and socio-economic uplifting
deserving people of Pakistan.
project has been currently suspended due to
The devastating earthquake on October 8, 2005,
besides giving birth to various new forms of
vulnerabilities, reinforces local community
vulnerabilities to the core issue of poverty.
Although, continued relief activities are made by
Government and non government organizations around
the world and the local community gets benefited
from the relief resources, however, more steps need
to be taken for sustainable growth and development
of the affected people. The earthquake has
drastically increased the already existing problem
of unemployment for both skilled and un-skilled
residents of the affected areas.
As per official resources more than 56 percent
district’s population lives below poverty line and
for every 100 women there are 98 men in the
district. The basic reason of poverty in this
context perpetuates due to lack of employment
opportunities for skilled people, uneven
distribution of resources, poor human resource
development, low investment in (female) human
capital, negative social biases, restriction on
female mobility and lack of job oriented vocational
training opportunities in the area.
Considering these problems, Muhammadan Education and
Research Association in the inception phase started
working on assessment and feasibility of the
advanced level “Vocational Training Centers” in
various locations in District Mansehra. The
Association has collected data of more than 1,000
orphan’s family’s in this regard. It is planned to
give skilled training to these widows or their
family members in these Vocational Training Centers
along with providing job and training opportunities
to semi-skilled labor in the area through
professional trainers as per prevailing market
trends, so they may be able to earn for their
families. Marketing facilities and resources will be
provided for promotion of their products.
This project consists of two phases. In the
inception phase, a female “Vocational Training
Center” will be open in the District Head Quarter
Mansehra that will be accessible for all Tehsils.
After completion of the first batch, certificate
approved from ‘Pakistan Skilled Council’ will be
awarded to successful candidates. In the second
phase, out of successful candidates, those who will
show excellent performance in the course will be
appointed as a trainer in the extension project in
the area. It is envisioned that vocational training
along with practice will provide career
opportunities to skilled women of the district. Our
target is to establish small home based industries
for the widows and orphans of the locality.