The PHF has a membership of 63 international NGOs working to deliver humanitarian assistance, disaster recovery, risk reduction and long-term development programming in Pakistan. Below you can find a brief outline of each PHF member along with links to their websites.
Association for Aid and Relief:
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Tokyo, Japan, and which are currently active in Japan and other 14 countries. In 2001, AAR Japan started the emergency assistance in Pakistan. Later, Education and WASH project has been initiated as a long term project and is currently on-going in KPK.
AAR Japan aims to assist those affected by hardships such as armed conflicts, remnants of armed conflicts, infectious diseases, disabilities, etc. In doing so, we hope to deliver the goodwill of the Japanese people, and to help realize a global society where people of diverse backgrounds coexist with respect for one another, for nature, and for human dignity. For more information visit the AAR Japan webpage.
ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-governmental organization active in over 28 countries, with headquarters in Paris, founded in 1993. Independent, private and not-for-profit, ACTED respects a strict political and religious impartiality and operates according to principles of non-discrimination and transparency. ACTED’s vocation is to support vulnerable populations affected by wars, natural disasters and/or economic and social crises, and to accompany them in building a better future; thus contributing to the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to its ongoing development projects, ACTED is currently supporting conflict – and flood – affected communities with relief and early recovery projects in parts of KPK, FATA, Punjab and Sindh. For more information visit the ACTED webpage.
Action Against Hunger (ACF):
Action Against Hunger/ACF International is an international humanitarian organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. For more information visit the ACF webpage.
ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, for almost 40 years we have been helping over 13 million of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide. ActionAid Pakistan started its functions in 1992 and has ever since been working in partnership with local civil society organisations, community groups and marginalised people to fight poverty and violations of human rights. We focus on challenging patriarchy and inequality, and promoting democratic, accountable, and responsive governance. Our rights-based programmes and policy interventions focus on promoting women’s rights and gender equality, securing peoples’ right to food and livelihoods, citizens’ right to just and democratic governance ,and promoting peace and human security in emergencies, disaster and conflicts. For more information visit the ActionAid International webpage.
Since the first transport of relief supplies to Iraqi Kurdistan in 1992, arche noVa is committed to assist people suffering from humanitarian crises – regardless of their religion, ethnic origin, or colour of skin. Today we are a registered, internationally working non-governmental and non-profit organization. Capacity building and empowerment is the guiding principle in all our activities. In accordance with this, we facilitate the community’s improvement of living conditions, mainly focusing on providing safe & clean drinking water, Community sanitation systems, hygiene promotion,nutrition and disaster risk reduction.
Since the devastating earthquake in 2005 arche noVa e.V. has been operational in Pakistan in AJK, Khyber Pakhtunkha, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces. In Pakistan our projects are mainly focusing on WASH, Health, Nutrition, Community Development and community based disaster risk reduction (CBDRM). For more information visit the arche noVa webpage.
Care International is one of the world’s largest private international humanitarian organizations, working in almost 70 countries around the world, committed to helping families (over 45 million a year) in poor communities to bring about lasting changes in their everyday life. For more information visit the Care International webpage.
Catholic Relief Services:
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, and foster charity and justice. In Southeast Asia, CRS and its partners focus on promoting good governance, alleviating poverty, and building peace. CRS is building the capacity of local residents to become active participants in the decision-making processes that affect them, and to identify and solve their own problems. Catholic Relief Services responds to emergencies with shelter, water and more. CRS also works with communities to identify needs and provide resources like school buildings and irrigation systems that will help people become more self-sufficient. CRS Pakistan currently implements a $48 million response to the flood emergency of 2010. For more information visit the Catholic Relief Services webpage.
CBM (Christoffel Blinden Mission):
CBM (Christoffel Blinden Mission) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. Founded in 1908, CBM works in the most disadvantaged societies, irrespective of race, gender or religion and seeks to reduce the prevalence of diseases which cause impairments, minimise the conditions which lead to disability and promote equal opportunities for economic empowerment, livelihood security, and full inclusion in all aspects of society for persons with disabilities. Based on its over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all. For more information visit the CBM Webpage
Cesvi, established in 1985, is a secular, independent association, working for global solidarity. In the values which guide Cesvi, the moral principle of human solidarity and the ideal of social justice are transformed into humanitarian aid and development, reinforcing an affirmation of universal human rights. Since October 2005, after the devastating earthquake that hit Northern Pakistan, Cesvi has dealt with schools reconstruction in the Kashmir region providing them with adequate facilities and supplying furniture and teaching material. The support of Cesvi to the earthquake affected areas continued in 2009 through a programme whose aim is to support the socio and economic development of a remote Union Council in district Bagh, AJ&K. In the aftermath of the 2010 floods, CESVI is also operating in the Districts o Muzafargghar (Punjab) and Nawsheera (KPK) in the sectors of WASH and shelters, supporting about 3.000 households. For more information visit the CESVI webpage.
Community World Service Asia:
Community World Service Asia is a regional organisation implementing humanitarian and development initiatives throughout Asia. We aim to address factors that divide people by promoting inclusiveness, shared values, diversity, and interdependence. Marginalized communities are assisted irrespective of race, faith, color, age, sex, economic status, or political opinion. Respecting the right to choose how to live, we work with marginalized communities in order for them to overcome inequality and lead peaceful, dignified and resilient lives. For more information visit the Community World Service Asia webpage.
Concern Worldwide works with the poorest people in the poorest countries of the world to enable them to transform their lives. Concern continues to respond to emergencies. Its disaster risk reduction programme also aims to prepare people for disasters in vulnerable areas. Concern’s work is funded by members of the public, governments and other donors. Concern Worldwide has been working in Pakistan since 2001. Its work there focuses primarily on improving livelihoods, improving access to water and sanitation and responding to emergency situations. Concern works in both rural and urban regions from Baluchistan to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab. For more information visit the Concern Worldwide webpage.
Danish Refugee Council:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfils its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world; and by advocating on behalf of conflict-affected populations internationally, and in Denmark, on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. We understand “durable solutions” as any means by which the situation of refugees can be permanently and satisfactorily resolved, enabling them to live normal lives. In Denmark, DRC assists refugees in all aspects of integration as well as asylum procedures. Internationally, DRC actively participates in supporting the protection of refugees, and promoting durable solutions for conflict-affected populations. In Pakistan DRC arrived in late 2010. DRC’s activities focus primarily on the geographical areas hosting the largest concentration of refugees from Afghanistan and are guided by DRC’s regional approach which connects its programmes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan – countries that constitute the regional displacement axis. For more information visit the DRC webpage.
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe Pakistan (DKH):
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe provides humanitarian aid worldwide. It supports people who have fallen victim of natural disasters, war and displacement and who are not able to cope on their own in the emergency situation they find themselves in. Each year, it supports around 140 projects throughout the world ranging from emergency relief in the immediate aftermath of a disaster to reconstruction and rehabilitation and disaster risk reduction. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has been working in Pakistan ever since the devastating earthquake in Kashmir in 2005, also responding successfully to the IDP-crisis in 2009. In response to the floods in 2010, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe and its local partners provided emergency relief like water & sanitation, NFIs, food and shelter in the most affected districts in KPK and Punjab. These were followed by early recovery measures such as cash-for-work activities or the distribution of seeds. In the rehabilitation phase, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe will focus on the reconstruction of houses and infrastructure as well as on livelihood activities with disaster risk reduction being an important cross-cutting issue to mitigate the impact of future disasters and improve preparedness and prevention. For more information visit the DKH webpage.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance:
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, is an international group of agencies established in Europe, North America, South and Central Asia to create disaster resilient communities by developing and implementing methods and training for disaster risk reduction and complement the provision of emergency relief, principally in the developing world. In Pakistan, FOCUS has been working in Gilgit – Baltistan, Chitral (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), and parts of Sindh and the Punjab Province. For more information visit the FOCUS webpage.
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN):
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is an international organization that was launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. According to statistics around 3.5 billion people (half the people on the planet) today are malnourished. GAIN is driven by the vision of a world without malnutrition. We act as a catalyst, building alliances between governments, business and civil society to find and deliver solutions to the complex problem of malnutrition. Today our programs are on track to reach over a billion people with improved nutrition by 2015. We focus our efforts on children, girls and women because we know that helping them have sustainable, nutritious diets is crucial to ending the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. By building alliances that deliver impact at scale, we believe that we can eliminate malnutrition within our lifetimes. For more information visit the GAIN webpage.
Handicap International is an independent and non-for-profit international organisation which works in situations of poverty or exclusion, conflict and natural disasters. Working alongside people in vulnerable situations and in particular people with disabilities, the association takes action and speaks out in order to meet their basic and specific needs and improve their living conditions. Handicap International came to Pakistan during the 2005 earthquake emergency to support vulnerable and disabled persons whose needs were being overlooked by the relief effort. Then the Emergency Response Department of Handicap International has been assisting people affected by the conflict in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province since 2009 and has been implementing projects for floods affected population in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces since August 2010 (WASH, health and psychosocial, livelihood, EMRE and Child Friendly Inclusive Space, with a transversal focus on the most vulnerable population including the persons with disabilities. For more information visit the Handicap International webpage.
HelpAge International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. Globally, we work with our partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to health care, social services and economic and physical security. Our work in over 75 countries is strengthened through our global network of like-minded organizations – the only one of its kind in the world. In Pakistan, we have been working with partners since last 6 years, more particularly on emergencies like 2005 earthquake in Azad Jamu & Kashmir and 2010-11 floods in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkha. We also carried out different relief activities for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat and Buner. Our overall programme is mainly focused on advocacy & mainstreaming, age-friendly health services, community development, livelihood security, participation, access to services and community based disaster risk management (CBDRM). For more information visit the HelpAge International webpage.
Helping Hand for Relief and Development:
Helping Hand for Relief And Development is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disastrous situations anywhere all over the world regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, colour, cultural diversity and social background. Vision: Helping Hand as a Leader… Empowering lives, creating opportunities and strengthening the bond of humanity. Mission: Helping Hand is committed to serve humanity by integrating resources for people in need. We strive to provide immediate response in disasters, and effective programs in places of suffering, for the pleasure of God. For more information visit the Helping Hand for Relief and Development webpage.
Hundreds of Original Projects for Employment – is an Austrian non-profit initiative for the support of youth employment and youth training projects worldwide. It was founded in 1987 following the recommendations of the UN General Assembly and the UN Youth Year of 1985. Young people are encouraged to show self-initiative and to realize their own ideas of small and medium scale projects, creating training and employment possibilities for themselves and other young people. HOPE’87 supports young people through project implementation, technical assistance, know-how transfer and consultancy. The organization has been working in Pakistan for the last 17 years on youth employment, women’s empowerment, education, humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction. The geographical coverage of the interventions have included all provinces with the support of donors such as the European Commission, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO), the Austrian Development Cooperation, UN agencies, and the private sector. The programmatic approach of HOPE’87 Pakistan is focused on strengthening the resilience of communities through education, livelihood development, gender equality, capacity building and disaster preparedness. The strengthening of livelihood structures, especially in rural areas, provides an opportunity for the communities to revive their local economies. With that in mind, HOPE’87 contributes to the promotion of community-driven livelihood initiatives for poverty reduction including women’s socioeconomic empowerment and rights. Another focus of HOPE’87’s activities in Pakistan is its School-Based Disaster Preparedness Programme that aims to institutionalize disaster preparedness in the provincial education system. For more information visit the Hope’87 webpage
Human Appeal is an incorporated UK charity working across the globe to strengthen humanity’s fight against poverty, social injustice and natural disaster, through the provision of immediate relief and establishment of self-sustaining development programmes. Our vision is to contribute to a just,caring and sustainable world free of poverty. Human Appeal does this by raising money to fund immediate and long-term sustainable solutions, and empower local communities. It started off its activities in Pakistan in 2005 and enjoys a strong presence in different parts of the country. Its areas of work include, but not limited to, emergency response, livelihood, WASH, education, health, environment and seasonal programs. For more information visit the Human Appeal webpage
Intercooperation (IC) is a Swiss foundation for development and international cooperation with the Head Office in Bern, Switzerland. It is a non-government, not-for-profit international organization working in development cooperation across four continents with an aim to alleviate poverty in rural areas. In Pakistan IC has an independent status of an international development organization. IC in Pakistan is represented by a Country Programme Directorate of the Intercooperation worldwide.
Intercooperation in Pakistan has been actively engaged in development since1982. During the three decades spent in Pakistan alone, the organization has implemented over twenty major development projects, particularly in natural resource management (most of which were funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC). IC works together with the Government, local NGOs, community organizations and the private sector. At the moment IC is implementing a Livelihoods Programme in FATA and KP and Water for Livelihoods Programme in KP. Both these programmes are funded by SDC. Another project is funded by KFW and implemented by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, and IC provides technical assistance. For more information visit the Intercooperation webpage.
International Catholic Migration Commission:
ICMC is an international non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Serving and protecting uprooted people such as refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality, ICMC advocates for rights-based policies and durable solutions. Working in Pakistan since 1998, ICMC is currently delivering relief and rehabilitation, access to basic sevices and protection to the most vulnerable men, women and children. Its interventions are based in Khyber PukhtunKhwa, Azad Kashmir and Punjab.
International Medical Corps (IMC):
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Today, International Medical Corps provides comprehensive basic health services and GBV awareness to Afghan refugees who remain on the Pakistani side of the border in KPK. In the past, International Medical Corps has provided primary healthcare, mental health and nutrition services, rehabilitated and reequipped health facilities and water and sanitation infrastructure, distributed food and non-food items and implemented income generations programs for the conflict affected IDPs in KPK, the communities affected by 2005 KPK earthquake, 2008 Baluchistan earthquake and those affected by floods in KPK, Punjab and Sindh during 2010, 2011 and 2012. For more information visit the IMC webpage.
International Relief and Development (IRD):
IRD is one of the premier organizations implementing development services and programs across a broad spectrum of regions and technical activities. In Pakistan, IRD responded immediately to the IDP crisis through provision of sanitation facilities, clean drinking water, and restoration of broken water channels and medical supplies to an estimated 56,000 displaced individuals in KPK. Having established a firm foundation in emergency response, IRD was able to make a rapid transition in response to the second humanitarian crisis in the country, the devastating floods of 2010. During the emergency phase, IRD provided water and sanitation services, as well as emergency shelter kits, essential relief items and hygiene awareness to 70,000 flood affected individuals. IRD then segued into early recovery through provision of transitional shelters, economic and agricultural recovery initiatives and relief items to nearly 500,000 additional individuals across three provinces; KPK, Punjab and Sindh. For more information visit the IRD webpage.
International Rescue Committee (IRC):
Founded in 1933, the IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to communities forced to flee from war, conflict or disaster. The IRC has been working in Pakistan since 1980. In addition to continued support for refugees and their host communities, the IRC responded to the 2005 earthquake. Since 2008, IRC has provided support to those displaced by conflict in the country’s northwest province. Today, the IRC continues to assist those who remain internally-displaced as well as host communities by providing water, sanitation, health, education and protection services. IRC is also implementing similar programs to support those returning home in areas of KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Since July 2010, IRC has been responding to the devastating monsoon floods, distributing essential items such as hygiene kits; rehabilitating damaged schools; providing protection, health, water and sanitation services; and implementing livelihood programs to help farmers and small businesses get back on their feet. IRC is currently working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces. For more information visit the IRC webpage.
Islamic Relief (IR) is an international relief and development charity which envisage a caring world where people unite to respond to the suffering of others, empowering them to fulfill their potential. We are an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984. Working in more than 30 countries worldwide, we promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and respond to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crisis. Islamic Relief webpage.
Japan Emergency NGO (JEN):
JEN, formerly named Japan Emergency NGOs, was established in January 1994 to support people affected by wars in the Former Yugoslavia. The headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan. Since the commencement of our operation, JEN has widened its operational countries from Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Central America in 18 years of its history. JEN promotes self-sustaining livelihood both economically and psychologically for disaster and conflict affected people. Where JEN works, JEN utilizes local human and material resources as it is the most promising and effective way to revitalize the society. JEN also tries to convey victim’s sufferings and their efforts to overcome such difficulties along with their hopes and desires to the rest of the world so that the value of peace is recognized and shared by people throughout the world. Adhering to our belief that every human being has a precious life of equal value, we hope to realize a world where we respect and understand each other, mutually support one another, and live with self-confidence. For more information visit the JEN webpage.
Jhpiego has been working in Pakistan since 1997, when it provided technical assistance under a series of maternal and reproductive health projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information visit the Jhpiego webpage
Johanniter International Assistance:
Johanniter International Assistance is a German humanitarian non-profit organization, working in Pakistan since 2005. Johanniter work focuses on emergency medical services, civil protection, first-aid training, childcare, youth work, and various social services like in-house emergency calls, Hospice work, support, care and transportation of the elderly, sick and persons with disabilities and in need of care as well as meals on wheels. While these activities are implemented inside Germany only, Johanniter also works worldwide through its Department for International Assistance, prioritizing emergency relief, medical assistance and disaster response and preparedness. The International Assistance Department has 24 fulltime staff in HQ and 10 volunteers working in the Logistic Centre and International Staff and Training Centre. Johanniter is operating in 26 countries and has 10 regional and country offices, in which 28 international and more than 300 local staff are working. Within this spectrum, particular attention is given to Basic Health Care, orthopaedic and rehabilitation and medical disaster relief and preparedness programs. Johanniter projects are funded by public donors such as the German Foreign Office, the German Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation, ECHO, Common Humanitarian Fund, UNFPA, OFDA, DFID, WHO and UNICEF. Johanniter always works in conjunction with local partners in the countries of operation, either implementing itself or through the partner organization. Currently Johanniter is working in KP, Sindh and Punjab. Johanniter is implementing its regular health, nutrition, MNCH and emergency Health, Shelter and WASH projects in conflict affected, IDP and flood affected areas. For more information visit the Johanniter International Assistance webpage.
Kindernothilfe e.V (KNH):
Kindernothilfe e.V is a child focused international organization based in Duisburg, Germany and is operational in more than 31 countries of the world on different child focused community development projects. KNH was founded in 1959 and has been working as a child rights organization to help support children in need and advocate for their rights worldwide. KNH currently empowers, protects and gives a voice to almost two million girls and boys in 31 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. KNH implements 741 development cooperation and humanitarian Assistance projects through local partners in three continents. In Pakistan Kindernothilfe e.V. works through different national (Pakistani) NGOs and educational institutions. For more information visit the KNH webpage.
Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid with the status of a non-governmental organization. The presence of Malteser International in Pakistan reaches back to 2005, when a devastating earthquake hit the country on 5 October. Since this catastrophe Malteser International has been active among others in AJK (Muzaffarabad & Bagh districts), the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), and participated in flood emergency response in Baluchistan (2007), EQ in Baluchistan (2008) and IDPs Humanitarian Crisis in Malakand Division (2009). Related to Flood 2010 humanitarian crisis, Malteser International provides emergency relief in three districts strongly affected by the 2010 flood: In Swat and Kokhistan (KPK), located in the northwest of Pakistan, and in the southern district of Rahim Yar Kahn (Punjab), while now participate in the early recovery phase in the same project areas. For more information visit the Malteser International webpage.
Medicins du Monde (MDM):
Médecins du Monde (MDM) is an international humanitarian organisation providing medical care to vulnerable populations affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty or exclusion. Originally established in France in 1980, MdM international network now extends to 16 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In Pakistan, MdM responds to current conflict induced displacements and precarious situation of women with two programmes. In Khyber Pakthunwa, MDM offers comprehensive primary healthcare to the civilian population, both the displaced persons and the residents, bringing with it a programme of nutritional support and vaccination. This is achieved via mobile clinics with a qualified national team. Attention is particularly concentrated on children under five, pregnant women and women of reproductive age. For more information visit the MDM webpage.
Mercy Corps helps people turn the crises they confront into the opportunities they deserve. Driven by local needs, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team in 36 countries is improving the lives of 19 million people. Mercy Corps has been working in Pakistan since 1986, when we began providing humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees in Baluchistan province. Since then, our activities have expanded throughout the country. Today, we’re responding to the worst monsoon-related floods in memory, improving access to health care, helping dairy farmers increase their incomes, and fostering youth development and entrepreneurship. For more information visit the MercyCorps webpage.
MI Pakistan continues to focus on saving lives and improving the health of women and children through better nutrition. Their priorties are to Expand vitamin A supplementation to children in hard-to-reach areas. Initiate and increase complementary zinc supplementation for treatment of childhood diarrhoea. Increase the production of adequately iodized salt and its use in households. Expand the use of Sprinkles – or multiple micronutrient powders – in the feeding of children aged 6 to 24 months to reduce anaemia. Increase the number of women of child-bearing age consuming fortified wheat flour to increase iron and folic acid consumption.Reach more women of child-bearing age with iron and folic acid tablets, and improve the rates of proper and consistent use of the supplements. Click here
Working in over 70 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, Muslim Aid is striving to help the poor overcome the suffering endured due to natural disasters and lack of life’s basic necessities. Whilst responding to emergencies is one of our major priorities, we also work on strategic programmes to eliminate poverty. Muslim Aid established its office in Pakistan in 2003 and registered as a Trust under Trust Act 1882. Since its inception the office had successfully implemented many relief and development projects in the sectors of water and sanitation, education and vocational training, income generation, heath & nutrition and disaster response (floods, earthquakes, droughts). For more information visit the Muslim Aid webpage.
Muslim Hands is an international relief and development NGO, established in the UK in 1993 with the objective of providing relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education worldwide. Muslim Hands works both directly and with partners in over 50 countries including Pakistan & AJK, carrying out emergency relief, short and long-term development projects in education, safe water, medical care and vocational training. Muslim Hands is providing Quality Education to the most un-privileged groups and un-served communities of Pakistan & AJK. With the aim to empower the people living in remote areas of Pakistan & AJK, Muslim Hands has established a network of 335 quality schools across the country where more than 28,000 students are currently enrolled. Out of this number, more than 75% students are either orphan or needy who get totally free education along with other facilities. For more information visit the Muslim Hands webpage.
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA):
Norwegian Church Aid struggles together with people and organizations across the world to eradicate poverty and injustice. We provide emergency assistance in disasters and work for long-term development in local communities. In order to address the root causes of poverty, we advocate for just decisions by public authorities, business and religious leaders. Norwegian Church Aid is an ecumenical diaconal organization for global justice. Our work is carried out with no intention of influencing people’s religious affiliation. Emergency relief and rehabilitation are central to our work in Pakistan, especially after the flood in July 2010. We are also working to build peace and reconciliation and to promote women’s rights. For more information visit the NCA webpage.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 14 organisations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam works directly with communities, seeking to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them. Oxfam GB has been operating in Pakistan since 1973 and has been engaged in numerous development and humanitarian activities with the mission of alleviating poverty and suffering of communities. In 2009, Oxfam GB commenced implementation of its National Change Strategy (NCS, 2009-2014), which outlines how it aims to achieve its long-term strategic vision in Pakistan of a just society where poor women and men claim their rights and have equal opportunities. For more information visit the Oxfam GB Webpage
Founded over 70 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan has been operating in Pakistan since 1997, helping marginalized children to access their rights to health, education, livelihood and protection. Plan is on the ground in Punjab and Sindh and assisted hundreds of thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 floods – the worst in the country’s history. For more information visit the Plan International webpage.
Qatar Charity (QC) is a Doha based international humanitarian organization, founded in 1980. In Pakistan, QC is working in the areas of Livelihoods, Disaster Management, WASH, Social Protection, Education and Community Physical Infrastructure with an integrated development approach through broad-based community participation. Our geographical focus is AJK, KPK and South Punjab. For more information visit the Qatar Charity webpage.
Relief International (RI) is a humanitarian, non-profit and non-sectarian agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. Relief International (RI) began its work in Pakistan in October 2005 after the massive earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). Relief International continues to have a strong presence and invested relationship with the country today, particularly in terms of flood response programs in the aftermath of the July 2010 flooding. Currently RI is working on community infrastructure construction and rehabilitation, health and nutrition, food security and agriculture development for the small farmers affected by high food prices, public and livestock health, and emergency assistance for flood-affected and internally displaced families in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh provinces. For more information visit the Relief International webpage.
Right to Play:
Right To Play focuses on the healthy and holistic development of children and youth in both the formal school setting and the community-at-large. By training teachers and community volunteers in Right To Play program resources, such as Red Ball Child Play, Team Up and Early Child Play, they become leaders who develop the practical skills necessary to lead activities that drive community growth. Encouraging children and youth to express themselves through Right To Play activities contributes to their improved social, emotional and physical well-being. Activities also help participants to build valuable conflict-resolution skills that support the development of more peaceful communities. For more information visit the Right to Play webpage.
Rutgers WPF is a renowned centre of expertise on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Its activities are mainly carried out in the Netherlands, Africa and Asia. Its aim is to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout the world. Rutgers WPF supports partner organisations and professionals in their work to increase their expertise on SRHR and issues surrounding it. Rutgers WPF acknowledges the benefits of investing in young people’s development and health, including their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for achievement of its global aim of improving quality of life in developing countries. Rutgers WPF recognizes that programmes for young people (aged 10-24 years) are crucial to address the prevailing vulnerabilities including limited knowledge about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and almost negligible access to SRHR services; although carrying the growing burden of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV and AIDS, sexual abuse and other life threatening challenges. For more information visit the Rutgers WPF webpage.
Save the Children:
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children has worked continuously in Pakistan since 1979 and has served Pakistani children and women as well as Afghan refugee families through relief and long-term development programs. For more information visit the Save the Children webpage.
Secours Islamique France:
Secours Islamique France (SIF) is a Non-Governmental Organization of international solidarity based in France. Founded in 1991, SIF is a non-profit and non-political organization dedicated to alleviate the suffering of the poorest people. SIF acts wherever humanitarian and social needs require mobilization of emergency relief and implementation of development programs. Today, SIF intervenes in around 20 countries and has been providing its help for 20 years in the respect of cultural diversity, without any distinction of origin, religion or sex. For more information visit the SIF webpage.
Solidar Switzerland was created in 1936 under the name of Swiss Labour Assistance SLA. It is founded by the Swiss trade unions and the Swiss Social Democratic Party (SDP). In 2011 SLA changed its name to Solidar Switzerland. As part of the European network “Solidar”, we work with over 50 Europe-based aid agencies from a social-democratic or labour union background. With over 50 projects in 14 countries and campaigns in Switzerland, we are committed to creating decent working conditions – a living wage, democracy, and respect for human rights. In the event of a disaster, we also provide humanitarian aid. Solidar Switzerland launched its operations in Pakistan to provide emergency assistance for the people hit by the devastating 2010 floods. Since August 2010, Solidar has been engaging in several projects, starting from the distribution of NFIs and construction of transitional shelters and then linking relief with rehabilitation by providing livelihoods and WASH support to the flood-affected in KPK (Charsadda and Nowshera) and South Punjab (Layyah and Muzzafargarh). The future direction of Solidar is to contribute to longer-term development efforts by working with local organisations on its core competencies of labour rights, decent work and democratic participation. To this purpose, Solidar is in the process to launch a child protection pilot intervention to counter child labour in one slum of Lahore, Punjab. For more information visit the Solidar Switzerland webpage.
For 30 years, the the humanitarian aid organization SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL has been committed to providing aid in the event of conflict and natural disasters. Our mission is to provide aid as quickly and as efficiently as possible to endangered populations by meeting their vital needs: drinking water, food and shelter. After providing emergency aid, our humanitarian teams accompany the most vulnerable families and communities until they recover their livelihoods and self-sufficiency, to enable them to deal with the challenges of an uncertain future with dignity. Thanks to our experience in the most extreme humanitarian crises, from Afghanistan to Haiti, as well as the Balkans, Rwanda, Indonesia and Darfur, we are particularly committed to fighting water-related diseases, the primary cause of death worldwide. For more information visit the Solidarities International webpage.
Terre des hommes (Tdh)
Terre des hommes (Tdh) is a founded in 1960 is Switzerland’s largest private organization for children’s aid. It endeavours at all times to defend the rights of children, in times of war and natural disasters, or in less publicised situations of distress. Tdh has development projects and emergency relief programmes in more than 30 countries. For more details please visit Tdh webpage:
Tearfund established in 1968 is a UK based relief and development agency. We are specialized in water&sanitation, child/community focused health and hygiene promotion, nutrition, food security/livelihood, shelter and DRR. Tearfund is working in Pakistan since 1980’s and responding to floods through local partners as well as own operational team. For more information visit the Tearfund webpage.
The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF)
Since 1998, The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) has been working with the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and other partners towards the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020. The Foundation is a key stakeholder in the National Program for Eye Health in Pakistan and has made major contributions to the strengthening of the eye health care system in the country following the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Health Systems Strengthening approach. The Foundation’s approach has consistently focused on strengthening the governance and leadership of eye health, workforce development, trialing and establishing new scalable models for service delivery, establishing health information systems, introducing or improving technologies and procurement of high standard medical products. FHF has successfully advocated for increased eye health financing to federal government and different provincial governments. For more information visit the FHF webpage
Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is part of the Caritas network and works in partnership with civil society organizations to address emergency and development issues and to advocate for social justice. Trócaire has been supporting development initiatives for over 20 years in Pakistan. Alongside ongoing development work, Trócaire is currently engaged in a new programme with its partners in Sindh and the KPK. This programme seeks to support flood affected families to restore their livelihood and living conditions with dignity, to protect the most vulnerable and to assist targeted communities prepare for and respond to future emergencies. For more information visit the Trocaire webpage.
VSO is a leading independent, international non-governmental organisation that works through professional volunteers from around the world. We believe that change happens because people make it happen and that volunteerism is a highly effective driver of positive change. VSO began its programme in Pakistan in 1987 in the remote and mountainous areas of Gilgit-Baltistan. Over time, we extended our operations to Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh. Initially mainly working through volunteer teachers, we evolved to a strategic and programmatic approach, for example recruiting highly experienced teacher trainers to instead train Pakistani teachers. With the emergence of HIV/AIDs, VSO volunteers supported local and national organisations to develop an effective response. More recently, VSO volunteers have supported local organisations to build and improve their organisational governance capacity and accountability. For more information visit the VSO webpage.
Water Aid is a leading UK Based international charity that enables world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. Launched its programme in Pakistan in 2006. WaterAid in Pakistan has helped the marginalised segments of the country in establishing sustainable water supplies and sanitation services and has influenced government policymakers to serve the interests of vulnerable people. WaterAid in Pakistan is working with 5 partner organisations in four districts of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to bring change in the lives of those deprived of WASH services. For more information visit the Water Aid webpage.
Welthungerhilfe is a private, non-profit-making, politically independent and non-denominational relief organisation which works under a Board of Directors and the patronage of the German President. It provides help from one set of hands: from immediate emergency aid in the wake of a disaster to long-term projects carried out in cooperation with local partners. In Pakistan Welthungerhilfe started its activities in 1997. After the floods 2010 immediate emergency activities were implemented. Since 2011 the focus is early recovery in Rural Reconstruction and Water & Sanitation. Welthungerhilfe signed up to include Disaster Risk Reduction as a cross-cutting issue in all of its projects in Pakistan. For more information visit the Welthungerhilfe webpage.
In more than 60 countries, World Learning works to enhance the capacity of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more peaceful and just world. We work toward that goal through a diverse array of programs. For more information visit the World Learning webpage.
World Relief Deutschland e.V:
World Relief Deutschland e.V. is a German based international non-governmental organization working together with affected communities, villages, and neighborhoods suffering from complex and long lasting emergencies to combat all forms of poverty, throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. We currently have humanitarian projects in most of the main provinces of Pakistan and are working in a variety of sectors including WASH, Shelter, DRR, education and livelihoods. It is our vision to see communities of people able to access the resources they need to live life free from poverty. It is our mission to partner with disadvantaged communities, empowering them to implement relief and development projects, recognizing culture as key to their sustainability. To achieve our goals, we implement and support high-impact, empowering and culturally appropriate relief and development projects in coordination with the local government, and our national and international partners. For more information visit the webpage.
Pakistan has faced natural and man-made disasters over the past 10 years, affecting the lives and livelihoods of many of its almost 180 million people. World Vision has responded to large-scale humanitarian crises, including the 2005 Earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Kashmir, floods of 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 in parts of KPK, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. The organization has also supported displaced persons fleeing the threat of violence in KPK and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in 2009 and 2012. World Vision has also initiated long-term development initiatives in Peshawar, Lower Dir, Rawalpindi, Kasur, Muzaffargarh, Sukkur and Galliat. For more information visit the World Vision webpage.