In the midst of hopelessness, when all your efforts towards spending a normal life are stifled by the affluent of the society, you are left with nothing but mere societal exclusion, sense of rejection and sheer disappointment. The Khawajasira community has been the victim of same stigma since forever. The community is not only deprived of the basic necessities, but also has been dispossessed from the vital and most fundamental rights such as identity, self esteem, dignity and most importantly, sense of being. Furthermore, Khawajasiras have been harshly rejected, fiercely in-tolerated and ruthlessly debarred from the society. They have been painfully left dependent on the alms and vulnerable to societal cruelty and brutality.
Main aim of Akhuwat is to painstakingly restore their value and presence in the society. Akhuwat does not wish to reform or recreate their culture, traditions or identity, however, it plans to uplift this marginalized community by initiating and implementing such sustainable efforts and programs that will guarantee self reliance, income generation and alleviate societal exclusion. Khawajasira Support Program was initiated in 2011. Ever since then it has become a symbol of strenuous efforts, unparallel activism and a beacon of joy and hope for the Khawajasira community. These years have been a myriad of the accounts of the Khawajasira community. The community has become more aware, empowered and employed since Akhuwat’s positive intervention. However, we see that there is still long way to go.
– Designed for khwajasiras 40 years or older
– Monthly income less than Rs.10,000
– Unique Akhuwat ID card
– Monthly stipend of Rs.1200
– Sense of belonging to Akhuwat and society at large
– Health services- screening, monthly checkups, dispensation of medicine
– Mapping of Khwajasira Community & research based interventions
– Capacity building and employment.
– Peer guidance through promoting role models
– Sensitization campaigns for social acceptance
Akhuwat Khwajasira Support Program: Scorecard
|Monthly Stipends of Rs 1200||PKR 19 million (AksP 10 million, FH 9 million) (May 18- May 19)|
|Social Events (Monthly)||Lahore: 5, Sargodha: 1, Faisalabad: 1, Karachi:1, Farooqabad: 1|
||Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Karachi, Farooqabad,
Multan, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar
|Nadra NICs (CJP’s initiative)||140 new cards processed|
|Health Screening W.
(HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B&C, TB Syphilis)
|Entire Support Hub Membership screened
(Annual cycle for 2018 completed)
|Medical Facility||Free medicine at Lahore Events.|
|Dam Fund CJP’s initiative||PKR 144,730 contributed|
Ramadan Iftar Dinners
|Eid ul Fitr 2018: 294 new suit
Eid ul Fitr 2019: 169 unstitched suits in Karachi, FSD, RYK, Jhang
819 pkg through Support HubsHosted for member khwajasiras at Governor House Lahore, NJV School Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan: 119 Khwajasiras
|Pre-owned clothes from Akhuwat Clothes Bank||Entire membership 1500 (2018)
In progress (2019)
|Loans for Entrepreneurship cb.||50 Interest-free Micro loans provided for stitching, garment selling, kiosks, embroidery, grocery store, beauty salon|
|Sensitization Workshops (future vision – awareness)||3 External + 8 (UNILEVER)
|Fixed assets transfer for entrepreneurship||2 sewing machines in Faisalabad through lucky draw in Ramadan (May 2019) + Stitching unit (Employs 10 people)|
|Capacity Building Program-
Guru Chaila Chain (GCC)
|Stitching Unit Fountain House: 4 month course designed for 10 Khwajasiras commenced on July 1st , 2019.
Beautician and Grooming Pilot Project: 25 Khwajasiras of ages 18-39 years in partnership with PSDF and IFAP to start in Aug 2019
Additional training courses to be introduced through accredited service providers eg, TEVTA, PSDF & COTHM
Red Crescent Pakistan:
How can you help ?
- Connect a khwajasira to Akhuwat KSP
- Help Spread the Message
- Become an Employer – Ask Akhuwat KSP to identify suitable khawajasira for your business.
- Fund a Stipend for Khwajasiras
- Fund Khwajasira set up a Business – qarz i hassan
- Register with us as Friend of KSP
Landline: 042- 35841221-2 ext 305