The InterLit Foundation, is a private, non-government educational foundation seeking to serve the peoples of west Asia through research, publishing and educational programs, with a particular focus on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Our principal aims include efforts to promote, develop and preserve regional and national languages, and to stimulate interest in the oral and classical literature of the area.
InterLit is working together with national educational institutions to facilitate and promote cultural and linguistic research, and to translate and publish selected literature into English and other international languages. In Pakistan, the InterLit Foundation has sought to open up the Frontier to visitors and scholars alike. We have produced tourist maps to such places as the famous Khyber Pass and Peshawar’s scenic Old City, and a wonderful guide to the history of Peshawar by Amjad Hussain.
We have worked alongside the Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar, to produce the 2nd edition of Rohi Mataluna: Pashto Proverbs, a book of 1,350 local proverbs. Being prepared for publication are language learning materials including An Introduction to Pukhto and Pukhto Verbs for serious language learners. Also in process are dictionaries for both Afghan and Pakistani Pashto.
Since 2001, many hundreds of expatriate workers have come to Afghanistan to assist in the reconstruction of that country. A great many of these volunteers have used Conversational Dari by Eugene Glassman or Speaking Afghan Pashto by Randall Olson in order to learn Dari and Pashto and Enjoy Afghanistan for orientation. NGOs have taught adult literacy in Dari through a basic primer and set of easy readers especially written for Afghans. Medical workers are using Pocket Medical Dari and the Eye Nursing Manual. All of these materials (and many others) have been prepared and published by the InterLit Foundation. Much of our work is funded by donations, as sales raise only a small portion of the amount needed to go on producing materials for this region of the world.