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.
Sep 26, 2014

The Breakfast Bonus

Breakfast Time
Breakfast Time

"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper."

The above quote tells us the importance of breakfast, but to a large population of school-going kids from poor areas like Lyari, Old Golimar and Garden West, this may mean nothing as they live below the poverty line and most of them come to school without having breakfast.

The toddlers of Kindergarten I and Kindergarten II of SMB Fatimah Jinnah School, thanks to your generous donations, are given regular breakfast in the morning. This includes biscuits, bread, jam, butter, chicken spread, fruit salad, fresh fruits like apples, bananas and melon, chicken corn soup in winter, instant noodles, occasional sweets, etc. Milk is always part of the daily breakfast. The school's kindergarten staff serves them with utmost dedication feels extremely fulfilled watching kids happily having breakfast.

During this past quarter, the school was off for the month of July and breakfast was served to 230 children during the months of August and September. The introduction of breakfast at the start of the day has enhanced the physical and mental energies of our students. The records show less absenteeism of toddlers since the programme was started. They love to have breakfast at school with friends and are in turn helping their parents to have breakfast culture at home by demanding breakfast on school holidays. The health room of school data also confirms that the number of sick children from KG brought to health room has decreased.

Thank you for support in making the breakfast programme a success. 

Smiles in the Breakfast Room
Smiles in the Breakfast Room

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Sep 26, 2014

Haseena transforms her future

Reading
Reading

My name is Haseena. Seven years ago, my father got a job in a factory in Karachi and my family moved to the big city from a remote part of the Sindh province. A year later, I enrolled in the Zindagi Trust Primary School as a kindergarten student. Primary school was a wonderful experience that I will never forget thanks to the love, care and support I got from my teachers. They always encouraged me to look forward, aim for a brighter future and made me grow into a confident girl for which I am grateful.

 

This year I will sit for my 9th grade board exams. Secondary school is tough and a completely new environment for me, but I have worked harder and managed to get a distinction in all major subjects. I have been a class prefect every year, which is also a matter of honour for me. 

 

Growing up, when I saw my father working on daily wages, struggling to support us, I promised myself to support him like a son when I grew up. I started by helping my mother stitch clothes for a living.  I have now also joined a coaching center near my house where I teach students of Grades 3 to 8 to supplement our household income. After finishing high school, I want to go to college to continue my education and go on to get a job in a bank.

 

Most of the families from our village in rural Sindh have moved to our part of Karachi, an urban slum. I feel that it time for me to pay back to my roots. I plan to share my knowledge with the children in my community. I have full faith in myself that I will be successful in whatever I do. I am grateful to Zindagi Trust for making it possible for me to dream big and achieve my dreams!

  

Haseena is a graduate of our Paid to Learn schools for working children. As a top graduate, she was placed in a mainstream private secondary school through our Secondary School Support Project. She has made tremendous progress in settling into a private school environment from a non-formal education set-up. We are proud of her and of all our graduates who are showing brilliant results in secondary school. Please continue to support our programmes to make this change possible.

In Class
In Class
In school
In school

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Sep 3, 2014

Aiming to Soar: Meet Ace Student Abid

Abid at work
Abid at work

Abid is a twelve-year-old studying in the fourth grade. He is the son of a labourer who works on daily wages and struggles to earn a meager income to support Abid and his five sisters, who live in Kot Lakhpat, an urban slum in Lahore.

Abid has grown up around extreme poverty, one of the cruelest realities of big-city life. His circumstances forced him to seek a job as staff help in a general store near home, where he works in the morning. In the afternoon, Abid and three of his sisters go to the Peco Road School, established and run by Zindagi Trust under the Paid to Learn program for mainstreaming working children into primary education. 

Abid is a keen student who never misses a day of school. His teachers find him to be one of the brighter children at school – he scored above 95% on his last term exams. Showing maturity and self-introspection beyond his years, he tells us that he always questions himself before taking decisions and that this practice has helped him understand himself.

He lives by the motto that if you believe in yourself, the world can be yours. He has written his favorite Urdu saying at the entrance of the school:

‘Do what you want to do and do not limit yourself because what you believe, you can achieve’

He wants to grow up to be a pilot.

On behalf of Zindagi Trust, a big Thank You to all our supporters around the world for making it possible for Abid and other children like him to go to school, to dream, and to believe.

Abid in class
Abid in class
Abid doing homework
Abid doing homework

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