Neighbour’s house fixed with community help

The small move has instilled in the villagers a sense of pride and self-sufficiency
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At a Community Organisation, it was decided that a villager could be helped through collective community help
October 2014, Bhakkar, Punjab: At a Community Management Training in the village of Bhakkar, an elected representative, Nasarullah, informed his colleagues that his neighbour’s one-room house had been badly damaged by heavy rain the night before and asked the Social Organiser of the cluster, Mr. Javaid, to help rebuild his neighbour’s house.

Javaid was accustomed to such requests but this time, even before he could respond, the president of Nasarullah’s Community Organisation, Bashir Hussain, 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. Yet this is what we are doing”.

Bashir continued by formulating a different type of request. Handing over 1000 rupees, he said: “I would like to ask each one of you to contribute to the rebuilding of Fida’s house”. Between them the group collected 10,000 rupees to help a delighted Fida build his house.

News of the first initiative of Bashir’s Community Organisation has instilled a sense of vibrancy in the community.
Today, they take pride in considering how they can use their own resources to solve as many of their own problems as possible.

Fida’s house has now been rebuilt, as has the community’s self-confidence and vibrancy.

Since that first step of community solidarity, they have decided to pave a 500 meter link road from their village to the main road, making it more accessible all year road. They also now want to rehabilitate a culvert connecting the two villages.

Fact Box

Project:
Poverty Alleviation through Community Empowerment
And Participatory Development Project (PACE-PD)

PACE-PD is an EU-funded project which is designed to promote an inclusive and empowered society in four very poor Union Councils in Punjab province.

Duration:
January 2014 – December 2016

Beneficiaries:
Over 138,000 individuals

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Helping neighbours means that Fida's house is now fixed
“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.”

Bashir Hussain




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