The Endowment Fund Trust for Preservation of the Heritage of Sindh (EFT), established by the Government of Sindh in August, 2008 with a capital cost of Rs. 1000 million, is an autonomous non-profit organization without any involvement of the Sindh Government.
The Endowment Fund Trust is governed by the Board of Trustees consisting of 13 trustees (10 drawn from private sector and 3 from public sector).The chairman, managing trustee and the secretary of the trust are all from private sector.
There is also a Technical Committee to assist the Board of Trustees in technical matters.
EFT funds have been invested in commercial banks. The income generated from the investment is utilized on achievement of the Trust’s objectives.
Objectives of the Trust
To aid in the preservation of Sindh’s artistic, tangible and intangible heritage that are endangered and to take necessary steps for its restoration and conservation as approved by its Technical Committee and by the Trust.
To commission a Sindh Heritage watch list, which will include documentation of cultural sites, landscapes, public art, artifacts, habitats, public and private eligible sites that qualify to be documented and preserved.
To take financial measures to carryout and support feasibility studies for cultural artifacts and for attaining the objectives of the Trust. The watch list will be renewed every three years.
To create public awareness and fostering an atmosphere of public private cooperation between concerned agencies, government bodies, community and individuals – divorced from political influence, motivating, planning and executing programmes addressing restoration, conservation, preservation and recommend institutional support for maintenance to contain reversing the threat to the artefact or site.
A sustainability over all action plan, with training and technical assistance to increase the professional capacity of the custodians/owners of private property. The plan will be revisited every three years to review the performance vis-à-vis the funding etc. with internal monitoring.
To raise funds from foundations, corporations, investments and individuals and to seek assistance from international and national agencies involved in the field of preserving cultural heritage for furthering the objectives of the Trust. It will also raise funds by calling for donations and organizing fund raisers, talks, media promoters etc. to encourage and engage all sectors of society to support and supplement its efforts.
To seek additional funds from the Government of Pakistan or the Government of Sindh for its development activities once the documentation and watch list is prepared.
To document, identify and list heritage sites, develop a preservation and conservation strategy, formulate heritage regulations and seek assistance of the government, wherever necessary, for their implementation. It will liaise with other regulatory bodies seeking cooperation and close strategy policy for the success of its endeavours.
To support the Department of Antiquities and the Department of Culture and other such bodies in their efforts that conforms to the objectives of the Trust.
To encourage capacity building programmes for the economic and social improvement of communities living in the vicinity of heritage sites, to acquire or to hold in lease or own any cultural property or part thereof which the Trust may deem necessary in the furtherance of its objectives.
To undertake pilot conservation projects to act as a pressure group by arousing public when any part of the cultural or natural heritage is threatened with immediate danger or destruction, arising out of private or public policy or in any other manner.
To recommend to the Government of Sindh under its departments or through the parliament for adoption and enactment of rules necessary for achieving its objectives.
To act as a Culture Bank for providing financial, technical and intellectual assistance towards the preservation of cultural and natural resources and heritage as also of innovative activities, to do all such lawful acts and things as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of the aforesaid objectives of the Trust.