Why this project needed our help
The need for a school in Asumbar was first highlighted in 2011 by Ayub Khan, an experienced trek leader for KE, whilst helping flood victims in the area. In the remote valley of Ishkoman, N Pakistan, there was no school then, children were being taught by a volunteer teacher in his home. He approached Juniper Trust for financial support for the provision of a school and a teacher.
How Juniper Trust helped
In 2011, following the floods, £6000 was raised by Juniper Trust to fund the building of a new school in Asumbar. Ayub Khan supervised the works, and the school was completed in spring 2013, its’ aim to teach boys and girls from the village, as well as children from nearby villages in need of education.
JT funded a teachers’ salary for 2013 and 2014, along with essential equipment and uniforms.
What difference has been made?
In March 2015, Ayub Khan delivered these items personally, making the long trek to Asumbar with his wife. He discovered that 2 girls from the village had qualified to go on to further education, the first to do so, and helped raise sponsorship to allow them to live closer to the nearest high school, 4 hours walk from Asumbar. The project no longer requires donations from JT and we thank Ayub for his considerable support.
Keeping Faith: Juniper Trust
Since its beginnings more than twenty years ago in Nepal, Juniper Trust works on projects across the developing world, keeping faith with its funding principle of sustainability- ‘Small is Beautiful’- working in partnership at community level, listening to what communities need, sensitive to ethical, cultural and environmental impact.
We believe strongly in helping the developing world move forward in the direction which the communities feel is appropriate, helping out where we can, forging long-term friendships and links, keeping in touch with finished projects and continuing help for the future where we can.