Mobilizing Citizens Participation

continues its commitment to bring Pakistani youth into the fold of civic responsibility through a carefully crafted project that involves students from the International School located in Clifton. Through the project, these talented youth will be able to actively engage in neighborhood management.

The Model Neighborhood Management Plan is a well-rounded program that allows students to figure out first hand how to create a clean, safe, and beautiful neighborhood with the cooperation of residents in a designated area of P.E.C.H.S. The final product is a neighborhood plan, which can hopefully be replicated by other neighborhoods in the same housing society in partnership with additional schools. Residents, newly equipped with the plan will have the knowledge and the mechanism to actively participate in the proper management of their neighborhood.

          Our collaboration with the International School serves three purposes.
Students fulfill their service requirement,
SHEHRI engages youth in civic
service, and the community benefits from the neighborhood plan that is developed.

Students will get in-depth exposure to the field by visiting NGOs who are currently involved in successful community plans, conducting a community needs survey in their designated neighborhood analyzing the survey results,
and making a presentation to residents.

Cooperatively, students and residents will identify priorities and devise strategies to address them. Students will also become familiar with government agencies so that agency responsibilities in delivering municipal services are also included in the plan.
SHEHRI will be facilitating all of these interactions. The students will also design and maintain a website for this project so that all team members stay informed of their progress and so that residents and general public can also access their findings.

The students will also help to brief the neighborhood on the new local government plan recently announced by General Pervez Musharraf, thereby contributing to SHEHRI's voter education project as well. This will also help cultivate civic education and responsibility in the youth.

The first project meeting was held on Friday, November 24, 2000. The meeting was followed by a visit of the project team to the office of " Neighborhood Care ", a community based NGO, based in P.E.C.H.S. Block 2. The purpose of this visit was to provide the students with some orientation on a functioning model of citizens mobilization for solving neighborhood concerns.

Mr. Hashmi of the Neighborhood Care, briefed the team on the functioning of their neighborhood management program. The main services provided by the program include security, garbage collection, street lightening and recreational development.

The students also visited some of the development projects being undertaken by Neighborhood Care and took notes on those projects.

Following this visit, the students hope to complete the neighborhood survey by the end of December and finalize the neighborhood management plan by February of the next year. If the students' dedication and enthusiasm is any indicator, we can expect great results from their work.


Model Neighborhood Management
Projects: An Update

The Neighborhood Management project involving students of the International School, Karachi and SHEHRI team is ongoing.

The project team, as part of their orientation program, visited the Karachi Administrative Employees Cooperative Housing Society ( KAECHS ), where they are briefed on the working of the Karachi Administrative Women Welfare Society ( KAWWS ) by Ms. Sarah Siddiqui of KAWWS. 

They were shown around the women and children parks developed in KAECHS through the efforts of KAWWS. The project team also saw the green belts which were developed as part of the tree plantation drive of KAWWS. Sarah Siddiqui told the project team members how their organization had worked to improve the water supply, sewerage and drainage system in their locality and took them to a water pumping station constructed by the local officials due to pressure exerted by KAWWS members. The project team was also told about the organizational and management systems employed by KAWWS, to keep this citizen initiative running.

The project team also visited the office of the Health Officer, District Municipal Corporation ( DMC ) East and inquired about the solid waste management system employed by  them. They were apprised by Mr. Akhtar Masood, Sanitary Inspector, about the difficulties faced by his staff due to financial constraints and lack of equipment. He later took the project team on a machinery used by the DMC East staff in managing the solid waste of the District. The project team also met with the staff members.

A meeting of the project team with the residents of the project area was arranged at the residence of Mr. Saud Ahmad Khan, Project Resource Person. Sabah Gailani of the project team made a presentation of the project objectives and methodology with the help of charts and other visual aids to the residents. The residents appreciated the efforts of the project team and expressed their keen willingness to actively involve themselves in the project activities, they also agreed to the idea of forming a " Residents Committee ", to solve the problems of their locality on a sustained basis.

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