About FROK

The UK Friends of Khwendo Kor (FROK) was established in September 2002 to help Khwendo Kor in its aim to achieve a ‘compassionate society where women live with dignity and self reliance’.

FROK actively seeks funds from Trusts, organisations and individuals.  We also raise money through fundraising and social events which is then sent as ‘unrestricted’ donations. This helps cover both gaps between time-limited funding from donors and some pilot developmental work not otherwise funded.

We also provide technical support, for example with funding proposals, report writing and associated tasks.

How FROK have contributed to KK so far

  • contributed to buying land and building a new head office and training suite; the latter is also hired out to provide additional income;
  • helped purchase a building that houses a school, education resource centre, handicrafts training centre, health centre, and provides accommodation for female teachers and health workers from distant rural villages;
  • raised funds for KK’s response to humanitarian crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the displacement of Wazir people in 2016 following military activity, the 2010 floods and the October 2005 earthquake
  • supported links between the University of York and KK leading to: students visiting Pakistan for social work placements, social work academics visiting KK, Maryam Bibi (KK’s founder and CEO) being awarded an Honorary Doctorate, and two of its senior staff, Khalid Usman and Gul Lalai, each participating in a Human Rights Defenders Protective Fellowship.

How FROK is run

FROK is a UK registered charity (no 1095857) and, through its constitution, is accountable to its membership.  Its financial statements are both directly available and on the Charity Commission website. Day-to-day running is undertaken by a Board of Trustees that reports annually to the membership at large. FROK’s Board of Trustees comprises people from a wide range of backgrounds and includes members of the diaspora as well as those with an interest more generally in Pakistan and/or international development and human rights. Regular contact with KK is maintained through email, skype and occasional visits.

The FROK Board of Trustees