RISE- Rural Initiatives in Sustainability & Empowerment

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RISE - Rural Initiatives in Sustainability & Empowerment

Name: Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment
Acronym: RISE
Established: 1996
Addresses:
Head Office Peshawar: House # 296, Street 18, Sector-F 5, Phase-6, Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan.  
Tel: +92-91-5594070
Email: [email protected] ,   [email protected] 
URL: www.risepk.webs.com 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rise.ngo
Twitter: @pk_rise

Registration: No. 3253/5/2809 Societies Act XXI of 1860.

Date of Registration: 4/5/1999

Working Area: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA


RISE stands for Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment

RISE is Non for Profit, Public Interest Organization working in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. RISE focuses on developing capacity of the community activists so that they can play an active role in their society as Agents of Change for empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of the Society and sustain the initiatives of Development, Human Rights, Equality, Equity, Constitutionalism and Democracy

Mission:

To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society in the rural Pakhtunkhwa, through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization at community, intermediary and policy making level.

Objectives:

To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through awareness among community, intermediary and policy making level.
To strengthen the capacity of partner CBOs and NGOs to manage and sustain the development initiatives.
To strengthen the capacity of Community activists so that they play their role as agents of change in their communities for promotion and protection of Human Rights, Tolerance and Pluralism.

History:
Organization emerged during 1997 when some community  activists gathered and started their struggle for development of District Swabi (Pakistan) and remained actively involved in advocacy process to make accountable the Government Departments t provide quality services to the communities.

Organizational Structure:

Board of Directors:
This body consists of 7 members responsible for Policy Making. Secretary of the Board is responsible for Implementation of the Decisions through Hired Staff. Board of Directors is elected in the month of December each year. Members for Board of Directors are elected from the Beneficiaries of the Organization. Three out of Four Members from the Board resign each year and Five new members are nominated among the beneficiaries by the outgoing members. The sitting Board members select/elect three out of these five nominees as Board members for the Next year.

Executive:
Staff members are hired and recruited for implementation of different Projects at different level who work with proper consultation of Chairperson of RISE.

i. Chief Executive: Responsible for execution and implementation of Programs, and oversight of staff. Accountable to the Board of Directors.
ii. Program Officers:
A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the Executive Director. 
iii. Social Organizers: To organize groups, develop contacts in the communities
iv. Finance and Admin Officer: Responsible for Financial matters, record keeping, auditing accounts and office administration.

Strategy:
o Training 
o Community Based Research.
o Net Working
o Promotion of Dialogue

Activities:

- Promotion of dialogue on critical issues among stakeholders i.e. Community and Government.

- Providing training to community activists in the following fields:

i. Women Skill Building Program
ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women
iii. Health Education for women
iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
v. Human Rights Program
vi. Integration of Children with disabilities
vii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
viii. Organizing people Assemblies on Devolution of Power


i. Women Skill Building Program

RISE Skill Building Program is a program of RISE NGO, which aims to provide skill training to the community so that the uneducated and less educated section can also be utilized in economic development of the country. For this purpose, the program aims at providing income generation skills and Micro Entrepreneurship has been made as a compulsory part of each course so that the trainees get knowledge about starting and managing their businesses at small scale. Further, the Organization develops liaison and coordination between the trained persons and the financial institutes to provide soft loans to them for initiating and developing their businesses.

The Organization has close contacts with SMEDA (Small and Medium Entrepreneurship development Authority) FWCCI (Frontier Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and FPCCI (Frontier Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry) so that the trained person can get the opportunities to develop their businesses and participate in the exhibitions inside and outside the country.


ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women

RISE is working for Empowerment of Rural women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. RISE views that women empowerment is impossible without poverty alleviation and control of women on financial resources. Therefore it focuses on capacity building of women in Micro Entrepreneurship and providing soft loans to the trained women to start their own businesses.

iii. Health Education Program:
Health education program is focused on rural women. The rural women have little access to medical facilities and services because of the tribal and feudal culture in the area. Women mobility is restricted and they are not allowed to visit male doctors in case of pregnancy. Women in pregnancy from rural areas mainly depend on the traditional practices and advise from the elderly women of the family. Women are advised to go to the clerics and women who use religious verses for treatment. 

RISE has developed a Health training program for rural women for providing accurate information to women in need and develop a liaison and coordination between women activists and health System and Services.

iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
RISE has served as Secretariat of VAW Forum and has conducted a community based research on evidence on honor killings in district Swabi. It has also printed an analysis on, “Contradictory norms and values in Pakhtoon Society”.  It provides training to community activists to address and combat honor Killings and Violence against women through community activism at community level. 

v. Human Rights Program 
It is human rights education program. In this program community activists are trained as Human Rights activists. Training on human rights is provided to Community based Organizations to enable them to adopt rights based approach in their programs. Child Rights programs and Women Rights  special Program are part of this program.

vi. Promoting Dialogue
RISE introduced  to hold dialogues on critical issues among different sections and groups of the society. For this purpose RISE organized a group os Civil Society Organizations in the name of JAC (Joint Action Committees). RISE held dialogues on very critical issues like Hudood Bill and Islamic Laws in the Province and collected recommendations from the grass root to repeal the so called Islamic laws those were very much discriminatory against women and religious minorities.

vii. Integration of Children with Disabilities
There are taboos and misperceptions about disabilities. In some cases disable people and children are considered saints but in some cases it is stated that their parents would have done some bad works and this is product and result of the bad works of the parents that they have children with disabilities.

RISE promoted the idea that every person has born with some disability and it very human and natural that some people have disabilities. The other aspect RISE has focused is that disability has no medial solutions but it has social and behavioral solution and that is to integrated children with disabilities in the mainstream society.

In this program RISE provides training to Parents, teachers, clerics and community activists on integration of children with disabilities and have organization village Integration Committees at community level.

viii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
During and after Afghan war religious extremism and militancy was promoted by different circles in Pakistan. RISE took a strong stand against the militarization of the society and spread of arms in the society and even spread of Nuclear weapons in the region and country.

To combat the situation RISE organized campaigns against the religious militancy throughout the province. It also imparts training to young people to promote peace and non violence as life style among young people who are vulnerable to fall a prey to the militant groups to hire them for suicide attacks and terrorist activities.

ix. People Assemblies on Devolution of Power
RISE has adopted the theory of Devolution of power and for this purpose it organized people assemblies on district and Provincial levels to collect the suggestions and recommendations of different sections of the civil society on the subject.

Networking:
i. JAC (Joint Action Committee): (Secretariat RISE)
JAC is a forum of Civil Society Organizations of the Province. It promotes Pluralism, Tolerance, Democratic norms and Good Governance through organizing dialogues on critical social, cultural, political and Economic issues of the country. RISE is moderating the group [email protected]

ii. VAW Forum -  VAW (Violence Against Women) Forum, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Civil Society Network, working for elimination for violence against women in the province through capacity building of community based organizations , Facts Findings and knowledge based Advocacy.
iii. NCCR: (NGOs Coalition on Child Rights) - (Secretariat RISE) 
NCCR (NGOs Coalition on Child Rights) is a Network of + 500 Community Based Organizations in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Its focus is on promotion and protection of Child Rights in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. NCCR strengthens the capacities of CBOs by providing training on Child Rights, conducting community based researches on child rights, sharing the findings of the researches with the communities, organizing awareness raising programs on community level through out the province. NCCR has conducted community based researches on the children issues.

iv. PNF: Pakistan NGOs Forum:
Active and founder member of Pakistan NGOs Forum. Hosting Secretariat of PNF  for the period of 2011-2012. PNF is apex body of NGOs Networks of Pakistan. Its mandate is to advocate for  promotion and protection the cause of Non-Profit Sector of Pakistan and to create enabling working environment for the Non-Profit Sector of Pakistan.

v. SNI: Sarhad NGOs Ittehad
Founder member of Provincial Network of NGOs and Community based Organizations of the province, advocating for the cause of non for profit in the Province.

vi. PACF/PNAC:
RISE is hosting Secretariat of Pakistan AIDS Control Federation a National network of  NGOS working for HIV/AIDS prevention and Treatment. 


Publications;
Under VAW Network:
i. EVIDENCE ON Honor Killings in NWFP
ii. Contradictory Norms in Pakhtoon Society

Under Child Rights Network:
1.  Crimes against children in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
2. Community perceptions about male child sex abuse in NWFP.
3. Corporal punishment in the schools of NWFP.
4. Children's perceptions of Physical abuse at home in NWFP.
5. Parental attitudes, perceptions and practices regarding Child Health Care in NWFP.
6. Enforcement of Employment of Children Act 1991 in NWFP.
7. Registration of Children in NWFP.
8.  Adolescents' knowledge, attitude and perceptions of HIV/AIDS in NWFP.
9. Betrothal and Early marriages of children in NWFP.
10. Run away Children.

Under JAC Network:
Dialogues on HASBA BILL (Proposed Islamic Laws 

 Membership of International Organizations:
a. WSSCC:   Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
b. IANSA:   International Action Network of Small Arms
c. WGNRR:   Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights
d. AWID:       The Association for Women's Rights in Development  
e. IPB:       www.ipb.org - International Peace Bureau
f. The Netzkart Movement: http://www.netzkraft.net
g. CTC: Coalition for Tobacco Control - Pakistan  www.ctcpak.org
h. GLOBALink | The online network for global tobacco control

 Name:                       Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment
 
 Acronym: RISE
 
 Established:   1996
 
RISE is Non for Profit, Public Interest Organization working in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. RISE focuses on developing capacity of the community activists so that they can play an active role in their society as Agents of Change for empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of the Society and sustain the initiatives of Development, Human Rights, Equality, Equity, Constitutionalism and Democracy.
 
The Pakistani society, with its pro-agrarian tribal structures, is in self-conceited fetters of
loathsome discriminations, gross economic injustices, feudalistic customary practices and
militaristic adventures harboring anti-progressive and undemocratic principles and
values. The severe human miseries and suffocating social oppressions are the very bioproducts
of this out trodden societal structure. To vow for social activism and rights
oriented political movement, in background to such devastating condition, is in-deed a
highly challenging and uphill task but at the same time a promising clue of a transitory
The Pakistani society, with its pro-agrarian tribal structures, is in self-conceited fetters of
loathsome discriminations, gross economic injustices, feudalistic customary practices and
militaristic adventures harboring anti-progressive and undemocratic principles and
values. The severe human miseries and suffocating social oppressions are the very bioproducts
of this out trodden societal structure. To vow for social activism and rights
oriented political movement, in background to such devastating condition, is in-deed a 
The Pakistani society, with its pro-agrarian tribal structures, is in self-conceited fetters of loathsome discrimination, gross economic injustices, feudalistic customary practices and militaristic adventures harboring anti-progressive and undemocratic principles and values. The severe human miseries and suffocating social oppression are the very byproducts of this out trodden societal structure. To vow for social activism and rights oriented political movement, in background to such devastating condition, is in-deed a highly challenging and uphill task but at the same time a promising clue of a transitory period.
 
History: 
 
Organization emerged during 1996 when some community  activists gathered and started their struggle for development of District Swabi (Pakistan) and remained actively involved in advocacy process to make accountable the Government Departments to
provide quality services to the communities. 
 
Mission:

To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society in the rural Pakhtunkhwa, through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization at community, intermediary and policy making level.
Mission:
 
To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society in the rural Pakhtunkhwa, through capacity building, advocacy and sensitization at community, intermediary and policy making level. 
 
Objectives: 
 
To empower the disadvantaged sections of the society through awareness among
        community, intermediary and policy making level.
 
To strengthen the capacity of partner CBOs and NGOs to manage and sustain the
        development initiatives. 
 
 • To strengthen the capacity of Community activists so that they play their role as
        agents of change in their communities for promotion and protection of Human
        Rights, Tolerance and Pluralism. 
 
Organizational Structure:
 
Board of Directors:
 
This body consists of 7 members responsible for Policy Making. Secretary of the Board is responsible for Implementation of the Decisions through Hired Staff. Board of Directors is elected in the month of December each year. Members for Board of Directors are elected from the Beneficiaries of the Organization. Three out of Four Members from the Board resign each year and Five new members are nominated among the beneficiaries by the outgoing members. The sitting Board members select/elect three out of these five nominees as Board members for the Next year.

Executive:
Staff members are hired and recruited for implementation of different Projects at different level who work with proper consultation of Chairperson of RISE.

i. Chief Executive: Responsible for execution and implementation of Programs, and oversight of staff. Accountable to the Board of Directors.
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
iii. Social Organizers: To organize groups, develop contacts in the communities
iv. Finance and Admin Officer: Responsible for Financial matters, record keeping, auditing accounts and office administration.
Strategy:
o Training
o Community Based Research.
o Net Working
o Promotion of Dialogue
Activities:
- Promotion of dialogue on critical issues among stakeholders i.e. Community and Government.
- Providing training to community activists in the following fields:
i. Women Skill Building Program
ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women
iii. Health Education for women
iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
v. Human Rights Program
vi. Integration of Children with disabilities
vii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
viii. Organizing people Assemblies on Devolution of Power
This body consists of 7 members responsible for Policy Making. Secretary of the Board is responsible for Implementation of the Decisions through Hired Staff. Board of Directors is elected in the month of December each year. Members for Board of Directors are elected from the Beneficiaries of the Organization. Three out of Four Members from the Board resign each year and Five new members are nominated among the beneficiaries by the outgoing members. The sitting Board members select/elect three out of these five nominees as Board members for the Next year.

Executive:
Staff members are hired and recruited for implementation of different Projects at different level who work with proper consultation of Chairperson of RISE.

i. Chief Executive: Responsible for execution and implementation of Programs, and oversight of staff. Accountable to the Board of Directors.
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
iii. Social Organizers: To organize groups, develop contacts in the communities
iv. Finance and Admin Officer: Responsible for Financial matters, record keeping, auditing accounts and office administration.
Strategy:
o Training
o Community Based Research.
o Net Working
o Promotion of Dialogue
Activities:
- Promotion of dialogue on critical issues among stakeholders i.e. Community and Government.
- Providing training to community activists in the following fields:
i. Women Skill Building Program
ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women
iii. Health Education for women
iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
v. Human Rights Program
vi. Integration of Children with disabilities
vii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
viii. Organizing people Assemblies on Devolution of Power
This body consists of 7 members responsible for Policy Making. Secretary of the Board is responsible for Implementation of the Decisions through Hired Staff. Board of Directors is elected in the month of December each year. Members for Board of Directors are elected from the Beneficiaries of the Organization. Three out of Four Members from the Board resign each year and Five new members are nominated among the beneficiaries by the outgoing members. The sitting Board members select/elect three out of these five nominees as Board members for the Next year.
 
Executive: 
 
Staff members are hired and recruited for implementation of different Projects at different level who work with proper consultation of Chairperson of RISE. 
 
i. Chief Executive:
 
Responsible for execution and implementation of Programs, and oversight of staff. Accountable to the Board of Directors.
 
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
ii. Program Officers:   A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
ii. Program Officers:
 
A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the
Executive Director.
A Program Officer is responsible for a specific program and accountable to the Executive Director.
 
iii. Social Organizers:
 
To organize groups, develop contacts in the communities
 
 iv. Finance and Admin Officer:
 
Responsible for Financial matters, record keeping, auditing accounts and office administration.
 
Strategy:
 
o Training
o Community Based Research.
o Net Working
o Promotion of Dialogue
 
Activities: 
 
- Promotion of dialogue on critical issues among stakeholders i.e. Community and  
  Government.
- Providing training to community activists in the following fields: 
 
i. Women Skill Building Program
ii. Micro Entrepreneurship and Skill Building for women
iii. Health Education for women 
iv. Elimination of violence against women with a focus on honor killing.
v. Human Rights Program
vi. Integration of Children with disabilities
vii. Peace, Non-violence, Tolerance, Disarmament and Pluralism
viii. Organizing people Assemblies on Devolution of Power 
 
 
 
 

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