Grantees by Priority Area

The Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program (AFGP) will provide a searchable database with summary information about all funded grant projects, including the name of the grant recipient, the amount of funding, the location of the grant project and a summary of the grant objectives and activities. Grant projects will be organized according to the five AFGP Priority Areas.

Promoting Culture and the Arts

Grants Awarded: 0

Improving Disaster Preparedness

Grants Awarded: 3

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Organisation: Global Educational, Economic and Social Empowerment (GEESE)
Grant Title: Community Based Disaster Risk Management
Location: Mansehra, KP
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: Global Educational, Economic and Social Empowerment (GEESE) is implementing a 6-month project in the AFGP Disaster Preparedness Priority Area.

 

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GEESE is improving disaster preparedness in 12 villages with 29,050 inhabitants (4,336 households) in tehsil Balakot in Mansehra district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. These villages were highly affected during the 2005 earthquake and have been identified as disaster-prone by the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) of the Government of Pakistan. GEESE is a Mansehra-based organization with extensive contextual knowledge and relationships in the local community, including knowledge of the post-earthquake initiatives related to disaster preparedness and the gaps in that work.

 

The project is improving disaster preparedness in the target communities by establishing Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) mechanisms, conducting Hazard Vulnerability Capacity & Risk Assessment (HVCRA) surveys, developing Village Disaster Management Plans (VDMPs) and providing capacity building for elected local government representatives and community members. The project seeks to strengthen and augment the work of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) by creating committees in Union Councils and villages for effective coordination and communication at multiple levels.

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Organisation: Society for the Advancement of Nature Justice and Health (SANJH)
Grant Title: Empowered and Resilient Communities against Natural Disasters
Location: Muzaffargarh, Punjab
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: Society for the Advancement of Nature, Justice & Health (SANJH) is implementing a 6-month project in the AFGP Disaster Preparedness Priority Area.


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Geographically, Muzaffargarh district is situated where all rivers of the Indus delta converge and riverbeds overflow during heavy rains, flooding the adjacent communities and farmlands. District government plans have not been communicated to or coordinated with local governments and citizens. Total direct beneficiaries is around 3,600 including 2,100 males (60%) and 1,500 females (40%) through capacity building, while the indirect beneficiaries would be the entire population of three Union Councils (approximately 130,240 people).

 

SANJH’s approach is technically sound and backed by extensive direct experience both in the district and with disaster preparedness activities. The project has been designed through participatory local analysis and has potential to effectively and sustainably influence Union Council, tehsil and district governments to strengthen their response to floods. SANJH will work in 14 villages of three Union Councils of tehsil Kot Addu in district Muzaffargarh. The project is establishing 280 Community Resilience Committees (CRCs) (50% women) to develop Integrated Community Resilience Plans (ICRP) and to integrate these plans into those developed by district authorities. It also is enhancing knowledge and skills among community based organizations, elected members of local councils and the general community.

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Organisation: Community Development Foundation (CDF)
Grant Title: Strengthening Community Disaster Risk Management Capacities
Location: Jacobabad, Sindh
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: CDF is implementing an 8-month project in the AFGP Disaster Preparedness Priority Area. CDF is improving disaster preparedness in 15 villages of Union Council Ahmed Pur for the direct benefit of 1,000 residents (40% female) of district Jacobabad in Sindh province. Jacobabad is ranked as a high risk district for both floods and drought, according to the Disaster Management Plan 2010 of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).


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CDF is a Jacobabad-based member organization of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and has significant relevant experience with community development and project implementation.

The project is strengthening disaster preparedness, mitigation and resilience strategies by establishing Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) mechanisms, conducting Hazard Vulnerability Capacity and Risk Assessment (HVCRA) surveys, developing village and Union Council plans, and building capacities of community members and local government representatives. The project also is strengthening the work of the DDMA by focusing on disaster risk reduction measures through a community-based approach.

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Developing Small-Scale Energy Solutions:

Grants Awarded: 4

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Organization: Society for Human & Environmental Development (SHED)
Grant Title: Solar Panels and Fuel-efficient Stoves
Location: Tor Ghar, KP
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: Society for Human & Environmental Development (SHED) seeks USD 50,000 for a 6-month project that is directly related to the AFGP Energy Solutions Priority Area.


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The proposed project would be implemented in Torghar, the poorest district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is entirely rural and quite remote. Only three villages have been electrified and the district is without single kilometer of metal road. Most households depend on firewood for fuel as other options, such as kerosene, are beyond their means.SHED proposes a combination of interventions to provide both solar panels and energy-efficient stoves to 55 households in one village. The solar panels would be mounted low to the ground in household courtyards to avoid the need for construction. Women and men of the village would receive training on the maintenance of the new equipment. The solar energy and more efficient cooking stoves would enable families (primarily women) to expend less time and energy on food preparation and would support other household tasks. Experience shows that model projects like this one can have secondary benefits for surrounding villages when local and district authorities see the positive impact on the model village.

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Organization: Women Development & Community Organization (WDCO)
Grant Title: Let Light Rural House Initiative
Location: Sohbat Pur, Balochistan
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: WDCO is implementing a 6-month project in the AFGP Energy Solutions Priority Area. The project is benefitting 130 households in two rural Union Councils of district Sohbat Pur in Balochistan province, with a total of 975 individuals (including 260 women, 271 men, 212 girls and 232 boys).


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Due to non-availability of electricity in the area, the residents use kerosene oil and firewood for fuel, and the region is not included in electrification plans of the Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA). WDCO is based in nearby Jaffarabad district and has strong connections in the local communities and sound experience implementing development projects.

 

WDCO is installing solar panels in 130 households and building the capacity of 30 youth in repair and maintenance of the panels, small business skills and market linkages with wholesalers of solar electrifications products. Provision of solar energy is enabling families (primarily women) to manage their household chores with ease in lesser amount of time. Informational sessions for all of the household members are helping them make the best use of the solar panels and introducing them to the newly-trained youth who can provide maintenance and repair services for the solar panels.

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Organization: Advocacy, Research, Training and Services (ARTS) Foundation
Grant Title: Lighting Lives of Rural Communities through Solar Energy
Location: Umerkot, Sindh
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: ARTS Foundation is implementing a 5-month project in the AFGP Energy Solutions Priority Area. ARTS is providing solar energy panels to 150 vulnerable households in 10 villages in three Union Councils of District Umerkot in southern Sindh province.


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The district includes a significant Hindu population and is one of the poorest in the country. Among the goals of the project is enabling households to have more productive hours (including for income-generating activities) and providing children with more hours of light to do schoolwork.

 

The project villages are more than 45 kilometers from the national grid and their electrification is improbable in the near future. The project is benefitting a total of approximately 1,150 people, including about 610 women, 320 men, 100 girls and 120 boys. Basic operation and maintenance training is being provided to at least one family member from each household. Village committees are helping to select households according to pre-defined criteria, focusing on the most needy. The solar panels are being mounted low to the ground in household courtyards to avoid the need for construction.

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Organization: Sukaar Foundation
Grant Title: Renewable Energy Solutions for Girls and Mixed Schools
Location: Tharparkar, Sindh
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: Sukaar Foundation is implementing a 5-month project in the AFGP Energy Solutions Priority Area. The project is being implemented in Mithi and Islamkot tehsils of district Tharparkar in southern Sindh province.


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District Tharparkar is a desert region and is one of the most deprived areas of Pakistan. Tharparkar is ranked lowest among all other districts in terms of school facilities such as electricity; only 4% of schools in the district have electricity (175 out of 4,010 schools).  According to a 2015 report issued by the Sindh Education Department, the major reason children (and especially girls) drop out of schools is the lack of basic facilities, such as running water, sanitation and electricity.

 

Sukkar Foundation is installing solar power systems in 20 girls’ schools and co-educational schools and to provide solar-powered fans and bulbs for all classrooms of the schools. The project is directly benefitting approximately 1,200 school students (estimated to include 780 girls and 420 boys). Solar panels are being mounted low to the ground in school premises to avoid the need for construction. In addition, the project team is organizing informational sessions in all target schools for students, parents, teachers and school management committees on the importance of girls’ education and providing a conducive school environment for girls as well as the operation and maintenance of the solar systems.

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Encouraging Social Entrepreneurship

Grants Awarded: 2

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Organization: Qurumbar and Shandur Area Development Organization (QASADO)
Grant Title: Fruit Solar Dehydration to Enhance Income in Communities
Location: Chitral, KP
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: QASADO  is implementing an 8-month project in the AFGP Priority Area of Social Entrepreneurship. This project directly involves 120 women from four villages of tehsil Mastuj in district Chitral of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province.


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The common fruit growing in the geographic area are apricot (675,000 kg/year), mulberry (112,500 kg/year), apple (30,000 kg/year), pear (42,000 kg/year) and grapes (6,000 kg/year). As these fruits are perishable, most of the produce is wasted. However, if the fruit is dried it has a much longer shelf-life for consumption and for making many fruit-based products.

 

QASADO is providing 30 solar fruit drying machines, with one machine for use by four women, and will train the women to use the machines. Women are being organized into six dry fruit producer groups with 20 participants in each group. QASADO is facilitating these six producer groups to form a business association and will help create linkages with local markets for selling the dried fruit. This initiative is helping every beneficiary household to increase their income by an average of 33%.

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Organization: Mountain Areas Farmer Support Organization (MAFSO)
Grant Title: Seabuckthorn Development for Women’s Empowerment
Location: Chitral, KP
Grant Awarded Date: September 30, 2018
Synopsis: MAFSO is implementing a 6-month project in the AFGP Priority Area of Social Entrepreneurship. The project directly engages 120 women selected from 120 households in Shighar district in Gilgit-Baltistan.


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The aim of the project is to empower women farmers, and especially young women, through development of small enterprises related to sea buckthorn, a naturally-growing deciduous shrub that produces distinctive orange berries. Sea buckthorn has significant health benefits and medicinal uses when processed into pastes and oils. The intervention will result in income generation for the beneficiaries and, secondarily, promoting eco-tourism in the local area.

 

MAFSO is forming and providing capacity building for four Women Business Groups (WBG), with 30 women in each group, and registering the WBGs as firms under the Partnership Act 1932. Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) in Skardu is conducting a five-day training for 16 Master Trainers, with two women selected from each of the WBGs. The training covers techniques related to cultivation and harvesting, use of food preservatives, handling, value-added products of sea buckthorn, packaging and marketing, along with business/financial management and record-keeping.  MAFSO also is facilitating linkages with relevant government line departments and will support marketing to promote the products locally and nationally. The WBGs are being linked with microcredit institutions for potential support beyond the project life.

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Empowering Vulnerable Populations:

Grants Awarded: 3

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Organization: Grassroot Organization for Human Development (GODH)
Grant Title: Grass Root Organization For Human Development
Location: Kasur, Punjab
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: GODH is implementing a 6-month project in the AFGP Vulnerable Populations Priority Area. GOHD is establishing a Community Based Child Protection Mechanism (CBCPM) in the tehsil of district Kasur nearest to the urban center of Lahore, Punjab.


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Kasur is a high priority district because of recent extreme and widely reported cases of child sexual abuse. Child begging and child labor are also common problems in this area. The project is reaching about 1,000 children and 400 adults (50% female in both categories).

 

GOHD is conducting activities related to awareness-raising among children and parents, training for government and other key stakeholders, and legal aid (for 10 children) and psychosocial counselling support for children and families (600 children in 40 group sessions). The project is reaching at least 400 children with puppet shows, facilitating dialogues involving 180 community elders, and training about 220 health professionals, teachers, government department representatives, elected representatives, police officers, media persons and lawyers (20-30 individuals in each category) on key issues related to protecting children. GODH is well-respected for their previous work related to child protection.

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Organization: Action Against Poverty (AAP)
Grant Title: Transgender Empowerment Project
Location: Multan, Punjab
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: AAP is implementing a 7-month project in the AFGP Vulnerable Populations Priority Area.  AAP is supporting 100 members of the transgender community, who are profoundly marginalized and have limited professional skills and opportunities to enhance their employability.


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They typically earn a livelihood by dancing and begging, making them prone to exploitation. AAP is providing vocational training for 100 transgender persons in Multan, Punjab, to facilitate enhanced livelihood options, as well as an adult literacy and numeracy course called “Pehla Qadam (First Step)”.

 

AAP is establishing a community-based training center for transgender participants, engaging trainers from the Government Technical Institute, and using existing curricula from the National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). The project also is providing toolkits for tailoring and beautician skills to the trainees to help them start small businesses. The training venue will become a location for participants’ enterprises after the project is completed, contributing to independence, empowerment and sustainability.

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Organization: Women Welfare Organization Poonch (WWOP)
Grant Title: Transforming Vulnerability to Proficiency with Vegetable Farming and Gladius Production
Location: Poonch, AJK
Grant Awarded Date: September 13, 2018
Synopsis: WWOP is implementing a 10-month project in the AFGP Vulnerable Populations Priority Area.  The organization is setting up a small-scale livelihood initiative for 130 vulnerable women in three Union Councils of tehsil Rawalkot, district Poonch in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).


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The organization is training the women in the production of off-season vegetables and flowers and to facilitate market linkages for the sale of these products. The women are being provided small-business training along with seeds and agriculture inputs (excluding fertilizers and pesticides). WWOP is forming a Community Agricultural Club among the women and helping to establish and maintain the links between the growers and potential buyers.

 

The climate in AJK is feasible for the production of the planned vegetable and flower varieties.  The women are using community land (khalsa/shamlaat) or spare land of other community members or relatives, facilitated in part by community based women’s organizations in WWOP’s existing network in the local areas. WWOP has conducted a solid market analysis and has experience with relevant training content design and formation of Community Agricultural Clubs.

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