HKCA (Hindu Kush Conservation Association) is a registered UK charity formed in 1995 (NO.1063232).
HKCA concentrates its work on fundraising to support the work of the late Maureen Lines and her objectives of helping the people of the Kalash valleys. Its support has steadily increased and it now funds the basic administration of the organisation in Pakistan as well as an ever expanding medical project. This latter involves the funding of a Jeep cum ambulance, dispensaries in the valleys and stocking them with basic medical drugs. This also covers the administration costs that allows it to carry out mainly constructional projects in the Kalash Valleys such as retaining walls and Bashali houses etc.
In 1995, Maureen Lines persuaded friends in the UK to found the British Charity HKCA (Hindu Kush Conservation Association no 1063232). At present, one of the things HKCA is involved with is encouraging tourism and the preservation of cultural heritage in the N.W.F.P.
Other long-term objectives are:
• To preserve and conserve the indigenous group ‘The Kalasha’ their culture and to preserve the environment.
• To preserve the religious & historical buildings and shrines in the valleys.
• To provide the medical facilities and improve the quality of life of the people through health awareness rising campaign.
• To engage in capacity building of the local people to generate income within the valleys.
• To seek the registration of the area to become an organic zone.
Main Achievements see completed projects