ISLAMABAD - Speakers at a ceremony highlighted a significant role of development sector organisations in bringing women from different religious communities closer to bridge the gap and allowed them to exchange learning experiences at a common platform.

The project recognition ceremony was arranged to celebrate the successful completion of a project - titled Health Education and Enterprise Development (HEED). Representatives from different development sector organizations as well as dignitaries from various embassies were also a part of the ceremony.

After the introductory session, the gathering was informed that FACES Pakistan - a non-profit organisation - initiated the HEED project by forming an alliance with the Caritas Germany to improve lives of the flood-affected families through their women in the mixed religious communities in Nowshera, Jaffarabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Kashmore.

The HEED project was initiated to provide respectable means of livelihood to the skilled and marginalised women as well as spreading social awareness regarding the reproductive health of women by conducting workshops and training of the traditional birth attendants.

This project was also initiated to address problems of women by providing them healthcare services, provision of capacity-building trainings and workshops on entrepreneurship development and gender empowerment, identifying and developing viable linkages to increase women’s access to the market and establish accessible Skill Development Centres in order to build women-capacities to tap economic opportunities.

Expressing their views, the key speakers highlighted milestones achieved through the HEED project which have transformed the lives of thousands of women in far-flung areas. This project has also played a key role in promoting peace and harmony among mixed religious communities. Another session was also arranged in which case studies and success stories of the beneficiaries were shared.

The heartwarming stories of the underprivileged women, who are today playing a very productive role in various capacities and sharing burden of their families, gave a positive message.

Under this project, approximately 10, 0000 beneficiaries have received various trainings in several capacities, enabling them to work more confidently and independently.

From economic rehabilitation to the development of entrepreneurial skills, from saving lives and introducing better health practices to the provision of viable market linkages, the HEED project has manifold outcomes which have transformed lives of many.

FACES Pakistan President Javaid William expressed his target to continue efforts of bringing positive change in the lives of marginalised members of the society. At the end, FACES Pakistan General Manager Elaine Alam appreciated the assistance provided by the Caritas Germany and hoped that the FACES Pakistan would continue playing its role in promoting peace and harmony along with introducing effective interventions for the establishment of a developed and progressed society.