Health And Rural Development (HARD) Balochistan is a non-profit, non-political, non religious and non-governmental organization of Pakistan. The Organization is registered in Social Welfare Act 1961 Later in 2014 registered in Society Act 1860 under the law of Pakistan. The organization was established by a group of young development professionals who were motivated while working development sector to serve the people of Balochistan. Initially, the young group members started working from one room office at community level in District Khuzdar. At first step they planned to organize communities and engage them in development and social welfare related voluntary activities on self-support basis. Spending years on voluntary work as from 1996 to 2002 the group members developed trust among communities and decided to formally register the organization naming “Health And Rural Development (HARD) Balochistan”. Keeping in view the key objectives of the organization, the team moved forward gradually to identify and reach the most vulnerable and marginalized communities of the Balochistan for protecting their human rights and serving them in need. In this way, the organization management decided to access local, national and international level donor organizations for joining hands to reach the most deserving people. With the passage of the time, HARD has launched several campaigns, projects and programs with the partnership of The Asia Foundation, Action Aid International, Oxfam, USAID Pakistan, European Union, TVO, District and Provincial Government, Aurat Foundation, Azat Foundation, TDEA, UAF Women Human Rights Defenders, UNDP CHANAN, GPE and World Bank. Besides HARD initiated many campaigns on self-help basis as and when are required particularly for general awareness of the communities on issues such as human rights, civic amenities, violence against women, School Enrolment, HIV/AIDs, Civic and Voting Education and against the other social evils like human tracking, drugs addiction and etc. HARD has also responded in emergencies as per intensity and demand of the situations. HARD has conducted several surveys and studies to build an information base and ran capacity building programmes as well. Since its establishment, the organization has been working on diversified issues affecting the lives of rural as well as urban communities of Balochistan. The considerable work of the organization revolves around issues with human rights perspective. Despite a typically resistant atmosphere around, the activists of HARD have been struggling for bringing about a behavioural change.
As a result of working with different donors, HARD team developed linkages with government departments, local influential, political leaders and donor organizations and other stakeholders and besides, HARD gained strong team with a huge experience of voluntary and community based work, implemented more than 30 short and long term projects and multi-sector programs. For instances, HARD has been implementing multi-sector program funded by Action Aid Pakistan since 2008 and still the program is continue. Leaving high impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable people through different interventions and projects, the HARD team set an example of social development and protecting the human rights. These have endeared HARD among local communities and brought a valuable credibility among the local as well as national institutions. 2. Vision: A gender responsive society without poverty and injustice where everyone has right and decent place to live freely on the Earth. 3. Mission: To advocate for the rights of people especially women and marginalized groups for alleviating poverty and striving to create a culture of justice, equality, peace, democratic governance and environmental protection. 4. Objectives: ∙ To create peaceful and inclusive societies and protect Human rights and human rights defenders to reduce religion, sect ethnic and tribe based conflicts and promoting tolerant and positive behaviors among the people ∙ To end gender based violence and discrimination against women increasing women’s access to justice through provision of information on their fundamental rights, legal advice and pro bono/lo-bono services ∙ Improving the socio-economic and political status of women through creating livelihood and income generation opportunities, capacity building, skills development and women’s engagement in civic education to ensuring their participation in democratic process ∙ To improve the health of poor and marginalized communities through provision of quality essential health care services, capacity building of service providers, upgrading health facilities and/or initiating innovative health programs to reduce MMR and IMR ∙ Improving the nutrition of children living in rural and remote areas through provision of nutritious kits, developing sources for food security ∙ Preventing the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases through early information, awareness raising and providing relevant medicines and equipment ∙ Eradicating poverty through creating livelihood opportunities, employment, mobilizing resources, providing small loans and support (In cash and in kind) to people living below the poverty line and building their capacities. ∙ Enhancing agriculture productivity and incomes of small farmers, food producers particularly women and indigenous people to ensure food security in distances areas ∙ Reducing gender disparities and enhancing the boys’ and girls’ access to free and quality early grade, primary, elementary and secondary education through parent teachers’ capacity building, community mobilization and sensitization and upgrading education related facilities and equipment for improved learning outcomes and education results ∙ Improve adult literacy among men and women through initiating focused non-formal programs for adult literacy enhancement ∙ Promoting Democracy and democratic values among citizens through increasing their participation in political activism, civic education and increasing voter turnout in local and general elections ∙ Improving governance at local level through engagement of CSOs and citizens for closely observing and monitoring the performance of government institutions for improved service delivery ∙ Improving the WASH through providing equitable and safe drinking water facility, improving the sanitation through Wash governance, upgrading basic infrastructure and promoting hygienic habits among people living in semi-urban, rural and remote geographical areas ∙ Enhancing volunteerism and sense of responsibility among the youth to reduce their involvement in criminal and offensive activities and drug usage through diverting their attention towards importance of their participation in democratic and political arena ∙ To enhance the productivity and contributions of youth through their skill development, productive employment and decent work focusing on women and young girl’s work along with the work of persons with disabilities, and ensuring equal pay for work ∙ To counter the repercussions of climate change and for the protection of natural environment. ∙ To build the capacity of the marginalized communities against DRR.