The Gulmit Educational and Social Welfare Society (GESWS) is a community-based organization in upper Hunza-Gojal Tehsil, owned and managed by the local community through 100% household membership of the 500 households of Gulmit, which is the administrative headquarter of the Tehsil and former winter capital of the old Hunza State.


The organization is registered under Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance 1961.

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“A prosperous and none discriminative society”

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“To build sustainable community-based institutions and enhance their capacities with ownership of the community.”

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“To enhance the quality of life of the rural people by providing them opportunities for educational and social and cultural development.”

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More than 25 Years of
Social Service

The Society was established in 1991 to cater to the dire needs of quality education and develop future leaders who could compete with other regions of Pakistan and globally.Gulmit Educational & Social Welfare Society (GESWS) was formally registered in 1992 under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (registration and control ordinance 1961). The supreme body of GESWS is the general body comprising of 500 registered members of the organization who represents one member of each household in the village. The membership is open and new members are included on a voluntary basis. The general body elects 15 members Executive Committee (EC) for one year term and a President for a three-year term through election and consensus.

Our Projects

Al-Amyn Model School

Al Amyn Model School was thus established as its first project, which provides quality education at the doorsteps of the community, with state of the art lab and computer facilities, purpose-built building, nationally trained local faculty, standard assessment methodology and extra-curricular activities embedded in local culture and environment.

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Central Graveyard in Gulmit

GESWS acquired central graveyard for the community, as this was creating a major issue, after the Ataabad landslide which submerged the lower parts of the village including private graveyards of families. With scarcity of land, there was a need to identify and manage a central graveyard to reduce converting agriculture lands and orchards into family graveyards.

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Cultural Revival Project

GESWS sees culture as part of the development and the change process and continuation of the teaching and learning practice in our context. There is no development without integrating culture and environment at the center of teaching-learning. GESWS has taken steps to include cultural and environmental topics and local actions.

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Bulbulik Music School

The establishment of the proposed Bulbulik Heritage Preservation Centre is a source of teaching and learning for the new generation, for researchers and cultural activists as well as serves as a notable continuer in preservation and revival of the many cultural expressions and values of peace, co-existence, pluralism, generosity, freedom of expression and equitable and inclusive development.

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