In most of the countries where Muslim Aid is working, millions of people are living in extreme poverty. Muslim Aid implements programmes to improve the livelihoods of poor and marginalised communities, enabling them to live with dignity through restoring livelihood opportunities, improving agriculture productivity, enabling access to microfinance, improving skills and the creation of new enterprises through appropriate training and logistical support.
Restoring the Livelihoods of Marginalised Farmers in Southern Gaza:
Accounting for 4.5% of the Gaza Strip’s GDP and employing 5.8% of its workforce, agriculture remains a key sector of the Gazan economy that could contribute to reducing high unemployment and food insecurity. Muslim Aid is boosting the potential of this sector through a range of measures to improve the competitiveness of Gazan produce in the West Bank and international markets. This one project is supporting the rehabilitation of agricultural properties of 160 farmers which will increase productivity and help to link them to the market system in Gaza. It includes the rehabilitation of greenhouses and the replanting of crops over a phased 3-year period. In addition, Cash for Work is giving 110 unemployed labourers the opportunity to learn skills and earn an income.
Technical and Vocational Skills Training for Bangladeshis in Urban Slums:
In Bangladesh, Muslim Aid is an experienced and expert provider of Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET). We continuously run TVET centres that serve the cities including Dhaka, Jashore, Rangpur & Chattogram under the umbrella of Muslim Aid Institute of Technology (MAIT). In 2020, we started a 5-year livelihoods programme that will provide 22,100 young people living in urban slums in Dhaka and Saidpur with technical and vocational skills to sustainably improve their livelihoods. 22,100 people are being trained in 9 key trade areas that are providing viable occupational and income generating opportunities for their households. Trainings is in line with the Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) and participants will be certified. Participants will be supported with identification of wage employment and business start-up, guidance and counselling, networking, and market engagement activities. Standard training and orientation with the engagement of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and experts of the relevant field will be provided to 1,000 youth.
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