Shelter and Settlement
Homelessness or inadequate shelter is a reality for over 100 million people in the world. In fact, the UN put the figure of homelessness at 100 million in 2005 this figure does not include those that live in tents and makeshift homes. Natural disasters, man-made disasters, conflict and war render it even more difficult for people to have secure and adequate housing.
Over the last few years we continued our commitment to build homes and other shelters for those who would otherwise be homeless or have inadequate shelter.
IHP started its intervention just after the devastating Earthquake of 2005 which left a trail of destruction killing over 73,000 people and leaving 150,000 injured and over 2.5 million people without shelter. Kashmir and the KP were hardest hit and as part of the relief effort Islamic Help Pakistan established a tent village providing shelter to over 900 families. We then worked with UNO to provide corrugated iron sheets for the construction of over 800 homes in Union Council Bhairi and a further 1400 in Azad Kashmir and Balakot in KP. Besides that we distributed, among 6,000 household, CGI sheets, groundsheet, insulation rolls, tool kits, wood stove and blankets.
Keeping in view the many needs of the affected population, Islamic Help came up with the complementary solution of employing a team of 140 local carpenters to build shelters for the extremely vulnerable individuals comprised of approximately 1,258 for 21% of the total population. In addition, the work of the Carpenters served as a teaching opportunity for the other community members and the completed structures served as models. The strategy has been to work from the highest altitudes to the lower covering those families most at risk from the freezing conditions. Similarly IHP constructed model village with help of ARY Digital for most vulnerable communities which is hugely applauded by the local communities.
IHP also focused on clearing and rehabilitating agricultural land, agricultural infrastructure, non-farm infrastructure and other community assets, IHP helped communities resume economic productivity, better protect themselves from future disaster, and increase inter-village transportation and trade.
Islamic Help Pakistan also involved and motivated the target Community to identify the new projects to be undertaken by the communities themselves for which IH provided the necessary tools, materials and technical oversight.
Major activities undertaken were.
- Debris removed from village facilities and agricultural land
- Preparation of agricultural land
- De-silting and cleaning of irrigation channels
- Cleaning of livestock water ponds
- Rehabilitation/reconstruction of non-farm infrastructure (market places, storage facilities, small flood protection structures, waste-water drainage systems, feeder roads,).
- Cleaning and repair of community centres, clinics and schools.