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.

Zindagi Trust
94C Haji Abdul Razzak Janu St. Faran Housing Society
Karachi, Sindh 74800
Pakistan
92-21-34125614-6
http://www.zindagitrust.org

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Brigadier Abdul Haque (Retired)

Management Team

Abdul Haque, Jahanara Shiraz, Mohammad Asif, Azam Shamsi, Haroon Burney, Sana Kazmi

Board of Directors

Munir Hafiez, Shehzad Roy, Abdul Razzak Dawood, Ikram ul-Hasan, Noman Ahmed Nabi, Bashir Memon, Abdul Haque

Project Leaders

Abdul Haque

Mission

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.

Programs

Our flagship project of school reform is the SMB Fatima Jinnah Government School in Karachi , which has been transformed to a vibrant centre of learning through a combination of infrastructural development, administrative upheaval, academic reform and the introduction of extra-curricular activities and student development courses such as art, sports, chess, health and abuse awareness workshops, etc. We envision this school as a model that we continuously present to the government to be adopted and replicated in public schools across the country. We also run a non-formal education programme, called Paid to Learn, which provides primary education to working children from urban slums across Pakistan. With nearly 2800 students in schools across Pakistan, a 2.2-year accelerated primary education course is taught to the children who spend most of their days toiling in car-repair shops & other general stores in Karachi, Lahore & Rawalpindi. The programme also sponsors the continuing education of top graduates who are encouraged to enroll in mainstream secondary schools.

Statistics on Zindagi Trust

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $382,173
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $314,481
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $451,795
  • Other funding sources: Individual Donors. Fundraiser Concerts by Shehzad Roy in Pakistan and Abroad. (Note that the operating budget figure is converted from Pakistani Rupees to US Dollars according to today's exchange rate, so it may vary subject to exchange rates - the figure in Pakistani Rupees is 33 million).
  • Religious Affiliation: None

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