Summary of Khwendo Kor’s Achievements from 1993-2019
In the past 27 years, KK from time to time has worked in various thematic areas. This has largely been dependent on KK’s priorities, donor funding and evolving needs in local contexts. KK began with a village-based approach in three villages in Peshawar and steadily expanded its operations to 490 villages throughout KP, including the Newly Merged Districts. The village-based approach evolved by implementing integrated activities to become the ‘Viable Village’ approach, which is sustainable. KK also engaged in project specific approaches. These meant that educational activities were implemented in multiple villages of a district, there were health activities in an entirely different geographic area following different requirements there, and whenever humanitarian assistance was required, KK provided that under its Humanitarian Response Program.
The following section summarizes KK’s overall achievements since 1993. Information and data for this are taken from the baseline for the development of Management Information System/Enterprise Resource Planning.
1. Viable Villages
Since 1993 KK has worked with an integrated approach, now known as Viable Village (VV) approach. So far KK has worked in 490 villages. Current work is under way in 27 villages of which 12 are viable villages. Altogether 395 Women Organizations, 419 Men Organizations (MOs) and 25 Gender Based Organizations (GBO) have been formed. Since July 2013, KK’s village work proceeds by finding the baseline of need through Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRAs) and then developing Village Development Plans (VDPs) . A total of 83 baselines of one day duration and following VDPs have been completed.
In 223 villages of 8 districts, KK has so far supported 399 schools, of which 250 are primary, 24 secondary and 1 is a high school. Also there are 98 Adult Literacy Centers and 26 Early Childhood Education Centers (ECE). Altogether these schools have enrolled 54,144 students, of whom 14,976 have graduated at the respective level of education offered in their facility. Within this program component, KK has employed 133 principals and 1,122 teachers.
To support these schools, parents have been engaged under village committees that have different names e.g. VEC, PTC, SMC. There are 788 committees altogether, of which 326 are male and 354 female, with membership of 4,304 males and 4,061 females respectively.
In 11 districts, KK has organized 221 medical camps that have catered to the needs of 34,334 beneficiaries from 328 villages. In 10 Health Facilitation Points (HFP), 979 antenatal mothers received attention, 26 being delivered and 500 being provided with postnatal care. A total of 3,946 patients visited the Outpatient Department in these centers.
KK also provided care and support to HIV/AIDs patients in two Community Home Based Care Centers CHBC), in Kohat and Peshawar. In this regard, 724 People Living with HIV Aids (PLHIV) and 1,916 families were registered with KK and counseling sessions were carried out with 99 PLHVs. Nutrition support was also provided to 2,980 adults and 169 pediatric patients, and 1,979 school packages were provided to the families of PLHIV.
In 345 villages of 8 districts: 1,057 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) were trained in 89 training courses, and 130 received refresher training in 12 follow up sessions; 116 Village Health Committees (VHCs) were formed which have 311 memberships i.e. each VHC had a membership of 2-3 members each; and 5,770 health and hygiene sessions have been carried out, in which 91,149 women have participated.
KK enabled 410 patients to be treated in a Community Health Center (CHC). Consultation with full fee was provided to 42 patients, 253 were treated with 50% payment, and 115 were treated with no fee.
Community based rehabilitation and mental health services were provided for 692 women, 730 men and 182 children. Counseling sessions were carried out with 214 individuals and 199 family counseling sessions took place with families of psychotic patients. At a community level, 30 mental health awareness sessions were carried out, attended by 200 people, and 3 psychiatric camps provided prescriptions to 404 patients. Mental Health Rehabilitation Committees (MHRC) were formed in 10 villages of Peshawar District. These committees had 100 members.
4. Women’s Economic Empowerment
KK offers micro-finance services and economic training to women to enable their independence and empowerment. In 29 villages in Mohallah, KK worked with 5,187 women and formed 1036 groups. To date these groups have been disbursed PKR. 59.7 m. Of this amount, PKR 4.77 m is still outstanding.
KK has established 102 centers, which provided 161 trainings to a total of 1,867 women in skills including kitchen gardening, food processing, poultry rearing, embroidery and tailoring. Of these 1,590 women started their home-based business, and were provided with kits for their businesses.
KK has supported 1379 artisans through 12 display centers, 3 production centers and 72 exhibitions. KK has generated PKR 1,036,560/- from products including Mazari, bed sheets, tailoring, woolen, embroidered shirts, purses and sanitary pads. In 2017, KK established the Elma Bibi Handicraft and Development Center [EHD], where 134 learners have been enrolled.
5. Civil Rights Program
KK focused on the political participation of women in the electoral process. KK supported 14,320 women and 346 men to obtain their Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC). During the entire period 4 women were supported to join a political party, and 57 to contest for village Councils of whom 28 women were elected as representatives.
KK identified 2,500 cases of gender based violence [GBV]. Of these 713 women required psycho-social support and 395 required legal support who were provided the required psycho social and legal support through self and referral system. 370 women and girls were referred to shelters at district and provincial level.
To support the civil rights program in villages, districts and FATA that are now known as Newly Merged Districts (NMDs), 1,221 interest groups were formed at village level, and 150 were formed at District level. These interest groups served a variety of needs and interests e.g. ID card issuance for women, women participation in the electoral process, GBV etc. The total membership of these groups was 19,912.
6. Humanitarian Response
Humanitarian assistance was provided for Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) from the militancy affected populations of North and South Waziristan. 1,490 beneficiaries received a package of 525 food items, 720 received Non Food Items (NFI) and 245 a mix of food and NFIs.
Two Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) were created with an enrollment of 280 children. Altogether there were 224 girls and 56 boys. Psycho-social support was provided in 57 individual sessions to 37 women and 20 children. There were also 4 group sessions conducted for 45 women and 48 children.
Apart from CFS, individual and group sessions were conducted with 153 affected women and children to help alleviate the trauma caused by their displacement.
KK has supported the flood affected population in Peshawar, Charsadda, Dir Upper, Dir lower, Malakand, Mohammand agency and Bannu during 2008 flood. The TDPs from SWAT and Malakand migrated to Jalozai and Benazir camps at Mardan and Peshawar has been supported with provision of girl’s education, psychosocial support services