Emergency relief and rehabilitation are central to our work in Pakistan, especially after the floods in July 2010. We also work with long-term development, with a focus on peace and security and promoting gender justice.
Norwegian Church Aid responded to the floods following the monsoon rains of 2014. With local partners, we installed water treatment units and build emergency pit latrines at camps and other places where people fled to await the receding of the water. To prevent diseases, distribution of hygiene items and hygiene promotion was essential and urgent.
A WASH team visited flood hit areas in Kashmir and Punjab, assessing flood damages and humanitarian needs.
Qazi Wasu-Ur-rehman is an Islamic teacher from Shinkiari in northern Pakistan. He is one of a few leaders in the local society who consecrate love marriages. He gets a lot of protests for that.
Our programme in Pakistan focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene, gender-based violence, and peacebuilding.
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
In Pakistan, Norwegian Church Aid contributes with clean drinking water, adequate sanitation, as well as support for hygiene awareness and the distribution of non-food items. During and after the floods in 2014, we reached more than 4,400 families with food and non-food items, and clean drinking water in the Kashmir, Sindh and Kohat districts.
Norwegian Church Aid supports local partners in combating gender-based violence in different areas of Pakistan. Through violence prevention, response, advocacy and research on these issues, we work through partners in reducing the effects of gender-based violence in Pakistan. In 2012, 659 of 1075 assisted cases of impending forced marriages were prevented with the support of our implementing partners.
Norwegian Church Aid supports religious and civil society actors in their work towards peace and reconciliation, as well as promoting intra and inter-religious dialogue between different communities. Since 2004, and at the request of Christian and Muslim leaders in Pakistan, we facilitated dialogue and engagement between religious leaders who are interested in working together to promote a peaceful and tolerant society. Norwegian Church Aid has been able to involve 780 female representatives in our partner, ORE's, peacebuilding initiatives, despite a very challenging environment.
Due to the repeated natural disasters in Pakistan, emergency relief has become an increasingly important component of our work in the country. Since 2005, we have provided relief and rehabilitation to earthquake and flood affected people in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab areas.
Norwegian Church Aid believes it is only the people and the communities themselves that can bring about lasting change. We implement our programmes together with local partner organisations and in close contact and coordination with the local government.