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Omar Biabani



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:45 pm    Post subject: Housing for freed bonded labour Reply with quote

Sanat Mohanty from AID India (Minnesota) forwarded this proposal to us. It looks like an interesting project in Sindh area. Please share your initial thoughts so we can quickly decide whether to initiate a dialogue with them or inform them that the project does not meet our criteria.

- Omar

Dear Friends
Greetings from Hyderabad Pakistan
As you are well aware that about 1.8 people are in
bonded labour in Sindh, most of them in agricultural
sector. With the efforts of many rights based
organizations over 30,000 thousands of them have
secured their freedom. After liberated from this evil
they have to settle in transit camps established on
government lands. Though some organizations are
running schools and health services in these camps but
these are deprived of basic amenities like
electricity, portable water, sewerage etc. than they
are living there without ownership rights so they
are constantly under the threat of evacuation by
government authority. To cope with this problem Green
Rural Development Organization has purchased 30 acres
of land in the vicinity of Hyderabad with the
financial support of Action Aid Pakistan to build 500
homes for freed bonded labour which will be handed
over to them on ownership rights. To build these homes
we are collecting donations from individuals,
organizations, groups and institutions. In this regard
a committee has been formed under the chairpersonship
of Kaleem Shaikh. This committee has started its
working and till writing of this mail we have
collected donation for ten homes and have commitment
for 25 more. We hereby announce that it will be
exclusively people's project and we will be duty bound
to share all of it's affairs with every one. We hop
that you will response in this regard positively and
will also communicate this appeal with your other
contacts too and invite you to visit there. We have
workout the construction cost as this
Every single unit with one room, kitchen, bathroom,
toilet, boundary wall and one tree in lawn will cost
1- Pak Rs. 18,000/ (Eighteen Thousands only)
2- US $ 300/ (Three Hundred only)
3- UK pound 169/ (One Hundred & Sixty Nine only)
4- EURO 250/ (Two Hundred & Fifty only)


For further information & quarries please contact
1- Kaleem Shaikh
Mobikle phone no. 0092-300-3057893
2- Ghulam Hussain Malokani
Mobile phone no. 0092-300-3017088
3- Dr. Ghulam Hyder
Mobile phone no. 0092-300- 3448950
E.mail address grdovsk@yahoo.com
4- Aslam Khwaja
Mobile phone no. 0092-300-7030972
E. mail lathrolak@yahoo.com


Regards
Aslam Khwaja
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Omar Biabani



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarim's initial input:

This looks like an interesting project. We'll be helping folks who usually don't get a lot of exposure. Other than getting comfortable with the people involved and transparency, the main topics will likely be whether its critical and sustainable/scalable. Is building houses for bonded laborers somehow more important than for the other millions of poor in Pakistan?


Justin's initial input:

I like the idea of supporting these laborers, but the project scope seems a little narrow; building homes. I wonder what else will be done in the community to create opportunities for these people… This does improve lives, but doesn’t seem to have any potential reach beyond the immediate beneficiaries. If part of a coordinated effort of community uplift, it could be a model for others…
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Nadia Shaikh



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree with Justin on this one - the needs of this community are going to be beyond the building of houses. How are they going to sustain their houses and living. What about educating them, more than reading and writing and giving them financial management, skills, job opps, etc. We should investigate with the Rural Development Organization & Kaleem Shaikh regarding the overall project vision.

Though personally I really like the idea of ADP getting involved in a project like this one.
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M. Sajjad Haider



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with the point that merely building homes is not enough to give these people a better standard of living but it is a big step in that direction. Secodly, it is mentioned that

'Though some organizations are running schools and health services in these camps but these are deprived of basic amenities like electricity, portable water, sewerage etc. than they are living there without ownership rights so they are constantly under the threat of evacuation by
government authority.'

This should give us ample cause to pursue this further with Mr Sheikh and find out which organizations have been involved with these people in the past and what thier plans are for the future.
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Danish Saleem



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that we should further investigate on this project. I am from interior Sindh and this is indeed a problem there.
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Tarim Wasim



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Omar,

What is the status of this project? If it's still open, Danish, would you be interested in becoming the Project Champion for this?
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Danish Saleem



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: Project Summary Reply with quote

Attached is the project summary for this project. Please share your concerns.
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Tarim Wasim



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Danish. A couple of questions:

- Having spoken to them, what is your recommendation on whether or not to proceed with an evaluation?
- If we were to proceed, what next steps would you recommend?
- Does lack of legal status prevent them from doing this work, or is it mostly a concern around the group's credibility?

One initial thought I had was that we should talk to Action Aid and understand why they pulled out of the project. That'll go a long way in flagging the potential pitfalls here. Perhaps it's worth calling them at the numbers listed on http://www.actionaid.org/pakistan/?
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Danish Saleem



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. I think it's worth looking into them in more detail.
2.
- We should find out how they will allocate the units,
- Even though $300 is a resonable number, we should get more details on how the numbers add up
- Who is the owner of this massive land? How do they plan on giving the ownership to individual families if it one piece of land from legal point of view
-more?

3. It has to do with the credibility.

I can make a few calls.
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Tarim Wasim



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danish,

We discussed the project briefly this weekend. A broad question floating here is of course whether building houses is "sustainable" and an activity that ADP wants to fund.

However, the consensus was that we might be interested if we can get comfortable with the Action Aid story, the legal situation, the credibility of the team, whether the folks living there are/will be gainfully employed, and what the current housing options look like.

So my suggestion would be to gather mode information on the above, and then we'll decide whether to proceed or not.

Thanks,
Tarim
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Danish Saleem



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After some more thinking prompted by questions asked by a member, I have revised the project summary for Freed Bonded Labour.

Even though this project has an emotional appeal to it, it does not score well on the metrics set by ADP. I think this will continue to be a challenge. This is a good charity project but as far as development is concerned, we should fund more viable projects than this.


Please let me know if you have any questions about it.

Danish
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Mubarik Imam



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any way to ensure/monitor/check that the money is actually spent on the homes for the laborers? I am personally not opposed to the project if funds for this project can be put to good use.

On a more general note; is anyone familiar with any Habitat for Humanity sort initiatives in Pakistan?
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Danish Saleem



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am actually proposing not to take this project to the next step for above mentioned reasons regardless of if we can track the money or not.

Even if we were to fund it, I dont know if we can really track that 'these 3-4 houses were funded by ADP'.
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Mubarik Imam



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fair enough. there is probably little point to funding 3-4 houses i guess.
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Mubarik Imam



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 6:12 am    Post subject: FYI: Karavan Pakistan Reply with quote

sorry a bit of a side note to answer my previous post I came across Karavan Pakistan (http://www.karavankarachi.com/program.asp) which is bringing together architects and local volunteers to help construct homes which are less prone to damage during earthquakes.
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