Dost Community

75-80% of people in Pakistan live in the rural areas and coincidentally 80% of DOST clientele also come from villages. However, their rural communities do not cater for any of their basic needs nor for their economic growth and development.

DOST conducted a survey of 10 - 12 villages to find out what the peoples needs were and what facilities were available to fulfill those needs. The results revealed that:

  1. Most of the people were living below the poverty line and had no means of income.
  2. Health services were very basic and inadequate and people had to travel large distances at a great expense to themselves to be treated.
  3. Government schools were available but with a very low standard of education and still beyond the reach of the poor people.

DOST decided to set up a centre to cater to the needs of the surrounding communities, and as its own clients. This concept has been a dream of the founder of DOST, Dr. Parveen Azam Khan, who believes that the communities to which we belong play the most vital role in human growth and development. The DOST Complex was created with the aim of helping people out of their poverty, providing for their collective needs and giving them more and better choices in life.

In addition to that, some of the patients under treatment will be moved there to facilitate their recovery and rehabilitation.


The following facilities will be available within the DOST Community:
  1. A Medical Centre, which gives basic health services to the communities and provides referral services as well. Mother and child care including antenatal care, deliveries, post natal care and immunization services, as well as basic diagnostic procedures like blood and urine testing, and ultrasound scans, will be available.
  2. A school which will provide free, high quality education with all the facilities like laboratories, libraries, computers etc available. Uniforms and books will also be provided to the poorest of the poor, hence making it accessible to all.
  3. Sports and recreational facilities will be available to the residents and the surrounding villages. There will be grounds and equipment for various games including cricket, football, volleyball, badminton and also playgrounds for children.
  4. A Vocational Skills Training Centre for the community and DOST clients will be established. Skills like carpentry, tailoring, metalwork, electrical works, plumbing and microenterprise development will be taught, and credit facilities will be offered.
  5. Natural Resource Management (NRM) will be an important activity with the aim of making the community self sufficient; Agricultural Extension Workers will be trained to help people make optimum use of their land, Livestock Extension Workers will help people take care of their livestock in the proper manner and vets will be available when needed. Organic farming, recycling, bee farms, poultry farms, and fish farms will be set up, as well as a market where the surplus goods will be sold. Traditional Birth Attendants and Lady Health Workers will be trained to provide better primary healthcare to the people and natural energy sources like Bio Gas and Solar power will be developed.

 

"The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place"


MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, American Activist

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