A quality education is the right of every child.
Every time we deny a child this opportunity,
we squander potential…
we defeat a dream…
we break a promise.
If we, as citizens, are to stem this tide of ignorance and despair, our foremost duty is to educate, enable and empower our children to become agents of positive change. Today, with two decades of experience and more than 1500 school units under our care, The Citizens Foundation is committing itself to creating 2 Million Agents of Positive Change by the year 2030. In making this promise to our common future, we recognise that the road ahead remains daunting and demands belief, creativity and concerted action from all of us – citizens, enterprises, institutions and the State.
Come, join this movement for a better Pakistan.
Help us fulfil our promise to the future.
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.”
Rebuilding a New Life
It was 2007; thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in Bajaur Agency as the Pakistan Army had intensified its operation against the militants. Jawwad, who was just seven at that time, can clearly recall the terror.
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.”
Towards the Light
Shabana lost her husband in the disaster and was left alone to raise her children. She was moved into a shelter along with her other relatives who were also going through similar experiences with loved ones dying, and everyone trying to support their own families.
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 Zaman, a TCF alumnus.
The Girl in the Chili 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.
At TCF, we firmly believe transparency is a key ingredient in maximising our impact because it strengthens relationships with supporters and leads to more opportunities for collaboration.
Review Report by the Chairman
‘TCF is driven to implement good governance practices. As the Chairman of the Board, I want to ensure that the organisation is being managed effectively, in a way that helps it to achieve its objectives whilst also safeguarding the integrity of the organisation and the interests of its stakeholders.
Message from the CEO
TCF promotes a culture of observation, reflection, and continuous improvement. This practice not only helps improve the quality of our programmes, but also is a tool to deepen our learning and strengthening growth.