WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Our Founder, Seema Aziz, travelled 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 its first school on Sheikhupura Road, in the Pakistani province of Punjab. On day one, over 250 children had 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. What’s more, they are 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 - CARE FOUNDER & CHAIRPERSON
Seema 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. Seema studied at the University of Punjab, where she received her Bachelor of Sciences, followed by an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the same institute. She went on to complete an Executive Education Programme at Harvard Business School.
In 1988, Seema founded CARE Foundation Pakistan, the country's largest and most far-reaching educational nonprofit organisation. She was named Philanthropist of the Year by Hello! Pakistan and received the UK Women of the Year Award in 2016.