KK being aware of the fact that civil rights is pivotal to the development process, and the area where KK is working in the backward areas which suffer from misgovernance. Hence capacity building, awareness and empowerment of communities and government office holders in these backward areas are inevitable for any sort of development.
Advocacy and Social Mobilization
KK has always looked for agreement and enthusiasm in the communities which has been the key to ensuring positive outcomes. KK has set up over 300 village women’s, men’s and mixed gender organizations and encouraged them in their own development initiatives; for example, Village Education Committees supervise school management and ensure standards in remote target districts. KK has worked with many partners including government line departments and local activists and hence strengthened and educated communities which in turn provide strong support to KK.
KK has chosen a path of negotiation and advocacy. This requires a long-term view and has led KK to form consortiums, networks and forums with local, national and international development partners to raise a voice for change at policy level. At present, KK is a member of the Pakistan National Committee (PNC), the Provincial Education Network (PEN), Beijing +10, Violence Against Women (VAW), the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Gender Voices, the Advocacy & Development Network (ADN), the Micro Summit International Network for Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI), the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE), the Pakistan National Forum (PNF), the Pakistan Coalition for Quality Education, and AmanTehreek (a peace movement).
Improving local, provincial and national governance: As a right based organization, KK has worked for the protection and promotion of women and children’s rights. It has used its basic education, health, and livelihood activities in order to engage communities and increase their awareness in this area. It has also encouraged them to take ownership of their rights and act together and with government to achieve favorable structural changes. Public dialogues, reflection action circles and interactive theatres have been held. More than 25,000 people have been benefited from KK’s education, awareness and capacity building programs in the human rights sector. KK has been a staunch advocate against the use of corporal punishment in schools. Besides its own education program, it has provided education in children’s rights to more than 2,000 children in government schools and centers.
KK has established KhwendoKor area Coordination Committee (KACC) in all its working districts consisting of professionals, educationists, government and civil society to effectively contribute to KK cause and support, resolve conflicts and help in implementation of Projects/Programs at KK working districts. Now networking is also one of the important role committee is performing. KK has organized and strengthen youth of FR Bannu to effectively contribute in peace and establish good governance in the area. These groups have squashed into local organizations which are supposed to take lead in continuation of development work after project period.
KK is also sensitizing community and government stakeholders about the impact of conflicts on women, GBV, UN Security Council’s Resolution, capacitate civil society and government institutions to protect, support and promote women’s participation in peace and non-violence initiatives at the local, district and provincial level and is also providing protection and relief to victims of GBV and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Since its establishment in 1993, KK has substantially contributed towards women empowerment at the grass root level. To empower them in the socio-political and economic fields, KK has supported more than four thousand women in obtaining their National Identity Cards and registering as voters. KK set a precedent in achieving women’s active participation in the political process during the Local Body Elections in Districts Karak and Dir, when women contestants came forward and seven women won. In collaboration with another partner organization, KK strengthened local bodies and Jirga functionaries to form MasalihatiAnjuman, which aims to resolve family disputes at the Union Council level.
KK works on building respect for oneself into individual and community so that respect for others becomes a natural phenomenon. Involving men in most of the women-led programmes has given KK invaluable insights. This greater understanding of the nature of development in turn empowers women, men, children and communities to take on responsibility for negotiating further village development with government and other agencies.
KhwendoKor Program Focus
KhwendoKor while working at grass root level has always tried to build the human resources at community level. For this purpose KK invest in people through directly providing health and educational facilities to the communities.
KK has been actively involved in providing basic health services to marginalized communities. It has trained and employed more than thousand local women as Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs), who have delivered thousands of babies safely and referred thousands of other, more difficult, cases in time for lives to be saved. The TBAs also conducted basic hygiene and health practices session to their communities, while KK’s wider health awareness sessions have been attended by over 16,000 individuals. Working with the government, KK has been in the forefront in helping to deliver 48 vaccinations and has run 113 medical camps in remote areas of the KPK and FATA. These are communities where cultural and social taboos limit access for Government and other NGOs, but deep-rooted trust in KK has made it possible for them to work.
Besides providing educational opportunities to children and women in all of its working areas through schools (for children), adult literacy centers and vocational centers, KK is also supporting the government to improve the literacy rate in the country via rehabilitating the damaged and demolished government schools in the terrorist hit areas of Dir and Swat. Currently KK is running 47 Primary Schools and 11 Middle schools. In order to improve adult literacy rate KK is running 14 adult literacy centers.
(Micro credit, skills development, product marketing, Natural resource management) In 1994, KK started Economic Empowerment activities exclusively for women to enable them to gain some measure of financial independence. Micro-credit, training and technical support in animal husbandry, street vending, village shops and vegetable production were provided. The average income of KK’s women entrepreneurs rose from Rs.1500-2000 per month in 2006-07 to Rs. 2500-3000 in 2008-09. Currently KK has over all 232 clients (all female) in District Peshawar, Mansehra and Karak with over all disbursement of 1,826,395 PKR in livestock and commerce sectors. While under the PPAF credit agreement KK has 77 clients with the disbursement of 893,200 PKR. KK has a number of successful entrepreneurs and that is the reason that one of its entrepreneurs has been awarded as best entrepreneur in the year 2009-10 While implementing its health and educational development programmes in Dist. Karak KK found out that many females of the area are involved in the production of Handmade Mazri Products, but these women needed a lot of support in all the spheres of production and marketing their products. KK intervened in the sector and provided Value Added Skills (designing and color scheming) and developed their linkages (displaying their products on national and international forums), which enabled them to earn more. Now these products are not only sold in national markets but are also exported to UK and Holland.
KK has built up a reputation for delivering good quality development programs for women and their families. It also has a good reputation with its donors for honesty and transparency. In recognition of its endeavors, KK and its Chief Executive has received various prestigious awards such as
One Hundred (Unseen) Powerful Women' by One World Action's Blog(UK) -2011
IUCN Outstanding Woman - 2007-2011
Human Rights award from President of Pakistan - 2011
National Fatima Jinnah Presidential Medal - 2010
Synergos Fellowship - 2009
International Union for Conservation of Nature - 2007 Award
International Union for Conservation of Nature - 2007 Award
Chief Executive one of the 1000 women nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2005
Fatima Jinnah Award - 2003
The Human Rights Award from International Labor Organization (ILO) - 2001
The PNC Sitara-e-Imtiaz 2001, a National Presidential Award
UN Recognition Awards 2000 for its services in developing and promoting women’s and children’s rights