The Turquoise Mountain Trust (TMT) is one of the Prince’s Charities: a non-profit, non-governmental organization specializing in urban regeneration, business development, and education in traditional arts and architecture. We seek to provide jobs, skills, and a renewed sense of national pride to men and women.
Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has been focused on the historic district of Murad Khani in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has cleared 30,000 cubic metres of rubbish from the streets, repaired or restored over 100 historic and community buildings, created a primary school and a clinic, and installed water, electricity and sanitation throughout Murad Khani. It has created the internationally-accredited Institute for Afghan Arts & Architecture, training the next generation of craftsmen and women in woodwork, jewellery and gem-cutting, calligraphy and miniature painting, and ceramics. It has brokered US$ 3,500,000 in traditional craft sales internationally to support the artisan sector. In 2014, Turquoise Mountain started a new project, working in the downtown district of Yangon, Myanmar. In 2015, Turquoise Mountain began working in Saudi Arabia.
The Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture (TMI) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit vocational training institute established in 2006, providing high-quality training across four schools: calligraphy & miniature painting, woodworking, ceramics, and jewellery and gem-cutting. The Institute is registered with the Afghan Ministry of Education and is also accredited with City & Guilds, a UK-based vocational training body. The Institute is funded by the Trust, but is overseen by its own Board of Directors.