Take a Stand for 5,500 Girls in Pakistan

Jul 17, 2014

Meet Shabana, A Student With Ambition!

Shabana is an intelligent, conscientious 12 year old student at HDF’s Elementary and Secondary School in Tando Muhammad Khan. HDF has been working in this area since April 2000. Currently, HDF is providing services to over 29,000 people in this region.
Shabana is one of 6 children: four boys and 2 girls. Since both of her parents are teachers by profession, education is highly valued and emphasized in her family. Shabana has been studying in HDF schools since 2010 and she is very happy with the education facilities, resources, and opportunities she has received . “I love coming to school and studying”, she said. Her siblings also attend HDF's school in this region. This bright girl has hopes of becoming a doctor in the future.

The foundation of HDF's efforts is to create a culture of independence where our beneficiaries are the ones leading the charge for a better future. This begins with Social Mobilization, where HDF facilitates the formation of democratic community organizations, that represent each household, and empower individuals to have a say in the decisions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. For girls in these villages this is the first step to bring about change! 


Apr 30, 2014

Meet Samreen, a stellar HDF student

Samreen at school
Samreen at school
Samreen is a very talented 4th grader at HDF’s School Ramzan Lasi in Karachi. The teachers rave about her academic and extra-curricular performance, stating that she is a very active and energetic girl. Samreen has been studying in the school since Nursery and is the star pupil in her grade. Her hobbies? Drawing, painting, and reading poetry!
Samreen comes from a large family, and is the eldest of 6 children. Her father is the sole breadwinner in the household, and works out of the city as a mason for a meager income of less than $6 per day. His income is insufficient to afford her educational expenses to become a doctor. Samreen has ambitious plans for the future and someday hopes to become a doctor. HDF has provided her with the chance of completing her education and empowering her to pursue her dreams.
60% of girls in HDF schools are girls.Through HDF's Education and Literacy programs, we help to build their self-esteem, protect their basic human rights, protect them from preventable diseases, make sure they goes to school and receive appropriate skills training so they have the power to earn. This will transform their lives, help lift their family out of poverty, and give them the resources and opportunities to contribute to their community. Research has proven time and again:  Education is a pathway out of poverty, an escape from slavery, hunger and disease – and it offers the promise of a better future, not only for girls but for us all.


Samreen with her family
Samreen with her family
Feb 10, 2014

HDF School in Enoo Bhatti, Lahore

Enoo Bhatti is a village area near Lahore that, while being close to one of the largest cities of Pakistan, children of the area were forced into labor due to poverty, and education was not regarded with value. The government schools were highly inadequate and the parents were not satisfied with the education system in their village.

In 2006, HDF constructed a child friendly school system for the community. The school started with 187 students, and now educates almost 300 children.

School activities include annual health screenings, vaccinations, tree plantation around the school, teacher's training, & education campaigns among other initiatives. We are planning a sports day in Spring 2014 for students.

Here are some highlights of the school's activities:


1) New Academic Session: An enrollment campaign was organized for awareness about education as well as to target out of school children. For this purpose, students and teachers, along with a community PTA, reached out to  school- aged children for enrollment.

2) Provision of free books: Academic books were provided to all the students of HDF Secondary School for the session 2013-14. 

3) Academic Camp for Students & Homework Group Activity: An Academic Camp was arranged during vacations for academically weak students. The teaching staff was told about the importance of curriculum development and motivating students.

4) Monthly Monitoring: To ensure quality education in HDF schools, the Education Coordinator visits the school once a month for monitoring purpose. During the visit, the Education Coordinator keenly observes all aspects of the school including record keeping, management, and guides teachers about accurate assessment of learning outcomes, use of time, teaching learning strategies, examinations and assessment.

5) In-service Teacher Training: A 6 days in-service teacher training was arranged for all teachers for capacity enhancement and curriculum development.

6) Debate & Quiz Competition: Inter- school level debate and quiz competition was organized in the school in which students from HDF schools participated.

Nov 26, 2013

Meet Fatima, an HDF Student

Fatima at school
Fatima at school

Fatima is a 5th grader at HDF Formal School in Village Ramzan Lasi Goth, Karachi. Her father works in a textile mill, while her mother tends to the household chores. Coming from a large family, Fatima’s family lives in dire poverty. She is the eldest child out of 5, and often helps her mother look after her siblings. She is a responsible and conscientious girl. In her spare time, she loves to read mystery novels and her favorite subject in school is Math. A star pupil, Fatima has high ambitions for the future and wants to become a doctor when she grows up. HDF’s school in this village has provided 200 girls in this region access to education that they wouldn’t have had before.

In Pakistan, more than 7 million girls are denied their basic right to receive an education. Their struggle goes well beyound the lack of schools and classrooms. Factor in the devastating effects of poverty and the social & cultural obstacles, the girl is often the first one to suffer.

HDF has launched an initiative, Girls-Matter, to continue providing resources and opportunities for girls in the most marginalized communities of Pakistan. Together, we have placed almost 6,000 girls in school, but our work is far from done.With less than 8% of girls pursuing a college level education, too few will enter society with the necessary skills to actively participate.

Learn more here: www.girls-matter.com

Fatima with her classmates
Fatima with her classmates


Sep 4, 2013

HDF Girls' School in Bugna

Lubna Hafeez
Lubna Hafeez


We are proud to share the success stories of 2 of HDF's very own students from Bugna. Lubna Hafeez and Shazia Bashir are both graduates from HDF's Girls' School in Bugna, and have ambitious plans for their future.  


Lubna graduated from HDF School in Bugna and is now enrolled in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) University, obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences. She wants to be able to "help others" and  strongly encourages girls in her own community to help achieve their goals and dreams through education.


Shazia, another successful HDF Bugna graduate, is now obtaining her Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST). She is a determined and ambitious young woman, with plans of obtaining her Master's Degree in the near future.  


These girls have now set a precedent for the other children. This school has an outstanding 98% graduation rate. HDF established this school for girls' higher education in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2005. This HDF school provides hope and vision to its community. The school includes a full science lab, library, and a Science and Arts Program that students love.  HDF provides thorough and yearly training of school teachers to promote an interactive and engaging education environment. Graduates from this HDF school have gone onto study pre-med; engineering; and computer science in reputable universities.


With your help, we hope to see a greater number of alumni going on to college.  


HDF schools champion girl's education all around Pakistan. Through primary and secondary schooling, HDF ensures that girls are motivated to climb up the stairs of higher education, enter entrepreneurial ventures, voice their opinions, and actively participate in decision-making processes that affects their families and communities.


Shazia Bashir
Shazia Bashir

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