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.
Dec 24, 2013

Winter Breakfast Updates

Students wait their turn at Breakfast
Students wait their turn at Breakfast

The breakfast programme for Kindergarten students has been helping children keep healthy, active and attentive to their studies. Most of the children at our school cannot afford to have breakfast at home.

The standard menu included milk with an energy drink (Horlicks), different fresh fruits, bread with butter and jam, boiled eggs, instant noodles, biscuits or muffins. For the winter, some special items have been added to the menu, such as:

* chicken and vegetable soup

* mashed potatoes

* fresh seasonal vegetables, such as carrots 

The kids are served milk every day, which they enjoy the most, while the rest of the menu items are rotated. With the continuous support of donors like yourself, the breakfast program gives our students increased energy to resist different diseases and their visits to the school nurse have also reduced to a great extent. The program has also helped teach them table manners and discipline.

Thank you to Global Giving and all Donors worldwide - you have made school an adorable place for our kids!

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Dec 24, 2013

Join the Journey of Success

Our graduate in her new (private) school
Our graduate in her new (private) school

This report takes you through the journey of the star graduates of the Paid to Learn schools for working children across Pakistan. In 2010, with the support of our donors & well-wishers, we achieved the milestone of expanding our non-formal schooling project to include secondary education for the top students. To date, 400 students have started this journey of secondary education in private and government schools that they were placed in by our team.

The net enrolment of our graduates in this program is currently higher in girls than it is in boys. Students are studying in classes VI to X in Zindagi Trust cooperative private & government schools, an experience which can be both exciting and challenging, given the obstacles of adjusting to an environment where their classmates have been enrolled in formal education all their lives, a concept alien to them.

What is really encouraging about this project is the role of our children in their environment. In the monthly progress reports, their teachers have appreciated these children who have become role models for the rest of the children in their respective schools in terms of their behavior and attitude. Their teachers also appreciated our graduates due to their stand-out curiosity and desire to learn, as opposed to rote memorization and focus on exam scores, thanks to the formative assessment techniques used to assess student learning at Paid to Learn Schools.

We are thankful for the patronage of the project from our friends at GlobalGiving and donors like yourself. A note with a prayer for all our primary graduates studying in secondary classes: May your journey of secondary education be vibrant and full of colorful rainbows!

Nov 20, 2013

Success Story: Meet Sanaullah

A volunteer visits a Paid to Learn school
A volunteer visits a Paid to Learn school

Sanaullah is a 12 year-old boy with a passion to serve Pakistanis as a doctor. He lives with his parents, four brothers and three sisters in a rented house. His father is a rickshaw driver who never went to school. His older brother is a mechanic. Both of them work hard every day, struggling to support the household.

 

Sanaullah’s admission to a Zindagi Trust School is an interesting story. One day Sanaullah’s father was waiting in his rickshaw for a passenger. He happened to be standing outside Zindagi Trust’s Chah Sultan School in Rawalpindi. Upon questioning he learned that a non-profit by the name of Zindagi Trust worked in his slum to educate working children at no cost to their parents or employers. He had always wanted to educate his children but simply could not afford it. When he learned that the trust also provided free books and stationery, paid regular students a stipend upon graduation, and finances top graduates through matriculation, he became convinced that he must admit his son Sanaullah to the trust’s school.

 

Sanaullah joined the school in 2012 and is now studying in grade 4. He is a promising student and his strength is his confidence. He sticks to whatever decision he takes, displaying a maturity beyond his years. He is positive and makes you believe he will make his dream come true.

 

Since his childhood, Sanaullah was told that: Everything can be had, but for a price”Yes, you can have everything for a price but not confidence,” is his response. His self-belief is his biggest asset and his message to all working children like himself is a simple yet powerful one: “Believe in yourself and you will do your best!”

 

He urges his fellow students to work hard from the very first day of their academic term. The best thing Sanaullah likes about the ZT School is that it practices on-going assessment & at the end of the term final assessment.

 

 A bright student, Sanaullah always gets good news when the term’s academic results are announced. As the first child from his family to go to school, a major part of his commitment to his studies comes from the fact that he wants to prove his mettle to his family. He tells us that when he is rewarded at the end of each academic term, all his relatives get together at his house and bring sweets to celebrate his success.

 

Sanaullah was excited to share with us that his cousins are also studying in a Zindagi Trust School now. His family feels proud when he goes to a relative’s house to read letters for them. Sanaullah and family are a success story for their ready acceptance of Zindagi Trust’s opportunities for a better life through education. 

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