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Introduction

Heritage Foundation, established in 1980, is a Pakistan-based, not-for-profit, social and cultural entrepreneur organization engaged in research, publication and conservation of Pakistan’s cultural heritage.

The Foundation has been instrumental in saving a large number of heritage treasures and, as UNESCO team leader 2003-2005, oversaw the stabilization of the endangered Shish Mahal ceiling of the Lahore Fort World Heritage site.

Since 2000, its outreach arm KaravanPakistan has involved communities and youth in heritage safeguarding activities.

As part of Heritage for Rehabilitation programme, work on several projects has been undertaken for rehabilitation of communities, particularly women, affected by the Great Earthquake 2005 in Northern Pakistan. The establishment of KaravanPakistan Institute for Research and Training (KIRAT) in 2008 has helped in carrying out research and training on varied aspects of the earthquake affected areas.

Since May 2009, the Heritage Preservation Centre has become functional for identifying, cataloguing and documenting heritage assets in earthquake affected areas of Hazara and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The project Revival of Women's Livelihoods in Swat was undertaken from mid-February 2010 to June 2010, in partnership with UNESCO. Under the DFID funded project 500 women were provided training in making products based on their traditional skills. The project was extremely successful  in training 350 women in finished embroidery products and 150 women in handloom products. An exhibition was held at the end of June 2010 showcasing the products at the Heritage Museum, Lok Virsa, Islamabad. A Women’s Centre is planned on a piece of land acquired in Islampur, Swat.

In the aftermath of unprecedented havoc wrecked by floods, in August 2010 HF has begun the Green KaravanGhar nucleus house project in Swat to help families restart their lives. Women of each household are being encouraged to pursue livelihoods based on crafts and agro based products.

Contact Us

If you would like further information, or would like to get involved with our various activities, please contact us at the following address:

Heritage Foundation
E-6, Fourth Gizri Street
DHA 4, Karachi
Pakistan
Tel: (92 21) 35834215, 35837521
Email: info@heritagefoundationpak.org
Web: http://www.heritagefoundationpak.org/