UN hands over RAHA projects to Balochistan govt
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN refugee agency on Wednesday announced handing over three health, water supply and education projects, which were upgraded under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative, to the Balochistan government
The Rs51 million (27m afs) projects included a newly constructed emergency centre building, construction and rehabilitation of schools and installation and construction of water tanks and water pumps in six villages of Chaghi district.
A statement from UNHCR said RAHA initiative served as an important vehicle for improving access to and quality services for both Afghan refugees and their host communities. Last year, nearly 1 million people (23% of them Afghan refugees) benefitted from 62 humanitarian projects.
Indrika Ratwatte, UNHCR Representative in Pakistan, inaugurated and handed over the improved facilities to the provincial authorities during his day long visit to Chaghi -- home to 27,000 Afghan refugees. He was accompanied by UNHCR Deputy Representative Johann Siffointe and others.
Pakistan has been home to millions of Afghans for the past three decades and, although more than 3.9 million have returned home, since 2002 around 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees still live in Pakistan.
RAHA is a multi-year joint initiative launched in 2009 between the government of Pakistan, represented by the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Statistics, a consortium of UN agencies, a number of government and non-governmental organisations.
Since its commencement in 2009, more than 10 million people including Afghan refugees and Pakistani citizens have benefited from some 3,500 RAHA projects implemented across the country, costing some $175 million.
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