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Improve plight of seasonal migrant and indigenous spate irrigation farmers in Kachho area of Sindh.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Hundreds of people from mountainous area of Balochsitan travel by foot with their animals, mostly donkey leaden with wild plant called pesh, used for rope making cover around 15 days journey to a sub town of Wahi Pandhi. They sell pesh and buy food rations for week or 15 days period. These nomads also camp in Kachho to graze their animals. They suffer a lot and during difficult times they have to sell their livestock and even their minor daughters into marriages, grazing grounds are shrinking and main torrential stream cause floods or bring little water. The bed the stream is going deeply down and lands up. Out of 8 water Channels 5 buried by devastating flood in 1995 have not been restored. The socioeconomic status of other focused segment of 12500 indigenous souls who hosted and supported the people on move is also on decline as due to long spells of drought their spate irrigation agriculture and livestock l sources has depleted. Out 10 community managed earthen bunds for diverting stream water and keeping stream bed balanced, now only 2 or 3 are constructed. This is also causing mass seasonal and permanent migration from the area from the settled spate irrigation farming communities. The root causes include area being remote, not paying agriculture tax (government abolished the tax in 1970s) and not approached with modern innovative and due to people moving, have not attracted attention they need by government and non-government actors.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The project focuses western parts of Sindh provinces including Kheerthar Mountains, kachho as and parts of barrage or canal area of Johi tehsil of Dadu district in Sindh provinces of Pakistan. From khirthar mountain range people move to Kachho and barrage area and the people from kachho also more to barrage area of taluka Johi.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Bridges built through improved livelihood benefiting both people on move and locals, welcome events by indigenous people and participating in the music nights at different halting points for people on move. Hostility converted into cooperation through dialogue between both host and people on move. The outdated traditions of violence against women, seeking revenge and child marriages would be discouraged thorough dialogue event, the good traditions of hospitality would be promoted.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

My idea is going to solve organic and nutritious food, green environment, peaceful coexistence, safe and dignified movement of the people, care for beasts of burden and livestock, land reclamation and stability, gender equality. This would be achieved through gender inclusive restoration and enhancement of livelihood through promotion of spate irrigation, improving spate irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation of rangeland or grazing ground and fauna and cultural dialogue between people on move and local people as well as involving government and non-government stakeholders.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The idea hugely contributes in improving livelihood, access to nutritious food, reduction in rural poverty, improve in health, gender equality, cultural heritage preservation, environmental improvement and affinities between people on move and indigenous local population. The result will be measured with baseline with 150 interviews with people on move and indigenous people. This will be measure end line survey at the end of the initiative, during the implementation period, the progress would be regularly monitored and reported on activities, the case studies, pictures and videos of progress would also be regularly shared.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

I had myself been part of migration in my childhood. I have read the story of a 7 year old girl from people on move who was sold into marriage, the girl holding the hands of her mother cried and the man who bought her for marriages was dragging her, the crying mother had no option but separate her innocent child and move. I have interaction with the second and third generation of these people on move and know about their troubles and solutions they have suggested. I have worked in the spate irrigation area thus aware about the problems and opportunities further inspired me to do something remarkable for these people. The incidents of people dying due to thirst, this week a 40 years old mother and her 4 year son died due to thirst in Kachho area when they could not find drinking water. I see that there is lot of potential and opportunities to change the situation for better and this is way I am highly motivated and enthusiastic to put my idea into practice.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

There are more than 51 castes and sub-castes and tribes and subtribes but over the years people on move and indigenous peoples mixing, interaction and inter marriages have brought synergies of cultural assimilation and adaption. Even during drought and extreme poverty the local community would not allow the gest (s) without food or local beverage. When one person or family face a problems all gather to help. The community working together without government help manage spate irrigation of 40000 hectors by collecting donation, constructing earthen bunds, distribute water and resolve disputes themselves. Downside of the community dynamic is that it is largely male dominated and relying on old idea and methods but My experience shows that if engaged continually the people on move as well as indigenous people can work wonder to bring change in their lives.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

People have experience and my idea will contribute to introduce innovations and introduce best practices and provide one time support in activating largely dormant potential of community manage livelihood sources due to lack of knowledge and resources . Communities have excellent community institution to manage spate irrigation, they just need one time support in construction of 3 earthen structure to get economic relief and they will pick up. The restoration and rehabilitation of water and road infrastructure and grazing ground, support in kitchen gardening, rain harvesting, plantation of fruit trees, improving livestock production would help both indigenous and people on move. The groups of youth and elders would be engaged to bring not only economic and cultural empowerment but also discourage outdated tradition and promote good communities practices.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

I have to work on the plate form of my current organization HELP Org and none of partners but will engage and coordinate along with 20 women orgs and form and work with local youth groups, I will engage concerned government departments, including forest, agriculture , livestock, public health and engineering departments as well as local NGOs including, Thatdeep Rrual Development and other organization and media for my idea to have widespread support and coverage for public acceptance and help in sustainability and replication. The government departments support would be needed to support in agriculture, livestock and infrastructure development components and collaboration with local NGOs would help in tree plantations, livestock improvement etc.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

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Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Hand in Hand with Educated and Labor People (HHELP), NGO established in 2007 and registered in 2012 comprises is a dynamic group of youth working in the proposed idea area on Education and skill development. During HHELP work and my personal experience as migrant and working experience on agriculture livestock, nutrition and women rights and spate irrigation motivated me and the team to work on a larger idea to bring sustainable change in the lives of the beneficiaries., knowledge of community dynamic, geography, link with each and every communities group, enjoying trust of communities and burning desire to implement innovation for change and also having links with key government departments and non-government organizations, Only hindrance was and is lack of sufficient financial support and this support forthcoming we will be in better position to put the idea into practice.

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Water of Gaaj River.jpg

Natural Chanel of water from (Nai) Gaaj River part of under performing spate irrigation in project focused area.

Children of Nomads.jpg

Children of nomads in happy mood during grazing their animals.


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Photo of Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD

Hello HHELP Sindh,

Thank you very much for putting your idea on the platform. It is a great initiative and it has the potential to help a multitude of people! I do have a question about your implementation plan. You mention your program will provide "one time support" to the community in order to restore and rehabilitate water, road infrastructure, kitchen gardening, and improving livestock, to name a few. Will the one time support plan be enough for the project to maintain longevity? And how will the people learn all those different skills in that time?

Looking forward to reading your answer and to seeing the program progress!

Yemen Without Conflict & ICRD

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Hi Muaadh Saeed Ahmed,
Thanks a million for asking question about our idea, as spate irrigation farming communities have been struggling to construct earth embankment since centuries but in wake of 1995 devastating flash flood caused vast damage to infrastructure and this also squeezed affording power of the community, our one time support in construction of embankment will restore their all powers they lost.
After successful embankment they will able cultivated their crops and this one time support support will make financially strong to cope with issue in future.
Development of road infrastructure is responsibility of local government we will play a role like a bridge to connect them.
We will train a few farmers as master trainers and they will pass it to others, we will work with them in field for mastering their skills. furthermore we are part of that community as well, so our voluntarily will be endless beyond project life.

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