WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Our Founder, Seema Aziz, traveled to flood-affected areas in 1988 to help people reconstruct their homes. She noticed that children were roaming the streets freely during the day. She later found out that there was no school. These children had been deprived of a basic right. Being a silent observer wasn’t going to solve anything. It was time to take action.
EMPOWERING A NATION
In 1988, CARE opened a school on Sheikhupura Road. On the first day, 250 children lined up outside, barely clothed but eager to learn. One school turned into several more. Our children are no less capable than students attending private schools around the country. They're also topping their board exams and competing in Model UN Conferences.
"Education is a great equalizer, but only an equal education can equalize." - Seema Aziz
SEEMA AZIZ - FOUNDER & CHAIRPERSON
Seema Aziz began her retail career in 1985 when she co-founded Bareeze, one of Pakistan’s leading high-end fashion retailers, with her brother Hamid Zaman. Bareeze quickly became the first Pakistani textile producer to export high-quality fabrics to international markets. Aziz studied at the University of Punjab, where she received her Bachelor of Sciences, followed by an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the same institute. Aziz then went on to complete an Executive Education Programme at Harvard Business School. In 1988, Seema Aziz founded CARE Foundation Pakistan, the country's largest educational NGO. Aziz was named Philanthropist of the Year by Hello! Pakistan and received the UK based Women of the Year Award in 2016.