Mar 2, 2020

Building the Future!

According to article 26 of the human rights declaration, education is the fundamental right of every human on earth. The article further states that every state should strive to provide free and easily accessible education to its citizens. In the modern, globalized world, education has emerged as a potent tool to cultivate a modern, peaceful and well-informed society. It is no longer considered as a luxury but essential for a nation’s survival. 

Gaps in service provision at all education levels is a major constraint to education access. Socio-cultural demand-side barriers combined with economic factors and supply-related issues (such as availability of school facility), together hamper access and retention of certain marginalized groups, in particular adolescent girls. Putting in place a credible data system and monitoring measures to track retention and prevent drop-out of out-of-school children is still a challenge.

At systems level, inadequate financing, limited enforcement of policy commitments and challenges in equitable implementation impede reaching the most disadvantaged. An encouraging increase in education budgets has been observed though at 2.8 percent of the total GDP, it is still well short of the 4 percent target.

With the challenges mentioned above, NUR Foundation started its schools in the year 1996 and since then, it has not only took 18000 children out of the dark holes of illiteracy but also helped them in attaining jobs to earn a respectable living. However, the current schools are not sufficient to cater to the needs of the rising number of students. Hence, in pursuit of its mission of providing free education to the underprivileged in Malikpur, NUR Foundation has started the project of constructing a College building for them. In order to finance the building, generous donations from our esteemed donors are necessary.

Given below is the breakdown of the funds that we require to start the college:

Furniture: Rs. 1,540,000 = USD 10,000
Computer Lab: Rs. 550,000 = USD 3,500
Science Lab: Rs. 350,000 = USD 2.250
Library: Rs. 500,000 = USD 3,250
Play Area: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Cafeteria: Rs. 100,000 = USD 645
Mosque: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Conference Room: Rs. 150,000 = USD 970
Principal Office: Rs. 200,000 = USD 1,300
Boundary Wall: Rs. 2,700,000 = USD 1,710
Guard Cabin: Rs. 30,000 = USD 200

Keeping in view the above, we at NUR Foundation, request our esteemed donors to donate with a generous heart for this noble cause and help us in making this fortress of education.

Thank you!

Jan 16, 2020

Giving is the best Gift

The most incurable disease for Pakistan is inflation which is devouring the poor day by day. Our people live a very vulnerable life because of poverty. Nearly 39% of Pakistanis live under multidimensional poverty. More than a third of Pakistan’s population is living below the poverty line. Balochistan has the highest rate of poverty, Sindh comes second, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and then Punjab.

According to experts, our poverty is caused by inflation, unequal distribution of resources, lack of facilities, high unemployment rates, and growing population. Inflation has become an epidemic disease which gives birth to multiple issues.

NUR Foundation took an initiative in 1985 and started a program known as NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP). The purpose was to serve the community in various sectors including, health, education and employment. Additionally, various programs under the aegis of NCOP are working to ameliorate poverty. One such program is NUR Sandooq which has its genesis in the year 2016. The idea behind it was to make storage facilities for donated clothing in all the elite areas of Lahore and to encourage people to donate apparel items for the underserved community. In execution of the plan, one dedicated room known as Sandooq is placed in Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman Lahore. The donors often come and drop off apparel items in the Sandooq and those items are then distributed among the underprivileged people living in the backward areas of Lahore including Malikpur, Nainsukh, Lakhodair and Gajjumata.

In addition to this, our team is in constant touch with the donors and in the past three months, we arranged various cloth distribution events at our schools in collaboration with our esteemed donors. In August 2019, school uniforms and shoes were distributed among 526 students at NUR Foundation’s school at Malikpur. Later in September 2019, a gift distribution event was held at Nainsukh and gifts including packs of candies and everyday apparel items were distributed among the children of NUR Foundation.

There are a total of around 1465 students currently enrolled at NUR Foundation schools and they all belong to impoverished backgrounds and are unable to afford two basic meals of the day let alone clothing items. Hence, we wish to increase our donor base in the future which would help us in meeting the clothing needs of the children at NUR schools.

We request and urge our donors to continue supporting the cause. Thank you so much.

Jan 16, 2020

Hunger Eradication

Research has shown that high levels of poverty in a particular region are correlated to how the resources are distributed in the society. The World Bank Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report 2018 has noted that from 2010-2015 the growth of incomes of the bottom 40% in Pakistan has been merely 2.7% whereas the growth in incomes of the average population was recorded at 4.3%.


This is in contrast to other developing countries such as Latvia, Brazil, Peru and Egypt where the incomes of the bottom 40% are growing faster than the average population. It is imperative that in order to drag people out from the shackles of poverty, policymakers must fight to reduce income inequalities present in the society.


Pakistan multidimensional poverty report launched in 2016 showed that four out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty. Moreover, there are extreme disparities across provinces. 73% people in Fata and 71% in Balochistan live in multidimensional poverty compared to 31% in Punjab and 43% in Sindh. It is also extremely disconcerting to note the wide disparities in poverty present in cities. Whereas the level of multidimensional poverty is less than 10% in Karachi, it is more than 90% in districts in Balochistan such as Kila Abdullah.


With poverty levels increasing, Fatima Memorial Hospital in pursuance of its social welfare goals, provides free food to the families of hospital patients. However, the influx of patients is rising day by day and the funds of Fatima Memorial Hospital are limited. Therefore, we rely on the donations by our esteemed donors to cater to the nutrition needs of the patients/patient attendants. Hence, we request you all to join hands with us in providing food to the underprivileged and ease their suffering a little.

We look forward to your continued support towards the cause and help us in feeding the needy as much as we can.

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