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Turquoise Mountain Trust

Turquoise Mountain’s aim is to preserve and regenerate historic areas and communities with a rich cultural heritage and to revive traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.

Since 2006, Turquoise Mountain has restored 150 historic buildings, trained over 6,000 artisans, treated almost 120,000 patients, graduated hundreds of talented artisans, and generated over $6m in international sales from customers like Kate Spade to London’s Connaught Hotel. Turquoise Mountain has also curated major international exhibitions around the world, from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Turquoise Mountain has now built over 50 small businesses in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East, supporting a new generation of artisan entrepreneurs who will not only drive economic development, but also preserve their unique cultures and traditions.

Turquoise Mountain has a Bronze Seal of Transparency on Guidestar.

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Turquoise Mountain Trust Projects

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Protecting Levantine Crafts Through Embedded Training and Traditional Learning

This project aims to train young Syrians and Jordanians in traditional craft-work skills including mother-of-pearl inlay, woodcarving, carpentry, and wood mosaic.

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