Friday, October 22, 2010

Making Money While Rebuilding a Community

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has launched job-creation initiatives in two locations. The affected populations can now learn a living again and restart their lives while rebuilding their community by the means this program offers.

Removal of rubble from streets, drain construction, paving of roads, and debris disposal are some of the cash-for-work initiatives the employees are working for five days per week. The amount of pay they receive is equivalent in US dollars to between $4.70 and $7.00 for six hours of labor which helps people buy food and clothes for their family. It also brings hope three months after the worst flood in Pakistan's history.

“The cash-for-work projects are bringing immediate benefits to people and their communities,” said Rabia Khattak, Chief of UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Early Recovery Unit. “But to succeed they have to reach many more people, and this requires sustained support from our national and international partners.”

-Shereen Alibhai