‘Deenwa’, a catchment area situated in tehsil Daraban of District D.I Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, survived on unpredictable and meagre rainfall for the past 100 years. Due to years of silting up, this 8 kilometer long flood pathway disappeared depriving 50,000 poor families of their historic right of access to water needed for cultivation of their lands. With Swiss support, Deenwa became alive again after decades. The affected people now have access to water which was denied to them over the years. Bond with the land and the community has rejoiced again.
The SDC launched ‘Livelihood Programme Hindukush’ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in 2008 together with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation as main implementing partner. One of the main components of this Programme has been to develop skills of the local people through various capacity building trainings for their better living. Noor Shad bibi from Chitral is one such local beneficiary whose life has changed by attending one of the trainings organised through SDC's Livelihood Programme.
Karakoram Area Development Organisation, a local organisation based in Hunza valley of Gilgit-Baltistan which started its journey in 1996 with the financial support of SDC, is celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of success and recognition of it’s remarkable achievements.
“I would like to learn how to read and write like my brother,” said Alishba standing in front of the Jangi Karoona Government Girls Primary School in District Charsadda of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. By providing good educational infrastructure, Switzerland has enabled around 15,000 children including 12,000 boys and 3,000 girls, just like Alishba, to continue their education in safe and child friendly school buildings.
Shubinak, a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in District Chitral from 1999-2009, aimed to address the household poverty by providing the families, particularly women with income generating opportunities at household level. This objective was achieved by reinvigorating the local Shu industry in Chitral.
"I was in the blazing sun facing scorching heat, and now I feel like being under the shadow enjoying the cool breeze with my children… I am at peace.” (Afsar Khan, Livestock Extension Worker, Pindiali, Mohmand Agency).
Afsar khan, another local community member whose skills were developed through SDC’s funded Livelihood Programme Hindukush for better income generating opportunities. The Programme was implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. The detailed story is available on the above given link.
“I still remember the first time ever that I stepped out of my house to participate in an exhibition as a stall holder but couldn’t make much profit. Time and circumstances are the best teacher. The LPH team asked me if I was interested in working with women to produce more material. I started with a group of 20 women workers, and today I have a group of almost eight hundred women workers. I feel very gratified that my business is a mean of wel...lbeing for my family and a source of earning for 800 other families.” (Tahira Yasmeen, businesswoman, Hamlet Almabad in Bakhar City).
In 2008, the SDC launched ‘Livelihood Programme Hindukush’ in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas together with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation as main implementing partner. The Programme aimed to enhance income generating opportunities by developing skills of the local communities. Tahira Bibi is one of the beneficiaries of the Programme. Her detailed story is available on the above given link.