Youth empowerment: Refugee handicrafts go on display
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A variety of handicraft products made by Afghan refugees were showcased at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Friday.
UNHCR and AikHunarAik Nagar (AHAN) organised the day-long exhibition as part of youth empowerment interventions under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme.
The UN refugee agency through AikHunarAik 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 per cent Afghan refugees) have benefited from some 3,500 projects implemented across the country at a cost of approximately $175 million.
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