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The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation, operating in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. We seek to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.
CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral storytelling in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of such narratives in a dialogue on national identity. Our organization has three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programs, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected.
We are passionate about sharing Pakistan’s stories with the educational outreach programs and the thousands of visitors who attend our festivals, and exhibitions. Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we strive to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways.
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CAP launched ‘Save-a-Story’ campaign. Approximately 3% of Pakistan’s population has witnessed Partition, and the number is fast decreasing. CAP’s Oral History Project uses oral narratives of ordinary people to record the birth of Pakistan and its early years, the only one of its kind to exist in Pakistan. Through our ‘Save-a-Story’ campaign, we urged our followers to help us save these fading memories of the past before it is too late.