What we do
Our Goal And Mission
HRDA mission is to bring positive change in the lives of vulnerable and marginalized groups through effective humanitarian services delivery and capacity development, advocacy & awareness campaign to create a just society where all marginalized groups peruse their goals by active participation in social development activities for sustainable infrastructure development.
Services We Are Engaged
- General Capacity Building
- Civil society/Advocacy (human rights, gender, CRC, democratization)
- Child Protection
- Emergency relief/Disaster risk reduction/Food security
- Wash and Hygiene
- Poverty reduction/Income generation
- Social and environmental protection
- Shelter/Infrastructure rehabilitation
Capacity development needs have been identified as one of the most crucial requirements of Afghanistan. It is only ten years that Afghanistan has emerged from a war situation and is on a steady path towards progress. Civil unrest resulting from communist coup followed by USSR invasion and subsequent civil war completely devastated Afghan infra-structure, caused migration of experts and intellectuals abroad the country, disrupted the training and education of new talents and left the country in total chaos. Construction of basic infrastructure and public service providing institutions like hospitals, health centers, schools, literacy and adult education centers, governance structures in different parts of the country continued through foreign aid during the last ten years. Able and well trained human resource was still needed to functionalize the newly founded infra-structure. The need for mitigating the deficiency of highly qualified experts was felt by the founders of HRDA. As a result of intense brainstorming, it was concluded that training of new talents and qualifications needed time. The immediate solution to the current situation was to work on the existing human resource and enhance their capacities through short term training and orientation sessions. More…
Contribution to the efforts for civil rights and rule of law constitutes an important part of HRDA policy and strategy. Enabling the marginalized units of community to enjoy the equal rights and opportunities to fundamental human rights and dignified life is an important aspect of humanitarian services.
Being aware of this fact, Human Resource Development Agency always ensures not to spare any opportunity to advocate for human rights, gender related issues and awareness about the rule of law among the beneficiary communities.
HRDS has developed numerous types of wall papers, broachers, placards and other types of publicity material for this purpose. Special attention has been given to topic of cross cutting issues in presentations and group works during seminars, workshops, training courses and orientation sessions.
HRDA is working closely with community development councils, civil societies, district development councils, provincial development committees, district and provincial governance structures to improve public awareness, tolerance and observance of basic human rights, gender issues and principles of democracy. Several training workshops and seminars have been organized on the topics of basic human rights, child abuse, gender-based participation and enhancing the role of civil society structures in communities
In the future HRDA plans to prepare visual and audio media advocacy material to promote civil society structures and advocate for crosscutting issues and rule of law.
To present a role model and living example for the community and other local humanitarian actors, HRDA exercise highest level of transparency, impartiality and professionalism in identification of locations and beneficiaries for project implementation.
Afghanistan is rising from decades of war and insecurity. There is still fighting in some of the areas. We have IDPs, fighting casualties and deaths every day. Sometimes children are direct targets of combat. Most of fighting inflicted casualties and deaths are adult males. Families and sometime communities are displaced from their original locations for unspecified period of time. All these events have extensive adverse impact on children of all ages. The losses of supportive family member, home, village greatly hamper the accessibility of children to their basic rights like food, clean water, healthcare, elementary education and guardian affection. Such circumstances expose children to different types of their rights violation like child labor, sexual abuse, neglect and other forms of exploitation.
HRDA being aware of the great challenge has played active role in social efforts to provide protection to effected children. Advocacy and community awareness regarding child rights has always been a salient part of HRDA campaign activities.
HRDA has created more than 60 child friendly spaces in informal IDP settlements of Kandahar and Urozgan with funding support of UNICEF, UNOCHA and War Child-Canada.
HRDA has also been supporting orphanages, children in prison and children in schools of vulnerable neighborhoods from time to time through HRDA revolving funds.
HRDA has organized numerous training workshops like School management, conflict and conflict resolution, orientation to teaching, CRC, Psychosocial, youth to youth methodology, first aid, CFS practical guide, PDT and health education as part of improving child protection. Children and youth directly participated in such trainings, while others were attended by government officials, teachers, community leaders and members.
Education is the most assistance demanding sector in Afghanistan. Education sector suffered heavy losses during the years of instability. Thousands of schools lay in ruins. Large number of communities’ remains deprived of basic literacy centers. A large number of rehabilitated schools remain deprived of students and teachers. A lot of effort is required to be invested to provide afghan child the access to basic education.Large quantities of resources are needed to be provided to mainstream the handicapped and over age boys and girls in education sector.
Education being the basic right and the most vital need of every individual has been sidelined by insecurity and unstable political situation of the country.
HRDA is totally aware of the afghan community educational needs and the daunting challenges lying in the path of addressing these needs.
HRDA has contributed in the rehabilitation of educational infra-structure through successful implementation of school construction project. HRDA conducts hygiene training session in schools and provides clean drinking water by constructing tube well hand pumps in schools.
HRDA has been developing its capacities in providing consultancy support for in-service short-term trainings of teachers in methodic and didactics, subject-specific trainings, students’ psychology and basic teaching skills. Training of teachers for schools, adult education centers and basic literacy courses is part of HRDA policy.
Child friendly spaces (CFS) are another example of HRDA efforts in the sector of education. HRDA has been establishing child friendly spaces in IDP settlements and formal education deprived areas in partnership with MOLSAMD, UNOCHA and NRC.
Working street child project is another example of HRDA efforts in bringing educational opportunities in the hands of deprived children. During the initiative an educational facility was provided to the children collecting garbage from the streets. These children belonged to the poorest families with no adult male breadwinners. These children were paid the amount of money they expected to earn from selling the collected garbage. They were provided with educational material, basic literacy education and entertainment facilities.
HRDA has played a leading role in the sector of emergency response and disaster risk reduction in southern region and other areas of Afghanistan. Human Resource Development Agency conducts emergency assessment of disaster affected communities, distributes food and non-food items, providing emergency shelters and provides advocacy on wash, hygiene and communicable diseases. Distribution of reformed seed, fertilizers and agricultural tools to flood effected farmers constitute HRDA efforts in emergency relief and food security.
HRDA trains volunteers in construction of flood protection walls and structures, construction of culverts, gabion work on river and canal banks and construction of stone masonry protection walls. Drilling tube wells and construction of hand pumps to reduce the impacts of drought is also part of HRDA strategy.
HRDA has an extensive working experience in providing humanitarian services in wash and hygiene sector. Providing portable water on regular basis to those informal IDP settlements which are built on private lands has been a challenging job. HRDA has provided portable water to such settlements through water tinkering. HRDA has successfully implemented the construction of more than 100 hand pump tube wells and around 70 deep wells in different areas of Kandahar, Helmand and Zabul. The mentioned bore wells were constructed to provide access to clean drinking water and drought mitigation.
HRDA has distributed large number of NFI-hygiene kits to IDP settlements, natural disaster and war effected communities, students of schools and CFS during emergency distributions and awareness project implementations.
HRDA has sustained a wash and hygiene advocacy and awareness campaign in schools, health units, IDP camps and beneficiary communities from its very existence.
In the future HRDA plans to launch a long term project of wash & hygiene education for nomadic families and distribution of more sophisticated wash & hygiene kits.
HRDA visionaries have already allocated HRDA’s place in the afghan struggle against poverty and unemployment. The lengthy internal conflict has left large number of afghan families with earning members lost or disabled. This tragedy continues as sporadic fighting, explosions and suicide attacks continue in towns and villages of the country. Every day and another, there is new displacement of communities due to fighting and insecurity. Change in livelihood is accompanied with relocation of families. HRDA has been monitoring this situation and always came up with brilliant new initiatives like organizing vocational training courses for men, women and youth. The vocational trainings are designed according to the needs of target beneficiaries and area situation. These trainings open new doors of employability and self-employment for target beneficiaries.
Till the moment HRDA has organized numerous vocational training courses targeting the most vulnerable families. HRDA also makes efforts to find markets for products the trainees produce after graduation.
Tailoring, embroidery, carpet weaving, home economy & literacy, literacy and empowerment, jam and pickle making, poultry production are few of the projects to mention that were specifically designed for women. Technical and vocational trainings for disabled or unemployed youth is another good example of HRDA efforts to reduce poverty and generate income opportunities for vulnerable and unemployed.
The most important issues related to social and environmental sector have been shadowed by the past civil war and ongoing insecurity. Now that Afghanistan is on a new road to development and prosperity, greater attention is given to the issues of social and environmental protection. The issues of child abuse, violence against women, human activities that harm environment and social surroundings are receiving more focus every day.
The issues of social and environmental protection have always been part of HRDA mandate. HRDA has addressed these issues during designation of every project and activity. HRDA has been advocating for social and environmental protection through active participation in plantation campaigns and distribution of awareness leaflets and broachers. Protection of clean water sources, child labor, violence against children and women, discrimination on ethnic regional and gender basis, trees protection, prevention of anti-environment industrial waste products and discouragement of unnecessary use of chemicals in agriculture have been given special coverage in HRDA advocacy. Furthermore the topics of civil rights, social and environmental protection have been part of different HRDA presentations and awareness material during seminars and workshops.
Afghanistan was undergoing a major phase of reconstruction and rehabilitation, when HRDA entered the sector of humanitarian services. HRDA has implemented, planning, design and implementation of civil construction parts of humanitarian projects like construction of wells, culverts, small bridges, protection walls and other irrigation structures.
HRDA procurement and logistics units gained experience and resources in civil construction sector. The civil construction unit of HRDA continued to develop and HRDA was able to implement infrastructure rehabilitation projects like renovation of school buildings and other public service institutions.HRDA civil construction unit has proved helpful during implementation of shelter projects in Kandahar and Helmand. HRDA has gained valuable organizational experience in implementation of temporary, transitional and permanent shelter provision. Successful implementations of several shelter projects demonstrate excellent coordination of HRDA civil construction and logistics units.
HRDA envisions Afghanistan/World a prosperous, developed and peaceful place free of poverty, violence and social injustice where all individuals have equal rights and access to available resources needed for a rich and dignified life without discrimination of any kind.
It always seems impossible until it’s done
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