The youth of Gilgit-Baltistan just single-handedly pulled together the #PhanderWinterSportsFestival happening right now in Phander Valley, without the support of government or any big sponsors. It is difficult to fathom how a bunch of young people would do this in a week, but regardless the festival is happening just now in full force!
The Sports Festival has so far featured skiing games and ice skating competitions and residents of the region are thoroughly enjoying the community initiative.
There have also been traditional dance performances.
Amidst the difficult weather and geographical conditions of the region, the #PhanderWinterSportsFestival comes as a proof of the commitment and energies of the youth, despite the lack of any institutional support.
The #PhanderWinterSportsFestival comes as an example of a unique and wholesome collective effort to promote inclusivity, well-being and economic growth in the community.