SABAWON is working to promote an inclusive and empowered society in four of the poorest Union Councils of South Punjab. The project is helping to alleviate poverty by organising the villagers into communities and building their capacities to access local services and participate in decision making. Through these structures it will also provide know-how to help the local populations increase their revenues.
To mobilise communities and restore and strengthen their resilience by empowering and enabling them to participate in the development process.
- A three tiered community mobilisation system for social and economic development has been formed or strengthened at Community, Village and Union Council levels.
- Community social infrastructure has been built or rehabilitated to improve basic social service delivery, with a particular focus on disaster risk reduction principles.
- Local administration capacities have been strengthened at Union Council and Tehsil level to plan, monitor and supervise development.
Community uses own resources to fix neighbour’s house
At a Community Management Training in the village of Bhakkar, in October 2014, one of the members asked the project for help to rebuild his neighour’s house. But Nasarullah, the Community Organisation president quickly intervened. “During the last three days, we have been learning about the importance of solving our problems ourselves, with the help of community resources and not to look to outsiders for help.” And so Bashir handed over 1,000 rupees and asked the others to contribute too. Soon the neighbour had enough to rebuild his house, and now he hopes to be able to repay the entire loan timely.
Today, Bashir’s group takes pride in seeing how many problems they can resolve with little or no external intervention.