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Preschool pupil

Preschool pupil

Most girls educated in Pakistan return to their villages because of strong family ties, according to Genevieve Chabot, co-founder of Iqra Fund.

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Baby in backpack

Baby in backpack

With villages located at 9,000 feet, the growing season is short and requires intensive work during the spring and summer.

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Educating women

Educating women

Without education, women in Pakistan's remote northern mountain regions are often married off as young as 15.

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Northern Pakistan

Northern Pakistan

The northern reaches of Pakistan are marked by high mountains. The valleys below contain remote villages of 100 to 150 people living in mud brick houses.

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Educating moms

Educating moms

In addition to educating children, Iqra Fund supports and develops adult literacy centers and provides funding for instructors and materials, especially for women.

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Funding education

Funding education

In its first year, Iqra Fund has managed to secure $475,000 in direct donations and pledges.

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Combatting low literacy

Combatting low literacy

Iqra Fund works with local community associations, teachers and parents to provide tutoring programs to supplement students’ education in schools.

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Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients

High school scholarship recipients have their schooling, board and health programs paid for four years.

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Meeting community needs

Meeting community needs

"This isn't just the Doug and Genevieve Chabot foundation, we want this to be an organization that is driven by the needs and desires of the communities," Genevieve said.

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Hushe

Hushe

The village of Hushe is one of the communities in the Karakoram Mountains that the Chabots are helping.

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Fund founders

Fund founders

Genevieve and Doug Chabot founded the Iqra Fund in 2011. Iqra means "read" in Arabic.

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Pakistani girls

Pakistani girls

Villages at the base of the Karakoram Mountains sit at an elevation of about 9,000 feet.

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Classroom

Classroom

Girls bundled up against the cold study in a classroom. Winter is the best time for studies since the residents of the agricultural communities have little to do then.

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Two Montana men die in separate avalanches

UPDATE 5 P.M. - Two Montana men died in separate avalanche accidents in the Cooke City area on Saturday.

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Hunters warned to be on the lookout for avalanche danger

Hunters warned to be on the lookout for avalanche danger

Snow and windy conditions have prompted the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center to warn hunters to beware of avalanches as they hike into the mountains for the last week of Montana’s big game season. The season closes Nov. 27.

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Skier breaks leg after being caught in avalanche in Bridger Mountains

A 32-year-old backcountry skier broke his left femur after being caught and mostly buried in an avalanche he triggered Sunday in the Bridger Mountains north of Bozeman.

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Avalanche classes offered in Cooke City Feb. 12-13

An avalanche-awareness workshop will be offered in Cooke City on Feb. 12-13. The course will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Indoor instruction will be held at the Cooke City Firehall.

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More snow increases avalanche danger in Cooke City-area mountains

With another 6 to 8 inches of snow overnight and continued strong wind gusts, the avalanche warning for the mountains around Cooke City was bumped to high on Tuesday on wind-loaded slopes.

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Bozeman park provides practice with avalanche transceivers

BOZEMAN — A city park in Bozeman has an area set aside for people who play in the backcountry to practice using avalanche transceivers.

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