Village Volunteers Take Charge
01 Oct, 2011
The IKF Village Volunteer Teams in the Districts of Ghotki, Khairpur and Dadu have been instrumental in distributing relief to approximately 3,000 households, or 24,000 people. While the flood waters continue to recede at a rapid pace in these northern parts of Sindh, the scale of the humanitarian crisis remains substantial. However, the good news is that in these 3 districts, it is likely that the vast majority of agricultural land will be ready for the Rabi crop.
Our volunteer teams have almost unanimously advised us that “wheat” is the crop of choice. Moreover, given the IKF’s tremendous success with its wheat seed program last year, it is safe to say that in these 3 districts the IKF will be intervening to provide the requisite wheat seed to the farmers.
Central to the IKF philosophy is the empowerment of the local communities. To this end, the IKF appoints youthful village level volunteers that are given the responsibility of conducting assessments of potential beneficiaries and organizing the relief distributions in their own local communities. It is anticipated that by placing the responsibility of uplifting the quality of life in the villages on their own youth, a new sense of civic awareness and duty may be instilled at the local level.