by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
HUNZA, July 15: Karakoram Area Development Organisation has completed its ten years of operation with developing successful models in women enterprise development, solid waste management, art and culture, IT, Gems cutting and polishing and rehabilitation of special people in Hunza and other parts of Northern Areas.
A mega event was organized in Karimabad Hunza to commemorate the ten years success of KADO in development sector. A large number of community notables and heads of Government and other civil society organization participated the event. Shields were distributed among the founding members, musicians and best artisans of the handicraft and carpet projects. Izhar Hunzai, Member AGM, KADO delivered a detailed presentation about the philosophy and main achievements of the organization. He said that the success of KADO lies in its indigenous institutional arrangements that constantly fosters enterprising work of local people, encourages volunteerism for development and also finds appropriate and quality solutions to local problems and needs. He said that the main focus of the organisation is women, special
people and other disadvantaged segments of the society.
The organization was established by some visionary educated community members during 1993 as Karakoram Handicraft Promotion Society (KHPS) to revive and promote local handicraft. Later on, it was formally registered during 1998 as KADO. KADO over the years developed a close partnership with Swiss Agency for Development (SDC), International Development Research Center (IDRC), Aga Khan Culture Service (AKCSP), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), Government of Pakistan, Rupani Foundation and Hashoo Foundation. The organisation has become a leading regional development organization and has enjoyed the buoyancy of local rural communities across Northern Areas.