“LASOONA – Society for Human and Natural Resource Development” is a local, multi-disciplinary, development oriented and non-profit making organization. LASOONA affirms to be committed to well being of masses through promoting ecologically sound development in remote and impoverished pockets of Pakistan in general and North West Frontier province (NWFP) in particular.
LASOONA is a Pushto word, meaning “Hands”. LASOONA was established in 1997 by a group of highly motivated and civic minded people. It formally registered under societies act of 1860. By the time of establishment, the founding leadership laid the foundation of LASOONA with the premise of promoting ecologically sound development.
Over the last one decade LASOONA enjoys the history of being a civil society organization committed to the conservation, promotion and sustainable management of natural resources and has had been advocating the participatory management of natural resource as a mean to livelihood security. It worked with a spirit to serve humanity with out any discrimination on the basis of gender, caste and creed. While committed to the well being of masses LASOONA has the history of working with all segments of society even with little resources and expertise, thus becoming a role model at local level. So after its one decade history LASOONA felt it necessary to work as an institution with an extended and holistic philosophy of participatory development to help the deprived and marginalized segments of society to have an access to the basic means of livelihood together with improved social services at local level.
In its working methodology, LASOONA always upholds inclusive initiatives wherein development is conceived and realized by the concerned stake holders and not by outsiders. A well formulated Social Guidance Approach is in practice to ensure the participation of beneficiaries and other stakeholders and for creation of a cadre of selfless, honest and dedicated volunteer Activists from within the community who, in turn, are given the responsibility to lead their community through the passage of development.
With the passage of time, LASOONA has developed its capacity to meet and adapt the changing environment in its surrounding and work with small and big donors to facilitate the process of development and smooth delivery of benefits to the communities at large. Staff capacities have also been built through various technical trainings during the course of the job.