Masood Saeed Anwar

by masoodsaeed on Mar 21, 2011      Category: Education Tags: health education water Agriculture development
SAIBAAN is a non-profit development    organization, registered under Societies Act 1860 on 5th
June, 2000, working for betterment of marginalized communities for the last 10 years.
Saibaan Evolution
Saibaan Development Organization commenced its journey from June 5, 2009 getting registered as a community Based Organization (CBO) under Societies Act 1860. Before 2002, Saibaan initiated different small projects at Mansehra city level focusing mostly on the capacity building in different trades like cushion making, furniture making and polishing etc. It was the very initial stage of Saibaan concentrating mostly on limited geographical scale to go for quality rather than quantity. Trust for Voluntary organizations (TVO) extended support to Saibaan in form of partnership in 2002 but still Saibaan geographical coverage was restricted to Tehsil Mansehra only. In 2005, after the devastating earthquake, CRS approached Saibaan offering partnership for relief activities followed by IOM and WFP. Being a local organization with strong roots in the communities and a team of dedicated volunteers, Saibaan accessed high altitude areas to provide shelters to the severely affected communities.
During all our interventions from very beginning we tried to focus on most vulnerable, marginalized and deprived segments of our community which are obviously women, children, people with disabilities, people with low socio-economic strata and minorities. Regarding gender perspective our Pakistani women are facing numerous problems due to socio cultural norms/traditions, discriminatory policies/laws, practices and lack of commitment by policy makers. These problems are further aggravated by oppressive systems that perpetuate poverty, inequality, intra household discrimination and injustice such as feudal system, capitalism and patriarchy. Patriarchy cuts across all social, economic, political and personal issues affecting women, it enhances vulnerability, powerlessness and poverty. Under this system women and girls are often sidelined, exploited, abused, marginalized and constitute the poorest of poor. Right from birth patriarchal structures assign social roles and responsibilities for girls, boys, men and women denying women their right to education, right to adequate health facilities, right to participate in decision making at household as well as societal level, the right to marry, the right to work/economic opportunities etc therefore these are some of the main contributing factors which compelled Saibaan Development Organization to take Women Rights Portfolio as a cross cutting theme.
In 2006 Saibaan entered in partnership with Oxfam Novib and emerged as District level organization extending its scope of work to four most affected union councils of District Mansehra. Saibaan developed proper policies and procedures, financial software, regularized board meetings ensuring the board to play an active role to guide organization to put its maximum to serve the marginalized communities. Since then Saibaan has been in partnership with number of national and international donor agencies implementing a variety of projects extending its geographical coverage from one district to four districts of NWFP and AJK e.g. we worked for peace promotion in the region through financial support of ActionAid Pakistan in 4 districts like Mansehra, Battagram, Abbottabad and Haripur. During this project we organized communities and formed their union council, district and regional level bodies through awareness raising and mobilization and then we focused on their capacity building through organizing different training sessions especially relating to their Human Rights, Gender trainings for sensitizing communities regarding women vulnerabilities in conflicts/disasters, trainings on peace and conflicts etc. Since its inception in 2000 Saibaan has been in partnership with 18 donors.
The strength and uniqueness of Saibaan lie in working with grass root communities through forming community based organizations at village, tehsil, district and regional level. Now Saibaan has also extended strategic and technical support to other likeminded right based organizations in effectively implementing programs through forming networks and building coalitions for achieving our ultimate goal of empowering poorest of the poor through their rights consciousness.
To challenge and combat patriarchy as a dominant system, ideology and institution, at personal, organizational and societal level so as to promote gender equality and attitudinal changes towards most deprived segment of our society along with addressing their practical needs focusing on their livelihood, health, education, sanitation and infrastructure improvement.
A prosperous non discriminative society
To improve the living conditions and position of the local communities by reducing their vulnerability and providing social justice
Policies in place
Saibaan, from its inception gave due importance to the development of the organizational policies and procedure to run the organizational matters in a smooth, transparent way. For the better understanding of all the staff members especially the support staff, some of the policies like gender policy have been translated into Urdu. These policies are strictly followed at all levels to keep the organization foster and nourish in the right direction. Saibaan has following policies in place:
— HR policy
— Gender Policy
— Sexual Harassment policy.
— Finance policy
— Procurement policy
— Social Mobilization Policy
Board of Governors
Saibaan overall management is attached with a 9 member’s board of governors having 25% women participation. As per memorandum of associations board need to meet bi-annually but for the last 3 years board meetings are being held after each 3 months.
Saibaan board consists on highly professional and experienced personalities from different fields.
Following is the brief introduction of the board of governors.
Professor Muhammad Hafeez Khan (Chairman), by profession he is an educationist and one of the founding member of Saibaan. Hafeez Khan has been Assistant Professor of English literature. He is also member of the senate of Hazara University, Mansehra. Beside other obligations he is also Chief Executive Officer of Jixoft(computer software company). Currently, he is working as chairman of Saibaan BoG. He has been director of Rotary Club International, member of Environmental Protection Society and member of Hazara Science Religion Dialogue.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Khan (Vice Chairman), is a doctor by profession, having MBBS and MPH degrees. Dr. Ali has served Saibaan as Chairman Board of Governors for almost 3 years. Currently serving one of the UN agencies as Health expert, Dr. Ali has been a member of Environment Protection Society and Director of Rotary Club International. He is also member of different welfare organization and has vast experience of disaster management.
Mr. Ahmad Nawaz Khan, is working for TVO as Sr. Program Manager. He holds master degree in Business administration with over 20 years experience of development sector. He is one of the senior board members. He proved himself always, a pro active board member.
Mr. Mazhar Ali Khan is working in Afghan Development Association as Director Planning. He is one of the founding members of Saibaan. Hold M.Sc (Honors) in Agriculture and MBA-IT degrees. Mazhar Ali Khan has over 10 years experience of development sector.
Mr. Muhammad Akhtar Naeem. He is working journalist and also Senior Vice President of Union of Journalist. A social worker, poet and a former. Akhtar Naeem is hold bachelor degree in arts. He knows almost a dozen foreign languages as he has traveled and remained in many countries of Asia and Europe. He has participated in almost all board meetings.
Mr. Khurram Ehtesham is working for Plan International Pakistan. He is also one of the founding members of Saibaan. Mr. Khurram holds Master Degree in Botany. He has over 10 years experience working with different development organizations. He has been a director of Rotaract Club, Rotary Club International and a member of Environmental Protection society.
Mrs. Fozia Anjum. She holds Master degrees in English Literature, International Relations and Education. Fozia is serving Saibaan BoG for the last 5 years. She has been an educationist by profession then joined development sector for the last 4 years. She is a good master trainer. She has served many international organizations (Mercy Corps, World Vision, Acted etc) in different managerial levels. Currently, she is working as consultant in HR development.
Miss. Nabia Farah is working in (CRS), having comprehensive experience of development sector. She holds Master Degree.
Mr. Kashan Ali Khan. He is one of the founding board member. Kashan Hold bachelor Degree in Computer Science. He has been serving Save the Children UK, Oxfam GB in Bangladesh. Currently he is CEO of a corporate firm.
Saibaan management consists of highly devoted, experienced, enthusiastic and professional individuals. For the last three years they have put Saibaan from a small CBO to a reputable NGO. Due to their sincere and sustainable efforts Saibaan has achieved many marvelous successes.
Sahibzada Jawad Alfaizi (Executive Director/CEO) holds master degree in management with record breaking marks in the history of University of Peshawar. He also holds honors degree in commerce and bachelor degree in Law from same university. He is also a professional lawyer enrolled in High Court of Pakistan. Before resuming his office as CEO he served Saibaan as founding Chairman of BoG for 2 years.
Sahibzada Jawad has done many professional courses in Pakistan and abroad. He is member of different national and international organizations. Mr. Jawad is also member of the board of trustees and board of governors of different educational institutions/ organizations. He has experience of over 20 years with different corporate and development organization of management and finance.
Mr Zeeshan Ahmed (Manager Admin and Finance). Mr. Zeeshan has a enormous experience of administration and finance including HR with different multinational and national organization. He holds honors degree in commerce.
Mr. Zahoor Ahmed (Program Manager Planning and Development). Mr Zahoor possess master degree in English Literature and currently responsible for research and program design in Saibaan. He is associated with Saibaan for the last 6 years.
Mr. Arif Hussain (Manager Research Monitoring and Evaluation) hold M.Sc Honors in agriculture and working in M&E section of Saibaan for the last 6 years.
Miss. Khadija Nadeem (Manager Projects Policy/Advocacy). Having master degree in political science along has done graduation in law from university of Peshawar. She has more then 8 years vast experience of social activism with focusing Right Based approach and facilitated/supported different CBOs, partners working at grass root communities, NGOs/INGOs for conducting various Human Rights based trainings. She worked 6 years with ActionAid Pakistan on various positions She also served as a member of district council for 4 years and remained active member of different district level committees She is also an active member of different district and provincial networks and alliances e.g. Gender Task Force, GRRN, Provincial network for women Empowerment etc. she is nominated as a member of management committee from ministry of women development for providing strategic guidance/support to Women Crisis Center Abbottabad.    
Mr. Shahab-u-Din (Project Manager). Having more then 25 years vast experience of social services and served in different organizations at different positions. He contributed in developmental activities keeping in view his in-depth understandings of right based philosophy.
Mr. Sultan Hameed (Manager Livelihoods). Sultan Hameed is a senior team member. He has a vast experience of working with AKRSP in Northern Areas with special focus to institutional development. He poses master degree from University of Karachi and degree from a reputable institution in Canada. Mr. Sultan is managing livelihood projects in Saibaan. Mr. Sultan Hameed has over all 22 years experience of working with AKRSP and other AKDN institutions.
Mrs. Naila jalil (Gender Analyst) holds master degree in English and leading gender section of Saibaan. She is leading Saibaan gender section for the last 4 years.
Miss. Sadia Ijaz (Human rights and advocacy) Miss Sadia Ijaz holds master degree as well as she has done her graduation in law. sadia has a vast experience of working  in social sector. Currently she is working as a Coordinator Human Rights and Advocacy with SAIBAAN.
Strategic Plan
Saibaan has been making a lot of efforts towards gathering real ground information in the form of its own baseline surveys, field reports and annual reports of various organizations. Based on the gathered information Saibaan holds its strategic planning exercise with active participation of all staff with help of DEVCON, an Islamabad based resource organization, which facilitate the entire process.
Keeping in mind our strategic planning we are working through people centered advocacy-organizing and building the capacity of marginalized people especially women and girls so that they are able to take charge of their lives and act to claim their rights. We are working with and support organizations and networks on achieving our “Right Based agenda” to come together with their different knowledge, experience, perspectives and resources in order to achieve commonly agreed objectives. We are working to advocate strongly with media, policy makers and parliamentarians on the rights of deprived communities. We are following the rights of women enshrined in international and regional human rights covenants and declarations to which governments have already committed themselves and also to get them sign and ratify that promote women’s rights.
Saibaan strategic plan mainly focuses on Gender, Livelihood, Health including WATSAN and education, disaster management and Climate Change are being addressed as cross cutting
Our values
  • MUTUAL RESPECT, requiring us to proper regard for the dignity of person or position to recognize the innate worth of all people and the value of diversity.
      TRANSPARENCR AND ACCOUNTABILITY, being full member of HAP-1 requires us to comply with the HAP Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management, providing assurance to disaster survivors, staff, volunteers, host authorities and donors that the agency will deliver the best humanitarian service possible in each situation in transparent and accountable way.
  • EQUITY AND JUSTICE, being followers of right based approach of development it requires to work for ensuring justice to all, irrespective of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, HIV status, , class, , disability, ethnicity, location and religion
  • COURAGE OF CONVICTION, for ensuring innovation and creativities without fear of failure, comply us to be more bold and radical to do something different for the deprived segment of our society.
  • HONESTY, for the effectiveness of our actions it requires to be honest; probity; fairness and straightforwardness of our conduct, speech, etc
  • SOLIDARITY WITH MOST MARGINALIZED, excluded and most vulnerable will be the only bias in our commitment to the fight against discriminations.
  •  HUMILITY it requires to be humble; humbleness in spirit and deportment in our expressions, attitudes and behaviors, recognizing that we are part of a wider alliance against rights discrimination.
Net works and linkages:
  1. Pakistan Environment Club
Saibaan is currently serving as a secretariat of nation wide network of professionals and organization (PEC) it was established in 2009.
Saibaan has held many capacity building workshops at national level, community level and in many Institutions.
  1. HRDN City Chapter Hazara Secretariat
Human Resource Development network is a reputable international Network of development and HR professional. Saibaan is a member of it since 2008 and currently working as secretariat of HRDN city Chapter Hazara.
  1. Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN)
With financial support of Save the children Sweden, Saibaan has established a network of INGOs and NGOs in Mansehra and named it CRAN- Child rights Advocacy Network. Every year a situational analysis of child right is done. On the basis on the findings CRAN do advocacy on the issues find out in the situation analysis.
  1. TVO
Trust for Volunteer Organization is a national donor organization. From each tehsil all over the Pakistan they have picked a reputable organization. Saibaan is an active member of TVO tehsil network and host many meeting since after 2002.
Certification and Memberships:
Hap-I full membership:
Saibaan has become the 42 full member of HAP international ( Established in 2003, HAP International is the humanitarian sector's first international self-regulatory body. Members of HAP are committed to meeting the highest standards of accountability and quality management. In addition, HAP certifies those members that comply with the HAP Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management, providing assurance to disaster survivors, staff, volunteers, host authorities and donors that the agency will deliver the best humanitarian service possible in each situation.
Saibaan is the 2nd local NGO in Pakistan and 5th in the world who has been given full membership of HAP-I.
Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) Certification:
The Certification Programme of PCP seeks to bring transparency, accountability and good governance in the nonprofits sector in Pakistan. The first initiative of its kind in South Asia; it involves the evaluation of a nonprofits organisation on standardised parameters of internal governance, financial management and programme delivery.

This voluntary assessment aims to enhance the NPOs' credibility and resultantly their access to funding. Through the allied activities of this programme, PCP promotes certified NPOs in an annual directory and on its website and also builds capacities of nonprofits organisations for improved effectiveness.

Saibaan is certified by PCP on the basis of their evaluation.
Geographical Coverage
After the fatal earthquake of 2005, Saibaan extended its working area from district Mansehra to NWFP level implementing different projects in other districts also. In 2010 Saibaan entered into partnership with UN Habitat for implementing WATSAN project with focus on gender mainstreaming in Muzafarabad, AJK. Currently Saibaan geographical coverage is as follow:
North West Frontier province (NWFP)
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
Partners in Development
— Local government
— Oxfam Novib
— Oxfam Germany
— Oxfam US
— Oxfam Canada
— Action Aid
— Save the Children Sweden
— UN Habitat
— Concern world wide
— The Trafegura Foundation
Projects detail
  • Wash Project in Flood Affected areas of Kohistan (Continue)
  • Early recovery of flood affected communities of Palas valley ( Continue)
  • Early Recovery of flood affected communities of Dubair
  • Emergency Response to Flood Affected Communities of Kohistan ( Finished)
  • Livelihood Improvement of the Communities of Kounch and Siran valleys (HOPE)
  • Communication for Effective Social Service Delivery (CESSD)
  • Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN)
  • Youth Friendly Centers Project
  • Peace development Project
  • Community Based Livelihoods Recovery Project (CBLRP)
  • Mansehra Irrigation Rehabilitation Project
  • Livelihood Improvement Via Empowerment (LIVE)
  • Women Friendly Spaces (Hunar Kada)
  • Youth Friendly Centers (YFC).
  • Gender Based Sustainable Livelihoods Improvement and Revival Projects
  • Ilm-o-Hunar Project.
  • Strengthening Women Participation in the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Earthquake Hit Areas
  • Education Advocacy- for enhancing girls education and provision of enabling environment.
  • Winterization Support project
  • Rehabilitation of earthquake depleted livelihood in Siran and Kounch valleys of district Mansehra
  • Shelter distribution funded by IOM
  • Earthquake relief project with CRS (catholic relief services) phase-ii
  • Earthquake relief project with CRS (catholic relief services) phase-i
  • Food for work and trainings with united nation world food Program (WFP)
  • Data collection of missing, unaccompanied and separated children in collaboration with UNICEF and TVO
  • Citizen campaign for women empowerment
  • Relief campaign Balakot in winter 2004-05
  • Data collection of spontaneous camps in district Mansehra in collaboration with IOM and TVO
  • Preventive health training project
  • Skill development for BADP- SRSP beneficiaries in Mansehra
  • Saibaan woodwork industrial home, Mansehra (2002-03) funded by TVO
  • Municipal library project (2000-01)
Achievements against thematic areas
Social Mobilization and Organization
 From the very beginning Social Mobilization has been a central part of the development activities of SAIBAAN therefore; it is a cross-cutting theme for all projects, as we are fully convinced that without community participation the real essence of development can not be achieved from the project activities. The women and men Village Development Organizations of an area act as the primary development vehicles to take up the development initiatives. During the activation of these institutions SAIBAAN plays a bridging role between these grassroots level organizations and service providers (Govt and other development organizations) and time-to-time design different programs for the capacity buildings of these community institutions by organizing different trainings and exposure visits so that these institutions are capable enough to take charge of development initiatives on sustainable basis. 
Ten years of SAIBAAN in Mansehra District reflect a history of tremendous effort in fostering community participation in development process through these grassroots institutions. The community organizations over the years have been involving to respond to their changing needs and new environment for development in the region.
  • Established 57 men and 43 women Village Development Organizations (Total 100 VDOs) and strengthened by providing Leadership Management Skill Training (LMST), Community Management Skill Training (CMST), Citizen Community Board (CCB) and Office equipment.
  • Sixteen VDOs registered as CCBs with Social Welfare Department.
  • Now men and women VDOs have leadership role, bank account, own saving, constitution, offices and involved in developmental activities.
  • Women involved in productive role and decision making process
Livelihoods improvement is one of the main thematic areas of Saibaan development organization. In the post earthquake scenario, Saibaan played a leading role in rehabilitation and improvement of livelihoods of the marginalized communities. Saibaan implemented different Livelihoods projects in five union councils of district Mansehra. These projects were aimed to restore the livelihoods for the earthquake affected and most marginalized communities through improvement in agriculture, livestock, poultry, skill enhancement and infrastructure refurbishment. Mostly the projects were focused on four main sectors i.e. social mobilization, livestock revival, agriculture improvement, infrastructure improvement and health and hygiene. The overall objective of the livelihood program has been to rehabilitate livelihood and enhance the capacities of the vulnerable and neglected communities through different incentives, trainings, social organization & mobilization so that they become self sustainable. The formation of village development organizations and registration with social welfare department as citizen community boards is a concrete step toward the sustainable development of these vulnerable and most marginalized communities. This would enable these committees to generate their own sources of sustainability.
Saibaan also implemented innovative gender based sustainable livelihood improvement and revival projects in two union councils of district Mansehra. These projects were focused on the most vulnerable and poor target house holds to bring improvement in their lives. The main objectives are that the women in the target communities have enhanced their management capacities to operate their groups in an efficient and sustainable manner and targeted communities are actively managing their business to contribute in their family income. The detailed household plans were chalked out with each household identifying the roles and responsibilities of each household member to improve household condition in addition to the external support provided by Saibaan Development Organization
Agriculture Rehabilitation
  • Trainings organized for women on kitchen gardening
  • Agriculture Extension Workers (AEWs) trained
  • Field terraced
  • Irrigation channels repaired/constructed
  • Provision of improved seeds, fertilizers and toolkit
  • Demonstrations plots
  • Linkages developed with GLAs
  • Construction of the small irrigation channels in the target areas.
Livestock and poultry development
  • Restocking of livestock and poultry
  • Livestock Extension Workers (LEWs) trained-18
  • Poultry Extension Workers (PEWs) trained-18
  • Livestock Management Sessions
  • Poultry Management Sessions
  • Bird flu sessions
  • Vaccinations campaigns both for livestock and poultry development
  • Linkages developed with government line agencies
Skill development
  • Trained community members as plumbers
  • Electrician trainings for potential community members
  • Mason trainings
  • Carpenters trainings
  • Driving trainings for boys
  • Furniture making trainings
  • Zari work trainings for women
  • Tailoring trainings
  • Provision of tool kits to trainees in different trades.
Health & Hygiene
  • TBAs trained and linkages developed (60 TBAs)
  • First Aid trainings organized for community members
  • Awareness-raising (Hygiene promotion, basic information on Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis)
  • Medical camps
  • IEC material development
  • Initiation of a dispensary in one village on pilot basis
  • Reproductive health & FP
Education is also one of the main thematic areas of SAIBAAN strategic plan. SAIBAAN, from the day one, is committed to achieving excellence by continuous improvement of its projects, services and processes. Offering a support to education by involving the communities which is perhaps the most important factor in creating a successful future for generations that will have to cope with a rapidly changing environment SAIBAAN focuses on formal education, non-formal primary, adult education, gaps in education and advocacy campaign. Opportunities are explored with the government run schools to strengthen their capacity, outreach and increase their enrolment rate. Community centers are set up to deal with education, health issues, skills and enterprise development. SAIBAAN played a vital role in the construction or speed up the construction of schools in the Earthquake affected areas. In collaboration with different funding agencies SAIBAAN effectively addressed the challenges faced in education sector especially in district Mansehra. In the post earthquake scenario education sector has been the most affected with maximum schools damaged or later on demolished by government/ education department with a purpose to be reconstructed by ERRA. The slow construction process caused huge problems for the school children. SAIBAAN, to address these issues developed a close liaison with the concerned departments to speed up the process.
A full fledged advocacy project was implemented in district Mansehra with the financial and technical assistance of Oxfam Novib (back door funding by Oxfam Canada). It has been a joint venture of Saibaan Development Organization (Dist Mansehra), Kwando Kor, Sungi (Dist. Mansehra & Battagram) NRSP ( Dist. Muzafarabad). The project objective were to improve physical facilities of existing damaged Primary girls’ schools in EQ area by providing an enabling Environment and learning facilities in these schools by the year 2009 through Advocacy. In addition to the formal education, SAIBAAN gave due attention to the non formal education in the target areas for both women and men communities. In collaboration with NCHD, SAIBAAN established adult literacy schools in target areas benefiting maximum population of the villages. The non formal education classes are also being arranged for girls and boys youth in different union councils of district Mansehra. With the support of UNFPA, SAIBAAN has established youth friendly centers in different villages of five union councils in district Mansehra where non formal education and life skills based education classes are being arranged for both girls and boys. Youths groups and advocacy groups are also in place to create pressure groups for advocating education and other youth related issues. Some of the main achievements of SAIBAAN in education sector are given below:
  • Launched awareness-raising campaigns together with other partners to increase enrolment of girls at primary level
  • Revitalize/strengthen Parents Teacher Councils(PTCs)
  • Capacity building of parents teacher councils
  • Linkages of community members with stakeholders that include Education department, DRU, representatives of local government and other actors
  • Messages and awareness-raising radio programmes aired through FM Radio
  • IEC material developed and distributed
  • District level seminars and workshops organized
  • Adult-Literacy schools established in 2 villages with support provided from Literacy for All (LFA)
  • Life skills based education
  • Non formal basic education (NFBE)
  • Arranged seminars/ functions in educational institutes to highlight the issue and challenges faced
  • Preparation of school improvement plans
  • Psycho-social support to the students in earthquake hit areas
  • Arrange tournaments and games and debate competitions of schools to get students involved in healthy activities
  • Provision of books and copies to the students in target schools
Since 2005, WATSAN has been one of the main thematic areas of Saibaan. To address the water and sanitation needs of the communities, Saibaan initiated several WATSAN related interventions in earthquake hit areas of Siran and Konch valleys of District Mansehra. In addition to the provision of shelters, Saibaan provided hundreds of latrines and technical support for the proper installation of these latrines. Since 2005, Saibaan has been continuously involved in WASH related activities in District Mansehra. The damaged water supply schemes in various target villages repaired, new small scale water supply schemes completed and water tanks also constructed for the proper and hygienically safe storage of water. The installation of hand pumps in areas where scarcity of water did not allow the installation of water supply schemes is another area Saibaan has excelled in during the past years.
For the last 5 years Saibaan has been involved in executing wash related projects and interventions in different target communities including both hard and soft components. In target villages of five UCs (Sum, Bhugarrmang, Chattar, Hilkot and Hungrai) of district Mansehra, Saibaan has constructed water tanks, water tapes, repaired drinking water supply schemes and where needed separate water ponds were also constructed.
 In addition to the successful completion of several WATSAN related initiatives/projects, Saibaan is currently implementing two full fledged WASH related projects in District Mansehra and district Muzafarabad. UN Habitat funded women Led Total Sanitation Project (WLTS) is being implemented by Saibaan in Muzafarabad, AJK. Training and capacity building is carried out at all levels. Within communities, men’s and women’s capacities for community development models, including administrative and financial management, leadership and facilitation skills, as well as technical knowledge of water systems, sanitation technologies etc is being enhanced. All children - including school going and drop outs – are focused to be sensitized on gender equality issues, the critical role of gender in water resources management, and the positive impact that this approach can have on their lives. Community members’ capacity to contribute to water supply and sanitation services – designing, constructing and managing systems – is also enhanced.
The Communication for Effective Social Service Delivery (CESSD) Project is funded by CIDA to improve the quality of basic social services in Pakistan and to increase practical access to and use of these services, especially for women and girls. The purpose of the Project is to improve the effectiveness of social service delivery by improving public awareness and fostering behavioral change and, in the process, strengthening capacity of communities and service providers for social communication, community education and community mobilization.
 The Project focuses on assisting the Government line agencies, within the framework of its devolution process, in strengthening social services delivery at the community level. In its strategy, the Project employs social communications and community participation methodologies.
  • Installation/repairing of Water Supply Schemes
  • Construction of water storage tanks
  • Installation of latrines
  • Hygiene promotion
Physical Infrastructure
  • Link roads repaired/constructed
  • Walking tracks
  • Irrigation channels repaired/constructed
  • Retaining walls constructed
  • Field terracing
  • Water Tanks constructed
  • Women Friendly Halls constructed
  • Ponds for watering animals constructed
  • Drinking water wells repaired
Gender and women empowerment
Saibaan is a gender focused organization determined to ensure gender mainstreaming in its all programs. From very beginning Saibaan is dedicated to support vulnerable women along with other discriminated groups of society. Saibaan works for benefiting and providing support to the women through different initiatives. Saibaan vision is that its communities are prospering in a clean environment with healthy, educated and gender balanced families. Saibaan not only works for sustainable livelihood, better health initiatives and education but also want a society with clear environment and gender sensitization. The society which respects women, recognize their work and men are supportive to women. Saibaan works not only for change in condition of vulnerable groups but also in position. 
Saibaan working areas are mostly the men dominant communities where women are seldom allowed to step out of the four wall of the house and participate in different developmental activities. Even within the house their involvement in decision making is restricted to the least degree. Saibaan, during the past five years, have initiated different women empowerment projects resulting in a considerable change in communities’ attitude towards women. Even women themselves did not realize what their roles and responsibilities are in addition to the reproductive role. Women friendly halls have been constructed to provide a safe and secure venue to the community women to sit together, discuss and share women related issues and participate in different capacity building programmes organized in these halls. Women involvement in decision making at village level has considerably increased after Saibaan interventions in these areas. Men now acknowledge the basic rights of women by allowing them to participate in village level initiatives.
— Formulation of Gender Policy keeping in line with the objectives set in MDGs
— Implementation of policy at three level i.e. individual, organizational and at community level
— Gender is cut across in all Saibaan interventions
— Awareness rising on basic human rights.
— Provision of safe and secure venue to women in form of women friendly halls.
— Exposure visits of community women to other parts of the country.
Disaster Management (DM)
Disaster risk reduction and disaster management have been the cross cutting themes in Saibaan programmes. Keeping in line with the communities’ needs to be capacitated enough to face any future disasters. Comprehensive disaster risk reduction trainings have been provided to the communities to mitigate the effects of any possible future disasters. Community action plans have been developed to be followed during the disasters with assigned roles and responsibilities. Disaster management committees are also in place in all the target areas with defined roles. These committees have been provided with refresher trainings to further enhance their capacities in disaster risk reduction. These communities are also provided with disaster risk reduction kits to better cope with any disastrous situation. The involvement of women has also been ensured in these trainings and separate kits have been provided to women disaster risk reduction committees.
— Formation of Disaster Management Committees (DMCs)
— Comprehensive DRR training for the DMCs
— Provision of Rescue Kits
— DRR is cut across in all our interventions
— Land terracing
— Widening /repairing of walking tracks
— Early warning systems
Peace Development
In the current scenario when our society is in dire need to be made aware and sensitized about their roles and responsibilities towards peace, Saibaan took this unique initiative to promote peace in the society. In partnership with Action Aid Saibaan is currently implementing the peace development project in 4 districts (Mansehra, Battagram, Abbottabad, Haripur). The project is aimed to create awareness among the people especially youth about peace with relation to Islam. All the sects of people are ensured to participate in different seminars, dialogues and workshops arranged in all the four districts. The religious leaders, politicians, journalists, community influential, students, advocates etc are the main stakeholders of the project
— Dialogues with stakeholders to define the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder to develop and maintain peace in the society
— Workshops of Journalists to define the roles and responsibilities of print and electronic media.
— Organized debate competitions among the students of degree colleges of Mansehra, Haripur, Abbottabad and Battagram.
— Peace development forums at regional and district level
Child Rights
Saibaan is working as the secretariat of Child Rights Advocacy network (CRAN) to make collective efforts for improving child rights situation in district Mansehra. Most of the organizations working in district Mansehra (both INGOs and NGOs) are the member of this network. Saibaan is currently working as the secretariat of the child rights advocacy network. Almost all the organizations working in district Mansehra with specific focus on child rights are the member of this network. From the platform of Saibaan, being the secretariat of CRAN, a comprehensive child rights analysis has been conducted in district Mansehra with active involvement and support of other member organizations. For the analysis and report developing the services of a reputed firm based in Islamabad has been hired. On the basis of the findings of the analysis the action plan for the future will be chalked out.
— Organized awareness workshops for Child rights advocacy Network (CRAN) members on Child Right and Child Protection
— Organized advocacy events
— Child Right situational analysis in district Mansehra
— Collection and analyze the data
— Development of a report on child rights situation in district Mansehra.


Manshera 22010 Manshera
Contact Person: 
Masood saeed Anwar
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