A Village Transformed by Education

By Usman Mujtaba

When TCF opened its first school in Minhala, it was a challenge to convince the community to send their daughters to school. Almost two decades later, the young women who have graduated from TCF Schools in the area are leading the community’s transformation.

At a cursory glance, Minhala appears …Read More

Defying Stereotypes through Entrepreneurship

By Usman Mujtaba

Surrounded by uncertainty when his father met an unfortunate accident, Wajid Ali’s story reflects a young man’s resilience in the face of adversity and his determination to find his own, unconventional path to success.

Wajid Ali’s home is nestled deep within lush green fields, 4 km from the Wagah …Read More

When Life Comes Full Circle

by Usman Mujtaba

‘Upon graduating from TCF, I felt like I was ready to take on the world. It was my time to put my learning into action.’

The year is 1998. It is a typical hot summer afternoon in Karachi, and 12 year old Adnan Zaib is rushing to make his …Read More

Aagahi – Empowering Women through Literacy

by Usman Mujtaba

Aagahi was initiated by TCF in 2005 in a bid to impart basic literacy and numeracy skills to the family members of TCF students, particularly their mothers.

Just off the Mauripur Road in Karachi and a stone’s throw away from TCF’s Cowasjee Campus, is Machar Colony – a …Read More

Beating the Odds!

by Madiha Waris Qureshi

Zainab was a bright child, and her mother, who had never been to school herself, was determined to educate her children, a dream both she and her late husband had shared.

Fifteen-year old Zainab shyly leads me into the single room that serves as home to her, her …Read More

A Good Principal Makes a Great School

Every morning, as the first rays of dawn break through the horizon, a group of women across Pakistan set out of their homes to educate and empower children belonging to some of the most economically challenged communities across Pakistan. These are TCF’s determined school principals.

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The Circle of Light

A light emitting from the window of a house in Keti Bandar sears the pitch black darkness that envelops the area. This light is the product of the creativity, zeal and hard work of the children of the house. This house is not only illuminated with electricity, it is also luminous with books, educational tools, and materials.

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‘Beauty’ of Education and Enterprise

As we make our way inside TCF’s Cowasjee Campus, we spot Fizza Naz sharing a lighthearted moment with her ex-Principal in her office. Once engaged in conversation, Fizza portrays the sort of youthful exuberance one would expect from a young girl. However, as she recounts her stories from school and …Read More

From Slum Wanderer to Policy Maker

“I don’t have the words to thank TCF’s Founding Directors, donors, supporters, volunteers and management. But I am pleased to inform them that thanks to them, a humble agent of change has started her journey in the policy making corridors of Pakistan, and is ready to promote positive change in …Read More

A Qulfi Seller from IBA

“I want to share my belief with every TCF student, that consistent hard work and determination will help them succeed. At the end of the day, life is hard for all of us. There will be many obstacles to what we want from life. Keep moving and praying to God, …Read More

A Lesson in Perseverance

“During my interview for Principal’s position, the Regional Manager asked me, ‘What if you do not make it?’ I told him that I will try harder next time. I will be like a spider that never gives up … time and time again it falls, yet gets back to try …Read More

A Local Guardian

“I remember seeing a little girl in the market buying some candy. As she was going back home, she stepped on a live wire brought down by heavy rains and got electrocuted. People who came to help her started throwing sand on her … they just didn’t know what to …Read More

Removing Burden and Barriers

“I believe that doing small things can have great impact. Once, my friends and I were helping a family decorate their house for a wedding. When we were done, the bride’s ailing father rolled his wheelchair into the room and softly said, ‘What would I have done without you boys.’ …Read More

Changing Minds to Empower Lives

“My father was afraid that if he let me continue with school my relatives will say bad things about me. After all, we are a conservative society. I told my father, ‘Let’s not be scared of doing something which is right. Going to school is not wrong.’ He agreed … …Read More

Spreading the Light

“Asma cannot go to school but I’m there for her. I teach her whatever I learn at school every day. My school principal has also helped me get some old school books for Asma. I just want every girl of my village to be able to go to school. I …Read More

Painting a Colourful Future

“We live surrounded by fear and uncertainty. Small issues can spark violent clashes between different ethnic groups in our area. I just want peace so that we live our lives fully, do our businesses, sit freely on the sidewalks and our children do not miss school even for a day. …Read More

Community Hero!

“Every Sunday, we get together to plant mangrove saplings. Everyone participates, including old men and children. It is important to protect the environment we live in. Fishing is the most integral part of our livelihood. Disappearing mangroves could mean less fish and increased coastal erosion and damage from storms. I …Read More

A Gift of Literacy

“Just a few days ago, as I was about to begin my Aagahi session, one of the women in my class pulled me down in excitement. She had brought a newspaper. I sat with her quiet and motionless with my eyes on her while she tried to read the paper. …Read More