By GR Junejo
Islamkot, Tharparkar Sindh: Six more Thari women have joined the workforce as dump truck drivers after successfully completing rigorous training of six months at Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company’s project at Thar Coal Block-2.
Now 26 Thari women drivers are full time employees in Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company project. With induction of these talented and hardworking Thari women, the Company’s morning shift of transporting coal from mine to power plant has all women drivers, which is an inspiring milestone for company.
“Thar Foundation team is continuously striving to increase number of women in our projects,” a Thar Foundation press release said on Thursday.
The Women Dump Truck Driver Program is an acclaimed and breakthrough project that is empowering females in the remote region of Tharparkar. Through the Women Dump Truck Driving Program, the Foundation aims to provide rural females of Tharparkar an opportunity to broaden their livelihood by completing a training course to learn how to drive a dump truck in the Thar coal projects.
Through the program the Foundation aims to establish new generation of empowered females who have access to better socio-economic opportunities, financial inclusion and agency in an area that has historically been notorious for ranking low on major Human Development Indices.
Thar Foundation’s initiatives on women empowerment in Thar have been recognized by The Professionals Network and selected Thar Foundation for its prestigious CSR Award under this category. The award was received by Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi, CEO Thar Foundation in a ceremony held in Karachi. Thar Foundation has trained and recruited a number of women to operate RO Plants, drive heavy dump trucks, teach in Thar Foundation schools and establish small businesses under livelihood grants program. More women will be part of project in 2021.