Report by Felix Baltistan Foundation from its website.
Txaro Otxandorena and Pedro Ibarra, members of the Board of Baltistan Fundazioa went on a business trip to the valley of Hushe this summer. We kindly requested Pedro to give us a brief account of his views. You can read what he wrote in the lines below.
There are few things in life as gratifying as helping children, without exception, be able to attend school. In the struggle we have been carrying out in the Hushe Valley, we have seen the levels of schooling reach up to 82% from those of 40% in 2006.
In the valley of Hushe, we have regretted the death of two men of 22 and 65 years.
Mikel Alonso is a Basque prestigious photographer who travelled to the valley of Hushe in Pakistan together with volunteers from the Foundation in 2014.
The education on offer in the Hushe Valley and the importance that has been given to education has been very poor. Up until just a short time ago, the percentage of children that finished primary school didn’t reach 50% and only 25% for girls in school.
Here we submit the data on enrolments for school year 2015. This year we have managed to enrol 524 girls in the schools that we have been supporting in the Hushe valley since 2006.
Climbing the summit of the Gasherbrum II is indeed a task for experienced and well-prepared mountaineers, it involves a lot of team work; porters who carry all the necessary material for the group, cooks, guides, etc
The group of mountaineers who left Hushe to call for a message of peace from the Indo’s riversides, has reached Islamabad.
With the ice and snow barely melted, the school year 2015 has begun in the Munawar school and the schools participating in the program and the method which is being developed
The gift voucher campaign for the schooling of girls in the Hushe Valley is underway and going well.
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The choice for the previous Nobel peace awards has generated several doubts and we are not mentioning any names. Those selected for this year’s edition have left us in a completely different state of mind.
High mountains offer great and passionate challenges to all mountaineers who have sufficient economic means to go there with the intention of opening new trails or going over other known ones which are also very demanding.
Irizar S.Coop has made a donation of 15.000 euros to the Baltistan Foundation out of their corporate social fund in 2013.
AKU-PDCN will financially help the schools in the Hushe valley in the new school year, and the Munawar school will be one of the beneficiaries of this aid.
As you can see in the photos, the registration numbers have gone up in Munawar school and especially the number of girls.
The bond campaign has shown a balance of 15,800 euros. With this money we will be able to pay for the costs of 316 needy girls and boys who are registered at Munawar school, as well as in other schools in the Hushe valley.
The number of girls and boys registered during 2013 was 372, of which 204 were girls and 168 were boys. 169 girls (83%) and 128 (76%) passed the course.
The women of the Hushe valley are making advances in getting their rights in a way that was unthinkable just a short time ago.