Sindh Flood Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project How to apply
What is the ground situation in Sindh?
Sindh has a population of 50.4 million (23 percent of the country’s population) and generates 27 percent of Pakistan’s GDP.
About half of Sindh’s population lives in rural areas and about 37 percent of the rural population lives below the poverty line.
The province is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters due to its geographical location, socio-economic vulnerability and climatic conditions. According to pre-flood housing census data, more than 2.7 million houses in rural Sindh are ‘raw houses’, which are made of mud and do not meet engineering standards for resilience, while 5.6 million Housing units are ‘baked’ or built. A portion of Sindh’s brick housing stock is also located in areas prone to recurring hazards, such as flood plains. Due to the relatively informality of the housing sector in rural areas, the number of houses with unclear ownership status is significant. Pakistan’s gender gap that deprives women of opportunities is also a factor in the housing sector: nearly half of women homeowners in Sindh have no title or deed.
How were houses affected by floods in Sindh?
According to the Post Disaster Needs Assessment, about 1.7 million houses were either partially or completely destroyed in Sindh. As a result, millions of families are living in temporary shelters that are unsafe.
What is the Sindh Flood Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project and how will it help Sindh?
The Sindh Flood Emergency Housing Reconstruction Project will build or rehabilitate 350,000 sustainable, multi-hazard homes in selected flood-affected areas. Housing subsidy grants will be provided to allow beneficiary-oriented construction that meets better resilience standards and reflects local preferences and available materials. Houses will be constructed to include basic rainwater harvesting systems and latrines to improve water, sanitation and hygiene.
Households without access to documents proving identity or ownership of property, including members of female-headed households, should be supported with technical assistance to prove their ownership and eligibility for reconstruction and rehabilitation grants. will Safeguards will be taken to ensure that houses belonging to vulnerable groups, particularly women-headed households, single women, elderly and persons with disabilities, are given priority for reconstruction. Depending on their needs, beneficiaries will also receive construction assistance or be trained in financial management and monitoring to ensure that their houses are built on time, within budget and with the required flexibility, quality and sustainability. Complete as per standards.
Who will benefit from the project?
About 350,000 multi-hazed resilient core housing units will be supported, benefiting an estimated 1.4 million people – almost half of whom are women. Additionally, an estimated 400,000 beneficiaries will be trained in multi-hazard construction techniques through project-supported capacity building activities. Building this capacity among Sindh residents will improve the long-term resilience of communities by improving the structural design and construction practices of the housing sector.
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