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.
May 31, 2016

Chasing dreams - from welder to engineer

Yashwa at Work
Yashwa at Work

From the very first day that Yashwa enrolled in a Zindagi Trust School for working children, his has worked hard on his studies and kept up his good grades. His teachers follow his progress keenly and always encourage him to pursue his dreams. He is currently in Class 5 and has great ambitions for his future - he wants to become an engineer and build a greater Pakistan for his parents and his nation.

Yashwa grew up in a slum in suburban Lahore. He always saw his parents struggling to support him and his other five siblings on the meagre earnings from his father's work at a welding workshop. When he was barely old enough to be in grade school, Yashwa joined his father and started working as a helper at the workshop.

Our Academic Field Coordinators found him and convinced his parents as well as the workshop owners to allow him to come to school in the afternoons. He enrolled in an accelerated program which gets working children through primary school in just over two years. Today, he is in the fifth and final grade of this program. He still helps his father at the workshop, chipping in four hours every morning before going to school in the afternoon.

Yashwa has faith that his education will make a huge difference in shaping his life. He is thankful to Zindagi Trust, and most of all to supporters like you, for enabling him to get an opportunity to chase his dream. Check out Yashwa speaking about his school and work and future plans here: Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

 

Yashwa in School
Yashwa in School

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Mar 29, 2016

Meet Hasnat - teenager, tailor, ace student, motivational speaker

At work
At work

It's unusual to hear a fresh teenager wax eloquent about the value of taking pride in one's work. Hasnat is an unusal boy. He grew up in a crowded household of six, one he has been supporting since he turned six by helping out at his father's tailoring shop. He was recruited by Zindagi Trust to join an afternoon school for working children, where he finished his primary education in two years near the top of his class and thus qualified for our secondary school sponsorship program.

Hasnat is now enrolled in a private secondary school at Peco Road, Lahore and is passionate about continuing his studies. He wants to grow up to be famous as a cricketer and a teacher. His favourite subject is science and he finds his father's tailoring work to be a great exercise in applying science.

"Cutting and tailoring is all about science; measuring, stitching and giving shape to wearing are skills mastered by exploring science."

Now fourteen, Hasnat has learned how to cut and stitch men's suits and is proud of his father’s profession. In addition to his career goals in the fields of cricket and teaching, he also has a desire to perfect his tailoring work to the level of a "Master" - or head tailor - like his father.

He leaves us with a great message to all his friends and classmates: "Take pride in your work and show to the world your potential."

Please consider making a donation to our program to help us continue supporting the secondary education of promising young children like Hasnat.

At school
At school

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Mar 29, 2016

Breakfast for our students

As you know, your donations help feed breakfast over two hundred kindergarten students at a public school in a low income neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The standard breakfast menu at SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School incudes milk, bread, butter or jam, and a bakery item such as biscuits or cake. In addition, a choice of chicken soup, wheat porridge, eggs or chicken sandwiches is provided depending on the season.

This quarter, we introduced three new items on our school breakfast menu: potato cutlets, vegetable salad and french toast. These are prepared fresh by our maids and teachers in the kindergarten kitchen. Our youngest students and their parents are loving the new addition, specially the potato cutlets which make for a hot, filling start to the day.

This nutrition support programme is making a difference by enabling students to focus their energies on their learning during the school day. We hope to continue receiving your support through donations!

Potato cutlets
Potato cutlets

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