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 3, 2014

Aiming to Soar: Meet Ace Student Abid

Abid at work
Abid at work

Abid is a twelve-year-old studying in the fourth grade. He is the son of a labourer who works on daily wages and struggles to earn a meager income to support Abid and his five sisters, who live in Kot Lakhpat, an urban slum in Lahore.

Abid has grown up around extreme poverty, one of the cruelest realities of big-city life. His circumstances forced him to seek a job as staff help in a general store near home, where he works in the morning. In the afternoon, Abid and three of his sisters go to the Peco Road School, established and run by Zindagi Trust under the Paid to Learn program for mainstreaming working children into primary education. 

Abid is a keen student who never misses a day of school. His teachers find him to be one of the brighter children at school – he scored above 95% on his last term exams. Showing maturity and self-introspection beyond his years, he tells us that he always questions himself before taking decisions and that this practice has helped him understand himself.

He lives by the motto that if you believe in yourself, the world can be yours. He has written his favorite Urdu saying at the entrance of the school:

‘Do what you want to do and do not limit yourself because what you believe, you can achieve’

He wants to grow up to be a pilot.

On behalf of Zindagi Trust, a big Thank You to all our supporters around the world for making it possible for Abid and other children like him to go to school, to dream, and to believe.

Abid in class
Abid in class
Abid doing homework
Abid doing homework

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Jun 27, 2014

Salam from Shining Stars Sana and Khanzaib

Sana reading in class
Sana reading in class

Our first batch of graduates is now just a year away from Matriculation! They have just taken their Class 9 Board Exams and reached Class 10. This month we bring to you the stories of Khanzaib and Sana - two promising Zindagi Trust graduates now studying at Al- Shams Grammar School in Karachi.

Khanzaib attends school from 8 to 1 pm and works till late at night in a garment shop to support his family and make ends meet. He studies in the Science section of Class 10 and is a top position holder in his class. He aspires to be an engineer.

He started his journey of education by joining one of Zindagi Trust’s primary schools for working children and deeply appreciates the trust for their support in convincing his parents and employers to allow him to attend school. Today his family is proud of his excellent academic performance continuing into secondary school as well.

Sana is another one of our stars who graduated from our non-formal school for working children and is now studying a private school with Khanzaib. Her academic record remains excellent and she is a top position holder even after her competition has changed to students of a mainstream private school. Her favorite subject is biology and she aspires to be a doctor.

She was excited to report that she has opened a coaching center in her house where she tutors primary school students to support her family. A young student herself, she is proud of her students’ good academic results – a feat for which she has earned the respect of neighbouring families. 

We are proud of our graduates who had  barely two years of informal education under their belts, but shone among children who have studied in private schools all their life. A big thank you to donors, supporters and volunteers for making this work possible.

Khanzaib working on an assignment
Khanzaib working on an assignment
Jun 27, 2014

Updates from the Breakfast Program

Kindergarten students in the Breakfast Room
Kindergarten students in the Breakfast Room

"Breakfast Class" remains a constant attraction for our kindergarten students. It is a pleasure watching them queuing up and taking their own plate to the dining table to have their breakfast. The generous donations for breakfast have contributed a lot in the physical, social and academic life of toddlers as they get good nutrition due to which they remain mentally active and learn to socialize during breakfast time specially.

Our students are developing the healthy habit of starting the day with breakfast and they in turn are educating their parents to provide them with similar kind of breakfast at home during holidays.

The menu includes milk, bread and butter, instant noodles, boiled eggs or potatoes, biscuits, cakes etc with added items in the winter like chicken corn soup, fruit salad and raw vegetables like carrots, cucumber etc.

Thank you for your support in making this programme possible!

Students starting their day with breakfast
Students starting their day with breakfast

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