Health and Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) was founded by Prof.A.G.Billoo in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 34 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organization with integrated development model and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 34 offices across the country and has access to more than 16.2 million people, nearly 24,275 villages / settlement. HANDS strength is 18 volunteer Board Members, and thousands of community based volunteers of over 5200 partner organizations.
Health And Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) International, also known as HANDS or HANDS International is a registered NGO with Company House and CIO Cahrity Commission of England and Wales. HANDS vision is Healthy, Educated, Prosperous and Equitable Society / Communities. HANDS is working in social sector to develop the communities to meet the challenges of 21st century. Its mission is "to provide basic health services, primary education, income generation opportunities, gender equality, and development of institutions to empower the underprivileged communities".
HANDS International is working since 1979 with key programs in health, education, poverty alleviation, Disaster Management and cross cutting programs of Social Mobilization & Advocacy, Gender Development, Human Resource & Institutional Development, Information & Communication, Monitoring Evaluation & Research, Resource Mobilization and Social Marketing.
Human and Institutional Development
HANDS is committed to its mission regarding the Human and Institutional Development. The process is continued and included as a cross cutting theme through HANDS ICD in all programs and projects in last year., The program focused on enhancing organizational program & project, management skills and in addition service delivery skills in various fields extending from health, education, poverty alleviation to gender & development. HR & ID Program helps HANDS to intervene for achieving all MDGs targets. These trainings have also been offered to public and private sectors.
HANDS HR & ID offers following specialized services to public and private partners
• The training need assessment
• Training design and curriculum development
• Capacity Building of trainers
• Development of training manuals
• Training of trainers
• Training appraisals and evaluations
• Human Resource Management
• Institutional Building
HANDS Health Program offers several tested strategies, which contribute in MDG 4 Reduce child mortality and MDG 5 to improve maternal health, MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (Hepatitis) in addition to other MDGs.
Education & Literacy
HANDS Education and Literacy Promotion Program (HELP) works on several strategies and ensures provision of different services to address MDG1 i.e. to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, MDG2 to achieve universal primary education and MDG 3 to promote gender equality and empower women.
HANDS Education and Literacy Promotion Program improves the literacy status of poor, marginalized children and adults through formal and non formal education both in private and public sectors through following specialized strategies.
Gender And Development (GAD) Program of HANDS developed different strategies to contribute and achieve Millennium Development Goals MDG1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, MDG3 to promote gender equality and empower women, & MDG7 to ensure environmental sustainability.
HANDS GAD is a cross cutting program of the organization. It implements gender policies and monitors it in all the projects and the programs of the organization operational in 17 districts of Sindh. HANDS GAD program has benefitted 92401 members of 7731 community organizations, 260 village based women entrepreneurs (Sughars), 447 HANDS Technical Training Center (HTTC) trainees, 4574 school management committees members, 350 MARVI workers, 172 LHWs and 350 TBAs.
Disaster Management Program
HANDS is one of the largest not for profit organization of country and having strong roots and work in all districts of Sindh & Baluchistan. HANDS working in Karachi Rural, Thatta, Badin, Matiari, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jacobabad, Sukkur, Umerkot, Shikarpur, Shahdadkot, Ghotki, Larkana, Kashmore, Jaferabad and Quetta since many years and has its regional offices at all places. HANDS has more than 1000 staff and about 100,000 volunteers available.
HANDS has extensive experience of working for emergency response in many times in history like Badin Cyclone, Kashmeer earthquake, floods in many districts of Sindh etc. Like its previous extensive experience to work in emergency response and relief, HANDS also mobilized its all possible resources, HR, Financial resources, to help communities of these areas at this very hard time.
Monitoring,Evaluation & Research
HANDS is proud to possess a strong monitoring and evaluation system, which not only enables it to meet its program objectives successfully but also to ensure facilitation to other public and private institutions in the area of MER.
Millennium Development Goals are addressed through different projects of the organization and the MER unit through the development of LFAs. It ensures the inclusion of monitoring indicators to assess the progress and achievements of the projects against the MDGs. The indicators are set against the national targets and timelines to keep track of national development. Following are the key researches carried out by ME&R Program during last year for public and private institutions.
Information & Communication
HANDS Information & Communication Resource Program was established in 1997 to communicate with the people through its publications, media and website. It disseminates the information of HANDS’ different activities in sectors HANDS is working. The program works as cross cutting theme and intervenes in all the programs and projects wherever it is required.
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