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.
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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Mar 27, 2014

Hi from Fatima Jinnah School's Breakfast Program

students in the breakfast room
students in the breakfast room

Breakfast time has long been an attraction for the toddlers at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School. It not only gives them nourishing food but also an opportunity to socialize and organically learn to be disciplined by coming to breakfast rooms from their classes and lining up for breakfast.

Thanks to your generous donations, our students have become more regular at school, more attentive and more active physically and mentally. This is in contrast to the days before the daily breakfast program was introduced and complaints of children fainting in the morning assembly or remaining blunt and dull during school hours. The students are visibly more energetic and lively and their daily average attendance now stands at above 98%.

On an average day, the students drink milk with Horlicks (an energy booster), bread and butter, instant noodles, boiled eggs or potatoes, biscuits,etc. During the winter we added chicken corn soup, fruit salad and raw vegetables like carrots and peas which they ate very fondly. The students also report that they have managed to convince their parents to prepare breakfast for them on Sundays, when school is off - for most of them, breakfast was not a regular practice at home before this.

Eating breakfast is an essential part of healthy living and thanks to GlobalGiving, our students have learnt at school which they will hopefully carry forward to their families and communities in the future.

kindergarten students having breakfast
kindergarten students having breakfast
Mar 26, 2014

Zubair's story - persevering through poverty

Zubair is an attentive student in class
Zubair is an attentive student in class

Zubair was born in a small village in Pakistan where his father, Gul Rehman Khan, earned his living by collecting scrap material & selling it to recyclers. To ease his father’s burden, Zubair helped his father by carrying the scrap material to the market instead of spend his days in a classroom like children of his age do and should. When Zubair was ten, his family migrated from their home village to the city of Rawalpindi where he was enrolled as a student at a seminary within a mosque where he spent his days dreaming of going to school.

One day, Zubair was collecting scrap on the street when he saw children from his own neighbourhood going to a Zindagi Trust School located at their doorstep. He became anxious to join the school with his friends and neighbours and requested his father to let him study in this school which provided free education till Matriculation. Gul Rehman had studied till the 4th grade and realized the importance of education in transforming the future of his children. He attended a community literacy awareness session at the school on the right to education and the very next day enrolled Zubair and his four siblings into Zindagi Trust's Tehmaspabad – Rawalpindi school.

In the very first term Zubair proved himself to be a quick learner and caught up with the syllabus in a short span of time. He was always eager to demonstrate his love for school and commitment to education to his teachers. Despite there being no electricity in his slum dwellings, he regularly completed his assignments under a teashop street-light nearby. He finished the accelerated primary education programme with an A+ grade and, with the support of Zindagi Trust's donors like yourself, he has continued this journey of education by enrolling in a private secondary school  - Al-Huda Education System School in Rawalpindi. He reported excitedly to our academic coordinator that he got the 2nd position in the 2nd term examination and will appear in the annual examination this month where he is also hopeful of a good performance.

Zubair is keen to have his character developed by education through the coming years and aims to join the Pakistan Army as a soldier. Students like Zubair who show incredible academic progress are role models and a source of pride for Zindagi Trust. 

Zubair working on an in-class assignment
Zubair working on an in-class assignment

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