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  • Access to water lightens women’s burdens
    Oct 20, 2017

    Amina Bibi lives in Siksa, a village in Ghanche, located at the eastern-most tip of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. The village appears paradisiacal, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the world’s highest mountains. Yet for the women of Siksa, the rugged terrain was long a challenge they had to face every day as they walked for hours to collect water for the family’s needs.

  • Water treatment plant provides clean irrigation water to Lahore farmers
    Oct 20, 2017

    Whenever Haji Khalil, 48, used to survey his fields, he felt guilty. A farmer from Bhama village, near Pakistan’s second-largest city Lahore, his land was rich and fertile, but his crops were irrigated by water he knew was tainted.

  • Safe drinking water at the doorstep helps keep girls in school
    Oct 18, 2017

    Siksa village is located in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. Set amongst towering Himalayan peaks, the remote village is snowbound in the winter. As such, the summer months are critical for education. Yet, lack of access to a safe and reliable source of drinking water led to repeated illness amongst schoolchildren, causing many to miss school. Girls were particularly prone to drop out of education, helping their mothers on their hours-long daily journey to collect water and irrigate the fields.

  • Reliable irrigation improves livelihoods in a remote mountain village
    Oct 18, 2017

    Summer is brief but fierce in Siksa village. Located amidst the Himalayan mountains in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, the village suffers from harsh winters when no agriculture is possible. Only when the summer comes is it possible to grow the crops that Siksa’s people depend on for their livelihoods.

  • Legal aid desks provide pro bono advice in conflict-affected Swat
    Oct 12, 2017

    Zakirullah, 15, will never forget the day that a verbal exchange with a neighbour turned physical and he was stabbed between the ribs. “I was asking him about the keys to my workplace. He began poking fun at my stutter. When I would not stop asking about the keys, he stabbed me,” Zakir remembers.

  • Creating access to justice in Swat
    Sep 11, 2017

    Accessing justice can often be a slow and expensive process in Pakistan, with cases often tied up in courts for years. Many people are unaware of their legal rights. In areas of the country where women traditionally do not participate in public life, they face additional difficulties in exercising their legal rights. Such challenges not only make it difficult for many in Pakistan to resolve disputes fairly, they reduce trust between communities and the government.

  • Vocational training saves Lyari youth from crime
    Aug 2, 2017

    The son of a rickshaw driver and one of eight children, Burhan began to work as a small child to help support the family. Although only 22 years of age, he has worked in Karachi’s oldest wholesale emporium, Boulton Market, as a daily wage labourer, administered vaccine drops to infants as part of the country’s polio eradication campaigns, and conducted quality assurance at a pharmaceutical company. Lacking education and belonging to a marginalized community, he was unable to turn any of these jobs into a career.

  • Rising through the ranks
    Jul 31, 2017

    Constable Khan comes from Swabi, a district in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province where strong cultural mores prevent women from working outside the home. Khan broke from this longstanding tradition and joined the KP police force in 2008. It took many hours of argument to persuade her father. However Khan was supported by her eldest uncle who recognized that times were changing, and convinced her father to change his mind. Khan’s father eventually became her strongest supporter.

  • Police Constable Kausar charts a new career path for women
    Jul 31, 2017

    Kausar is the elder of two daughters born in the small village of Hasomat Serian in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, Pakistan. In this highly conservative region, many girls are denied the opportunity to receive an education, let alone to embark upon a career. Kausar did both. Today, she is the only woman from her village with an education, and is now working as its first police officer, a constable.

  • In DI Khan, policing enters the 21st century
    Jul 31, 2017

    “It’s the first time in my life I have switched on a computer,” says Inspector Saif-ur-Rahman. A officer in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police, he has quickly come to see how essential information technology is to modern policing. “This is no longer the era of dusty files, where finding a case record is difficult, now all the data is a click away,” he says. “We were in the dark so long, We should have such trainings ten years ago, it should be included in the basic recruitment courses as well.”

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