Case Study Of Piryani Khatoon

Organization: Hands

Location: Village Kalar Kot, Union Council Dolatpur, District Jacobabad, Sindh province, Pakistan

Project Title: Provision of Adapted Shelter Assistance to Vulnerable Flood Affected Populations of northern Sindh. 

Introduction: In 2012, unprecedented monsoon rain caused flooding in northern Sindh, Pakistan. Thousands of families were affected, their homes destroyed and agriculture and livelihoods lost. The flood not only affected their assets and possessions but had a detrimental effect to the level of food security, health care, education and other basic needs in the province.


Piryani Khatoon is a resident of village Kalar Kot, Union Council Dolatpur in district Jacobabad. Piryani Khatoon is a widow who lives with her children. Her son was employed and earning daily wages to support the family.  Piryani Khatoon had been living in a tent for the past two years, which had been given to her as part of humanitarian assistance to the floods of 2010.


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Before the floods, Piryani Khatoona also used to work on agricultural farmlands, surviving on a monthly income of not more than Rs. 3000. When the village of Kalar Kot was hit by the flood, her home and livelihood were destroyed thereby forcing her to live on the roadside for a month.

In the village of Kalar Kot and surrounding areas, Hands along with Save the Children, implemented an adapted shelter solution and cash for work programme. As part of this programme, Piryani Khatoon was selected according to beneficiary selection critieria that provided her with the emergency assistance she needed.

Piryani Khatoon’s Comments:

I’m very thankful to the Shelter Cluster Team and HANDS Organization for nominating me as a beneficiary to the One Room Shelter Project. Now my family and I finally have a roof over our heads and a home to live in.

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