Turquoise Mountain is one of the Prince’s Charities: a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to revive historic areas and traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.
Since 2006 Turquoise Mountain has been focused on the historic district of Murad Khani in Kabul, Afghanistan. It has cleared 30,000 cubic meters 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 sold over $3,500,000 in traditional crafts internationally to support the craft industry. In March of 2016, Turquiose Mountain will exhibit at the Freer & Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. More recently Turquoise Mountain began projects in Myanmar and in Saudi Arabia.