With support from USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP), National Integrated Development Association (NIDA-Pakistan) has launched the seven (07) month project titled “Female Youth Empowerment through Marketable Skill Trainings”, in UC Shamozai, Tehsil Katlang District Mardan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP).
The initiative will improve Socioeconomic status of women is poor because of low literacy rate, lack of educational facilities, awareness, poor economic condition, lack of skills and insecure environment of the society for working women. This lack of education and low literacy level contributed to woman’s ignorance in the society in terms of decision-making employment. Only some 35% of women aged 10 years and older are literate, compared to 70% of the males. For out of schoolchildren (6-16 years) 54% are girls and 46% boys . The dropout rate is high since many girls (school dropouts) play subservient roles in the family and society usually responsible for household chores and taking care of siblings.
The objectives of the proposed project:
The overall objective of the project is ‘to strengthen the processes that promote economic development of women and create an environment for social change’. While the specific objective is to improve social & economic conditions of 80 females through vocational & entrepreneurial skills training in union council Shamozai of Tehsil Katlang, District Mardan through:-
- Broad based community level meetings for social inclusion;
- Formation of female community based committees for community mobilization;
- Improve socio-economic conditions of 80 marginalized women through training in Advance Boutique Tailoring and Hand/Machine Embroidery;
- Arrange District and Provincial level exhibitions for promotion and market linkages; and
- Provision of consumable and non-consumable items for continued practicing of the acquired skills at home for sustained income generation.
There will be active collaboration with key stakeholders such as Local CBOs, Local women groups, District Social welfare Office, District Administration Mardan, elected representatives (District/ Tehsil Nazim. Nazim/ Naib Nazim of Village Council/ Neighborhood Council, NGO’s and UN agencies working in the District, Tehsil Municipal Administration and other relevant stakeholders.
The Proposed Project will improve socio-economic condition of local female youth and will link them to local market for sustainable livelihoods and income generation. Project will mainstream the Female in income generation and social entrepreneurship.
This project is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of NIDA-Pakistan and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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Restocking of livestock (milking goats) of flood affectees of Shangla and Kohistan.
Provision of poultry birds to flood affectees of shangla and Kohistan.
Capacity building trainings for progressive farmers and veterinary assistants of livestock department.
Distribution of Agriculture inputs.
Capacity building trainings for progressive farmers and field assistants of agriculture department.
Project Cost —46,471,253.00 PKR
Project Duration —18 months, ongoing
Funding Agency —Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH)