Community Based Approach
Change cannot be prescribed from outside. Therefore HELP Foundation believes in supporting initiatives driven and owned by the poor, marginalized and the disadvantaged themselves. HELP Foundation’s experience suggests that people themselves possess the strength to improve their lives sustainably. We support them in their efforts in accordance with the need based approach toward communities’ self reliance. At grass root level, our projects are mainly implemented by Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Farmer Groups (FGs) and Farmer Associations (FAs), being the representative bodies of riverine communities and smallholder women and men. This ensures that HELP’s work is geared to the needs and way of life of the people involved.
HELP Foundation supports all the poor, least served, disadvantaged, marginalized and communities suffering from natural disasters beyond any political, religious, sectarian, ethnic, gender or age discrimination. The development projects implemented by HELP Foundation are as diverse as the causes and faces of poverty. They all have one thing in common though; they all focus on all the human development and humanitarian dimensions. Along with addressing basic needs through ‘community-led’ and ‘rights-based’ approaches, we ensure that human rights are upheld at all times and the way is paved for the focused communities to gradually improve the quality of their life to live with dignity, social justice and peaceful coexistence.
A Rights-Based Approach
We passionately believe that all people are equal and that our world needs everyone. People with disabilities have often been seen as passive recipients of aid, reduced to their impairment-related health needs. We are committed to a human rights-based approach to vulnerable, deprived and least served peoples of disaster prone under universal declaration of human right-UDHR and core humanitarian standards-CHS. We believe that the deprived people should participate in all spheres of society on an equal basis. We seek to involve people of all segments in all stages in our programmes – planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, ensuring they have the very greatest impact on lives.
Working in Partnership
We believe we can achieve greater long-term change by working with others, so partnerships are central to HELP Foundation’s development approach. We deliver our life-changing programmes by working with national or international partners bringing together HELP’s local expertise with hands-on knowledge of the global context and environment. Our partners are not for profit organizations and enter into a formal partnership with HELP Foundation to support the projects at local level with our ambition.
Today HELP Foundation is a prestigious name in serving the vulnerable and marginalied communities through rights-based approach, especially in the region of Southern Punjab in connection with development initiatives. It has completed more than 70 projects in both development and humanitarian sectors with more than 10 international and national donors like Oxfam Novib, Oxfam GB, Concern worldwide, Plan Pakistan, Oxfam Germany through Oxfam Novib, European Commission through Oxfam Novib, USAID, RTI, NCHD, Save the Chilren, Oxfam Hongkong through Oxfam Novib, UK Aid through Plan Pakistan, ESRA, Christian Study Center (CSC), Literacy Department (Govt. of the Punjab) etc.
HELP Foundation is committed to ensure that people with all the segment of the society (PWDs, Women or People with other Religion and Indigenous Peoples) are included and can participate fully in and benefit from its development efforts.
Accountability and Learning
HELP Foundation is committed to maintaining the highest standards of transparency and accountability to the beneficiaries, donors and the state. HELP Foundation has its knowledge management practices to learn from its experiences to build better for future.