The country’s largest social protection program of Ehsaas will establish a Women Empowerment Center (WEC) in South Waziristan this year to impart livelihood skills training to 200 deserving women annually. According to an official source, the Ehsaas extensive social safety initiative was likely to benefit over 25 percent population of South Waziristan in the year 2021 through various schemes in a transparent manner.
The Ehsaas National Socioeconomic survey based on which the Ehsaas Kafaalat and many other stipends were extended to deserving people in the district continued since January 9, 2021 under which Ehsaas enumerators were going house-to-house with tablets to collect district-wide information. The official source revealed that the socioeconomic survey conducted in 2011 did not cover South Waziristan owing to the military operation.
Once the survey was completed, the quantum of social protection support will be enhanced for deserving people in the district, benefiting more than 25 percent population of South Waziristan this year. More than 20,000 families were likely to benefit from Ehsaas Kafaalat, more than 35,000 children from Waseela-e-Taleem Digital, 2,500 children and mothers from two Nashonuma Centers to be established in 2021.
An amount of Rs. 22.3 million has been earmarked for providing individual financial assistance to the poorest families in need. Besides this, Ehsaas will provide 100 artificial limbs to special persons who lost their body parts in bomb/mine blasts in South Waziristan. The student who can apply for Ehsaas Undergraduate Scholarships this year will be benefited from the pool of 50,000 scholarships which are given out every year under this scheme.
The currently fast-tracked and end to end digital survey in South Waziristan would build the foundation of wide-ranging social protection interventions in the area.