3 months ago
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£300.00 of £13,500 target +£75.00 Gift Aid See breakdown
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Great memories of meeting Poonam of PCDP more than 20 years ago.
PCDP UK works to relieve poverty among the Parkari people, one of the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world.
In the hindu caste system the Parkari people are regarded as outcastes, also called untouchables and Dalits. They are despised and oppressed.
PCDP UK provides a way to link hands directly with some of the world's poor, and help them to help themselves.
In cooperation with its partner organization, PCDP in Pakistan, PCDP UK promotes all aspects of community development especially literacy, human rights, health and skills training among the Parkari people.
Training and Empowerment
Event dates: Wednesday 1st March – Tuesday 31st March 2026
The severe flooding in 2022 caused devastation for the Parkari community who are primarily peasant farmers working as share croppers for local landowners. PCDP, with help from PCDP UK and others, was able to offer immediate aid in terms of food and rations.
Now the biggest need is to strengthen the resilience of the community by ensuring that the gains made in previous years in promoting community development, cohesion and mutual support are not lost. So PCDP UK together with PCDP in Pakistan are launching a 3 year project of Training and Empowerment.
This will include running courses to train 45 young men in motorbike repair and providing them with not only the skills but also a kit with all the basic tools they need to start their own business. This will enable them not only to support themselves and their extended family but also to provide employment and on-the-job training for the next generation (see video below)
In addition, through strengthening an already established network of over 260 villages, PCDP will be able to support the existing village-based development in primary education, adult literacy, sewing and tailoring, and community health care, and promote mutual support at all levels of the community. This will empower the Parkari community to earn their own living, claim their civil rights, live in peace and harmony, and have the health and resilience to cope with the perennial problems of flood and famine, which climate change has exacerbated in recent years.
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