Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization (G-B SWO)® works for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan by targeting social and economic frontiers like education, environment, tourism, economic development, health and individual awareness. This organization operates exclusively for the promotion of social welfare; it serves primarily to further the common good and general interest of the local community, such as bringing about civic betterment and social improvement.

Considering the immediate need for the improvement in educational sectors currently, we are focusing on education by creating awareness and arranging seminars, conferences, competitions and coaching sessions. This reason for the immediate attention on education is to uplift those communities which are relatively under-privileged. The geographical areas we cover is the region of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The geographical dispersion of Gilgit-Baltistan on a vast area makes it challenging to identify, analyze and address the issues of the region like students’ guidance, awareness, tourism and future of this arena. The advancement of information technology has contracted the entire world to a global village, even to a global room. It has gifted us a facility of the internet that showed a positive influence on our lives. This interconnection has also provided an opportunity for the students of Gilgit-Baltistan to unite on one platform to address, share and resolve their issues in their way to a bright future. Thus a student dwelling whether in metropolitans of Karachi or the mountains of Karakorum, Hindukush, Himalayas or even somewhere else abroad can discuss and disseminate his/her information and experience.

Thus keeping in view the importance of the internet, we have established an NGO besides an online community. Its website will provide a common platform for the public, especially students of Gilgit-Baltistan who are the main target of our organization. It is managed and run by dedicated students as well as professional people of the region to provide information, discussions on various educational, cultural, social and political issues. The organization understands through considered introspection, analysis and self-reflection the right direction for a successful life. It provides ammunition, especially in the field of education to compete for upcoming challenges of the twenty-first century. It will try to instil qualities that lend a purpose to the people.

Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® strives to work on the issues of educational, civic life and socio-cultural aspects. Keeping all these aspects in mind, the organization has given a core value in its manifesto to help to boost up the masses of the region, mainly student community, to compete at all stages of life.

According to Article IV.I of the Constitution of Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization (G-B SWO)®, the Aims and Objectives are:

  1. To provide proper career guidance, both at the grass-root level and professional level via the network of professional advisors and psychologists.
  2. To keep students up to date regarding admissions in different colleges and universities, both national and international.
  3. To facilitate an online platform for its members for faster and better communication and to bridge the communication gap regarding different walks of life.
  4. To facilitate students towards financial assistance and scholarship programs at the local, national, and international level.
  5. To support and encourage ethical and value-based education via a focus on character building, tolerance, discipline, wisdom and team building through seminars and counselling in different community schools.
  6. To promote and protect the indigenous culture(s) via promoting ecotourism.
  7. To aware society of civic consciousness (like SOS centers and drug abuse) in public by encouraging and involving them in healthy learning activities that would enable them to be politically groomed, socially responsible and culturally cultivated citizens.
  8. To bring females, particularly female students into equal footings with male counterparts through a cooperative and counselling approach that will help them out to overcome the difficulties like miscommunication, misrepresentation and misperceptions.
  9. To arrange workshops and vocational training and to seek assistance from the government and other non-governmental organizations in the accomplishment of its aims and objectives so the region may be developed.
  10. To promote volunteerism by providing a platform where G-Bians will polish their built-in abilities. That includes; teaching, presentations and artwork etc.
  11. To encourage research on different issues and suggest policy recommendations for the government.
  12. To cooperate with government and other non-government organizations to protect and sustainable use of natural recourses and ensure sustainable development.
  13. To cooperate with the government and other non-government organizations to combat social issues to promote peace and love.

In the year 2004, the exceeding inspiration of Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® was engendered by a connection of friends in Islamabad Pakistan. They comprehended the magnitude of Information sharing and instigated a yahoo group named ‘Geogilgit’, to carve up information with their associates, in Gilgit-Baltistan region. Afterwards, the founder of the ‘Geogilgit’, moved to Lahore, got admission at Forman Christian College Lahore (A Chartered University), to complete his baccalaureate degree program with major in Economics and minor in Political Science.

Geogilgit aspired to bring students to the prestigious institutes of the country from the remote region of Gilgit-Baltistan. With this endeavour in mind, the team of Geogilgit worked a lot, campaigned on personal capacity with their school mates and raised the number from seven in 2005 to fifty plus in at2009 at Forman Christian College Lahore (A Chartered University). These students became the extraordinary students in the school and were admitted by the administration and faculty in different programs – and ultimately became a gold medalist and reward honours. The Founder of Geogilgit got a Fulbright Scholarship to the United States. He was the first student ever to get this scholarship in the history of Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) from 1864 to 2008.

The efforts of Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® used social media networks such as Yahoo group, Facebook and Orkut from the very beginning. Students from the remote region of Gilgit-Baltistan were endowed with information and supervision; and they got admission in numerous well-known colleges and universities in Pakistan including Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), the BEST and emblem of elite’ class in the county, and about which people can only dream about.

Keeping in mind the interest of the student, active community participation, and progress of the Geogilgit – it was decided by the Managing Committee on August 12, 2008, at Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) Lahore Pakistan, to get registered and work at the national level and international level. Hence, an application was put together, and Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® was registered under the Social Welfare Act.

Our Projects

Education

We believe that the real strength of a country is determined not by military and economic power but by the strength of education and character of that nation. Therefore, we are focussing on the education sector of Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization provides information and statistics regarding the education status of Gilgit-Baltistan. We also guide students of Gilgit-Baltistan about the reserved seats in engineering universities, medical & polytechnic colleges and other academic institutions for the candidates of Gilgit-Baltistan across the country. Furthermore, we do our best to guide students about admission at national and international levels through our website and social media networks, and awareness campaigns with the help of our career advisors and coordinators.

Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® has joined hands with numerous schools and colleges in Gilgit-Baltistan to achieve these goals. We provide career guidance seminars and coaching sessions as required. We believe that education is very important for our lives since it has an immense impact on human society. It takes the human mind to think and to take the right decision. The quality of human resource of a nation is easily judged by the number of literate population living in it. In short, education is a must if a country aspires to achieve growth and development and more importantly sustain it. In today’s world education has become an absolute necessity for economic and social development of a nation.

Tourism

Tourism is the fastest growing industry in Gilgit-Baltistan, and its impacts on natural resources have become apparent due to domestic tourism influx in Gilgit-Baltistan, since 2015. The beautiful landscape and the unique cultural heritage of Gilgit-Baltistan create a centre of attention for tourists from all over the world. Every year hundreds and thousands of tourists visit Gilgit-Baltistan. Tourism is the significant sources of income in different parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, and it is vital to keep the industry healthy and sustainable in the long-run.
Since there is no tourism policy, Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® is doing its best to create awareness about ecotourism and negative impacts of tourism through our website and social media networks.

Culture​

Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization® also actively participates in promoting and preserving the indigenous culture of Gilgit-Baltistan for generations to come through social media networks. One of our page ‘Shina Language – Shina Baash’ is very popular all over the country with almost 4000 likes.

Success Stories

Executive Committee

Tauseef Hussain Qasmi
President

Mechanical engineering Mirpur University Of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T) Mirpur A.K. Pakistan

Zamin Haider
Vice President

Ambassador of WYSE to Pakistan at WYSE international, Operational Manager Karakoram Co-operative Bank Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan

Maria Jabeen
General Secretary

Executive Assistant to CEO at Modemetric BSc Honor in Business, Accounting and Finance, Government College (GC) Lahore

Hussain Abbas
Chief Coordinator

Assistant Director, State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan BS Honor in Econ/Math LUMS Lahore

Asif Murtaza
Treasurer

Advocate at Lahore High Court, B.Com Honor Hailey College Punjab University (PU) Lahore

Asif Murtaza
IT Consultant
Deputy Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Secretariat, graduated from CIIT, serves as the managing director of Markhor Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd. Pakistan.

Board of Trustees

Dr Asif Hussain
Founder and Chairman

PhD, Tourism and Infrastructure Development, Lincoln University New Zealand, M.Phil/MS in Environmental Economics; Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Islamabad Pakistan (PIDE),  Fulbright Scholar 2008/09 at the University of Idaho United States of America.

Suhail Abbas Karim
Vice Chairman

Deputy Commissioner Inland Revenue Islamabad, Bachelor of Honours from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) with Joint Major in ‘Economics & Political Science’ and Minor in ‘Mathematics’.

Shafqat Kakakhel
Advisor

Former Ambassador (R) of Pakistan and Ex-United Nation Assistant General Secretary

Lieutenant Colonel Naeem (Rtd)
Advisor

Ex-Principal of Cadet College Skardu (CCS), Gilgit-Baltistan

Dr. Usman Mustafa
Advisor

Chief Project Evaluation and Training Division, PIDE; Director Economics of Conflict Security and Development Center, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) Pakistan

Dildar Hussain
Member
Deputy Regional Director Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan
Ali Ahmed Shah
Member

Asst. Professor; National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi Pakistan

Dr Zaeem Zia
Member

District Health Officer Islamabad, Pakistan. Fulbfight Scholar United States of America, expert in health policy

Testimonials

"I am extremely glad to express my best feelings for the team of the organization in taking such a thoughtful initiative under the banner of G-B SWO. I congratulate these lively and wholehearted future leaders of G-B for successfully launching its website which, I am sure, will be a mode of fruitful change in the society at large. I wish your endeavors turn out a great success and achieve its ends."
Lieutenant Colonel Naeem (Rtd)
Ex-Principal of Cadet College Skardu (CCS), Gilgit-Baltistan
"I wish to congratulate the Gilgit-Baltistan Social Welfare Organization for launching its interactive website which, I am confident, will enable members of the Organization to share information, ideas and suggestions on addressing the many challenges facing the region in a democratic and enlightened manner. I wish you success in your noble endeavors."
Shafqat Kakakhel
Former Ambassador (R) of Pakistan and Ex-United Nation Assistant General Secretary