In a class-based society like Pakistan, where there is little room for the working class, it is necessary to have organizations that are committed to the causes of people who work in factories, farms, and mines, and also those who work as home-based informal workers and domestic help. These are the people who live below poverty line and an estimate puts their figure to almost 60 million, which makes 33 percent of the total population of the country.
The commitment of National Organization for Working Communities (NOWCommunities) was founded in 2007 - though it was formally registered with the Sindh Government in January 2008 - by a team of dedicated experts in development sector who were already working in various fields concerning labour, women, peace, minorities, media, education, and community health. Ever since its inception, NOWCommunities has tried to root itself in the working communities by strengthening their existing contacts and building more through different interventions.
The National Organization for Working Community is registered under Social Welfare Ordinance 1961, having registration in January 2008 vide registration number DSW (3177) K.
The National Organization for Working Communities consists of dedicated experts in development work in various fields of development concerning labor and women including peace, media, education, and community health. This collective have experience of working in countries most respected organizations. They have come together to fill the gap of much needed innovative approaches to organize workers, women and youth of marginalized working classes of Pakistan.
The living conditions of workers are a reflection of the government priorities. They live in squatters and slums, where civic amenities are either not present or acquired through illegal arrangements with the concerned authorities. On paper, the governments are committed to provide better living conditions to all its citizens, but the laws and policies usually put on paper are weak when it comes to on-ground implementation. These working communities also suffer due to total absence of any other development initiatives from the government. There are very few government schools collages, vocational and skill training centers, hospitals, and parks and play grounds present in such working communities.