Zindagi Trust


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About Zindagi Trust Zindagi-Trust is a non-profit organization which aims to be a leader in providing opportunities to a better life through education to the underprivileged working children of Pakistan. In 2002 Shehzad Roy established a charitable foundation- to alleviate the condition of working children that strayed on the streets of urban Pakistan. Its purpose is to research and enact solutions pertaining to Child Labor, Mother Child Health Care, and Women’s'/Girls' Education issues in Pakistan.  The Trust pioneered the concept of ‘I-am-paid-to-learn’ geared towards urban working children that provides them with monetary compensation for going to school. The fixed stipend of Rs 20 (25 cents) daily can make a significant change in the life of a children bound by labor. And the unique teaching methods along with incentives for children to attend make it a successful solution to Pakistan’s illiteracy problem. Shehzad Roy did not stop there and now has launched an ambitious project to reform the standard of Government schools in Pakistan, “Quality education is every citizen’s right and its responsibility lies with the state. A paradigm shift is required in the mindset of state authorities, the people and the education system to save our future generations from destruction,” he states. Zindagi Trust received authorization from the Sindh Education Department of Pakistan to manage the Fatima Jinnah Govt. Girls School with 2600 students and 140 school teachers. Zindagi Trust’s administration successfully overhauled the physical infrastructure, academics, educational methodology and quality of books. Significant turnaround has been seen in students’ test results and improving their critical thinking skills. Trust was able to implement outstanding architectural renovations that include a fully functional library, gym, science and computer lab. The amelioration of the school has helped influence the Sindh Government to replicate this model on a larger scale. Its success has led many in Pakistan to speculate that the future of Pakistan lies in the capable hands of the young breed of philanthropists like Roy.

Founder   Shehzad Roy, the writer, a pop singer and the President and founder of Zindagi Trust, a non-profit charitable organization, that seeks to educate the underprivileged children of Pakistan. In June 2004, Roy was honored as one of the youngest ever recipient of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, which is one of the highest Civil Honors awarded in Pakistan for excellence in serving humanity. For his organization’s earthquake rehabilitation in Kashmir, he was awarded with the Sitara-e-Eisaar. He was also selected to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Olympic Torch relay as the pride of Pakistan.       Roy has dedicated his life to the establishment of Zindagi Trust, the non-for-profit charity helping impoverished and uneducated children of Pakistan. With over 2800 children being educated with 34 operational schools currently open across Pakistan, Zindagi Trust’s core mission is to provide education and vocational skills to the working children of Pakistan and making them productive future citizens. He also strives to make his charitable venture a self-sustaining model that is dynamic and continually evolving to match the progress of modern education.

Assets of Zindagi Trust Zindagi Trust has established 29 operational schools with over 2800 children currently being educated across Pakistan. Additionally, Zindagi Trust is committed to promoting quality Government school reform and improving the curriculum and textbooks of the education system of Pakistan. Zindagi Trust along with the Book Group was successful in the remarkable transformation of Fatimah Girls Government School in Karachi where 2500 students are enrolled. Zindagi Trust has also founded vocational centers and health care clinics aimed at providing quality care to disadvantaged citizens.

Vision  Zindagi Trust would lead the way in providing opportunities and strategies to a better life through education to the underprivileged working children of Pakistan. ZINDAGI TRUST PROVIDES FOLLOWING SERVICES


Here are some details about ZT's involvement in each of these three issues:

  • Child labor

CHILD LABOR is still a part of the Pakistani society, even though it was outlawed, legally, years ago. These innocent kids are never allowed to go to school because they are earning members of the family, and school would mean not earning their daily wages, so what do we do--what can we do to educate children afflicted by such binding circumstances? How can we eradicate illiteracy when children are toiling away at the workplace instead of studying in schools? The answer is ZINDAGI-TRUST; its schools are made in areas with the highest populations of working children. These kids are then paid to come and study, so they're not losing their daily bread and butter and are still able to study. They must off course pass daily assessments to get their wages, which causes the parents who first prevented their children from studying to encourage these kids to work harder and get better grades so that they'll bring home the daily wages.

  • Mother-Child Healthcare

We have in Pakistan a 60% death rate for young mothers in rural areas, because they lack basic necessities and knowledge, so Zindagi Trust builds clinics in these areas that these young mothers can turn to for medical help and advice, which will prevent their children from turning into orphans at birth.

  • Women’s/Girls’ Education

In many developing countries, girls’ education is not given any priority same is the case in many mostly poor or rural parts of Pakistan. So Zindagi Trust builds high schools for them so they too can get a fighting chance at life, by being educated.  I am Paid to Learn Campaign  In a country like Pakistan education is a privilege, not a basic right. Help the underprivileged children of Zindagi Trust by supporting the campaigns below:

  • One month of basic education for one child              US$ 30

  • One year of basic education for one child:                 US$ 360

  • Make one child literate (3 years of education):          US$ 1080

  • Sponsor an entire school for one month:                    US$ 1,667

  • Sponsor an entire school for one year:                        US$ 20,00

Collaboration with Other Organizations  DONATIONS

Zindagi Trust relies on the generosity and encouragement of its donors and supporters to not only continue maintaining the already established schools but to also expand Zindagi Trust’s work so that many more children can benefit from the gift of education. There are countless ways in which you can get involved with Zindagi Trust and play an important role in the life of an underprivileged child in Pakistan. All you need is the desire to make this commitment.


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Contact - ZINDAGI TRUST Pakistan  Zindagi Trust – Head Office House No. 94-C, Haji Abdul Razzak Jano Street, Faran Housing Society, Karachi, Pakistan.  Ph:  +92 (21) 34125614 - 6, UAN: +9221 111-111-439  Fax: +92 (21) 34125617  Email: info@zindagitrust.org            donation@zindagitrust.org  Regional Office – RAWALPINDI House # 317, First Floor, R.A. Bazar, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Phone: +92 (51) 5790625 Email: pindi@zindagitrust.org

Regional Office – Lahore 2nd Floor, 255-Y Commercial Area, DHA Lahore, Pakistan Ph: +92 (42) 5692696 Email: lahore@zindagitrust.org

Zindagi Trust – USA Office 9406 Wickham Way, Orlando Florida, 32836 USA  Ph:  407 716 9733 Fax: 407-876-9273 Email: usa@zindagitrust.org

Zindagi Trust – Canada Office Zindagi Relief Fund Canada Inc.  2750, Fourteenth Ave Suite 207 Markham, Ontario,Canada. L3R 0B6 Ph:  905-470-8111 Fax: 905-470-8121 Email: canada@zindagitrust.org

Web Links for more Info:  www.zindagitrust.org  www.zindagitrustusa.blogspot.com www.shehzad-roy.com  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shehzad_Roy

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mahmoodkhattak ( Peshawar Pakistan,United States) Saturday, August 21, 2010 5:07:45 AM (MDT - USA)
Respected Shahzad Roy Aslam-o-Alaikum Hope my this small message will you find in best of health.I want draw your kind attention to kindly establish a regional office in the province of Khbyer Pakhtun Khwa Peshawar that the people of KPK needs education,health care and vocational training which their basic needs.Being a Chairman of the Progressive Social Welfare Society Peshawar my services will provide to you if give me a chance to serve me as a partner OR any project as desired by you at KPK Peshawar. Hope my this message will you give a fruitful responce immediately. Thanks cell # 0300-5916403 waiting 4 reply

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