SRSO has organized School inauguration ceremony at newly constructed building of Community Cluster School Qaiser Khan Gujarani in Kashmore-Kandhkot.
The school was inaugurated by Mir Shabbir Ali Khan Bijarani (Provincial Minister for Mines & Mineral Development). Representatives of Education department and Mr. Dittal Kalhoro(CEO-SRSO), teachers, notables of the area and SRSO officials also present on the occasion. The ribbon cutting ceremony was carried out along with the round of the new school building and interaction with students. Mr. Shabeer Ali appreciated the efforts of SRSO in providing quality education to students by establishing a well-furnished school building equipped with interactive learning resources.
This Community Cluster School is equipped with furnished classrooms with flexible furniture, library, science and computer lab, courtyard and playground . The school built with the financial Support of Sindh Education Foundation(SEF) and will be maintained by SRSO education team with the commitment to not only bringing out of school children in schools but also ensuring the provision of quality education. The project aims to increase public schools in selected areas of the Sindh province, with a special focus on bringing back children who have dropped out of schools. Through this public-private partnership approach, these innovative solutions help improve school governance and quality of teaching. Children will receive free and quality education.
Awareness sessions conducted in six districts of Sindh on Enterprise Development Program. SRSO is initiating a project Enterprise Development Program (SRSO-EDP) to alleviate poverty in Sindh province. The program is initiated in a partnership with, Government of Sindh, SRSO and IdeaGist.
The objective of this program is to develop a micro/small business/incubation program that can help start small business through training of 300 individuals in six districts of Sindh (Khairpur, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Thatta and Badin).
05 Business Development Groups (BDGs) from Thatta and Khairpur districts received cheques of matching grants from International Trade Center (ITC) in a ceremony organized at Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi for distribution of matching grants to small & medium enterprises in Sindh.
These BDGs were formed and supported by SRSO under the Sindh Govt funded Peoples’ Poverty Reduction Program.
ITC has disbursed 12 Million PKR among 12 Business groups of Karachi, Thatta, and Khairpur under the Project Growth for rural advancement and sustainable progress (GRASP). GRASP is a six-year project designed to reduce poverty in Pakistan and aims to uplift Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre and funded by the delegation of the European Union to Pakistan.
Team of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) led by Country Director for Pakistan Mr. Hubert Boirard interacted with rural communities of District Kashmore Kandhkot who are transforming their lives and livelihoods through Ehsaas Amdan/ #NPGP and is progressing towards sustainable development. PPAF's Senior Group Head Graduation Group Ms. Samia Liaquat Ali Khan with other team members from PPAF , Muhammad Dittal Kalhoro (CEO-SRSO) and other senior officials also participated in the dialogue. Dialogue was organized at village Ghulam Qadir Khokhar in UC Kashmore Colony 1 and Beneficiaries of NPGP who had received productive assets shared their journey of success from extreme poverty to sustainable livelihood with the support of Ehsas amdan/ NPGP, and beneficiaries of Interest Free Loan to set up an enterprise , explained its utilization, recovery and plan for expanding their enterprises. SRSO is implementing National Poverty Graduation Programme (NPGP) in partnership with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and financial support of the Government of Pakistan & International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
500 H2O wheels distributed in rural communities of Union Council Faqeer Abdullah and Haji Mian Shah , donated by “Tayaba Welfare Organization” and funded by Bayer Pakistan, which aims to improve the lives of unprivileged rural communities of district Umerkot by providing effective solutions to overcome the water-scarcity . Ms. Nida Yousaf Sheikh -Acting CEO of Tayaba Welfare Organization was grateful to SRSO management for providing implementation support and impactful partnership.
H2O stands for “Help 2 Others” which is a specially designed water-carrying device .The water wheel is simple in design and revolutionary in impact , has built in water storage capacity of 40 liters . Provision of H2O wheels resulted in reduction of physical stress, saved time, and the hassle-free collection and transportation of almost 5 times more water than the capacity of a traditional clay pot.
Communities of Umerkot are grateful to Tayaba welfare organization and SRSO because this simple innovation has paved the way for a better, easier and healthier rural life.
Adult Literacy & Numeracy Skill (ALNS) is one of the key components of the SUCCESS Programme funded by the European Union.
SRSO has established 190 centers and enrolled 38,000 rural women of Larkana and Kamber –Shahdadkot districts to provide Adult literacy & Numeracy Skills. The goal is to provide basic reading, writing and numeracy skills training to young, adult and elderly women, in the form of non-formal literacy classes and to foster an active social engagement of community members. Resource material has developed by the Education and Literacy Department-Govt. of Sindh.
SRSO hosted an Achievements & Experience sharing workshop with participants of Training Management & Research Wing’s(TMR) 1st Mid-Career Management Course (MCMC) As part of their Inland Study Tour to Sukkur and Khairpur. The living legend Mr. Shoaib Sultan Khan (Chairman of Rural support Program Network-RSPN) was the chief gust on the occasion and conducted session. Mr. Pervez Ahmed Chandio (DG-PPRP-GoS) and Dr. Aamir Ansari (Group Leader) also grace the occasion with their presence.
CEO- SRSO Mr. MD Kalhoro welcomed the guests. Trainees shared their observations, and recommendations based on their field visit in Khairpur like formation and strengthening of community institutions and impacts on the lives of rural women in the shape of economic empowerment and community development.
They appreciated the best practices taken under the GoS funded Peoples’ Poverty Reduction Program and found the visit quite a learning experience.
Participants of 1st MCMC in Sindh also paid visit in five villages of district Khairpur Mirs and interacted with community Leaders and activists. They witnessed the small scale enterprises established by rural women and visited Low cost houses with allied facility (Latrine, Hand Pump and Solar system) in the villages. Rural women narrated their success stories of transforming their lives by increasing the financial capital, social capital, worked for plantation and improved nutrition through Kitchen Gardening and imparted the vocational training on e-commerce, digitalization, mechanical trades that has increased their source of income and make them successful entrepreneurs.
A delegation of Members of SRSO-Board of Directors (BoD) visited different initiatives under the Government of Sindh funded Peoples’ Poverty Reduction Program (PPRP) in district Thatta. The delegation was comprised of Ms. Sadiqa Salahuddin, Ms. Raheema Panhwar, Mr. Aazar Ayaz, Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Abro, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khero, Dr. Waheed Umrani, and Mr. Muhammad Dittal Kalhoro (CEO SRSO). Mr. Parvez Ahmed Chandio(DG Directorate PPRP), Mr. Muhammad Siddique Palijo (Deputy District Education Officer Thatta) Mr Khuda Bux Behrani(Deputy Director Social Welfare Department Thatta), Mr. Niaz Ahmed Memon(Additional Director Social Welfare Thatta) and other officials of Social Welfare Department were also accompanied them.
They visited different interventions of PPRP, in village Qaim Shoro of UC Jhangri, like low cast houses(LCH), there are 102 LCH have been provided in the Union Council, met with beneficiaries of Community Investment Fund(CIF)- Revolving Fund), Vocational Training Programme and Enterprise Development. Also attended Managerial Activist Conference and Rural women Leaders of Community Institutions (COs, VOs & LSOs) from different villages participated in the conference and shared the progress of their Village and community level initiatives under different interventions of PPRP that have changed their lives. 253 female community leaders and activists participated in the conference(MAC).
UNICEF has engaged Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) to support Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in social mobilization activities in the selected districts across Pakistan. SRSO is supporting to the EPI for social mobilization and community engagement to ensure community awareness and acceptance for the Measles Rubella Campaign in three districts of Upper Sindh; Kashmore@Kandhkot, Jacobabad and Kamber-Shahdadkot. Under the campaign, SRSO will undertake different activities to support MR campaign at pre, during the post phases in these three districts through engaging CRPs and LSOs in collaboration with the District Health Department and EIP Programme.
In order to create awareness and impart information of the planned MR- campaign, SRSO is conducting different activities including advocacy seminars, community awareness sessions, visit of schools and madrasas, market committees and mass announcements at religious places , to get support from all stakeholders and ensure their active participation.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed thousands of rural women during a launching ceremony of Peoples Poverty Reduction Programme (PPRP), organized by Sindh Rural Support organization in Ghotki district on September 01, 2021. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Provincial Minister, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Nisar Ahmed Khoro, Chairperson P&DD Sindh , senior officials of various departments and other dignitaries, 4000 Women members of Community Organizations and community leaders/ CRPs across the Sindh Province and media representatives attended the launching ceremony. Sindh Rural Support Organization is being executed Peoples’ Poverty Reduction programme in 6 districts of Sindh with the financial support of the Govt. of Sindh and now extended to 2 more districts i.e; Ghotki and Sukkur, which was appreciated by the European Union and initiated Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (Success) Program in 8 districts of Sindh province in 2016. The same program was further replicated in another six districts in 2017 by the Govt. of Sindh.
The Sindh government has extended financial support to the rural support programmes (RSPs) for rural people to enable them to articulate their aspirations and to effectively marshal the resources they need to meet their identified needs. SRSO has economically strengthened 1.3 million families and provided interest free loan to more than 200,000 women and established 23,000 houses besides providing them opportunities for skill development.
Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that poverty alleviation programme had been approved by [then prime minister] Ms. Benazir Bhutto and launched by [then Sindh chief minister] Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Now it was being extended to eight more districts. With the required funding expected to be received this programme would be extended to all districts of the province.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Mr. Bilawal Zardari said on the occasion , the Government believed that NGOs including charity and public welfare organisations are carrying out a commendable job by looking after people at grass roots level and in urban as well as far off rural areas of the country. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the Sindh Government believed in serving people and he himself wanted to facilitate them without any discrimination. He said that the People Poverty Reduction Programme would also empower the women economically, because flourishing a woman would definitely change the entire living of the family. He said it was his dream to empower woman, as her slain mother thought to do, saying the Sindh government has launched a programme with Rs.6 billion funding to provide 23,000 houses to the deserving women of Sindh, especially of Ghotki and Sukkur districts. He said around 1.3 million families in 15 districts of Sindh would be benefited from the Peoples' poverty reduction programme, expressing his dream place, where women could play an equal economic, political and social role. He was happy to see how these poor rural rural women got organized actively and very positively responded to these programs.
The guests were greatly delighted to see these organized women, inspired and appreciated their work..
SRSO signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sukkur IBA University in a formal ceremony held at SRSO complex Sukkur on June 21, 2021.
Vice Chancellor Sukkur IBA University Prof. Dr. Syed Mir Muhammad Shah, and Chief Executive Officer of SRSO Mr. Muhammad Dittal Kalhoro signed the MoU.
The MoU will provide opportunities for faculty, researchers, students and innovators at the Sukkur IBA University and SRSO Management to explore potential activities ranging from joint research projects , support in researches, training to professional development programmes, exchange of knowledge, skills and opportunity to human resources.
Guests were honored with cultural souvenirs and gifts.
Deputy Country Director - Action Against Hunger Pakistan (ACF), Mr. Zulfiqar Mithani along with team visited various interventions in district Shikarpur , Larkana and Kamber Shahdadkot under the EU funded Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS).
Mr. Zulfiqar witnessed PINS-II and PINS-III interventions and conducted dialogues with community leaders. regarding impacts of the projects on their lives and livelihood. He also visited household level Kitchen Gardening. Agriculture entrepreneurs, Goat beneficiaries, Farmer Field Schools, CHWs and construction of Hand Washing stations.
DCD-ACF also witnessed PCR test sample collection of suspected persons and also attended community awareness sessions where CRPs were conducting awareness sessions with rural women, on the novel coronavirus and emphasizing the importance of hygiene and safe practices for their own health.