Arts in Kashmir

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Kashmir is occupied by three different zones of influence India, Pakistan and China. Kashmir Dogra and Kashmiri music is a blend of Arabo-Persian, Indian and Central Asian influences. This last influence can be heard in both the instruments and the musical scales. The region is home to several museums where jewellery and traditional clothes of the royal family are conserved, as well as Pahari paintings and many antique objects stemming from the local artisanry, which are the Kashmiri arts that take your breath away.

The word Noon is from Jammu and the word Loon is from Azad Kashmir, both words Kashmiri for Salt, other words for Salt which are understood are Nimaak Persian, Urdu and Hindi Influence but not from the genuine Kashmiri language. It is really a shame that since 1947 such language has been corrupted and modified due to war.

The Kashmiri peoples mental health suffers from the lack of access to basic requirements such as food, shelter and clothing are the underlying cause of poor child health, poor child nutrition, child labour, child marriage and various other issues such as syndicate beggar rings. Young children 3 years and above suffer from chronic illnesses that could have been prevented with the right knowledge and help. Poor families suffer greatly not having access to such help.

Over the years Cashmir has documented and understood the need for health and safety in Kashmir. Cashmir has an unrivalled reputation as an innovative provider of Health and Safety training courses. No organisation has done more to document health and safety in the Kashmir than Cashmir thus prompting Cashmir to open a Health education centre to promote the well being of Kashmiri locals and educate them on occupational health.

In Kashmir driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Indeed, more people are killed or injured at work through road accidents than in all other workplace accidents put together. This is due to the fact that none are educated on driving skills, there is no driving schools as such and there is no M.O.T system to validate vehicles fit for purpose. The majority of drivers work over time and lack of sleep and nutrition reduces their road sense. Cashmir has heard countless stories of buses going over cliffs and mountain roads falling to bits with heavy flooding causing drivers to take drastic measures which result in death to the majority of passengers through direct neglect of driver and vehicle. The companies who run such transport are tormented in lock to pay off debts incurred by purchasing such vehicles not fit for purpose on such roads. Cashmir teaches basic health and safety at the training centre and all drivers will be given lessons on looking after the Health and Safety of the public and work place hazards once a month at no cost.

Environmental Health and Hygiene

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The Cashmir Foundation is working along side skilled volunteers to bring a standard of health and hygiene in par with the worlds best. This standard is the Royal Environmental Health of Scotland also known as REHIS. Our volunteers and trustees are well aware of the problems faced in Kashmir when it comes to food safety and the methods to eradicate and control disease. Cashmir teaches locals health and safety training, food safety training and first aid CPR which means cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Cashmir understands that most of the diseases in Kashmir are water born and the flooding that happens every year does not help at all. We at Cashmir strongly believe that by teaching the people of Kashmir basic skills we can help to safe guard future out breaks of disease by implementing appropriate disease fighting control measures. This is why we use the syllabus of REHIS as it is the best in Scotland and the best for Kashmir. Cashmir aims to help the poor understand contamination and the best way to store foods when there is no fridge or freezer for temperature control. These are very serious issues that need to be addressed and the only way to help is to teach people so they can too gain knowledge of how to keep healthy for generations to come.