Ayub Hamard Foundation Thingee Community School:

OUR FUNDRAISING

£1,500 for the new Thingee Community School:
80%

Why this project needed our help?

The Ishkoman Valley is located in the north of the Ghizer District in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and the Pamir Wakhan Corridor. Its altitude ranges from approximately 2,000 to 3,600 meters above sea level. In the heart of this remote part of the world, a new beacon of hope has emerged – the Thingee Community School. This school was initiated by Juniper Trust Volunteer Ayub Khan, with the assistance of the Ayub Hamdard Foundation (AHF), to cater to the needs of the Ghujar tribes, who have long been neglected and have faced high dropout rates.

With an unwavering commitment to uplifting these marginalized students, AHF embarked on this mission about six months ago. The path has been filled with challenges, but AHF has never wavered in its dedication to providing quality education to these young minds. The most significant obstacle has been the issue of teacher salaries, as sustaining quality education relies on hiring skilled and passionate educators. Despite this, AHF managed to commence classes with the help of one female teacher.

Initially, the community attempted to organize schooling in a local mosque until a generous individual contributed a piece of land for the construction of a dedicated school building, which is currently in progress. This will provide a permanent and conducive space for learning, symbolizing newfound hope for the community’s future. The location of the Thingee Community School near the main Ghizer road ensures easy access for the students, enabling them to embrace education without the burden of long commutes, and enhancing the school’s potential impact, reaching out to even more deserving students from the region. Despite facing financial challenges, they have persevered, seeking solutions to ensure the sustainability of the school and the future of its students.

The Juniper Trust has played an instrumental role in this journey, stepping in to provide vital support for teacher salaries and fueling the dreams of these young learners. Thanks to a recent donation from KE Adventure Travel, which has a history of running treks in the mountains of northern Pakistan since 1984, The Trust has been able to confirm the payment of salaries for a male and a female teacher, as well as a caretaker for the first year of the school, giving them a much-needed boost and hope for the future. Additionally, The Juniper Trust has provided uniforms, books, and school equipment for the 36 students, which will hopefully encourage more children to join the school.

Initially, the community attempted to organize schooling in a local mosque until a generous individual contributed a piece of land for the construction of a dedicated school building, which is currently in progress. This will provide a permanent and conducive space for learning, symbolizing newfound hope for the community’s future. The location of the Thingee Community School near the main Ghizer road ensures easy access for the students, enabling them to embrace education without the burden of long commutes, and enhancing the school’s potential impact, reaching out to even more deserving students from the region. Despite facing financial challenges, they have persevered, seeking solutions to ensure the sustainability of the school and the future of its students.

The Juniper Trust has played an instrumental role in this journey, stepping in to provide vital support for teacher salaries and fueling the dreams of these young learners. Thanks to a recent donation from KE Adventure Travel, which has a history of running treks in the mountains of northern Pakistan since 1984, The Trust has been able to confirm the payment of salaries for a male and a female teacher, as well as a caretaker for the first year of the school, giving them a much-needed boost and hope for the future. Additionally, The Juniper Trust has provided uniforms, books, and school equipment for the 36 students, which will hopefully encourage more children to join the school.

This school represents not only an educational institution but also a symbol of empowerment for the entire Thingee community. As AHF continues to work tirelessly to build the school’s infrastructure and address financial needs, the impact of their efforts will extend far beyond the school’s walls. Every child who walks through its doors will carry a spark of hope that will ignite the flames of change in their lives, as well as in the lives of their families and the community. The Juniper Trust would like to continue its support for the new school, initially by sending an additional 20 sets of uniforms and school equipment for the new students that we hope will enrol, along with teaching tools and equipment such as library books and a projector.