Sunday, February 3, 2019

Its my Right make it Right

In collaboration with Pakistan Coliation for education Organized by Sustainable Development Org...

Economic Empowerment of Kashmiri Female



Title of the Project: “Economic Empowerment of Kashmiri Female Artisans through Skills Enhancement”

Objectives of the project:



To economically empower 160 female artisans from 06 villages of UCs Gojra and Chattar Domel, District Muzaffarabad through:
Mapping of female artisans in proposed area and development of database of local business entities related to handicrafts.
Enhancing skills of 100 artisans in Needle Work (Kashmiri Embroidery), 60 artisans’ in Aar Work (Gaba Sazi) through advance skill training
Training of 160 artisans in basics of Business Development and Management
Linking the artisans with various business entities, stake holders and arranging their participation in Lok Virsa Islamabad exhibition and visit to the handicraft markets in Islamabad.



Donor: U.S. Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP)

Identification and Enrollment of Trainees:

Beneficiaries will be identified from the developed data base/profiles of artisans. It will also be ensured at this stage that only one beneficiary is shortlisted per family/ household. The project team will identify artisans from the developed profiles, based on the following criteria;
18 years of age or older.
Possess basic skills among any of the 02 selected trades’ i.e. Needle Work (Kashmiri Embroidery) and Aar Work (Gaba Sazi) proposed in the project.
Must pass the preliminary skills assessment test (that will be conducted by trainers/experts) in the respective skill.
Permanent resident of the target area (village/UC).
Belong to a household with monthly family income not more than PKR 8,000.
Must be motivated and willing to attend 04 hours training daily during the training period.
Willing to take up demands/orders as and when given.
Widows, female headed households and disabled will be preferred as beneficiaries.
Having support of the male head of the family.



Targeted Beneficiaries
UCs No. of beneficiaries
Gojra 160
Chattar Domel


After verification, the shortlisted applicants will be called for skills assessment test and interview at vocational centers established under the project in each selected UC. Participants will be asked to bring their own material for basic test. Project Coordinator will be responsible to conduct the basic skills assessment and interview of candidates in 02 selected trades i.e. Needle Work (Kashmiri Embroidery) and Aar Work (Gaba Sazi). Based on the test and interview score, 100 participants will be selected for Needle Work and 60 participants will be selected for Aar Work.

Campaign 4 increase in Child Budget (JK Times)


Jammu and Kashmir time about us

Jammu and Kashmir reported about the child movement being run by sustainable development organization in the Azad Kashmir. CEO along with other representatives are talking about the problems and their solutions.

Campaign 4 increase in Child Budget (Tribune)


On March 02, 2013, Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) in Collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) and Oxfam GB organized a walk on Girls Education. Civil Society activists, Education Department managers,


 Press Club Members, Teachers, Students and Focal persons of SDO participated in this walk. The walk started for Girls Higher Secondary School Saheli Sarkar where the students were holding play cards and banners with slogans “It’s My right, Make it Right”, the walk ended at GHSS 
Saheli Sarkar where a program was organized to give awareness among community members, teachers and students regarding Girls Education. The president of Press Club Mr. Wahid Iqbal Butt was the Chief Guest of the Activity and community activists delivered different speeches on Importance of girls Education. In his Speech President of SDO Mr. Khurram Jamal Shahid said that Girls Education is a very important component which has been neglected many years especially in rural areas of Azad Kashmir. Education is the basic human right and females are deserving to observe same rights, but unfortunately our communities are mainly focusing on Male Education which is creating a negative impact on our society. We should give this basic right to girls and make them educated for a prosperous future our country. He thank Ms. Zehra Arshad, National Coordinator PCE and Pakistan Coalition for Education for supporting to access the quality education in Azad Kashmir.

Child Protest on WDA Child Labour



Azad Jammu & Kashmir government should legislate & enact the Bills for Child Protection in State of AJ&K to ensure the rights of Kashmiri Children.

Khurram Jamal Shahid, Coordinator CRM Kashmir

Muzaffarabad (Mubashar Naqvi)

Human rights are the basic standards that people need to live in dignity. In addition to the rights that are available to all people, there are special rights that apply only to children because of their unique needs. The constitution of Pakistan as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Pakistan, provide rights for children. These rights are related to education, freedom of expression, freedom of thought and protection from violence, exploitation, abuse and maltreatment etc.



In State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir still no any bill passed which may ensure the rights of the Kashmiri children. Due to no existence of the child rights related laws in Azad Jammu & Kashmir; the children are suffering with early & forced child marriages, child abuses, domestic and other type of child labour and no access to basic education, health and protection rights. Due to no existence of law in the state we have no way to protect the rights of the children nor we can go to any court. UNICEF has initiated a Child Protection Policy in 2010 with the collaboration of AJ&K Social Welfare & Women Development department (SW&WD) but till now it’s not legislated from the legislative Assembly. In this context Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) through its Forum of Child Rights Movement (CRM), Kashmir urged that AJ&K government should legislate / enact the Child Protection Bill to ensure the Rights of Kashmiri Children. Khurram Jamal Shahid, the CRM Kashmir Coordinator urged that AJK Government should also legislate “Child Marriage Prohibition Bill” and “Corporal Punishment Bill” like four provinces of Pakistan to stop the forced and early marriages, ban on child labour and Prohibition of corporal punishment in Azad Kashmir. Furthermore its need that Government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir should establish a separate department for Child Welfare & development so as to proper address the issues and bridging the gaps to promote the child rights.

Early Marriages (SadaeChinar)

Child rights are the fundamental rights of every child irrespective to religion cast, creed and ethnicity. The UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20th November 1989.

GAW 2014 (Subha-e-No)


On May 07, 2014, Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) in Collaboration with Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE) and Oxfam GB organized a walk on Global Campaign for Education 2014.

USAID Pakistan




“USAID/Pakistan has, in cooperation with the USAID Office of Inspector General, established the Anti-Fraud Hotline to provide an avenue for the reporting of fraud, waste, and abuse which may be associated with USAID funded projects in Pakistan. Complaints are handled with complete confidentiality and individuals are encouraged to report when corruption, fraud, waste or abuse may exist in the USAID/Pakistan projects. Reports can be filed anonymously via the easy-to-use Hotline (toll free number 0800 84700); e-mail at complaints@anti-fraudhotline.com; fax at 021-35390410; postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan; and on the website www.anti-fraudhotline.com.”

PCE Walk News (3)



Sustainable Development Organization (SDO) has arranged a Walk in Tehsil Authmuqam District Neelum on June 19, 2012 on Awareness in Transparency and Accountability in Education Budget. A large number of participants from Education Department, Civil Society, Teachers and students joined the seminar. The Walk has started from Girls High School Authmuqam. It continues to the main bazar of Authmuqam, while Mr. Zia Arif Chughtai (District Program Manger) NCHD and Mr. Jalaluddin (DDEO) have leaded the walk. At ending of walk Mr. Khurram Jamal Shahid (Chief Executive of SDO) has given briefing about the Walk’s background and Objectives. He insisted the educationist to get the budget copies every year and they should be well aware about the allocated budget for spending and its optimum utilization. He mentioned that mostly teachers and school heads don’t get the budget copies so the allocated un-sufficient budget is also lapsed. He has further discussed to make such strategy and mechanism which encourage the timely disbursement of funds. Further he mentioned that the Media persons from Neelum never tried to highlight the education issues, so they have to play their role. He further added that government should make budget based at the research and previous statistics. A coordination meeting is held after the walk for future collaboration of Education Department, NCHD and other stake holders to improve the education system, and bring the transparency in Education Budget through social accountability.

PCE Walk News (1)




AJK government should enact and implement Article 25-A of Right to free and compulsory education. Muzaffarabad

There are around 25 million children of the school going age not going to schools in Pakistan. Education has been made a fundamental right for children 5 to 16 years of age under Article 25 A of the Constitution of Pakistan. It has been two years gone since the introduction of Article 25-A in federal. Under the 18th amendment the provision of education is a provincial matter and responsibility for this function is set to be devolved to the provinces.

Child Rights Movement and its secretariat “Sustainable Development Organization” demands that AJ&K government and AJK Council should legislate for enactment and implementation the Article 25-A, “The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.” Furthermore Khurram Jamal Shahid the Coordinator of CRM Kashmir has demanded that the Education Policy should address the free and compulsory education for Kashmiri children.

Test post 4

Jammu and Kashmir time about us Jammu and Kashmir reported about the child movement being run by sustainable development organization in the Azad Kashmir.

Test Post 3

Jammu and Kashmir time about us Jammu and Kashmir reported about the child movement being run by sustainable development organization in the Azad Kashmir.

Test Post 2

Jammu and Kashmir time about us Jammu and Kashmir reported about the child movement being run by sustainable development organization in the Azad Kashmir.

Test Post 1

Jammu and Kashmir time about us Jammu and Kashmir reported about the child movement being run by sustainable development organization in the Azad Kashmir.