Shah Faisal Town, the community where RLCC works, houses approximately 1 million residents. Ethnically diverse and highly politicized, Shah Faisal battles political and civic neglect like the rest of Karachi. At the time of partition Begum Ra’ana Liaquat had the foresight to envisage a self-sufficient community amidst the Karachi metropolis.
RLCC has been operational since 1954. Up to the last decade, this organization was run as a charity with little emphasis on formal institutionalization of systems. The current management of RLCC has in recent years focused on formalizing its structures and systems with a view to paving a path to sustainability. 2014 saw a major shift in RLCC management as governance was revitalized, new members were invited to the General Body and elections were held to nominate a more active Board of Governors to oversee RLCC management. Furthermore, sub-committees within the Board were constituted to support the finance, programme, marketing and fundraising functions of the organisation. The programme subcommittee has subsequently been tasked to support the organisation to develop a strategic plan for the organisations next 3 years. The new management has also prioritized the development of existing human resource and training of RLCC’s staff.
RLCC’s foremost concern is sustainability. We understand the need to work on two fronts: strengthening organizational structures and internal systems thereby professionalizing the organization; and ensuring programmatic sustainability. A robust fund raising strategy is critical to achieving sustainability.
The furtherance of the social and economic well- being of low-income communities of Pakistan through:
- Promoting access to quality education and opportunities for learning for all
- Increasing access to, and enhancing the quality of primary health care services
- Increasing opportunities to improve livelihoods