Chitral: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew recently visited Laspur Valley in Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), where he reviewed progress on the development gigs undertaken by international organisations; including the Aga Khan Development Network and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – a news source reported.
For this purpose, the British diplomat visited the women’s vocational training centre and expressed an interest in the dresses and decoration articles made by the trainees. One of the trainees, Shagufta Hussain, spoke to the commissioner and apprised him of the facilities being provided by the training centre to the trainees.
Previously, the centre had enrolled 60 women and provided them with technical training for a year; facilitating the creating of self-employment opportunities for the females – an initiative which aims to alleviate poverty in the area.
She said that the local women followed the local tradition which involved undertaking shared responsibility for generating household income. She added that the female weaved cloth and managed livestock and poultry.
Moreover, the high commissioner was briefed regarding other welfare projects launched by the WWF such as cattle vaccination programmes and a corral establishment initiative in Shandur pasture to protect the grazing animals, as well as a hydropower station project of the Aga Khan Development Network.