This summer was very effective for the “Gulu Giyoh” organization.
This year, the summer was marked by not only collecting medicinal plants, collecting “bit by bit” of ancient folklore, conducting trainings about natural products and Pamir heritage for local residents, but also meetings with representatives of various organizations for closer cooperation and promotion of own ideas.
In August 2014 polish project coordinators, colleagues, representatives of the SDF visited Tajikistan, Badakhshan in second time. The program of the guests was very intense. Although they spent a week in Badakhshan, in these few days, they had a great deal.
In this trip, they visited volunteers living in different villages of the Ishkashim district. Talked to them about the difficulties of the project and discussed the new plans.
In the village, Mulvoj the local resident Gul Davlatmamadova demonstrated the process of spinning yarn.
In addition, here they visited the master of musical instruments Shakar Ibrohimov. They filmed the interview, which could be found on site.
In visiting of Kozdeh village, they visited beekeeper Sardorov Ikbolhon. He told about changes of his small business after trip to Europe.
They met with a unique “musical” master from Andarob village, who makes rubabs (a kind of national musical instrument) of different shapes and textures. Interview with him can also be found on site.
Visited a local dairy farm where Nasratmo Jahonova described the process of making milk products. There is a video, which could be found on site.
In15-16-th of August they participated in «Pamir Invest Forum». An international investment forum “Pamir Invest 2014” held in Khorog with participation of local and foreign investors, entrepreneurs and representatives of state and international organisations. The entrepreneurs presented developed business-concepts, containing ideas for the establishment and development of tourism and providing services. “Gulu Giyoh” participated in the exhibition and presented its books and products within its activities in current project. We used the opportunity to build partnership bridges with new organizations.
Visited construction site of a pharmacy “Gulu Giyoh” next to a sanatorium in the Avj village.
On the day of departure, all the young people together with the guests went to the mountains. To the place where once was located Kirghiz post.
During the whole trip in Badakhshan polish colleagues tasted traditional tajik food. In addition, familiarity with local folklore occurred.
A few days later, after the departure of the Polish colleagues, there was a big meeting with representatives of the NGO “Zan va Zamin” and the Institute of Genetics. We discussed ways of together working. The same day was filmed video with director of “Gulu Giyoh” Shirinbek Davlatmamadov. Moreover, video has shown on local TV “Safina”.
After a while, representatives of the SDF visited Badakhshan.
They also had a full program. Gotten up at 5 am, they as real athletes went to the mountains.
During their stay in Badakhshan they met with volunteers living in different villages of the Ishkashim district.
Visited the Afghan-Bazaar, where bought national Afghan clothes.
Together we visited the museum in the Wakhan, organized by one of the locals, in order to preserve the traditional things and household items. We have seen Kaka fortress dating back to the 3-rd century.
On the day of departure of the guests were taken on a mini-tour of the village Avj, where the thickets of sea buckthorn surprised them.
As well as other foreign guests, representatives of SDF tasted traditional Pamir foods. Moreover, judging by the reviews they liked it.
Also in this summer in course of implementing the project, “Gulu Giyoh” held 4 training sessions on the natural products of Badakhshan and traditional herbal therapy with the active participation and support of volunteers from the target areas. These sessions included lectures, seminars and trainings on herbal therapy, folk medicine, sustainable development of social entrepreneurship and marketing strategy.
The information on most common herbs in the territory of Badakhshan was given in a simple and understandable way. The audience was introduced to the website of PO “Gulu Giyoh” (www.gornobadakhshan.org) where they could find all information about herbs and herbal remedies of Badakhshan. Moreover, the attendants got information about mineral springs of Badakhshan most of which are located in the Ishkashim District. There useful properties and medical indications of these mineral waters were emphasized to promote the cost-effectiveness of ethnic medicine among indigenous population.
The schedule of conducted trainings is given in the following table:
Place of trainings
Number of participants
4 target area
The trainings and seminars were aimed at improving the audience educational level in issues of ethnic medicine and way to promote natural products among tourists and local folk. They were conducted in a simple way to ensure that everyone understands the trainer. A wide range of interactive tools were used to present the material. Group discussions, demonstration of herbs, presentations and case studies, examples from own experience had all been used. Participants got handouts of herbs picking time schedule. Attention was given to both theoretical and practical knowledge, short pre- and post-session questionnaires had been completed. Specifically, participants were informed about the mineral springs in Badakshan in general and Ishkashim district in particular. The properties of the mineral waters, their location, methods and indications of their usage were discussed. Legends on divine nature and folk stories about mineral springs were indicated. Methods of protection of this ethnic and bio cultural heritage had been particularly underlined. The participants were taught on the ways to promote local natural products as long as the importance of usage of medicinal herbs and springs as the source of healthy way of life.
Program of training
|Presentation of Gulu Giyoh activities in Badakhshan, perspectives of work in cooperative|
|Main aspects of herbal medicine|
|Usage of raw materials for natural products|
|The way of plants usage (parts to be used, time of picking)|
|handouts of herbs picking time schedule.|
|Demonstration of herbs, preparation of main herbal products (practical training)|
|Mineral springs of Badakhshan and its usage|
|Marketing strategy and way to promote natural products on local market and among tourists|
|Indicator questionnaires and group discussion|