Swat Relief Initiative strives to improve the lives of women and children in Pakistan through healthcare, education, economic growth and a sustainable environment.
This non-profit organization also empowers societies through community development, social mobilization and awareness programs to help them achieve a better quality of life.
From 2008 to 2010, the Swat Valley in Pakistan had three major successive catastrophes. It began with a brutal Taliban takeover, followed by a massive refugee crisis during the resulting military conflict, and finally a devastating flood that brought further chaos to the region.
The people of Swat are still suffering in the aftermath of these events, which caused massive destruction of infrastructure and human life. While SRI started off as a relief organization, we have now transitioned into community development and have created programs designed to strengthen society and benefit the people of Swat. Our focus is on helping women and children — the most vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of society.
Swat Relief Initiative - Founder and President
SRI is a unique organization founded by Zebu Jilani, granddaughter of the last Ruler of Swat, and her husband Arshad Jilani. SRI was created as a platform for all sincere philanthropists to come together as volunteers to help the poor through long term, low cost, sustainable programs in Education, Healthcare, Economic Empowerment, Clean Water and Community Development, which encourage independence and self-reliance for those who have no hope.
SRI's core principles
SRI is now a development organization, focusing on helping communities progress without leaving behind the women and children. We began as a relief organization and here are some of what we achieved during that phase of our work:
SRI was created as a platform for all sincere philanthropists to come together as volunteers to help the poor through long term, low cost, sustainable programs in Education, Healthcare, Economic Empowerment, Clean Water and Community Development.
History of Swat and SRI
Swat is a breathtakingly beautiful valley nestled in the foothills of the world’s highest mountains, the Karakoram range in the Western Himalayas of Pakistan. History has played out a fascinating story in this valley. Alexander the Great came through the region in 326 BCE, followed by a flourishing of the Gandhara culture, from where Buddhism spread into China and South East Asia via the Silk Road.
Where We Work
SRI’s programs are focused on nine villages near Saidu Sharif, the capital of Swat. Six of the villages are in Saidu Sharif Union Council (Township) and three are in Islampur Union Council (Township). In each village we have two Village Development Organizations (VDOs) – one for women and one for men. Representation in each VDO is determined through a grass roots democratic process of voting, with participation of every household.
Swat Relief Initiative is unique because we make every effort to ensure that our work is effective and follows the ideal concept of charity