When Prince Maqsood ul-Mulk, a member of the former ruling family of the princely state of Chitral in northern Pakistan, came to the Wild Frontiers Foundation asking if we could help fund an educational trust to assist under privileged children of the Ayun Valley – including the people of the Kalash – continue into higher education, we were only too pleased to help.
We had been working with Prince Maqsood ul-Mulk for many years, taking our tour groups to visit him at his beautiful guesthouse in Ayun, and long admired his dedication to the community.
Since the programme was established in 2012, the Wild Frontiers Foundation's scholarship fund has given five students a year the opportunity to move into higher education and study for degrees at both the colleges for girls and boys in Chitral.
The programme offers talented students, of either sex or any ethnic and religious background, the opportunity to go on to attend college in Chitral Town. For many in this remote region it is the only chance they have to gain further education.