Institute for Development Studies and Practices Pakistan (IDSP)

Institute for Development Studies and Practices Pakistan (IDSP) is an organization which operates open learning spaces which are focused on providing education and training to individuals and communities in an attempt to decrease disparity and increase development all over the country. The organization operates in the far flung areas of the country in order to provide services which help incorporate the youth that has been marginalized as a result of geographical or social differences into the workforce. These young adults receive training and education in IDSP institutions and are thus made capable to seek out mainstream jobs and have access to all the opportunities which are available to the more privileged classes of the country.

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Azat Foundation

Azat Foundation was established on 17th February 2003 by a group of young human rights and social activists in the leadership of Gul Khan Naseer and Zahid Ahmed Mengal, with their primary objective of addressing the issue of illiteracy and lack of quality education in Chagai-Noshki region as this region is one of the most deprived regions and lags behind in education as compared to other parts of Balochistan.

Azat Foundation believes that only through quality education can we win the fight against poverty and injustice and ensure an enlightened future for our new generations. For this purpose the founders of Azat Foundation initially supported children of poor and marginalized communities through provision of books, uniforms and stationary and helped enroll them in schools in order to increase literacy at the primary level.

On a later stage it was felt that these small efforts were not enough so they established two schools in Noshki and Dalbandin in the year 2007 providing quality education to hundreds of students from Nursery to Class 8.

Since 2009, Azat Foundation in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan is running 06 community schools in the far-flung and poverty stricken areas of District Noshki providing quality education to more than 500 students.

Similarly the Foundation has implemented several education projects during the last five years in Noshki, Chagai and Kharan Districts which included the provision of books, stationary, furniture, computers and science equipment, in more than 60 Government Schools.


Khwendo Kor

The common man in Pakistan suffers on a daily basis. However, in this umbrella of the common man, there are sections which are much worse off than others. These include the women and children of the country, and in particular those that reside in the geographically far flung areas. Therefore, organizations which work for the betterment of these groups are an undeniably valuable asset to the country.

Khwendo Kor is one such organization. Based in the FATA region, this organization started off because the women in a locality needed a forum to address their issues from. This has developed so that the organization is now a true embodiment of its name which is a Pashto word meaning “sister’s home.” They work towards training and empowering women so that they are better equipped to improve their own lives as well as those of their families.

The Khwendo Kor program focuses on four main sectors namely civil rights, education, health and economic empowerment. The organization ensures that each and every one of their employs instills commitment, accountability, mutual respect and integrity in their work ethic in order to strive towards empowering women in far flung areas.

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Nur Foundation

The Foundation was established in the year 2005, with the aim of contributing to the social economy of Pakistan through:
1) Human development and economic empowerment of underserved and marginalized communities and
2) Advocacy for and provision of research-based evidence for social policies, strategies and practices development and implementation. The corner stone of the Foundation endeavors is to enable self-empowerment of the poor and deprived. The Foundation is making contribution in the fields of healthcare, education, research and social development. We have established institutions and organization which provide a conducive environment for research, education and training activities. These also provide consultancy and advisory services to clients working for social sector development.

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The Garage School

A lady of undeniable strength and with a will to single handedly bring about change was the founder of “The Garage School.” In 1999, Shabina found that her maid’s daughter was being denied admission into a sewing school. Deciding to take matters into her own hands, she started teaching the little girl herself and received an overwhelming response whereby all the children from the underprivileged area of Neelum Colony started turning to her in the hope of receiving education. What started as a small set up catering to 14 children in Shabina Mustafa’s Garage has now grown into an institution known as “The Garage School “now caters to 350 children through two branches which run in three shifts each. The schools not only look after the education of the children but pay attention to their nutrition and medical needs as well, thus providing them with the facilities that they deserve but may or may not be able to afford.

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The Dream Foundation

Humaira Bachal was amongst the few children from her slum settlement going to school. She thought of this as a punishment until she witnessed the death of a baby cousin as a result of being administered expired medicine by his illiterate mother. It was this traumatic incident which triggered her drive towards omitting illiteracy by providing education to the underprivileged. She started bringing together the children of her neighborhood and teaching them whatever she learnt, persuading her classmates to teach alongside her. What started from these humble beginnings in 2008 has today, six years later, transformed into a school educating over 700 students in shifts from 7am until 10pm, including adult literacy classes for young women and evening classes for child laborers. The 22 young teachers, aged between 13 and 24, all continue their own education at the same time as they teach others.

ABSA School & College for the Deaf

ABSA School & College for the Deaf was established in 1967. It is a non-governmental charity organization which is run entirely on donations from philanthropic organizations and caring individuals.

The school provides free yet quality education to each of its students. The promise of free education is actually kept intact in that with the exception of a donation worth Rs. 100, no admission or tuition fee is charged from the students. This is despite the fact that the average monthly expenditure per student amounts to nearly Rs.3,150. The institute’s running cost during the year which ended June 30, 2013 was Rs. 11.446 million.

ABSA currently caters to 300 students (Boys & Girls) who are receiving quality education from Nursery to B.A level.
The institution aims to fully prepare its students for the real world whereby they are equipped to earn a livelihood for themselves upon graduating. It is in order to fulfill this aim that vocational training is also provided in the fields of:

  • Tailoring and Embroidery
  • Computer Lab which houses latest versions of PCs
  • Student sign language classes
  • Parents or household member sign language classes (Mandatory so the students can communicate at home too)
  • Ongoing research program for sign language which has produced 2 editions of the first Sign Language Dictionary in Pakistan together with eight other Sign Language books.
  • Baking & cooking.


HOPE Foundation

HOPE (Health Oriented Preventive Education) is a NGO based in Karachi, Pakistan, comprising of professionals (Doctors, Social workers, Educationists) as well as grass-root workers. The organization operates on a motto of self sufficiency and sustainability.

The ultimate aim of HOPE is Community Development through self-sufficiency. The members of HOPE are working along with community volunteers who are organized in Community Based Organizations (CBO’S). All activities in the community are planned in co-ordination with the CBO’S and implemented in the community through the CBO’S. Hence, the community becomes SELF- SUFFICIENT and the community development work is SUSTAINABLE.

HOPE is presently addressing the following issues in the community.

  • Community development and organization into CBO’S.
  • Community motivation.
  • Provision of primary health care services.
  • Awareness raising in community through literacy programs.
  • Income-generation activities.
  • Environmental sanitation.
  • Promotion of hygienic health practices.

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Lettuce Bee Kids

We are a self sustaining entity that reintegrates street children back into the society as responsible contributors to the community. This process hinges upon four basic guiding principles of life which are:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Music
  • Relationship with nature
  • Respect of elders

The main objective of LBK is to provide these children with a home that not only caters to the simple needs of food, shelter and quality education but also provides them with a self sufficient mechanism of survival and self actualization. This will be achieved through five carefully researched and designed systems. These systems will not only integrate the children into the society but also generate internal revenues, leaving them completely independent of philanthropy and funding.

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