“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” Isaiah 54:2-3

Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan is a very mountainous and inaccessible part of the country. A historically conservative and underdeveloped region, it is riven by sectarian division, particularly between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

Within some of the most inaccessible areas live the Gujor community. They are a very poor, illiterate and neglected community, having no access to electricity, telephones or clean drinking water. They rear sheep and so will take their flock to live in high pastures during the summer and move to warmer areas in the winter months.

Villagers are particularly conservative, and elders and religious leaders are very sceptical about the influence and involvement of “outsiders”. As a result they have very little support from government and external NGOs.

Our work

Rope and our partners, Shining Light Community Development Organisation, set up the Rural Village Development Project (RVDP) in 2005 to provide education for children from the Gujor community. God’s call to our partners has not been an easy one.  Villagers were initially suspicious of "outsiders", so the process of engagement and trust building has taken time and patience. 

Transforming Lives

So much has been achieved in 12 years.  Barriers have been broken down and 5 schools are now open and serving 600 boys and girls, all of whom are the first in their family to go to school.These schools are staffed with local people, recruited and trained to be teachers. 

Local community leaders testify to the difference schools are making and are asking for more schools to be opened and for primary education to be extended into secondary education so children can go to university and become teachers and doctors for their community.

It costs £3 a month to support a child