MF Geographical Areas
MARDAN Foundation is registered under Social Welfare Act of 1961 and working in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. For the time being MARDAN Foundation has its head office in Mardan City and field offices in different union councils of Mardan. Its management has decided to focus on different areas of Mardan Division including a sister district Swabi. The team of MARDAN Foundation has also enhanced its geographical area to other parts of Pukhtunkhwa. The volunteer of MF are working in Peshawar Division helping the victims of Flood in Nowshera and Charsadda districts of Peshawar Division, while the team of MF has also focused on Malakand Division.
Position of Mardan
Mardan Division has a very strategic position in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The total area of Mardan district is about 1,632 sq kms. It is clear from the MAP that Malakand, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi and Bunir districts surround the District Mardan.
Mardan Division is hilly in the northeast, while the southwestern half is a fertile plain. Generally streams flow from north to the south. Most of the streams drain into the Kabul River. The summer season is extremely hot. During May and June dust storms are frequent during the night. Most of the rainfall occurs in the months of July, August, December, and January.
Historical Position of Mardan
Mardan Division has an important historical and geographical position. A region communicating Afghanistan and India in the past, it had witnessed a wonderful history. Alexander the Great reached the valley through Kunar Province Afghanistan and Swat in 326 BC. This was followed by King Ashoka till the 7th century A.D. Who introduced Buddhism in this part of land by engraving the teachings of Buddha in Shahbaz Garha on rocks. In the first century A.D another celebrated King of Kushan dynasty Kanishka built many stupas and monasteries at several part of Mardan Division towards the end of 7th century; the Afghans arrived in the region. They introduced Islam in the valley. Following this Sultan Sabuktagin, Mehmood Ghaznavi, Mohammad Ghori, Mughals till the time of Aurangzeb and Nadir Shah ruled the valley.
After wards Sikhs came in power till 1947 the British Empire ruled the area.
It looks as it was very easy to rule this valley. But in reality the great people of Mardan Division always fought for their independence.
They were so brave that they earned the name "MARDAN" for themselves. It means MEN with charisma and courage. Hence the area is called Mardan.