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 difficult times.
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 this subscriber 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 thanked Culture of Resistance, CoR, for providing winter clothes for 800 (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 were 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 adults’’