The Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled’s (PWTD) major function is to improve the quality of life of the members of society with disability, through provision of monetary and technical assistance to NGOs all over the Punjab. The aim with which the Trust was established was to help individuals suffering from mental, physical, visual, hearing and speech disability.
    How we Work

HOW WE WORK

The Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled is an autonomous body that disburses a sum of Rupees of thirty million tofifty eight million a year, yet it has a relatively small number of staff members. At its apex, PWTD has a Board of Governors, of which the Minister Social Welfare is the President. The official and non-official members are chosen from among people directly involved or otherwise deeply interested in service for the disabled. The role of the Board is to:

Review and develop policies along with priorities of work; and
Approve the budget for the Trust.

The Board receives reports on the working of the Trust and in light of these lays down tasks for it for the following years. The Board usually meets once a year, but it can meet more often if so required.
The Executive Committee, including the Managing Director, is nominated by the President, for a period of two years, from amongst the Members of the Board. TheExecutive Committee meets every month or whenever necessary to supervise the working of the Trust. The Executive Committee is responsible for;

Making allocations of assistance; and
monitoring and evaluating the performance of organizations being supported. The Executive Committee's decisions and directives are executed by the Managing Director.

The Managing Director is the anchorman of the Trust and responsible for its overall functioning. He is the designated Secretary of the Board of Governors and Member andSecretary of the Executive Committee. He is also the custodian of the funds and records of the Trust. He does this by scrutinizing applications for assistance and by inspecting applicant organizations along with a member of the Inspection Committee. The recommendations of Managing Director and Inspecting Officers are submitted to the Executive Committee.
FINANCES
Sources of Trust's income include Annual Grant by the Government of Punjab and Financial Grant released by the Government from time to time, profit on Endowment Fund placed with the banks on term deposits, from various donor bodies and Individual donors.
Financial Assistance and Capital Grants are allocated even handedly and transparently in a systematic manner, for which specific guidelines have been adopted.
When projects are submitted by applicant NGOs, they are aligned with the Trust's aims and objectives and if they are in the purview of the Trust's aims and objectives, aid is approved.
After evaluation financial assistance is provided on a case to case basis.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
Effective communication processes allow the Trust to organize, apply, and present new information relevant to their mandate and according to the need. The modalities developed for the processes appropriately reflect and meet the need for time based decision making.

Punjab has been divided into nine divisions:Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha Multan, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan and Sahiwal. Assisted organizations located within a particular division have been requested to communicate amongst themselves and to involve and assist each other while planning and conducting various training as well as non-training activities so that sharing of learning may occur and they may benefit from each other's experiences in service delivery strategies. PWTD helps to facilitate them in this regard.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION SYSTEM
The Trust provides continued support upon proper functioning of an NGO, meticulous account keeping and proper delivery of services. This is ensured through the following elements:
PWTD has an Inspection Team including the Managing Director, Director (Programs) and Deputy Director (Programs).
The team members pay surprise visits. During these visits organizations' accounts are checked, staff is interviewed, premises' hygiene and sanitary standards are reviewed, food quality (if provided) is checked and curricula and academic standards of students reviewed.
The NGOs are inspected at least twice a year and assistance is released every quarter on receipt of quarterly accounts and their proper utilization.
Inspection reports are placed before the Executive Committee which takes action on them by way of approval or advice and the assistance is adjusted accordingly.
The assistance for the second quarter is released after submission of the annual audit report.
Assistance is discontinued to NGO's that do not show satisfactory utilization of funds provided to them by the Trust.

 

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Prepare and execute policies and plans for the welfare and rehabilitation through treatment, care, employment, and education and such like other manners. Develop, standardize and establish special institutions. Plan and co-ordinate activities in the field for the welfare of the disabled. Deal with and enter into agreements with other countries or international organizations, subject to the constitution/law. Promote
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