|Executive Director/ Director
Name:Muhammad Abdur Raoof
Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat (MTM), a not for profit, non-political, non-religious and non-governmental organization, was formed in 1996 and registered soon after under Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies Ordinance, 1961. Since, the organization has been involved in social welfare projects to improve the quality of life of common people of the society.
Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat strived for community development in multiple directions such as the organization embarked on environment protection through solid waste management, sanitation, forestation, and providing alternate energy sources i.e. bio gas plants to the people of local community. Health care was another focus of organizational efforts for social development. Awareness raising campaigns about diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of dengue fever and HIV/AIDS etc were launched by the organization. Gender equity is another important thematic area which organization addressed endeavoring for equal educational opportunities for females, their empowerment in politics and economy as well.
Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat divulges the importance of a cleaner, greener and healthier environment towards the accomplishment of holistic social development. Acknowledging the same, the organization undertook “Drainage Scheme I & II” in partnership with Ministry of Environment during 1998-2001. The organization took a stock of the environmental situation of the target areas where poor drainage system was a major reason of environmental pollution, diseases were common and people, living in that environment, were void of the sensitivity towards the environment. The organization implemented the schemes to protect the environment of the villages, providing them with healthy environment and fostering awareness to protect the environment further. Waste water was drained away from residential areas of the villages which resulted in clean, healthy, germs and disease free environment. About 2400 people were benefitted from the projects.
In 2006 the organization, in collaboration with Trust for Volunteer Organizations (TVO), initiated a program of “Construction of Disposal System” to benefit around 1350 inhabitants. Then in 2009, with EPD, Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat constructed “Solid Waste Cabins” to benefit over 1380 people of the area. Construction of “Biogas Plants” in 10 Union Councils of district Sargodha, in partnership with EPD, was another achievement of the organization to set the model example for rest of the community as well as other civil and non-civil actors to scale up and replicate the idea. 65 households were benefitted from the project directly. Provision of alternate source of energy assisted families to save their expenditure of fuels and provided them a clean, smoke-free environment to live in. Generally it contributed to decrease deforestation and creation of carbon etc. Again with the support of EPD, “Construction of Main Disposal Drains” was implemented to keep the environment clean, healthy and disease free.
A Health Survey was executed in 161 UCs in 2004 with the support of SPDN. This survey aimed at gathering facts over health issues, reasons for those issues and services available in the areas. In 2007, in cooperation with CIDA-SPDN, the organization started the project “Formation and Activation of HMCs” in 161 UCs of district Sargodha. These health medical centers provided people with consultation, medication as well as general awareness about health care. Awareness sessions about basic health care and hygiene practices were conducted so that people may take care of their environment and eliminate general reasons for the spread of diseases.
To enhance women participation in the local bodies’ elections, Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat mobilized women of 22 UCs and provided them technical support, in cooperation with Aurat Foundation, in 2001. The organization assisted women candidates thoroughly in all related procedures and female supporters were also trained in the related process. Women were assisted again in 2005 local bodies’ election, with the support of Aurat Foundation, on the same lines.
In 2002, Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat initiated “Farmers Development Program (FDP) in 22 UCs with the cooperation of South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK). There the organization took initiatives to empower farmers through raising their knowledge about farming, providing them with technical education and introducing them to latest technical equipment and methods of farming. This initiative supported farmers manage their lands and crops in a way that they were able to save money on cultivation, taking care of the crops and finally in harvesting. The farmers were not able to save money on cultivation but also enhanced their income in yield.
To promote democracy, Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat initiated and accomplished several projects and contributed to raise awareness among common people about the importance and procedures of elections in the country. The organization initiated the projects: (I) “Voter Education Campaign” in 2007 in the cooperation with SPDN-UNDP in 53 UCs so that the voters are aware of their obligations as a voter and know the procedure well and voting remain transparent and factual; (II) “Election Staff Training” in 2007, with the support of UNDP in 53 UCs of to facilitate a smooth, transparent and honest election process which further assisted voters to cast their votes at their will and with convenience; and (III) “Election Monitoring” in 2008, in partnership with The Researcher, in 22 UCs of those areas.
Benazir Income Support Program Survey was conducted by Majlis Tahaffaz Maholiat, with the support of IDS Islamabad in 2009 in 21 UCs of Sargodha. Through the scheme poor families especially widows were provided financial help in multiple ways e.g. monthly cash grants, medical funds and interest free loan etc. In the survey, information of the family members, their source of income, assets, available income generating opportunities, etc were collected and compiled.