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.
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.
January 2014 – December 2016
Over 138,000 individuals