USAID provides Scholarships to conflict victims in FATA and KPK

The U.S. Government has said it has issued five educational scholarships to children affected by conflicts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and for the next three years, it is planed to provide a total of 1,000 educational scholarships to support conflict victims.

USAID_Scholarship_RecipientsThis support includes educational scholarships to the children who have lost family members to conflicts. “I can now finally have peace of mind. I want my children to have a better life than mine and that can only happen with education,” said the mother of one of the scholarship recipients at a ceremony in Islamabad.

The program will collaborate with Pakistan’s telecom sector to utilize Mobile Financial Services in the disbursement of scholarship funding to conflict victims. “The USAID Conflict Victims Support Program will use this alternative service to reach out to beneficiaries who have limited or no access to banks,” said Mr. Adnan Sher, Chief of Party for the USAID-funded program. “The program will deposit scholarships to the mobile accounts of the students, or their guardians, which will be used to complete their scholarship transaction with the utmost transparency.”

This program is yet another example of the U.S. commitment to supporting Pakistan’s people and government in pursuing the country’s development priorities. U.S. assistance includes renovation of power plants and dams, such as Tarbela, construction of irrigation systems and schools, as well as educational scholarships and research grants.

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