Early Childhood Development
Early Child Development (ECD) generally refers to the period from conception to eight years, during which acquisition of culturally relevant skills and behaviours allows children to function and adapt effectively according to the environment in which they live and grow. In order to adequately prepare children in target areas and considering the high importance of ECD, Rupani Foundation has started multiple programs to promote education from early years and multiple supportive programmes for their parents and family members.
It is with a setting that is nurturing and conducive to learning that the rural child will be able to break out of the poverty cycle and contribute effectively to the upliftment of their families and communities at large for generations to come. The Foundation believes that when we invest wisely in children and families, we build a pathway for responsible and productive citizens of the future; however when we fail to provide children with the necessary tools to build a solid foundation, we put our future prosperity and security at risk.
Eliminating Poverty through Gem Sector Development
Since 2006, Rupani Foundation, in partnership with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO), has established multiple Gems Cutting and Polishing Training Centers in the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan. Through these centers more than 600 hundred local people, mostly women, have been trained.
In Afghanistan, the Foundation has also opened Gems Cutting and Polishing Training Centers in Ishkasim, Wakan, Darayum, Baraok, Jurm, Faizabad, Koron va manjon and Zabak. In Khorog, Tajikistan, one Gems Cutting and Polishing Training Center was established in 2009.
Currently Foundation is running 2 centers in Afghanistan and 1 center in Tajikistan. All other centers have been handed over to the trained local people in groups after making their business associations.