UNHCR-PPAF Join Hands to Empower Afghan Refugee Families with Sustainable Livelihoods

Thu Nov 16 2023
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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are joining hands to provide productive livelihood assets to Afghan refugee families in Pakistan.

The program, now in its 4th phase, is committed to empowering more than 3,000 Afghan refugee families residing in six refugee camps in Districts Quetta, Pishin, Nowshera, and Islamabad.

The initiative aims to improve the self-reliance and livelihoods of Afghan refugees by equipping them with transferable skills applicable both in Pakistan and Afghanistan upon their return.

In the initial distribution phase, a total of 1,200 livelihood assets are being distributed across the Khesgi, Turkmen, and Akora Khattak camps in District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During a ceremony held in Akora Khattak camp, Acting Chief Executive Officer of PPAF Nadir Gul Barech and Livelihood Focal Point Officer at UNHCR Peshawar Ashfaq Hussain distributed livelihood assets to eligible families.

Nadir Gul Barech thanked UNHCR for their enduring trust and underlined the positive sustainable change brought about by the PPAF and UNHCR partnership, impacting more than 7,000 Afghan refugee families since 2017.

He said that beneficiaries equipped with productive assets and comprehensive training have progressed considerably in enterprise development, financial literacy, and asset management leading to enhanced self-sufficiency.

UNHCR’s commitment to refugees highlighted

Ashfaq Hussain affirmed UNHCR’s commitment to bring sustainable solutions for displaced populations, ensuring their protection, and promoting their self-reliance.

He said that the ongoing partnership with PPAF stands as a testament to this dedication and is enabling refugee families to lead dignified lives marked by self-sufficiency.

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