Heritage Foundation works on providing rehabilitation solution for flood affectees

September 8, 2010 at 12:15 am 3 comments

Most of us who have been involved in fundraising and flood relief for the past few weeks have been discussing the long term implications of these devastating floods and the kind of things that will need to be done in order for the affectees and survivors to restart their lives. One such issue is that of permanent housing. For the moment, temporary shelter in the form of tents has been provided by most NGOs and relief organizations. But we need to remember that this is just a temporary measure. We need a permanent rehabilitation solution. That is why I was happy to see that some organisations have already started working toward this goal.

One such organisation is the Heritage Foundation who have been working in the Swat region providing what they call Guided  Self Help Shelters – Green KaravanGhar. The initiative is led by renowned architect Yasmin Lari who worked with the IDPs in Swat and the northern areas during the earthquake.

The cost of shelter of size 18′ 6″’x 10′ 3″, including supervision costs, is US$ 400. Another US$100 will provide the basic necessities for restarting lives. It is a green structure with low carbon footprint. The basic structure of the shelter from foundation to roof will be completed in 5 days, while the finishing by the family is expected to take another 5 days. The total construction time is 10 days.

According to a e-flyer that a young friend who is working with them sent me, the structure will be constructed by skilled artisans, while finishing will be carried out by the family members. The shelter is the core unit to which more rooms or verandahs can be added later on.

According to the Heritage Foudation, the design of the shelter is based on local and vernacular materials. It has been carefully designed by professionals at Heritage Foundation and eminent civil engineers Amin Tariq Associates. The structure is constructed with bamboo posts and cross bracing in walls, and bamboo ring beams and joists in the roof. The foundations are constructed with stone masonry using lime and sand mortar while a small amount of cement is used in foundation pad and grouting for mild steel bars for anchoring purposes. The finishing of the structure e.g. filling the cross bracing with stone, debris or brick, lime-mud plaster to walls, floor and roof will be carried out under guidance by the family itself. This is one way for them to feel a sense of ownership and also to learn how to add extra rooms to the structure at a later stage.

The work will be supervised by student volunteers (architectural/engineering students) drawn from various participating universities. This mechanism provides the youth of the country an opportunity to help fellow Pakistanis in restarting their lives. During training workshops, the volunteers will receive manuals containing architectural and engineering drawings, constructional details, instructions etc. A qualified architect/engineer will be deputed to oversee the work. Under the programme volunteers will be provided board and lodging and transport from Peshawar/ Saidu Sharif Base Camps to the field.

If you would like to support this initiative, you can send donations to:

Account Title: Karavan Ghar
Rupee Account No:  010-1828-5

Bank Code No:  UBL 1620.
Name and Address of Bank: United Bank Limited,
Sunset Boulevard Branch, DHA 4, Karachi 75500,

Account Title: Karavan Ghar
US$ Account No. 310-0053-5

Bank Code No. UBL 1620.
Name and Address of Bank:
United Bank Limited,
Sunset Boulevard Branch, DHA 4, Karachi 75500

For more information, please email info@heritagefoundationpak.org.

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  • 2. Zainab Ali  |  September 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    This is perhaps the word rehabilitation really means; this organization is doing a great job by using the local material to help people build their homes. God bless you.

  • 3. ABDUL AZIZ DAHRI  |  October 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    respected sir iam mechanical engineer and expericed with improvement of water courses in sindh pakistan for agriculture and iwant to work for rehabilation of distroyed colaps irrigation system by flood. if your orgnization need my services for such job kindly contect soon. thanks mailing add; engr_ABDUL AZIZ DAHRI .DAHRI MUHALLA P.O SHAH PUR CHAKAR;DISTT;SANGHAR;SINDH;PAKISTAN -TEL; +92-333-2865886 -+92-235-480900


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