Zindagi Trust

Our mission is two-part: 1) To provide non-formal primary education through a creative, well-designed curriculum to Pakistan's underprivileged working children, thus empowering them to become responsible citizens as well as readying them for vocational or secondary education. 2) To assist the Government of Pakistan in reforming state schools and curricula so as to bring them at par with the challenges of present time, so that the majority of the country's youth that studies in them can get an equal opportunity at a bright future.
Jun 27, 2014

Salam from Shining Stars Sana and Khanzaib

Sana reading in class
Sana reading in class

Our first batch of graduates is now just a year away from Matriculation! They have just taken their Class 9 Board Exams and reached Class 10. This month we bring to you the stories of Khanzaib and Sana - two promising Zindagi Trust graduates now studying at Al- Shams Grammar School in Karachi.

Khanzaib attends school from 8 to 1 pm and works till late at night in a garment shop to support his family and make ends meet. He studies in the Science section of Class 10 and is a top position holder in his class. He aspires to be an engineer.

He started his journey of education by joining one of Zindagi Trust’s primary schools for working children and deeply appreciates the trust for their support in convincing his parents and employers to allow him to attend school. Today his family is proud of his excellent academic performance continuing into secondary school as well.

Sana is another one of our stars who graduated from our non-formal school for working children and is now studying a private school with Khanzaib. Her academic record remains excellent and she is a top position holder even after her competition has changed to students of a mainstream private school. Her favorite subject is biology and she aspires to be a doctor.

She was excited to report that she has opened a coaching center in her house where she tutors primary school students to support her family. A young student herself, she is proud of her students’ good academic results – a feat for which she has earned the respect of neighbouring families. 

We are proud of our graduates who had  barely two years of informal education under their belts, but shone among children who have studied in private schools all their life. A big thank you to donors, supporters and volunteers for making this work possible.

Khanzaib working on an assignment
Khanzaib working on an assignment
Jun 27, 2014

Updates from the Breakfast Program

Kindergarten students in the Breakfast Room
Kindergarten students in the Breakfast Room

"Breakfast Class" remains a constant attraction for our kindergarten students. It is a pleasure watching them queuing up and taking their own plate to the dining table to have their breakfast. The generous donations for breakfast have contributed a lot in the physical, social and academic life of toddlers as they get good nutrition due to which they remain mentally active and learn to socialize during breakfast time specially.

Our students are developing the healthy habit of starting the day with breakfast and they in turn are educating their parents to provide them with similar kind of breakfast at home during holidays.

The menu includes milk, bread and butter, instant noodles, boiled eggs or potatoes, biscuits, cakes etc with added items in the winter like chicken corn soup, fruit salad and raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber etc.

Thank you for your support in making this programme possible!

Students starting their day with breakfast
Students starting their day with breakfast

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May 27, 2014

Hello from Huma

Huma in class
Huma in class

Huma studies in the fifth grade in one of Zindagi Trust's Pindi schools for working children from urban slums. Everyone in her family, including her four sisters and three brothers - works every day to make ends meet. Huma herself works from 7am to 12:30pm and attends school in the afternoon.

Huma is a determined and responsible young girl. Being the eldest, she tries her best to take care of the rest of her family by being content with what she has and saving the money she earns.  Every day after work and school, she spends with her siblings, helping them with their studies. Huma's brothers and sisters are in Zindagi Trust schools all thanks to her efforts.

Despite all the responsibilities on her young shoulders, Huma refuses to give up on her dreams in the face of adversity. She remains a position holder at school, topping her exams every year. Her teacher is a role model for her, inspiring her to continue struggling to get an education, on her way to making it big. She aims to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree and to become a teacher in the school she is currently enrolled in.

Huma’s parents have a played a great role in her drive to succeed. They are proud of their determined, generous and respectful daughter. Huma’s mother, specially, has always supported her education. She herself struggles every day to make ends meet and is hopeful about her children’s future. "Someday all of us would be in a better position," she says.  

Huma thanks Zindagi Trust and its supporters like you on behalf of her family for enabling her and her siblings to go to school.

Huma reading in English class
Huma reading in English class

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