Fatima Ali

A leading educational non-profit foundation, CARE Foundation, is supporting 1,000 students to pursue college or university education each year, to help lift Pakistan out of poverty.

The students from disadvantaged backgrounds are funded annually by the ground breaking CARE Foundation. Its mission is to empower the next generation of leaders in the country, to help bolster the country’s corporate and civic offer.

The CARE Foundation scholarship scheme provides educational opportunities to deserving students across Pakistan, who otherwise would struggle to fund their studies.

Ms Seema Aziz, founder of CARE Foundation, said: “We believe in the power of education to have a transformative effect not just on the individual student, but their family, their community, and even their country. Many of the students we support are tomorrow’s doctors, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Education is a vital driver behind social and economic development in Pakistan. We need that now more than ever, and are committed to empowering individuals to reach their full potential. We are creating a brighter future for students in Pakistan to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.”

Established 32 years ago, to date it has a network of 888 schools. CARE has educated more than 450,000 children since 1991 and has an alumni network of 130,000 graduates. Currently, 300,000 children are enrolled in its schools.

CARE students can pursue education at the best colleges and universities in Pakistan such as NUST, GIKI, GCU, UET, FCC and King Edward Medical College, as well as study in universities across the world. 

Many alumni are professionals who go on to create societal change.

The CARE Foundation Scholarship program is open to students from all backgrounds who demonstrate academic excellence, have finished their high school education, and are unable to continue their studies due to financial constraints.

The scholarship covers tuition fees, books, transport, and other related expenses, allowing students to focus on their studies, without the added financial burden. The scholarship program aims to empower students to break the cycle of poverty and contribute to the development of their communities.

Ms Seema Aziz added: “Through the scholarship programme, we hope to create a ripple effect of positive change as these students go on to become leaders in their communities, and beyond.”

Fatima Ali, a 25-year-old House Officer at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore is ten months into a Junior Doctor placement. Her aim is to specialise as an anaesthesiologist.

The CARE Foundation provided her with financial support through their scholarship program to pursue college education.

Fatima’s father is a driver and her mother a housewife. She attended the CARE Adopted City District Government Girls High School Qila Lachman Singh, in Lahore. 

Fatima Ali said: “The CARE school had a wonderful library and a science laboratory. CARE help so many children from nursery to matriculation on every aspect of schooling and with further education scholarships. CARE gave me a chance to work on myself, and enabled me to achieve what I want to do.”

She added: “CARE schooling helped me get into a medical college. I would not be studying to be a doctor today without CARE’s support.”

Photo shows: Fatima Ali

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