Success stories are sometimes associated with one person but that is seldom the whole truth. This project happened because some of the finest individuals in Pakistan got together to work on it, and succeeded in persuading the people and the government that there was a better way of doing things. This way of making things work was discovered through years of research and application in the katchi abadis of the country, and then adapted to Lodhran, after further research, in view of what prevailed there. But the reason this experience came to Lodhran, and not just another place, is that Lodhran had a campaigner, namely, Jahangir Khan Tareen, who brought the experience and the people concerned to Lodhran…
To evolve replicable models for environmental sanitation based on collaborative efforts among the different development actors, to eradicate institutional denial of services to the poor or disadvantaged communities.
The sense of belonging of the community by participation in the development process is vital for sustainable and equitable development.
LPP has been implementing very successful and effective programs in partnership in collaboration with local government, donor agencies & through community involvement. Similarly other areas of community development and social mobilization have been progressively pursued and worked upon.
After successful implementation of sanitation projects, donors were approached to explore grant for extension of different projects through out the district. The Country Director World Bank for Pakistan visited LPP in March, 2003 and was impressed with the innovative approach of low cost community owned rural sanitation. Subsequently, the possibility of funding was explored for scaling up the activity, to cover a large geographical area in order to demonstrate partnership with the elected local government responsible for municipal services.
Initiating the sanitation program in urban areas LPP started its intervention in rural areas of District Lodhran which was extended to Tehsil Khanpur District Rahim Yar Khan. LPP is also working as supporting and teaching institute for Tehsil Municipal Administrations since the inception of devolution. Strong relationships between LPP and Local Govt. Institutions are one of the strength of this organization. Moreover LPP has supported dozens of national as well as international organizations to flourish the concept of low cost rural sanitation on participatory approach.
LPP is focusing upon the participation of women in its sanitation agenda. Orientation to lady councilors of District, Tehsil and union councils is at the top priority of LPP, the logic behind is that it is quite mandatory to involve the women in the development process. Particularly 90% rural women are involved in the house hold activities and they are directly related to sanitation problems.
Over and above all these factors rural sanitation agenda of LPP is covering five out of eight segments of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of UNDP. The detail of linkage between LPP program and MDGs are;
In addition to demonstrate a replicable model for rural sanitation, the activity was aimed to develop a mechanism to institutionalize the innovative approach through the elected local government representatives as well as establishing an institution for training of government staff on participatory approach.
Upon satisfactory feedback from donors, in November, 2004, World Bank approved a Grant of US$ 1.1 million of Japan Social Development Fund for participatory rural sanitation in Southern Punjab. It is the first type of grant, provided to some NGO in Pakistan which will be supportive to upgrade the status of rural dwellers of district Lodhran.
Provision of sanitation facility to 100 villages of district Lodhran through JSDF grant will pave the way in improving the living standard of the rural community and the district will become a Participatory development model throughout the world.
Jahangir Khan Tareen is a leading expert on agriculture, sustainable development, rural economy and agri-business. Recognizing his knowledge and skills, Government of the Punjab appointed him as Chairman of the Task Force on Agriculture Development in 1997. Under his dynamic leadership the task force played a landmark role in modernizing the management of major crops and achieving food autarky in Punjab.
After obtaining his Master in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, United States of America, Mr. Tareen worked in Department of Public Administration, University of Punjab, and later at Grind lays Bank, Lahore (1975-77) in the corporate banking division. Known for his entrepreneurial skills he bought 1500 acres of barren land in South Punjab at Lodhran from 1978 to 1997 and developed it into the most modern and state of the art cotton, wheat, mango and vegetable farm in the country.
Between 1981 and 1990, he spearheaded the turning around the Pepsi Cola bottlers in Multan and Lahore as Managing Director and Chairman of the Franchise. As Managing Director of JDW Sugar Mills Limited. Rahim Yar Khan, he has pioneered many farmer friendly initiatives in order to enhance productivity and profitability of both farmers and the sugar mills.
Mr. Tareen has panache for philanthropy and public service. He is on Board of Directors of numerous rural development and poverty alleviation organizations. He served as Member Board of Directors of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) established on the pattern of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and was instrumental in bringing RSPs operations to South Punjab. He is Senior Advisor, on Natural Resource Management (NRM), to National Rural Support Programme and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP).
Presently Director of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, an autonomous public company set up by the World Bank and Government of Pakistan to administer a $l00m World Bank Fund. PPAF has been instrumental in capacity building of a large number of civil society organizations, and not for profit bodies working for poverty alleviation in Pakistan. Lodhran Pilot Project (LLP) a personal commitment of Mr. Tareen, of which he is Chairman and sponsor, was set up in 1999, on the lines of renowned Orangi Pilot Project (OPP). The legendary Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan personally visited Lodhran on persuasion of Mr. Tareen, and launched the programme.
As senior advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Shoaib Sultan Khan has undertaken since August 1994, setting up of demonstration pilots in the six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), a highly successful rural development programme, whose evolution has been overseen by Mr. Khan since its inception in December1982, which has been internationally recognized for its innovative and effective approach.
Mr. Khan obtained his Master of Arts degree in English from Lucknow University. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1955, and subsequently completed a Public Administration Course at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Khan has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Peshawar University, in addition to which he has also done academic work at Birmingham University and at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. .During the tenure with the Government, Mr. Khan served as Deputy Director of Civil Service Academy. Deputy Commissioner Kohat and Peshawar, Commissioner of Karachi Division: Secretary of Health, education and Social Welfare, Government of North West Frontier Province and Director of the Pakistan Academy of Rural Development.
Mr. Khan’s career in rural development dates back to 1959 when he came in contact with Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. On the pattern of Comilla Project, he established the Daudzai Pilot Project of the integrated Rural Development Programme in Pakistan in 1972. In 1978, he went to Nagoya, Japan, as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. Between 1979 and 1982, he worked in Sri Lanka as the UNICEF consultant on the Mahaweli Ganga Development Project.
I have spent 30 years in rural Pakistan---I have been extremely successful as Allah has looked after me especially and I am ever grateful to almighty Allah for his help. I have always been pained at the condition of our villages----and even more pained as I realized that this was not a big issue for Lahore and Islamabad--- they are worried enough about the Sanitation of the cities---they had no time to worry about simple remote villages---but I was a rural man and could not accept the indignity of rural life without sanitation---it is an affront to dignity if a person has to go out into the field or have to step out into his own sewerage as he stepped out into the lane.
As nobody was doing anything about it I decided to------but , as is my nature, I wanted to discover a solution that was a real solution and not a solution that would just make me feel better and not solve the real issue.
It is your good luck and mine that there existed a man like Dr. AHK who had solved the problem in a place like Karachi and created a model that was so people friendly that it could easily be transferred to a rural community like Lodhran.
Dr. AHK came to Lodhran, walked the streets at age 85 and announced that this was fertile territory for his program----then he gave me a great gift---Mr. Hafeez Arain---a selfless unique individual who had worked with the Dr. for 15 years and now shifted to Lodhran on instructions of the good Doctor.
That was the beginning---today we have come along way We have been able to make a success of it because of the people of Lodhran---we only came up with an idea and adapted it for the villages of Lodhran----but youth of Lodhran have made it successful. Today 18 villages have a complete functioning sanitation system ---the most important thing is that the entire project has been implemented by the people themselves----the people have control---that is the key and that is what I am personally most proud of. But, today is another special milestone---today we are taking the next big jump---our brothers and sisters in Japan have stepped forward and given us enough funds for 100 villages---100 my friends and all of them in Lodhran---------------my thanks to the representative of the Japanese people their Ambassador Mr. Tanaka-----but the person who suggested this and whose personal efforts made it possible is my very good friend Mr. john Wall of the World Bank---he is the one who came with me earlier saw the program and said you will have my complete support.
We will not stop here----in another year and the day we cross the 50 village mark---I will personally make sure that we are able to get new funding for more villages---and let me tell you my friends----my next target is to target 1,000 villages in the whole of Southern Punjab ---- and I will not rest until all villages of rural Pakistan are free from the curse of sewerage in the streets.
When I started this program it was not certain that it would succeed----but I was lucky very lucky---I have always been lucky in my life that I have always been able to find good, honest passionate people to work with me-----I would like to mention Khalid Warriach as the champion Hafeez Arain found in Lodhran and who has been so critical to our success here in Lodhran----and Dr. Tauqeer who has always believed in my ideas however revolutionary they may be and who has always been available whenever I have called on him.
In the end let me say that we as Politicians and Ministers and leaders have a special responsibility----it is we who have to find the solutions to the so called impossible problems of Pakistan---we really do not have the luxury of choice----we must find solutions ---we have to make sure we deliver a good education to the children of our people---we are responsible to provide them good and cheap health care----we must make sure that they have access to clean drinking water----we must make sure they have access to clean modern sanitation----and then we must make policies that provide them the jobs that will enable them to lead a productive life-------------a tall order some will say but then it is up to us the leadership to deliver and deliver we must as that is our responsibility to the people of our country. We, the LPP have at least found the solution to the sanitation problem---we will continue and keep searching for solutions for as long as Allah allows us to. May the blessings of Almighty Allah be with you.
Jehangir Khan Tareen
Lodhran Pilot Project