Islamabad: As Pakistan observes the first year landmark following the worst floods in the Country’s history United Nations Development programme (UNDP) continues to touch lives of beneficiaries across 29 most-affected districts.
More than 915,000 flood affected individuals have benefitted from UNDP’s Early Recovery Programme launched in October 2010, which include such aspects as restoring livelihoods through job creation, repairing basic community infrastructures and services, and strengthening local government offices to get public services running again in over 1,400 villages.
The highlights of 3,097 infrastructure restoration projects completed include 170,000 persons earned a living again under the Cash-for-Work initiative, 150,000 persons benefitted from solar lights and pumps while 26,937 beneficiaries received agriculture and livestock support.
Among others 6,130 entrepreneurs received small business grants, 4,900 persons received vocational and skills training for livelihood support, Around 1,000 houses constructed for the homeless, and Over 4,000 received help in getting ID cards and legal documents.
The ER Programme is one of the largest ER initiatives launched anywhere in the world is being executed through an extensive network around 38 implementing partners which include NGOs as well as government departments and agencies.
It is also the Co-Chair of the Early Recovery Working Group along with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) supporting effective coordination of the ER Activities at Federal, Provincial and district levels involving relevant Government institutions, UN agencies and other humanitarian and development organizations.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark had also visited Pakistan in February 2011 to view the ER activities, whence she observed her great privilege to be able to support people to rebuild their homes and livelihoods after those devastating floods adding that much remained to be done, and it was important to continue to support Pakistan’s recovery.”
UNDP Pakistan has engaged leading pop singer Hadiqa Kiani and international tennis star Aisamul Haq as National Goodwill Ambassadors for Early Recovery who advocate for continued support for early recovery through their media engagements within and outside Pakistan.