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 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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Aug 14, 2013

Meet one of our star graduates, Natalia

Natalia
Natalia

Natalia joined Zindagi Trust in March 2011. Excluding class 3; she bagged the 1st position every term during her entire primary education at the Zindagi Trust Manzoor Colony School for working children. She graduated in May 2013 at the top of her class and we are pleased to share her stellar record with you.

 

With the support of Zindagi Trust she continued her education after finishing the non-formal primary education programme for working children. She has been enrolled in Hammad Foundation School, one of the cooperative schools of Zindagi Trust.

 

Natalia is very much motivated with the work of Zindagi Trust & deeply thanks her teachers for being so supportive during her initial schooling. She pays tribute to her teachers & all those who are associated with Zindagi Trust.

 

Natalia has a friendly nature and enjoys a good friends’ circle. The secret she shared about her studies is that she studies daily according to her schedule & never wastes time in chatting or watching TV. In her spare time she helps her siblings with their homework. She helps her mother in cooking but is not interested in cooking. She wants to grow up to be a model. She is very much concerned about her studies & wants to be a position holder in her secondary school as well.

Zindagi Trust wishes her all the best for her future! 

 

Student Name:             Natalia

Father’s Name:            Ejaz Tabbasum

Father Job:                   Estate Agency

Father Income:            Monthly; Rs 12,000

Student’s Job              Embroidery

Religion:                   Christian 

Sibling:                      Sister 1: Brothers 4

Date of Admission:   21. 3. 2011

School’s Name:         Manzoor colony

 

Natlia's Academic Results:

Class KG  1st  Position  , Result  (99% ) Attendance 79%

Class One  1st  Position  Result  (  96% ) Attendance 77 %

Class Two   1st  Position  Result (96%)  Attendance 81%

Class Three 2nd Position Result (  97% ) Attendance 76 % 

Class Four 1st Position Result (97%) Attendance 81%

 Class Five 1st Position Result (92%) Attendance 71 %

Natalia demonstrating an answer on the board
Natalia demonstrating an answer on the board
Natalia working on an assignment in class
Natalia working on an assignment in class
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