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An endeavour to make women more empowered and economically developed, Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas Program RAHAKP has undertaken an initiative to engage the communities in the development process especially the women.
Under the program, an irrigation channel in Union Council Khazana, district Peshawar was inaugurated by Ms Elena Tischenko The Chief South and West Asian Division, RBAP UNDP, and The Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, Mr Marc Andre Franche.
The irrigation channel has been completed by the Women Village Organization Noor constructed at a cost of Rs1.7million approximately, including Rs.42,000 contribution from the community.
The channel will irrigate around 800 acres of Agriculture lands in the UC, Khazana Payaan, under the RAHAKP Program. RAHA being a joint venture of the Government of Pakistan, implemented by UNDP and funded by The European Union, having an intervention in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, i.e Buner, Haripur, Lower Dir, Nowshera, Peshawar and Swabi.
For this project, the European Union extended a Fund of 39.8million Euros for a period of four years, aimed to improve the living standard of more than one million Pakistanis, who hosted or are still hosting Afghan Refugees.
Besides, infrastructure development, RAHA focuses on the provision of health, education, livelihood facilities, economic stability and the revival of businesses for the local community through various interventions. RAHA also provide training and skill development programs in Afghan refugee affected and hosting areas.
The Chief South and West Asian Division, RBAP UNDP, Ms Elena Tischenko and Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan, Marc Andre Franche, formally inaugurated the irrigation scheme which was completed under the women community organization. A companied by UNDP Assistance Country Director Ms Rabia Khattak, The Provincial Program Manger Ms Shukriya Syed, the National Program Coordinator Mr Zabardast Khan, RAHAKP Staff and the local community.
While sharing the success stories with visiting UNDP team, the female/women community appreciated the efforts that benefited by the great contribution for the economic, and social uplift of women in the area under RAHAKP.
They shared that large number of women and girls have been trained under the livelihood skill trainings that are now earning handsome income for their families.
They further said they had also established a village organization at Mohallah level, which now plan to expand it at the whole village.
Earlier, they pointed out that women were being facing numerous difficulties in provision of appropriate health facilities, but they are now planning to establish a women health centre in the vicinity under RAHAKP. “The literacy ratio is below 15 per cent in Union Council Khazana, which need to be improved at 100 per cent, they demanded.
Ms Tischenko informed that the UNDP is working on a new plan, which will be sooner seen in action. She assured the community that they will make further efforts to mobilize more funds and resources for their betterment and meeting basic needs in the locality.
The UNDP Country Director, Mrc Andre Franche while speaking on the occasion said that the RAHA has a long term project, which can be helpful to bring economic instability, agriculture development, and other need basis facilities.