Neelum valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth, the scenic views are like nothing you have seen before. It truly is a natural wonder. However the harsh reality of suffering surrounding this remote area in Azad Kashmir and the citizens living there tell us a much different story. This beautiful valley is on the front line of the conflict between India and Pakistan, resulting in 2300 deaths of innocent citizens and a further 5000 injured or left disabled. The people living here are highly vulnerable , with their safety, livelihood, educational development and psychological health being affected. They live in fear that their children will be killed by unexploded land mines on their way to school, or that their husbands will suffer the same fate when they venture into the forests to collect firewood and forage for mushrooms and herbs. The people here are living in poverty, with a shortage of medicine, food, and little structural development to housing and buildings. Here at Lifecare UK we are working on helping these citizens. Our goal is to build a number of basic amenities, such as;
· A hospital - so the victims of the conflict can receive the vital and life saving treatment they so desperately need.
· An orphanage - To house the children who have lost their parents and families amidst the conflict.
· A new school - To improve the educational development for the children, and provide them with a structurally safe environment to learn.
· A skill centre - So the citizens may learn everyday skills and trades to help them become self sufficient, creating a form of income so they may afford basic necessities.
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To raise awareness and the funds necessary to help these people, Lifecare UK is hosting a sponsored walk through the enriched picturesque landscape of Neelum Valley.
The walk is approximately 130 miles long and estimated to take around 3-4 days, the walk will start in Taobot and finish in Skardu (Gilgit). Taobot is completely snowed over 9 months of the year so this is a select opportunity to witness some of the best views our world has to offer. People describe it as paradise on earth.
If you're interested in volunteering or have any questions regarding the walk, please don't hesitate to get in touch to ask us. You can contact us by email, telephone, in person or alternatively by coming to see us at our office in Keighley, we look forward to hearing from you.
If you would like to support our cause by donating please visit our donation page for more information on how to do so.