Overview Community Uplift

UOL Relief Trust launched special projects to uplift the standard of life. Some of our projects include Water supply (irrigation and drinking), education support (tent schools, community schools, outreach), health care (camps, units), housing (emergency shelter, family units, permanent houses, earthquake resistant housing) and infrastructure (bridge construction, water channels).

Success Project

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) 2009

The 2009 refugee crisis in Pakistan was the massive displacement of civilians in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan that was caused by Operation Black Thunderstorm.
Since the beginning of Operation Black Thunderstorm against the Taliban, over 1.2 million people have been displaced in across Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, joined by a further 555,000 Pakistanis uprooted by fighting since August 2008. The refugees are known in Pakistan as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Most of the 1.2 million people who have escaped the violence were staying with relatives or friends, placing tremendous strain on the country, while over 300,000 others are seeking refuge in UNHCR-supported camps.

By August 22, 1.6 million of 2.2 million returned home, as per UN estimates.

Gas Bala, Diamir 2010-2011

These villages are also located near Chillas. It is a low-lying area. The winter is not as severe as in Tatu.

UOL Relief constructed 107 houses at Gas Bala & Shina Nalla. The houses were built with wood and stone. According to the weather conditions and requirement of the area the wood was used as supports for stone in making the walls. This also works as ‘shocks’ during earthquakes to reduce destruction and death. The main difficulty that was faced during construction projects is the movement of wood. By law the wood cannot be moved or transported without prior permission from the DCO or the relevant authority in the area. However, UOL Relief has been successful in this after very hard work.

TATTU BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION 2011

At the foothills of the mighty Nanga Parbat, lies a small village, Tattu. It has a significant location for tourists as it is the starting point of the trek to one of Pakistan’s most beautiful and popular tourist attraction: Fairy Meadows.

Founders of UOL Relief had been visiting Fairy Meadows for trekking purposes when they observed that the bridge used by tourists was rickety and would often get damaged due to landslides and floods. Locals would use whatever material at hand such as rocks and tree trunks to reconstruct it. But each time the bridge would collapse. As a result tourists would go back or discourage others from trekking, which further affected the locals who depend upon tourism for their livelihood.

Hence, the team decided to build a proper bridge to facilitate both the tourists and the locals who serve as guides and porters for aspiring adventurers. The bridge was designed and built successfully in 2011.

Reconstruction Houses 2011

In 2011, where the country did not face any national catastrophe, UOL Relief while working in the area saw a tragedy unfold. Overnight an artificial dam formed on the river at Talis near Khaplu; and it started to swell up. Local youth stood near the dam keeping an eye on the flow.

As it burst they started raising alarm on bugles which alerted the people of the village. Unfortunately two of the deaf inhabitants of the village lost their life but generally there was no other loss of life. With almost all of the houses lost in this mud flood, UOL Relief took upon herself the responsibility to construct over 40+ houses beside giving them cooking utensils and other basic necessities of life.

PROVIDING WATER TO THE UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES

Water is a basic human necessity all around the world. Yet, a number of people have limited access to it, or access is taken away due to natural calamities. Sometimes inadequate water supply systems and absence of water channels make life a challenge, especially in remote mountainous regions of Pakistan.

The aftermath of the floods in 2010 resulted in various problems related to water supply systems in a lot of villages across, South Punjab, KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan. UOL Relief ensured during that time, that less privileged communities be facilitated with clean and safe water for both domestic usage and for agricultural purposes. A number of projects undertaken at the time were executed and completed successfully with the help of volunteers and community mobilizers.

When UOL Relief’s team of volunteers visited the small valley of Thallay, 120km away from Skardu, it was observed that the water channels for irrigation had been demolished due to the heavy flooding, cutting off the water supply to the agricultural fields and apricot gardens of local farmers. They were reconstructed along with houses in time for the next season and provided much relief to the farmers who had already lost their homes to the floods.

Since most of the locals in and around Skardu are farmers and heavily rely on their produce for a living, proper water channels are a necessity. An absence of such a facility was observed to be missing from another village in Skardu named Goma Burdas. 2 water channels were therefore constructed for irrigation purposes in the area.

Similarly, heavy flooding caused severe damage to water pipes for agricultural and domestic use in Neyaat, Chilas and Jeep-Stop, Chilas. UOL Relief laid down the PVC pipes for water transportation in these two areas. In Neyaat and Tattu, water mills were also damaged due to the flash floods hence the organization took up the task to fully renovate and restore the mills.

During the emergency relief efforts in Charsadda, KPK, it was observed that people had no access to clean water. There were no wells or hand pumps. For the convenience of the people, hand pumps and water filtration plants were installed in the area. Similar efforts were made in Rajanpur, South Punjab, where humans and animals were seen to be using the same water source for their everyday activities, leading them to suffer from various diseases and health issues.