The increasing insurgency and rapidly deteriorating security situation in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) forced the Pakistan Army to start a military operation against the miscreants. As a result of this armed conflict a large percentage of population from the tribal areas in North West Pakistan were forced to flee their villages and move into more secure areas.
SPADO, for the welfare of IDPs from Mohmand and Bajawar Agencies, is working as an implementing partner of UNICEF on issues of child protection in Jalozai camp. The said project is named as “Child Protection in Emergencies”. The geographical focus of this project is estate 1, estate 2 and KG 2 of Jalozai camp.
SPADO with the aim to facilitate the vulnerable children in Jalozai camp distributed 12 wheel chairs in disabled children with support from UNICEF. SPADO’s CPMs conducted a survey and had identified these children and had referred them to health facilities (Merlin), where they were prescribed wheel chairs by the doctors.
At the event, on 14th June, 2010, camp administration was also present on invitation of SPADO’s child protection coordinator. Mr. Arbab Arshad (Deputy Chief Coordinator Camp) was the guest of honor. He recognized and appreciated SPADO’s efforts. He stated that SPADO has been dedicatedly playing a role in this regard and thanked the organization on behalf of camp administration.
12 wheel chairs were distributed among 8 boys and 4 girls. The parents/guardians of these children said that they had consulted other forums regarding the issue too but unfortunately they were not assisted but were now thankful to SPADO’s efforts and provision of wheel chairs.
The news of this event was also covered by AVT Khyber in its news strip on the very day.