PESHAWAR - Gunnar Wigemark, European Union Ambassador to Pakistan, reaffirmed the commitment to continue its support for the socio-economic uplift and rehabilitation activities in Afghan refugees affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under RAHA programme.
This, he stated while addressing an inaugural ceremony of rehabilitation of water supply scheme of Public Health Engineering department along with the refurbishment of a government-run primary school for girls under the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas RAHA-UNDP funded by European Union at the Chowkidarab Union Council Amankot, district Nowshera. The water supply scheme at village Chowkidrab rehabilitated at a total cost of Rs2.916 million in contribution of Rs70,000 from local community under RAHA-UNDP KPK, financially assisted by EU through which more than 4,873 locals would be benefited.
Lars Wigemark, accompanied by Haoliang Xu, Regional Director, UNDP Bureau for Asia-Pacific, Timo Pakkala, EURS/UNDP Resident Representative, Yasmeen Mashood Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division, the Country Director, Marc Andre Franche, Imtiaz Shahid, Deputy Speaker KPK Assembly, MNA Dr Imran Khattak, KP Minister for Local government Inayatullah Khan, Provincial Minister for Revenue and State Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, RAHA-UNDP National Program Director other officials and community members, visited various developmental schemes completed under RAHA program in district Nowshera.
The European Union extended 39.8 million Euros for the project for a period of four years, aimed to improve living standard of more than 0.1 million Pakistanis, who hosted or are still hosting Afghan Refugees. Besides, infrastructure development, RAHA focuses on provision of health, education, and livelihood facilities, economic stability and revival of businesses for the local community through various interventions RAHA also provide training and skill development programs in Afghan Refugees Hosting areas in K-P.
On the occasion, Gunnar Wigemark appraised the efforts of RAHA-KPK programme for the socio-economic uplift and development activities in Afghan refugees affected areas. He said the EU would continue its support, and assistance for the program. He assured the community that they would mobilize more funds and resources for their betterment and meeting basic needs in the locality.