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.
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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Sep 25, 2013

Updates from the Breakfast Program!

Teachers preparing and serving breakfast
Teachers preparing and serving breakfast

This month we bring you an update from our new Project Manager at the school, Shahnaz:

It is a real delight for Kindergarten students to have daily breakfast at SMB Fatima Jinnah School. The kids are served milk with Horlicks every day along with other nutritious items like apple, banana or melon, bread slice with jam and butter, instant noodles, biscuits, cakes and boiled eggs. They're enjoying a different menu almost every day of the week.

For the upcoming winter season, we are planning to introduce mashed potatoes, chicken and vegetable soup, fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, more frequent servings of boiled eggs, etc. as an addition to the current menu.

Most of these Kindergarten students come from a locality where the concept of a proper breakfast is not a practical one for the parents because of the low income of families and because of day by day increasing rates of food items. With the School Breakfast Programme, these kids feel satisfied, fed, energized and taken care of, which has boosted their morale and confidence level in addition to their mental ability to grasp things.

Adding the Horlicks energy drink to the Breakfast menu has worked wonders and has attracted children to school like never before. It is reported that attendance of KG students is always at the best level as compared to other classes. Thanks to GlobalGiving and all the donors worldwide who make this program possible - you have made school an adorable place for our kids. We look forward to your continued support and hope you enjoy the videos and pictures of our students and teachers from the Breakfast Room!

Instant noodles and milk for breakfast!
Instant noodles and milk for breakfast!

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Sep 12, 2013

From picking rags to coming first in class!

Tayyaba in class
Tayyaba in class

Tayyaba showed promise as a student from the day she started studying at one of our Paid to Learn schools, where working children get an accelerated course in primary education. She says she is blessed to have been given the opportunity to get an education and thanks Zindagi Trust for supporting her studies. But starting this journey wasn’t easy.

 

Tayyaba’s father has now been working as a ragman and scrap dealer in the Rawalpindi region for a long time. At the age of 4, Tayyaba showed an interest in going to school but her parents strictly forbade her from doing so and told her that studying in a school would remain only a dream. Luck wasn’t having any of this, so when the regional coordinators and field workers from our Rawalpindi team visited her neighbourhood for a student enrollment drive, they managed to convince her family to spare her from working for a few hours to join a school located conveniently close to her home.

 

We caught up with Tayyaba recently and she looked back at how she embarked on a mission to get an education.

 

“I belong to a Pukhtoon family, where girls are not allowed to go to school. I am the first in my family who went to school and opened the door for rest of the girls of my community, who later got permission to join school. It is a great achievement of Zindagi Trust’s academic team who motivated my family as well as other Pukhtoon families in that area to specially send their girls to a Zindagi Trust school.”

 

Tayyaba had a clear passion for education and took her studies seriously from the start, which showed in her performance at school. At her primary school graduation ceremony, where she was one of the top students in her class, she spoke about how the two-year program proved to be life-changing and shared her experiences with other Zindagi Trust students:

 

“Doing our best is challenging but it is always going to make a difference in our life’s journey!”

 

After graduating from our primary education program, Tayyaba qualified for our scholarship for the most promising graduates and was placed in the 6th-grade of a mainstream private school, Al Huda Education System. She stood first in class in her very first year in a formal school setting and is now studying in the 7th-grade – a great achievement which makes all her teachers at Zindagi Trust as well as her family extremely proud.

 

Tayyaba loves to read in her spare time. Her future plans involve teaching at the same Zindagi Trust school where she first got introduced to education as she has a passion to serve the children living in the slum she grew up in. She pays tribute to all her teachers for their guidance and says she appreciates the way they have been teaching children like herself.

 

 

She beams as she tells us how proud her family is of her good academic performance continuing into secondary school as well. She promises to always give her best to her studies and is committed to learning as much as she can.

 

Zindagi Trust wishes Tayyaba all the best!

Tayyaba
Tayyaba's academic report card

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