The Balochistan Community Development Programme (BCDP) was initiated to help reduce the negative impact of economic deprivation, poverty and social inequality in Balochistan, where 45.68 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.
The project will focus on developing the capacity of communities to better manage resources to meet their social and economic needs. It is focused in particular on supporting vulnerable groups (including women) in remote, marginalised and vulnerable communities and regions of the province.
To empower local communities through social mobilisation, capacity development and self-help, and through the reconstruction/rehabilitation of small-scale community physical infrastructure, enhancing social cohesion and improving social services across project districts./span>
- More than 2,850 Community Organisations, 593 Village Organisations and 20 Local Support Organisations have been established and are working for better management of community resources.
- Communities and Local Authorities have received support to construct 666 priority infrastructure rehabilitation projects identified by the communities themselves.
- The government plays a pivotal role in planning community-based, disaster risk reduction measures meetings by training 700 community representatives.
- At the policy level, through behavioural change and capacity building exercises, there is greater evidence of local government and community harmony in development planning.
Village decides education is too important to postpone
In 2012, a severe flood hit the village of Saifal Khan Tunia in Jhal Magsi. The village was wiped out. They had to relocate. The villagers decided to make an open-air primary school but only 12 children were enrolled. The small numbers left the teachers ill-motivated.
After the BCDP team helped them develop, organise and prioritise their needs, some concerned villagers persuaded the others they had to make sure their children had an education. The Village Organisation agreed and the project helped them understand they should start by demonstrating that they would do everything possible to contribute.
A door-to-door enrollment campaign got school figures up to 29. The Village Organisation members also provided what school books, stationery and other materials they could manage.
Then they organised a tour of local authorities, who were so impressed by their commitment that they agreed to help cover their running costs – including reading and writing materials, black board and chalk.
Today, the community has even built a simple school and 60 children are enrolled and attending school regularly.
As Ghos Bakhsh, one of VO members, says “Education is the basis of all development, we cannot survive without it.”