PEDO (Pak Everbright Development Organization) has been established the following two institutions since early 2011:-
1. HYTEC Institute of Technology in Peshawar and
2. Women Skill Development Centre in Tribal Areas adjacent to the Afghan border in Pakistan.
Both the institutions were supported by different individual donors, International Rescue Committee and FATA Development Authority. This support lasts in June 2011.
There is a great need and requirement to train the Afghan refugee’s youth in different skills so that when they return to their country they can contribute to the rebuilding of their national.
In order to work on this PEDO launched a project to train Afghan Youth (boys and girls) in these two institutes established by PEDO. PEDO launched the project on Global Giving and with generous support of more than 60 donors PEDO was able to generate $ 4000 US in a very short time. Though the funds are still not reached PEDO due to some technical reasons, but PEDO could not wait for the funds arrival and we started the project activities by ensuring funds from our endowment fund and credit by local vendors and technical instructors.
In December 20 Afghan Refugee girls enrolled in our Women Skill Development Centre in Tribal Area. These girls are learning the skills of cutting, sewing, embroidery and decoration pieces making. The project is continuing and PEDO will also train them to market their products.
In HYTEC Institute of Technology, 15 Afghan Refugee boys enrolled in 3 months electrician trade course. The course has been completed. On the completion of the course PEDO organized a certificate distribution ceremony, which was chaired by Mr. Haleem Shah, Director Skill Development Council, Peshawar. Some of the students have returned back to Afghanistan and have started using their newly learned skills, while few have started working as interns in the local industry and further improving their skills. One student has opened his small maintenance workshop of home electric appliances in Peshawar with a micro finance support linked by PEDO.
PEDO team is highly thankful to its donors, whose generous support helped PEDO to get this success. PEDO is hopeful to get its aims and objective of the project through constant support of its donors. PEDO also welcome all suggestions for improvement.
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