Saifullah Foundation for Sustainable Development
Saifullah Foundation for Sustainable Development was established as an independent non-political, non-profit NGO registered under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (registration and control Ordinance, 1961).
Begum Kulsum Saifullah Khan (Hilal-e-Imtiaz), the founding chairperson, was the inspiration behind its establishment. As country's pre-eminent social worker and women activist, begum sahiba keenly felt the need of lifting the less developed rural area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from current backwardness by providing economic, educational and health facilities to its people.
Among one of the major concerns, she openly expressed, was catering to the needs of primary health care for women & children through preventive and curative approaches. She was also keen to provide employment to the youth of the province by instituting skill development and computer literacy programs.
The Foundation is also providing healthy recreational and sports facilities to the youth in the area and clean drinking water to village Lawang Khel.
Among its new initiatives, the foundation has set up a vocational training center for women and a children park at Ghazni Khel. SFSD has plan to install hand pumps for supply of clean drinking water to several villages, of the area.
It is said with great satisfaction that today the foundation can take pride in its landmark projects, which include the following:
- Women & Children Hospital Ghazni Khel
- Computer Centre Serai Naurang
- Saifullah Khan Trust
- Akbar Kare Institute
- SFSD Scholarships
- Promotion of skill based education.
- Assist, set-up, manage and maintain Libraries, Reading Rooms, Research Centers, Teacher Resource Centers, Computer Centers, Centers for Medical Care etc.
- Provide training to young teachers, who may seek to serve in the education sector.
- Award from time to time scholarships to outstanding / deserving students and scholars.
- Establish medical care and related health facilities for the community in the rural areas.
- Organize free medical camps in the suburb, where health care facilities are non-existent.
- Initiate income generation projects for women e.g. sewing, cutting, stitching of garments and hand embroidery etc, and provide platform for marketing their products.
- Initiate projects to alleviate poverty in the rural areas, to promote gender equality and to empower women.
- Fund / support to suitable projects in the field of agriculture, i.e. Promotion of Drip Irrigation System and other economic activities designed to increase rural incomes, provide employment and alleviate poverty etc.
- Promote forestation by creating awareness to protect environment from deterioration.
- To do all such other things which are incidental or conducive to the attainment of all the above objectives or any one of them.
AWARENESS & ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS
Lakki District covers an area of approximately 3164 sq km and according to 1998 census, having a population of 0.5 million with equal number of males and females. More than 90% of its population lives in rural areas , majority of which lives below the poverty line. The literacy rate is about 30% (male literacy being 50% while that of females is only 8.6%). Health care facilities are poor and employment avenues for the youth are woefully inadequate. People need to be made aware of their social and economic inadequacies solutions should be provided to overcome these.
Women & Children Hospital (WCH), Ghazni Khel
The level of health care facilities for women and children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is among the lowest as compared to other parts of the country. Due to lack of health care facilities in the area, maternal and infant mortality rates are very high. Poor health among women not only seriously reduces family well being and productive capacity but also the development potential of tomorrow.
It is in this background that SFSD took the initiative to provide basic healthcare to poor community of the region, particularly the most deprived section i.e. women and children. In 2003, the foundation took an unutilized hospital building on lease from district government and set up Women & Children Hospital (WCH) at Ghazni Khel.
The hospital became practically functional in the latter half of 2004. The hospital has been upgraded to provide following health care facilities.
- Essential Drugs
- 16 Patients Beds
- Labor Room
- X-Ray Facility
- Basic Diagnostic Lab
- Ultra Sound Facility
- Power Generator
- Clean Drinking Water
- Immunization Center
Serai Naurang Computer Center (SNCC)
Saifullah Foundation, in recognition of the need for providing the youth, skills and job opportunities in the community, set up a computer center at Serai Naurang in November, 2002.In order to promote IT education in this area , 6 months, 4 months and 3 month courses are conducted for which skill development council (SDC) certificates are awarded. This basic course helps the students to efficiently use a computer in an effort to equip them for finding jobs that require basic computer knowledge.
Since its establishment in November 2002, 838 students were enrolled at Serai Naurang Computer Center (SNCC) out of which 529 students were awarded SDC certificates. Some of these students have been employed in government & private organizations. Currently, 15 students are attending the short computer courses.
Diploma in Information Technology
On the prerequisite of the community, the foundation started one year diploma in Information Technology (DIT) courses in September, 2004. SNCC has been registered with the board of technical education, Peshawar. So far 124 students have been awarded diploma course certificates. Currently SNCC has as many as 33 students enrolled for DIT courses.
Promotion of Sports & Recreation Activities
The youth of Pakistan is talented and has made its mark on the global sports arena. We have produced many talented sports players from Jahangir Khan to Aisam ul Haq. However there is more to our talent in sports than what gets discovered. Youth from the underdeveloped areas never get an opportunity to play due to lack of basic sports facility. The foundation realizes that having access to playgrounds and sports courts is an essential part in the training and development of the youngsters.
First step to redress this situation is to make them aware of what they lack in comparison to the young people of other countries. A part of this mission has been assigned to Lakki FM-88 broadcasts. The channel plays the role of a media partner during tournaments conducted at Naurang Sports club. In addition, SFSD has set up a sports club, a reading room and a library in the premises of SNCC.
Naurang Sports Club
The foundation has set up sports club at Serai Naurang. The club has 25 regular members and there are regular additions. The club provides facilities of Badminton, Volleyball and Table Tennis to the students of SNCC and other young people of the area.
The three quarters of Pakistan's absolute poor live in rural areas and livelihood is linked to agriculture. Agriculture has a major impact on environment. In recent years, the international community has increasingly recognized the importance of agriculture and rural development and how it may contribute towards meeting the new millennium development goals.
Promotion of agriculture in the area is already a major objective of SFSD. A part from funding projects in agriculture, SFSD runs a media campaign through radio, Lakki FM 88, for educating farmers on increasing productivity in agriculture and importance of plantation for improving quality and size of crops as well as environment and quality of life.
Drip Irrigation System Project at Tajazai
The foundation funded a drip irrigation project, first of its kind in agriculture sector, in Tajazai village at a private agriculture farm. This project, with its known advantages of conserving irrigation water with minimum wastage on account of evaporation etc. Was designed to be a model for other farmers in the area to follow.
The Tajazai Drip Irrigation Project, which started functioning in 2004, has been a source of attraction for farmers of the area, some of whom have sought advice / assistance from SFSD for establishing similar schemes on their farms.
Due to chronic shortage of water and in-adequate annual rainfall, much of the hills and plains of southern Khyber Pahkhtoonkhwa are almost barren and devoid of vegetation. To reduce these negative factors affecting climate, the foundation has arranged the availability of suitable / quick growing varieties of saplings for plantation twice a year; particularly during the monsoon. For this SFSD depends on the support of the Forest Department.
Clean Water for Lawang Khel
Lawang Khel, a village with a population of 2000, did not have access to clean drinking water despite an existing water supply scheme which had not functioned for 10 years. Neither the local government nor the community took the responsibility of its rehabilitation.