The public organization “Gulu Giyoh” was established in 1996 under the name of “Jamshed”, with the goal of promoting ethnic medicine practices, focusing on medicinal plants and the use of mineral springs. In late 2010 our organization changed its mission, adapting to drastic changes in the sociocultural environment. During the fourteen years since our establishment, we witnessed dramatic change in social, cultural, political and economic life of the local people in the Ishkashim district.
Between 2011 and 2013, under the aegis of The Christensen Fund, Gulu Giyoh worked on the revival of natural medical practices (herbs and mineral springs), as well as the preservation of Ishkashimi language in the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan. The conducted activities included the cultivation of local medicinal herbs, according to traditional Pamiri formulas.
Awareness raising was carried on the topic of local mineral springs, and their traditional as well as contemporary place in public life of local communities. Ethnic health education and publications to raise peoples’ awareness, locally and nationally, were very significant during this period.
Technical capacity for digital revitalization and restoration of the Ishkashimi language was created. Its vocabulary, folklore, poetry and narratives were collected and compiled into an archive. The publishing of encyclopedias on the Ishkashimi language, as well as herbal plants of the Badakhshan region, gave local people a possibility to access their vanishing cultural heritage.
Since April 2013 we work on our new project, which focuses on natural products from the Pamir region, with the support of our Polish partner, the Development Policy Foundation. The purpose of the project is to further enhance the preservation of Ishkashimi cultural heritage in Tajikistan.
Gulu Giyoh is led by Dr. Davlatmamadov Shirinbek. He is an honored worker of the Republic of Tajikistan, a surgeon of the highest category, who nowadays is engaged in folk medicine, particularly herbal medicine. Since 2007 he is the chairman of the association of phytotherapists and folk healers of Mountain Badahshansky Autonomous region.
We receive various volunteers, who are involved in our activities and contribute to the development of our projects, and help us fulfill our mission. Of significant importance are the volunteers living in the Ishkashim district, continuously contributing on topics such as national medicine, and preservation of local cultural heritage.
To work on conservation and promotion of medicinal plants and their use, as well as the preservation and revitalization of ethnic languages, customs and traditions in the Badakhshan region. Further on we want to raise peoples’ awareness, on the properties of local mineral springs and their use.
To see the revival of natural and cultural heritage of Tajik Badakhshan.
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