Output 1: 'Women better able to participate safely in politics and in public spaces at federal, provincial and local levels in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab"
1. AAWAZ securing right to identity for women thus preserving right - A success story from Nowshera
In today's world it is very significant to identify oneself with at least one thing (ones ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, or a particular belief). One's identity determines ones position or situation in society wherever one lives. The most important proof of one's identity is the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).
This particular case story is from UC Shahkot, which is a hilly place and it is far from city Nowshera. Due to this factor, there is no such kind of government as well as private standard facilities available for the people of the area and they are facing problems in their day to day lives. Women, the most neglected group of the area were in trouble due to non-accessibility of basic needs due to traditional values, family norms or cultural barriers as well as due to unavailability of government facilities in the area.
After an analysis of UC Shahkot, members noted that the ratio of women casting the votes was very less in previous elections and one big reason behind this was unavailability of CNIC's of women. Women of UC face difficulty to visit the NADRA office to get their CNIC's registered.
This matter was being discussed by AUF and it was mutually decided to avail the services of NADRA's mobile van. A meeting was conducted with NADRA officials and all the facts and figures were shared with them which were being collected by AVF and AUF members. NADRA official approved mobile van visiting the UC Shahkot in 10 villages for a week. AVF started to run the campaign for voter registration. During the awareness raising initiatives, meetings, events that were organized at village and UC level, men and women were motivated to get their CNIC's made and also get their votes registered.
During this ongoing campaign, voter registration forms, change of place of vote and other forms were placed in AAWAZ Agahi center. Community people were facilitated to fill these forms and get their votes registered. These forms were then submitted to election commissioner office for further confirmation by the president of AUF.
Due to this initiative of AVF and AUF, NADRA mobile van visited Shahkot for 10 days in 10 targeted villages and 750 women registered their CNIC and 180 women registered their vote in the campaign. Advocacy is in process to start such initiatives in remaining UC's under AAWAZ target area so that maximum numbers of women get their CNIC's and their votes are also registered.
2. AAWAZ triggering mindsets to end VAW - Small steps bring big changes - A success story from Rawalpindi
Leaped into depression due to poverty and a violent husband who used to beat her almost every day, life was hard for Ms. Nagina Sattar, resident of UC 46, district Rawalpindi. She was married to person named Adeeb, they had two kids. The couple was not having a good married life. The lady was facing domestic violence from her husband. She kept on compromising with her miserable life due to the patriarchal thinking of the society. She was unable to do anything for improving situation in her home. And therefore one day she left her house due to miserable situation of her life. She went to her father's house along with her kids. Her father was a shopkeeper and a poor fellow.
He came to know about AAWAZ Aagahi center through one of his friends'. He visited AAC in UC-46 along with his friend and shared the story of his daughter with the resource person looking after the AAC. The resource person of AAC Miss Asma discussed this issue with the members of AUF UC 46. On hearing the issue, the members decided to contact her husband. The male member of AUF Mr. Waleed conducted a meeting in AAC in presence of her wife and children.
When the matter was placed before him, he totally denied the allegations. But AUF member had called their neighbors as evidences of the violence he was doing on her wife. They shared with the members that he sued to beat his wife and his attitude with children was also very bad. On seeing this, he accepted the allegations. Mr. Arshad (AUF member, religious scholar) had a separate session with him and discussed the rights and duties of husband. He tried to change his mind towards his attitude with his wife and children. AUF member counseled him referring various laws protecting women rights.
After 2-3 counselling sessions with AUF members, he assured his family members and his wife about the change in his attitude and behavior. He went to his in-laws and requested to send his family back to home. He promised to behave good with his wife and children. He himself noticed that these informative sessions had brought change in his behavior.
3. AAWAZ making inclusion possible for the let outs - A journey of change in Abida - A success story from Okara
Life is full of opportunities and the only thing that matters is that who avails what opportunity. Being surrounded by depression and a deteriorating physical health, Ms. Abida (resident of tehsil Renala Khurd, district Okara) was completely disappointed from the life. Being born to a poor family, she used to support her father in meeting the expenses by doing job in a textile mill. Life brought more miseries when she got married to a drug addict who already had divorced his first wife. She was unhappy and abusive marriage situation she left her home and went back to live with her parents. In 2012, she was diagnosed with lungs cancer. Through medication, her physical health became better but the emotional and psychological effects of disease and her past left her in distress. She became very introvert, stopped meeting people and her self-esteem became very low.
On 1st October, 2013 Ms. Shabana Amir; her neighbor came to her and asked her to join other community women in a gathering to be held next day, to be organized by AAWAZ Programme. At first she was reluctant to go but then on the next day she went there and sat silently in a corner. A round of introduction was being conducted and while introducing herself I was feeling very shy and under confident to share her name with the participants. On seeing this, various participants started bucking her up and told her to be relax and give her introduction calmly and peacefully. The facilitator gave introduction of AAWAZ and Aurat foundation and shared details.
Once she came back, she was feeling happy with the attitude and warmth of people towards her. She decided to join these gatherings and meetings on regular basis. She started participating in AAWAZ activities and learnt about important of CNIC, votes, birth registration, violence and its various forms and how to combat the violence.
This was indeed a great learning opportunity for her. In the beginning she was reluctant to participate however with the passage of time she started taking interest in the information being shared and also started to disseminate the information with the community women. On seeing her active participation, members of AVF voted for her to be representative of AUF and ATF. Now she is one of the most active women members of forum where she is raising her voice for various issues highlighted by the community. Though challenges are there for her being a woman, but now she is not threatened by the fears and hurdles, she continues to work for the welfare of her community women ever zealously. Her efforts and struggle is a source of inspiration for other women also.
4. A little conscious effort: Discouraging domestic violence and resolving dispute - A success story from Kohat
Since long time women are being discriminated in a twisted interpretation of the word of GOD. Faith is the source of strength and comfort to most of the men around the world and still many of them need to perceive the intended meaning of the rights of their women. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not just women alone who suffer; rather it affects' all of us.
Farnaz Begum, resident of UC Gumbat, district Kohat was facing domestic violence for last few years and she was unable to settle down the matter on her own while the situation was going towards worse with every passing day, suffering and hardships were unbearable for her, as she had endured many troubles. She contacted Zeenat Khan (Ex-Councilor/UC Gumbat-Social Activist) to look into the matter. Farnaz Khan started to settle down the dispute between the couple and tried to convince her husband that violence is harmful for her both physically and mentally but all her efforts went into vain.
After when no change occurred in the case, Farnaz contacted one of ADF Member Jhanzaib Jani and wrote an application to him for the provision of psychological, legal and physical help for the victim. The kind of act is natural when any of us is undergoing from hardships and all of us need, at least, moral support and encouragement to proceed towards the normality in life.
Ajmaen (husband of the victim) in the presence of the committee stated that his marriage with Farnaz Begum was love and also Farnaz was an orphan and no one was there to support her financially and socially as her brothers were also not very well settled. Ajmaen married her and provided her a safe home with all due respect and went back to Saudia Arabia. After a while, his family started torturing her mentally and in such duration many misunderstandings were rouse by his family members against Farnaz to create controversy between them. Ajmaen get caught in the rumors and brain washing by his family which resulted in domestic violence which created lots of tension and loss in mutual trust and understanding, he started behaving harshly and Farnaz was forced to go back to her brother's house because she became hopeless.
After receiving the application of Ms. Farnaz, Mr. Jhanzaib Jani (ADF-Member) strategize the action plan with the coordination of Miss Eman Bangash (DC/AAWAZ) along with the legal advisor Mr. Sayed Musadiq Shah Banoriand set a date for the meeting between both the parties to resolve the dispute at last after a one long year efforts. After the meeting, consensus was made and an agreement was being signed by both the parties. Couple showed their gratitude to AAWAZ forum members for their support in this case. Also, they appreciated the AAWAZ four tier program design from grass root level and implementation system and rapid response provision by ADF and team members and the way they took that issue on priority basis as it was going on from last three years, also a message is conveyed to the community that none of the social issues are impossible to resolve it just needs goodwill, dedication and mutual consent of the parties.
5. AAWAZ turning down the anti-social practices towards women and young girls - A success story from Rajan Pur
Rajanpur is a district of Southern Punjab, characterized by its strict and conservative social norms towards women and girls where women specially fall victim to customary practices and has never been challenged by the natives of the area. Atroba Bibi one such victim belonging to Qureshi caste (considered higher caste) was bound to get married with 55 years old man at the age of 17 years for an exchange marriage traditionally called 'Watta Satta'. She was not only a victim for Watta Satta (tradition in Punjab province) but also a prey of early child marriage.
Unfortunately, it is a bitter fact that we are still living in a society which is practicing these customary practices. This practice posed a constant pressure not only for Atroba Bibi but also her family. She was a student of grade 10 but could not pursue her education. She had to drop school out of family and social pressure and get marry soon as reaching her 20's soon. Her parents particularly her mother resisted her marriage but this consequently increased pressure on her father from the family of Mohammad Akbar. A continuous delay became a matter of honor for Mohammad Akbar claiming that Atroba Bibi has been associated with him for quite long. Seeing the anger of Mohammad Akbar, the father of Atroba Bibi put undue pressure on his wife for Atroba Bibi's marriage.
Aurat Foundation, under its different programmes has been working in Rajanpur for increased awareness in the community regarding women rights. AAWAZ being one of the programmes established forums at village, UC, tehsil and district level. This issue was also taken to its village forum by a local woman named Nageena who was a relative to both Atroba Bibi and Mohammad Akbar. The forum members tried to persuade Atroba Bibi's father but he clearly stated that, "It is our cultural norm and failing to abide by it, I would not be considered a man of my words. This will make my survival in the family and Qureshi community a big challenge for me".
The issue was then referred to the UC forum that intervened between the two families for their inhumane act of forcing a young girl to go for an early and mismatch marriage without right to choose. Nageena, played a vital role in this regard as she got some information and awareness of women's rights straddled through AAWAZ forums in her village. The local level involvement AAWAZ forums resulted in suspending the marriage till Atroba Bibi herself decides over it after completing her grades.
6. AAWAZ de layering the patriarchal mind sets - A success story from DG Khan
D.G. Khan is a region of far west of Punjab province. Compared to other districts of Punjab it is more tribal in its socio-cultural orientation and set-up. The contiguity of this region to Baluchistan has had the influence on the lives of people due to the nature of tribal culture. Financial constraints coupled with birth of girls in the family are a major challenge for the poor families.
A case of forceful early marriage emerged from a marginalized village of DG Khan where the father of two daughters was a sweeper of the area. Having no source of income, he was bound to get his elder daughter Ammara marry her maternal cousin. Ammara had passed grade 10th at the age of 15 years and was very keen to study further but the maternal uncle was consistently asking for her marriage to his illiterate and uneducated son who was 30 years old - double than the age of the girl. Ammara being aware of this difference of age, education and mental conscious resisted to accept the marriage.
Ammara was an active member of AAWAZ village forum at GD Khan and hence used to participate in most of its activities. She shared her agony with her friend Salma who was also a member of the village forum. Salma along with other forum members spoke to Ammara's father. His father replied, "I am a very poor person and I am bound to abide by my word. I also cannot afford Ammara's further education. I have another daughter, younger to Ammara and if I refuse this marriage, who would marry my younger daughter? I am not in a position to refuse the proposal which will ultimately lead to my two daughters ending up sitting at home for ever".
The issue was raised by Salma in Aagahi Center meeting conducted at UC. The meeting decided to persuade the father which was successfully met. At the same time the forum members convinced him for continuing the education of her daughter by appointing her as the in-charge Aagahi center. He was quite pleased and turned up his mind so. He showed his courage to refuse marrying her daughter believing that his traditionally tuned mindset made him to decide wrong for her daughter. He was quite sorrowful for that but at the same time thankful to AAWAZ mediation and encouraging support to enable him decide right for her daughter. Ammara had got her admission to complete her for FA from Allama Iqbal Open University (for distant learning) and happily running the Aagahi center too.
Output 2: "Citizens and communities better able to resolve disputes peacefully, and work together for common solutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab"
7. Little conscious efforts - Save the day (A success story from Sargodha)
Throwing garbage in front of houses is a common act in Pakistan and mostly this act leads to small and sometimes serious fights among the various neighbors. This story is about one such case that happened in UC Moazmabad ward no 2, where two groups quarreled with each other on the issue of garbage throwing in front the house of Shakeel by children of Wazir Ali.
Shakeel started abusing Wazir Ali by seeing garbage in front of his house and quarrel started among both the parties. Meanwhile relatives also got involved and scale of fight was expanded.
Under Output 2, AAWAZ focuses to bring harmony and peace in the society and making citizens enable to solve their local disputes peacefully. AAWAZ village forums members on hearing about the fight between both the parties intervene and tried to stop the fight for the time being. After this, the AVF members visited both the parties separately and asked about their point of view on the incident. They convinced both the parties to sit together and resolve this matter as soon as possible. On meeting, the importance of peace and impact of dispute upon the families was laid before both the parties. AVF members shared with both the parties that keeping themselves in situation of dispute would lead to disturbance in both the families and if both parties didn't showed soft corner for each other for this incident, there are chances that fight may expand and god for bit something serious and irreplaceable can happen.
This discussion along with the impact of dispute can make on the involved parties proved useful and both the parties admitted their fault of becoming harsh and angry too early. Both agreed to show a tolerant behavior in the future and avoid any such incidents that might lead to problems in future. Process
Members of AAWAZ village forum came to know the situation and some respectable persons of the ward came to the spot and brought them apart from each other, and ended their quarrel , after this members of AAWAZ village forums went separately to the homes of Mr. Wazir Ali and Mr. Shakeel and after counselling of their anger they agreed to sit together with each other and resolve this conflict as the AVF members made them realized that this will lead to many problems in future that they were living from many years in neighborhood and their parents had a very friendly relationship with each other, Mr. Wazir and shakeel became ashamed on their fight and embraced each other, AVF members made them assure that this act will promote peace and harmony in their family and also in their village.
After this AAWAZ village forms conducted some follow up sessions with both families that any signs of hatred should not develop in both families relations, and they also invite both parties in awareness raising activities of 212 and 214 so to make them realized the importance of peaceful society.
This particular case is about conflict resolution by AVF Ghar Klay. Dost Muhammad, Ameer Bashar s/o Ameer Bahader and Pervaiz Khan, Sarfaraz Khan are reletives. About eight years ago Ameer Bahader went to Sarfaraz Khan's home and about 11.00 pm he intended to go back. As it was late so Sarfaraz Khan suggested sending his youngest son Pervaiz Khan with him. On the way to home they were attacked by unidentified persons and Ameer Bahader was shot and died on the spot. Pervaiz Khan was about twelve or thirteen years old at that time so he couldn't understand the situation and ran away from the spot and hide himself. After this incident both families were in good terms.
About two months ago the conflict arose between two families due to some domestic issue and they became enemy of each other. The situation became worse when Mr Ameer Basher lodged FIR on Pervaiz Khan for murdering his father eight years ago. On 22nd June, 2014 Police raided Pervaiz's home and arrested him.
When this case came into the notice of AVF Ghar Klay members decided to solve the case. Notable people and Imam Masjid along with AVF met both the parties separately. Ameer Basher demanded .1 million for resolution but Pervaiz's family was unable to pay the money. After several meetings conducted with Ameer Basher and convinced him to pay Rs.30, 000 rupees to patch up the case. At this they were successful to solve the matter.
8. Resolving matter and getting a solution - A success story from Mardan
This particular case is about Mr. Naveed resident of village Mansab Klay, UC Mardan Rural, Mardan. He is the eldest son in the family and carpenter by profession and the only bread earner. Due to low income in business and in order to meet all the needs of the family he took loan from the friends and relatives. As time passed the amount of loan increased and reached to 0 .5 (half) million. He was unable to return his loan due to his worst situation in business. When relatives and friends started regular visits to ask for loan money back, his father became angry and rebuked his son severely. He was not ready to understand the situation. This wasn't the solution of the problem so one day he took the infant baby of Naveed and went to Afghanistan. When this matter came into the notice of AVF of Mansab Klay they visited the concerned family, during facts finding they notice the worse situation of the mother.
This matter was discussed with the family and notable elders and they started their efforts to approach Mr. Said Muhammad and insisted him to come back with the baby but he was reluctant to come back and said he wants to punish his son for the mistake and when he will be able to refund all the money then he will back. Several meetings were also conducted with the creditors.
As the money was spent on family so it was decided to distribute the loan money between three brothers equally because his younger brothers were also doing their jobs now. It was decided to refund the loan money in monthly installment by all brothers and this decision was accepted by both parties. After this decision Mr. Said Muhammad came back from Afghanistan and handover baby to mother. Due to the efforts of AVF this matter was resolved successfully at local level. Mr. Naveed and his wife were very thankful to AVF and elders for their efforts in resolving the problem.
Output 3: "Women and other excluded groups better able to demand improved delivery of services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab"
9. AAWAZ communities challenging the encroachment by local elites - Ensuring female safety and security - A success story from Mandi Bahauddin
AAWAZ voice and accountability programme gives voices to unheard especially women and excluded groups and also aiming for assuring their safety at public and political spaces. Under this programme communities are capacitated with the necessary knowledge, information, tools and strategies to engage them for improvement in service delivery. This particular success story entails one such contribution of AAWAZ Programme towards an improved service delivery in UC Sohawa Bolani, district Mandi Bahauddin. A government girls' elementary school in this particular UC was facing the problem of boundary wall around the school premises with a population of 500 schools enrolled in it.
Group of influential people of UC Sohawa Bolani, district Mandi Bahaudin managed to encroach the school's boundary wall and thus allowing a pathway to cross through school and reaching their homes via this shortcut. This act was totally ignored by the school administration due to the strong influence of encroacher's group. Despite of the fact that providing the basic facilities within an educational institution is prime responsibility of government, government officials show negligence and careless attitude towards sensitive issues. This broken wall and passage of people from the school was a serious matter of security for female students. Besides this, people used to throw garbage around that place creating unhygienic environment for locality, students and school administration.
AUF of UC Sohawa Bolani organized a Khuli Kachehri where MPA Mr. Mehfooz Hussain Shah along with the government officials of social welfare district office and DCO Zafar Gondal were present along with the representatives of community were present.
During the Khuli Kachehri proceedings community raised the issue of broken wall in front of MPA and government representatives. They told them about the difficulties they have to regularly face due on account of the same. On hearing this, MPA promised to take action on this issue on priority basis. He ordered the line department to visit the school in person and get the details of issue raised. Upon concerted follow ups by the AUF, thorough investigation was held thus the Government Officials released the funds for building the wall and asked the administration to make sure that such encroachment doesn't occur in future. Now the school is much safe as no strangers, intruders or community people can take this route to move from one place to another. On order of the MPA, garbage was also disposed-off. The girls at school feel safe now.
10. AAWAZ increasing community's access and making inroads to line departments - Power of Community manifested - A success story from Swat
AAWAZ voice and accountability programme gives voices to unheard. Under this programme communities are capacitated with the necessary knowledge, information, tools and strategies to engage them for improvement in service delivery. This particular success story entails one such contribution of AAWAZ Programme towards an improved service delivery in UC UC Chuprial, district Swat.
For about 453 enrolled students in a government primary school, UC Chuprial, only two teachers were available. It was mapped out while gathering UC profile by the AVF.. During a meeting of AVF while listing down the issues caused by inadequate number of school teachers e AVF members who were also the members of parents' teachers committee (PTC) decided to take it up. The issue was thus taken up to the chairman of parent teacher committee Mr. Wazir Zada to ASDEO Mr. Sajjad and brought the issue into his notice.
Upon continuous persuasion by the AVF the matter was from the PTC chairman to district officer education Mr. Abdullah. Next day, AVF members and Chairman PTC visited DO Mr. Abdullah and brought his attention towards the issue faced by GPS Balasor. Mr. Abdullah's response was very positive and he was extremely cooperative and listened to the issue discussed in detail. He assured AVF members that after necessary investigation and data collection; one teacher will be transferred to GPS Balasor for the best interest of children. Mr. Abdullah selected Mr. Said Mukhtiyar ADO as investigation officer, to collect and validate the information provided by AVF. Mr. Mukhtiyar visited GPS Balasor in person and collected all the data and evidence regarding the issue.
On submission of his report, DO Mr. Abdullah appointed a new teacher for the GPS. Community of Balasor and head teacher GPS Balasor, Mr. Nisar appreciated the efforts of AVF and thanked the community for doing their efforts for such a noble work. AVF is still committed to persuade it till provision of adequate number of teachers at school for quality education of the community children.
11. AAWAZ opening doors for Christian communities to occupy their due share in funds available - A success story from Rahim Yaar Khan
AAWAZ voice and accountability programme is catering the inclusion of excluded group who are kept away from the main stream of the society and they hardly get their due rights. Religious minorities are one of the excluded groups. Christmas is a religious event celebrated by Christians all over the world on 25th December every year. Pakistan being an Islamic state, Christians are amongst religious minorities and their rights are sabotaged all over Pakistan. In 2013, Punjab government announced to give funds to Christian community all over Punjab before the Christmas. The funds were transferred on 15th December to Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs, for the distribution to district as per Christian population of the district.
Like all districts; funds were also transferred to the district government Rahim Yar Khan, where AAWAZ has been operating since September, 2013. This important news and information about the funds wasn't shared with any representative of the Christian community. Mr. Mujahid Saleem, district coordinator of Pakistan Minorities Alliance; also member of ATF, RYK came to know about these available funds.
During the meeting of ATF, he brought this important issue in the notice of ATF and ATF decided to peruse this case on urgent basis. Telephonic details were gathered from South Punjab's head of Pakistan Minorities Alliance. He shared the update and sent a letter to the ministry about their resource persons in Rahim Yar Khan. Besides this; a meeting was conducted by members of AAWAZ Tehsil Forum with the senior administrative officer (DCO-Office) about the said information.
This meeting and follow-up proved very fruitful. Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs nominated Mr. Mujahid Saleem as representative in Rahim Yar Khan for proper disbursement of the funds. Mr. Mujahid Saleem was also part of the committee consisting of four members along with EDO Community Development, DO-Social Welfare and Senior Administrator DCO-Office.
District coordination officer approved a committee for the identification of the beneficiaries to get benefit from the fund as per said criteria. After proper verification; 50 beneficiaries out of 234 applicants were identified and selected from four tehsils of Rahim Yar Khan on the basis of selective criteria set by the government of Punjab. The list of beneficiaries was finalized, approved by the committee and district finance department.
A ceremony was held for the disbursement of cheques where Mr. Kanji Ram MPA-Sadiqabad, Mr. Khawja Adrees chairman District Peace Committee and Bait-ul-Mal, Mr. Muhammad Altaf, DCO representative District Accounts Officer and Mr. Mujahid Saleem district representative Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs were present. Christian Community of Rahim Yar Khan showed their gratitude to Punjab Government and applauded the efforts of AUC and ATF for their efforts to make the transfer of funds.
12. Strength of unity - A success story from Malakand
It is said that unity is strength; two are more powerful than one. The perfect example of this common saying can be seen in UC kharkai, Malakand where AAWAZ voice and accountability programme is working since last year. AAWAZ UC forum members have been part of various awareness raising and capacity building initiatives during one year. Due to several meetings, the forums are strong and have a very strong communication with each other.
While sorting out the priority issues in the UC that need to be addressed on urgent basis, one was about the unavailability of land for graveyard. The old graveyard was fully occupied and the area was in need of allocation of area for new graveyard. The locality was facing issue of graveyard, because no more space was available in the old graveyard. Majority of the community was relying on the land provided by the government for the graveyard.
This issue was discussed and action plan was sorted by the members. All the members showed consensus to raise this issue in front of Mr. Fazal Haq who is secretary of the local MPA named Mr. Mohammad Ali Shah. All the members were united on this issue and therefore; Mr. Fazal Haq who is president of ADF, Malakand placed this issue in front of MPA Mr. Mohammad Ali Shah. He discussed the matter with MPA Mr. Mohammad Ali Shah who after the necessary paper work and investigation announced to allot 40 marlas plot for graveyard.
Aforementioned, since selected as president of ADF, Malakand; Mr. Fazal Haq is very keen in the AAWAZ activities, he regularly attends the meetings of forum and makes sure that the issues being discussed are forwarded to MPA and priority issues are being addressed also.
13. AAWAZ addressing vulnerabilities through establishing interface with safety nets for the poorest and excluded ones - A success story from Jhang
Human beings considered best kind of creation because they have the ability to think and accomplish consequently. AAWAZ Programme is an opportunity for the communities to support each other in their day to day matters and exercise their best abilities. Mr. Aman Ullah is resident of Basti Sheeniwali UC 95 and member of AVF. By profession he is a street seller [Hawker] and vends homemade ice cream which he is primed with help of his wife.
After tiresome and laborious work they are hardly capable to earn a paltry amount of money making it impossible for them to satisfy appetite of children and other related basic needs due to the rampant and unbridled poverty conditions. Among all these miseries, unfortunately his wife Shahida Bibi slipped on the floor and her arm fractured badly. This mishap would have been of great concern for him as along with physical suffering would had to undergo mental anguish for not having been able to manage the expenses of medical treatment.
He shared this issue with AUF's social services committee to support him. The AUF members shared the issue with ADF in their monthly meeting. ADF's social services committee took up this issue and coordinated with social welfare department. DEO social welfare regularly used to attend the meetings of ADF and in every meeting used to share the information regarding available funds. DEO social welfare provided a form of Bait-ul-mal health funds and made necessary arrangements for timely first aid to be provided to her. Shahida Bibi is now getting fund from Bait-ul-mal health funds and her treatment is in process.