News Story: A Community Coming Together to Heal

Date: Apr 24, 2023

Nestled in the heart of rural Sindh, the small village of Union Council Nawra, Goth Meer Deenar Khan Brohi is located at a distance of 10km from the city of Jacobabad. With a population of 468 people living in 72 households, the village is a peaceful and tranquil place with a strong sense of camaraderie and unity among its people. It is home to a tight-knit community of hardworking people whose livelihoods depend heavily on livestock, agriculture, and labor. The flood had a devastating effect on the local community, with 24 homes destroyed and 9 partially damaged. The families affected are now faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and their lives. It's a difficult time for everyone, but the community has come together in support of each other.  

And donors like you have stepped up to help start the reconstruction of climate-resilient housing in one of the worst-hit villages of the province (according to the District Administration of Jacobabad).  

Mr. Mehboob Ul Haq, Chief Executive Officer at Human Development Foundation, proudly laid the foundation brick at the ground-breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of flood-affected villages. The ceremony was held on 31st January 2023 at Village Meer Deenar Khan Brohi in Jacobabad, Sindh. As the first foundation brick was laid in the ground, it marked the start of hope for those affected by the floods. It was a powerful moment that symbolized HDF’s commitment to restoring the lives of the community, reminding them that better days are ahead. 

Rebuilding homes in the wake of a natural disaster is a difficult but necessary process.  A Village Development Organization (VDO) was formed to help coordinate the rehabilitation efforts. HDF’s rehabilitation program is designed to ensure a coordinated and efficient delivery of food, water, shelter, healthcare, and other essential services that kids and families need to stay safe and healthy.  

 HDF’s holistic approach — — encompassing  social capital development, livelihood and food security, education and literacy, health and wellness, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and a sustainable environment—will be combined with building climate resilient housing at an accelerated pace to ensure the affected communities get the immediate care they need. HDF aims to transform the flood-affected villages into model villages for sustained development. Moreover, to supplement HDF’s interventions in Village Meer Deenar Khan Brohi, the Government of Sindh has planned initiatives including off-grid energy solutions, street pavements, and soak pits. As families rebuild, donors like you will continue to support them during their journey and help provide the resources and support they need to get them back on their feet and stay safe