Winter Clothes Distributes in Kalash valley
Chitral Times Report
Chitral: A community support organization called KPDN,
stands for Kalash People’s Development Network has been distributed
winter clothes in Kalasha valleys.
The organization is working since
2005 in Kalasha valleys and played very positive role in different
areas such as education, health, culture preservation, traditional
sports development, youth development, tourism, women empowerment,
media initiatives and disaster response.
KPDN under its initiative Natural Disasters Management Programme,
NDMP played vital role during 2010, 13 and 2015 natural disasters
that have been parlayed Kalash valleys in particular and Chitral in
general. The organization mobilized communities living in the
valleys and work day and night to help the people in their
The valleys remained disconnected from Chitral town and of KPDN and
media partner Ishpata News took responsibility to help the people
indeed, KPDN did first assessment in the valleys and shared
assessment report with stakeholders. The assessment was jointly
done by NDMP and village council Mumuret (Bumboret), while Ishpata
News handled reporting for national and international media.
While talking to Chitral Times, founder and CEO of KPDN Luke Rehmat
said that ‘’we have been mobilized and utilized our meagre
resources to help flood Affectees and become their voice in hard
times, that was very tough time for the mountain’s residence’’
He further shared that ‘’ organizing community at grassroots level
is indeed very difficult job for the organization working with
limited resources, but no matter people knows their needs and
willing to support their fellows in such situations’’
Mr. Rehmat thanks Culture of Resistance, CoR, for providing winter
clothes for eight hundred kids in Kalasha valleys, and helped
rehabilitation work in the valleys.
While sharing community response and appreciation Mr. Fazal Azim
senior KPDN activist said that ‘’community are very happy that we
reached more families in the valleys, organization mostly ignore
needy families and we have received very good feedback from the
community, since last many days we remained on field for the
purpose of distribution of winter clothes to kids in three valleys,
our village to village campaign remained very unique and effective
to communicate with the residents to know their views’’.
KPDN’s volunteers both male and female remained very active
throughout the difficult times and remained with their people to
encourage and support them while they were feeling along.
Chairperson of the KPDN Ms. Gul Nazar talking with community in
Biriu valley said that ‘’we are working on ground to help our
fellows and we hope to work for the betterment of valleys and
different communities in future as well’’.
She said that ‘’ we together would be able to achieve development
and preservation goals, with support of AKHUAT clothes bank, we
have been distributed five hundred family clothes and two hundred
sweaters and now distributed eight hundred warm coats to the kids
with the help of Iara Lee head of Culture of Resistance, as we saw
they kids were more required to have winter clothes compared to