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Evokation: Draft for your valuable input please

MY EVOKATION - First Draft – (It has to be improvedin detail in the light of valuable input and suggestions from other members)

To be Submitted by Evoke Agent: Nangar Soomro, Pakistan, email: brain8work@yahoo.com

I am going to develop a resource centre for community which has been my dream to initiate. Evoke Network has provided me insight and encouragement along with very good opportunity to go ahead with my passion through Evoke and WBI support. The Resource Centre with the Name of Evoke Network Resource Centre would be established to achieve the following objectives;

1. Information sharing on different social development initiatives such as social safety nets, basic health, primary education programmes and skills development programmes etc started by Government and Non Government Organizations for less privileged and poor segment of the society.

2. Arrange Information sessions for the community in order to promote the indigenous knowledge and sources locally available.

3. Linking social development initiatives with its target group, developing social engagements among the community and different programmes.

4. Helping them to get registration with Government, recording the birth of their children and registering their vote record.

5. Assisting local women to participate in economic activity through providing them entrepreneurial skills and suggestions along with linking them with micro credit and like initiatives.

1. The Place. The resource centre has to be initiated from a poor and remote area of Karachi District at Pipri (Bin Qasim Town – Karachi- Pakistan). Pipri has population of around 80 thousand people (51% females and 49% male – around 23% of children among total population). Most of the population lacks basic education and have no access to information. The proposed initiative has to be resource centre for them.

Resource Centre would be started with the area mentioned and based on more funding and local resources these type of Resource Centers would be replicated in other less privileged areas.

2. The Challenge. Access to right information has been a challenge for the poor, vulnerable and less privileged communities. There are different programmes initiated by the Government, NGOs and private entities but lack of information on different programmes and projects have kept most of the deserving targeted population away/far. The proposed Resource Centre would play a role of bridge between right people and right initiatives. It would help to link the deserving target population to the different suitable initiatives. Secondly aim of resource centre is to provide technical and career counseling to the youth and women in the area. The indigenous knowledge has to be promoted and presented in a way that can make difference in the area. It would help to solve the local problems through the local solutions available with community. Expected beneficiaries are young and able bodied women who would be linked with technical skills programmes and micro credit, youth would be linked with the small enterprises development organizations and generally population would be informed about the basic services available and how to get benefit from those.

3. The Idea. The resource Centre would be run through the community. Community at the target area is willing to allocate two rooms portion of building initial without any rent to start the Resource Centre. This resource Centre would be a community centre/gathering place where sharing of ideas and information would be encouraged.

· The committee would be formed to look after and run the office of Resource Centre. It would include the Chairman of committee (office bearer) and supporting counselors for management of the resource centre.

· The list of volunteers would be prepared among community who have information and indigenous knowledge and Visiting fellows list would also be prepared who have technical and special knowledge and they have time to dedicate for the community.

· Weekly sessions would be planned for different segment of the society Children, Women, Youth and Elderly on variety of topics, social safety net programmes, methodology to apply for these programmes, education and health initiatives, basic requirements for each programme, micro credit and technical skill programmes etc.

· The special sessions on Environment, Gender Issues, Water and Energy etc would also be arranged to spread the right information among the targeted population.

· There would be few learned and educated people engaged for supervision of resource centre and planning for its development and expansion in terms of services and quality.

4. The Money. What would you do with your first US$1,000 given or invested in support of your vision?

First Community Centre would be established from first US $ 1,000. Office Furniture, office equipments and a computer would be purchased initially in order to start. It is said beginning is half done, once it is started more hands would join to support and strengthen it.

I think I have to start this initiative any how, I don’t know about funding but I know that It is going to be started very soon.

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Comment by Ternura Rojas on May 7, 2010 at 2:54pm
The draft is good. it looks pretty much more structured than the previous plan drafted in a former mission of yours :-)
I will have a thorough look after the 12th. By then it should get perfectioned with the input of the agents. Well Done!
Comment by ninmah on May 7, 2010 at 3:10pm
This is a great start. One thing I would suggest is to locate some of the volunteers or employees now. The build-it-and-they-will-come philosophy is a little scary to most grant agencies; they prefer to know that you have identified actual people who can commit their time and energy.
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 7, 2010 at 3:20pm
Thanks for valuable suggestion Ninmah.... yes In second draft I am going to include specifics of the proposal. thanks for your input.
Comment by A.V.Koshy on May 8, 2010 at 9:55am
this is good nangar
the people really need it
wish you all the best in your endeavour
if thre is anything ican do plese inform me
my email address is in my evokation
Comment by Michele Baron on May 8, 2010 at 2:27pm
good work. taking with community members is necessary. good evoking nangar
Comment by Jeremy Laird Hogg on May 8, 2010 at 5:38pm
Overally, I enjoyed reading it and you are an awesome Evoker!

and now for my attempt to make some critical comments, in no special order, and if I sound like a know-it-all, that is because I need to improve my writing voice, it's just food for thought and I know you wanted constructive criticism:

"Community at the target area is willing to allocate two rooms portion of building initial without any rent to start the Resource Centre."

Is this true or hoped for? If you have already arranged this deal, make it way clearer that you have and emphasize it. It would powerfully show that you are on your way, imho. If you haven't made the deal yet, make sure that you rewrite the sentence to make that clear.

Citing the demographics = shows thoroughness.

"It is said beginning is half done, once it is started more hands would join to support and strengthen it"

- as per your dialogue with ninmah, I would axe this tone of 'hope' and replace it with a tone of 'look at all these facts. this is happening'.

It seems like one of the major ideas is to help people by providing indigenous knowledge. A single example would help a lot I think.

Good Luck NANGAR!
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 8, 2010 at 6:30pm
Wonderful project! Simply trying to coordinate with groups with only more targeted projects to cfollaborate will provide benefits to the entire population +1 collaboration
Comment by NANGAR SOOMRO on May 8, 2010 at 6:36pm
Jeremy, Thanks for very valuable comments. Yes the deal is there, Two room has been promised and It is okay to start with it. Secondly Indigenous Knowledge is only one component of it. The main thing is to provide a resource centre to community for availablity of right information on social programmes through the volunteers who have knowledge. I would translate your input into practical examples in the final proposal. I am gratefull for such a thorough input. thanks
Comment by Miaomiao Huang on May 9, 2010 at 1:56am
Awesome project! I am sorry that I can't provide you some great criticism due to my poor english. Well I do hope you make it finally.
Comment by Ternura Rojas on May 13, 2010 at 1:41pm
Hello Nangar, dear fellow!
I would take out the last ine " I do not know about...." you have to show them that you know what you are talking about! come on!
I would actually search for more funding support and back this evokation by pointing a list of possible parallel funding sources.
I would not use the 1000 for office equipment, I would use them to start the micro-credit or micro-savings, so you make sure those 1000 USD turn into more money soon.
I would also ad a summary of the intention of your project in a short paragraph, answer yourself the question WHY I DO THIS? and put it there ;-)
Finally I would suggest you to invite/recruit University students to fill in the part:
"There would be few learned and educated people engaged for supervision of resource centre and planning for its development and expansion in terms of services and quality" and reflect this in your final draft.
Hope my input helps!
Ternura

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