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Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan

by Zindagi Trust
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Educating 1800 child workers in Pakistan
Concentrating on the lesson
Concentrating on the lesson

13 year old Sana loves waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and singing, it instills a sort of calm in her before diving into a hectic routine. After morning prayers, she assists her mother in daily tasks such as cleaning the house and washing dishes. All day she waits for her favorite part of the day - going to school! Sana’s favorite subject is Mathematics, a subject she has been the top position holder in her batch consistently for the past 1.5 years “I love mathematics because I enjoy solving puzzles; the satisfaction of solving a particularly challenging problem makes me really happy” she says.

She’s one of the most active students I’ve come across, who is eager to learn as much she can in the limited time that she has in class”, her teacher, Irum, says about her.

Sana contributes to her the income of her 8 member family by helping her mother tailor clothes in the evenings, after school. Her mother has a simple set up at home, where she stitches outfits given to her by neighbouring families in the colony. Through this labour, Sana is able to give her mother USD 20 every month which goes toward the rent of the family’s house.

Sana had never attended school before, and had recently relocated to Rawalpindi with her family from Kashmir due to limited economic opportunities in Kashmir. Her father, a driver and the sole earner of the family, was not able to support her education on a meager monthly wage of 120 USD. “Whenever I used to see children from my neighborhood going to school, I used to gaze longingly at them” says Sana. However, her parents soon learnt about Zindagi Trust’s Paid-to-Learn program during a recruitment drive held by our field officers, and admitted her. This school where Sara is studying specializes in non-formal education, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two-year course for no charge. Now, she is in the equivalent of fifth grade and upon graduation will be able to enroll in a secondary school to continue her education.

Thank you for helping us support bright students like Sana! We urge you to continue donating so that together we can support more students like her, who are eager to learn but whose financial constraints prevents them from realizing their untapped potential.

Doing what she loves, solving a maths problem
Doing what she loves, solving a maths problem

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Sewing clothes at a tailoring shop
Sewing clothes at a tailoring shop

13 year old Zahida sits at her station in a clothes tailoring shop, holding the wheel of the sewing machine steady for a few seconds while she adjusts the thread to finish sewing a dress her Ustaad (master tailor) will later sell. At the end of the month, Zahida earns USD 30, a sorely needed addition to her family’s monthly income of 100 USD which is barely enough to support her 10 member household. Each dress takes at least 5 hours to complete, leaving Zahida enough time in the day to attend school.

Zahida is a student at a Zindagi Trust school in Lahore, Pakistan, This school specializes in non-formal education for working children, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two year course. It was through a recruitment campaign that our Zindagi Trust team in Lahore found Zahida at the tailoring shop and encouraged her to join the program. Zahida had never been to school before because her father, a construction worker and sole earner of the family, had been unable to afford the fee. Now in the equivalent of fourth grade, Zahida spends three hours at the school every day after her shift at the shop. Upon graduation, she will be able to enroll in a secondary school to continue her education.

Her teachers regularly praise her dedication, sharp mind, and ability to learn quickly, qualities that have allowed her to excel in school, especially in her Urdu Language classes. We hope that the same qualities will allow Zahida to fulfill her two goals in life: becoming a teacher who serves Pakistan and providing her family financial support to lead comfortable life.“Getting an education has allowed me to understand the world around me. I learnt from someone and I would love if one day someone learnt from me too” she says, speaking about her ambitions to become a teacher for young children.

Thank you for helping us support Zahida’s education. Please donate to provide Zahida and other eager students like her the chance to choose their own future and realize the professional ambitions.

In her favorite Urdu Language class
In her favorite Urdu Language class

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12 year old Sara
12 year old Sara

12 year old Sara loves waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and singing, it instills a sort of calm in her before diving into a hectic routine. After morning prayers, she assists her mother in daily tasks such as cleaning the house and washing dishes. All day she waits for her favorite part of the day—going to school! She loves meeting her friends there but above all she loves studying English and Urdu more than anything. “Studying language has enabled me to read newspapers and billboards which I could not have done before. This gives me immense pleasure and when I go to the bazaar (market) I like to read everything I see around me, be it writings on buildings, cars or anywhere else”  she says.

Sara had never attened school before, and had recently relocated to Rawalpindi, one of Pakistan’s major cities, with her family. Her father, a carpenter and the sole earner of the family, was not able to support her education on a meager monthly wage of 130 USD. However, upon learning of Zindagi Trust’s Paid-to-Learn Program from neighbours, her parents instantly admitted all six of their children. This school where Sara is studying specializes in non-formal education, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two-year course. Now, she is in the equivalent of fourth grade and upon graduation will be able to enroll in a secondary school to continue her education.

She’s one of the most active students I’ve come across, who is eager to learn as much she can in the limited time that she has in class”, says Irum, her English teacher at the school. Sara adores reading and is willing to read anything that appears in front of her eyes. She is particularly fond of reading newspapers, especially fiction stories and the news updates section.

Sara’s doting passion for learning makes her friends want to study and learn from her, and this is precisely how Sara spends most of her time with them. They spend hours writing, reading and sometimes even doodling together. In the future, she is looking forward to teaching young children from low income communities who do not have anyone else to teach them. In her words “I learnt from someone and I would love if one day someone learnt from me too”.

Thank you for helping us support confident students like Sara! We urge you to continue donating so that together we can support more students like her, who are eager to learn but whose financial constraints prevents them from realizing their untapped potential.

During a group activity in class
During a group activity in class

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13-year old Zareen’s fingers move slowly with calculated precision as she puts the finishing touches on a wooden doll she has carved herself. The cold steel blade of the scissor glints in the warm morning sunlight as she trims the doll’s hair, which she has glued on moments before. However, these moments, where she has time to indulge in her love of creating, are few and far in between. 5 minutes later, she puts down the scissors and leaves her home for a nearby warehouse where she spends her mornings packaging sports equipment, her fingers now moving mechanically at laser speed to put cricket balls in their nets. Through this job, she earns 20 USD a month, which she contributes towards her household income.

Zareen and her siblings started working 6 years ago in their home city of Lahore when their father suffered a terrible car accident and lost the use of his legs. Their mother, who works as a house help in nearby homes, could not manage alone. Now, her father has re-joined his work as a carpenter in a furniture shop, but funds are low, and Zareen’s small income is a helpful addition to the family’s total monthly income of 105 USD. Sundays are a happy time though, right now her father is helping her carve miniature furniture pieces for a doll house.

Zareen is a student at a Zindagi Trust school in Lahore, Pakistan, This school specializes in non-formal education for working children, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two-year course. Alina had stopped attending school once she started working in the warehouse. However, the Zindagi Trust team reached out to her parents who then enrolled Zareen and her siblings in the program. Now, in the equivalent of fifth grade, she spends three hours at school between her time working at the warehouse.

While she is a consistent top achiever in the subjects of Urdu Language and Mathematics, Zareen enjoys her art classes the most. ‘Playing with colours is what fascinates me the most. Painting is almost like a sport of colours to me’ says the young creator.

Your regular donations aid Zareen and students like her acquire education to fulfil their creative ambitions and passions. We hope you will continue to support young students like Zareen!

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Ali irons a fabric before stitching it
Ali irons a fabric before stitching it

12-year old Ali’s dazzling smile is all the more unique because of his shy personality. His smile naturally peeps out as he recounts his recent task of hemming his first shalwar (traditional trousers), and how he cannot wait to one day graduate to cutting clothes like his Ustaad (master tailor). However, the smile fades as he starts talking about how his weekly income of USD 5 is often insufficient to buy dinner for his 7-member household.

Ali is a student at a Zindagi Trust school in Islamabad, Pakistan, This school specializes in non-formal education for working children, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two year course. Ali’s father heard about the Zindagi Trust Paid-to-Learn program from his neighbor and decided to enroll his son, who had never attended school before. Now, in the equivalent of fifth grade, he spends three hours at school between his job at the shop, to which he goes to in the morning and evening after school.

Ali is a high-achiever in school, scoring first position in his previous academic year. He enjoys school and loves the fact that through this program, he is now able to read newspapers and novels, which he was not able to do before. During the little free time he has on the weekends, he prefers playing cricket with his siblings, and has modeled his batting skills and strategy on Shahid Afridi, his sportsman role model. Although he enjoys scoring sixers as a batsman, his ambition is to study fashion designing and open up his own boutique one day. He hopes to earn enough to support his entire family while working on a craft he loves.

Please donate to provide Ali and children like him the chance at choosing their own future.

Ali participating in his English class
Ali participating in his English class
Ali busy in his craft
Ali busy in his craft

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Zindagi Trust

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Abdul Haque
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Karachi, Pakistan
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