Friday, 6 May 2016
Afghan refugee’s handicrafts exhibition
The UN refugee agency through Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN) launched a Skill Enhancement and Livelihood Initiative (SELI) to support skills development and income generation of the most vulnerable people. People in Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda and Mardan districts benefitted from the initiative. Selected beneficiaries received training in block printing, frame-based weaving, jewellery making, filling stitch, leather and crochet embroidery. UNHCR representative Indrika Ratwatte, famous Fashion Designer Rizwan Beyg and diplomats from different countries attended the event.Ratwatte called investment in Pakistani and Afghan youth investment in peace and sustainable development. Fifty community-based skills centres have been established in different union councils, where 727 Pakistanis and 273 Afghan refugees were given skills training. More than 10.6 million people (11% Afghan refugees) have benefited from some 3,500 projects implemented across the country at a cost of approximately $175 million.
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