Investment in infrastructure development can boost the economic growth. Particularly,
in disaster affected areas, the reconstruction of essential public infrastructure
is an important ingredient for recovery, sustained economic growth and poverty reduction.
Our Infrastructure Development (ID) Program contributes to the rebuilding and development
of physical infrastructure particularly in the disaster affected areas. It helps
impoverished/disaster affected communities by improving their access to essential
infrastructure, such as schools and houses; easing access to water supply schemes;
employing local skilled and un-skilled labors for construction work. In the past
year, our focus remained on construction of school to assist earthquake victims.
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Infrastructure Development involves fundamental structures that are required for
the functioning of a community & society. This is usually referred to structures
like roads, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, telecommunications, renewable
energy, and so on. At this time, the Helping Hand (USA) For Relief & Development's
International Infrastructure Development Program does not include larger scale civil
projects like roadways, electric grids, telecommunications, and renewable energy
(can be considered in the future). Projects like home construction, sanitation,
basic hygiene provision, water sources identification & boring (wells), purification
systems for clean water. This program has been started with the "Integrated Approach
towards Rebuilding Pakistan Program" and presently (April 20th, 2011) includes two
components: Home Construction Program (HCP) and Water & Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).
It is being implemented in 11 Union Councils of Pakistan. (Note: WASH is presented
in another module on this www.HHRD.Org website: Click WASH to enter this section)
Home Construction Program Objectives
To construct maximum number of permanent homes in the most sustainable manner.
To save in general the destitute and in particular the calamity affected communities,
from the hardships of weather;
To lower the sufferings of the most susceptible sections of the society again
generally the needy and particularly the calamity affected communities: These vulnerable
people include widows, orphans, landless persons, and elderly;
To create sense of ownership among the beneficiaries, with proper public involvement
To generate good employment opportunities for engineers, social workers, and people
in other fields.