Who we are
The Gulzad foundation supports the people of Afghanistan through innovative charitable programs, aimed at the education and empowerment of women and young people in particular.
The Gulzad Group established the Gulzad Foundation in order to offer further support and development to, in particular, minority groups in Afghanistan. With the motivation of supporting people affected by years of war and turmoil, the Foundation was formed with the intention of supporting Afghanistan’s women and children in particular.
The Gulzad Foundation sees women and children as the foundations of our society, and with education and empowerment at the heart of our programs, we truly believe that it is them who can lead us to a prosperous Afghanistan in the future.
It is an unfortunate reality that women, are often still viewed and treated as a minority in Afghanistan, and we firmly believe that through a girl’s education and female empowerment, we can aid the development of our communities.
The women are the mothers of our society and through them we can raise healthy and productive future generations, with a philosophy of sharing and equality. Our country is resource rich, and there is absolutely no reason why anyone should suffer. It has been a turbulent period of our countries history, but we are ready to come out of the other side fresh and renewed.
The Gulzad Group works to the premise of ‘The Mark of Excellence’ and we strive for the same level of quality when it comes to work within our foundation. We have developed projects that offer tangible benefits and are sustainable in nature. In this way we help the Afghan people to create thriving and progressive communities for generations to come.
It is our vision that every child, male and female, should have access to a good education, and thus we strive to catalyze a continued increase in school attendance figures in some of the poorer areas of Afghanistan. We also believe that many older members of society who missed out on receiving an education should be supported with regards to literacy and numeracy. In this way, we believe that we can help to empower members of the Afghan community across multiple generations.
We also believe in rebuilding the rich Afghan Society, which has been forgotten and mistreated over years of struggle, and once again make it strong and inclusive. With a focus on education, cultural development, and women in society, we believe we can reestablish firm foundations, and develop the communities to nurture the Afghan society back to full health.
We focus on women, as not only have they suffered the most through the difficult times, but also they are the cornerstone of any rich and strong society. We believe that by helping to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of the mothers in society, we can plant a seed for future growth, which we nurture even more-so with our focus on youth education.
We are proud of the diverse culture of our wonderful country, and wish to focus on reigniting the richness of our heritage in order to redevelop firm foundations on which to grow. The people of Afghanistan have suffered, and now we are committed to working hard to restore their confidence, faith, strength, and pride in their country.
History has taught us that the civilizations that prevailed did not solely last because of their power or wealth, but because of the efforts of their people and their renewed abilities to devise solutions to the challenges these civilizations faced. As for the civilizations that have stopped working, learning and seeking future opportunities, they have fallen back and were forgotten by history.
FOUNDER – GULZAD FOUNDATION
Formed by Haji Mohammad Arif Khan Gulzad in 1941, the Gulzad Group has practically mirrored the development of modern Afghanistan, standing tall as one of the country’s most dynamic business groups today. Ably guided along by the visionary leadership of Mr. Dawood Gulzad, the Group has emerged as one of the largest industrial and services conglomerate and a valuable contributor to the development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure.
Today, the Gulzad Group’s highly diversified interests span a variety of activities including agriculture, construction and infrastructure, dry fruits processing and manufacturing, investment services, logistics & transportations as well as general trading services. The Company is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, with field operations, manufacturing facilities and offices all over the world.
100 % of the foundation’s admin costs, including; salaries, postage, rent, utility costs, telephone costs, and promotional items are paid for by the Gulzad Group. In addition to this, each division of our group has the responsibility of using their unique expertise to aid the development of the foundation’s work, and this is a core part of our philosophy. ‘The Gulzad Foundation’ is exactly that; the building blocks on which we construct our entire business approach. A percentage of business profits from the ‘Gulzad Group’ is also set aside to realize departmental visions for the foundation.
Here at the ‘Gulzad Foundation’, we very much believe that every one of us has what it takes to have a significant influence on the positive progression of the Afghan society. For too long now, individuals have suffered from repression, poverty, and a general lack of opportunities.
Afghanistan is a culture rich, resource rich, and character rich land, with people willing and able to make truly positive contributions to their community, country, region, and indeed world. We no longer want people to face overwhelming limitations, but rather we strive to enable them to see the power of education, innovation, cooperation, and opportunity.
Community development of this nature always grows gradually through time. We don’t wish to use our power and influence as a company to search for ready-made solutions, but rather utilize our expertise and resources to plant a positive seed of progression. We have already seen within our current programs how one beneficiary can inspire another, and how communities can grow and thrive out of this positive core of progression and empowerment.
Afghanistan still faces a number of complex issues when it comes to developing a fully open and progressive society, but we are at a point now where local community focus is crucial to the overall development of the country. We focus very much on collaboration, with local businesses partners and community members, and in this way feel that we can help to establish a cooperative path to collective empowerment.
Our team is made up from a combination of both Afghan and International volunteers, with a large proportion being Afghan diaspora wanting to give something back to their Motherland. We understand how important it is for Afghan’s living overseas to contribute towards the development of Afghanistan, and thus we offer them the opportunity to help shape the future of our wonderful country.
With many Afghan’s having not being able to return to their homeland for a number of years, we now offer placements allowing them to visit and be a part of its development. By working with us, you can help to build on the foundations we have already laid out, and collaboratively work towards a brighter future for the Afghan people.
In addition to this, we also have exceptional access to experts within a number of business sectors and areas, and benefit hugely from being free to utilize the experience and expertise of Gulzad Group employees and business leaders.
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