Realizing the underlying situation of the educational institutes in the country along with the lack of opportunities for students, CARE foundation took the responsibility of bringing a change.
Relying on our own actions, we’ve impacted lives of thousands of students and raised the standards of education nationwide, setting children up for growth.
Qasim was enrolled in the CARE acquired Govt. Boys High School Shadman, Lahore. He was a remarkable student over the course of his early education who soon received a CARE Scholarship to get into the dream institution he was aspiring for to complete his higher education. A quality education and high honors in his matriculation got him admitted in the Government College University in Lahore on a CARE scholarship. Determination indeed has no parallels. While at GCU he was able refine his skills set and realign his priorities. Sound early education enabled him to evolve wherever he faced any sturdy challenges. At present, Qasim is currently enrolled in the SDSB Program at LUMS completing his BS.C honors on a National Outreach Program (NOP) Scholarship. His commitment to the cause is admirable and we wish him all the success for the future.
Hashim Malik, a graduate of CARE adopted Govt. Boys High School Islah-e-Moasher Shadbagh, Lahore, was among 5 outstanding students from CARE who visited Japan to participate in the Sakura High School Exchange Program which was focused on Science and Technology based activities. Currently enrolled in the Govt. Islamia College, Civil Lines, pursuing his Pre-Engineering on a CARE scholarship, Hashim remembers his story all too well:
“While I was still in school, to our surprise, me along with some of my friends were called to the head office for an interview. It was strange considering we had absolutely no idea as to why we had been called. Soon after, my father received a call from CARE Foundation mentioning that my name had been shortlisted as part of the Pakistani delegation traveling to Japan. To my dad’s utter appeasement the trip was entirely sponsored. The entire family lit up, excitement was everywhere. Although astonished, I started preparing myself for the trip. I had heard a lot about how advanced Japan was, and was curious to experience how modern it would be once I finally got there. It was my first time traveling in the airplane and this made me even more excited. Once we landed, we were in awe and it was an entirely new experience for all the children who came along. We visited multiple institutes and several places there and every moment was a completely different experience on its own. CARE introduced the world to us.”
Aisha Irshad, is a student of our CARE Adopted City District Government Girls High School, Qila Lachman Singh Lahore. Aisha stood first in the Declamation contest organized by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Pakistan titled, ‘Corruption’. The event was held at the Lahore Arts Council, Alhamra where students from countless educational institutes participated. Aisha, the youngest among six siblings, made her family immensely proud by winning Rs. 100,000 as cash prize for the first position.
Awais Bhatti is a former student of CARE High School 1. With the help of a CARE scholarship he was able to complete his FSc. He then attended Government College Lahore where he obtained a MSc. After completing his studies, Awais was offered a position as a Biology professor at Punjab College. Within a few months he was promoted and is currently the Head of the Biology Department. He is now pursuing an MPhil at the University of Punjab.
Azam completed his matriculation from CARE-I High School in Iqbal Town, District Sheikhupura in 1998. He went on to pursue his MBBS from King Edward Medical College, Lahore on a CARE scholarship. He later joined Mayo Hospital as a doctor, and rose to the position of Registrar. Dr. Azam is currently in the final year of his FCPS, a five-year training program run by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. After completing the program, he hopes to work at PIC as a cardiologist.
All three of Azam’s brothers and sisters studied at CARE-I. His elder brother now works in a marketing company at Multan. His father used to do different small jobs from time to time. Looking back, Azam terms it as nothing short of a miracle that he has arrived where he is today. The area he belongs to; the fact that there is no other graduate in his entire family; then coming to K.E., and now specializing in cardiology – it is education and CARE that made all this possible.
Kamal did his matriculation from CARE-I High School in Iqbal Town, District Sheikhupura in 2000. He then received a CARE scholarship, and was able to complete his M.Sc. (Chemistry) from Government College University. He has worked at Descon, Servis and most recently at Unilever as a Quality Assurance Officer. Kamal has recently launched his own firm by the name of Hygiene Professionals. They consult with clients who want to improve the standards of hygiene at their respective businesses. Kamal and his partner are directors at the firm, while he has hired a few employees. ‘It is a modest beginning’, he states, ‘but our field is very vast and has great potential.’
All five of Kamal’s brothers and sisters studied at CARE-I and completed their higher education. His elder brother works in Accounts; his sister did a double M.A., while another sister did her graduation; his brother studied on a CARE scholarship at Punjab University. His father used to run a small shop in their vicinity – now he stays at home. Kamal’s mother works as a government schoolteacher, in the girls’ school at nearby Kot Abdul Malik. The family’s investment in education seems to have paid off – they are now prosperous by the Grace of God, and appreciative of the opportunities that they received.
As an ambitious student at the CARE 1 high school, Sana remembers her story all too well. She remembers the extreme lengths her mother, who used to work as a maid in the locality, had to go to ensure her children were offered the best education in that district. “Regardless of her hardships my mother ensured that we received a top quality education.” Every parent dreams of empowering their children to the fullest. Sana’s mother was no different. The CARE 1 schools allowed deserving students to receive quality education even though they couldn’t afford it. “I appreciate Ms. Seema’s initiative because education is the key to build a prosperous Pakistan. Ma’am Seema supported most of the families from Sheikhupura where the CARE 1 School was built.” Sana’s mother had always been determined and made sure all her children had at least gone to school, if not completed it. She instilled confidence in them to achieve what they thought was beyond them. Her commitment seemed unwavered. “My mother used to work as a maid; she used to feed us with scraps of whatever she had gathered from work the previous day. Whenever we were hungry we had to wait for our mother to get back from work so she could feed us. Those meals were the most delicious meals!”
Unfortunately though, during her middle school Sana’s mother succumbed to illness and passed away. Tough times followed but Sana stayed put, received her scholarship and was determined to pursue her higher education. She had to face difficulties on different fronts. Her brother’s conservative attitude towards her daily activities was a major concern, to the point where her education started to suffer. Tough times engulfed them soon and Sana had to start work prematurely before completing her education. This was the time when a proposal regarding a teaching facility, sent by Sana got approved and the Sheikhupura chamber decided to set up a new educational facility where Sana would later teach. Sana soon rose up the ranks and completed her education.
Sana had always been extremely ambitious with regards to her objectives. In the Sheikhupura chamber she started off as a ‘Dispatch officer’ but then got promoted two positions as the membership officer, all the while assisting with community building programs with the government. She always saw herself working for the Pakistan Air force and got enrolled there in a course for ‘Women Development”, an empowerment program for women. Sana possesses a number of qualities, however; the most notable one would be the fact that despite the setbacks she had to face she didn’t let anything discourage her from reaching her set objectives.
Sana always had this firm belief that success would follow if she worked hard, remained optimistic and had total faith in the almighty.
“Never be discouraged even if you’re the only one working for a cause.”
CARE Graduate Widat Khawar recently won First Place in an Oil Painting competition at the Express Education & Career Expo. Students from 20 universities across the country got to test their skills in various trades. She is a graduate in Textile Designing from Lahore College for Women University and is currently working as Assistant Coordinator Creativity, Culture and Education.