Success Stories

 

Date: Oct 14, 14 Inspirational Najma

Najma Baloch is a teacher at TCF Abu Dhabi Campus I, in Karachi. She is strong and independent woman, who single handedly takes care of her family as her husband stays unwell.

“I teach students of Grade I and am so grateful to TCF for giving me the opportunity to give a chance to better my life. It feels great to be able to help students to get what is rightfully theirs- an opportunity for education.” she says.

Najma had always dreamed of providing her children with the best education... Read More

Date: Oct 09, 14 How education changed my world

From a very young age, Kulsoom was anxious to learn how to read and write. Her parents used to work in the fields and she would often accompany them to give them a hand.

For a short time she did get the opportunity to take a few classes at school but when her father got sick, she was not able to continue school due to financial constraints. She then got married and had children. The additional responsibilities then, ended her hopes of ever fulfilling the dream of being educated.

One... Read More

Date: Sep 29, 14 An artistic soul

Sumaira Ilyas is a 13 year old student, studying in grade IV of the TCF Taisar Town Campus II in Karachi. She hails from a family of six siblings and very supportive parents. Sumaira takes great pride in her studies, and is a hardworking student,

“I am so thankful to TCF for giving me the chance to recognize my capabilities. I never knew what I was capable of until I was actually given this life changing opportunity.”

Sumaira has a soft spot for the Arts. “I always loved to draw and... Read More

Date: Sep 08, 14 An aspiring writer

Awais Maqsood is a TCF student studying in grade V at the Ejaz Khan Campus in Domeli, Jhelum. He lives with his grandparents as his parents passed away when he was very young.

With a heart of gold, Awais is also a top scorer in his class with a very bright future “My school is my haven, I am thankful to TCF for giving me an environment where I can learn and grow” says Awais. At such a young age, this ambitious student hopes to fulfill his dreams through education so that he may give back to... Read More

Date: Sep 02, 14 A Fervent Student

12 year old Jameela is a grade V student studying in TCF Mansehra Campus located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Hailing from a lower middle class family Jameela has five siblings, three of whom are also studying in the same school. “English is my favourite subject and I love to write, reading takes me into a different world altogether” tells Jameela. In her free time she enjoys reading newspaper. She likes listening to music as well and her favorite singer is Jawad Ahmad. Besides her interest in... Read More

Date: Aug 11, 14 Standing tall

Studying at the Hamida Amin Kothawala Campus in Gadap, Syed Umer is a self made student. At 15 years of age, Umer not only studies hard to improve his grades, but also works at a utility store after school hours to support his family.

“Every day after school, I work at the store for 7 hours approx” says Umer. “I earn a total of Rs.3,500/- per month which helps to run the household”.

In his spare time, Umer enjoys reading stories and playing football. Chemistry is his favourite subject,... Read More

Date: Jul 21, 14 A Fruitful Journey

“When I was a child I used to feel inferior to girls who used to go to school in my neighborhood… I knew that education could not become my preference at that point in life” shares Musarrat. Thus, on finding out about the Aagahi Programme, she enrolled quickly, finding a way to manage her house work and studies simultaneously.

Musarrat spent three months training tirelessly, polishing her basic Urdu grammar and diction. According to her teacher, “Musarrat has shown commendable improvement... Read More

Date: Jul 14, 14 Discovering her potential

Anoosha is a hard working student currently studying in TCF Radiant Way Campus I, in Khushab - Khyberpakhtunkhwa. Her father found out about TCF School through word of mouth and got her admitted as it was close to their community. Hailing from a humble background, Anoosha’s parents were motivated to let their daughter avail the opportunity when they found out that TCF will not only provide books and uniform but a protected environment to study in.

“I have been given a chance to explore my... Read More

Date: Jul 07, 14 Leading Change

Noor Jehan works as an aya at the Altaf Agha V Primary School in Bhittaiabad, Karachi. An ordinary woman with an extraordinary devotion towards TCF.

“During my job at TCF, I realized the importance of education and promised myself to educate all of my five children”. Nobody from her family had ever gone to school; education was a far-fetched concept for the community at large. But today her eldest daughter is doing her graduation, the second is taking her Intermediate examinations and the... Read More

Date: Jun 30, 14 An aspiring doctor

Nine year old, Murtaza is a hardworking and intelligent student studying in grade IV at TCF Nargis Noorani Campus, Karachi. He has two siblings who are also enrolled in TCF School. Murtaza has an inclination towards reading Islamic history and has completed reading the Quran. He possesses good public speaking skills and is an active debater at school.

Murtaza, has been experiencing intense headaches since a very young age but he hasn't let that deter him from achieving his goals. “Even... Read More

Date: Jun 23, 14 Basra Bai's determination

Basra Bai works as an aya at TCF Abu Dhabi Campus I. She is a simple woman and considers her work her first priority. “I wake up early and try to reach school soon so that I have ample time to clean and tidy up the place before the students start arriving." she shares.

She forges her way through life with quiet determination and is truly grateful to TCF School for giving her the opportunity to earn an honest livelihood. "I've been able to afford my husband's medical expenses and marry off... Read More

Date: Jun 16, 14 Future gynecologist

Faiza is a bright and intelligent girl, just 10 years of age. She studies in Grade III at TCF Ohio campus in Trangri Bala. Hardworking and ambitious, she wants to pursue a career in medicine. “My favourite subject is science and I want to become a gynecologist when I grow up so that I can give back to my country.”

Faiza bears an adventurous spirit. In addition to academics, she has a keen interest in sports and other hobbies. She cites Sania Mirza as her favourite athlete and Amna Mumtaz as... Read More

Date: Jun 09, 14 Fizza's dream

Fizza Jamel joined TCF Abu Dhabi Campus I when she was 9 years old. Fizza comes from a humble background and is blessed with 6 siblings. “I wake up early, offer my prayers and excitedly get ready for school. I’m thankful to my teachers at TCF who put their effort in teaching and guiding us.” she reflects. Fizza is keen to learn English so that she can speak fluently and therefore, to improve, she takes help from her elder sister who has studied from TCF.

Fizza’s dream is to become a doctor... Read More

Date: Jun 02, 14 Qausar Parveen from Taxila

Qausar Parveen has always had a passion to learn but her dreams were suppressed for quite a long time. Qausar’s two sons and daughter are currently studying in the TCF School in Taxila.

The principal of TCF Taxila campus, aware of Qausar’s predicament, informed her about TCF’s Aagahi Programme. Extremely delighted to learn about the programme she requested her husband for permission. Despite initial hesitation, he granted her permission and Qausar was thrilled to avail this... Read More

Date: May 19, 14 Muskan's conviction

Muskan is well-known amongst her teachers and peers for being an extremely meticulous and punctual student. She is currently studying on scholarship at the TCF OMV Campus in Salehpat, Sukkur.

Out of her 5 siblings, Muskan is the very first girl in her family to attend school. Amongst countless others in her neighbourhood, education is considered a luxury and not a right. Opportunities to study, especially for girls, don’t come around often for most of them. “I’m a class 3 student!” she... Read More

Date: May 13, 14 An aspiring graphic designer

A determined young man, Khudadad completed his Matric from TCF Mulla Essa Goth in 2009. Even though he was not the most diligent student in his class his curiosity and sheer will to succeed led him to believe that he can choose a right path for himself “I used to spend time observing photographs, billboards and different forms of art all surrounding us” through the access of the internet, Khudadad started browsing online tutorials to get hands on training of different graphic soft wares to... Read More

Date: May 10, 14 Raising the bar

Shahid Nawaz Channa joined TCF in Grade VII, completing his Matriculation in 2006 from the TCF Engro Campus in Dharki - Sindh. Keen to pursue his studies, Shahid successfully completed a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Shah Abdul Latif University and graduated with 1st Division.

His guardian supported him financially at the initial stage but soon passed away. Shahid’s education then came to a halt. In an effort to save up for his education, he took up an internship at First UDL Modarba,... Read More

Date: May 06, 14 The moving change in Shahbaz's life

“I used to pick garbage and sell the card board boxes off in the junkyard all day…and then school changed my life” Shahbaz shares. Life took an exciting turn for this 7 year old when his parents got him enrolled along with his five siblings at TCF PSO I Campus – in Bhair Kund, Punjab.

Shahbaz’s life is a living example of resilience. After school hours, this self-reliant boy sits at a tailor shop and helps around with minor tasks such as stitching buttons and ironing.

Back at home his... Read More

Date: Apr 28, 14 The high-spirited Shokat

Five year old Shoukat Ali is a kg student at TCF Woodlands and Houston Campus at Pacca Chang, which is a small town approx 90 km away from Khairpur, Sindh. Education has given him a second chance at life, he loves to spend time in school and play with his friends in a healthy and protected environment. Shoukat’s father is in the army and the only bread winner of the family.

Shoukat Ali loves to play football despite his frail health due to weak liver. “The doctors say that I shouldn’t play... Read More

Date: Apr 17, 14 Her unwavering spirit

Shakila was born in a family where education has been a far-fetched dream. Being an orphan and living with her relatives, Shakila has seen a tough life where the basic necessities of life were a constant battle. “After the demise of my parents, me and my two sisters knew that we have to move on with our lives” she reflects.

Life went on and she found a job at a government school for Rs. 500/month. She soon switched and joined TCF; Shakila now teaches at TCF Ms. Haseena Raja Campus in... Read More

Date: Apr 10, 14 A proud mother

Mustering up the strength to better her life, Musarrat decided to work as an aya at TCF Houston Campus VI in Taiser town, Karachi to support herself and her family. Her husband, who works as a house painter tries very hard to make both ends meet but despite all his effort his income remains insufficient to fully support the expenses. “I wanted to help my husband improve our life, after inquiring from a few people in my community I decided to join TCF school”.

It was only after she joined... Read More

Date: Apr 03, 14 A leap of faith

Haleema was just a child when she lost her father. She is the eldest of all her siblings and therefore took on the responsibility of helping her mother run the house and raise her siblings. Despite her longing to attend school, she was not able to do so due to the financial state of her family. In order to support her family and increase their income, she joined her mother in working at people’s houses. Haleema was intent on working at a salon but the owner refused to hire her as she was not... Read More

Date: Mar 27, 14 Kumar the hero

The 12 year old Hero Kumar is a hero in real life. An ordinary boy with an extraordinary passion for education. A grade V student at PPL III Suriani Campus in Kandhkot, Kashmore, Hero is a diligent student and a position holder in his class.

His father is a cobbler with an impaired hearing ability who works hard to make both ends meet and supports his family.

Hero aware of his circumstances, works at a tailor shop as an assistant “I spend my time at the tailor shop after school hours... Read More

Date: Feb 26, 14 Walking the extra mile

Shiraz Rafiq is a grade V student at TCF Parco II Campus in Muzaffargarh – Punjab. An ordinary 10 year old boy with an extraordinary determination, Shiraz lives in a far flung village known as Daychay wala which is approx 9-10 kilometers away from his school. ‘My brother and I go to school in a rickshaw every day I used to be scared initially but not anymore...it is the only way to get ahead in life’ he adds with a smile.

Back at home his father works as a labourer in a local factory while... Read More

Date: Feb 12, 14 An epitome of hope

Muhammad Awais is an apt example of resilience in the face of adversity and trauma. A grade II student at TCF Yaqoot Campus in Khushab, this little boy became a source of inspiration for his entire community for his courage and optimism.

Who would have known that childhood games could turn into a life altering trauma. During his summer vacations Awais was busy playing on his rooftop when he found a metal rod stuck in a tree. Out of curiosity, he reached out for it and the rod collided with a... Read More

Date: Feb 10, 14 A proud student

It had been a childhood dream of Nasreen’s to be able to go to school, which remained a dream as her parents couldn’t afford education for her. She would watch her brothers go off to school every morning, while she would help her mother and sisters with household chores. She yearned to join her brothers in school. “I used to look through their school books and only be able to relate to the pictures, wondering what was written,” she reflects.

Decades passed, but her longing to go to school... Read More

Date: Feb 03, 14 Not giving up on education

Ramzan Anwar is a grade V student of TCF Abdul Rashid Campus, which is located in a small town called Halloki in Lahore. Tackling a labyrinth of challenges, this 12 year old boy has not given up on education. In order to support the family two of Ramzan’s brothers work in a garment factory, he too tries to contribute in the household income by working at a small community clinic. ‘I cannot read prescriptions at the moment, but if I keep going to school, I can become a doctor someday and serve... Read More

Date: Jan 27, 14 Standing tall

Rashida is a perfect example of perseverance. Hailing from a small village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, she fought for her right and completed her matriculation from a government college, despite constant opposition from her community. After getting married, she got involved with fulfilling her domestic responsibilities.

Rashida now works as an aaya at TCF PSO II Campus in Mansehra. It was a happy day for her when she discovered the possibility of not only supporting herself in a protected... Read More

Date: Jan 20, 14 A new dawn

Razia Bibi is a middle-aged woman who was not fortunate enough to receive education as a child.

Her life was a smooth sail when she married and settled down to raise her family. Then misfortune struck when her husband passed away in an untimely and tragic accident. Since then she has had to raise her children alone. As she struggled to bear the expenditures of raising and educating her children and covering all the household expenses, she wished she had studied so that she could provide... Read More

Date: Jan 13, 14 Breaking barriers

Syeda Laiba Noor joined TCF when she was just 7 years old. She is now 12 and studies in grade V, at TCF Chaman Kotli Azeem Khan Campus - Muzaffarabad. She came in as an extremely shy girl, who was hesitant to talk to people and had trouble trusting those around her. Laiba used to be a very under-confident and scared child; she was afraid that if she confided in people, they wouldn’t give her any importance and wouldn’t take her hopes and dreams seriously. She grew up in a family where talent... Read More

Date: Jan 06, 14 Aiming high

Deprived of his parent’s affection at the tender age of three, Mohsin had never imagined going to school and bearing a normal life. For him, his grandparents became his real parents. They have been very supportive of his education and had him enrolled at the TCF Seattle Campus in Kasur, Punjab. Mohsin is now studying in Grade III. But life’s obstacles have made him grasp the grave realities of life before his due time.

Mohsin’s grandmother makes a living by working as a maid, and Mohsin... Read More