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RUPANI FOUNDATION

Founded in 2007, Rupani Foundation (RF) was established globally as a registered public charity in USA, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Its primary constituency is the extreme rural and mountain communities which are most susceptible to natural disasters, political conflicts and extreme poverty. Due to their typical remote location, these communities are usually marginalized from the rest of the country and lack of resources and support to meet basic human needs. The vision of Rupani Foundation is to create a sustainable society for future generations and its mission is promoting the holistic development of children (0-8 years) by providing essential ECD services at household and community level and creating lasting solutions to poverty by enhancing skills and adding value to local production with the partnership of local, national and international agencies.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan offer a unique opportunity to integrate underprivileged areas and their extreme rural and mountain communities into the evolving global socio-economic landscape. Most mountain communities have natural access to semi precious and precious stone mines, but lack of the skills and resources to develop them into sustainable income generating opportunities. By providing skill development training for adults, particularly women, and establishing Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs for children, these communities can be empowered to permanently break the vicious cycle of poverty and join the global community as contributing citizens for generations to come.

FOUNDATION'S INTERVENTIONS

1. Early Childhood Development

Early Child Development (ECD) generally refers to the period from conception to eight years, during which acquisition of culturally relevant skills and behaviours allows children to function and adapt effectively according to the environment in which they live and grow. In order to adequately prepare children in target areas and considering the high importance of ECD, Rupani Foundation has started multiple programs to promote education from early years and multiple supportive programmes for their parents and family members.


It is with a setting that is nurturing and conducive to learning that the rural child will be able to break out of the poverty cycle and contribute effectively to the upliftment of their families and communities at large for generations to come. The Foundation believes that when we invest wisely in children and families, we build a pathway for responsible and productive citizens of the future; however when we fail to provide children with the necessary tools to build a solid foundation, we put our future prosperity and security at risk.

 

2. Eliminating Poverty through Gem Sector Development

Since 2006, Rupani Foundation, in partnership with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO), has established multiple Gems Cutting and Polishing Training Centers in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. Through these centers more than 600 hundred local people, mostly women, have been trained.