Sana Khawaja , Community Development Manager

Based in Lahore, Sana is responsible for improving equine welfare through effective community engagement by understanding the needs and priorities of equine-dependent communities. She supports Brooke Pakistan’s partner organisation, CCA, by ensuring staff can effectively facilitate and support the implementation of community-based activities in line with relevant organisational strategies, standards, and policies, as well as recognised sustainable development best practices.

Expertise

  • Strengthening community development approach
  • Capacity building of stakeholders on Community development
  • Curriculum development
  • Liaising and linkage development

Qualifications

  • MSc, Psychology University of the Punjab

Hobbies

Music, cooking, tourism and poetry

Most memorable work moment

While working with marginalised communities, every moment is memorable when changing their lives for the better. But specifically during the Covid-19 pandemic, when everyone was in a lockdown situation, the equine owners were facing a difficult time as they were unable to earn a penny. Brooke Pakistan was trying to link equine owning communities with other humanitarian organisations so that they could sort some support. One organisation, the Allah Walay Trust, distributed ration bags to 180 households. It was a huge gathering and community members were so happy and they were acknowledging Brooke’s efforts for them even in the pandemic situation.

Best part of your job

Working animals are always very neglected in society, especially mules and donkeys. There are some stigmas which are associated with them. The equine owning communities are also very marginalised in society. So, being a Brooke employee, I got a chance to work for them. Brooke Pakistan always encourages its employees to work independently and welcome new ideas for betterment in communities and working environments. A conducive environment for any staff member always nourishes work. 

How did you get your job?

I joined Brooke Pakistan in June 2019. Before that, I had 12 years of experience in a non-profit organisation. While working with the development sector I have worked with different NGOs on a range of issues including community development, child rights, sexual reproductive health rights for adolescent girls, women empowerment, and water sanitisation hygiene for marginalised communities.