Ongoing Projects

Building Resilience of Communities to Climate Change, Natural Disasters & Health Hazards

Funding Agency:     Norwegian Churach Aid (NCA)
Project Duration:     Feb- Dec, 2019
Project Location:      District Swat

Project Goal: Vulnerable Communities have enhanced capacities to adapt to climate change, natural disasters and health hazards through improved knowledge of climate adaptation actions, efficient land management, food security and access to WASH.

Outcome: Enhanced food security and health status of 1538 vulnerable farming households through improved climate change adaptation measures and better WASH services.

Enhancing Disaster Resilience of Vulnerable Rural Households

Funding Agency:            Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe/BFTW/BMZ
Project Duration:           June 2018 -Jan, 2020
Project Location:           District Swat

Overall goal:Vulnerable and hazard prone communities show enhanced disaster and livelihood resilience. 

Specific Objective 1:

Seven vulnerable and hazard prone communities are better protected and have enhanced capacities in disaster preparedness and response. 

 

Activities:

1.Establishing Tehsil Emergency Operation Centre (TEOC) by providing necessary equipment

2.Linking TEOC with District Emergency Operation Centre in DDMU 

3.Introduce communication channel using mobile sms for timely communication of early warning information to at risk communities 

4. Stakeholders orientation on sms usage 

5. Train local elected representatives in mainstreaming of DRR in development planning 

6. Cross learning Exhibitions on DRM good practices at provincial level which demonstrate practical community resilience by the support of local authorities 

7. Inter provincial Exposure visit of elected representatives and local authorities for cross learning 

8. Linkages development be-tween local community, elected representatives and line department for realization of CBDRM plans 

9. Sensitize local communities on the importance of organization, preparedness planning and under taking self-help initiatives to reduce vulnerabilities to disasters and distribution of DRR IEC Material 

10. Formation/revitalization of 42 village level disaster management committees (VDMCs) and cluster formation at Village Council (7 VCDMCs) 

11. CMST trainings to VDMCs 

12. Conduct Detailed Risk Assessments 

13. Facilitate communities in development of CBDRM Plans at village, consolidate the plans at VC level and integrate with local bodies ADPs. 

14.Provide training to Masons on DRR resilient construction 

15. Establish and strengthen Village and Village Council Emergency Response Teams and Link ERTs with Civil Defence and Res-cue 1122 

16. Support and operationalize inclusive School Based Disaster Risk management approach in targeted schools 

17. Strengthening of NHN district chapter for continued and effective civil society coordination 

18. Provision of Agroforestry Plants 

19. Construction of prioritized DRR mitigation infrastructure schemes as per CBDRM plan 

 

Specific Objective 2:Vulnerable house-holds are more food secure and better adapted to a changing climate 

 

Activities:

1. Build capacities of farmers in erosion control, projections of changes in precipitation patterns and improved crop management practices combining indigenous knowledge through Field days (specifically focusing on crop rotation, intercropping, compost making, fruit fly control 

2. Introduction of certified seed varieties in cereals for rain fed areas/rolling topography for enhancing productivity of cereal crops, i.e. Maize and wheat 

3. Demonstration of fodder varieties for rain fed rolling topography for erosion control and tack-ling fodder shortage issues (re-seeding in sloping/uplands) 

4. Vocational skills trainings to unemployed youth and efforts made to ensure their job placement or provide self-employment opportunities. 

5. Training on tailoring and business skills 

6. Demonstration and pro-motion of high value vegetables 

7. Support to CBDRM plan construction of prioritized infrastructures contributing to food security like water ponds and irrigation channels. 

Rehabilitation of Critical WASH Facilities to Support Returnees

Funding Agency:            UNOCHA/PHPF
Project Duration:           July 2018 -July, 2019
Project Location:           District Kurram

Enabled Environment for Right based, Inclusive development & Improved Governance

Funding Agency:     Welthungerhilfe/European Union 
Project Duration:     
August 2017- August 2021

Project Location:      District Swat & District Shangla

Project Goal:

Enhancing CSOs' contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan.

Project Purpose.:

To contribute to an improved governance and development process and social cohesion in Pakistan.

 

Specific Objectives:   

Objective 1: Enhanced contribution of Pakistani CSOs in Districts Shangla and Swat with regards to local governance, accountability, social development processes at sub national and local level.

Objective 2: Improved performance of Pakistani local governments in districts Shangla and Swat as actor of local governance and development.

Expected Results:

  •  -Systematic access to quality socio-economic empowerment services is improved /enabled.
  • - Operating environment for CSOs to contribute to local democratic governance is improved.
  • - Capacities of CSOs in policy dialogues, governance and accountability are strengthened
  • - Institutional and operational capacities of local governments to execute their mandate are improved.
  • - Downward accountability and transparency of local governance towards local communities is increased.
  • - Established mechanisms to engage local governments in dialogue with sub-national and national authorities, citizens and other relevant stakeholders (multi-level governance approach), with emphasis on transparent decision-making at local levels.

Project on Sustainable Solution to Food & Nutrition Insecurity-Phase III

Funding Agency:               Welthungerhilfe
Project duration:               Feburary- October, 2019 
Project Location:               District Swat

 Project Background

 The findings of rapid nutrition assessment study both at macro and meso/micro level confirm the food and nutrition insecurity in the country as a whole and particularly the rural areas. The assessments disclose the facts that there is no single reason or sector, which could be held solely responsible for the food insecurity and malnourishment. If somewhere, there is less food then elsewhere the poor purchasing power restricting access to. Above all, the worse scenario is of utilization of the food, which is somewhere poor due to lack of facilities like safe drinking water but overwhelmingly due to extremely poor feeding and hygiene practices because of unawareness. The project is focussing on gaps identified in both macro and micro level assessment and addresses these gaps in a coherent manner where co-relating needs in various sector areas are considered in details. The proposed project is focussing on all the underlying factors of food and nutrition insecurity with approach of four dimensions of food and nutrition security predominantly linked with available natural resources.

The project is targeting people in the rural areas and particularly the families experiencing with food insecurity and under nourishment. The figures available through macro level analysis and confirmed through micro level assessments show that there is felt need to focus on food and nutrition in rural areas. 

 

Project Purpose: The Food and Nutrition Security status of most vulnerable communities in Swat, Shangla and Kohistan is improved through an Integrated approach linking Agriculture, Food and Environment to Nutrition in line with National and Provincial Strategies.

Output 1: “Food availability is increased” Improved technical knowledge, equipment and inputs are provided and used by most vulnerable farmers to increase and diversify agricultural production.
 
Output 2: “Access to food is improved” Improved technical knowledge, equipment and inputs are provided and used by most vulnerable villagers to increase and diversify Household income.
 
Output 3: “Use and Utilisation of food is improved” Target Group and stakeholders knowledge on Causes and Impact of Malnutrition is enhanced through trainings/media campaigns and used to improve food consumption habits/caring capacities and hygiene practices
 
Output 4: “Stability of the 3 FNS dimension is improved” Knowledge and management skills of village organisations are enhanced and suitable techniques are used to reduce impacts of Natural disasters/climate change through trainings provision and linkage with Government line department.
 
Output 5: “Support rural development for improved FNS” Small Scale village Infrastructures are built and used by villagers to either:
  • Increase Food availability, or
  • Increase Access to food, or
  • Improve use and utilisation of food

LASOONA affirms to be committed to the well being of masses through promoting ecologically sound developement in impoverished pockets of Pakistan in general and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and FATA in particular.