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.
Mar 4, 2015

Persevering through poverty - a 12-year-old's inspirational story

Qaisra reading from her coursework at home
Qaisra reading from her coursework at home

Qaisra is a 5th-grader who works at a beauty salon to support her family. She is enroled in one of Zindagi Trust's schools for working children in Lahore. Her father is a laborer and earns a meagre 7000 PKR a month, which does not completely support his family of seven children.

Barely twelve years old, she wakes up early in the morning to do household chores, goes to the salon, then to school in the afternoon and then again to the salon. She learnt how to cut children's hair and has four to five assignments waiting for her at the salon every evening. She is confident in her skills and has shown maturity beyond her years by taking up the responsibility of supporting her family income.

As a student, she is regular, punctual, hardworking and has a solid understanding of math and science, always doing well in tests and exams. She is a quiet child but displays a great self-confidence in her participation in class activities. She has seen the harsh reality of growing up in poverty but she strongly believes that education will enable her to find her way out of poverty. She also wants to take on a leadership role to help girls like herself to empower themselves through education and live the lives of their choice.

Zindagi Trust sponsors not only the non-formal primary education programme that Qaisra is enrolled in, but also funds the continuing education of our best performing primary school graduates. It is a matter of great pride for us that half of our beneficiaries are girls who will one day be able to pull themselves out of poverty through education. We express our deep gratitude to our donors for their continued support in making these programs possible.

Qaisra in school
Qaisra in school

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Dec 29, 2014

Fighting hardship with hope

Fareeda reading in class
Fareeda reading in class

Fareeda is a 10th-grade student who lives with her mother and two siblings. Unfortunately, she saw hardships in her childhood that no child should suffer. When her father abandoned the family, Fareeda's mother struggled to support them, not being able to put her children through school or afford access to water and electricity.

Eventually, with support from some kind neighbours, her mother established a vocational training centre where girls learned to do embroidery. Fareeda and her sister helped out at this centre and their brother worked at a garage. They kept at it for three years until their financial situation stabilised, but the children were still out of school.

One of her neighbour's was a teacher at a Zindagi Trust school for working children. When she found out that Fareeda was interested in school, she helped her get admitted to a Paid to Learn school for working children. From the very beginning, Fareeda was a great student and continued to do well from kindergarten to the 5th grade. As a successful graduate, she qualified for Zindagi Trust's secondary school placement programme and was admitted into a mainstream private school. She passed with flying colours in her 9th-grade board exams and is now in her final year of Pakistani school, waiting to sit for the 10th-grade board exams.

Fareeda's teachers report that she is an exceptional student who has the ability to grasp whatever is taught in class. Keeping a positive outlook on life, she considers the hardships and struggles of her early childhood as the foundation of her journey of learning. Most importantly, she has made her family proud. 

Fareeda is passionate about becoming a writer and also a teacher so that she can share her knowledge with others in what she considers to be true service to the country. Please support our program to ensure that outstanding graduates of our non-formal primary education programme like Fareeda continue to get placed in good schools that promise them a brighter future.

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Dec 29, 2014

A breakfast boost for Pakistani kindergarteners

slurping soup
slurping soup

Breakfast was served to 235 children during in the last three months as part of our kindergarten project where the school day begins with breakfast. These children are students of Kindergarten at a school for underprivileged children in Karachi, Pakistan. Their parents appreciate the initiative that provides a regular meal and milk to their children. The program will continue over next quarter with the new menu selected from the following items:

Eggs, Biscuits, Slice, Jam and Butter, Fruit Salad, Seasonal Fruits like Banana, Apple, Guava, and Melon, instant noodles, Sandwiches, Cake etc. Milk is given daily, occasionally with a fortifying drink like Horlick's or with popular local flavours like rosewater. Occasionally, chicken corn soup, sheer khorma (a popular local sweet dish) and seasonal raw vegetables are also served in winter.

We hope to continue this programme with your support!

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