Islamabad Programme Unit
Area: 1,165.5 sq. km
Population: 955,629 (December 2009)
Sponsored children: 3,400
Prior to its development in the 1960s, Islamabad was a huge forest. When construction began in the city, people migrated from rural provinces seeking better facilities, job opportunities and a proper education for their children. They settled in the city slums where they are considered squatters on government-owned land.
About half a million people live in the slum areas of Islamabad. On average, 7 to 9 people share small, 2-roomed shanty houses. Plan Pakistan began working in Islamabad to improve their conditions in 2003.
Plan-supported communities in Islamabad have been unaffected by the floods crisis in Pakistan.
Plan Pakistan is increasing the skill sets of women health workers and linking them to proper public health facilities so they can refer men, women and children to the best possible medical care.
We are supporting polio eradication campaigns and have started an “adolescent reproductive health initiative”. This provides vital health information to youth who would otherwise be uninformed and at risk of sexually-transmitted illnesses and unplanned pregnancies.
“We are lucky to work with Plan Pakistan,” said resident, Samuel. “Doctors now regularly provide check-ups for the children and pregnant women of our area.”
Plan Pakistan is completing community projects such as drilling boreholes to produce safe water for residents, building walking bridges for easy access and mobility, establishing community learning centres for under 5s to flourish in and integrating marginalised people into social events in their areas.
Education for a brighter future
We are currently managing 23 pre-schools and 14 adult learning centres in Islamabad - providing important resources for community development and vocational training so people can establish quality livelihoods. There are now many more skilled service providers within the community, including caregivers and teachers.
Improving the lives of working youth
Plan Pakistan conducted research into the financial behaviour of youth sanitary workers and domestic workers, who are often vulnerable to workplace abuses.
We formed sanitary and domestic workers youth forums to provide support, enhance their knowledge and develop their skills. At the forums, the youth receive vocational and technical training, and learn about their labour rights so they can avoid exploitation.
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