What We Do
In all of its development work PMS seeks to deliver long term, holistic programmes that reach the unreached. For PMS this means focusing on delivering our programmes in Pakistan's most marginalised, disadvantaged and impoverished districts. Our fields of expertise and entry points to these communities are in education; health; livelihoods and food security; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and youth development. In addition, PMS has a disaster response unit that prepares communities for disaster and provides emergency respond is disaster situations.
PMS focuses on initiatives to improve educational quality and learning environments so children enjoy learning and can grow in achieving their potential. To maximise impacts and transformational development in this sector, PMS works in partnership with government and other partners to:
- Mobilise and organise local communities to participate in the development process to
facilitate girls' and boys' access to education and increase enrolment numbers
- Create friendly and creative education environments through enhancing teachers'
- Developing school management committees and refurbishing under-resourced schools
Mother and child health is a major healthcare issue in Pakistan and at PMS we seek to address it by providing quality healthcare, outreach and support to mothers through our two Mother and Child Healthcare Centres (MCHC) in Pakistan's remote, mountainous north. PMS's MCHCs are designed to improve maternal and child health by increasing access to high quality services and integrating health and hygiene awareness and capacity building for traditional birth attendants and lady health workers.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
PMS has built up considerable expertise in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in order to respond to the huge needs there are in accessing clean water and adequate sanitation. In Pakistan 41,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation; 16 million don't have access to safe water; and 1 in 2 people do not have access to adequate sanitation. Through innovative community engagement and ensuring community ownership, our WASH projects improve access to adequate sanitation, provide clean water, reduce the incidence of diarrhoea while addressing other health issues and create time savings for women and girls who have responsibilities for fetching water.
Pakistan's future is in the hands of its young people. They are our future leaders, innovators, creators and change-makers. A major challenge is that we have one of the world's largest youth bulges, with 35 per cent of the population aged 15 or under. The current job market is unable to absorb and provide opportunities for young people currently aged 18 to 25, let alone the generation a few years behind. Recognising this problem as well as the multiple layers of disadvantage that minority communities face in Pakistan, PMS is committed to creating opportunity and levelling the playing field through providing internships, training, workshops, mentoring, career counselling and university scholarships for young people from marginalised and disadvantaged communities.
The goal of PMS's disaster response unit is to make communities resilient to disasters. We do this in two ways. Firstly, we work with disaster prone communities to prepare them for disasters in order to mitigate their effects. Secondly, working to internationally recognised standards, we provide emergency response to manmade and natural disasters and rehabilitation to those communities in the aftermath.