Over 700 trained volunteers from FOCUS Pakistan mobilised in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan

AKDN/FOCUS Pakistan mobilise over 700 trained volunteers in flood-affected Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan

Islamabad 04 August 2015 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) has been providing relief to villages in the Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, which have been affected by devastating floods resulting from monsoon rains and glacial outbursts. Flash flooding and debris flow have washed away over 100 villages while disrupting access to roads and bridges and causing damage to property, crops, livestock, communication infrastructure … Continue reading AKDN/FOCUS Pakistan mobilise over 700 trained volunteers in flood-affected Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan

Gojal: Where Pakistan begins

Gorgeous Gojal: Where Pakistan begins

Excerpt: Before 1974, Gojal was part of the Hunza State, and was governed by the Mir of Hunza. Gojal enjoyed tremendous importance owing to its strategic and agricultural value. The Gulmit Vvillage of Gojal was the summer capital of Hunza, where the Mir of Hunza used to hold his court and deliberations were made on a range of issues. Local music and dance programs would … Continue reading Gorgeous Gojal: Where Pakistan begins

The people of Chipursan calling for help - Sost Today

The people of Chipursan calling for help | Sost Today

Gojal- On Monday night floods sprouting from different streams due to heavy rainfalls caused huge damages to standing crops, trees, bridges and roads in Chipursan, a remote valley in Gojal Hunza. Hundred of acres of land came under water as the flood block the Chipursan. River for many hours. The Chipursan Local Support Organization; Sahib Hayat has requested the Philanthropists for help. Anyone willing to … Continue reading The people of Chipursan calling for help | Sost Today

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Humans of New York Travels to Hunza Valley and Gilgit-Baltistan to feature stories of the residents

Brandon Stanton began ‘Humans of New York’ in the summer of 2010. He created an exhaustive catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, plotting their photos and stories on a vibrant blog. This summer, Brandon travels to the Hunza Valley and the Gilgit-Baltistan region to meet the residents. He states: “Featuring several of the highest mountains in the world, massive glaciers, and powerful rivers, the region has some … Continue reading Humans of New York Travels to Hunza Valley and Gilgit-Baltistan to feature stories of the residents

A night view of the Hunza Valley. The Ultar Peak in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan is also seen over the Baltit Fort in Hunza on June 27. (Image credit: Mian Khursheed For The Washington Post)

The Hill Times: Imagine, a good news story on Pakistan

We are so used to stories about Pakistan that include terrorism, violence, bombs and bullets. Similarly, we are used to stories about failed foreign aid, fraud, waste, abuse, charities that don’t do what they promise and a growing sense that we have so many problems at home, so why bother doing anything abroad? Into that cynical vortex comes a Washington Post story with a very … Continue reading The Hill Times: Imagine, a good news story on Pakistan

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The Hunza Story: A documentary exploring the spectacular beauty of the Hunza Valley and the warmth of the residents

Hunza(3)https://vimeo.com/74832578

The Hunza Story: view the spectacular natural beauty of the Hunza Valley, the Khunjerab Pass at 4,900 meters above seal level – the highest border crossing in the world, and Imamat Day celebration in Altit.

About the documentary:
A young traveller, an amateur photographer, and a bored student on vacation explore the cultures, the sights, and people of the Hunza Valley. Hunza is an isolated land in northern Pakistan and this is the main reason it is still able to hold on to its cultures and traditions. The Hunza Valley is also one of the top tourist destinations in Pakistan. This documentary depicts the spectacular natural environment of the Hunza Valley and the cultures of the people through the perspective of a tourist.

The group backpacked through the region by pooling together their funds to cover their expenses for food; they slept on sleeping bags in tents, and asked for rides from passing vehicles to travel to the their destinations. The  team was successful in completing the journey largely due to the hospitality of and assistance from the people of the region.

The documentary was directed by Arsal Shafa and narrated by Afaq Baig.

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2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award Winners: Award of Distinction: Altit Fort, Hunza, Pakistan

Altit Fort, Hunza, Pakistan The restoration of Altit Fort represents yet another step forward in the model of community-based conservation practice that has been evolving in the body of work of the Aga Khan Cultural Service of Pakistan. This prominent landmark, dating back one thousand years, has been restored from an abandoned ruin into a vibrant community centerpiece through a careful step-by-step strategy. Meticulous historical … Continue reading 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award Winners: Award of Distinction: Altit Fort, Hunza, Pakistan

Aga Khan Trust for Culture Receives 2011 UNESCO Award for Culture Heritage Conservation

Bangkok, 1 September 2011 – The restoration of Altit Fort in Pakistan, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Service, has received an Award of Distinction at the 2011 UNESCO Asian-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Conservation works for the 900-year-old Altit Fort focused on mending structural defects, stabilising and repairing existing walls, replacing some roofs, treating wood decay … Continue reading Aga Khan Trust for Culture Receives 2011 UNESCO Award for Culture Heritage Conservation

Salgirah in the times of disaster (via PAMIR TIMES)

PT Report Hunza: Thousands of people in the disaster hit Hunza Valley joined their Ismaili brothers and sisters across the globe in celebrating the 53rd Imamat Day on July 11, a ceremony symbolizing H.H. The Aga Khan’s accession to the throne of Imamat. Grand celebrations were held in Shishkat and Gulmit, two of the worst affected villages of Gojal valley. IDPs of Attabad celebrated Imamat … Continue reading Salgirah in the times of disaster (via PAMIR TIMES)