Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Zunaira A Young Girl with Big Dreams

At age 17, Zunaira is a confident and energetic girl with great ambitions. Living in a small village in Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur,she recently passed her matriculation examination with flying colors and aspires to study medicine to become a professional doctor.

Zunaira
As money is tight in my home, I cannot keep depending on my parents but must support them” Zunaira notes with quiet composure. She is certainly on the right track. As the youngest Female Livestock Extension Worker (FLEW) of the USAID funded project “Improving Micro-Enterprises in Dairy,” Zunaira earns up to PKR 20,000 from practicing livestock vaccinations and first aid that she learnt during her 18 day long training.

I was so nervous in the beginning, wondering if I'll be able to put my knowledge into practice. People did not trust a young girl handling their precious livestock. But as time went by, I got better and so did the animals that I was treating. Now, I have a good reputation and travel to several villages if required.

Zunaira's hard work is financially rewarding and although she can now indulge in shopping for clothes or other frivolities, she has a bigger goal in sight. “I am contributing to my household income and saving up for my medical studies. Becoming a FLEW is a means to an end for me. My real passion is to serve humanity and become a top medical doctor."

Livestock is a primary source of income for many households in Tehsil Yazman. In the process of pursuing a noble cause Zunaira is fulfilling her talent and helping her community by providing an essential service that is to keep milking animals healthy. Zunaira has a long road ahead of her, but now has a head start.

A Shift from Poverty to Prosperity - The Story of Muhammad Zafar

Muhammad Zafar, a 30 year old dairy farmer, lives in Layyah in Southern Punjab. Cattle is a major source of food and income for his family. Zafar had very little income and his financial situation deteriorated further as his family size increased to eight children.
Before acquiring the training from Hashoo Foundation (HF), Zafar did not know of basic animal husbandry techniques. However, he was pleased to learn about the free training that HF was offering in his area. Zafar learnt the necessary skills regarding animal hygiene and vaccination.
Zafar says:“Since I implemented the skills taught by Hashoo Foundation, I am reaping the benefits in the form of healthier animals and greater milk production.”
Presently, Zafar is obtaining 32 liters of milk per day, in contrast to the 14 liters that he used to obtain before learning husbandry skills.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Thar Diary Daily Update Day 10 By Dr. Zahoor ud Din - 100 Families Received HF Food Packages

From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:13 AM
Subject: Thar Diary Daily Update Day 9

Dear Cristal and Dr. Zeba,
Greetings and Good Morning!
On Sunday, 100 families were provided the food ration from Hashoo Foundation. HF food packages are based on Sphere standards and meet the requirement of 2,100 kilocalories per person per day for a family of 8 to 10 members and further support food security by ensuring sufficient amounts of fats and protein intake. During the identification and selection process of beneficiaries, priority is given to women-led households, disabled heads of household, orphans and the elderly, and other vulnerable. 150 food ration packages will be distributed on Monday.

Best Regards,

Dr. Zahoor

Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program |
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thar Diary Daily Update Day 12 By Dr. Zahoor ud Din - Hashoo Foundation Touches the Lives of 500 Families

From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2014 2:24 PM
Subject: Thar Diary...Daily update Day 12

Good Bye Tharparkar,……….Mission Accomplished!!

Dear All,

Today was our last day in Tharparkar and it was truly a rewarding experience. During this trip in particular, we got a good chance to see, the remarkable humanitarian endeavors and we touch so many lives in 15 days (500 families). It was an unforgettable trip and would not have been possible without the full support and help of our senior and junior at Hashoo Foundation and well-wishers and partners.

What we learnt from these two week HF relief interventions that there is no eradication of food shortage, extreme poverty and severe malnutrition without addressing the root causes and factors.

We, the NGOs, government and civil society organization should adopt the integration of long term strategies; actions in food security, livelihood support, hygiene and access to clean drinking water and sanitation all reduce risk and prevent early deterioration of the nutritional situation in vulnerable groups in district Tharparkar. There will have to be a call for all NGOs, relief organizations and government agencies and everyone involved in the social sector to alleviate the miseries of drought affected people of Tharparkar and Pakistan—to work together. It is indeed a fascinating moment. There is a clear will for people to move forward together and have more impact which is, after all, what we are all here in this world to help others.

Although, what we saw, in terms of the devastation and suffering, was heartbreaking but at the same time we are truly excited and greatly looking forward to working with these community on real development projects. Please find our last day activities report in attached Thar Diary Daily Update Day 12.

May God help us do this work well.
My Very Best,

Dr. Zahoor ud Din
4 Thar Diary Daily Update April 4-2014 (Day 12) 

Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org

Thar Diary Daily Update Day 11 By Dr. Zahoor ud Din - Food Distribution and Morbidity Report

From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 3:09 AM Subject: FW: Thar Diary Daily update Day 11

Dear Cristal,

During this unforgettable and memorable trip to Thar desert, the Thari people greeted the HF team with a smile on their faces yet sadness in their eyes. As Khan Bibi wrote yesterday, “A smile on a face means more than any kind of reward”. We tried our best to bring back smiles on these cut off faces from our society. Chairperson, Ms Sarah Hashwani rightly mentioned in her email that “This is the reality of Pakistan and what we see in the urban cities is just a façade of the millions suffering in the rural areas.”

Today on Tuesday April 1, 2014, by the end of the day 216 beneficiaries were provided with food ration and in total we have provided ration to 468 beneficiaries in these three days. The remaining 32 beneficiaries would be called and follow-up today and it will be made sure that they will collect their food ration by tomorrow. The Mobile health unit treated 162 patients and also imparted health education on basic health issues. There was a rush of patients during the food ration distribution time, which were all being well taken care of.

At 4:30 am past midnight and sitting in Thar, I must say that each and every family in this region is so deserving and so thankful for our food ration support... we must now look into how we can fulfill their basic long term needs and investing in their real development.

To have a close bonding with these people please go through the attached Apki well-liked Thar Diary….Daily Update Day 11.

My Very Best,

Dr. Zahoor ud Din

3 Thar Dairy Daily Update April 1-2014 (Day 11) 



Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org

Thar Diary Daily Update Days 7-9 By Dr. Zahoor ud Din

From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:59 AM
Subject: Thar Diary Daily Update Days 7 & 8

Dear All,

Greeting from Tharparkar and good Monday Morning…….not Meeting,
As you all know that we are in the process of assistance the Drought-Affected Families in Tharpaker of Pakistan. HF plan to assist these vulnerable families following severe drought and famine like situation in a variety of ways which aim to strengthen their resilience and reduce their vulnerabilities. During this program, HF extended support to drought and famine -affected communities by providing mobile health services and distributing food packages to 500 families in three Tehsil of Tharparkar who are facing an immediate need of food and non-food items as well as emergency health assistance. See the details in this report.
Please also read about the desert small mountains surrounded by sands and the idyllic villages of Thar where the sand is golden, and all you can hear is the breezing sounds of air and the chirping of…….in this report. On Sunday is our first distribution for 100 families. Must see the Sunday March 30, 2014 report.

Best Regards,


Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org


From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 4:13 AM
Subject: Thar Diary Daily Update Day 9

Dear Cristal and Dr Zeba,

Greetings and Good Morning!
On Sunday 100 families were provided the food ration from Hashoo Foundation. HF food packages are based on Sphere standards and meet the requirement of 2,100 kilocalories per person per day for a family of 8 to 10 members and further support food security by ensuring sufficient amounts of fats and protein intake. During the identification and selection process of beneficiaries, priority is given to women-led households, disabled heads of household, orphans and the elderly, and other vulnerable. 150 food ration packages will be distributed on Monday.

Best Regards,

Dr. Zahoor

Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org

Thar Diary Daily Update Days 5-6 By Dr. Zahoor ud Din

Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:04 PM
Subject: Thar Diary Daily Update Day 5

Dear All,

Greetings from Tharparkar!
Before I send the update of day 5, I would like to take this moment to express my sincere gratitude to Banhn Beli team and their volunteer for all their cooperation and understanding. They have been extremely helpful and flexible in every situation we have been in so far, and I just wanted to thank them and also my team Hassan Shah, Nasir Hussain and Saleem Baig for being so patient, cooperative, understanding, and helpful.

The literary meaning of the word Thar  is sand region and Parkar means  "to cross over. In today report of Day 5 you will also read about jeep drive of HF team to proved Tharpakar (Cross the Sands) in reality to get to the most remote and affected village Ajrak and the most vulnerable Kohli Hindu tribe, as people belonging to Kholi tribe are traditionally regarded as untouchable (Shoder) and they are also among the most vulnerable segment of society and they are also badly affected by the drought. People are living miserable life and they don’t have……..read in the report. I have attached Daily update of 26-3-2014 (Day %) and also attached the update of last 4 days from 22-24-3-2014.

Will continue to send updates daily... Until tomorrow,

My Very Best,

Dr. Zahoor 
 Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org



From: Dr Zahoor [mailto:drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:50 AM
Subject: Thar Diary Daily Update Day 6

Dear All,


Reference the current catastrophe that has hit the Thari people , i.e.,the heartening drought situation in Tharparkar; Hashoo Foundation has started relief work. Our team is visiting the remote villages on daily basis to gage the need and the quantity of various supplies required and at the same time giving them the food ration cards. We aim to provide food and medical aid in a most organized and channelized manner. We came back every night with a detailed report as to whether there is a need to provide food to the affectees or identify their health and other needs and share it with you. How thousands of animal died?......…you will see in this update…

We are looking forward to your valuable suggestions,
Best regards,

Dr. Zahoor

Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program |

Dr. Zahoor ud Din | Manager Health| Health Department| Hashoo Foundation | Pakistan Program | Tel +92 51 228 7712-16 | Fax +92 51 228 7718 | Mobile +92 300 855 0197 | drzahoor@hashoofoundation.org | www.hashoofoundation.org