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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject: Lifeline Society Water Project Reply with quote

Muzaffargarh and some areas of Multan are among the worst affected districts in Punjab. Polluted water has penetrated the soil making current water supplies unsuitable. Proposal is to install 15 hand pumps that dig deeper to access clean water (100 ft), which will ultimately stop the spread of water-borne diseases.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Questions before Project Kickoff call Reply with quote

Needs Assessment
1. Claims Muzaffargarh and Multan are among the worst affected areas in Punjab, is there any data to verify this (e.g. data from UN OCHA, DCO, etc.)?
2. Which villages will be targeted? How have they been identified?
3. Affected population (estimated) in each village? Are they settled or mobile?
4. How was the water table depth (100 ft) determined? Is it the same for all areas?
5. Current water quality: Was there water sampling done to test contamination?
6. Current sources of water (handpump, river, pond, canal, etc). Are there seasonal fluctuations?
7. Is there any ongoing intervention by other NGOs? If so, what areas?
8. Current disease prevalence?

Program Design/Execution
1. Need to get an itemized budget, each line item, item specification, unit cost, and quantity. How much cost per foot for drilling?
2. Minimum Standards: e.g. if there are latrines, minimum distance b/w latrine and hp. Should use universal guidelines (e.g. WHO or Sphere)
3. Cost/Benefit Analysis: quality vs. quantity
4. How was quantity of handpumps determined? What will be the ratio of handpump to population?
5. Maintenance
6. Community ownership/mobilization: How will the community be integrated in this process?
7. Mobilizing health workers for health education: health worker to woman ratio, frequency, topics they’ll cover, what methods will they use (e.g. pictures, posters, etc). Who are the health workers? How long will they be teaching for?
8. I’m assuming wash pad is the same as a platform – need to confirm. If it’s not a platform, then they should strongly consider setting them up to prevent water contamination.
9. Will there be water sampling done post-intervention?
10. Who will be installing the water facilities? Their local contractor, or a contractor chosen by the communities? What’s the experience of the contractor?
11. Who will monitor technical execution from the staff to ensure standards are maintained? Who will be managing this project? What are their skills/experiences?
12. ADP project funding cap?
13. What M&E mechanisms are already in place? Will there be disease surveillance for this project? (need to establish indicators - e.g. gastroenteritis, diarrhea, typhoid, etc.)
14. How do they plan to go about behavior change? (need to see if this will be an issue)
16. Are they considering taking an integrated WASH approach to increase impact of the intervention - perhaps by collaborating with other partners for latrines and hygiene education (as a strengthening and complementing measure)? What are the current defecation practices in these areas?

Organizational Questions
1. What to do about financial statements?
2. Organizational structure?
3. Need to clarify who installed the 150 handpumps they’re referring to
4. What standard questions to ask references?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:22 pm    Post subject: Identification of key issues to discuss w/ NGO Reply with quote

Based on our project kick off discussion on 7/23, here are the key questions/concerns that need to be addressed:

Organization’s Credibility
1. Need further insight on previous projects, especially similar (WASH related) projects. Will need photos, project summaries, locations.
2. What has been their approach towards community integration and mobilization? Are there any particular projects where they have formed and utilized CBOs for implementation?
3. Need to have financial statements
4. Registration number
5. References: Who have been contacted? Who should we contact? Is there any particular information that needs to be extracted?
6. How did they find ADP?
7. Need to clarify who installed the 150 handpumps they’re referring to

Needs Assessment
1. Beneficiary identification: Which villages will be targeted? How have they been identified? How have beneficiaries in the villages been identified?
2. Affected population (estimated) in each village? Are they settled or mobile?
3. How was the water table depth (100 ft) determined? Is it the same for all areas?
4. Current water quality: Was there water sampling done to test contamination?
5. Current/alternative sources of water (handpump, river, pond, canal, etc). Are there seasonal fluctuations?
6. Quantification of current water-borne disease prevalence (e.g. diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, etc.) in target villages as baseline indicators.

Program Design/Execution
1. Who will be installing the water facilities? Their local contractor, or a contractor chosen by the communities? What’s the technical experience of the contractor?
2. Who will manage this project? What are their relevant technical skills/experience (need to prove managing and implementing staff is suitable and equipped to execute). Will they recruit and hire or are they already in the organization? Need to get proof of capacity for successful implementation.

Please review and feel free to add/remove. Thank you!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:12 am    Post subject: 07/30 Project Team Discussion Reply with quote

Based on our discussion today, we refined the questions a little bit for our phone call with project contact, Tausheen next week. Please let us know if we have missed anything:

Organizational Questions

1. When was it formed? Are you legally registered? What is your organizational/management structure and do you have an annual budget?

2. What is your current project portfolio? We need additional details about at least 2 – 3 projects on water, sanitation, and hygiene. For example, in your proposal you mentioned a UNICEF funded project that helped you install 150 hand pumps:

a. The length and location of the project
b. The amount of funding you received
c. Summary of how the project was executed – did you collaborate with another NGO? Did you directly hire a contractor to install the hand pumps? How much did it cost?
d. Website, photos and monitoring and evaluation reports of the project

3. What has been their approach towards community integration and mobilization? How do you work with the local community to identify and implement the projects? Are there any particular projects where they have formed and utilized CBOs for implementation?

4. How did they find ADP?

Needs Assessment

1. Claims Muzaffargarh and Multan are among the worst affected areas in Punjab, is there any data to verify this (e.g. data from UN OCHA, DCO, etc.)? Affected population and area (sq. ft) of the proposed locations?

2. Which villages will be targeted? How have they been identified? What is the estimated population in each village? What is the estimated number of project beneficiaries? Beneficiary: Population ratio (if possible)

3.How was the water table depth (100 ft) determined? Is it the same for all areas? Current water quality: Was there water sampling done to test contamination?

4. What are the proposed beneficiaries’ current sources of water (handpump, river, pond, canal, etc)? Are there seasonal fluctuations?

5. Have they evaluated other options for providing clean water? (cost/benefit analysis)
6. Is there any ongoing intervention by other NGOs? If so, what areas?

7. Quantification of current water-borne disease prevalence (e.g. diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, etc.) in target villages as baseline indicators. Current disease prevalence in targeted village?

From proposal: “So most of the population is drinking impure water which causes water born diseases in the flood areas particularly for children. To tackle water born diseases, installation of hand pump near highly populated places in the depth of 100 feet to be required.”

Program Design/Execution

1. Who will be installing the water facilities? Their local contractor, or a contractor chosen by the communities? What’s the technical experience of the contractor?

2. Who will manage this project? What are their relevant technical skills/experience (need to prove managing and implementing staff is suitable and equipped to execute). Will they recruit and hire or are they already in the organization? Need to get proof of capacity for successful implementation.

Questions for Internal Discussion

1. References: Who has been contacted? Who should we contact? What further information do we need? Can they give us a UNICEF or Sudhar reference from whom we can receive additional information about the hand pumps from?

Need to clarify with Asad: The contact person and the person who’s worked on the previous project are brothers (thus reducing the quality of the reference). In response to my question about where he had heard of ADP, he mentioned speaking to a Mr. Aamir who works for a development foundation in Islamabad. He agreed to provide his contact details if needed

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:45 pm    Post subject: 08/01 Phone call with Tausheen - Notes Reply with quote

On Monday, August 1, I spoke with Tausheen regarding the questions listed above. Due to poor reception and limited time, we could only cover the 'organizational assessment' part. Another phone call with Tausheen is scheduled for this week to cover the remaining questions. Please find the notes from Monday's phone call below:

Lifeline Society was originally a network of volunteers comprising of around 400 students. They registered formally roughly a year ago following their collaboration with Sudhar NGO to implement 150 hand pumps. Tausheen will be sending me a scanned copy of their registration certificate this week. Tausheen wasn't a 100% sure of the dates of the implementation but said that the hand pump project was roughly 3 months long. They began implementing it around November 2010. After successfully implementing the hand pump project for Sudhar, they decided to formally register as an independent non-profit organization. However up till now they have been unsuccessful in raising funds. A contact referred them to ADP telling them that the philanthropy seeks out smaller NGOs and therefore, they should apply. According to Tausheen, all the large donors require audit reports etc. but since they don't have any funding, no budget to speak of, they are not in a position to submit the requisite financial paperwork.

Regarding the implementation of the hand pump project, Tausheen said that Sudhar recruited Lifeline volunteers to help them implement their project due to their reputation for good work in the area. When asked about their exact role, it appeared that some of Lifeline Society's volunteers who were engineering students provided technical advice. When asked whether they hired a contractor, Tausheen said that installing the hand pumps wasn't a difficult task and between the volunteers, they were able to do so. However they did hire a contractor to do the drilling. It doesn't look like the volunteers were in charge of procurement. I asked Tausheen to provide some evidence of the fact that their volunteers played a substantive role in the implementation of the project and he said that he would go to Sudhar NGO to get a written confirmation. He also said that there are several photographs of the project that he will be happy to submit.

Towards the end of the phone call, I tried to get more details about the proposed project. Tausheen was vague at this point and said that the need for hand pumps in the entire area is great. He however, did say that there was significant research to prove the incidence of disease as a result of contaminated water, which he will provide us with. Regarding how the society came to the decision that 100 ft. water table depth was sufficient, he said that they had spoken to local doctors who said that the water has definitely been contaminated up to 50 ft. and therefore, 100 ft. was recommended.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Lifeline's response to ADP Project Questions Reply with quote

Hello,

For your review, I'm transferring the written answers submitted by LLS on 8/4/2011 (file has been attached with this post as well):

Questions regarding the Proposed Project:

1. Please provide details regarding the target population for the proposed project:

a) Which villages will be targeted?

Ans: Union Councel Daira Din Panah Distt. Muzafargarh.

b) How have they been chosen?

Ans: Population of that village is highly effected from flood. Due to penetration of flood – water into the Earth Surface, the water of upper surface is badly affected. Now the resources of the villages are not usable for the people.

c) What is the estimated number of project beneficiaries?

Ans: Up to 500 people per hand pump.

d) What are the proposed beneficiaries’ current sources of water?

Ans: Water resources in this area are tabs. They are drilled up to 50 ft. according to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) the water of these tabs is not usable because they are full of Ar (Arsenic) contents, which are extremely harmful for people. If tube wells of these areas are drilled up to 100 +ft, the water of these tube wells will be useable. That’s why we want to install Hand Pumps with drilling up to 100 ft.

e) Is there a significantly high rate of water-borne diseases (e.g. diarrhea, cholera) in the proposed areas as a result of clean water scarcity? Please provide quantitative expressions where possible.

Ans: Yes, the rate of diarrhea, cholera and hepatitis is increasing and the cause of this is the polluted water that is being used by most people.

2. How was the water table depth for the water pumps (100 ft) determined for the proposed geographical areas?

Ans: The water was sampled, and according to PCRWR at 100 feet the Arsenic contents are less than 10ppm which is safe for drinking.

3. What is the current water quality in these areas? Has there water sampling done to test contamination?

Ans: Yes, water sampling was done in this area, and according to PCRWR, at 30 – 70 ft the Arsenic contents are more than 10 ppm which is unsafe but at 100 ft the Arsenic Contents are less than 10 ppm.

4. Have they evaluated other options for providing clean water, e.g. water purification tablets or tankers?

Ans: We have used Aqua-tab for purification of water but the use of Aqua-tab change the taste of water totally and people don’t use that water. That’s why a proper system for pure water in the shape of hand pumps is required.

5. Are there any ongoing interventions in water, sanitation, and hygiene in the proposed geographical areas by other NGOs?

Ans: In this area no NGO has worked there yet on water problem.

6. Who will be installing the water facilities? What are their relevant skills/experiences?

Ans: We have our team that has experience in the installation of Hand Pumps. The team members have experience of installation of around 150 Hand Pumps in Distt. Layyah under SUDHAR (UNICEF funded)

7. Who will manage and monitor this project? What are their relevant skills/experiences?

Ans: As mentioned above, our team which has the experience of installing around 150 hand pumps will handle the project and monitor the output of all installations.

To the best of my knowledge, I declare all the above information to be accurate and true.

Sincerely,

Shahzain Raza
President LLS
+923346958615

(Signed by Director or person in similar position within the Applicant organization)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Pre-Project Call (8/6) Brainstorm Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Just quickly brainstorming some thoughts/impressions I had from LLS' responses before our meeting tomorrow morning.

Organization related concerns

Overall impression: Non-profit recently formed about a year ago, due to which they don’t have audit reports or extensive technical experience. Also, may need to look into their organizational structure and staff skills/relevant experience.

1.) Non-profit startup (approx. 1 year)
2.) No audit reports

Project related concerns

Overall impression: Information seems to be very general which indicates lack of research.

1.) Location: No villages have been defined, only district level/UC level

2.) Baseline assessment (in terms of disease prevalence, flood devastation, etc.) seems to be highly generalized, research appears to be somewhat superficial.

3.) Target # of beneficiaries: gives a ratio of beneficiaries/hand pump, no aggregate number for beneficiaries.

4.) Would need further info on PCRWR water sampling to ensure the information is relevant to proposed geographical areas. Perhaps they can provide this document as a supporting supplementary document.

5.) Need info on LLS’ involvement with SUDHAR on hand pump installation

6.) Looks like they’re basing their credibility solely on this 150 hand pump project, there’s no other project as a reference. Should get more details on this project perhaps like M&E reports, budget, photos,etc. (check to see if sent to Maryam)

7.) Claims there is no ongoing water intervention in proposed areas, so there is a critical need.

Information still pending:
1.) How they found about ADP
2.) Their experience with community mobilization
3.) Need to see if he submitted photos and written response from Sudhar to Maryam
4.) Move forward with reference checks?

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:34 pm    Post subject: Project Call #1 Minutes (8/6) Reply with quote

Hey guys,

Listing things that we discussed on our project call today regarding follow up questions that need to be addressed and action items. I'll be sending out an e-mail to the project team separately to discuss delegation of action item tasks and follow up dates. Mubarak/Syeda, please feel free to edit/add anything that has been missed.


Things we discussed...

Priority #1: Need to look further into NGO’s credibility….

QUESTIONS FOR LLS

1.)Need specific information on previous 150 hand pump project experience with Sudhar
•Total sum of funding for project
•Location(s) of project (District, UC, and village must be specified):
•Please provide details on how this project was executed. For example, did you establish partnerships with other NGOs, CBOs, local authorities, private businesses? How much did hand pumps cost, etc?
•Total number of beneficiaries reached
•How many beneficiaries per hand pump?
•Please provide website, photos and monitoring and evaluation reports of the project if available.

2.)Need specific information on proposed project
•Which districts and UCs will be targeted? How have they been chosen?
•Which villages will be targeted? How have they been chosen?
•What is the estimated population in the proposed villages?
•What is the estimated number of project beneficiaries?
•Need further info on current sources of water. LLS stated that:

“water resources in this area are tabs (need to confirm what that is). They are drilled up to 50 ft. according to PCRW) the water of these tabs is not usable because they are full of Ar (Arsenic) contents, which are extremely harmful for people. If tube wells of these areas are drilled up to 100 +ft, the water of these tube wells will be useable. That’s why we want to install Hand Pumps with drilling up to 100 ft.”

What sources of water is the target population currently using for drinking? Are those sources also contaminated with Arsenic? If yes, has it been tested by some authority?

•Need further info on PCRWR’s testing of arsenic contamination in water (100 ft + is safe). Which geographical locations did that apply to (District level, UC level, village level)? Could LLS provide us with a document to support?
i.Will need to follow up with PCRWR thereafter to verify they’re comfortable with this assertion and get further information.

REFERENCE CHECKS

1.)Sudhar: Need to get information on previous hand pump project since credibility is being based on it, and this is their main point of reference.
a.Info on the project: how many beneficiaries per hand pumps, locations, photos, etc
b.User experience – if they could provide some contacts for customers/beneficiaries
c.Describe LLS’ role in implementation
d.Would they collaborate with them in the future?
e.What can the organization do to improve?
f.How was their experience with them?

2.)Hussain Ahmed Bukhari (ERRA), Manager

3.)Sheryar khan (ADB, ERRA), Project Implementation Officer

4.)Umar Farooq (Punjab Government), Health Supervisor

Priority #2: Need to look further into NGO’s organizational structure/capacity…..

1.) How big is their team?

2.)How many full time staff members do they have?

3.)Is there an organizational chart that can be provided?

4.) Project team: List of key staff that will monitor and execute the project?

5.)Appropriateness of proposed team: List project team members’ responsibilities and relevant experience.

Action Items:

1.)Provide project team with previous reference check questionnaires - Mubarik

2.)Set up/refine questions for reference checks – Shiza, Maryam, Saman

3.)Follow up with call with LLS – Shiza (given geographical location)

4.)Reference check call with Sudhar (most imp. ref check) - TBD

5.)Reference check call with Hussain Ahmed Bukhari (ERRA), Manager - TBD

6.)Reference check call with Sheryar khan (ADB, ERRA), Project Implementation Officer -TBD

7.)Reference check call with Umar Farooq (Punjab Government), Health Supervisor -TBD

8.)Call with PCRWR to verify arsenic contamination and water depth - Shiza


Thank you!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Proposed list of questions for reference checks Reply with quote

Please find below my list of proposed questions for the reference calls. Feel free to add/edit. Thanks!


Reference call with Hussain Ahmed Bukhari (ERRA)


1. Your name was listed in a project proposal submitted by Tausheen Raza from Lifeline Society. In what capacity did you work or get to know about Lifeline Society?

2. Lifeline Society have submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Din Panah in district Muzafargarh. In relation to that, are you aware of their collaboration with the Sudhar NGO in the installation of 150 hand pumps in district Layyah? If yes, can you please elaborate?

3. In your experience, how would you describe Lifeline Society's organizational capacity to be able to install 15 hand pumps in Daira Din Panah.

4. From your experience with them, would you be interested in collaborating with them in the future?

Reference call with Sudhar contact (still need to get relevant person's contact info). (

1. Your name was listed in a project proposal submitted by Tausheen from Lifeline Society. They submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Pin Panah in district Muzafargarh. In what capacity did you work with Lifeline Society?

Note: If the contact talks about the hand pump project, proceed.

2. How did you find out about Lifeline Society? How would you describe the group?

3. Can you please describe in detail their role in the installation of hand pumps in district Layyah?

4. Can you please provide additional detail regarding the hand pump project itself. What were the number of beneficiaries? Do you have any reports or website of the project that we can keep for our records?

5. Is Sudhar interested in collaborating with LLS in the future?

6. What can the organization to do to improve?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shiza's notes on her conversation with Shahzain Raza, the President of LLS, to clarify parts of the information that he had provided in the questionnarie we sent him.

Regarding the location of the hand-pumps and potential beneficiaries:
They have not yet picked the specific areas. They have decided on the Union Council. The villages will be selected after assessing where the highest number of potential beneficiaries reside. They will try to touch several villages, and not more than 3 hand-pumps will be built in a single village.
The ratio they are working with is serving 50-70 households with one hand-pump


Regarding ‘Tabs’:
Tabs are actually taps (tap water).


Regarding PCRWR:
The information about arsenic water content was derived from reports by PCRWR. LLS has hard copies of the reports and will us email their exact names.
It is important to note that in the previous hand-pump project PCRWR sampled the water for contamination in the areas where the hand-pumps were built. It also sampled water from the hand-pumps after they were built to confirm that the water was pure.
LLS will coordinate with PCRWR on this project as well.


Regarding the past hand-pump projectIt was conducted in several villages, in 7 union councils of the Layyah District.
The ratio of beneficiaries was 50-70 household per hand-pump.
Villages were chosen after interviews with the community about the current state of water resources, and on-site visits.
LLS and Sudhar first tried to provide clean water by using aqua tabs to purify tap water; however, these distorted the taste of the water.
Then they tried out hand-pumps which drew out clean, fresh-tasting water. Therefore they decided to drill hand-pumps instead.
People from each community oversaw the installation of their own hand-pumps. A contractor was hired as well.


On community mobilization:
The past project of installing hand-pumps was an effective example of forming teams from local communities to oversee their own community projects. These teams are now responsible for the upkeep of their hand-pumps as well.
LLS’s own volunteer group comprises of young students. LLS’s core group was previously involved in educational career counseling, and therefore has links with young students and professionals.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Documents received from LLS Reply with quote

I'm also attaching the documents (pictures of taps, can not add reg certificate due to size limitations) received from LLS in response to Maryam's request.

From Tausheen:
As per your requirement, please find enclosed:

1. Copy of registration of LLS (Life Line Society)

2.Contact detail of Chair Person of LLS
Mr. Shahzain Raza having experience with Sudhar
geologist_zain@yahoo.com
00923346958615

3.A view of Tab installed by Sudhar

4. Detail relevant to Sudhar will be provided soon because Sudhar have completed their project in Layyah and shifted their Office from Layyah.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reference Check #1 - Umar Farooque Reply with quote

(RE: previous post - couldn't attach any files due to size issues, apologies. Will forward the photos.)

REFERENCE CHECK #1

Reference: Umar Farooque
Organization: Punjab Government
Position: Health Supervisor
Telephone +923215256440
Umarawan064@yahoo.com

I spoke to Mr. Umar Farooque via phone for a reference check call. Although he has known Tausheen personally for a long time, he was unable to provide details on their work product as he hasn’t visited the sites himself (they work in two separate districts). Although the information was positive, it lacked specific details and did not give as much insight into their work as anticipated.

In what capacity did you work or get to know about Lifeline Society?
Umer has known Tausheen since 2004 as both of them were class fellows and roommates in Islamabad. He has known some of LLS staff for a year now.
He has worked with LLS briefly during the flood relief efforts last year in the district Layyah. He mentioned that LLS was conducting medical camps (for several months) in various villages, and they would ask him for support as he was working for PRSP (Punjab Rural Support Program) at the time. He would help provide them with necessary medicines for the program. However, all correspondence was done via e-mail or phone, and he didn’t visit the project sites. He also mentioned that Tausheen belongs to Layyah. He wasn’t able to provide too much detail and looks like he hasn’t worked with them extensively. It’s more of a personal relationship.

Lifeline Society have submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Din Panah in district Muzafargarh. In relation to that, are you aware of their collaboration with the Sudhar NGO in the installation of 150 hand pumps in district Layyah? If yes, can you please elaborate?

He doesn’t know about this project that they implemented in partnership with Sudhar, nor does he know about any other LLS WASH related projects. He works in the Chakwal district, and does not make it out to Layyah, due to which he hasn’t seen the team in action for any intervention.

He mentioned that the medical camp project was executed successfully, and he knows people who belonged to the village who believe that LLS benefitted them. Asked him for further details regarding the impact, but again no specific details.

In your experience, how would you describe Lifeline Society's organizational capacity to be able to install 150 hand pumps in Daira Din Panah?

He kept saying “umeed hai ke karleinge.” I would ask him for specifics to go into detail, but he would respond with the same answer. Again, he hasn’t seen their work himself, so he was unable to provide solid information.

From your experience with them, would you be interested in collaborating with them in the future?

He said he will always provide support where it’s needed.

What can the organization do to improve?

He said since it’s such a new organization, they need to take on more project and provide more services to prove their capacity and abilities. Right now, it’s too soon to tell.

Can you describe Lifeline's role in the communities they work in (e.g. how they mobilize communities and work with them, how the community members feel about them and their work)?

(Hasn't visited sites or seen their work, unable to provide these details)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:49 am    Post subject: Notes from call with reference Hussain Bokhari Reply with quote

REFERENCE CHECK #2

Reference: Hussain Bokhari
Organization:
Position:
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1. Your name was listed in a project proposal submitted by Tausheen Raza from Lifeline Society. In what capacity did you work or get to know about Lifeline Society?

Lifeline Society took him to a medical camp they organized for flood victims. They put the victims in touch with doctors. He is also familiar with them because of their good reputation in the region. Layyah is a poor, disconnected district. This group of volunteers in addition to doing humanitarian work also spread awareness among young people about opportunities for gaining higher education. He also knew of their involvement in the Sudhar hand pump project.

2. Lifeline Society have submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Din Panah in district Muzafargarh. In relation to that, are you aware of their collaboration with the Sudhar NGO in the installation of 150 hand pumps in district Layyah? If yes, can you please elaborate?

According to Hussain, it was basically Lifeline Society that installed the hand pumps. The Sudhar NGO funded the operation but it was the group of volunteers who implemented them.

3. In your experience, how would you describe Lifeline Society's organizational capacity to be able to install 15 hand pumps in Daira Din Panah.

To this, Hussain answered that he knows they can definitely install the hand pumps because they have already installed 150 in the past.

4. From your experience with them, would you be interested in collaborating with them in the future?

If they would organize another medical camp, he would work with them in the future. He hasn’t gone into the field to see the positive impact of their hand pump project so he said he’s not in a position to comment on that.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reference Check #3 Sheryar Khan (ERRA) Reply with quote

REFERENCE CHECK #3:

Name Sheryar khan
Organization ADB, ERRA
Position Project Implementation Officer
E-mail sheryarkhan_1@hotmail.com

1. In what capacity did you work or get to know about Lifeline Society?

1. I have known Mr. Tausheen Raza through some mutual friends and got to know about Lifeline society through him, he has helped me get a lot of information regarding education facilities in and around the area for a few acquaintances of mine.


2. Lifeline Society have submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Din Panah in district Muzafargarh. In relation to that, are you aware of their collaboration with the Sudhar NGO in the installation of 150 hand pumps in district Layyah? If yes, can you please elaborate?


Yes, i am aware of this project that the Lifeline society is willing to start with Sudhar NGO, in fact Mr. Tausheen Raza had mentioned to me about his latest activity which included the installation of these hand pumps.

3. In your experience, how would you describe Lifeline Society's organizational capacity to be able to install 150 hand pumps in Daira Din Panah?

Lifeline society, in my opinion is a very capable organization and i say this because they have done a lot in and around their community for the betterment of the people. They have helped in giving a lot of information regarding all educational queries to the people and have already installed these pumps last year. I firmly believe that they will be able to perform the tasks at hand as they have done so in the past as well and have the experience to be able to carry it out.


4. From your experience with them, would you be interested in collaborating with them in the future?

I would definitely try and help them in any way possible if need be.

5. What can the organization do to improve?

I think the organization has started off well and is on the right track, they will improve themselves with the more work they do since their idea is right, which is to help the community in terms of providing them with the right tools and information so that they may stand on their own feet.

6. Can you describe Lifeline's role in the communities they work in (e.g. how they mobilize communities and work with them, how the community members feel about them and their work)?

The communities are definitely happy with their work and most of them are familiar with the Lifeline society staff as they do keep up with the communities and interact with them on a regular basis. The communities in my opinion are definitely interested themselves in interacting with the Lifeline society staff as they know the sort of work they are doing which is only for the peoples benefit.

Then I asked him some follow up questions for further detail...

1) The type of information that they provide was information regarding different colleges in major cities like Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and even educational institutions around their own area and it was basically information regarding what programmes/degrees were being offered by the different colleges, when admissions were open, fees structures, prospectus and if any of the colleges were offering any assistance to the students in terms of financial aid or installment programs. This was very beneficial to a lot of students who were willing to take enroll in a college but not having any information on degrees or admission dates. No, I have not worked with him on any projects.


2) Yes, I am aware of the fact that they are planning to install another 150 handpumps and that they had done similar work in the past, however I have not visited the site or seen any of the handpump installation sites.


3) Well according to me the community has benefited with the information that they provide to a number of students in the community because most of those students will probably not make the effort to get the information themselves and thus probably not apply for any colleges. As far as the community is concerned I know that they operate mostly around Layyah District which is in the Punjab Province and is not too far from Multan, population wise I can only estimate and I think it would be between 1 and 2 million people. Once again, I have not seen any of the projects or been to the sites. As far as the educational queries are concerned, they helped students mostly and the type of information I have already mentioned in the first point.


4) I would collaborate with them and work with them because of the general attitude that they have which is very positive and they do want to do this just for the benefit of the people which is something that people dont do these days.


5) Yes, of course people improve all the time , as far as my opinion goes I guess they could improve on widening their expertise by trying to take on projects of a different nature, I said I think they are on the right track because they have moved from Educational queries to water related issues which is good , since it broadens their work scope and enables them to take on more projects as they gain experience.


6) I have no met the communities myself and its mostly hearsay, but it is hearsay from people who have lived there and have been to the sites of the hand pumps. I dont think they form any Community based Organizations however, im not sure. The communities are involved since they are always dealing with the people, giving educational information to students and in some cases parents as well, installing hand pumps and telling people how to care for them and maintain them so that they are not damaged. I think meeting with all those people would automatically involve the people and I cant see how they would not be happy with people who are trying to do something to make the community a better place for all of them.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:48 am    Post subject: Call with Mahar from Sudhar (project coordinator) Reply with quote

Posting Maryam's notes from her call with Sudhar project coordinator, Mahar.

1. Your name was listed in a project proposal submitted by Tausheen from Lifeline Society. They submitted a proposal to install hand pumps in union council, Daira Pin Panah in district Muzafargarh. In what capacity did you work with Lifeline Society?

Sudhar NGO worked with Lifeline Society to install the hand pumps in the Layyah region.
The project was funded by UNICEF and the hand pumps were installed according to WHO standards. Sudhar NGO was the one who purchased the hand pumps and Lifeline Society was the one who installed them.

2. How did you find out about Lifeline Society? How would you describe the group?

Lifeline Society approached Sudhar and asked to assist them with the installation of hand pumps. Before selecting them as implementing partners, Sudhar went to their office in Layyah and observed their capacity before selecting them. Mahar said that Lifeline Society has a good reputation in the area. They have been working in locations of great need and are familiar with the customs and traditions of the area.

3. Can you please describe in detail their role in the installation of hand pumps in district Layyah?

Mahar already went over the details of their role in the first question so I skipped it in order to avoid repetition. The only thing I would add is that Sudhar NGO appeared to be supervising the efforts in terms of making sure the hand pumps were being installed according to international standards.

4. Can you please provide additional detail regarding the hand pump project itself. What were the number of beneficiaries? Do you have any reports or website of the project that we can keep for our records?

Mahar said that they installed hand pumps with the estimate of 50 - 70 households per hand pump. However, he said that they made a concentrated effort to install hand pumps in areas which were most affected in terms of water contamination and where there was a high degree of illness resulting from water borne diseases. The project was 3 months long. Within one month, Sudhar NGO purchased the hand pumps. Lifeline Society was involved in the subsequent two months of the projects. Since it was such a short time frame and Sudhar NGO had to work on projects in other districts, they had to work with Lifeline Society in order to implement this project quickly.

5. Is Sudhar interested in collaborating with LLS in the future?

Yes. Mahar had a very positive impression of Lifeline Society. Details are in the answer to
question 6.

6. What can the organization to do to improve?

Mahar said that Lifeline Society's capacity can only increase with funding. He said that the organization has already come a long way and they have implemented a number of development initiatives in education and health. It seems that the roots of Lifeline Society lay in assisting students of Layyah with raising awareness about higher education and helping them with college admissions. Mahar said that the president of the society, Shahzain is a very active and committed leader and has already come a very long way at such a young age.


Towards the end, I also asked if he was confident that Lifeline Society could install hand pumps in the area without supervision and he said he was very confident of their ability to do so.

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