distributed under the 3rd Phase of OSDI's Livestock Development Project (LDP).
Approximately, health of 5 bucks and 31 does was checked by the OSDI's team. During the health check-up, one goat was diagnosed with high fever. The vet provided appropriate medicines to treat the animal. OSDI's appointed vet also checked the animal sheds and fodder.
The vet has suggested deworming of the animals after Eid holidays.
DEG Meeting held in District Lasbela
On 25th April 2022 (Monday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan)
- Mr. Rashid Butt participated in the monthly District Education Group (DEG) meeting held at the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Utthal. The meeting was chaired by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Lasbela) (General)
- Mr. Farhan Suleiman.
Besides, OSDI's representative other senior dignitaries who attended the meeting included District Education Officer (Lasbela)
- Mr. Muhammad Rafique Baloch, District Education Officer (Female) - Ms. Riffat Shakir, District Officer (Male)
- Mr. Muhammad Anwar Jamali, Mr. Ather Qureshi - Head Master at Government High School in village Ramzan
- Lakhra, Superintendent - Mr. Inayat Sheikh, Mr. Faiz Baloch and Mr. Mukhtiyar Baloch.
During the meeting, the ADC emphasized on appointment of class teachers in schools which suffered from teacher unavailability and ensure regularity in classes, reopening of ghost schools, facilitating the schools with water and electricity.
Health & Hygiene Awareness Sessions in Thatta
OSDI's Team Leader - Mr. Muhammad Usman visited the local community of Sathi Jatt and OSDI's adopted Government Primary School in Gul Muhammad Samoo village in district Thatta (Sindh), to sensitize the people about safe health & hygiene practices on 13th April 2022 (Wednesday).
Firstly, Mr. Usman conducted an awareness raising session in the OSDI's adopted Government Primary School of Gul Muhammad Samoo to train the students about the importance of health & hygiene. Altogether, 16 students attended the training session after which members of the local community of Sathi Jatt village were met and OSDI's representative gave briefing to them. 10 community males attended the session.
During the capacity building session, Mr. Usman demonstrated the proper handwashing technique to be practiced before and after every meal.
Follow up visit of Horticulture Project - Phase II
On 19th April 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Head of District Mardan (KPK)
- Mr. Sajjad Said visited the focused community of Biroch to meet the 3 farmers participating in the 2nd Phase of Horticulture project. OSDI has facilitated the farmers to grow orange fruit orchards on 5 acres of land.
The agro expert - Mr. Sardar Hussain also accompanied the HoD on the crop-monitoring visit in which he briefed the farmers to ensure atleast 3 feet of circle to be dug around each plant for better growth. Moreover, Mr. Sardar also asked the farmers to water the plants every other day as its summer season and the plants might dehydrate if not properly watered.
After the capacity building session, the farmers requested for implementation of solar panels as they were facing water scarcity issues due to frequent load shedding and unavailability of electricity.
Online Teacher Training Session
On 12th April 2022 (Tuesday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Saira Rashid conducted an online teacher's training session with the female teacher employed at the Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani. This community lies in the focused district of Lasbela (Baluchistan).
During the online session, Ms. Rashid enquired about the classroom management technique being applied to engage the students and keep them motivated at the same time. The teacher shared details about the student's progress and daily attendance in class.
At the end of the session, the teacher was asked to ensure proper discipline in class.
Course Books Donated in the Community School of Sangal
On 13th April 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader for district Lasbela (Baluchistan) donated course books to the management of the Community School in Sangal. This educational facility is being run under the supervision of the Hingol National Park (HNP), a close ally of OSDI.
Approximately, 30 students acquiring education at this facility shall benefit from the donation given. The community of Sangal is a revenue village in the union council of Lyari.
This settlement is approximately 120 kms away from the OSDI's field office in Utthal.
H&H session in TLC of Qambrani
Located in district Lasbela (Baluchistan) is the OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Qambrani. On 14th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Team Leader
- Mr. Rashid Butt conducted a monthly awareness raising session on the importance of safe health & hygiene practices.
On the activity day, 30 female students and 15 male students were present. During the session, Mr. Rashid briefed the students about benefits of healthy living. The students were taught about the proper handwashing technique.
After the sensitization session, Mr. Butt distributed course books amongst the students.
Handing Over of GPS - GMS to NDF
On 14th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Senior Education Officer - Ms. Saira Rashid signed an MoU with Mr. Abid Lashari
- President of National Disability and Development Forum (NDF) at the OSDI's Head Office in Karachi. As per the agreement between both the organizations, the OSDI's adopted Government Primary School (GPS) located in the vulnerable community of Gul Muhammad Samoo (GMS) in district Thatta (Sindh), will now be run by NDF.
OSDI formally adopted this school in August 2021. The school has been facilitated with 2 teachers by OSDI along with provision of necessary teaching and learning tools. As of now, 60 students are acquiring education at this facility.
Furthermore, the school shall be transferred to Sindh Education Foundation by NDF in the upcoming days.
Fertilizer Distribution in Akhundara Fruit Orchard
On 7th April 2022 (Thursday), OSDI's Field Assistant - Mr. Ibrar Ali visited the focused community of Akhundara in district Mardan (KPK) along with the agro expert
- Mr. Sardar Hussain. The purpose of this visit was to facilitate the farmers of Horticulture Phase I with appropriate fertilizers for the orange fruit plants.
All the 7 farmers participating in this phase were facilitated with nitro phosphate and potassium humic acid fertilizers. Besides this, Bifenthrin and nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) was also provided to spray on the plants.
OSDI's appointed agro expert guided the farmers on the fertilizer and spray usage.
Distribution of Cash Prizes for OSDI Teachers
On 12th April (Tuesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan)
- Mr. Rashid Butt met the District Education Officer (DEO) - Mr. Rafique Baloch at his office along with the teachers of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Pini Ladhoo, Sayarani and Chib Sheikh.
All the 4 teachers deployed at these TLCs received a cash prize of PKR 40,000 per person on behalf of OSDI for the immense commitment and dedication towards teaching the students with whole heart and mind. OSDI has resumed ownership of these schools from NCHD.
The teachers thanked OSDI and District Education Department for appreciating their work.
Course Books Distributed in OSDI TLCs
On 6th April 2022 (Wednesday), OSDI's Team Leader of district Lasbela (Baluchistan)
- Mr. Rashid Butt invited the teachers of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Centers (TLCs) of Pini Ladhoo, Sayarani and Chib Sheikh in the field office. Later on, the School Management Committee (SMC) members of OSDI's built Temporary Learning Center (TLC) of Chamasara were also, called upon.
The purpose of this visit was to hand over the course books for the upcoming academic year to the relevant teaching staff and SMC members of the respective TLCs. After the completion of final exams for the current academic year, these course books shall be distributed amongst the students.
The teachers thanked OSDI's team for the support.
3rd GMC in Sathi Jatt community
On 1st April 2022 (Friday), OSDI's Health Team in collaboration with the District Health Department organized a General Medical Camp (GMC) in the focused vulnerable community of Sathi Jatt, in the union council of Kaghan in district Thatta (Sindh). The village lies at a distance of approximately 30kms from Gharo city.
During the one day GMC, 157 patients were checked and treated by the OSDI's appointed doctors and paramedical staff. Amongst the patients, 56 were males and 101 were females.
Majority of the patients complained about Gastro Intestine Tract Infection (GIT). Amongst the elderly patients, Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) was the most common disease. To create awareness about safe health & hygiene (H&H) practices, a total number of 51 people were trained during the 4 sessions.