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Response to IDP Crisis

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Response to IDP Crisis

Project Theme Education
Project Title Support for Education Department of NWFP to provide continued learning opportunities to Middle and Secondary level internally displaced school children of NWFP and FATA
Duration October 2008 - September 2009
Total Project Budget USD 70,053
Funding Sources Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Implementing Partners - International Rescue Committee(IRC)
- Youth Resource Center(YRC)
- Department of Education
- Individual Consultants
Location Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps in Peshawar and Nowshera
Project Officer Vickram Chhetri
Contact (email) vickram.chhetri@un.org.pk
Emergency Response to IDP Crisis
The 2008 conflict between insurgents and government forces in FATA and NWFP, led to a mass displacement of local population. Extremist groups destroyed schools, particularly girls' schools even before the counter military operation began. The counter extremism operations in FATA and Malakand Division of NWFP had displaced 500,000 people by April 2009. With the intensification of military operations, the numbers of IDP's has increased to 2.5 million. By the end of June 2009 there were 27 IDP camps. According to an estimate 20% of the IDPs settled in IDP camps and 80% with host families.

According to the provincial government, adjoining districts like Lower Dir experienced extreme IDP situation. Three hundred government buildings; mainly schools were used as shelters hosting more than 60,000 IDPs.

The CERF funding was used to support the authorities in the repair, cleaning, rehabilitating and re-use of such schools for educational purposes. Additionally, emergency supplies including tents and educational materials were provided to camp schools to provide an opportunity to re-start education and provide educational services for the IDP children in IDP camps and host communities.

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