Pakistan has faced several serious natural and man-made disasters that have affected the lives and livelihoods of many of its over 180 million citizens.
Analysing the emergency responses in Pakistan over the past 10 years it is evident that the frequency and impact of disasters have been increasing. With every emergency World Vision Pakistan has initiated its emergency response. Starting out with the Earthquake Response in 2005 and then in 2015, Flood Response in 2010, Flood Response in 2011 and 2012 and IDPs Response in 2012. World Vision has provided immediate relief, and early recovery assistance to the affected as part of its emergency programme. The response has been done through sectors of Child Protection, Health & Nutrition, Water, Hygiene & Sanitation, Education, Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Reduction. World Vision has carried out relief activties in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. With recurring emergencies, World Vision Pakistan’s emergency programing has grown as well and has worked on grants from DEC, OFDA, CIDA, AusAid, SHO, ADH, GoG, CBHA, Unicef, HongKong Government, MCIC and WFP along with other Private Non Sponsorship (PNS) funds.
Following the 2005 earthquake response in the KPK province of Pakistan, World Vision Pakistan started its development initiatives to help local communities transition from emergency relief and rehabilitation to long term development. Using Community Driven Initiatives (CDIs) approach, World Vision Pakistan worked closely with women, men and children for local level development interventions with the principles of accountability, transparency and women empowerment.
At the same time, World Vision worked with street and working children, their parents and other stakeholders in Rawalpindi district through its Manzil programme for child protection. Following the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) response and flood emergencies, World Vision Pakistan expanded its existing development programmes into Peshawar, Lower Dir, Kasur, Muzaffargarh, Sukkur and Galliat. The development approach of CDIs is now transitioning to Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) approach through current projects where focus is now on improved child wellbeing and capacity building of local communities so that they are able to advocate with service providers and take initiatives of quality service delivery through the government.