Projects

Projects

2005
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2008
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2012
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2015
2016
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2018

2005

Disaster relief after 2005 earthquake

Kashmir Fund DK was established shortly after the Kashmir region was hit by a powerful earthquake, which was seen as being one of the most devastating ever. The death rate began to rise quickly, from hundreds of victims to thousands in a matter of days, fearing a still sharper rise as a cold winter was approaching. The final death toll was above 80,000 people. The earthquake left behind 4 million people who were without shelter and food, in an area known for heavy snow during winter and limited road network. The infrastructure was totally destroyed in the affected areas, making it almost impossible to get relief to victims before the winter’s arrival.

Tent Project Bagh

Kashmir Fund DK members organized a fundraising campaign in a very short time together with DM-Aid. We quickly identified high quality tents from the United States intended for mountainous areas with snow and extreme winter weather conditions. After some discussions with the manufacturer, they agreed to deliver them cheaply and quickly to Kashmir. The total quantity was 100 tents, which could each accommodate a family of 6-8 people. These tents were delivered was delivered within a few weeks to an isolated village, Bani Minassa, 3 hours’ drive from the city of Bagh in Kashmir. The houses in the village were completely destroyed and the first snow had already begun to fall. A total of 600-800 people benefited from these tents.

2006

Tents project Muzaffarabad

Thanks to the generosity of our members, as well as support from the J. Lauritzen Foundation, we had enough funds to support another and a bigger project. After the initial distribution of tents by NGO’s and others, many of which were not suitable for the cold climate in the mountains, many families were hard hit by the cold weather. Kashmir Fund DK had contacted several tent producers around the world, which were approved suppliers to the largest relief providing NGO’s. We located a manufacturer that could quickly deliver 125 tents, 75 tents that could accommodate 8-10 people each and 50 tents which could accommodate 10-12 people each, all with built-in ovens that families could use for heating in sub-zero temperatures outside.

Our team went to Muzaffarabad in Kashmir, where many other NGOs had established tent camps. We contacted these organizations in order to find the families worst affected by the disaster, and which these NGOs were not able to help. Our team was quickly able to find these families and we donated tents directly to them. They could then after the winter, take the tent with them up to their village when they were in the process of rebuilding their villages. A total of 800-1200 people got the benefit of these tents.

2007

Water projects Bagh

After the earthquake, many parts of Kashmir were still heavily devastated. Large parts of the infrastructure were completely destroyed. The focus of the media was gone and that meant reliefs efforts were significantly reduced.  Kashmir Fund DK decided to intensify our efforts and focus on reconstruction.

Our special attention was on health issues, and after dialogue with partners, we decided to support water projects in villages in Bagh district. People in these villages, especially children and women, spent several hours a day getting clean drinking water, by walking up and down dangerous mountain paths. Time which children could have used in school, doing homework or just playing.

Kashmir Fund DK provided financial support for the construction of water supply systems. The support was granted for purchasing of materials as well as transportation to the villages. The labour was provided by the inhabitants of the village, as their contribution to the project, to develop co-ownership. A village committee was established and entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the project and ensuring that everyone in the village had access to the water. These projects covered the period from 2007-2011 and have benefited thousands of people in Bagh district.

2008

Water projects Bagh

In 2008 we continued with funding water projects in Bagh in these villages, especially children and women, spent several hours a day getting clean drinking water, by walking up and down dangerous mountain paths. Our projects benefitted over 2400 people in Union Council Bani Passari.

Kashmir Fund DK provided financial support for the construction of water supply systems. The support was granted for purchasing of materials as well as transportation to the villages. The labour was provided by the inhabitants of the village, as their contribution to the project, to develop co-ownership. A village committee was established and entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the project and ensuring that everyone in the village had access to the water.

These projects covered the period from 2007-2011 and have benefited thousands of people in Bagh district.

2009

Water projects Bagh

In 2009 we continued with funding water projects in Bagh in these villages, especially children and women, spent several hours a day getting clean drinking water, by walking up and down dangerous mountain paths. Our projects benefitted over 2500 people in Union Councils Bani Passari and Makhdoom Kot.

Kashmir Fund DK provided financial support for the construction of water supply systems. The support was granted for purchasing of materials as well as transportation to the villages. The labour was provided by the inhabitants of the village, as their contribution to the project, to develop co-ownership. A village committee was established and entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the project and ensuring that everyone in the village had access to the water.

These projects covered the period from 2007-2011 and have benefited thousands of people in Bagh district.

2010

Disaster relief after devastating floods

In 2010, Pakistan was hit by heavy rains, which submerged large parts of the country. Over 20 million people were affected by the floods. Kashmir Fund DK quickly established a disaster relief project, where we together with partner organizations in Denmark and the UK identified the hardest hit areas and sent funds for the purchase of food items and pure drinking water for thousands of families.

In the following period, when many families had been made homeless by the floods, Kashmir Fund DK established a reconstruction project. We worked with a partner organization in the UK, which had a large network in one of the most isolated areas, Jafarabad in the eastern part of Baluchistan province. This area was flooded with 2 meters high water masses, which remained standing for a period of 2 months. During this time all mud houses were demolished and 80% of the cement houses did not survive. Residents lost all their belongings, their homes, their livelihoods and all the infrastructure in and around the villages was gone. Kashmir Fund DK supported 9 hard-hit families by helping them rebuild a permanent house.

2011

Clean drinking water for school children

Fresh Rose School in Kharian teaches children from families who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to go to school. The school was established as an English Medium School by a local family in 2009, and it quickly enrolled 75 children. The school only consists of 3 rooms, and children often attend classes outside. In 2011 the school asked Kashmir Fund DK for financial support for the establishment of a clean drinking water and cooling system, so that the children could drink water while in school. Kashmir Fund DK approved this request and the school bought a water system for the children.

2012

1000 Smiles for Kashmir

Congenital deformities or caused by chemical and fire damage, deprives children and young people of a normal life. They face social exclusion and are seen as a financial burden.

Kashmir Fund DK partnered with Kashmir International Relief and Danish Muslim Aid in 2012-2015 to bring smiles back on these children’s and young people’s face. The renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Viva from the organization Interplast assisted by a medical team from Great Britain and Denmark performed surgeries on over 400 patients in Jatlan, Kashmir with no costs for the patients. Patients treated at the surgical camps had burns, acid injuries, cleft lip and other congenital malformations/deformities.

Besides financial support, Kashmir Fund DK contributed with doctors, nurses and volunteers from Denmark who have contributed with their capabilities to help hundreds of patients visiting our camp every year. Kashmir Fund DK has also supported the project with disposable equipment and surgical instruments.

2013

Medical Camp and clean drinking water for Syria

The ongoing civil war in Syria erupted in 2011 with no signs of solution so far. The conflict has led to millions of refugees which puts pressure on the fragile health care system and access to clean water. Kashmir Fund DK has in collaboration with local partners funded health clinics and improved access to clean water for the internally displaced.

1000 Smiles for Kashmir

This year Kashmir Fund DK again brought smiles back on children’s faces and bringing them hope. An acknowledged medical team from Great Britain and Denmark performed surgery on patients in Jatlan, Kashmir with no costs for the patients.

Along with the financial support, Kashmir Fund DK has contributed a total of surgeons, nurses and other volunteers from Denmark who have contributed massively with their capabilities to help hundreds of patients visiting our camp every year. In addition, Kashmir Fund DK has supported the project with equipment from Danish hospitals, special disposable equipment and surgical instruments, has been sent to Jatlan Hospital.

Patients treated at the surgical camps at the hospital in Jatlan had burns, acid injuries, cleft lip and other congenital malformations/deformities.

Without this type of help, patients often have little prospect of treatment, as treatments can be very expensive, usually significantly more than the average annual salary in the region.

2014

Charity Dinner for Gaza

The Gaza strip is one of the world’s most densely populated areas which was subject to a military operation by Israel leading to devastating destruction of infrastructure and loss of more than 2000 lives, more than 10000 injured mainly children. In response to this conflict Kashmir Fund DK co-hosted a charity dinner with other Danish organisations, during the summer of 2014, collecting more than half million kr. for emergency relief to the victims

The harsh condition and insecurity inevitable leads to scars on the soul. During the summer of 2015, Kashmir Fund DK again co-hosted another charity dinner with other Danish organisations, collecting more than 700,000 kr. allocated for children in Gaza and treatment of their traumas.

1000 Smiles for Kashmir

This year Kashmir Fund DK again brought smiles back on children’s faces and bringing them hope. An acknowledged medical team from Great Britain and Denmark performed surgery on patients in Jatlan, Kashmir with no costs for the patients.

Along with the financial support, Kashmir Fund DK has contributed a total of surgeons, nurses and other volunteers from Denmark who have contributed massively with their capabilities to help hundreds of patients visiting our camp every year. In addition, Kashmir Fund DK has supported the project with equipment from Danish hospitals, special disposable equipment and surgical instruments, has been sent to Jatlan Hospital.

Patients treated at the surgical camps at the hospital in Jatlan had burns, acid injuries, cleft lip and other congenital malformations/deformities.

Without this type of help, patients often have little prospect of treatment, as treatments can be very expensive, usually significantly more than the average annual salary in the region.

2015

Drought in Thar

For several years, the Thar region in Sindh province had been affected by drought. The area is very poor, consisting mainly of desert. Population has very limited access to drinking water. Lack of clean drinking water for a large period of time, has been disastrous for the region. Therefore, Kashmir Fund DK in 2015 contributed financially to the establishment of a solar-powered well jointly with DM-Aid.

The solar powered solution is preferable in the area, as the power supply is very unstable and is only available to a limited extent. A solar-powered solution was the best option for the population and clearly the most reliable.

Earthquake in Nepal

The 25th of April 2015 an earthquake measuring 7,8 on Richter scale struck Nepal leading to devastating destruction and loss of more than 8000 lives and causing 22000 major injuries. Nepal is one the poorest countries in the world and the victims lacked everything. The need for help was great.

Kashmir Fund DK was founded in 2005 after the earthquake in Kashmir. We are aware of the destruction an earthquake this big and in this region can lead to. Kashmir Fund DK did not hesitate to donate for disaster relief in collaboration with our partners.

1000 Smiles for Kashmir

This year Kashmir Fund DK again brought smiles back on children’s faces and bringing them hope. An acknowledged medical team from Great Britain and Denmark performed surgery on patients in Jatlan, Kashmir with no costs for the patients.

Along with the financial support, Kashmir Fund DK has contributed a total of surgeons, nurses and other volunteers from Denmark who have contributed massively with their capabilities to help hundreds of patients visiting our camp every year. In addition, Kashmir Fund DK has supported the project with equipment from Danish hospitals, special disposable equipment and surgical instruments, has been sent to Jatlan Hospital.

Patients treated at the surgical camps at the hospital in Jatlan had burns, acid injuries, cleft lip and other congenital malformations/deformities.

Without this type of help, patients often have little prospect of treatment, as treatments can be very expensive, usually significantly more than the average annual salary in the region.

2016

1000 lives for Kashmir

Kashmir Fund DK wishes to improve public health and reduce mortality among newborns and children. We will establish medical camps in Kashmir, with focus mainly on general health problems. In order to reduce the mortality rate among newborns, Kashmir Fund DK will establish Mother and Child Health Care Clinics. These clinics will have a trained community midwife assigned, who will carry out the necessary examinations of pregnant women, provide treatment and recommendations. The community midwifes, local public and other professionals will be trained by our doctors during workshops. For more information please read the Camp 2016 report, available in the “About Us” and “Report” section.

Medical Camp 2016

For several years, Kashmir Fund DK has been working on dispatching doctors to surgical camps in Kashmir, Pakistan. The first medical camp organized by Kashmir Fund DK was established in Tehsil Pattikah, located in the Muzaffarabad district. The camp was conducted from 27th to 29th September. The team from Denmark consisted of Chairman KFDK Adnan Ali Khan, Dr. Urfan Zahoor Ahmed, GP, Dr. Mubeena Aziz, gynaecologist, Dr. Abbas Ali Qayyum, Cardiologist, Adan Ali Khan, photographer, Raja Rehan Khan and Imran Hussain as facilitators. It was estimated that 1,500 patients wanted to visit the camp, but the actual number was 2341 patients during the three days. Among them, over 70% were women and children.

Maternal and Child Health Care Centres

The need for basic birth handling facilities is huge and Kashmir Fund DK and our partners have helped in starting a midwife service, with access to a well-equipped examination room. Local authorities allocate a trained midwife to handle births and examinations. Kashmir Fund DK financed our first health centre in 2015 with the opening of a Maternal and Child Health Care Center in the village of Soli Khas, UC Kalamoola, Tehsil & District Haveli Kahutta, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). During Camp 2016, the Kashmir Fund DK team opened a new health centre in the village of Chiran UC SaidPur, Tehsil Pattikah, District Muzaffarabad. Union Council Saidpur consists of 19 villages with a population of 23,090.

Training Workshop for Community Midwives (CMW)

Our CMW workshops are targeted towards local midwives, and have been an important part of our efforts in Kashmir since 2016. For our workshops, a group of community midwives that is very dedicated is selected. They are eager to ask questions and demonstrate impressive enthusiasm. We had a good dialogue and learning atmosphere. The midwives´ basic knowledge was up-to-date so you could just add more. Proper education, continuous skill developing workshops for community midwives are important initiatives to bring the maternal and neonatal mortality down. The workshop was attended by 21 CMWs.

2017

Maternal and Child Health Care Centres

The need for basic birth handling facilities is huge and Kashmir Fund DK and our partners have helped in starting a midwife service, with access to a well-equipped examination room. Local authorities allocate a trained midwife to handle births and examinations.

Kashmir Fund DK financed six health centres’ in 2017 in the Districts of Haveli and Neelum. Out of these six, one each is located in Union Council Degwar and Sangel, in district Haveli, where we have a total of three clinics. Of the other four clinics, one each is located in Union Council Chalyana and Kel, and two are located in Union Council Gurase, in District Neelum. We have a target of expanding in both districts within the next few years.

Water for Somalia

Clean water is an essential source for public health. In Somalia unpredictable rainfall patterns, ongoing conflicts and lack of maintenance of water sources and supply systems lead to more than half of the population having more than 30 min to access to clean water. The lack of clean water is estimated to the cause of 20% of deaths among children under five in Somalia.

Kashmir Fund DK sponsored a well in the village Afgoye 30-40 km outside capital Mogadishu in collaboration with local partners. Access to clean water makes a world in their daily life. A gift we take for granted.

2018

1000 lives for Kashmir

Kashmir Fund DK has established medical camps in Kashmir, with focus mainly on general health problems and established Mother and Child Health Care Clinics. For more information please read the Camp 2018 report, available in the “About Us” and “Report” section.

Medical Camp

Another successful medical camp arranged by Kashmir Fund DK in collaboration with local NGO’s CSP and SDO was conducted in October in a Basic Health Unit Kundal Shahi, Athmuqam, Neelum. The team from Denmark consisted of chairman Adnan Ali Khan, Dr Urfan Zahoor Ahmed general practitioner. Dr Mubeena Aziz gynaecologist, Dr Hassan Javed Ahmed ophthalmologist and photographer Adan Ali Khan. The Danish team was assisted by two local doctors and volunteers.

More than 2300 patients underwent medical examination and treatment in the three days the medical camp lasted.  The medical camp attracted patients from several remote parts, some patients having up to 8 hours journey.

Maternal and Child Health Care Centres

The need for basic birth handling facilities is huge and Kashmir Fund DK and our partners have helped in starting a midwife service, with access to a well-equipped examination room. Local authorities allocate a trained midwife to handle births and examinations. We had a vision to establish 10 fully functional mother child health clinic in Kashmir. At the end of 2018 we reached our goal opening the 10th clinic in Kel Khakian, Tehsil Sharda, District Neelum. With this goal achieved we will continue making a difference in the health condition in Kashmir

Training Workshop for Community Midwives (CMW)

Our CMW workshops are targeted towards local midwives, and have been an important part of our efforts in Kashmir since 2016. For our workshops, a group of community midwives that is very dedicated is selected. Our workshops have been attended by more than 40 CMWs. There has been positive response and requests to expand the project so more CMWs can participate.