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.
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!
Fahim is a 5th-grader from an Afghan refugee family living in a Rawalpindi slum. His parents decide to move their family of 10 from the small town of Banda in Laghmaan Province to Pakistan due to the uncertain situation in their war-torn country. His father had experience selling fruits and vegetables and started work in a market close to their new home in Fauji Colony, Rawalpindi.
Since his early childhood, Fahim would wake up and help his father sell produce in the morning. Today he still starts his day by going to the market with his father and their fruit and vegetable cart. In the afternoon, he goes to Zindagi Trust's primary school for working children where he is now in his final term. After school, lunch and revision, he goes back to work his second job - selling books on the road to passersby near traffic signals.
He is regular at school and studies diligently, having bagged a top positition in every grade from Kindergarten to 4th grade. He is motivated by the aim of becoming a general physician when he grows up. He's also very proud of Mr Shehzad, who sponsored his education and mentored him through our Be My Buddy program.
He is thankful to the donors who have sponsored his education so far and hopes that through them Zindagi Trust will continue to support his studies until he is ready to support himself. The trust runs several schools under the Paid to Learn program which offers an accelerated course in primary education to children who are forced to work. The key to the success of the program is the inclusive student recruitment process, where our field workers get approval from both the parents and employers of the children. We hope you will continue to support the education of these children with a donation!