Organizational Background

Hirrak Development Center was initially started as regional voluntary street theater group in 1988. Most of voluntary members have had vast social and political experience in working area.The focus of street theater performances mainly on problems of rural areas exploitation and, tolerance and peace among the people of Seraiki belt. In 1996 the group decided to get the formal registration and started to work on sustainable agriculture, conservation of biodiversity, health and women in rural areas through performing theatre as well as forming focused group in the working areas. After strategic reflection on past experience, the group was re-registered in 2000 under Trust Act. Governance of Hirrak Development Center continued to revolve around principles and values of trust, voluntarism, consultation and participation. Members of the theatre group, local partners and large number of associated voluntary activists vigorously participated in strategic deliberation, planning, review and evaluation of activities. HDC is formally governed by its Board of Trustees Initially; three members were selected for the Board of Trustees. Members of Board of Trustees have vast experiences in various fields including natural resource management, gender development, etc. The Board of Trustees has delegated the power of organizational and programmatic management to small but efficient staff and thus confined its role to only strategic management.

Working areas:

Hirrak development centre works in district D.G.Khan , Muzafargarh and Chashma barrage to Taunsa Barrage along river Indus.

Population:

population of D.G.Khan is 2845000 and Muzafar Garh district is 4050000

Topography:

Koh - e - Suleman range and hard land structure of Daman formulated by hill torrents in centuries come in distt. D.G.Khan. Porous land of Thal formulated by Indus River comes in distt. Muzafargarh. Indus River running from north to south comes in both districts.


Issues of Area:

  • Water logging due to canal system
  • Industrial pollution from KAPCO Muzafar Garh thermal power, etc
  • Intensive use of insecticides and chemical fertilizers in cash crops causing pollution
  • Displacement and Land erosion due to mega project on River Indus
  • Deforestation
  • Child labour
  • Lack of funds for health and education facility
  • Small farmers are being exploited by middle men
  • Domestic violence of women; early marriages and exchange marriages
  • Less labor payment to women agriculture workers
  • Centralization of power and resources
  • Polluted underground drinking water
  • Pollution of river Indus by industrial wastes and netting of tortoise
  • Lack of information, awareness, participation and accountability
  • Food insecurity
  • Non availability of training centers for capacity building
  • Extremism, religious & sectarian conflict and nationalistic conflicts due to state policy
  • Poor management of natural resources