Heritage Museum Janawai

Location : Neelum Valley, Kashmir

Since his youth, Mr. Bashir Ahmed has been gathering antique items relating to the culture and heritage of Kashmir. Beating great odds, he set up a museum to categorize and display these items. To date, it remains the only museum of any kind in the Neelum Valley. In 2015, Laajverd renovated the museum as a follow up to its visiting school.

The collection consists of household items, tools, pottery and apparel, dating back as far as 1700. These give a unique insight into Kashmir before electricity, roads, jeeps and the 1947 partition. It also hosts a developing catalogue of indigenous practices and living patterns in the Neelum Valley.

Laajverd Visiting School

Location : Northern Areas, Pakistan

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There is a rising need to revisit our approach to academia that contributes to critical awareness and sound co-shaping of our shared environment. Encouraging interdisciplinary academic discourse, Laajverd has initiated its visiting school that responds to conditions of ‘crises’. Crises are instants of shifting modalities – they mark points of change in a multi-layered program. It is a specific period of time that is crucial in several ways of identification and determination of a system that is being regulated in an escalated force field. Combined systems of humans and nature are convoluted in terms of how they anticipate and respond to disturbed environments: disasters and conflict zones. The capacity to deal with the types of uncertainties and surprises requires innovative approaches, creative combinations of strategies, and the ability to adapt to the changing environment.

How does the creative and developmental faculty respond actively to shifting environments? This intensive invites the creative and developmental faculty, students and field experts to join this visiting school in chalking out a more effective academic and intervention methodology.

Bacha Bageecha

Location : Islamabad

Food security is a pressing challenge for Pakistan as changing weather patterns, mismanagement, both agriculatural and economic, have caused volatile and increasingly sparse food supply. Overpopulated, marginalized urban areas and slum dwellers already have limited access to nutritious food. The project seeks to engage underprivileged and disengaged youth from urban slums in Islamabad in productive activity where they learn how to grow, prepare and harvest fresh, organic food. This will help them meet their nutritional needs, learn about self-sustainability and also give them training to set up a small-scale business. The project outreach involves the larger community where schools are invited to participate in the activity. Our vision sees a future in which good health, innovation and productivity are an inherent part of their lifestyle.