Programme & Projects

Approach & Capacity of SALBWS

The rural development programs of SALBWS have helped communities to form Community Organizations for Social Mobilization, Women Empowerment, Natural Resources Management, Community Physical Infrastructure, Human Resource Development, Enterprise Development, Social Sector Services (Health, HIV/AIDS, Education, Water and Sanitation) projects. SALBWS also works for reducing Domestic Violence against Women and for safeguarding Human Rights through capacity building and direct interventions.

In order to harness the potential through social support, SALBWS programs organize communities into multi-sector Community Organizations (COs), which are then used as a platform for planning and implementing various developmental activities in the above mentioned sectors by the community members themselves and eventually becomes an important forum for empowering people to take an active role in the management and execution of local development initiatives. Once the community is mobilized then they are able to identify their needs and find the resources necessary to meet those needs. A properly functioning CO has both social and economic 'value', thus a position to contribute to alleviating poverty and socially, brings people together to work for the common good. The CO also generates funds for their own initiatives and establishes linkages with Government Departments and private sector.

SALBWS during awareness trainings keep nutrition/hygiene and human rights issues as talking points during the refreshment intervals. The exercise of market survey reinforces the confidence building capacity amongst trainees. Such exercises provide a refreshing relief to the participants as they never get chance to go out with friends.

SALBWS has sought to initiate in women, communities, organized groups through skill training with right based approach.

Unique features of SALBWS

SALBWS operates a capcity building programme of an experimental nature where the emphasis remains on self-confidence building, exploring self-employment avenues, understanding of sensitivity of situation & culture, promoting traditional arts, its approach to built in the commitment engaged in earning through crafts and skill procured through SALBWS.

Since SALBWS mainly works with women because the empowering of a woman does not mean creating a single example rather it includes education and empowerment of the whole community. Thus SALBWS’ capacity building programmes have a trickling effect on the male community as well who are involved in the development initiatives through the following stages:

  • Survey of the community, including heads of the family to allow women to develop some skill.
  • Theatre presentation in the form of street theatre where half of the male cast is picked from the present crowd and questions related to women are proposed through dialogue.
  • Monthly meeting of family heads is conducted which reassures the community of the objectivity of the training of women, as male are the critical partners in the struggle of change.

Programme Philosophy:

SALBWS understands that poor people have a great deal of potential and the willingness to work for their own development and empowerment which can be enhanced through provision of social support. SALBWS's role in poverty alleviation and community development is primarily to encourage self help and, in the long term, to guide the COs into becoming mature and self reliant institutions. This is the route to community empowerment, which must arise organically from the COs themselves.

The SALBWS programme is holistic: multi-sectoral interventions achieve synergies which in turn ensure sustainable outcomes. SALBWS acknowledges that unless the concept of 'gender' is understood and mainstreamed into every aspect of the organization and the programme, the kind of development, poverty alleviation and community empowerment that it wishes to attain will not be possible. This must be done in culturally appropriate ways: the skill lies in finding the ways to do this while upholding the principle of equality.

Social mobilization and  grassroots institutional development

  • Formation of community organization (COs);
  • Formation of Village Development Organizations VDOs);
  • Community’s Capital Formation
  • Training of Cos and VDOs activists
  • Experience sharing workshops for all community activists;
  • Implementation of activities/projects and linkages with other stakeholders;

Human Resource Development

  • Community and professional capacity building programs;
  • Community management skills trainings;
  • Micro  investment  plans  at  household,  group  and community level to identify needs;
  • Vocational, technical, agricultural, livestock, poultry and kitchen gardening and life skills training for selected CO members;
Livestock Productivity Enhancement
  • Vaccination and De-worming of animals;
  • Treatment of diseased animals and provision of
  • preventive and curative veterinary services;
  • Livestock Management Trainings;
Domestic Violence against Women
  • Domestic Violence against women & Advocacy of Women Empowerment in Sindh”
Agriculture Productivity Enhancement
  • Sensitization of communities;
  • Capacity building on agriculture; management i.e.
  • water management, land management, improved
  • agriculture methods, poultry management, kitchen gardening;
  • Capacity building to increase land productivity through awareness raising about better Agric management practices, soil testing, crop diversification and saline land reclamation, etc.
Social Sector Services
  • SALBWS SSS section supports poor communities in addressing their needs in the areas of primary education, basic health, sanitation & drinking water, non-formal education, adult literacy, birth spacing, malaria etc
  • To facilitate linkage b/w organized communities and government/non government institutions
  • To ensure community participation in various projects being designed and implemented at various levels, especially focusing on children and women;
  • To facilitate the government in implementing its social sector programs
  • Training of Traditional Birth Attendants;
  • Triggering for CLTS & Open Defecation Free Environment;
  • Micro Health Insurance Cover;
  • Mobile health camps for health services;
  • Community health session on health & hygiene;
  • Introducing water filter bags for clean Drinking Water
  • Education working in establish of non formal Schools in Bin qasim town Karachi & thatta          

    Enterprise Development

  • To encourage, promote, develop and upgrade the local handicrafts and other forms of handiwork through capacity building of community.
Policy Advocacy and Research
  • Advocate as a as central platform and influences the
  • govt., donors, NOGs, and the private sector to pro-poor policies;
  • Inform and communicate with the success of the SRSO
  • approach to the key policy makers and establish links at
  • all levels with governments, national and international
  • donors, International NGOs and other development
  • institutions;
  • Apply researches and share its findings and impacts with the wider audience
Micro Credit
  • To regulate the credit ceiling for different productive activities which typically includes;
  • Agriculture inputs, seeds, fertilizer, pesticides etc
  • Livestock
  • Small Business & Enterprise Development



Human Rights
  • Women and young girls are the most suffering and subdued generation in the villages of rural areas and semi-urban areas. The childhood of girl child is spent in the streets with bare foot and adolescent age, griped in the household as secondary mothers because of excessive children. Education of girls despite of primary school existing in the village is a non-concern subject for the families. Poverty however makes them desperate to copy the urban fashions and system, however their living traditions do not allow revolting against. In the rural and slum dwelling areas stitching is not common. In the whole community,

Rural Community Physical Infrastructure

  • Water supply schemes;
  • Irrigation and water courses
  • Street pavement and drainage,
  • Link roads;
  • Introduction of new technologies






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