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The Girl in the Chilli Fields

“Hurry up, beti (daughter), it is time to pick,” calls Zainab’s mother as she wakes her up before the break of dawn. Zainab knows that it is going to be a long day because she and her family would work until late evening to get the harvesting done on time.

Zainab, …Read More

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

Fighting Against the Odds

“My interest in taekwondo developed when I was 8. My cousin had signed up for martial arts classes near our home in Ittehad town, a low-income settlement on the outskirts of Karachi. I started going there with him to learn different forms of taekwondo and then practiced regularly.” shares Irfan …Read More

Rebuilding a New Life

It was 2007; thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in Bajaur Agency as the Pakistan Army intensified its operation against the militants. Jawwad, who was just seven at that time, can clearly recall the horror.

“There were helicopters and jet fighters everywhere, explosions echoed and the sound of …Read More

Breaking the Mould

When she was little, Samina Noreen, living in Moza Kot Sharif, a small village in the Chiniot district of Punjab used to rouse from her sleep for prayers; bowing her head in prostration, beseeching, “O Allah, please help me continue school.”

“What’s the point in educating your girls, what good will …Read More

A Long Walk to Education

“My parents enrolled me in kindergarten at TCF School, Sumar Goth Campus, located near the coastline of Karachi, but soon pulled me out because it was nearly 35 minutes to school on foot each way. It wasn’t until grade 6 that they decided to take on this difficulty for the …Read More

Towards the Light

“It was just another morning in Muzaffarabad; I was pregnant with my fourth child, busy getting my chores done, when suddenly the ground seemed to sway one way and the house lurched the other. Instantly I knew that it was an earthquake. I panicked and grabbed my children. Holding them …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

Younis Khan Presents his Cherished ’10,000 Run’ Bat to TCF!

Internationally acclaimed cricketer and former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team Younis Khan visited The Citizens Foundation (TCF) head office to gift his 10,000 runs bat for the cause of education. The gesture from Younis Khan is a remarkable display of support for the organisation’s mission to educate children from …Read More

Inspiring Hope through Education!

TCF recently held events across Karachi, Lahore and Dubai to celebrate the achievements of its outstanding alumni.  Witnessing the full scale of the impact of education takes time and patience. Today, the TCF family is overcome with overwhelming pride to see most of our alumni pass out with flying colours …Read More

A.R. Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’ Captivates UAE Audience!

TCF’s UAE Chapter is one of its global wings, actively engaged in outreach and fundraising activities for the education and social uplift of the marginalised segments of society.  This February, the Chapter held a fundraiser at ‘The Address’, Dubai Marina, featuring the internationally acclaimed theatrical play ‘Love Letters’.
Written by well-known …Read More

Students Raise Funds and Sing Along at Obhartay Sitaray 2017!

Obhartay Sitaray (OS) is one of TCF’s most colorful and entertaining events that allows our young generation to raise funds for TCF and celebrate their love of music while doing so. The platform provides students from various schools across Karachi an opportunity to showcase their singing mettle, and support TCF …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.Read More

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.Read More

‘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