The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) launched its Restoration of Earthquake Affected Communities & Households Project (REACH) with a funding of Rs 1.6 billion from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed, deputy chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) was the chief guest at the launching ceremony held on Wednesday.
In his inaugural address, the chief guest praised the role of IFAD and PPAF in development of rural areas. He said rehabilitation is a big challenge for the country and REACH would play an important role. He said that approximately 600,000 homes had been assessed for damage and compensation given to 40,000 affected people. Ahmad Jamal acting chief executive PPAF, Nigel Brett country portfolio manager of IFAD, and Steve Jones coordinator for the World Bank also spoke on the occasion.
REACH is a new project of the PPAF aimed at rebuilding houses in the earthquake-affected areas of AJK and NWFP. The project will focus on 100 small and worst affected villages and priority will be given to families headed by women. The project aims at restoration and reconstruction of 7,000 housing units along with rehabilitation and reconstruction of the infrastructure such as drinking water supply, irrigation, link roads and bridges.
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