Zindagi Trust is a Pakistan based organization which is working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of Pakistan. Its founding member is Shehzad Roy, one of the leading pop singers in South Asia. He has dedicated his life to the establishment of Zindagi Trust, the non-for-profit charity helping the underprivileged children of Pakistan. He uses the proceeds from his concerts to fund the trust's operations.
Zindagi Trust was founded in 2002. Its first program was called I-am-paid-to-learn. In this program, the team would identify a locality that contained a number of working children who were not going to school. The trust would then set up a small school in the same area so that it was in walking distance from the children’s' homes. They were then paid Rs. 20 to come to school daily. This stipend was to compensate for the wages they would have earned during those same school hours. A number of checks were placed on the students- if they did not do their homework, they would not get paid; if they misbehaved in class, they would not get paid; and other such restrictions. In this way, it was ensured that the same parents that previously did not send their children to school, were now forcing them to do homework and behave in class.These paid-to-learn units now support over 2800 children in 34 teaching units across Pakistan.
Even though the program was touted as successful, Roy soon realized that he won't be able to bring all the street children into “I... Read More