Shimshal Trust

Profiles

Fatima Jabeen

Fatima Jabeen

Teacher Scholarship 2006

Fatima has been President of the Ismaili Council for two terms now. In 2006 she sent a year in Islamabad studying English before returning to her job at the DJ school for girls in Shimshal.

Zarif Begum

Zarif Begum

Student Scholarship 2006

Zarif is now 23 years old and married. Her scholarship enabled her to study in Karachi and graduate in years 11 and 12, matriculation. She would like to study more but her domestic duties may prevent her from doing so. She also needs family permission.

Zulfiqar Baig

Zulfiqar Baig

Student Scholarship 2007

Zulfiqar graduated with a BA and was working in Rawalpindi. After the death of his father he moved back to Shimshal to suport his family. He teaches Computer skills, English and social Studies at Naw Bahar school in Shimshal, and is also the accountant for the school. He would like to do a Masters degree but at the moment he suports an extended family.

Abid Ali

Abid Ali

Student Scholarships 2007 and 2008

Abid is 23 years old and now works for an insurance company in Gilgit. His scholarships helped him to get an honours degree in Business Adminstration. He enjoys his work.

Abdullah Bai

Abdullah Bai

Teacher scholarship 2008

Abdullah Bai works in Islamabad as a photographer for Associated Press Pakistan and an administrator for the Red Crescent. His plans for teaching in Shimshal didn’t work out so he used his scholarship to study photography and enjoys the work he does. He supports his wife and children in Shimshal.

Rozina Perveen

Rozina Perveen

Student Scholarship 2009

Rozina is 20 years old and in her third year of a humanities degree at the Sedna degree college in Aliabad. Rozina has three brothers and a married sister. At the moment her brother, a jeep driver, pays for her education. Rozina wants to be a social worker in Gilgit. She’d like to marry and have two children, and continue to work.

Rozina has one more year to do at Sedna and then she hopes to do a three year course at university. Rozina boards at the Shadow Girls’ hostel in Aliabad because she can focus on study. If she were flatting she would inevitably spend her time cooking and cleaning. The Trust scholarship pays for about 6months fees at the college and the hostel. In this photo, Rozina is dressed up for a performance put on at her college for the Ginani festival.

Maliha Sultana

Maliha Sultana

Student Scholarship, 2010

Maliha is 17 years old, and also resident in the Shadow Girls’ Hostel, Aliabad. She is studying at a private school because she found that teachers were not reliable at the public school she used to attend. Maliha’s father is a farmer and she has 6 younger siblings, all in school. Her father has no cash income because Hunza lake has stopped potato export. He could sell a yak, which is worth a lot of money, but he only has two or three. So the scholarship is very useful. She would like to be a lawyer, as they earn a lot of money, but she isn’t quite sure what lawyers do.

Shenaz Begum

Shenaz Begum

Student Scholarship, 2010

Shenaz would like to be a teacher in Shimshal. She is 20 years old and studies Humanities at Hunza public degree college. She would like to continue her studies in Gilgit. Her father is a farmer and she has three sisters and a brother, all younger than she. Marina Sultana Teacher scholarship 2010 Marina is 26 years old and she graduated from year 14 at Islamabad Federal Government College for Women. She has been a teacher at DJ school for girls in Shimshal for five years. Last year she completed a short course in Early Childhood Education Montessori method with one of our scholarships.

Marina Sultana

Marina Sultana

Teacher scholarship 2010

Marina is 26 years old and she graduated from year 14 at Islamabad Federal Government College for Women. She has been a teacher at DJ school for girls in Shimshal for five years. Last year she completed a short course in Early Childhood Education Montessori method with one of our scholarships.

Syed Ahmed Khan

Ghulam Mussa

During 3rd semester of my post graduate studies, my parents faced a ferocious financial position due to some domestic problems. The deteriorating income of my parents could merely support two of their three sons including me studying in the cities. The harsh circumstances made it likely I would have to relinquish my studies. It was the reason I applied for the scholarship and thanks to Shimshal Trust for being a helping hand in my bad time.

I am an economist. I studied at Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, completing my Master’s programme in 2006. After completion of my studies I joined the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Gilgit with an ambition to work for the marginalized and poor rural communities living in the remote mountain areas of Pakistan. This ambition evolved due to the difficulties in my student life following from the meager economic condition of my parents.

After four years of service with this venerated organization recently I have joined the Aga Khan Education Services for Pakistan, working as Monitoring Evaluation and Research Specialist.

Students from Shimshal are talented enthusiastic and hardworking but the only hurdle in their way to progress is lack of finance. Hardship is the major reason which puts a stop to the studies of talented students from Shimshal. To resolve this issue a sustainable solution is urgently required. I think that the Shimshal Trust has made the first move toward it, and it should be strengthened in the future.

Personally I am now a happy man, enjoying my work and supporting my two brothers financially in their studies, and even sometimes some relatives as well, if required. It is a trickle down effect that I was helped directly but indirectly my brothers and other family members also. I now feel that I should not stay single any more.

My message:
The Shimshal Trust is objectively fighting a war against a hurdle to the students in Shimshal (lack of finance) / indirectly against extreme poverty with its minimum resources. I do appeal Shimshal trust to expand its programme because a large part of the students are waiting for your kind support. I also appeal to the donors (philanthropists) contributing to Shimshal Trust, if any, to please kindly donate more and more because you are the people who can help and develop deserving students, who are already facing the toughest challenges posed by nature (living in extremely far-flung and harsh geographical area) as well as the unsustainable economic condition of the country. I hope that the process of change in Shimshal by the dedicated volunteers from abroad as well as local volunteers will strive for accelerating this gracious work.

Amjad Karim

Amjad Karim

Received a scholarship from us in 2005.

He studied in Islamabad . "As far as my degree is concerned, it is bachelor of business administration honours degree. It was three years course, which I have just completed. Now I want to get admission for masters of business administration, which would start from August this year. It is one year course. Now I'm handling some culture groups through out Pakistan. As you know I can speak German fluently. So I'm taking the opportunity to utilise my language skills."

Anita Akram

Anita Akram

A student from Shimshal studying in Karachi.

Let me tell you something about myself. I am doing BA in English from University of Karachi and busy with my 2nd year 3rd semester mid term papers these days.

I have been living in Karachi since 2003. In my spare time I like to read story books, novels, news paper and so on...I also use the internet for my projects and assignments. I like to write for about one-two hours daily and that writing consists of my daily diary, articles of any kind, stories and academic writing as well. After reading anything I make my own reading record book. Moreover, I also like to watch movies and informative TV programs such as BBC, National Geographic, Discovery etc. It's not necessary to add but I also like to cook.

Karim Samad Khan

Karim Samad Khan

Received a scholarship in 2008

My name is Karim Samad Khan, s/o Muhammad Khan. I'm a student of B.COM part one.

My college name is Gilgit College of Commerce and Economics. .GCCE is a new college and this college started his work in Hunza last year, its main branch is in Gilgit. This is the first college in Hunza for B.com students (actually for boys).

I'm doing bachelor in commerce. I have a very interesting subject and also a hard one. My performance in my subject is satisfactory because my marks and my other activities in college are good and recently my college honoured me with the best student award.

I'm the first boy in my family doing B.com and my elder sister is also in B.com part 2. I have six sisters and two brothers. They all are studying in a good position, which is satisfying. I'm not from a rich family therefore I have a problem of financial support.

First of all I'm very thankful to the donors who support us in our education. I want to say that your scholarship is helpful to me but that cannot complete my needs, because my expenses are greater than the amount. And because of financial problems I took admission in Hunza, but the education in Abbottabad and Islamabad is much better than Hunza.

My subject consists in research and experience but we have no facility of computers. I'm living in a rented house.

My plans for the future are that I want to complete my education and be the first person in my family. After completing my education I want to run my own business.

Best regards, Samad

Maheen Amjad

Maheen Amjad

My name is Maheen Amjad. The reason I required this scholarship is my financial condition as my father passed away this year February 11th. He was the only supporter on our family. At the moment we are facing hard time and it is getting difficult to complete my education.

I am doing BBA from Pakistan Air Force Institute of Economics and Technology. I am an active student in my university. I am an editor of my university’s magazine Campus o’ clock, head registrar in KES i.e. KIETs Entrepreneurial Society, head cooperate liaison in HRS i.e. Human Resource Society, I am also recently appointed as a Teaching Assistant for subject English-I and I am the head trainee of MOC (Master of Ceremony).

That’s my University’s activities; apart from that I have worked 2 years in Aga Khan University Hospital as a volunteer; my work over there was to assist my boss with research and development. Moreover, I played an effective role in Admin. I worked in following departments in AKUH, Operating Room, Alumni, and CHC.

For financial problem, I am giving tuitions at my home and I go to coaching center to check papers. It is getting really tough for me to deal with this. This is affecting my education and the output is not ample and satisfactory.

Syed Ahmed Khan

Syed Ahmed Khan

Received a scholarship to study in 2008.

My name is Syed Ahmed Khan, son of Mirza AhmedKhan. I belong to Shimshal Hunza.

My father puts up all his efforts to support me ''I salute you dad;'' being a poor student I couldn't access the best reputed institutions for better education.

My family has always supported me financially because I am the first person in family who is doing graduation.

I am doing B.COM(bachelor in commerce) from the Government college of commerce and management sciences, Mansehra. Mansehra is a beautiful city of Sarhad province. It is about 700 km from my home (Shimshal).I have been here for last two years doing my graduation. It takes two years to complete B.com and I am in the last year. The main subjects I am studying are 1)Financial accounting 2)Cost accounting 3)Income tax law 4)Auditing 5)Accounting Information system 6)Business communication 7)Statistics. It costs about $1200 including residence to complete the bachelor’s degree ($600 each year). I am thankful to the Shimshal Trust for granting me a scholarship and helping my parents. It really reduced the problem which my family had been facing for many years.

After my graduation it is my desire to take admission in MBA (masters in business administration). It will take further two years to complete the masters. But still it is only a dream for me because my parents will not be able to afford further burden. So I will have to do some job to complete my masters. I am the elder son and now it is my duty to look after them.

In this fourteen years of educational journey I found many supporters: my parents , my respectable teachers, my villagers and a great personality from New Zealand Miss Pam. She remained my teacher for six months in Shimshal and still her love and kindness is continued.

I would like to thank them all for their valuable support and love.

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