Strengthening Livelihoods of Afghan Refugees & Pakistani Host Communities
Provide access to market-oriented training and employment opportunities that lead to an economic uplift for 600 male and female Afghan refugee and host community families in neglected areas of Punjab
Social and economic integration of project beneficiaries aims to protect the rights of Afghan refugees and their host communities.
During the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan the refugee population in Pakistan started soaring at a very high speed. Pakistan maintained a policy of temporary protection with voluntary return as the preferred option. Although the process of repatriation began a long time ago and a large number of Afghan refugees have returned to their homeland. The increasing concern for Pakistan’s elusive peace situation has forced many to think about the speedy repatriation of Afghan refugees, as they pose an enormous economic burden. Considering the current scenario, FACES Pakistan took the lead in creating livelihood opportunities for the Afghan refugees and host communities through its Vocational Training Centre in Lahore where the organization already had extensive knowledge and information regarding the needs of the said communities.
With the main objective to equip Afghan refugees and host communities with marketable skills that can add value in their lives, such as driving, beautician, tailoring and plumbing, and help build self-confidence, this project especially catered to the refugee families who were involved in garbage picking or other odd jobs.
Afghan refugees continue to face immense difficulties in finding a respectable job as there is a great trust deficit between the Pakistani employers and the refugees; therefore, FACES Pakistan intervened as the service provider for the vocational training, adult literacy and subsequent placement of jobs. FACES Pakistan has collaborated with various service providers for this purpose. The courses offered to afghan refugees and host communities are of six month to nine months.
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Efforts of FACES Pakistan for Afghan refugees and Pakistani host communities.