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A Will Unshaken

“What is there to learn in a classroom? Most girls your age are married already. Instead of burying your head in books, you should be learning household chores.”…Read More

TCF’s Mother Tongue Based Learning Initiative

TCF’s Mother Tongue Based Learning Initiative

According to UNESCO, ‘A major reason for poor performance of many linguistic and ethnic minority children is that they are often taught in a language they struggle to understand. It limits their ability to develop foundations for later learning and negatively…..Read More

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Half Ironman Traithlon – Talal Khan

A Half Ironman is a grueling triathlon event encompassing a 1.2 mile (1920m) open water ocean swim, a 56 mile (90km) bicycle ride, and a 13.1 mile (10km) run back to back. My aim is to participate in the Half Ironman on November 3, 2019 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico….Read More

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Breaking the Mould

When she was little, Samina Noreen, living in Moza Kot Sharif, a small village in the Chiniot district of Punjab used to rouse from her sleep for prayers; bowing her head in prostration, beseeching, “O Allah, please help me continue school.”…Read More

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Rebuilding a New Life

It was 2007; thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in Bajaur Agency as the Pakistan Army intensified its operation against the militants. Jawwad, who was just seven at that time, can clearly recall the horror…Read More

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A Long Walk to Education

“My parents enrolled me in kindergarten at TCF School, Sumar Goth Campus, located near the coastline of Karachi, but soon pulled me out because it was nearly 35 minutes to school on foot each way…Read More

The Girl in the Chilli Fields

The Girl in the Chilli Fields

“Hurry up, beti (daughter), it is time to pick,” calls Zainab’s mother as she wakes her up before the break of dawn. Zainab knows that it is going to be a long day because she and her family would work until late evening to get the harvesting done on time…Read More

Building the Ladder to Success

Building the Ladder to Success

By Tehmina Qureshi

Under the Alumni Development Programme, TCF alumni are teaming up with spirited volunteers to create unprecedented opportunities for the TCF students following in their footsteps. In doing so, they demonstrate the promise and possibilities of the TCF movement…Read More

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4-star rating 4 years in a row

Charity Navigator says TCF-USA outperforms most other charities in America.
TCF-USA has been awarded a 4-star rating for the fourth consecutive year by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities…Read More

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From darkness comes darkness

Published in The Express Tribune

By Chris Cork

March 10th, 2016; The wonderful, and not so wonderful, world of education in Pakistan has never ceased to both amaze and appall me. The work of The Citizens Foundation (TCF) and the groundbreaking efforts of DeafReach are positively inspiring. Likewise the tiny St Sarah …Read More

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Extraordinary Pakistanis: Nadeem Hussain

Originally published in The Express Tribune

This is a moving story about a young man from a katchi abadi in Karachi, who graduated from IBA, Karachi despite his father working as a mazdoor in a wire factory for 35 years. Today, Nadeem Hussain works as a World Bank Technical Assistant to …Read More

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Young artists receive awards at TCF Art-a-Thon 2016

Published in Dawn

ISLAMABAD, March 4, 2016: The Art-a-Thon 2016 award ceremony was hosted on Wednesday by the Satrang Gallery and Islamabad Serena Hotel. The competition is a city-wide art competition that raises funds for The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF).

TCF is a non-profit organisation that provides education to underprivileged children. Incorporated in …Read More

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TCF the only NGO to represent Pakistan in World Economic Forum 2016

Karachi, January 22, 2016: Chairman and Founding Director of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), Mr. Mushtaq Chhapra is currently attending the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Earlier last year, TCF was honored with the prestigious Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award …Read More

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A Qulfi Seller from IBA

“I want to share my belief with every TCF student, that consistent hard work and determination will help them succeed. At the end of the day, life is hard for all of us. There will be many obstacles to what we want from life. Keep moving and praying to God, …Read More

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A Lesson in Perseverance

“During my interview for Principal’s position, the Regional Manager asked me, ‘What if you do not make it?’ I told him that I will try harder next time. I will be like a spider that never gives up … time and time again it falls, yet gets back to try …Read More

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Spreading the Light

“Asma cannot go to school but I’m there for her. I teach her whatever I learn at school every day. My school principal has also helped me get some old school books for Asma. I just want every girl of my village to be able to go to school. I …Read More

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Painting a Colorful Future

“We live surrounded by fear and uncertainty. Small issues can spark violent clashes between different ethnic groups in our area. I just want peace so that we live our lives fully, do our businesses, sit freely on the sidewalks and our children do not miss school even for a day. …Read More

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A Gift of Literacy

“Just a few days ago, as I was about to begin my Aagahi session, one of the women in my class pulled me down in excitement. She had brought a newspaper. I sat with her quiet and motionless with my eyes on her while she tried to read the paper. …Read More

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From Humble to Harvard

“Akhter was really worried about money. He wasn’t able to make ends meet for his family so I offered him a loan for his business. I’m a bridge between people who want to help and the ones who need help. I get enormous satisfaction from knowing that education has empowered …Read More

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From Obscurity to Soaring Heights

“Almost 43% of TCF graduates secure A+ and A grades. Many of them feel that money is the barrier that keeps them from going to some of the top universities in Pakistan. I want them to believe that if they work hard and focus, they can break through all these …Read More