Quake-hit Handicraft Exhibit Concludes

The handicraft exhibition of villagers from earthquake-hit remote villages concluded here with the pledge for building the capacity of the communities until they attain self-sufficiency.

Two school-going earthquake survivors – Mehnaz, 12, and Asia, 9, from Kodar village — inaugurated the exhibition of handicrafts by the women of Khoder and Jabar villages. These earthquake-devastated villages are renowned for their ornate beaded wristbands and intricate stone carvings.

Both the girls looked visibly happy and showed great resolve to continue what they have been learning at one of the 17 craft centres set up by Nokia-Karavan Woman across the region.

The organisation, led by the internationally renowned architect Yasmeen Lari, is helping Nokia by overseeing the entire project and lending its artistic expertise to the effort. The women of these villages are known for the beaded wrist bands they make, and the showcasing of their handiwork helped to both raise money for the rehabilitation of these communities and draw attention to the villager’s current plight.

The duo is helping rebuild the villages of Jabar and Khoder where the villages have seen over 100 houses rebuilt, and three primary schools being created. Jabar will also see the construction of a health dispensary and a small heritage museum, which will showcase the local crafts of the people. The villages will also be given improved street and road access.

Nokia’s ‘Recrafting Destiny’ programme has allowed the company to raise the necessary funds to rebuild and improve large portions of these two villages. “We have continued assistance to the rehabilitation and development of Pakistan will see benefits for years to come,” said Syed Veqarul Islam, Nokia Networks country director, Pakistan.

Veqar said: “We seek to see this region prosper and grow, and to do that they have instituted a programme that not only showcases the traditions of the region, but raises money and helps rebuild the homes and villages of the people who have suffered as a result of last year’s earthquake.”

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