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Dost Welfare Foundation

Peshawar, Pakistan
Joined March 2015
Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Health, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

Dost Welfare Foundation (DOST) is a not-for-profit NGO established in July 1992 for providing services to the most marginalized and vulnerable groups in society, including drug users, persons at-risk of or infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, prison inmates, juvenile prisoners, children with female prisoners, street children, women and children in crisis, refugees, victims of war and disasters. All these groups are mostly poor and lack the resources to live normal lives. Poverty is not only a matter of less income but a state of marginalization and deprivation in all those conditions which contribute to the quality of human life e.g. health, education, justice, safety, security, housing, employment and credit.

DOST reaches out to these unfortunate, miserable and stigmatized individuals living in difficult and inhuman conditions through a process of awareness, rehabilitation and social development and ensures their wellbeing and recovery. DOST services are Rights & Needs based and include a comprehensive range of activities which cater for the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and financial needs of clients and their families.

DOST provides quality services through its large service delivery network and comprehensive awareness programs extending all over Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and the FATA/ PATA regions. DOST’s programs are intended to stimulate and facilitate positive change, with a significant impact and long-lasting effect. DOST strategies are aimed at individuals, families and communities in a spirit of self-help, community support and participation.

The scope of our services comprise of primary prevention, early intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, reintegration, aftercare and follow-up. These services are provided in different settings such as streets, prisons, homes, refugee camps, mobile camps, drop-in centres, out-patient and residential facilities.
Our approach is to develop an enhanced social and physical environment for clients to become part of the mainstream society. We believe that community support, participation and ownership are crucial for social sustainability and long-term impact of services. Moreover, an enabling environment can only be created if the felt needs of the community are identified and met with. These basic needs include the supply of safe drinking water, sanitation, garbage disposal, health, nutrition and income generation.

Vision Statement:
DOST’s vision is of a society where the most marginalized and stigmatized groups have access to rights based and needs based services, to empower and heal them in body, mind and spirit and enable them to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Mission Statement:
DOST is committed to provide Needs based and Rights based services in:

I. Drug Demand and Drug Harm Reduction
II. HIV/ AIDS Prevention, Care and Support
III. Human Rights Protection of Vulnerable Groups
IV. Human Resource Development of all Stakeholders
V. Community Development

People Associated With This Organization

Azaz Ud Din

Dost Welfare Foundation
Joined August 2016
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods
I currently work as Manager of Monitoring and Reporting in Dost Welfare Foundation, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and also hold voluntary position in different youth led organizations. Over the last 6 years i have volunteered for women, children and youth in different settings and areas including, education, streets, prisons, community, Civil Defence and with local police personals. Affiliation with Child Rights Movement, Pakistan as elected provincial coordinator for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chapter, Civil Defence Directorate, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as trainers and Active Citizens Porgamme, British Council as Master Trainer are part of my volunteer activities.

I am regularly engaged in human rights awareness raising and advocacy for enactment and implementation of pending bills in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan for the protection and promotion of the rights of vulnerable groups. I am also engaged in activities to work for reforms and strengthening of Criminal Justice System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Parveen Azam Khan

Dost Welfare Foundation
Joined March 2015
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Family, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
"Dr. Parveen Azam Khan, Founder and Chief Executive of Dost Welfare Foundation (DOST) is a medical doctor who has experience that spans five decades. While she has a diverse experience of working in the Government Health Department in Pakistan as a general practitioner in medicine and surgery, her most outstanding achievement is the establishment of DOST in 1992. DOST, a not-for-profit NGO based in Peshawar, Pakistan, is recognized nationally and internationally for its specialized services for the most vulnerable and marginalized segments of society, in five thematic areas, namely: drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation; HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support; human rights protection; human resource development and community development. DOST reaches out and heals these unfortunate human beings by providing them with services based on their Needs and Rights.

Dr. Parveen has been awarded the 2002 United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contribution to the global fight against drug abuse, crime and terrorism. She was also awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz 2003 by the President of Pakistan for her work of excellence in the field of Public Service in Pakistan." In year 2005 she was nominated for the “Project 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize”.

Shabana Bibi

Dost Welfare Foundation (Unverified)
Joined July 2016
Interests: Education, Environmental Justice, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
Shabana loves the nature and people all around the world.I love all the people who belong to different cultures and regions wanna do something for the betterment of society.I enrolled 50 out of school children to school now Alhumdulilah they are getting free education.My expertise are interaction with different group of people and guide them regarding wrong and right .i want to join your network to extend my work from grassroot level and make people think from different perspective.wanna make my country peaceful for everyone that all people will love to live here in pakistan.
Parveen Azam Khan is the network champion (main point of contact) for Dost Welfare Foundation.

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