Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI)
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) is an independent, non-partisan and a not-for-proﬁt civil society organization working on issues of peace and development in Pakistan. It is registered under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984). It was established in September 2003 by a group of concerned citizens who realized that there was a need to approach the issues of peace and development in an integrated manner. CPDI is a ﬁrst initiative of its kind in Pakistan. It seeks to inform and inﬂuence public policies and civil society initiatives through research-based advocacy and capacity building in order to promote citizenship, build peace and achieve inclusive and sustainable development. Areas of special sectoral focus include Legislative Watch and Democratic Development, Elections Watch, Promotion of Peace and Tolerance, Rule of Law, Transparency and Access to Information and Budget Watch. CPDI had a long history of interventions on the issues related to electoral processes and democratic development. CPDI is committed towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in the mainstream electoral processes.
Development of Disabled People Organization (DDPO)
Development of Disabled People Organization (DDPO) was established as a DPO based on the ideology “the things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy”. DDPO is a non-governmental and non-proﬁt organization, emerged in the post-2005 earthquake scenario in Pakistan. The organization was established primarily to voice of the victims of the earthquake especially the ones who became disabled as a result of the catastrophe. A group of citizens comprising of the victims and their supporters gathered and started working voluntarily for rehabilitation of PWDs. Inspired by the achievements and the noble cause DDPO was registered as a formal organization with the commitment to work for the development and empowerment of socially disadvantaged and vulnerable communities and PWDs, especially those at the lowest ring of socio economic ladder.
Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB)
The Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB) was created to eliminate and fight the causes of blindness as well as to facilitate the lives of people with blindness and visual impairments. PFFB continues to implement the objectives and mission of Pakistan Retinitis Pigmentosa Society (PREPS). What began as a mission to ﬁnd the cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetically transmitted eye disease leading to blindness is now extending services to ameliorate the situation of visually impaired persons in the country. With its sheer hard work and commitment, PFFB has been given the status of a full member of International Retinitis Pigmentosa Assocaition (IRPA). This organization has the honor of becoming the ﬁrst full Asian Member of Retina International.
Potohar Mental Health Association (PHMA)
PMHA is a registered non-government organization established in 1999, working on mental health of children, women, youth and adults. Its mission is to strive for a society that is well informed, educated, mentally healthy and progressive, in a way that it lives beyond differences and has acceptance for those who are differently able without any distinction of class, gender, color or creed. The President of PMHA Mr. Zulqurnain Asghar is ﬁrst visually impaired practicing Psychologist in the history of South Asia.
Pakistan Youth Federation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PYFDH)
Established by 5 deaf and 3 hard of hearing youth in 2016, Pakistan Youth Federation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PYFDH) aims to empower people who suffer with a similar disability. This organization is at the forefront of efforts for empowering disabled youth through education and steps towards mainstreaming in society. PYFDH’s vision 2016-2021 targets to educate the deaf, encourage them and aim to reduce dependency and ﬁnancial constraints by a high degree through devotion and hard work.
Sabawoon for Peace and Sustainable Development, (SPSD)
Sabawoon for Peace and Sustainable Development (SPSD) is a Balochsitan based nonprofit, training and advocacy organization working for women empowerment, social cohesion, Peace, persons with disabilities, education and health. The organization is committed to distinguish Balochistan, a region where all human beings enjoy their fundamental rights without discrimination, on the bases of gender, ethnicity, and religion. The organization is striving to provide new opportunities for empowerment of marginalized and excluded classes of the society particularly adolescent girls, women, children and persons with disabilities through capacity building, awareness, research and advocacy.
STEP (Special Talent Exchange Program)
Referred to as the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), idea of STEP was conceived in 1997. The purpose of its establishment was to mainstream and facilitate disability development through the empowerment of special individuals. STEP not only aims to aid people with disabilities but also targets the sensitization of the society about their special needs. STEP has coined the idea of “leadership of persons with disability” to ensure just, accessible, and inclusive community which grants human rights, citizenship, contribution and potential of people with disabilities, so that their existence is appreciated and celebrated.
True Sight Organization for the Blind, (TSOB)
TSOB is a non-proﬁt, non-political, social welfare organization, working since 2009, with a cause to educate, train and rehabilitate the marginalized Pakistanis. The True Sight has made signiﬁcant achievements over its course of work. The notable milestones achieved by True Sight include; the accessible computer training center and internet café for the blind, conducting indoor games, trainings & competitions, talking weight scale project, braille embosser project which provides free braille books, digital telephone exchange, resource center creation and self- conﬁdence enhancement programs.
Through these projects collectively, the organization is providing complete training and assistance, which will enable the visually challenged persons to become independent and active part of the society.