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Cashmir Foundation was founded in 1976 by private funding to fund support of academia and heritage conservation in Kashmir. We built the first Library in Azad Kashmir with over 100,000 books, all with private funds to help the local poor people with education. The Library is a wonder and must see, its not about being the only library that provides free photocopies to the poverty stricken but being the hub for children to see the world through books. Cashmir is now a registered public charity in the United Kingdom. The aim of the foundation is to fund Arts, Culture and Heritage in Kashmir and other related subjects in the humanities.

The Sultan of Kashmir produced coins of Copper, Gold and Silver such as in the photo on the left for Kashmir, postage stamps and many other items which are in history books to prove its existence was truly majestic, yet modern day Kashmir is suffering and neglected. Cashmir Foundation hopes to educate and provide learning of the Independent Kashmir and its ancient ties with Scotland. Kashmir people are from a princely state and their history will not be forgotten. Cashmir will do what it can to change perceptions and to alleviate the poor by providing assistance to the neglected generation by building confidence and transferring knowledge to the minds of the Kashmiri folk thus securing employment, self sustainment.

Cashmir also implements strategies to control the spread of disease. Cashmir relies on contributions to sustain our services and programs. With your support we are using the humanities to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society in Kashmir for the betterment of mankind.

Cashmir Foundation has found that various Kashmiri historical buildings have been designed according to the locally bred traditional architecture of Kashmir, which is unique to Kashmir. In Kashmir there is a School of Architecture and its designs have been seen as far as Turkey. Cashmir promotes and implements the Arts and hopes to promote this to the world.

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It has been found that some of Kashmiri architecture has Buddhist influence as noted by writer M. Ashraf of Maisuma of Srinagar - The fourth Buddhist council was held in Kashmir, which was attended by scholars from all over the world. In fact the influence of the Kashmiri School of architecture can be seen in Yarqand, Khotan, Kashgar. UNESCO is working alongside officials for Heritage projects in Jammu Kashmir however only Cashmir Foundation is documenting in Azad Kashmir.

Cashmir Foundation has noted from M. Ashraf that all the buildings in Kashmir that are built are by local skilled workers who have used local materials. This aspect is of utmost importance as it keeps the tradition of local skilled workers of Kashmir alive. This is known as intelligible architecture. The architecture is responsive to climate of Kashmir. Cashmir understands this as heritage sustainability thus providing income for skilled workers for future generations.

As a catalyst for innovation in Kashmir we aim to stimulate ideas and creativity, as well as broker new partnerships and synergies which can bring about sustainable improvements in Kashmir. We are therefore keen to explore partnerships with organisations both within and outside Kashmir that can join us to help deliver our charitable programs.

If you have an idea of how you might want to work with us to bring the best help to the poor in Kashmir, we would be delighted to hear from you, If you would like to know more about our helpers please click on the link.Our People

Over 12.5 million Kashmiri people live in the Jammu Kashmir area alone. Many farm the fertile valley, while others work in the famous Kashmir wool industry, producing carpets and shawls. While others not so advantageous are severely showing signs of undernutrition, which is the outcome of insufficient food intake and repeated infectious diseases. Most families are in destitute poverty and are part of the lost Kingdom of Kashmir. Kashmir needs you...