Livestock and vocational tools boost livelihoods post floods
District Badin in Sindh province was severely affected by the floods in 2011 and around 1.52 million houses were damaged. The devastation caused by the floods worsened the living conditions of people residing in the villages. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) implemented seventeen early recovery projects in five union councils of district Badin. These projects focused on livelihood restoration, alternate energy and restoration of public services. Vocational tool kits were provided for skilled persons, livestock including goats, donkey carts, grain storage containers and agriculture tool kits were also distributed to the community members. Cash for work schemes were introduced, trainings for youth as professional drivers and mobile repairers were conducted. The alternate energy projects included distribution of solar lanterns and installation of solar street lights.
One of the beneficiaries of the project is Mehan bibi, 40 years old, who was not only poverty stricken but also disabled. There is no one to support her except for her ten years old brother who grazes cattle for the villagers in exchange of a small amount of money which hardly fulfilled their daily needs. She does not have any house to live in, the only shelter was made of straws and tree branches tied together.
- 47,600 families including 300,000 men and women in 300 villages directly benefitted from the projects.
- 17 early recovery projects were set up in 5 union councils of district Badin, Sindh province.
- The small grants projects focused on livelihood restoration, alternate energy and restoration of public services.
Under UNDP-GEF SGP, Mehan was provided two goats which enabled her to earn a living. She says, “I am delighted to become the owner of these goats given by UNDP. Life is too hard for me. I have no house to live in, no food to eat and no bed to sleep in these difficult circumstances. Before this, I was at the mercy of the neighborhood for even milk to make tea. But now I am self-reliant and glad that I can earn my own livelihood. I'm very thankful to UNDP for the provision of these goats to support me when no one bothered to take any step to end my miseries.”
Mehan bibi was among the 300,000 beneficiaries that benefitted from these projects, including 300 villages and 47,600 households. The main emphasis was on promoting community practices across the rural landscape that provides sustainable livelihoods. UNDP is constantly assisting in efforts towards mitigating food, water and energy insecurity and building resilience to climate change. This is achieved by contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, through partnership and technology transfer with a focus on youth, women and vulnerable groups.