Individual Pakistan

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Individual Pakistan

Pakistan
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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To improve the lives of Pakistan's neglected street children, Rana Asif Habib has developed a unique support system that relies on a more accurate understanding of this underserved group. Taking a child-centered approach, he is the first in Pakistan to design programs that employ different strategies for children who work and those who sleep in the streets. He combines the support he offers street children with awareness campaigns and education for the public.

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Rana's commitment to understanding the challenges street children face and his insights into their lives have helped him create a rescue center in Karachi that also serves as a resource center for the students, citizen organizations (COs), and the media. While Rana is able to mitigate the suffering of street children through the provision of health services, counseling, legal aid, and skill building trainings, he also educates the public about the complexities and challenges of life on the street. For more than three years, his rescue center has provided food and night shelter facilities to an average of fifteen children a day. Rana also created the Initiator Human Development Foundation as a way to share his growing understanding of the challenges street children face with a large alliance of all the civil society organizations engaged in this work. He believes by better understanding the distinctions between 'street working' and 'street sleeping' children, aid programs will become more effective and the public will become more understanding. Rana's programs are influenced by the distinct needs of each group of street children as well as his understanding of the cause of this problem. He also works with families and vulnerable communities to address domestic violence (a major 'push' factor for runaways), local university students in researching street children, and government agencies, as they together establish more shelters in the country. By using this approach, Rana is able to develop creative, responsive programs with buy-in from both street children and officials.