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.
Jun 26, 2013

Energy drinks and an updated menu

Children get a taste of an energy boosting drink
Children get a taste of an energy boosting drink

We have introduced Horlicks, a health food drink for children, to the students of Kindergarten as part of their breakfast at SMB Fatima Jinnah School, thanks to a generous donation.

The students have been enjoying the drink, specially after playing sports in the sweltering heat. A big thank you to GSK from the staff and students at SMB Fatima Jinnah School as well as from everyone at Zindagi Trust.

Check out a video of the adorable tots lining up to get their breakfast here and talking about what they eat for breakfast at school every day here. We look forward to your continued support to keep recharging the kids for school every day!

Jun 19, 2013

Graduates star in mainstream schools

Attiya with her 2nd position trophy
Attiya with her 2nd position trophy

We recently received the annual results of the two mainstream secondary schools in Karachi where our top graduates from our Paid to Learn primary education programme for working children were placed. Our graduates are doing well in their new schools and showed excellent results. At the Hammad Foundation Secondary School, three of our graduates bagged a Top 3 position in their class, a tremendous achievement given that these working children, with barely two years of informal education under their belts, were now competing with students who have been in a private school all their life.

The school’s annual prize distribution ceremony was held at the Gujjar Hall in Manzoor Colony where our Academic Coordinator, Iqbal Ahmed, was invited to see the progress of our graduates and also to present awards to 35 best students, out of whom our 3 Zindagi Trust stars were as follows:

1.      Anila daughter of Nadeem of Class 8 stood 2nd out of 20 students
2.      Samreen daughter of Abdul Razzaq of class 6 stood 3rd out of 25 students
3.      Attiya daughter of Shahid Ali of class 6 stood 2nd out of 25 students

At Al-Shams Grammar School too, our graduates did a great job. Khanzaib & Rashid passed class 8 with flying colours: Khanzaib stood 2nd and Rashid stood 3rd in a class of 18 students. Sana, a student of Class 7, stood 1st in her class of 20 students. All three of these students were position-holders throughout their time at Zindagi Trust’s non-formal school and we are delighted to see that they continue to flourish in the new environment at their mainstream school.

Anila, Ambreen and Atiya - our 3 rockstars
Anila, Ambreen and Atiya - our 3 rockstars
May 15, 2013

Planting for Spring, Eye Exams and New Uniforms

A student plants a seed to celebrate spring
A student plants a seed to celebrate spring

Hello and Happy Spring!

Here's what we've been up to over the last few months:

Planting for Spring

Students in our schools for working children celebrated spring through a Plantation Week of sowing seeds, looking after baby plants, and learning about the ecosystem through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities. This activity is held across our schools every spring to create environmental awareness among children who spend most of their days on the street or at work. The children were motivated through a competition which awarded a special prize to students who looked after their plants best until they flowered.

Shiny New Uniforms

New uniforms and shoes were distributed to all the students of our Peco Road School for Working Children, thanks to a kind donor, Nadia Azam. Family poverty has forced the children frequenting this school into the rigours of working life from a cruelly early age. New, clean clothes and shoes remain an unaffordable luxury for them despite the hard hours they put in at work before and after attending our school. They were delighted at their gifts and conveyed their thanks to the Azam’s by making posters and posing with them for photographs.

Eye Exams and Care

The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) team conducted training sessions in our schools in Karachi and Lahore for our teachers to learn how to examine students eyes to screen for common eye diseases (such as red eye, cataract, glaucoma, refractive error, Vitamin A deficiency and eye injury). Our trained teachers conducted eye exams in all our schools for working children across Karachi and Lahore and identified 197 students as needing follow-up examination and treatment. Eye doctors from the LRBT visited our schools to examine and treat the pre-screened students who were given prescription eyeglasses, prescriptions for medication or referred to specialists in  the LRBT hospitals for further treatment as needed. 

Thank you for your continued support which lets us bring these programmes to the working children in Pakistan's urban slums.

A teacher conducts an eye exam for a student
A teacher conducts an eye exam for a student
Students pose in their shiny new uniforms
Students pose in their shiny new uniforms

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