Success Stories

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