Social Revitalization for Displaced Children in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan | Projects

Social Revitalization for Displaced Children in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan

As a result of increasing militant activity in May 2009, the Pakistan army commenced military operations in Buner, Lower Dir, and Swat Valley. The majority of the local population began emigrating to Mardan and Swabi in order to avoid the conflict. By the end of May, the number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) had swelled to just over three million; many of whom fled their homes without money or other resources.  

Mercy Corps conducted initial assessments in May-June of 2009 in Mardan where the largest concentration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) was found.  The majority of these IDPs were women and children, with average family numbers of 3-6 children per family. The official school year had ended, and thus children would not normally be in school during this period. However, IDP children by the very fact that they were displaced from their homes had no opportunity to engage in normal activities, and no space or resources to draw from. 

Based on the assessment results, ROTA provided a grant to Mercy Corps to improve the social well-being of displaced school-age children by engaging educators to facilitate social and sports activities. 

 

Project Facts

 

Implementing Period: 

 

June 15 2009  – December 30, 2009

 

Project Partner:

 

Mercy Corps

 

Objectives:

  •  Improve the social and physical condition of displaced school-age children
     
  •  Improve the nutritional status of displaced school-aged children
     

Beneficiaries:
 

  •          Direct Beneficiaries:  4000 children and indirect 20,000 families