Swat Valley, Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Roshni Centre for Women connects people from one side of the world to another. Our organization is base in Arcata California, a rural community in Humboldt County. All of our members reside and volunteer in Arcata California. Swat; is a river valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country.

Although Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, the main language in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is Pashto. Pashto (پښتو)  is a member of the southeastern Iranian branch of Indo-Iranian languages spoken in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. There are varieties of Pashto: Northern Pashto, spoken mainly in Pakistan; Southern Pashto, spoken mainly in Afghanistan; and Central Pashto, spoken mainly in Pakistan.

You may have already heard about Swat Valley Pakistan through the famous novel “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai. Malala is from Swat Valley Pakistan, and her story retells {79306B82-4437-4468-BD1E-DF04424CD5D0}Img100the catastrophic events when the Taliban gained control over Swat Valley Pakistan. From 2007 until recently the Taliban controlled Swat valley through acts of terror. The Taliban banned women from going to schools, bombed dozens of school buildings, killed community members, and forced many families to leave their homes. Since Swat Valley is a rural area, rebuilding infrastructure, gaining economic independence and having access to amenities such as health care is challenging. But we are not going to give up. The Roshni Centre for Women works with Swat relief initiative to empowers societies through community development, social mobilization and awareness programs to help them achieve a better quality of life.