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 27, 2012

A message from our new Project Leader

Preparation area in the new breakfast room
Preparation area in the new breakfast room

Hello from the Breakfast Programme!

 

Our project has been led by our non-profit staff at the school so far, but starting this term in August the responsibility has been assigned to one of the senior school teachers, Shazia Akbar Ali. We have been pleased with Shazia’s hard work and commitment to the children and the school and hope that this new role will give her greater ownership of a project she helped start. Here’s a message from her in her own words:

 

My name is Shazia and I’m a kindergarten teacher at the SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School. I have been working in this school for 17 years. There are many students from very low-income families studying in this school. A few years ago when I used to see the children in kindergarten who appeared to be ill or slow it would inevitably turn out that they had come to school without having breakfast. Encountering such a child would be painful and I would usually buy them biscuits or something. When I told Miss Rafia about these children, she started a breakfast programme for them.

 

In the beginning, there were 50 students in kindergarten. That number has now grown to almost 300 children, all of whom are given a breakfast of fruit, noodles, milk and a slice of bread, etc. I consider this to be a complete breakfast and feel that the KG children stay healthy and are more happily focused on their studies now.

 

I am sharing some pictures of a new breakfast room that we have added to accommodate the larger class size. You can see that some of our students like apples and milk more than others. J

 

I pray for the entire staff of Zindagi Trust who work with heart, passion and happiness for these poor children and hope God gives them all strength and happiness. I would also like to thank all of you donors for your continued support – none of this would be possible without you!

Student returns her plate to our new Project Lead
Student returns her plate to our new Project Lead
Students line up in the new Breakfast Room
Students line up in the new Breakfast Room
Sep 26, 2012

A 9th-grader juggling work, school & family

Dilber in his new uniform
Dilber in his new uniform

Hello. This time we bring you the story of Dilber Malik, one of the star graduates from our Paid to Learn primary education programme, juggling work, school and family.

 

Dilber was a brilliant student at Zindagi Trust’s Naseerabad School for working children. He graduated from the primary education programme there with flying colors in 2009. His father Abdul Malik, who had served in the Pakistan army, was martyred in an ambush by terrorists leaving Dilber the only earning member of his family. After his father’s death, he started working in the main fruit and vegetable market of Islamabad to support his family. He makes Rs.5000 a month, most of which goes towards rent and the studies of his 3 younger brothers. Dilber puts in extra time, working late nights in the market to make ends meet.

 

After graduating in the top 10% of his primary education class, Dilber qualified for Zindagi Trust’s programme that sponsors the secondary education of the top graduates.

Through this secondary education support programme, Dilber was placed in the 6th grade at Honey Public School, Naseerabad, Rawalpindi. He is now in the 9th grade, doing well in a mainstream school, with students who don’t have to work to support their families. His teachers are very happy with him - his class teacher told us that he is an intelligent student and is a cooperative group member in the class activities. He has also been appreciated for his regularity & punctuality.

 

Dilber aims to continue his studies and graduate from his first year or college, before joining the service in his father’s footsteps. His favorite subject is English and he loves to play cricket whenever he has some free time.

 

The team at Zindagi Trust believes hard work always pays off and for us Dilber is already a deserved success. We wish him all the best for the future and hope that donors like yourself continue to help us support the continuing education of these bright young minds.

Dilber in class
Dilber in class
Dilber reading
Dilber reading
Aug 14, 2012

Financial Literacy, Clean Water & Other Workshops

Last term
Last term's best students show off their awards

We’ve been up to lots at our schools for children forced to pick work over school to support their families: Workshops on financial literacy, Mother's Day, a clean drinking water drive, mini summer camp and Father's Day.

Last time we sent you an update we had just heard of the student peformance results at the end of the term. Since that report, we held a ceremony where the best students were given awards and a successful term celebrated with student performances of plays and songs.

Our schools observed Environment Day in June, with teachers guiding the students to make and share posters promoting environmental awareness. The themes highlighted were: the importance of a clean environment, using renewable fuel sources, steps preventing contamination of drinking water, etc. This followed up a Clean Drinking Water Drive in May which began with a student-run survey of drinking water access and purification habits of their own households.

A Financial Literacy Workshop on Basic Banking and the Importance of Saving was conducted at our Manzoor Colony School for working children of age 12 and above. The business school students who led the workshop highlighted the importance of saving regularly, suggested ways of saving, explained how a bank account works and shared inspirational stories of success, leaving the students motivated and equipped with the knowledge of how to start changing their lives to be more financially secure.

Students also paid to tribute to their parents on Mother's Day and Father's Day through poems, cards, posters and skits.

Finally, a Mini Summer Camp was organized in July to give the over-worked students a chance to indulge in some Art, Drama and Sports. It was a fun opportunity for these working children to explore and discover their talents in areas which they don't get exposed to unlike students at regular schools.

Thank you for reading and for your continued support. Do check us out on Facebook or twitter for more frequent updates and discussion about our work. Also, please consider Donating to Zindagi Trust to support our programs for these wonderful, bright children in Pakistan. Have a happy day!

Primary School Graduates!
Primary School Graduates!
Art Class at the Mini Summer Camp
Art Class at the Mini Summer Camp
Innovative indoor sports at Mini Summer Camp
Innovative indoor sports at Mini Summer Camp
A student at the Financial Literacy Workshop
A student at the Financial Literacy Workshop
Students present a skit for Father
Students present a skit for Father's Day

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