Helping Khane Primary School

Dec 07, 2013
Juniper Trust and our friends Andy and Clare, are necessaries supporters to cover Khane School´s teacher salaries.
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At the start of 2013, the Juniper Trust provided £2000 to cover two teacher salaries for the first year and in 2014, the teacher’s salaries will be jointly funded by the Juniper Trust and two long standing supporters, Andy and Clare, who originally brought our attention to this project. “We first visited the Hushe Valley in 2008, at the end of an expedition to Gasherbrum II. Staying with our Balti guide in the village of Machulo, we made a lot of friends and got to see some of the work that the Felix Baltistan Foundation (FBF) was doing in the area. We returned in 2010 and Clare spent five weeks in the valley, training teachers and working as a volunteer for the FBF. Following the Talis flood of that year, she helped with the early relief work. With the contacts we made, we were able to put the FBF and Juniper Trust in contact with each other and the latter's financial support has given a real boost to teacher training in the valley. In 2012 we were back again and carried out a survey of FBF trained and sponsored teachers at schools up and down the valley, including the school at Khane. We found the new teachers excellent and the improvement in teaching methods was staggering - Basharat Ali's Juniper Trust sponsored training courses were really starting to deliver results. To keep the momentum going, we donated money to supply computers to a number of the schools. We share the Juniper Trust's and FBF's belief that education, especially of girls, is absolutely key to improving living conditions in the area. When we heard that the school at Khane might loose a teacher due to reduced funding, we knew we had to step in to try and help.”