ILO has launched Cash for Work program for flood-affected people in Nowshera and Peshawar

ILO has started helping the flood-affected communities in quickly restarting livelihoods and employment through immediate short-term employment recovery programs. The program titled “Cash for Work for Flood Affected People” was launched in Nowshera and Peshawar by the ILO Country Director, Mr Donglin Li on 31 August 2010.

Press release | 01 September 2010

While talking to the media-persons and local representatives, Mr. Donglin Li said that the project has been started in order to provide quick employment opportunities in exchange of daily wages to floods-affected people and to help them receive quick income and overcome their mental shock and trauma. This project will organize affected youth to clean and fumigate the camps, and also establish sanitation facilities in the camps during relief period. In the later stage of reconstruction youth will be organized to clear debris from market places, roads and local infrastructure.

During his discussion with the President of Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, Mr. Li also mentioned that ILO will soon initiate a skills training program on crash basis to impart most-needed skills to the local youth – for facilitating the upcoming huge reconstruction process. He mentioned that ILO is currently assessing the overall losses to the livelihoods and employment due to the floods and would support all activities that are aimed at creating more and decent jobs for the flood-affected women and men. He was informed that the Business Community has warmly welcomed the concept of “Cash for Work” and the Sarhad Chambers of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) in Peshawar has adopted this approach by contributing more than Rs. 8 million in different locations.

Later, Mr. Li together with the President of EFP Haji Muhammad Javed, visited the relief camp in village Masma District Peshawar. Mr. Li, Haji Javed and ILO Staff Union Representative distributed relief goods at the relief camp. The ILO Staff Union had raised funds and distributed 200 sets of basic household utensils and clothes among the flood victims.

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Mr M.Saifullah Chaudhry
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