Kashmir Development Foundation (KDF) is one of the indigenous Kashmiri development organisation working for community development and empowering the voices of the underrepresented people and communities.
Kashmir Development Foundation has been incorporated in 2006 as a company set up under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and registered with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Reg. # 0058485 and National Tax Number: 3660456-9.
Kashmir Development Foundation started its journey as a volunteer effort to help internally displaced people along the Line of Control (LOC) in Azad Jammu Kashmir in 1999 in the aftermath of Kargil conflict.
To continue this humanitarian aid and voluntary action on sustainable basis, a small group of committed volunteers believing in social justice, participatory governance and integrating equality and human rights for just peace and sustainable development founded KDF in 2000, and started its operation from Bhimber, Azad Jammu Kashmir with free ambulance service and small scale livelihood and community development projects.
These charitable projects at various levels are still underway in AJK despite capacity issues and increasing demand with the generous support of local and Kashmiri diaspora community.
Following the earthquake on 8th October 2005 in AJK, KDF was one of the leading local NGOs delivering humanitarian aid in AJK in the initial phase of emergency disaster relief operations in Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Poonch.
As an indigenous Kashmiri NGO we were able to mobilize our teams one day after the disaster, we used our knowledge of the area and the community based organizations network that had been set up through previous interventions, to help meet the needs of those affected by the earthquake.
KDF provided coordination and support to a range of national and international emergency relief aid workers and organisations to help in providing emergency shelter to the survivors by providing tents, Tarpal’s and plastic sheets. We distributed 4836 tents, 2900 Tarpals and 4400 plastic sheets for emergency shelter in Muzaffarabad, Neelum, Bagh and Poonch districts of AJK with the help of Kashmir Charitable Trust (KCT), UK, Kashmir Youth Project (KYP), Rochdale, U.K and generous donations from number of individuals and groups.
Since then KDF has grown considerably and incorporated in 2006 in Pakistan. A diverse group of volunteers from AJK, Pakistan, and other parts of the world has joined KDF who recognised the need for a foundation to provide support and funding to the community development projects in AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and within Kashmiri Diaspora in Pakistan, UK, EU and elsewhere. KDF is now also registered in England and Wales with Charity Commission, Charity No.1143891 and Company Limited by Guarantee No. 05664890.
To work for development of human resources, poverty alleviation, promotion of social and economic wellbeing of the masses, betterment of health, improvement of social status, social mobilization for prosperous society, elimination of gender discrimination and pollution free environment particularly in the rural areas.
Kashmir Development Foundation exists to empower the voices of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and Kashmiri Diaspora in Pakistan, UK, Europe and elsewhere by working with the people to prevent or relieve poverty and inequality; supporting peacebuilding and community development initiatives and partnerships to improve peoples’ quality of life, education, socio-economic status, Health and wellbeing; and delivering training, engagement, research and enterprise solutions for all sectors.