Balochistan Youth Against Corona: A community support system in Pakistan
Balochistan Youth Against Corona
An initiative of the Global Shapers Karachi and youth volunteers from Balochistan
The dramatic rise of COVID-19 has disrupted lives across the world and Pakistan is no exception. UNDP ranks Pakistan at 152 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index, making its population one of the more vulnerable in terms of coping with the crisis. We are witnessing job losses, loss of daily wages, paucity of medical care affordability among others. These factors put people at the bottom of the pyramid most vulnerable.
Why Balochistan? While this holds true for majority of Pakistan’s 200 million population, there are still some segments of this population who are the most vulnerable even within this strata. Balochistan is the South-Western province of Pakistan which covers almost half of Pakistan’s land area bordering Iran and Afghanistan.According to the UNDP's latest report on Balochistan, “…human development indicators in the province have long been the worst in the country. 71 percent of the people in the province live in multi- dimensional poverty. Hence, much attention has not been paid to the development of the province.” This implies that every 7 in 10 families in the province is living in poverty. Similarly, the National Human Development Report, it ranks 31 out of 32 districts of Balochistan amongst the worst areas in terms of access to education, healthy life and standard of living. Making the matters worse, the province has a rigid terrain which makes it difficult for aid organizations go into the far flung villages and settlements.
We have formed Balochistan Youth Against Corona (BYAC) with Mr. Sikander Bizenjo (our incoming curator at Karachi Hub) as the co-founder of the group along with Ms Banari. Their core team includes Yasir, Khalid and Rimsha. The group has so far served monthly rations to over 1200 + families in over 22 towns of Balochistan with the aim to reach 10,000 families. In addition, 140 protective gears, including personal protective equipment (PPE), N95 masks and face shields have been provided to doctors in Quetta.
Our Goals: Our main goal is to provide food rations to families in Balochistan who have no means to provide for their family’s food needs and to provide 1000+ healthcare workers with protective gear and face shields during this unprecedented global crisis. However, with the expansion of network and pool of resources, we also aim to: Conduct COVID-19 awareness drives; Provide basic disaster mental health education especially aiming to address the effects of quarantine; Create a network of relief organizations in the areas of our operation for better disaster preparedness and response; Conduct a study to prepare guidelines for volunteer groups, students and citizens to organize ad-hoc relief activities in remote areas to respond to disasters; Work with the local communities for disaster preparedness.
The project is monitored and evaluated against the following: To what extend does the problem exists and who is it affecting the most? What are the outputs, the immediate results of activities? What are the short-term social changes (outcomes) and long-term results of our activities? To what extend are the outcomes result of our activities?
Data from Phase 1:
Families served with monthly ration bags (for 4 family members)= 1247
Districts that have been served at least once= 14
Towns served (35 families served in each town at least) = 22
Protective equipment provided to doctors = 140
Protective equipment provided to doctors working specifically with Covid19 positive patients = 70
Protective equipment provided to doctors in general = 70
Data to be collected in Phase 2 (Ongoing)
Average number of family members per household (district as well as area wise)
Average basic income of families
Have they been directly affecting by Covid19? Yes/No
On average, how many families have received any kind of assistance/aid from the government departments? Specifically in terms of aid in essential food items
Please send your donations to the following bank account or via PayPal (http://paypal.com/pools/c/8nTsy7rs5E)
Our team firmly believes in all kinds of partnerships and collaborations. You can help us arrange virtual fundraisers or meetings, find supplier discounts, assist in ration bags delivery and transportation, connect with more donors or volunteers and become our ambassador. We can always explore and find ways to work together; for us this is a teamwork for a cause.
Point of contact:
Sikander Bizenjo (Co-founder BYAC and incoming curator Karachi Hub of Global Shapers)