Turquoise Mountain Foundation

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The Turquoise Mountain Foundation (in Dari [daˈɾiː], Bonyad-e Ferozkoh) is a non-governmental organization operating in Afghanistan, legally established in Scotland. It is named after Turquoise Mountain and focuses on the enhancement of the Afghan craft industry.[1]

History and activities[edit]

Turquoise Mountain was founded in 2006 by Charles, Prince of Wales in partnership with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai,[2] and British writer and Conservative Party politician Rory Stewart.[1] The Trust's chief executive is Shoshana Stewart, Rory Stewart's wife.[3]

Among the Trust's projects is the Turquoise Mountain Institute, a school for the study of traditional Afghan calligraphy, ceramics, woodworking and jewelry-making.[1] Many of the institute's graduates are Afghan women.[1] The Turquoise Mountain Foundation also undertook a $1 million project for restoration efforts in the Murad Khane neighborhood in the Old City of Kabul.[4]

The charity's 2008 income was £4.1 million.[5] Funding has been provided by a number of public and private donors from both the West and Middle East,[4] including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of India, the Blue Moon Fund, Reach Out To Asia, the Kathy Evans Afghan Education Trust, The Bonita Trust, The Prince's Charities, The Kingdom of Bahrain, the Amir of Kuwait, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation (Saudi Arabia) and the British Council.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d Felicia Craddock, In Afghanistan, Creating Jewelry in the Midst of Conflict, New York Times (September 11, 2014).
  2. ^ "The Turquoise Mountain Foundation becomes The Prince's 18th charity". Prince of Wales website. 25 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01.
  3. ^ Edward Malnick, Rory Stewart reveals the secret to his success: his wife who has quietly been running his campaign to become Tory leader, The Telegraph (June 16, 2019).
  4. ^ a b Alisa Tang, Kabul's old city gets a new look, New York Times (February 1, 2008).
  5. ^ "Turquoise Mountain Trust, Registered Charity no. SC037343". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  6. ^ Turquoise Mountain Brochure (PDF), Turquoise Mountain Foundation, 2009, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-01

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