One would wake up to see long queue of women and children with buckets and utensils at the village well. They had to pull up bucket full of water. This was energy and time consuming. ”expressed Muhammad Zamin, A local resident of village Manz Dara Goraj, District Shangla”. After PEACE intervention in the area the villagers prioritized installation of hand pump to get easy access to drinking water. The scheme has enabled 39 households of the village to gain easy access to clean water for drinking and other purposes. The project is completed under EU funded PEACE programme.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.