UMEED PARTNERSHIP PAKISTAN (UPP)
Umeed Partnership Pakistan (UPP) has a non-political, non- profit ethos, registered under Societies Act 1860 with registration # 764 on 18 April 2001 at Quetta and it is entitled to work nationwide. UPP is multi faith and is a humanitarian organization committed to work for the development and promotion of human rights. It has a partner organization in the UK – the Umeed Partnership (UK) which is also registered in the UK as a charity under the UK Charity Commission. In the year 2000 UPP initially started working in Baluchistan tribal areas and then its activities spread rapidly among the desert communities of the District of Bahawalpur/Yazman, Southern Punjab, rural areas of district Kasur and Mian Channu/Khanewal and slum areas of Lahore.
The Umeed Partnership exists to provide opportunities through education and vocational and human rights trainings to vulnerable and disadvantaged girls/women, transgender and street children across Pakistan. The organization has expanded and evolved into a women’s support body to provide help to those who are victims of abduction, rape, forced conversion, forced marriages, widowhood, disease, domestic violence and transgender community.
Mostly, Umeed’s work is focused on building up and empowering women, street children and transgender through education, skills training and programs of awareness about their own rights. UPP wants to see economic freedom where girls/women, children and transgender are able to take decisions to have control over their own lives. UPP’s activities in all districts are mostly comprises of running adult literacy training centers for illiterate girls/women, educating street children especially girls in Umeed schools, training girls/women, children and transgender in their human rights, providing legal aid to girls/women survivors of abduction, rape, forced conversion and forced marriage, formation of peace committees among women of all faiths, promoting unbiased curriculum in the schools and conducting physical, psychological and digital security trainings especially for women human rights defenders for their organizations and institutions. Umeed also promotes the right of religious minorities and gender equality at all levels.
UPP is committed to the socio-economic rights and promotion of human rights amongst the masses of the country. It applies its resources to breaking the unjust structures prevailing in Pakistani society. It works at grass-roots level as well as lobby with policy makers and cooperate with all those who believe in human liberation and who have committed themselves to this worthy cause.
The vision of Umeed Partnership is to see educated, skilled and talented youth, improved gender equality, poor people liberated from all forms of slavery and oppression and human rights promoted among the oppressed masses.
- To reach out to those who lack basic human needs with the aim of restoring dignity and respect irrespective of caste, creed or gender.
- To promote basic Human Rights and democratic processes within oppressed communities.
- To provide opportunities to young people to improve their talents, abilities and leadership qualities.
To facilitate formal and non-formal education and human rights at all levels irrespective of caste, creed or gender.
Umeed’s Focal Sectors include:
- Human Rights and democratic education
- Empowerment of women and elimination of gender disparities
- Capacity enhancement of women’s’ groups and civil society organizations
- Research and documentation
- Promotion of entrepreneurship and development of small business skills
- Formal and non-formal education
- Socio-economic empowerment of the poor
- Assisting women in distress through free legal aid