Stories


Empowerment through skill development: How Samina became the bread earner of the family

As a child, the now 26-year-old Samina dreamt of becoming a doctor. But she had to drop out of school in second grade as the school was far away from her home in Khyber District. She spent her…  


Improving the vulnerable access to justice, one rickshaw at a time

The traffic has stalled for what seems like a decade. Passengers keep on popping their heads out of their vehicles to see what the holdup is about. Many are honking as if that would make a difference,…  


Mental health support for youth at-risk of radicalization

The largest city in Pakistan has rapidly grown over the decades. Along with the influx of opportunities, this cosmopolitan city has also given space for extremism and sectarian violence to grow,…  


Mobiliti’s quest: Building a better more abled world

Seyyam shuffles down the lane to bowl, three fingers grip the seam of the cricket ball, feet skipping, body arching, he releases the ball spinning in the air, it lands left then darts right staying…  


Passion for Tomorrow—instilling skills of the future, for our future!

UNDP’s Youth Empowerment Programme has been partnering with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) to provide advanced digital skills trainings—to develop a cadre of experts on skills…  


Passion for Tomorrow—Women on Wheels gaining freedom of movement

An empowered woman generally has mobility independence. Freedom of movement is one of the ways through which women can achieve economic independence. By training 400 women in Sindh to ride bikes, we…  


How young Afghan refugees are working to advance social inclusion in Pakistan? (Part 2)

“Refugees give up almost everything in the hopes of having a better life. We are out of our comfort zone and willing to work hard for a better future. Pakistan should capitalize on this untapped…  


How young Afghan refugees are working to advance social inclusion in Pakistan? (Part 1)

Ezatullah, an Afghan refugee hailing from Koz Kunar, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, grew up in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. His parents fled to the Northwest (now called Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)…  


Passion for Tomorrow—doing journalism right

The purpose of journalism is defined by the function news plays in the lives of people—writes Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in The Elements of Journalism. Therefore, the purpose of journalism is to…  


Those Who Favour Fire

The dry, hot gusts of wind bespeak a hell just beyond the edge of my vision. I hear the banshees keening. I see the soul of the planet leaving it, slowly but certainly. And all I can do is write a…  

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