About UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK)

The UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) was established in September 2002 to help Khwendo Kor's fundraising efforts.  Its aim is to raise sufficient money to give Khwendo Kor long-term funding and sustainability. FROK receives donations to support Khwendo Kor and actively seeks funds from Trusts, other organisations and individuals on an ongoing basis.  For our Annual Reports and details of ongoing activities, please see the 'News' and 'Newsletters' sections of this website.

Since its establishment, FROK has:

  • provided funds to help KK purchase a new administrative and training centre which also provides accommodation for female teachers and health workers from distant rural viillages
  • provided new 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicles for KK's work in inaccessible desert and mountaineous areas
  • funded KK's response to the meet the immediate needs of victims of the October 2005 earthquake
  • provided funds to help KK establish a new district office in the earthquake area to enable them to carry out sustained rehablitation and development work
  • raised funds for the relief of people displaced first by war and then by the 2010 floods
  • sent an annual donation of unrestricted funds
  • supported establishment of links between the University of York and KK leading to students visiting Pakistan for social work placements and social work academics visiting KK (currently suspended for security reasons).  Maryam Bibi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of York in 2011, Khalid Usman came on a Human Rights Defender Protective Fellowship for 3 months in 2012 and Gul Lalai came on a similar Fellowship for 3 months in 2013. 
  • raised funds to help towards the building costs of a new HQ

See our Membership Leaflet here: FROK Membership Leaflet.pdf

See also our separate Donation Leaflet: FROK Donation Leaflet.pdf


FROK is a membership organisation and, through its constitution, is accountable to its membership. The day-to-day running of FROK is undertaken by its Executive Committee which reports annually to the membership at large.    

The FROK Board of Trustees

Simon Gillett (President) was born in 1938 and is married with two grown-up daughters. After graduating in history and law, he worked as a civil servant from 1960-81 in the U.K., Nigeria, Botswana, the South Pacific, and St Helena. He subsequently became a rural development project manager/adviser, working first in Nigeria and then for U.N. agencies in Tanzania, Sudan and, from 1996 until his retirement in 2001, in the NWFP of Pakistan.  IT IS GREAT SADNESS THAT WE REPORT THE DEATH OF SIMON ON 4TH FEBRUARY 2016 AFTER A SHORT ILLNESS.  OUR THOUGHTS GO TO HIS FAMILY.

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw (Chair) is a graduate of the Universities of London, Sheffield, Bradford and York. She has extensive experience as a social worker and university lecturer and has travelled widely. Marilyn came to know about KK through friendship with Maryam Bibi when she was studying in the same department where Marilyn worked at the University of York (Social Policy and Social Work). Marilyn visited Khwendo Kor in 2006 and 2008 in connection with placing social work students with them.

Professor Ian Sinclair OBE (Vice Chair) was married to Elma who was a founder member of FROK and a very active committee member until her untimely death in April 2013. They had two adult sons and a daughter. After graduating in philosophy and ancient history Ian worked in teaching, probation, counselling, social work and research. He was formerly Professor of Social Work at the University of York and joint director of the Social Work Research and Development Unit also at York. He is now retired and visited KK in Peshawar in 2009 while attending a conference of their donors in Islamabad.

Jonathan French (Treasurer) is married to Adrienne, an artist, and they have three daughters. Jonathan is an economist and town planner, recently retired from working for Local Government in the field of European Union and Government funding for economic development and regeneration. He visited Pakistan in 2000 and took the opportunity to visit a village based NGO in the Northern Territories and was impressed by the dedication to education and development and subsequently learnt of the work of Khwendo Kor when Maryam Bibi, the Chief Executive, came to York in 2001.

Polly Griffith (Secretary) was born in the United States, but has lived in England since 1989. She lived and worked for many years in Asia , especially India , Bangladesh and Laos, where her husband, Jon, was with Unicef. She has 2 adult children. Her interest and training is in Public Health, particularly family planning and training community workers in family health. She came to know about KK through friendship with Maryam Bibi when she was at the University of York , and visited KK in Peshawar in 2006.

Penny Bartlett (Membership Secretary) is married with one son. She is a graduate of the Universities of Bradford and York, and worked for many years as a social worker and in social work education, training and development. Penny came to know about KK through friendship with Maryam Bibi when she was at the University of York, and friends and colleagues on the FROK Committee.

Shaheen Sardar Ali was born and raised in the Swat Valley of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. A graduate of the Universities of Peshawar, Pakistan and Hull UK, Shaheen was Professor of Law and Director of the Women's Study Centre at Peshawar University and was Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (2008-2014), Chair of the Pakistan National Commission on the Status of Women (2000-2001) and cabinet Minister for Health, Population Welfare and Women’s Development in the KPK Province (1999-2001). She is presently Professor at the Law School, Warwick University. Shaheen has known and admired Maryam Bibi’s work for many years.

Penny Bainbridge (Committee Member) has had a long involvement in York with campaigns and initiatives to improve women's health. Through her job with the Cardigan Centre in Leeds (from which she has now retired) she liaised with Khwendo Kor to co-host placements for social work students from the University of York.

Dr. Naeema Hann (committee member) is a graduate from University of Peshawar and Leeds Metropolitan University. A language teacher and teacher trainer, Naeema began her career teaching English to Afghan Mujahideen in Peshawar and has worked with the British Council in Pakistan. Naeema joined Khwendo Kor on the occasion of Maryam Bibi receiving her honorary degree from the University of York in 2011.

Del Hussain (committee member) was born in December 1946, a few months before Partition of India. At Partition his father, being in the government, was given safe passage to Karachi, where Del grew up, with sojourns to various countries following his father's postings. Del came to England in 1969 where he studied Hotel Management. Del has one son and a grandson to whom he is devoted. He is now retired after working in a local psychiatric unit. Del and his wife visit Pakistan once a year to see family and on one of these visits they met Maryam Bibi, who was known to Del's sister. They hope to see much more of KKs work on future visits.

Dr Saima N Sherazi teaches Applied Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.  She has been associated with the University of Warwick, Coventry University, and Lahore University of Management Sciences.She has also been associated with University of the Punjab’s premier women institutions namely, Kinnaird College and Lahore College Women’s University in Pakistan.  She teaches educational evaluation, curriculum design and ELT pedagogy, and her research interests include the teaching of writing in a collaborative semi-embedded approach to Writing in the Disciplines and blended learning. Another, professionally not pursued but abiding interest is in feminist critical theory and issues of equality for women of the South Asian sub-continent.


Dr. Ayesha Shahid is a Law Lecturer at Brunel University and was previously at Universities of Hull, Warwick and Peshawar. Her core research and teaching interests are Islamic Law, Public Law, Family Law, Gender and the Law and International Human Rights Law. Ayesha has received national and international awards for her work.

UK Friends of Khwendo Kor

Registered Charity Number 1095857

Supporting work with women and children in Pakistan

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