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According to a new survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO), male literacy rate in Jammu and Kashmir is 85.70%, which is much higher than the female literacy rate of 68%. The survey reveals that in rural areas, the female literacy rate is lower than urban areas. The urban female literacy rate is 75.70% and literacy rate of women in rural areas is 66%. (Deccan Herald) With over 1.7 million people (12.58% of the total Jammu & Kashmir population) living in poverty, this leaves them with no money to spend on their children’s education, often having to send their children to work, just to buy the most basic of necessities. That’s why Hope Welfare Trust+60 is working to support children, who are orphaned or from low economical backgrounds, with their education needs, providing stationary, books and uniforms throughout their school years, until completion of secondary school. This allows families to provide their children with the best start to life, without any extra costs, whilst giving the whole family a route out of poverty. For just £150, you can provide a year’s education to a child currently struggling, opening up their lives to many more opportunities.
Kashmir is a region of the world, where several factors, such as conflict, floods and general political instability, have had a huge impact on the living conditions of the Kashmiri population and the development of the area. This has left an estimated 3.9 million people without adequate and appropriate homes, and many more without basic appropriate sanitation (6.4 million people). Housing is a pivotal need to address, ensuring that a household maintains itself outside a condition of multidimensional poverty, but unfortunately it is one of the most difficult dimensions of poverty to fulfill. In Kashmir, even the simplest home repairs and additions can cost a family years of saving and sacrifices, but they can also quickly get destroyed. The whole territory of Kashmir is subject to violent floods, earthquakes and wildfires that can easily destroy whole villages and portions of more urbanised areas. The risk for destruction is even higher in rural areas, where the lack of expertise and difficulties connected with sourcing appropriate building materials render shelters even more susceptible. That’s why we provide housing support for families from poorer backgrounds, ensuring that issues, such as overcrowding and poor living conditions, are addressed and improved. HWT work with these families to ensure they have adequate living arrangements. For £5,000, you can build a home that will last a family a lifetime, saving them from having to worry about rent or becoming homeless.

Healthcare response is one of the most pressing needs of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Access to healthcare is very difficult due to endemic poverty, scarcity of health services, due to lack of personnel and facilities, and repeated subjection to floods and earthquakes. This not only makes it difficult for bottom-up and local initiatives to last and become a point of reference for smaller communities, but it also means there is a need for constant maintenance and modernization of bigger structures.

Hope Welfare Trust Hope to address this through our initiatives.

Maternity & Children’s Hospital Unit (not just a maternity hospital 

People from lower social levels in general, with women in particular, struggle to see their needs met. This is reflected by the rates of post-partum and neonatal mortality in the country, which are still dangerously high.

Moreover, doctors and other health professionals are primarily located within urban areas, making it difficult to run clinics in rural areas due to a lack of personnel. 

That’s why the Hope Welfare Trust (HWT) Hospital has been built for the purpose of reducing preventable deaths and complications, which occur frequently due to the lack of maternity facilities in rural areas of Kashmir. To ensure even more lives are saved, we are working to build an operating theatre within the hospital, costing £100,000, and an ambulance service to support the community.


Seeing a doctor or nurse is just one part of a treatment. But staying well often requires medicine, which can sometimes be for life. How can someone, with next to nothing, afford often expensive medicine?

This is how the dispensing pharmacy, inside the Hope Welfare Trust Hospital, helps to further improve the lives of many struggling families, by giving them free prescriptions, saving lives and strengthening them for the future.

Dental Clinic

With many families struggling for the most basic of necessities, medical treatments, including dental treatments, seem like a luxury, which they simply can’t afford. This can lead to many dental issues being untreated, causing thousands of people to have to struggle with excruciating pain daily.

However, with their free medical treatment card, families can get essential dental checks and treatment they need each year.

Hope Welfare Trust has therefore built a modern dentist clinic to support people in the surrounding areas. But we need your support to keep it going.

Clean, safe water is a basic right of life and something that we can’t live without. However, millions of people across Azad Kashmir and Pakistan still don’t have access to drinkable water, with rural areas suffering the most. Add on the constant threats of floods and earthquakes and life is almost unlivable for over 21 million people. That is why we provide clean, safe and reliable water/sanitation solutions, one village at a time, across the country. This makes it easier for people to get access to drinkable water and not have to walk for many miles. The average cost of our water pumps is approximately £400, depending on the location and the depth of the water source.
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