Monday, November 12, 2012

Care Foundation – 150,000 students educated for free!,

Established in 1988, CARE Foundation is dedicated to providing 
a better future to the children of Pakistan by empowering them 
through education. CARE started with just one school with 250 
students. Through the support and dedication of our donors and supporters, we are currently running 225 schools nation-wide, 
providing free quality education to more than 150,000 students.
Not only that, CARE continues to expand to cater to all the needs
of our students, providing them with guidance for higher 
education, technical training, job placements and entrepreneur 

Every single paisa sent our way is important to us since we 
want to be able to reach the maximum number of children. Thus
 CARE aims to keep infrastructure costs at a minimum without compromising on quality. On average, building costs for a 
well-equipped CARE school, providing primary and secondary 
education, are nearly half that of other organizations. The 
demand for the schools is so high that some schools have to run
 double shifts to accommodate all the students wishing to enroll.
 This practice also maximizes the utility of the school buildings.

CARE, the pioneer of public-private partnership, further 
minimizes expenses by adopting public schools. The buildings
 are refurbished and the facilities are brought up to CARE 
standards. CARE then proceeds to provide the schools with 
trained teachers and conducts trainings for the existing teachers.
 Since CARE started adopting public schools, enrollment in these 
schools have seen a rise of 500% and there has been a marked improvement in grades by all children. 
We at CARE value each paisa sent our way and try our best to 
maximize the efficiency of our system. CARE reaches 5 times 
more children per donor amount than any other recognized 
charity in Pakistan. The results of CARE Foundation over the 
past 20 years speak for themselves. 

Care Story

History - 20 Years of Care
CARE Foundation came into being in 1988 following the 
devastating floods in the Sheikhupura district of Punjab. A group
 of concerned citizens came together to help rebuild homes for 
these flood victims. While helping to rebuild, they would always 
have children following them and realized that there were no 
schools in the area. It was shocking to realize that at the very 
doorstep of the cultural and education centre of the nation, there
were children who were deprived of even primary education. 
Thus, the first CARE school was established through generous 
donations from our supporters. 250 children registered on the 
very first day and since then CARE has evolved to provide free 
quality education to over 150,000 students in 225 schools across 
the nation. CARE has been able to make this astounding leap with overwhelming support of the community, private individuals, 
corporations and government organizations striving to eliminate 
illiteracy and poverty in Pakistan.

Adopting Government Schools
CARE Foundation has pioneered a unique private public sector 
concept for providing free quality education to the masses. In 
1998 stemming from the success achieved by CARE private 
schools, the city-district government of Lahore offered CARE 
to adopt 10 of it's failed government run schools. This pilot 
project was a huge undertaking for CARE's limited resources. 
The condition of these schools was shocking to say the least. 
However, CARE accepted this monumental challenge and 
decided to adopt these schools by providing a two stage 
approach; first refurbishing and renovating existing buildings 
that included science laboratories, libraries, computer rooms, 
desks, blackboards, clean drinking water supply as well as 
construction of additional classrooms. In the second stage 
CARE provided these schools with trained teachers 
supplementing existing government teachers. Most 
importantly CARE brought about a cultural change in both 
methodology and academics and the enrollment rate in these
 schools increased by 500%. This increase is testament to the improvement brought about by the CARE administration. CARE
 also took-on the task of training existing government teachers
 in order to improve their skills and overall capabilities with 
modern teaching methods. These measures resulted in the 
matriculation pass percentage to increase from 15% to 85% 
within a year. 

The CARE model of adopting government schools has proven 
that a cost effective sustainable model can be put in place for 
rapidly improving quality of education amongst a greater 
number of students. During the past ten years these students 
have proven to be a beacon of hope for our society, many of 
them graduating with honors in the board matriculation 

Please join hands with CARE to alleviate illiteracy and realize 
the dream of an educated and prosperous Pakistan.
All CARE Graduates are a pride and joy of a successful program run with your help for the children of Pakistan. Without your help
these children may never have had the opportunity of a better future. 

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