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Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school

by Zindagi Trust
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
Send 50 Pakistani child workers to high school
At work - making jewelry
At work - making jewelry

Arooj is a teenager from Lahore with big dreams. A high achiever and a go-getter, she finished our accelerated primary school program near the top of her class. Her neighbours, relataives and friends’ parents relate stories of how they would motivate their children to follow Arooj’s example and study hard. Buoyed by her performance and specially the praise from her teachers, Arooj’s parents were excited to see their daughter continue to shine in school so they could see her realise her dream of becoming a doctor.

 

Unfortunately, progressing to secondary school was not that straightforward. Arooj’s father was a daily laborer and did not have a stable income. On a good month, where he was lucky to find enough work, he would earn up to PKR 11,000, which was hardly enough to feed his family of six. Sending Arooj to secondary school would impose a very heavy burden on the family’s finances.

 

Arooj got selected for our Secondary Students Scholarship program, which covers the cost of education up to matriculation for the most promising students. Arooj’s parents were elated. She is now a 9th Grade student at the Allama Iqbal Public High School in Lahore where she continues to be a high performing student.

 

In addition, she has proven to be an incredible support to her family – she contributes to the household income by making artificial jewelry for sale. We were stunned to see the beautiful masterpieces she was creating at home. Arooj told our team that jewelry making doesn’t seem like work to her at all. In fact she finds it a good stress reliever when she gets tired from doing her homework.

 

The budding artist is already supporting her family financially at the age of seventeen but she has big plans for her future. She aspires to become a doctor and Zindagi Trust’s Secondary School Scholarship for Top Graduates is helping her achieve her dream. In an interview with our team, Arooj told us that the plight of the people around her who cannot afford healthcare motivates her to take action to bring betterment to her community.

 

Arooj’s Message:

I want to become a doctor when I grow up because I want to help poor families like ours who suffer because they can’t afford good treatment. I will not charge them a penny because access to healthcare is everyone’s right”.

 

Donate today to support superheroes like Arooj who are passionate to acquire education and ready to take their community’s future in their own hands.

At school - reading in class
At school - reading in class

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At work in the wire factory
At work in the wire factory

Asad is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents and four siblings in Lahore. His father is a labourer and finds it difficult to support the family of his seven on his salary. From an early age, Asad has been helping his family by working in a small auto-parts factory near where he makes wires for motor-bikes. He makes 2000 rupees a month, which is a decent contribution to their household income on top of his father's average labour earnings of 14000 rupees a month.

Four years ago, Asad enrolled in our Paid to Learn school for working children where he finished primary school in two years. Having graduated near the top of his primary education class, he qualified for our continuing education scholarship, through which he was placed in the 6th grade of a private school near his home in Peco Road, Lahore. Committed to his studies as the path towards changing his and his family's lives, Asad is a punctual, regular and hard-working student. He has adjusted well to the challenges of life in a private school after completing an accelerated primary course with us in a non-formal classroom setting. He is currently a student of the 8th grade and wants to become a doctor when he grows up.

"I want to take full advantage of this life and serve humanity," said Asad when asked why he wants to become a doctor. "I want to inspire those who want to change themselves as well as the people and the world around them by spreading love."

In his free time, Asad loves to play cricket with his friends and has been selected in a team of the neighbourhood's better cricketers.

He thanks you for supporting him and other Zindagi Trust students like him and promises that he will pay back this goodwill by devoting his work and time to those in need in the future. Please consider making a donation or sharing the word about the Paid to Learn project and help our most promising young students continue their education!

 

 

Asad in school
Asad in school
Cricket with friends
Cricket with friends

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Amna in class
Amna in class

Amna is a 9th-grade student at City Cambridge Grammar School in the Korangi Industrial Area of Karachi. She just finished her school exams at the top of her class and is about to sit for her final board exams. If you had predicted her future to her five years ago, she would have asked you if you had mistaken her for someone else. Five years ago, she was not in school and would spend her days working in a sewing centre to contribute to the meagre household income. Her father worked in a textile factory and her mother was a local midwife - their combined earnings were not enough to support their growing family of five.

She was recruited by Zindagi Trust to join their Paid to Learn school for working children, where she, along with other working children from the slums of Korangi, would finish primary school in an accelerated two-year course and also earn a cash scholarship to help cushion against the opportunity cost of missing work. When she first started school, she struggled with a painful lack of confidence, perhaps because she entered a classroom for the first time at a ripe age. She credits her teachers at the school with helping develop her self-confidence during those years, a memory that brings tears to her eyes.

She finished the primary course at the top of her class and was selected as one of the graduates whose secondary education would be sponsored by the trust. Our staff got her placed into a good private school not far from her home and guided her through the transition to the private grammar school. Amna maintained an impressive academic performance throughout, getting a top 3 position every year from sixth-grade through ninth-grade today.

Not forgetting her struggle when starting school, Amna has made it her mission to educate and empower the girls in her community through confidence-boosting and career guidance. She works with a team of six friends from schools to help develop self-confidence in girls like herself by sharing the stories of her own battles.

Amna wants to grow up to be a doctor. Her favourite subject at school is biology and she says she loves studying how the human body functions. She also works as a first-aid trainer after school in her community along with some friends. She believes that education and first-aid training changed her life and wants to help other girls from her community get the same opportunity to evolve and transform into well-informed, educated women.

Amna appreciates the local presence of Zindagi Trust in her area and points it out as a factor that encouraged her family and community to send their children to school. On behalf of Amna and all our students enrolled in the Paid to Learn programs, we would like to thank our donors for enabling the education of so many bright young students in urban slums across Pakistan.

 

 

 

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At school

Hi, I'm Aqsa Zulfiqar Ali. I come from a poor family and that used to mean I could not afford an education. When I would see other kids going to school I would think - if only I could go to school, I would study so hard and support my parents.... But all I could to was household chores. Then one day someone told my mom about Zindagi Trust (and their schools for working children). I was delighted to hear that there was a way I too could get an education!

I received my primary education at a Zindagi Trust school. I am now a Class 8 student at Allama Iqbal Public High School and the trust is still supporting the cost of my education. My favourite subject is science and I want to continue my studies beyond school.

I study in the morning and in the evenings I work in a beauty parlour to support my parents. I make a hundred rupees (about a dollar) every day. Working at a salon made me realize that education is very important in every field of life. The goal behind my drive for education is my dream of becoming a doctor. If I achieve this dream, I will treat poor patients free and make my parents and my country proud. I want to say two things about education: It is the duty of every Muslim woman and man to acquire an education. Educate yourself, even if it means you have to go to (somewhere as far as) China. Thank you Zindagi Trust!

When Aqsa joined our Paid to Learn school for working children, her passion for education stood out from the get go. She bagged the top position in every accelerated grade session. Her father still struggles to make ends meet, from his Rs 15000 driver's salary but she qualified for our secondary school sponsorship on finishing primary school. She was placed at a mainstream public high school on Walton Road and continues to shine there. She has won the Most Punctual Student award and has a great work ethic, both at school and at the salon she works at.

Listen to Aqsa in her own words here and here, see her at work here.

At work at the salon
At work at the salon

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Usman at school
Usman at school

Usman is a boy who grew up in the slums of Kot Lakhpat, Lahore. He finished an accelerated course of primary education at Zindagi Trust's Paid to Learn School on Peco Road, part of our network of non-formal primary schools in Lahore. He is now studying at Bab-e-Safa School, a mainstream private secondary school, thanks to our Secondary School Sponsorship Program. He is balancing quite a few challenges - early school timings, a heavy study workload, a job his family depends on, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and finally, building a good rapport with his teachers and classmates.

Usman was not like other Paid to Learn scholarship winners. Doing well in academics did not come naturally to him. He had to work very hard to be consistent in his studies but he managed to get the required grades in his non-formal primary education course to qualify for secondary school sponsorship - a huge achievement for him. This led to him being placed in a mainstream secondary school, where his education was completely financed by the trust.

Switching from non-formal schooling to formal schooling is a challenge for the most gifted academic student. It is a unique learning experience, one which the average student never goes through. For Usman, it was doubly hard because he always had a healthy interest in extra-curriculars as well as his work. He loves playing cricket, excelling at batting and fielding. He is very serious about fitness and trains hard every day with a rigorous exercise routine. Finally, he works as an assistant cook at a street fast food joint every evening to support his family with a $12 monthly income.

Now in the 6th grade, he has quickly adapted himself to school life. His class teacher has extended her academic support to him to be in line with the class work. Usman is enormously grateful to all our donors like yourself who make it possible for us to transform the lives of Pakistan's poorest children through education. Please consider making a donation to help us put more students like Usman in secondary school!

Usman at work
Usman at work

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Zindagi Trust

Location: Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan
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Abdul Haque
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