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Improved Accessibility (Wheel Chairs/Ramps) and enabled PWDs for independent life at FATA Areas of Pakistan

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What problem does your idea solve?

In Pakistan PWDs are facing number of socioeconomic problems. Yes they are consider stigma and burden on the families and they are ignored, As a result they are unable to get access to services like education, health and livelihood opportunities and they spend isolated and miserable lives among the communities they belong to. Our organization is striving to work for the welfare and uplift of PWDs in FATA to create friendly, inclusive and conducive environment for them

Explain your idea

To bring lasting changes in the lives of PWDs we will implement this project for the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) at three Tehsil of Khyber Agency of FATA Pakistan. We have registered community based non profit organization here in FATA having local staff and volunteers.I along with my team and volunteers will be engaged while implementing this idea.
We have the experience in the field ,Previously we have supported Ministry of Federal Education Basic Community School while distributing wheel chairs in FATA areas.Currently we are working jointly with the Directorate of Basic Community Schools Ministry of Federal Education while implementing basic education community schools project.We have also est close coordination with Social Welfare department FATA.
This idea will be implemented under the umbrella of Human Centered Design.We will be developing tools for identifying and assisting the beneficiaries for each activity and intervention. All staff and volunteers are local of Khyber Agency FATA. There are mainly three type of intervention while implementing this idea.We will start with coordination meetings with line department and law enforcement agencies to create supportive environments.Next we will community mobilization and organization to bring a sense of ownership among the target communities while involving local PWDs. We will conduct village level awareness sessions and to level the field for starting up other project activities like skills development training

Who benefits?

PWDs of Khyber Agency FATA will get benefit from this idea.There will be three type of activities for PWDs under this idea.1)They will be trained on learning tailoring skills to earn their own bread and butter 2)Provision of Wheel Chairs 3) Conducting awareness and sensitization sessions and advocacy events for construction of Ramps at their houses schools.Target area is Khyber Agency. Under this idea 300 PWDs (Male 70% Female 30%) will be benefited directly . The age group is 15 to 45 years.

How is your idea unique?

There are so many social and economic problems facing by the persons with disabilities in Pakistan.For the last one decade our people in FATA is suffering of natural and man made disaster.Terrorism and militancy have further worsen the situation in our areas. People have lost their lives and deprived of their belonging and livelihood opportunities. Like everywhere,persons with disabilities living in our area often belong to poor families.They are in dire need of support and facilitation in this regard.
My idea is unique firstly, for the first time being local, we will be implementing this idea at war and terrorism stricken areas of FATA.
Secondly we will train them as skilled PWDs to be able to spend respectful and independent lives.
Thirdly this project will be implemented with the support and the involvement active local PWDs in my area
Lastly first time we will be lunching campaign where we will conduct advocacy events,sensitization and awareness sessions.

Tell us more about you

I am a sociologist and development practitioner working in development sector since 2003.I have worked with different national and international organizations base in Peshawar Pakistan
Together with my colleagues we have registered an organization named Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) in 2009 under social welfare act 1961 of Pakistan. Currectly i am running the same Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) along with other colleagues.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

I would love to add some picture and videos and further i would seek my colleagues feedback, guidance and comments

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Pakistan

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.

How has your idea changed based on feedback?

Since I have started working on my idea with OpenIDEO, meanwhile I am learning a lot of new things from the comments and feedback of the colleagues, participants and OpenIDEO team. I have come to know that working for PWDs is vast and technical field where I have learned technical things about PWDs and problems and issues facing by them.After feed back from OpenIDEO we included skills development trainings to be arranged for PWD to enable them to spend independent and respectful lives. I have also learned a little about Human Centered Design while studying the tool kit but still to be learning a lot about HCD. For me this is hundred percent new forum and style of work that is why it increases my curiosity and zeal for learning things and doing something new and unique.
Sometime I feel proud and happy for receiving the positive feedback and I start thinking that my this little effort might bring great changes in lives of PWDs in my area

Who will implement this idea?

Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) team will manage and implement this idea. Almost all staff members including volunteers are from local areas of Khyber Agency FATA. I myself as CEO will be playing leading role while implementing this idea. We may assigned responsibilities like Project Coordinator, finance Officer, Three Social Organizers and office assistant will be full time engaged to support this effort. Beside this, idea will be supported by up to ten volunteers including PWDs.

Using a human-centered design approach, you may uncover insights that lead to small or foundational changes to your organization’s existing strategy or processes in order to unlock the potential of your idea. How would your organization go about making such changes?

Decisions related to constitutional amendments or changes are taken by Executive Body consist upon seven members.Beside this we have few and limited number of staff members in the team and all decision are taken in consultation with all staff members.Therefore it provide equal buy-in environment across the organization

What is it that most attracted you to Amplify instead of a more traditional funding model?

The most attractive things are the style and methodology of OpenIDEO and HCD which is always going to compel you to think, start and developed the ideas and projects. It has unique strategies from the idea and research phase till implementation. The other positive thing is the seriousness of the OpenIDEO team and their experts. They give realistic and timely feedback and comments.Further Amply challenge are more flexible and implementing bottom-to-top approach from the design.

What challenges do your end-users face? (1) What is the biggest challenge that your end-users face on a day-to-day, individual level? (2) What is the biggest systems-level challenge that affects your end-users?

The end users in this idea are PWDs. They are facing a lot of challenges and difficulties. They are often belong to poor families they are not able to get proper treatment and health facilities throughout their lives. They are not getting educational and skills development opportunities to be able to spend good life. Their families consider PWDs a burden on them and they think that they can’t do any job in their lives that is why minimum care and attention are given to PWDs. In addition to this, in daily life they are ignored throughout social gatherings, discussions and sharing common communities affairs.
Another system level failure is that PWDs are not the priority for the policy makers therefore meager amount of budget are spent for the well being of Persons With Disabilities

Tell us about your vision for this project: (1) share one sentence about the impact you would like to see from this project in five years and (2) what is the biggest question you need to answer to get there?

I would foresee that after five years, more aware and PWDs sensitized community will be emerged and PWDs will enjoy spending independent life while having basic facilities and more opportunities for them.
QUESTION: How we would mobilize the local resources,sensitize the stakeholders and policy makers and to influence the government policies to allocate more resources and budget for PWDs of FATA

How long have you and your colleagues been working on this idea together?

  • Between 6 months and 1 year

How many of your team’s paid, full-time staff are currently based in the location where the beneficiaries of your proposed idea live?

  • No paid, full-time staff

Is your organization registered in the country you intend to implement your idea in?

  • We are registered in all countries where we plan to implement.

My organization's operational budget for 2016 was:

  • Under $50,000 USD

If your team/idea/organization has a website, please share the URL below.

Following is our organization Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/www.sdopk.org/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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Dear BobAchgill,
                           You are putting forward a great work and really interesting idea.This idea will create a treasure of words signs which will be used by the people with disabilities (deaf) and teachers at their communities around the world.We would also try our best to include our part from Pashtu language. Pashtu is a language spoken in FATA,Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,Baluchistan and Afghanistan.Keep it up great work

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Hello Shabir Hussain,

Will the free His Hands Reader mother tongue literacy videos with local hand sign support help with empowering the Deaf in Pakistan with literacy skills?

Getting deaf children to schools for the Deaf in a rural society is problematic in a resource limited economy.

The His Hands Reader mother tongue literacy app(s) will help to increase inclusion for Deaf in Mainstream society as Hearing children learn hand signs as they too learn to read.

The HHR app has a 1742 video hand sign dictionary subtitled in three languages: local mother tongue, local business language and English. Also, video reading primers with word by word hand sign assist. The app runs on the lowest cost smart phones in Pakistan. Every home and school conveniently becomes an extension for MLE (Multi-lingual-education) education for disabled and their Hearing siblings which serves to foster inclusion.

Connect with me via LinkedIn at the link below. Volunteers have already added Afghan hand signs and Dari... And volunteers are adding languages in Nepal.

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Imagine a time when every Hearing and Deaf child can learn to read from the smart phone in their village...hearing and seeing their mother tongue and hand sign on the app?

The time is now!

Do you know someone who would like to volunteer to add their mother tongue or hand signs to the free His Hands Reader literacy system?

The Www.HisHandsReader.org mother tongue literacy videos with hand sign assist opens a path for total inclusion of deaf children among hearing. As hearing children use the mother tongue literacy videos with hand sign assist they naturally learn the means to communicate with deaf playmates.

And don't over look that the Www.HisHandsReader.org mother tongue literacy videos help Hearing children in the Multi lingual Education classroom.

It takes only 30 hours to add your mother tongue. Here are the instructions to volunteer...
http://www.hishandsreader.org/add-my-language-odk-collect.html

Here is an example of the result of volunteers in Jordan who added their local business and mother tongue languages and local hand signs...
http://www.hishandsreader.org/1jo-jos-arb-ajp.html

Thanks!

Bob Achgill
BobAchgill@hotmail.com
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Www.HisHandsReader.org
Helping Deaf and Hearing learn to read so they can read His Word

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Here is a little more detail...

Would you like to volunteer to add your hand signs or mother tongue to Www.HisHandsReader.org??

These are the ONLY qualifications needed to add your Mother Tongue language or hand signs to the Www.HisHandsReader.org :
1) Native speaker of your mother tongue or hand signs.
2) Read and write your mother tongue (not needed for adding hand signs)
3) Know English well enough to translate the 1742 basic Words to your MT or hand signs
4) Access to Android phone to use the HHR app to add your language. (1.5GB RAM, 3 GB free space)
5) total 30 hours to add your text with voice or video your hand signs.

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Hi Shabir! you have shared a useful idea in the support of people with disability and their needs. Since, Khyber Agency, FATA is badly affected from a prolonged militancy and displacement where approx. 150000 families of Khyber Agency were displaced. After successful military operation, the writ of the government established now in the area and displaced people returned back to their native areas. six seven year long militancy and displacement increased the vulnerability of women, children, elderly persons and persons with disability. you idea is mainly focusing PWD, which is the ignored segment of our society. Poverty and ignorance are two important factors which further increases the miseries of PWD in the rural communities of Khyber Agency. The overall environment is not PWD friendly and thus they are more vulnerable. The social system has least attention and importance towards the issues being face by PWD and similarly, the building structures i.e. schools, hospitals, public offices and houses don't have special arrangements for PWD. Livelihoods is another burning issue for them as they considered as a burden on the society.
Your idea has very well addressed the issues of PWD and to make them empower both socially and economically will lead them to a independent and dignified life.

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Dear Gul,
                 Nice to read your feedback and comments.Yes this is the harsh reality that FATA areas has been suffered alot during internal conflicts and terrorism. People have lost their lives,livestock,infrastructure and all their belongings.Beside this 20-30 % people are yet to be return to thier homes as conflicts and operations is going on in some areas of FATA. During this deteriorating situation,PWDs are the most vulnerable and ignored segment at our communities. They even become burden on their families during displacement dislocation from FATA areas.Keeping in view the above crucial realities,we along with OpenIDEO want to contribute for the betterment of PWDs and to be able to reduce their sufferings .There are alot of things need be done for the welfare and empowerment of PWDs but we will be focusing mainly on three areas while implementing this disability challenge .1.Economic empowerment- through skills development trainings 2-Awareness and Sensitization- through conducting advocacy events,sensitization sessions in the villages and communities level and Mass awareness spreading Key messages on FM redio Khyber. 3-Provision of Wheel Chairs for the most poor and vulnerable PWDs. Hope you will support and join our work at Bara Khyber Agency

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I am Shahid working as Program Manager in Concern Worldwide, Pakistan and have closely worked with SDO. I know Mr. Shair Hussain Shinwari since 2010 and I am familiar with his work and his organization’s engagement for assisting poor and destitute since then.
Khyber Agency which is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan is highly neglected, marginalized and poor Agency. Since 2008, the Agency experienced increased levels of internal conflicts and has been hugely impacted by the on-going struggle against terrorism in the region. Due to governments operations against non-state armed groups, there is significant population movement since 2008. Returns to areas declared safe occurred between June 2009 and late 2010; however, continued military operations in FATA caused additional displacement throughout 2011/12/13.
The Agency is characterized by low income, low education; lack of health facilities, clean drinking water and sanitation and lack of appropriate livelihood options especially for women and persons with disabilities (PWDs). There is overall lack of awareness about the rights and special needs of PWDs among general masses at communal as well as government level. Due to these reasons the needs and requirements of PWDs are always ignored at government as well as communal level in various schemes including health, education and infrastructures.
The proposed IDEA is practicable and desirable since it will create general awareness among the population as well relevant government department and will benefit the most vulnerable and poor people in the target areas. By this IDEA, SDO will be able to address the special needs of people with disabilities through awareness about constructing steps/ramps with the latrines. People will be informed about site selection for latrines and taking suitable measures for safety/security, ease and safety of access to water, sanitation and other social services. SDO will prioritize women, elderly- and children-headed households with PWDs at their homes.
SDO will sensitize the target communities to design separate and easily accessible latrines for women with disabilities with availability of lights and water; proper and easy seating arrangements and proper doors in the latrines. Target household will be educated to maintain and regularly clean the latrines for PWDs at their homes. The school level awareness session about needs and rights of PWDs and arranging special facilities like ramps to classrooms, libraries, laboratories and latrines will help students with disabilities to access education with ease and dignity. The provision of wheel chairs will further assist the target population with increased awareness among general masses about addressing special needs of PWDs.
Tailoring is among the most suitable, dignified and easily adoptable livelihood option for PWDs in Khyber Agency. SDO through this IDEA will select PWDs among men and women for this skill and will train them in tailoring.
Few Suggestions:
1. SDO needs to define proper criteria for the selection of beneficiaries / PWDs for this intervention in order to help the most needy, poor and vulnerable households/ PWDs
2. SDO should develop coordination with relevant government departments including Social Welfare Women Development , Education and Health Departments at Agency level and liaise with local representatives and elders to transparently identify beneficiaries and implement the project.
3. Alongside wheel chairs, SDO needs to provide sewing machines and sewing kit including essential items like Scissors, measuring tap etc. to the beneficiaries of tailoring training to enable them to quickly start their business at communal level.
4. Proper monitoring, data collection and reporting be ensured during the project.
5. An end verification and impact assessment should be done after the completion of the project to assess the relevance, effectiveness and appropriateness of the project.

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Dear Shahid,
                       Thanks for your comments and feedback on my idea.You have highlighted the issues and problems faced by the people of FATA during the conflicts and military operations against militants terrorists groups .You have also mentioned the issues and impediments for PWDs in our communities. SDO will surely consider and incorporate your suggestion regrading criteria development for selection of PWDs for different trades. Further we will ensure proper monitoring and reporting of the project activities

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.One important point ,we will also work for the registration of PWDs with Social Welfare department of FATA Secretariat.After registration a disability certificate is issued while fulfilling the required documentation and medical reports.This is important to be eligible for claiming a job on disability special quota in different departments.This certificate is also helpful accessing health and the other services of the government or any other donor agency.Registration process has already been started but still there PWDs who even don,t know about Disability Certificate and its importance.This will also bring authentic data to be used for informed and realistic decisions .In a meeting with officials of social welfare department, i discussed the same and they appreciated the point.They said that alot of PWDs have been registered but still need more efforts in term of awareness and advocacy among the communities living in for flung areas to get them registered

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Dear Shabir and team, This will be a unique project in the region of FATA since the project centralizes the capacity building,mainstreaming and empowerment of PWDs (persons with disabilities) . Moreover I have observed that there is a dire need of work in the field of human rights particularly with PWDs both at micro and macro levels in all over FATA region particularly in Khyber Agency (where the project will be implemented )which is far behind and below in all socio-economic development indicators and I believe to bring the significant changes in the lives of marginalized groups PWDs, more human resources with sound expertise in disabilities rights and advocacy are needed that can alleviate the social status of these neglected groups and help to them to mainstream.

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Hi Said Afzal,
                         Thanks for your feedback and comments.As we discussed in a meeting will be focusing mainly on skill development trainings for PWDs to make them economically empowered and independent.We will also emphasis on advocacy and awareness among the policy makers and respective communities

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Hi...! I am Zahir Ali shinwari, a permanent resident of Tribal area FATA Khyber Agency Pakistan. I have completed my Master's degree in Political Science from University of Peshawar in 2000. I have 14 year Professional rich experience in Social sector. I am also a member of “Sustainable Development Organization” (SDO) working on diverse’ social issues of human rights, education of poor and street working children, health and sustainable development.
Being from FATA and with relevant education and experience, I would suggest Two important points in the overall programme. (1) Provision of skill and vocational trainings to PWDs male/female at their respective community to earn their livelihood to live with dignity and honour. (2) Health and hygiene session will be commence to enhance healthy environment in the area.

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Dear Zahir Ali,
                           Nice to see your comments and feedback. We have proposed the same activities in our idea you are sharing.We would be working on the vocational/skills development trainings for PWDs in our areas by involving them during the idea implementation.I had meetings with PWDs in the last three days and discussed issues and prospects of the future.Person with Disabilities of Khyber Agency are mostly interested in tailoring trade because alot of PWDs are already busy in this trade and they earning their livelihood for their families

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Hi Shabir,

Thanks for joining the Challenge! We are excited for your contribution to this Challenge. To help get you started, here's a document with some tips for creating your post: https://challenges.openideo.com/blog/anatomy-of-a-challenge-idea

Make sure to check out the Challenge Brief: http://bit.ly/2nMVqGZ + the Evaluation Criteria: http://bit.ly/2nkRpYz

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Dear Ashley,
                       Thanks for your comments and guidance notes.i would like to share that i am new to this IDEO challenge.I need your full support and facilitation.There are a lot of potentials and opportunities and need in our areas to support war and terrorism affected people FATA.By wining this challenges we would be able to extend support initially to five hundred (500) persons with disabilities in one Tehsil of Khyber Agency FATA. This will be extend to other Parts of FATA ,Pakistan.Looking forward for your valuable support in the best interest of communities in need

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Hi Shabir, we are so excited to have you as a part of the community and to have the chance to learn about the important work you are doing!

One small thing you can do to start is to think about how you might update your Summary section (text above the image gallery) to encapsulate what your idea actually entails briefly and clearly.

Here's a template if you need some help, though feel free to come up with your own clarifying sentence structure.

Our idea is a_________________ [campaign/app/service/program/online platform/toolkit/social enterprise/etc.] that tackles the problem of _____________[the issue being addressed ] by __________[what your idea looks like in practice].

Then you can move any important text you’ve currently got in your Summary section into the Description section (text below the image gallery)

Lastly, if you have a website don't forget to include a link to your website. You can also upload additional clarifying information (i.e. if you have a presentation or program marketing materials that you've already prepared)!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Dear Ashley,
                       Thanks for your feedback.i would try my best to work on my idea according to guidelines you have suggested.Regards

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Hi Shabir, thanks for the additional details!

Can you share a few more details about your experience in community-based work or accessibility? Also who would you hope to partner with to implement this plan?

Last question, I promise 8) is this your organization's website: http://sdo.org.pk/

Looking forward to learning more!

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Dear Ashely,
                       Thanks for your feedback.i have almost 14 years experience while working with different national and international organization in developing sector.I have mostly worked in FATA areas from where I belong.My organization's team will directly implement this project by involving persons with disabilities in the same communities.I am already working with few active persons with disabilities at three tehsil of Khyber Agency.
Further the website you have mentioned is not our organization and it has been registered with same name but at other area which is called Kashmir.My organization has been registered in FATA and khyber Pakhtunkhwa.thanks
Additionally, only for the information, I would also like to share that on the last sunday ,I meet to a PWD at market who was on electric rechargeable wheel chair .it was a nice chair and i liked it alot.He was just pressing the botton for movement.I stopped him and after shaking hand with him i asked him where he has bought and how it work and the price also.He told me that he has purchased it from china and it is price was 1200USD.Once its battery charged it can work for three kelometer.
So I liked it but keeping in view the ground realities this type of wheel chairs are expensive for the poor , deprived and terrorism affected people of FATA areas.Thanks again

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Dear Ashely.I have rich experience while working with communities at grass roots level at our own areas.I have worked with communities while implementing health, protection and livelihood projects.Beside this i have also worked at emergencies like at floods and conflicts hit areas of Pakistan

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Hi again,
                We had our organization's website but due to delay in payment of domain charges it was closed.I would try to redesign and establish the website in future

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Dear Colleague, we have already developed SDO page on Facebook, Link (https://www.facebook.com/www.sdopk.org/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel) which will give you a snap shot of our activities on self help basis in FATA khyber Agency.

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Dear Zahir,
                    Thanks for sharing the organization Facebook page.Please keep it updated

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Sustainable Development Organisation (SDO) is working with Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) as partner in Khyber agency FATA from the last 2 years. SDO is playing a key role inmonitoring and supervision of BECS. SDO has experience to implement project on PWDs as it has provided support to BECS in activities for disabled person in the past as well. There are disabled teachers and students in BECS in Khyber agency and the proposed project can play a vital role for them..
Karim Shah
Director BECS Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA
Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Teaining
Government of Pakistan

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Dear Karim Shah,
                                Great to read your feedback and comments on my idea.Yes we have one male and one female PWDs working as teachers at Basic Education Community Schools.Now they are supporting there families as bread earners. We would need your departmental and technical support for future interventions on matters related to disability and inclusion.Thanks again

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First of all I would like to introduce my self. I am Obaid ur Rahman Assistant Director Social Welfare FATA. As far as Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) is concerned which is already registered with our Department and very active in providing social services in FATA. All the management of SDO belong to Khyber Agency FATA and have innovative ideas for the the uplift of the people of the region. Whatever Mr. Shabbir proposed and commented , Social Welfare FATA is agree with. Social Welfare is mandated to identify and rehab the PWDs in FATA by providing them helping aids and skill development in different trades in accordance with their disabilities. FATA has been a war-hitted region for the last 15 years and ratio of disability is far more greater as compared with other regions of Pakistan. Social Welfare being a government department, has a meager share (0.15%) out of the total budget allocated for FATA. In this scenario we support civil society organzations to fill the gaps through donor's funds by utilising the services of the CSOs in FATA. We encourage the donors and other organizations to invest in FATA specifically in disability through active and dedicated CSOs to work for the betterment of PWDs in FATA as they are the most deserving segment. We also encourage donors to come to FATA and to build the capacity of the employees of Social Welfare, Education, Health, Livestock etc to get knowledge to serve the PWDs in a right ways as disability is a cross-cutting theme. We also tried to work on the global Conventions related to human rights, Women/Child Protection, disabilities other national laws/ordinances/regulations. In short, I would recommend the suggestions of SDO and we will provide technical and mobility support to the organization in provision of services especially to PWDs. Regards

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Dear Obaid,
                     I am really thankful for your support and information you shared in a meeting held yesterday.To ensure sustainability and lasting impact on the lives of PWDs Our organization will be implementing this project in close coordination with your department.We would definitely require legal and technical support if we get successful by wining this challenge. I hope we will be one among five winners Inshallah

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Hi @shabirhussain I work for Motivation, an NGO specialising in appropriate wheelchairs and wheelchair provision, and I was really interested to hear about your project! It is great to hear that you will be linking with government agencies. Motivation has worked with several wheelchair services in the Peshawar region to deliver training in different types of World Health Organization training in appropriate wheelchair provision. Some of these institutions include, Akbar Kare Institute, Paraplegic Centre, Peshawar, and PIPOS Rehabilitation Service, Peshawar. I wonder if it might be useful to link up with them? Do let me know if I can provide more details and good luck!

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Dear Harris,
                      Thanks for keen interest in my idea and sharing important information and updates.We would definitely visits these areas while identifying best quality and affordable wheel chairs. Ofcourse we will contact when we need your support and guidance

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This is a worthy cause and exciting project. I was wondering if you saw any value in collaborating with another Challenge group - Freedom through Mobility – Creating a Commuter Revolution for Tricycle Users.
The link is: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/disability-inclusion/improve/freedom-through-mobility-creating-a-commuter-revolution-for-tricycle-users

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Dear Stephan,
                        Thanks for your feedback.I always try to collaborate with other challenge group and will check the idea you have designed

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Hi Shabir and Team! We’re excited to share with you feedback and questions from the Amplify team and an external set of experts. We encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea. You are welcome to respond in the comments section and/or to incorporate feedback into the text of your idea. Your idea and all associated comments will all be reviewed during the final review process.

General feedback from experts:
One expert shared, “This idea is definitely a bold idea as it is working in a conflict affected area. It is already in implementation by Paraplegic Center in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but not in FATA areas. The idea is exciting, as it will be implemented with the support and the involvement of active local PWDs, in war and terrorism stricken areas of FATA.”

What experts shared for is this idea desirable, feasible and viable?
“The idea will be very valuable if clinical aspects of wheelchair provision and technical aspects of accommodations are considered.”
Some questions that came up: How are you thinking about managing provisions of wheelchairs within the constraints of given environments i.e. where proper assessment, making accommodations (ramps), or design standards might not be commonly practiced. What collaborations are necessary to make this program sustainable?
“This idea is desirable because it will increase mobility of PWDs and their integration in the society. Wheelchairs will help PWDs access to resources and increase mobility. Trikes (Tricycle) will increase long route travelling for people living in far-flung areas!”

How does this idea consider user needs?
"I would love to learn more about how you plan to integrate user feedback moving forward."
Some considerations that came up: 1. What’s the knowledge of design and accessibility standards of accommodations for people with disabilities in the area? 2. The idea is set to address mobility, accessibility and community thus enabling independent life. It cannot be applied only by distribution of wheelchairs and constructing ramps.”

Some questions to think about:
• Are there other similar programs in the area? If not what does the training program look like?
• How many active wheelchair users are available and how will they be engaged?

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Dear IDEO Team,
                               I am really thankful for your positive feedback and comments.
Provision of wheelchairs and construction of ramps would not only achieve the purpose of mobility and accessibility for PWDs but it has also medical and psychological impacts. We have uneven, rigid and hard earth surfaces here in our areas. While having these two facilities, PWDs would be able to avoid dust, unhygienic environment and mental fatigue. Further these two facilities are often greatly helpful to protect PWDs from small injuries during their movements.
In regard to Technical aspects of ramps construction or accommodation, people here in FATA areas don’t give due attention and importance to make houses and building PWDs friendly. There are a lot of houses and buildings where there are male or female PWDs but don’t have ramps for them.
In this project we are planning to support some of the vulnerable and poor PWDs in construction of ramps. This would be simple break work and concrete (sand+ Cement) up to ten feet of length depend upon the structure of the house, Hujra (Community Centre) and school. But the main focus will be on conducting sensitization and awareness sessions among the communities to create awareness on importance of ramps, and other needs and rights of PWDs.
This project will be implemented in denotified and cleared areas after military operations against terrorism and extremism. Therefore the assessment of PWDs for provision of wheelchairs and construction of ramps and other awareness activities will be carried out in the areas where there are no issues of movement. We have good working relationship with the department of social welfare FATA and Directorate of Basic Education Community Schools FATA and all security and law enforcement agencies. We are planning to design and construct simple ramps (Break work and Concrete) through provision of materials or lum sum financial support to some vulnerable PWDs at the target areas.
Other point has been discussed by open IDEO team where tricycle has been suggested. We can think over it if it is affordable and user friendly. I have suggested wheelchair but if tricycle is more useful for long rout traveling at far flung areas
Provision of wheelchairs and construction of ramps will be helpful to cover the inclusion aspect and avoid stigma of being PWDs. To make them economically empowered and to spend independent life and earn for their families, we are planning to include skill development trainings for PWDs of Khyber Agency FATA. Currently training of PWDs on tailoring trade is very suitable in our environment and it has great scope in the market. We are assessing the number PWDs, we would be able to train under this project.

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Hi Shabir
This is a good idea and we the community will fully support your this Idea in Implementation Phase. PWDs are the most deserving people of the society who need care and attention.

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It's honor for me to be a part of the noble cause. I have worked with international organizations in FATA and KP for PWDs as Rehabilitation officer. As local resident of the Khyber Agency, I have the first hand experience working with PWDs effected by conflict and Polio. My role was to rehabilitate war and Polio effected pollution ( male, female, elderly and children PWDs). Rehabilitation process was consists of different packages i.e, Provision of necessary tools ( wheel chairs, artificial limbs, arms and hearing instruments). Socio- Psycho support to bring out the war effected PWDs from trauma and shocks towards a normal life, provision of skill training to PWDs to resume a honorable livelihood, financial support to the dropped out PWD's children and children with PWDs and constructing infrastructure for PWDs at their houses, Hujra's, communal places, markets, hospitals and schools. Furthermore, my past experience and networking with different institution working for persons with disabilities can help the PWDs to connect them with right institute, even after the closer of the project for the sustainability and further support of the PWDs. From my past experience I have learned that many projects had been run for PWDs but after the completion of projects sustainability portion of the project is lacking. Please add me in the rehabilitation and linkage development of PWDs and Institution portion.

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Count me in as part of your team.I have previously implemented a similar kind of project in the northern part of Pakistan which was hit by a devastated earthquake back in 2005. Would you mind please adding an advocacy portion in the project? I believe people in general need sensitization and awareness on the issues and problems of PWDs. Let us see what other guys suggest.

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Dear Said Afzal,
                            Thanks for your feedback and welcome to my team.In regard to advocacy and awareness among the communities,Yes i will be incorporating sensitization and awareness session as our people and families are not giving the due attention to construction of ramps for PWDs in their villages.

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Hello Shabir,
This is really a great and wonderful idea.The people of FATA region in general and PWDs in particular are the most neglected segment of society and projects/intervention like the one you have suggested would contribute enormously.

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Team

Hi Islam Gul,
                      Thanks for your valuable feedback.We would definitely need your active participation and guidance in the field.Thanks Again

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Dear shabir,
                     This is the great idea you have shared. Being local, i will keep facilitating this project during implementation phase.Great number of PWDs will get benefited out of this initiative.keep it up thanks

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Team

Dear Colleagues
                               Please share your expertise and feedback to make my idea more strengthen.Thanks

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Team

Interesting idea Shabir Hussain .
What is your project sustainability plan? Are the wheel chairs provided for free or at a cost?
All the best!

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Team

Dear Maria,
                      Thanks for your feedback.Yes the wheel chairs will be provided free of cost but repair and maintenance of the ramp and chair will be their families's responsibilities.Further I would like to share that we have joint family systems here and by involving their families members,on one side we would achieve the goal of inclusion in thier communities and on the other side this will ensure the sustainability aspect of the project.Thanks

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Dear Ashley,
                       I was in the field where i want to implement my idea but i dont have excess to the internet.What are the updates about the challenge.

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