Support With Working Solution was established in November 1991. At the time of inception it was no more than a group of progressive and dedicated volunteers who could not bear the grim realities about the womens health, illiteracy and poor social and economic status.
It was not easy to intervene in so sensitive issue in such a conservative area where women interaction even with outside women is looked with suspicion. But by dint of their will power, determination and commitment they started from women Reproductive Health. Social barriers were bound to bow before the zeal of women staff as they stood gallantly against all odds. First five years were exclusively for women health as by September 30, 2005 SWWS has provided reproductive health services to 45000 women in 286 villages (200 in Mardan and 86 in swabi). 254 health activists (TBAs 150 [100 SPO and 50 WHP], General Practitioners 60 and 44 Male motivators were also trained regarding Reproductive health issues to address the health issues of under served population living in far flung areas of Swabi. SWWS is focal point for PAVHNAs Reproductive health project and we regularly visited its partner in NWFP and provided technical support especially in MIS, Capacity building and clinical service delivery.
Encouraged by this experience Women Micro Enterprise Development became second area of intervention. It was a step to empower poor women and men by increasing their income through training and linkages development.
Realizing the importance of education for empowerment SWWS team started striving to educate rural women. SWWS is operating ten schools for urban working and indigent children in Mardan City. SWWS also established 24+10=34 Community Based Schools for adults in Mardan, and 33+20=53 in Swabi, and 40 Feeder School in Mardan.
To increase women access to financial resources micro-credit Programme was started. SWWS facilitate group formation and builds capacities of the beneficiaries as well as link them with mainstream financial institutions. Women are mobilized to open bank accounts. By June 2005, total 1223 women and 220 men benefited from this programme. And they were provided Rs.19991000/- as micro credit. They also saved Rs.1372430/- as community savings.
A new product of leasing was introduced with the help of FSSP and ORIX leasing and 18 motorcycle Rickshaws were leased for 18 unemployed youth of target area of swabi. Similarly 500 women and male were trained in EDT, BMST, CMST and LMST training courses during 2004-5.
Advocacy has been an integral part of SWWS strategy. More than 400 union councilors were briefed in different sessions on different issues. SWWS is actively involved in advocacy campaign against honour killings, social abuses, domestic violence and health and education issues with the purpose to enhance women status, socially, legally as well as economically. Advocacy for child rights also continues to safeguard the rights of working and indigent children. Similarly advocacy for women health is also done with involvement of health services providers, local representatives and line departments to make the health facilities women friendly and improve the services at all levels from first referral to DHQ hospitals.
Number of research studies was carried out for different purposes, like honour killings. We studied the causes and effects of honor killings in NWFP. We also prepared Afghan refugees profile for UNHCR throughout Pakistan. We also conducted repatriation study for UNHCR in 56 refugee camps throughout NWFP and FATA including north and South Waziristan Agencies and under this assignment we completed 15000 interviews.
SWWS has demonstrated the sustainability of its programs. During 13 years of its existence, it has never happened that an activity stopped after termination of a project. The reason probably is that we are our own target group, the women of the area and we believe in community capability, which is the real agent of change.
Apart from above SWWS most distinguishing achievement is the involvement of rural women in developmental activities. SWWS has facilitated the emergence and formation of womens group as independent units along with men's CBOs.
During the year 2004 changes was continued in the policy, approach and management of Support With Working Solution (SWWS). This year we completed 13 years of our presence as support organization in the province of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) with the expansion of our work to more than 0.6 million population with the support of national and international organizations. We reviewed and structured our program according to the changing socio-economic realities and the emerging demands of the target communities.