Shimshal Trust


Information on how to order these books is at the bottom of the page.

Woman of Shimshal

Women of Shimshal is a fascinating collection of autobiographical tales told by the women of Shimshal, in the remote Karakoram mountains. On the north eastern border of Pakistan, far from the fanaticism of extreme sects, the women of Shimshal lead peaceful lives of extreme hardship and good humoured tolerance.

When I was 15 there were 21 people living in the house and my friend Hasiet and I had to do all the weekly washing for the whole family, even in winter. It took all day and I got frost bite in my feet several times. My toes would turn black. We’d go down to the river and make a fire to heat the water.We used to burn our socks, trying to warm our toes by the fire.It was hard to find enough money to buy new ones with all those people in the house.

Hussn Bibi

Price: $15NZD


Shimshal has been reprinted and now is available for purchase!

In 2000, Pam Henson took up a teaching position in Pakistan, in a village three days' walk from the nearest road and vastly removed from any kind of life she had experienced ~ this was Shimshal. Working in one of the world's most remote regions, among pragmatic Ismaili muslims, amorous adventure guides, alpine politicians, and all those working for their village's future, Henson chronicles her adventure with a teacher's humour and a convert's fondness. Shimshsal is a unique record: a place to which few have had access, a time that is passing, a way of life changing.

Price: $30NZD

How to order

Woman of Shimshal is a major fundraiser for educational projects run by the Shimshal Trust. ALL profits from the sale of the book go towards educational and development projects for the people of Shimshal.

Within New Zealand

Order from The Shimshal Trust by posting a cheque with the following amount to The Shimshal Trust.
Woman of Shimshal: $15NZD
Shimshal: $30NZD

The Shimshal Trust
c/- 1/45 Eden St
Island Bay
(Please make out cheques to The Shimshal Trust)

Outside New Zealand

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