It is with great sadness that we report the death of Simon Gillett, our President, on 4th February after a very short illness. Simon got to know Maryam Bibi and the work of Khwendo Kor in its early days, when he was working in northwest Pakistan. He was instrumental in introducing Maryam to people here in the UK, a move which led to the establishment of FROK. Simon remained a steadfast supporter of Khwendo Kor and of FROK. Our thoughts go to Simon's family.
Welcome to our website
UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) is a UK registered charity set up to support Khwendo Kor (KK), a Pakistani non-governmental organisation (NGO) organisation which works to improve the well being of women and children in two of the poorest and most conservative areas of the world - Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly known as North West Frontier Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Here, infant mortality and maternal mortality rates are high and female literacy is low. Khwendo Kor efforts are primarily centred on improving the health, education and income generating opportunities available to women and children in the region.
Since its establishment in 1993, Khwendo Kor (Pashto for 'Sister's Home') has worked to tackle problems such as low female literacy rates - as little as 1% in some areas - and infant and maternal mortality rates - amongst the highest in the world. It has done this through measures such as the establishment of girls' schools and the training of women as teachers and birth attendants.
As a charitable organisation, Khwendo Kor is dependent on contributions from donors in order to carry out its work. Agencies such as UNICEF, Oxfam, the World Bank and the Pakistani, German, Dutch and UK governments have contributed funds for specific projects and have monitored and approved the results.
However, agencies give money for projects which by definition are limited in time and scope. Khwendo Kor has no core funding to sustain its future or to allow it to expand into the many villages where it is still needed including those in the Tribal Areas which are the most remote and conservative of all.
On these pages you can find out more about the activities of FROK and Khwendo Kor and about how you can help Khwendo Kor continue its crucial work.
FROK is registered with the Charity Commission (Registration No: 1095857) and its registered address is 1, Darbie Close, New Earswick, York, YO32 4DJ. You can contact FROK by clicking on the 'Contact Us' box in the left hand side menu.