TCF is indeed, a citizens’ movement. What started 22 years ago with five schools established by TCF’s Founders, has evolved into a global tide of hope, resolve and collective action.
Today, TCF’s alumni are at some of the best institutions of higher education (LUMS, IBA, FAST, Dow, Habib Univ., NED, United World Colleges and many others) and finding employment opportunities at leading corporations as well as the civil service.
Here’s what our Founder Directors have to say to the global TCF family!
“The alumni you witness today have come this far through sheer hardwork and your commitment towards helping them in their pursuit to achieve success. This journey is now at a point where our alumni are playing their role as change agents, transforming their lives for the better.”
Ahsan M. Saleem – TCF’s Founder Director
“It is heartening to see TCF develop into a professional organisation, drawing the best talent. It now serves as a platform that engages with dedicated employees and volunteers around the world who have enabled the organisation to evolve into a global movement of social change.”
Ateed Riaz – TCF’s Chairman & Founder Director
“You have put your faith into the power of education and in the ability of these students for all these years. Today, we all are proud to witness that our collective commitment is bearing fruit. Your every penny was a penny well spent.”
Mushtaq K. Chappra – TCF’s Founder Director
Over the last 6 months, Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra, Mr. Ateed Riaz and Mr. Asaad Ayub collectively visited approximately 12 Chapters around the United States.
They gave interviews to local news channels, spoke at TCF-USA events and programs, and updated the USA chapter on the impact we have made on the children of Pakistan, including Pakistan’s recently forged public-private partnership with Pakistan’s provincial governments.
Houston, Austin, San Antonio, the New York Young Professionals Group, New Orleans, Boston Westchester, and North New Jersey all had a chance to see Mr. Chhapra speak and engaged with him on a personal level.
Pakistani students of Columbia University invited Mr. Chhapra to speak at an event. Approximately 100+ students and others attended the session in the Columbia Law school auditorium in Manhattan, NY. The key note speaker was Ambassador Madiha Lodhi. Mr. Chhapra addressed the audience for 30 minutes followed by Q&A.
Earlier this year, Mr. Chhapra represented TCF-USA and Pakistan at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland.
To learn more about Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra, please see his interview here.
Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra, Chairman
Ateed Riaz, Director
Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad, President and CEO
This year, TCF held 25 fundraisers and events in support of mission of education.
From small events, to info sessions, to inspiring galas, TCF-USA chapters worked tirelessly to spread the message about TCF’s impact and the ever-increasing importance of providing quality education to underprivileged children in Pakistan. The events showcased entertainers such as Humaira Channa, Shujat Ali Khan, comedian Hassan Minhaj, Raees Khan, and the late Amjad Sabri. Keynote speakers included Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and the Pakistani Special Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi. Westchester Gala honored the 141 Schools Project and the DC Chapter used Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative as their theme and inspiration.
Below is a list of the events from the first half of the year. For pictures of our events, please visit this link.
Austin Team Meetup with Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra
NY Young Professionals Event
Sacramento Info Session
Phoenix Info Session
Silicon Valley Gala
San Antonio Gala
NY Young Professionals Small Event
New Orleans Gala
North New Jersey Gala
Los Angeles Gala
Washington DC Gala
Kansas City Cricket for a Cause
North Carolina Gala
Northeast Ohio Gala
New York York Young Professionals Iftar
Dallas TCF Iftar
Mark your calendars! The 2nd half of the year will be featuring even more special events and programming in support of education.
12 – Missouri/St. Louis Gala
23 – Dallas Gala
23 – Long Island Gala
24 – Atlanta Gala
24 – Austin Gala
24 – New Jersey Gala
24 – Seattle Gala
25 – Sacramento Event
8 – Indianapolis Gala
5 – Chicago Gala
Who could have imagined that a truck driver’s son hailing from Landi Kotal would go on to attend a prestigious college in the USA. Zafar Ali, who graduated from our TCF School – Yusuf Khan Campus at Hawke’s Bay, Karachi in 2013, recently completed his IB diploma Program from the United World Colleges on a full scholarship. He now has another full scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College, Oregon – USA, making him the first TCF graduate to enroll in a full-time, four-year degree program abroad.
He is eager to study political science at Lewis and Clark.
Uneza Akhtar, Director of Administration, Completes 10 Years of Service at TCF-USA
The brief given to me was to write my TCF story and experience working with the organization for 10 years. If I say that day one seems like yesterday, it would not be an exaggeration. The most meaningful and gratifying aspect of my association with TCF-USA is a simple yet powerful graph right by my desk in our Chicago office. This graph depicts the growth of schools from 350 school units to 1,202 school units in the last 10 years. Each year the number of children swell steadily, from 40,000 to 175,000 now!
Over the years, I have downloaded images of TCF school children for newsletters and reports to share with donors, shiny faces scrubbed clean, the joy in their eyes piercing the distance from Pakistan, the green leaf logo glistening on their school uniforms. These strong images strengthened my commitment and held me responsible to every child denied their right to read and write their own future. It gave me reason to swing my feet off the bed and onto the floor each morning, brave the rough Chicago winters driving to work and be grateful to be a small a part of a great organization.
The learnings have been many. That a vision with perseverance and passion can sow the seeds of change in an urban slum or barren rural landscape. That action begets action and is a powerful example as proved by the founders who built the first five schools. That change when it finds its foothold is compelling and contagious. That change may not bear fruit immediately, but its impact is inevitable and irreversible. That built into the dream of literacy for every child is that change will not happen overnight but the work must continue. That the mission to get every child off the street in Pakistan and into schools drives the Pakistani diaspora to give with urgency and out of deep concern for the system which utterly fails them.
Each community has its strengths, and one of the strongest hallmarks of Pakistani-Americans is their immense generosity. It has been humbling and an honor to work with donors who give from $12 a month to educate a child to a quarter of a million in a single check. The trust and confidence of donors in TCF during the unfortunate calamities such as the earthquake and floods in Pakistan was not simply by the Pakistani-American donors but also the mainstream donors, foundations and corporations who made significant contributions in difficult times.
The highlight of TCF-USA’s remarkable journey has been the growth of its chapters. From a few to now over 30 chapters has been possible because of the tireless and selfless dedication of hundreds of volunteers led by remarkable leaders in states across the USA. Many have built, endowed and support over a dozen schools since TCF-USA was incorporated in 2002. Each chapter has its unique strengths and is like a family, and now we have 30 families all linked in a momentous clasping of hands as they pledge to tear down the web of illiteracy.
A learning which I deeply value is the professionalism and the dedication of every staff member I have worked with in Pakistan. It has been a long distance email and phone communication at all hours of the night because of the different time zones which grew into strong bonds and deep respect for the high work ethic. The bonds with the staff in our Houston office transcends those of being colleagues into comradeship. How easily we laugh despite our deadline-driven lives speaks to the quality of leadership of our founders, board and management staff.
Last year, after nine years of working for TCF-USA, it was the for the very first time I had the opportunity to visit a TCF school. It was the Aziza Noorani Campus that the TCF-USA team was driven to. We drove through a narrow road lined by garbage and I was reliving the very description I had read in hundreds of school proposals over the years. The doors of the school opened and suddenly we were in this clean oasis, a playground with the shiny scrubbed faces of children in clean uniforms with the same joyful faces I had been downloading for years. We were meeting some of the 10,000 strong all-women teachers who work for TCF and the principal. We watched quietly from outside the sunny and airy classrooms decorated with artwork by the young artists as the children interacted with their teacher. It was a moment when all the hard work and deadline driven days I had spent as the first and only employee for years turned into tears of joy literally. Thank you TCF for the unforgettable journey and letting me be a part of you.