The Yasin and Ishkoman valleys, in the Hindu Raj mountains of northwest Pakistan, were severely affected by the monsoon floods in August, with many houses, crops and livelihoods destroyed and several villagers either killed or injured. Ayub Khan, a Pakistani guide who has links with KE Adventure going back many years, has been coordinating help for the people of these remote villages before the onset of winter. Several villages urgently required warm clothing, shelter, blankets, food and financial support.
Ayub Khan initially contacted JT to ask for £1,000 so that he could buy blankets, jackets, socks and gloves for the people in Yasin and Ishkoman to help them through the winter. JT sent Ayub the money and he purchased the goods and delivered them to the villagers just before the bad weather set in. The first delivery of aid was so gratefully received that a further £3,500 was sent to Ayub, so that he could help other villages within the Ishkoman valley and get more essential aid to these remote settlements.
Further to raising £4,500 to help the villagers of Ishkoman, JT have since raised a further £6,000 to help build a new school in Asumber. JT will continue to support the school in Asumber village going forward into 2014.