The majority of households in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa especially in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral remain dependent on agriculture for their income and the SWO has played a central role in increasing productivity and improving marketing of local produce.
As a result of our great struggle other development partners’ efforts, farm incomes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, while increased staple food crop production has resulted in greater food security for vulnerable populations. The SWO is struggling to help farmers take advantage of more reliable irrigation water to diversify their agricultural production. SWO will also train farmers’ enterprise groups on new technologies and innovations, and will help them connect with markets and agro-processors to secure higher prices for their crops. Since intractable poverty remains a feature in the remote, mountainous programme area, SWO intends to launch a livelihoods enhancement and protection programme shortly. The initiative provides livestock packages, including training, particularly poor and vulnerable households
The Foundation’s activities in early childhood development provide more students annually aged 0-8 years (65 percent girls) with quality learning opportunities, in both urban and rural settings.
The SWO Education Services aims to ensure access of children aged 2-8 years to quality early childhood programmes and services. For this purpose, it provides pre-school and early primary education in the remote areas of KPK, Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral and in some parts of the country.
Each day children are guided to develop skills in:
- Approaches to learning
- Language, literacy and communication
- Social and emotional development
- Physical development, well-being and health
Arts, mathematics and sciences