Friends Pakistan’s Community development initiatives seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities. These skills are often concentrated around with the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda of the development of their areas. Friends Pakistan works with individuals to affect communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions. The skill enhancement of community partners, strengthening of local institutions and capacity building of wide range of stake holders including local community organizations has remained the focus of Friends Pakistan. The Capacity building programs of Friends Pakistan have been developed and implemented through a process based on occupational and individual capacity development needs to ensure proper utilization of the training initiatives.
Being an organization following a right based approach; Friends Pakistan contributes in the uplifting of the most vulnerable groups and in the rehabilitation of social infrastructure through advocating for the rights of vulnerable groups in the society. Friends Pakistan believes in bringing positive change in behaviors of the communities for bringing social development.
Friends Pakistan raised the awareness of the community about the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and ways to remove the physical and attitudinal hurdles in the way of PWDs’ mainstreaming in society along with providing the essential facilitation to PWDs. Friends Pakistan organized and registered two PWDs Forums under the societies act of 1860 in two union Councils, Garlat and Balakot. PWDs Forums having an inclusive representation of PWDs and people without disability have provided the platform to the PWDs of the area to raise the voice in the favor of PWDs at different forums.
Friends Pakistan looks Social Mobilization as an important tool of participatory community development. Friends Pakistan continued to scale up its activities to develop the social capital in its target areas. For sectorial or project specific purposes, community based organizations (CBOs), School Management Committees, health and sanitation committees were constituted. Awareness meetings with the local CBOs and committees have been arranged to enhance the coping capacities of the target communities. The outcome of these initiatives in terms of social mobilization has increased community participation in local development initiatives undertaken by Friends Pakistan