BETHAK-Pakistan
Label: Cooperation Circle Info

26 Members

Traditions: Islam, Hindu, Christian

Action Area: Environment, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue, Women, Youth

Region: Asia

Label: Purpose & Activities

Be Empowered Through Awareness and Knowledge

BETHAK-Pakistan

INTRODUCTION:

The idea of BETHAK-Pakistan was conceptualized by a group of concerned activists and community leaders in October 2004, as non-profitable and non-political organization that would work for the interest of the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the society by building their capacities through awareness, education and skill based development. BETHAK is an acronym of “Be Empowered Through Awareness & Knowledge”. In Punjabi language the word BETHAK is a distinct stratum of society where people sit on a certain place to discuss their plans and lines of action for the development of a society. Founders keeping in view the plight of the marginalized communities in southern Punjab, Pakistan who had lived for a long time under the situation so oppressive that their capacity for critical consciousness had been silenced. These poor people as small farmers, field workers and daily wages workers were intimately forbidden to think for themselves. They had absorbed an attitude of passivity, submission and self deprivation imposed on them by that culture. BETHAK aimed at making these people aware of their position as a group, so that they could unite and work for positive change which demands love and acceptance of all without any distinction of caste and creed. This is what BETHAK stands for.

VISION:

BETHAK envisions a society where there is JUSTICE, EQUALITY, PEACE and PROSPERITY for all the members of society to make social change more visible in implementation.

MISSION:

The mission of “BETHAK” is to cover a broad range of activities to eliminate religious, gender, ethnic, racial and all sorts of discrimination and support human development activities and implement a policy of more equitable sharing and distribution of love which can be a common platform for economic, social, and human goals.

GOAL & OBJECTIVES:

  • Empower marginalized communities with a special emphasis on women, children, youth and minorities.
  • To sensitize common people about their condition of deprivation of human rights and to raise the voice against exploitation and injustice against any individual, class and community in the society.
  •  To develop and spread the idea of friendship and fraternity among the people through interfaith dialogue and create opportunity for social and cultural activities for mainstreaming the talents of society.
  • To generate awareness regarding to importance of education/quality education among the children and parents of remote areas and to reduce the rate of school dropouts.
  • To build capacity and develop expertise, especially at the grass root level, and develop a strong corps of committed activists and implementers to undertaken and sustain meaningful intervention.
  • To mobilize the corporate sector to respond to natural and human made disasters and hazards.
  • To protect and improve the environment to a quality which permits a life of dignity and well-being.
  • Publishing people-oriented educational, advocacy and development related publications, which can be used by marginalized communities, and others involved in sustainable human development.

Strategy and Approach

BETHAK is actively engaged in “Rights Based” approach for proper human development in all areas of its activities. This approach is based on conviction that each and every human being is a unique individual and has every right to receive respect, protection and help from other members of society for its proper development.  A right based approach is not limited to charity or simple economic growth but its activities involve a process of changing systems, actions and priorities to enable and empower people of BETHAK’s target areas in all spheres of human development.

 Our strategy is based on:-

  •  Implementation of integrated community development and conduct action oriented approach focusing on promoting a sense of peace and reconciliation among the communities of target areas.
  • Raise awareness and promote policy changes through policy research, advocacy and lobbying at local and national levels on the root causes of poverty, religious discrimination, social, economic and cultural rights and rights to lead a prosperous life.

 THEMATIC AREA:

  • Social Accountability
  • Capacity Building
  • Human / Minority Rights
  • Peace Building and Conflict Management
  • Democracy and Good Governess
  • Youth Development
  • Gender Awareness / Women’s Rights
  • Education & Social Services
  • Environment Awareness Education
  • Disaster Management / Emergency Response

NET WORKING:

  • Peace and Harmony Network, CSC- Rawalpindi                    (Focal Organization for southern Punjab)
  •  Member Pakistan Social Accountability Network            (Custer In charge for Southern Punjab)
  •  Global Call to Action Against Poverty Coalition in Pakistan  (GCAP)
  •  Khanewal NGO Network, Khanewal.
  •  Network for peace and human rights (NPHR), Islamabad
  •  Coalition against child labour, Islamabad (CACL)
  •  Stop TB partnership (a network of WHO)
  •  Rights Based Network (RBN) (Focal Organization)

COLLABORATORY PARTNERS:

  • Christian Study Centre, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • United Religion Initiative, (URI) Pakistan
  •   National Council for Interfaith Dialogue
  •  Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan
  •  Action against poverty (AAP), Multan
  •  Association for Human Development , Islamabad
  •  White Post Health Care Group, UK
  • Gate Way TV limited, UK
  • Women Empowerment Organization, Multan
  • Organization for Peace and Development (ODP), Multan
  • Liberal Forum Pakistan, Khanewal Chapter
  • Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Khanewal Core Group
  • Saiban Development Organization
  • Plus Development Foundation
  • Harmony Foundation, Pakistan
  • Blossom and Kamal Medical Laboratories

We dream of eliminating religious, gender, ethnic, racial and all sorts of discrimination and implementing a policy of more equitable sharing and distribution of love.

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Contact:
Project Coordinator Shahzad Francis

Address:
St#8, Hostel Road Khurampura, Khanewal, Pakistan
Khanewal
Pakistan

Phone:
92-300-7896630

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September 23, 2015 9:20 PM

Celebration of International Day of PEACE 2015

BETHAK organization, Khanewal conducted a dialogue meeting on the International Day for Peace on partnership for peace and dignity for all.

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March 18, 2015 11:36 PM

Celebration of Women's Day 2015

Celebration of Women's Day 2015

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March 18, 2015 11:33 PM

Interfaith Peace Cultural Festival for Peaceful Co-Existence

The BETHAK-organization in collaboration with REAT-network celebrated the World Interfaith Cultural Week to promote communication and trust among the believers of different religious for peace.

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December 30, 2014 7:44 PM

Christmas Get to Gather for promotion of peace and harmony among communities

Christmas get to gather  BETHAK celebrated Christmas Get to gather in collaboration with REAT Network at Khanewal.  Shahzad Francis head of programs of BETHAK pointed out that promotion of... Read more...

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December 13, 2013 6:47 PM

Celebration of HR-Day

Celebration of World Human Rights Day BETHAK arranged a ceremony to celebrate World Human Rights Day in collaboration with AAP, URI and REAT on 10 December 2013. Mr. Shahzad Francis Program... Read more...

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December 10, 2013 9:21 AM

Communication Campaign

Communication Campaign “Protecting Minority Groups from Mob Violence in District Khanewal” BETHAK-Pakistan launches a communication campaign on protecting minority groups from mob violence... Read more...

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December 9, 2013 10:11 AM

Demonstration on the state of food insecurity in Pakistan

Demonstration on the state of food insecurity in Pakistan BETHAK-Pakistan and REAT conducted a demonstration on the state of Food Insecurity in Pakistan. The members of Khanewal Civil Society Network... Read more...

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September 28, 2013 10:10 AM

Candle Vigil in remembrance of Victim of Church Attack

Candle Vigil in remembrance of Victim of Church Attack Later on the BETHAK and Civil Society Network-Khanewal decided to include other people of Khanewal the candles were lighted at Sanglawal Chowk in... Read more...

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September 28, 2013 10:05 AM

Celebration of Solidarity day in Khanewal, Pakistan

Celebration of  Solidarity day in Khanewal, Pakistan BETHAK-Org in collaboration with SPO, Multan celebrated the solidarity day in condolence with Christians of Khanewal at the Church Blast at... Read more...

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September 26, 2013 8:48 PM

Protest Rally Against Brutal Church Attack in Pakistan

Report of Rally : BETHAK-Pakistan conducted a protest rally on the 23rd  of September against a brutal attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar- KPK Province of Pakistan. 81 people have been killed and... Read more...

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