Kalash People’s Development Network (KPDN)
Kalasha People’s Development Network, Founded in 2005 on a number of self-initiated projects, the Kalash People’s Development Network (KPDN) works in the Kalash valleys in the Northwestern part of Pakistan.
The Kalasha are an indigenous group residing in the Chitral district who speak the Kalasha language and have managed to maintain their own separate cultural traditions.
In 2009, KPDN established its office as a youth platform and currently works on developmental and conservation activities in the Kalash Valley.
KPDN’s projects range from immediate disaster relief to cultural, educational, traditional sports and health activities in the community. It worked to include Kalasha in the National Database in Pakistan and added the Kalasha religion to the NADRA Database in February 2015.
The organization continues to hold seminars and workshops on Kalasha conservation efforts. KPDN also helped the Kalash Medical Center, provided medical equipment, and organized free medical camps in the Kalasha valleys.
The group’s other activities include working on Kalash women’s empowerment projects, and responding to flood disasters in 2010, 2013, and 2015 by helping mobilize locals and organizing relief and rehabilitation activities.
2010 to 2013 established Kalash Products Display Center, KPDC and worked on handicraft and dry fruits of Kalasha valleys through Kalash Products.See more