Motivated & focused are the first two words I would
use to describe 14-year-old Alisha. Her father, Shahid,
is an electrician who makes a meager Rs. 8,500 a month which
does not come close to fulfilling the needs of Alisha, her
three sisters and four brothers.
From an early age, Alisha had to work to
supplement her household income, working as a tailor from
home. Instead of skipping school for work, she joined Zindagi
Trust’s Manzoor Colony school for working children to
complete an accelerated primary education course. She had
a keen interest in her studies and always ended up in the
“High Achievers” list of students who topped their
grades. Eager to learn and grow in every way, Alisha never
missed an opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities
As a top graduate of our Paid to Learn primary
education programme for working children, Alisha qualified
for our Secondary Education Scholarship through which she
was placed in Nimra Academy Secondary School and guaranteed
a fully-paid ride through her high school graduation.
Now in the 8th grade at Nimra Academy, she
has settled in remarkably well in the mainstream private school,
given her only previous educational background was a non-formal
primary education programme for working children. A position
holder during her primary education course, she has lived
up to her potential in her secondary education too, bagging
the 2nd position in her Class at Nimra Academy for two years
running. More details on her academic progress can be seen
in the annual report attached.
Alisha is thankful to Zindagi Trust for sponsoring
her education, something she has learned to value a great
deal. Her family is very supportive of her studies and she
continues to work from home, stitching clothes and doing embroidery.
Alisha is very close to her three sisters and four brothers,
and terms them an inspiration to her life. She truly treasures
the bond she shares with her siblings and contributes the
Rs. 50 she makes from her work every day towards their education.
As she makes her journey beyond the possible,
she does so with hope that all things are possible. It is
Alisha’s hope & belief that in future her dream
would become reality, where she sees herself as a doctor.
6th grade: 2nd position, 76% marks with 97%
7th grade: 2nd position 82% marks with 99%