Leading Humanitarian Assistance Into the 21st Century
In the past year, we have reinvented ourselves in Pakistan. We are now both a trusted provider of relief and emergency services to Afghan refugees and also a frontrunner for development in the country. Focused on innovation, the delivery of best in class, high-quality services, and geographic diversification, we are bringing new value to refugees and host communities in Pakistan.
During any emergency situation, women, children, minorities, and individuals with disabilities suffer most. So, we ensure that their needs are met in all of our projects. Besides creating awareness on gender-based rights, we also develop community-based dispute resolution mechanisms and strategies for preventing violence. We provide counseling, medical and legal aid to the victims of abuse. Together with communities, we help to ensure that at-risk groups have the resources they need.
Putting education first
Pakistan has the second largest population of out of school children in the world, a large part of them girls. There are many reasons why children may drop out of school, including difficulty affording fees, uniforms, and supplies, so we’re thinking of creative ways around the problem. Home schooling and village-centered schools offer more flexible alternatives to the often unaffordable traditional routes.
We have exciting new projects on the horizon, including a large-scale girls education project. We are co-creating with a diverse field of partners to reach our goal of educating girls across the country, including with the Government of Pakistan.
This year, we also focused on bringing high value skills training to Afghan refugees, internally displaced Pakistanis, and the community at-large. We help to strengthen and equip educational facilities with the resources they need. We provide vocational trainings, sustainable agriculture projects, and information and communications technology education, preparing participants for a technology-driven future.
Health and hygiene
We’ve been leaders in health in Pakistan for years, providing the much-needed basics – primary health services, maternal and child health, and community education. We help to build the infrastructure crucial to delivering healthy babies, including constructing labor and delivery rooms and furnishing the maternity wards with equipment and furniture. Strengthening primary healthcare systems, our goal is to equip Pakistanis with what they need to have a responsive, functioning, and sustainable health system.
Our services save lives, and we help to train others to do the same. We teach health workers, educate communities on best practices for health and hygiene, and help develop the systems essential to fueling sustainable, locally-driven services.
I am so proud to meet young enthusiastic Afghan refugees ready to change their lives. They have hearts bubbling with ideas for a brighter future and eyes that look toward the skies
- Dr. Erum Zarief, ARC Pakistan
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