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In July 2015, heavy rains have broken the prolonged drought and renewed hope for planting of crops and a revival of beneficial rain-related fall-out for both humans and livestock.

One of the adverse affects of the drought in 2015 was the scarcity of water and grain for birds, peacocks and animals including those that are accustomed to obtaining these essential elements from community centres, temples, mosque court-yards, etc.

Members of Baanhn Beli residing in Nagarparkar, Kasbo and other villages are regularly arranging for water and grain to be available to feathered friends as well as four-legged companions—- without any discrimination !

On 1st July 2015, in partnership with USAID and IUCN, Baanhn Beli has begun the implementation of the formulation and preparatory work for a National Vulture Conservation Strategy.

From 9th to 12th August 2015, President Dr. Shankarlal Motiani and Programme Manager M.K. Marri are representing Baanhn Beli in the Asia Regional Conservation Forum of IUCN in Bangkok Thailand.

It is planned to observe the anniversary of the adoption of the Founding Document of Baanhn Beli known as the Nagarparkar Declaration which was adopted on 5th August 1987.


One of the adverse affects of the drought in 2015 is the scarcity of water and grain for birds, peacocks and animals including those that are accustomed to obtaining these essential elements from community centres, temples, mosque court-yards, etc.

Members of Baanhn Beli residing in Nagarparkar , Kasbo and other villages are regularly arranging for water and grain to be available to feathered friends as well as four-legged companions—- without any discrimination !

 

Acknowledgement Services of Baanhn Beli in District Tharparkar by Commissioner Mirpurkhas Division and Dr Mahesh Malani, MPA PS-61, Tharparkar, Sindh

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Annual General Body Meeting 2016 – Baanhn Beli continues to introduce new concepts and programmes in grass-roots development

Well-attended Annual General Body Meeting held at Mirpurkhas.

    1. On Sunday, 21st February 2016, the pioneering volunteer-led people’s development alliance of Tharparkar known as Baanhn Beli (a friend forever) convened its Annual General Body Meeting for the year 2015 at Mirpurkhas Gymkhana, Mirpurkhas, Sindh.
    2. Over 100 women, men and children from different parts of Tharparkar and from other parts of Sindh participated. Dr. Shankar Lal, President (2015-16), Baanhn Beli and the founding President, Senator(r) Javed Jabbar jointly presided over the meeting.
    3. By special invitation, Dominic Stephen, Executive Director of PVDP (Participatory Village Development Programme), a leading NGO also working in Tharparkar and his colleagues, as well as social activists of Mirpurkhas also attended the meeting.
    4. To mark the coincidence with international Mother Language Day which is observed around the world on 21st February, prominent Sindhi language writers Mr. M. Naseer and Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Umrani were specially invited to address the meeting on the vital importance of giving mother languages the importance they deserve in education, and in public discourse. Poonam Paskar of the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Rattanabad, District Mirpurkhas, briefed the gathering on how Multi-Lingual Education can be imparted to primary school children to ensure the preservation and promotion of mother languages.

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Nagarparkar Festival / Mela on Peace, Pluralism and Inter-Provincial Harmony 14-18 August 2015.

THARPARKAR: A FAMINE OF FACTS

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REPORTS in the media during the past few days about a virtual famine in Tharparkar, about a sharp increase in deaths, especially of children due to malnutrition or negligence, and about desperate outward migration of residents have caused justified widespread concern and prompted governmental, judicial, civil and military responses.

While conditions certainly deserve alleviation, the doom-like scenario misrepresents a substantial part of reality.
First: severe adversity affects parts of the population and the region, not the entire area and all residents. Tharparkar is spread over 22,000 square kilometres with a population of about 1.5 million residing in 2,300 villages and urban settlements. Divided into six talukas Mithi, Islamkot, Chachro, Dihly, Diplo and Nagarparkar the area often receives varying levels of rainfall or none at all.

TRUE TALES FROM THARPARKAR

On a visit to Mithi and Nagarparkar on 17th and 18th July 2014, during inter-actions with friends, fellow-workers and other aliens from outer space, a small collection of brief true tales.

During the Jam Sadiq Ali Government in 1992, a certain Tehsil level Food Inspector was officially declared and duly-recorded to be “dead”. Shortly thereafter, in a second coming, the same individual, with a new name was appointed to the very same position. About 22 years later, in 2013-14, after having been charged with corruption and being suspended, he has resumed duties in exactly the same position. The identity of the person and this charming case is widely-known. Here is living proof that neither drought nor famine can cause deaths.

The Mukhtiarkar of Mithi, Ghulam Mustafa Khoso confirmed to this writer that the distribution of relief food consignments received from the Provincial Government for two phases is already completed. The third phase is awaited. There is no delay on the part of local officials.

In contrast to the image of the conventional, stereotypical bureaucrat who can be both insensitive and incompetent, the present Deputy Commissioner of Mithi, Mr. Asif Ikram (DMG), whom this writer was unable to meet, is very highly spoken of, both for his integrity and professional competence. He has reportedly formulated the draft of a new policy to effectively deal with droughts and other disasters.

Karachi has exported an honest and efficient cop to Mithi. SHO Tariq Memon has taken strong action to curb the sale of addictive new versions of gutka known as “2100” and “Zafri”. He has also initiated other preventive measures including prior warnings and follow-up counsellings.

A fine contrast to the endemic absence of doctors in Tharparkar and their unwillingness to serve in remote locations. For the first time, at a health centre such as the Nagarparkar Taluka Hospital led by the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Shankar Lal: as many as ten new doctors have begun to dispense long-needed care where, previously, there were only four doctors. The new doctors, for the first time, comprise specialists : a woman gynaecologist (posted as a PPHI appointee, not as a regular Health Department appointee); a paediatrician; a chest diseases specialist and a dental surgeon. Two new generalist Medical Officers have also joined duty. 23 vacancies for doctors remain unfilled. But this is a dramatic improvement. Of the 20 beds in the hospital, on the average 10 to 15 are occupied. About 200 to 250 persons seek care every day at the Out-Patients Department. There has been no death from malnutrition recorded for the past five years.

Dr. Sahib Dino Janji, paediatrician at the Mithi Civil Hospital informed me that, only 6, not 40 children currently admitted at the Hospital are suffering from malnutrition. Causes of their condition do not necessarily have to do with lack of food but with inappropriate feeding practices, failure to take timely steps by parents, etc.

Whether on the Karachi-Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas-Naukot-Mithi-Islamkot-Nagarparkar route or the Nagarparkar-Mithi-Badin-Golarchi-Sujawal-Thatta-Karachi route : the state of the roads is like Pakistan’s democracy, a perpetual work-in-progress, subject to sudden jolts. The standard ranges from stretches of superb quality to patches of terrible pot-holes and ditches, the former a delight to drive upon, the latter a nightmare in day or night, particularly because, without any preparatory, cautionary sign, the well-carpeted surface suddenly springs a dip or a break which can test the best of brakes.

On the night of 17th July, driving out of Mithi to Nagarparkar, strong winds spread fresh hope. Lightning silently streaked dark skies. Then about 15 minutes of heavy rain. So heavy at times that the car had to stop because visibility was reduced to virtually zero. Was that a hint of good news to follow soon Next day, elsewhere as well, families and oxen ploughed fields to prepare for the fulfilment of the promise.

On the tall electric light-poles that line the entrance to Mithi, the flags of the ruling party are reduced to tatters and rags that flap forlornly in the wind. But soon, there will be Independence Day on 14th August. Time to raise new flags of harmony and hope.

PRIMARY TRAINING IN HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS

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Executive Summary

The participants belong from twelve remote villages of UC Pithapur & Nagarparkar participated in the training, the training objects were to increase and improve the knowledge of village women in health education which plays an important role in the community hygiene, prevent illness and have positive health attitude. Health is cleanliness and cleanliness is one of the main defenses against diseases, whether contagious or self-generated. In general it was discussed the actual meaning of health and hygiene, so that the aim of good health can be achieved through sanitary habits and healthy way of living, that the village women became health educator for their own village and for nearby villages in order to disseminate information on health and hygiene.

ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING 2016

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Well-attended Annual General Body Meeting held at Mirpurkhas.

  1. On Sunday, 21st February 2016, the pioneering volunteer-led people’s development alliance of Tharparkar known as Baanhn Beli (a friend forever) convened its Annual General Body Meeting for the year 2015 at Mirpurkhas Gymkhana, Mirpurkhas, Sindh.
  2. Over 100 women, men and children from different parts of Tharparkar and from other parts of Sindh participated. Dr. Shankar Lal, President (2015-16), Baanhn Beli and the founding President, Senator(r) Javed Jabbar jointly presided over the meeting.
  3. By special invitation, Dominic Stephen, Executive Director of PVDP (Participatory Village Development Programme), a leading NGO also working in Tharparkar and his colleagues, as well as social activists of Mirpurkhas also attended the meeting.
  4. To mark the coincidence with international Mother Language Day which is observed around the world on 21st February, prominent Sindhi language writers Mr. M. Naseer and Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Umrani were specially invited to address the meeting on the vital importance of giving mother languages the importance they deserve in education, and in public discourse. Poonam Paskar of the Institute of Applied Linguistics, Rattanabad, District Mirpurkhas, briefed the gathering on how Multi-Lingual Education can be imparted to primary school children to ensure the preservation and promotion of mother languages.
  5. After each participant introduced herself/himself, Dr. Shankar Lal said that, ever since Baanhn Beli began its informal work in the Tharparkar arid region in February 1985 and ever since its formal registration with the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Sindh in 1987, such Annual General Body meetings have been held regularly every year for the past three decades. He said that these meetings provide a valuable opportunity for members and representatives of village-level units of the organization to share their experiences during the past year and to review work-plans for the next year. He said it was particularly important for this meeting to be held at a time when, due to several unfortunate reasons, the incidence of deaths of infants at the Mithi Civil Hospital had increased. He said that it is important to take a holistic view of the situation and consider all relevant aspects.
  6. Faiz Mohammad Junejo, Chairman, Advisory Council, on behalf of Mushtaq Dal, General Secretary read out the Minutes of the previous AGM held in Mithi in January 2015. Members approved and adopted the Minutes.
  7. Presenting a summary of the major activities conducted by Baanhn Beli during 2015, Younus Bandhani, Director, said that while the long-established sectors of work such as in primary education, mother and child health-care, water resources and training were sustained in 2015, entirely new initiatives were also undertaken and targets were successfully achieved. Whether in its already familiar sectors or in new subjects, the principal focus of Baanhn Beli remains the empowerment of women and the poorest of the poor.
  8. Mrs. Munnazah Siddiqui, Project Manager, Mirpurkhas presented a summary of the new and pioneering programme under which Baanhn Beli facilitated the conclusion of 650 written agreements between owners of farms and women-peasants who work on these farms. With support from Baanhn Beli Members such as Gohram Baloch who also resides in Mirpurkhas, she informed the Meeting that owners of farms extended co-operation and made written commitments to respect the rights of the women and their men who are engaged as labourers at different points in a year. She said that, on the basis of several briefings and discussions, a large number of women from the Kohli, Bheel, Thakur castes signed the agreements. The project was support by the Islamabad office of UN Women and NCA Pakistan and only one other NGO in Sindh i.e. in Dadu District, was also invited to render similar work.
  9. Mohammad Khan Marri, Project Manager, Nagarparkar presented broad details of Baanhn Beli’s partnership with PPAF (Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund). He said that several dozens of poor men and women were given grants under the Livelihoods Enhancement Programme in the form of motorcycle rickshaws (to generate income as rented desert taxis), to open small shops and to purchase livestock. In addition to PPAF support for capacity-building, training workshops were also held with the support of the High Commission of New Zealand to train health workers and primary school teachers. He also outlined progress on the project being jointly implemented with IUCN in order to formulate a national vulture conservation strategy shaped by community-based participation to protect endangered vultures and discontinue the use of a drug administered to cattle which ultimately had lethal effects on the vulture population.
  10. Mobaht Megwar of Goth Wandio, Nagarparkar Taluka called for the urgent posting of female teachers and the opening of girls’ middle schools and girls’ high schools in Tharparkar.
  11. Jethmal, also from Nagarparkar, pointed out that even though there is a well-equipped Taluka Hospital in Nagarparkar, quacks continue to practice and sometimes cause the deaths of new-born infants due to the use of wrong medicines or unsafe practices.
  12. Dr. Hussain Bukhsh Kolachi, co-founder, a past President of Baanhn Beli, and presently a Professor of Community Medicine at Isra University, Hyderabad emphasized the need to increase the availability of safe drinking water, extension of full immunization to cover all children and ready availability of medicines to deal with cases of snake-bite and other hazards.
  13. Dominic Stephen said that the extension of the network of metalled roads in Tharparkar was bringing major changes in the lifestyles of people. He said that even though there is a current shortage of fodder due to lack of rainfall, the potential of livestock should be developed far more effectively than has been the case so far. He said the population of about seven million animals meant there were enormous opportunities for increase in economic activity and income. Lamenting the tendency of whole families to migrate to areas outside Tharparkar during droughts, he said that children were the worst sufferers because of the disruption in their education. If there were greater co-operation between PVDP and Baanhn Beli, more children could be retained in schools inside the region to ensure continuity of education while only one or two adults in their families migrated temporarily. He emphasized the need for inter-faith harmony and said that PVDP acknowledges all religions at their office in Rattanabad.
  14. Javed Jabbar pointed out that the vision of Baanhn Beli represents ideas, ideals and values, not physical structures and monuments. He said that every citizen of Pakistan, rural or urban had responsibilities to fulfill and not just demand that the State should fulfill all his needs when the overwhelming majority of eligible, well-to-do citizens do not pay taxes. With reference to the voter registration, election monitoring work by Baanhn Beli as part of FAFEN, he urged all present to help increase awareness of the need for reforms in our democratic system to ensure that elections become truly representative of public opinion by making voting compulsory and by making it essential for a winning candidate to get at least 51 per cent of the vote. He said that Baanhn Beli is humbly proud of having persuaded dozens of farm owners and land lords to enter into written agreements with women peasants for the first time.
  15. On behalf of Salim Sheikh, Treasurer who was overseas for Umrah, Javed Jabbar presented major details of the accounts and financial records for the financial year 2014-2015. These were duly noted and approved by Members. Messrs. Ghani & Company, Chartered Accountants were re-appointed Auditors for the next financial year 2015-2016.
  16. Other speakers who addressed the meeting included Ms. Aisha Kolachi, Ms. Naseeba Khatoon, Mr. Roz Zaman, DGG member and Mr. Jan Mohammad from FM 88, Mirpurkhas.
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Implementation of National Vulture Conservation Project

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Name of Project: Implementation of National Vulture Conservation Strategy.
Supported by: USAID, Small Grant and Ambassador’s Programme ( SGAFP )
Implemented by: Baanhn Beli
Consultant Organization: IUCN Pakistan
Agreement No: SGAFP/2015/120.
Project Location: Two UCs ( Nagarparkar & Virawah ) Taluka Nagarparkar District Tharparkar.
Date of Start: May. 2015
Date of Completion: April, 2016

Project Concept

The vultures, are part of the group of “birds of prey”, specialized in eating the bodies of the dead animals, therefore have adaptations or skills suited to the scavenger way of life. Vultures are respected for their ecological, social and cultural significance. Vultures are scavenging on animal carcasses/carrion, thereby helping keep the environment clean. Vulture’s thus providing prime ecosystem services top cleaners in cities, villages and countryside. They have acute eyesight, muscular legs and sharp bills. A particular characteristic of them is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers. This helps to keep the head clean when feeding. To conserve and highlight the importance of vulture species, threats faced by them, ensure a safe habitat in and around Karoonjhar hills.

Project Goal

Develop a National Vulture Conservation Strategy through creating awareness and involvement of communities in the targeted area.

Project Objectives

To contribute in the national efforts for conservation of vultures through development of vulture conservation strategy for Pakistan

Disclaimer: This activity/project is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of Baanhn Beli and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government..

Annual General Meeting 2014

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A Report Baanhn Beli Annual General Body Meeting held on January 14, 2015 at Baanhn Beli office Mithi District Tharparkar

Members of Baanhn Beli call for community-centered consultations on development and reiterate local capacity to combat drought if timely, appropriate actions are taken by Government and other relevant sectors.

Annual General Body meeting of Baanhn Beli attended by over 90 members held in Mithi on 14th January 2015.

Mithi :
Travelling from 9 other locations inside Thraparkar and from other parts of lower Sindh, to Mithi, a total of 90 members of Baanh Beli participated in the 28th annual general body meeting of the organization held at the Baanh Beli office on 14th Jan 2015.

Members comprised 62 men and 28 women. They represented local units of the organization in Umerkot, Chachro, Mithi, Islamkot, Nagarparkar, Diplo, Tando Kolachi, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi.

Through their active participation in the meeting, members contributed their own individuals, local experiences during the recent and ongoing drought conditions within Tharparkar. Members from outside Tharparkar also shared their respective experiences over the past 12 months since the previous annual meeting.

Both before the meeting and after the meeting, the founding president of Baanhn Beli, Senator (r) Javed Jabbar, the current President Faiz Muhammad Junejo, other senior members and staff visited Umerkot and Nangarparkar as well as villages such as Sabusan, close to the Rann of Kach to meet with Members residing in those locations and to review at first hand various projects in the sectors of water supply, health care, education, income generation etc which are being implemented by Baanhn Beli with the support of partners such as The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, FAFEN, and other donors.

The meeting approved the Minutes of the previous agm held in Nangarparkar in January 2014 and reviewed identified several actions required to implement the work plan for 2015. Members also reviewed and approved the statement of audited accounts and appointed auditors for the current financial year.

As the term of the present Executive Committee for 2013-14 has concluded, it was decided to hold elections for the new Executive Committee for the term 2015-16 on 15th February 2015 in Hyderabad. Miss Ayesha Kolachi was appointed as the Cheif Election Officer and Ghulam Rasool Kalmaty and the founding president as Members of the Election Committee.

At the start of meeting, Fateha was offered for the soul of Mr Abdul Raheem Rahimoo the late father of senior Member, M. Achaar and for the victims of the Peshawar School tragedy.

Other Members who spoke at the agm included : Aleem Soomro, Professor Mushtaq, Arbab Nek Muhammad, Dr H.B Kolachi, Gohram Baloch, Muhammad Jaman, Muhammad Ramzan, Mrs Naaju, Mumtaz Noorio, Ayesha Kolachi, Miss Hajiani and others.

Full time staff officials who also spoke at the agm : Younus Bandhani, Director; M.K Marri, Project Manager, Nangarparkar; M Zubair, Finance Manager and others.

On the following principal elements there was a consensus :

  1. Actions by the government and non-governmental organizations should be formulated and implemented on the basis of extensive consultation with communities at the village and union council level. The tendency to take decisions influenced by partisan influences and by holders of public office should be discouraged to ensure optimal relief for all affectees, regardless of political, caste, religious or gender criteria.
  2. In the continuing absence of elected Local Bodies, special effort should be made communicate with the grass roots level at the grass roots level, rather than summon the community leaders to power centers such as the district head quarter at Mithi etc.
  3. While the root cause of the route-related crisis is the shortage of water, food and fodder (for livestock). due to lack of rainfall there was also a concern that the other causes resulting in deaths of infants and children require urgent attention and are not always being acted upon. Theses other causes comprise, marriage of girls and women at premature age; male nourishment of women in general and pregnant women in particular; lack of convenient access to trained para medical and medical staff; tendency to bring mothers and infants to hospitals and health centers with crucial delays; very low weight of infants at birth and premature delivery; diseases suffered by both pregnant women and infants such as sepsis, pneumonia, diphtheria, etc;
  4. Strengthening of existing, community based maternal and child health centers and opening of several new such low cost centers in already-existing but under-used, under-staffed BHUs (Basic Health Units) and RHCs (Rural Health Centres ) instead of relying mainly on large district-level, taluka-level hospitals to which access for women living in remote villages is still difficult and expensive. Members referred to the good examples of such community-based centers being operated by Baanhn Beli in Nangarparkar taluka as models that can be replicated elsewhere. It was suggested that Baanhn Beli should resume its previous services of periodically conducting mobile dispensaries to far-flung villages.
  5. While appreciating the role of media in highlighting tragic deaths of infants due to various causes, Members stressed that the gradual developments of physical infrastructure in Tharparkar, the impacts of Islamkot becoming a new “coal capital town” with attendant changes in the local economy, the expansion of the services sector related to coal and other projects and the cumulative impact of work being rendered by several State institution and NGOs also deserve to be covered by media. Presently, people outside Tharparkar perceive the region only in terms of extreme suffering, deaths and backwardness. Where as there are many indicators of positive changes during the past 20 years and due to the abiding values of compassion, joint families etc not a single case of the death of even one human being due to starvation is known to the Members who live in all parts of Tharparkar.
  6. While the severe shortage of female teachers, female doctors and female para medics continues to be major reason for the girls and women remaining deprived of education and health care at the primary, secondary and higher level, there is nevertheless justification for a campus of the university of sindh to be opened in Mthi. This will enable hundreds of youth to acquire higher education without forcing their families to incur heavy costs of travel and prolong stay far away from their homes.
  7. Some anomalies were pointed out : a literate women who migrates from her original home area after marriage to another taluka or area is not held eligible for appointment as teacher nearly because she does not have a domicile certificate in her new place of residence.
  8. The demand for milk from livestock in Tharparkar for purchase by agents of large milk distributing businesses and the impact of livestock that has already migrated means that while buying agents procure milk at only riupees 30 or rupees 40 at the village level, milk is being sold in Mithi at rupees 80 to rupees 100 per kg. Thus, children and women in villages no longer have easy, convenient access to milk-on-the-spot ! now, there are sights of men walking from Mithi back to their villages carrying plastic bags of milk and yogurt purchased at a high price at Mithi !.
  9. On the Badin-Islamkot sector in which a new road is being constructed to facilitate the development of the coal reserves, the contractors do not employ local residents. About 300 persons have been brought in from outside even though local labour is available.
  10. There are several projects and facilities including research centers, vocational training centers, cattle farms etc which are lying unused and dormant due to negligence and apathy of both the Government and the communities.
  11. There is disturbing increase in the open availability of addictive products such as ghutka, raw liquor and new brand names such as “2100”, “Zafri”, etc. This open sale is having an adverse effect on youth and on people in general without effective, preventive measures being taken by the authorities.
  12. There is a need for the community based organizations (CBOs) of Baanhn Beli to provide, on a regular base accurate data on the status of livestock, negative trends such a s increase in supply of narcotics, welfare of the people etc all reports should be well researched and based on facts rather than rumors. They should hold dialogues with local officials and actively participate in forums such as Constituency Relations Groups (CRGs) to promote courteous, non combative transparency and accountability
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Teachers’ Training Programme of Community School Teachers

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Executive Summary

Professional Development Programme for Community School Teachers was organized by Baanhn Beli with the support of Embassy of New Zealand @ Nagarparkar, District Tharparkar This Teachers Training Programme for Community School Teachers was aimed at strengthening Capacity Building of the Teachers. The training was carried out at Mohammad Usman Chaki Hall Nagarparkar. The 1st Phase was conducted from 25-29 October 2014 with 45 hours of training spread over 05 Days including (Sunday) for each participant, the 2nd Phase was conducted from 13-16 November 2014 with 36 hours spread over four days including Sunday and 3rd and final phase of training was conducted from 10-12 December 2014 with 27 hours spread over three days. The training was imparted through specifically designed teaching activities This report documents the academic input, output and outcomes of the programme and was prepared and formally submitted as part of the final deliverables. The report captures the factual details of the (Phase I, II & III) programme, as planned and executed; the data collected, analysed and interpreted.

Baanhn Beli Election Report 2013-14

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Primary school teacher elected new President of Baanhn Beli
New Executive Committee of Baanhn Beli for 2013-14 elected in Nagarparkar.

Maintaining its democratic tradition over the past 25 years of formal work begun 27 years ago, the volunteer-led pioneer development organization of Tharparkar known as Baanhn Beli ( a friend forever ) held its bi-annual elections on schedule to elect new office-bearers and a new Executive Committee.

The committee unanimously elected as president Mr. Faiz Mohammad Junejo , a primary school teacher in a village near Mithi. He has served for over 20 years as a dedicated volunteer-member of the organization and has previously been elected General Secretary and Treasure Other Members represent a range of disciplines including college education, medicine, small farmers and businesses, agriculture extention work, local government service and graphic design, reflecting the unique rural-urban blend of Baanhn Beli’s membership, with the majority comprising residents of villages and small towns.

The outgoing President who served for two consecutive 2-year terms is Mohammad Khan Marri, a water resources engineering specialist who has headed the water research centre in Tando Jam.

Baanhn Beli continues to sustain and enhance its grass-roots work in hundreds of villages and settlements of the Tharparkar arid region in the sectors of girls education, primary health care, small loans, capacity building, water resources as well as advocacy and voter enlistment in Mirpurkhas, Karachi and elsehwere in Sindh.

At the Baanhn Beli office at Nagarparkar in District Tharparkar, Sindh, Pakistan on 26th January 2013, it was announced by the two-member Election Committee that the new Executive Committee of the development organization known as Baanhn Beli (A friend forever) has been elected.

The new Executive Committee comprises the following persons:

  1. Mr. Faiz Muhammad Junejo (primary school teacher, Mithi)
  2. Mr. Jawahar Lal (primary school teacher, Nagarparkar)
  3. Mr. Murad Ali Rahimoon (college lecturer, Umerkot)
  4. Ms. Roshan Aara (retired principal, girls School ,Mithi)
  5. Dr. Zebunissa Kolachi (medical doctor, Naokot)
  6. Ms. Najoo (farmer & home-maker, Village Doodey Jo Wandio)
  7. Dr. Aurangzeb Saand (medical doctor, Nagarparkar)
  8. Mr. Gohram Baloch (agriculture extension officer, Mirpurkhas)
  9. Mr. Saleem Sheikh (graphic designer, Karachi)
  10. Professor Mushtaq Ahmed Dal (college lecturer, Mithi)
  11. Mr. Faqir Bhai Khan (farmer, Village Khakaryan Rahim Ali)
  12. Mr. Ali Muhammad (primary school teacher, Village Bhapuhar)
  13. Mr. Allah Rakhio (Local Government officer, Nagarparkar)
  14. Mr. M Achaar (business person, Chachro)
  15. Mr. Aljee Thakur (primary school teacher, Village Sakri)

A meeting of the newly-elected Executive Committee was convened immediately after the announcement of the result of the election.

The Committee elected the following members as office-bearers for 2013-14:

  1. President Faiz Mohammad Junejo
  2. Vice President Jawahar Lal
  3. Vice President Roshan Ara
  4. General Secretary Murad Ali Rahmoon.
  5. Joint Secretaries Gohram Balouch and Ms.Naajo
  6. Treasurer Saleem Shaikh

The nomination papers as received by the deadline were scrutinized by the two-member Election Committee comprising Javed Jabbar, Founding President, Baanhn Beli and Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Kolachi, Member, Baanhn Beli.

Younus Bandhani
Director
Tel 03332388754

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Annual General Meeting 2012

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The 25th Annual General Body meeting for the year 2012 Held on January 11, 2012 at Baanhn Beli Office Nagarparkar Rural women empowered by education and health, Indian visitors want to franchise the organization’s approach .

 

The pivotal importance of providing education and primary health care to girl-children and women living in remote and rural areas was highlighted at a simple, colorful and well-attended Annual General Body meeting was held at Nagarparkar District Tharparkar on January 11, 2012 Participants included members of Baanhn Beli over 74 women and men who had specially travelled from the villages of District Tharparkar,Umerkot Mirpurkhas to Nagarparkar for the Annual General Body meeting Speaking in local dialects of Tharparkar like Dhatki, and in Sindhi and Urdu, villagers described how the process of becoming literate and being vaccinated against diseases had initiated basic and positive changes for the better in their lives. Female speakers included those who have now gained employment as para-medics and teachers after having commenced their education in schools established by Baanhn Beli.

Mr.Ali Akbar Rahmoon General Secretary Baanhn Belin presented minutes of the previous AGM meeting held on Dec 16,2010 at Mithi District Tharparkar Mr. Jan Mohammad Proposed adoption of the minutes and the motion was seconded by Mr. Saleem Shaikh
Younus Bandhani Presented a descriptive analysis of the 2011 which Baanhn Beli conducted a multi phase programme specially DGP and STAEP Citizens engagement with public institutions and elected representatives, Governance monitoring Civic and voter education under FAFEN with the support of TAF Pakistan Mr. Aleem Soomro Manager CPI Presented plans and achievements Challenges under Community Physical infrastructure development Dug wells , installation hands pMohammad umps Water supply in District Tharparkar with the support of PPAF Dr. Shankar Manager Mother and Child health Centre briefed progress shared data patient treated at health centre refered , mobile health education session at village level safe Deliveries conducted by LHV situation of Vacination coverage coordination with local Health department administration Mr. Haneef Khoso briefed Baanhn Beli Girls education programme in District Tharparkar with the support PPAF ,enrolment, drop out quality of education Teachers Training conducted in 2011 Meeting students achievements in learning role of SMCs coordination with EDO education District Tharparkar
Mr. Gohram Balouch brifed about SLMP Project activities supported by UNDP like Small-scale farmers said support provided by Baanhn Beli in introducing solar-powered water-pumps in place of expensive deisel-powered pumps had vastly increased agricultural cultivation and boosted household incomes in an arid region.Folk musicians from Tharparkar also rendered melodies and songs to lend a festive air to the occasion.

Women members of Baanhn Beli residing in remote villages of Tharparkar,umerkot , Mirpurkhas and Karachi spoke on the occation Ms.Nazo,Ms Jari, Ms.Pali , Ms. Zareena Chaki,Ms. Ayesa appreciated the support extending PPAF ,TAF, UNDP through Baanhn Beli in water resources,health ,education and CNIC and voter registration although their Govt Rural health Centre and BHUs in Tharparkar are working with out Lady Doctor They demanded full time female medical staff on a long term basis to help meet of thousands of women and girl Children Mr.Javed Jabbar, founding president of Baanhn Beli said that the organization’s sustained work as a unique-rural-urban bridge of friendship and development over two and a half decades in harsh and difficult conditions was a tribute to the dedication and sincerity of all its members, supporters and partner-organizations. He also thanked the media for helping focus governmental and public attention on the deprivation of rural and remote areas.

Other speakers included Dr H. B. Kolachi He recalled how the journey began in 1985 and appreciated the commitment of urban- based citizens to help their rural brothers and sisters He said that Professor .Gaffar Billoo and Javed Jabber had served as sources of inspiration for young doctors to serve the health sector in the public interest He praised the role of Dr.Fareeda Yasmeen as the first woman doctor who travelled to far- flung villages to provide health care to women and children.

M. K. Marri said the construction of hundreds of water wells in arid areas had made a dramatic difference in the lives of thousands of families.

Mr.Faiz Mohammad Junijo Treasurer Baanhn Beli presented Baanhn Beli organizations and Projects Accounts for the period July -2009-June 2010 as per detail below

Baanhn Beli organization Accounts -515254-0
Baanhn Beli TAF -12050
Baanhn Beli CPI 411-2
Baanhn Beli HID

The treasure quoted Figures and data from each of the audited accounts statement and explained in details. The Founding president Mr. Javed Jabbar pointed out that the most important source of income for Baanhn Beli which was not reflected in the financial statement is the enormous amount of time and other resources contributed on a voluntary basis by members of Baanhn Beli.

The Audited accounts were adopted by the meeting upon a motion being moved for the same by Mr. Johar Lal members of Baanhn Beli and second by Dr. Hussain Buksh Kolachi members of Baanhn Beli Tanzeem and Company were appointed auditors for the period July 2010-June 2011 Others speakers who addressed the meeting included Dr. Hussain Buksh Kolachi,Mr. Joharlal,Mr. Allah Rakhio Ms. Hajyani Lunjo,Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar Rahmoon
General Secretary

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