Aims and objectives
The people involved with the organization share a passion and respect for nature and especially for mountain areas, such as Baltistan, in the Karakoram mountain range. This magical place hosts the largest number of mountains over 6,000 meters high in the world and it is where four of the eight thousand meter peaks can be found: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.
The traditional values of the world of mountaineering such as solidarity, friendship, respect for nature, perseverance, determination, hard work and optimism permeate the work of the Foundation.
Since the Foundation was established in 2001, its clear objective has been to equip the people in the area with the skills and infrastructure necessary to promote and manage their own mode of sustainable and objective economic development, for both men and women. Human and professional training is, therefore, one of the pillars of the Foundation. It is the key to the socio-economic development of the population and also a tool for the empowerment of women in the valley.
The FFB aims to be a leading and widely accepted developmental institution, particularly in the fields of Education, Agriculture, Eco-Tourism, Water Resources, Energy Resources, Skills Development and Women’s Empowerment. Positively influencing the socio-economic conditions of Gilgit-Baltistan and in particular the Hushe Valley, in ways that promote peace, harmony, unity and prosperity. By valuing and supporting collaboration and embodying pluralism, we will offer innovative and dynamic indigenistic programs that are academically, socially, culturally and economically excellent.
The FFB is a non profit organisation, seeking to improve the welfare of the people of the Hushe Valley, leading our community to a Human, Sustainable and Participatory Development. We aim to work in partnership with international organizations, government organisations and local organisations, to build local capacity and develop assessment and evaluation procedures in order to improve practices and identify what works and why.
The core values of the FFB are:
- In our relationships with our colleagues, we aim to be open, supportive, reconciliatory, tolerant, generous, and trustworthy.
- We aim to be supportive and flexible, to provide a mentoring environment, to respect pluralism, and to promote equity and equality.
- In our relationships with our partners, we aim to be trustworthy, collaborative, empowering, and supportive, accommodating needs and diverse perspectives.
- We seek to reinforce the positive self-images of all concerned and be valued because of our developmental expertise.
- In our commercial relationships, we aim to be absolutely reliable and even-handed at all times.
The FFB believes in a development model in which:
- The people of the valley are active agents in their own development. Our policy is to encourage the participation of all.
- The priority target is the most disadvantaged, with a focus on the women.
- The target population gains the resources and tools to improve healthcare, education and food production.
- Projects are specialised in order to improve efficiency.
- Development is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Projects should not be established for their own benefit.