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  • Vocational training offers a way out for Karachi youth
    Jul 18, 2017

    Twenty-one-year-old Jehanzeb hails from Malir, an impoverished neighbourhood in Pakistan’s largest and most turbulent city, Karachi. With six brothers and four sisters, Jehanzeb started working as a small child, doing odd jobs to pay for his own education. In this way he completed his matriculation and enrolled in the intermediate programme at a local college.

  • Expanding horizons for Karachi women
    Jul 17, 2017

    Any day with food on the table was a good day for Humera and her family of five. The daughter of a rickshaw driver in Korangi, an impoverished neighbourhood in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, Humera, 20, had a tough childhood. Her father was the only breadwinner and struggled to support his family. “If we paid the rent, we couldn’t buy food. If we bought food, we couldn’t buy clothes. How could we expect to complete our education?” she says.

  • Vocational training offers a way out for Karachi youth
    Jul 17, 2017

    Like many young men in the restless neighbourhood of Lyari in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, 19-year-old Ibrar Hussain has fought poverty and violence since childhood. A member of the impoverished and marginalized Kutchi community, when Ibrar was only in Grade 5, his father informed him that he could no longer afford to continue his education. But instead of dropping out, Ibrar began to take up part-time jobs to be able to keep going to school.

  • A boxer turned fashion designer inspires others to escape violence
    Jul 10, 2017

    As a child Wasim Soomro watched as famous fashion designers showed their creations on television. He enjoyed seeing their creative designs and envied their rise to fame and fortune doing what they loved. “I used to watch famous celebrities become designers, flaunting their kurtas on TV. I told myself if they can do it, why can’t I? Lyari is famous for gang violence, but we don’t have any famous designers. I thought I should be the first one,” he saysd, clad in a blue kurta that he designed himself.

  • The Government of Punjab acknowledges SDGs in its 2017-2018 Budget in collaboration with UNDP
    Jul 3, 2017

    Pakistan was among early nations who committed to declare the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a national agenda by adopting a resolution at the National Assembly in February 2016. The main challenge in Pakistan is to transform the ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into provincial strategies, policies, plans and budgets. The Planning and Development Department of Punjab and UNDP have collaborated to support the Government of Punjab efforts for mainstream and accelerate SDGs.

  • Progressing towards peace and Development
    Jun 29, 2017

    Ms. Maimoona Akhtar, a student of Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Peshawar was apprehensive about choosing print or electronic media as a career because her family considered it an ‘inappropriate’ field for young women. This severely limited her professional choices, especially in fields that were relevant to her degree in Mass Communications. After graduation, Maimoona was selected as an intern with UNDP’s VPPD initiative at IPCS under the Platform’s capacity development component for graduate students.

  • Newly constructed Irrigation Channel empowers people in FATA
    Jun 29, 2017

    In November 2009, many local residents of Tehsil Sararogha in South Waziristan Agency left their hometown due to the military operation that was underway against militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Many families sought shelter in districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank. In the summer of 2013, the displaced residents felt safe and confident to begin returning home. However, things back home were far from normal. The basic infrastructure was in ruins and severely damaged. “Our houses were destroyed, cattle were missing and our fields had turned to ruins,” said Mr. Mahnoor Khan, the president of community organization in Baghariwam village, South Waziristan.

  • UNDP improving community resilience through school construction in KP & FATA
    Jun 29, 2017

    Located in Bannu Distrit, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Ghareeb Abad Government Primary School (GPS) was abode to around 300 pupils in the past. More recently, however, conflict and military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) forced it to serve as shelter to 25 temporarily dislocated families. Constructed to serve as an educational institution, providing shelter to over 150 temporarily dislocated persons (TDPs) in four classrooms took its toll on the structure of the building as the building was severely due to overcrowding. Once the situation improved in FATA and the families returned to their homes, the school itself could hardly function as an educational institution due to its damaged infrastructure.

  • Building civic engagement in marginalized communities
    Jun 15, 2017

    Uzaira Tasneem is completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Education, Lahore. True to her name, when she heard about the UN Volunteers programme, she decided to apply. “I always aspired to become a volunteer because it would get me closer to the community and the people,” she says.

  • Expanding horizons through volunteering
    Jun 15, 2017

    It was always Tahir’s dream to be a social worker and to serve humanity. The son of a manual labourer and the youngest of five children, he had the opportunity to gain an education and is now completing a master’s degree in education management in his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan. When the opportunity to become a UN Volunteer and provide civic and voter education to youth and marginalized communities, especially women, came up, Tahir seized it. As one of 36 UN Volunteers in Pakistan, however, he has found that his horizons and passions have expanded more than he could have realized.

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