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“I am so happy that we have our own girl’s school now,” said Ayesha Farooq, a grade 4 student at the new school that was built in Fateh Jang City of Attock District, Punjab Province by the Tameer-e-Millat Foundation. Financing for the school was provided by the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund. 
 
This student at a school in the Mehra Camp for displaced earthquake survivors in Pakistan leads his classmates in an English lan

Nearly 450 schools in Battagram District in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province were damaged or completely destroyed by the devastating October 2005 earthquake. As winter approached, people from the remote Allai Valley descended from their mountain homes to the banks of the Indus River to seek shelter at the Mehra Relief Camp. With USAID’s help, 1,550 children attended one of the three schools at the camp, some of them for the first time.

Pakistani army engineers attend a workshop on safe construction techniques

To help the government of Pakistan promote earthquake-resistant reconstruction, USAID sponsored a project with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology to train local organizations, engineers, masons, and carpenters in safe building practices.

An artisan in a Karachi workshop solders gold bangles with a gas flame.

Pakistan’s gems and jewelry sector is often described as a cottage industry, where a typical workshop employs a handful of artisans who craft pieces by hand or with outdated machinery. Since 2004, a USAID-led working group has been helping representatives of the precious stones and jewelry industry tap into that potential by fostering cooperation between industry players from “mine-to-market.”

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Last updated: August 07, 2014

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