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If you would like to be involved in or take part in an initiative that is responsible for changing lives across Pakistan here is a list of not-for-profit organizations we love.
And if you’re doing something in your city, school, university, neighborhood that you think is cool and interesting and needs to be heard we can be your voice. Send us details of what you’re doing to be the change on

Al-Zohra is a unique women-led, women-run charitable organization based in rented premises in Punjab colony, Karachi, Pakistan. It is a registered charity in Pakistan and the registration number is DSW(645-k) 1991.

The charter of the association is to work for the welfare and rehabilitation of destitute women and empower them with the tools and resources they need to become active citizens.

Citizens Archive of Pakistan
The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) is a non profit organization dedicated to Cultural and Historic Preservation. The organization seeks to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation's history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.

CAP has focused its attention on the tradition of oral story-telling in Pakistan, emphasizing the importance of such narratives in a dialogue on national identity. They have three main goals: to preserve and provide access to the archive, to build and support educational programs, and to develop educational products based on the testimonies collected.

Children’s museum for peace and human rights
CMPHR strives to contribute towards the development of a socially just and tolerant society in Pakistan by providing socially relevant educational experiences designed to help children: Understand the world they live in and positively alter their attitudes, values, and perceptions with respect to human rights, peace and social justice. Develop skills, motivation and willingness to take greater interest in, and make positive contributions to, their local and broader communities.

The Dream Foundation
The Dream Foundation was established in 2003 when Humaira Bachal a young girl 12 years of age, with wisdom beyond her years and the support of a few like-minded girls started a school to educate street children. With a dedication and revolutionary vision Humaira and her team began running the school in 2003. Within two years the dream was reality as the makeshift school, in Humaira’s family home was full to bursting with children eager to learn.

Heed association contributes in the areas of health, education, environment and sustainable development in the earthquake affected areas of Kashmir to improve living conditions and alleviate community distress.

Karachi Relief Trust
Karachi Relief Trust is Disaster Management Voluntary Organization originally established to provide relief to the people afflicted in the provinces of Balochistan and Sindh by Cyclone Yemyin in 2007. This group of civic minded volunteers came together with the fundamental belief that each of us can and should make a difference. KRT volunteers quickly organized donation drives, emergency ration preparation efforts, transportation of relief goods and were active participants in rebuilding homes in the affected areas.

Culture in all its manifestations reflects the essence of civilization; it is by its universal appeal both the common and individual heritage of humanity.
For this reason, civilized nation states feel that it is a pressing obligation to preserve their individual cultures and promote their heritage.
NAPA empowers its graduates to go forth with zeal to establish and promote a positive regard for higher accomplishment in the Performing Arts.
NAPA'S mission is to give Pakistan's rich cultural texture its rightful place not just within the country, but in the world.

Naya Jeevan
NAYA JEEVAN® is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to rejuvenating the lives of low-income families throughout the emerging world by providing them with affordable access to quality, catastrophic healthcare.
Naya Jeevan offers its insurance program in Pakistan at subsidized rates under a novel national group health insurance model (underwritten by Allianz-EFU, IGI Insurance, and AsiaCare).

PRCS is a humanitarian organization, dedicated to improving lives of vulnerable segments of the society. The core areas of the work, in line with the overall strategy of PRCS, are Disaster Management, Health Care and promotion of Humanitarian Values supported by an ongoing process of Organizational Development

Payaam trust
PAYAAM (‘Message for Happiness’) stands for the spreading the message of care, development, and compassion in the common people of Pakistan. The goal of Pyaam is providing relief, spread happiness, and empower the underprivileged, the lonely, the disabled and those in need. Boasting of a large team of volunteers, Payaam Trust envisions a Pakistan where help and support is readily available.

PeaceNiche, a not-for-profit NGO, registered under the Societies Act of 1860, is committed to becoming a vibrant centre of Pakistan’s developing civil society.
T2F, formerly “The Second Floor” is the first project of PeaceNiche. A community space for open dialogue, T2F provides citizens with a platform for social change through rich cultural activities, public discourse, and advocacy using progressive ideas and the new media.

READ Foundation
READ Foundation is one of the largest not-for-profit educational networks of rural Pakistan. It started off in 1994 with a mission of serving underprivileged children through quality education.
READ began its journey with 25 children, a committed teacher and a shabby rented building. In contrast to the enormity of the goal, the financial resources were meager. But after some fifteen years READ Foundation has earned fame for offering value-based mainstream education with emphasis on character building through academic excellence.

The Citizens Foundation
TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned with the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan's leading organizations in the field of formal education. As of 2011, TCF has established 730 purpose-built school units nationwide with an enrollment of 102,000 students. TCF encourages female enrollment and strives to maintain a 50% female ratio in most of its campuses. TCF has a full female faculty of 5,400 members. TCF also has a dedicated Teacher Training Center in Karachi and Mansehra for the ongoing training of its faculty and provides logistical support to all its teachers. About 8,000 jobs have been created in communities in which TCF operates.

Tehrik-e-Niswaan is an association focused on women’s rights with its initial focus on organizing seminars and workshops taking up issues like “Violence on Women”, and “Chaddar and Chardiwari”. Tehrik felt that both the sexes, men (particularly) and women (generally), needed to be made aware of the low status and position of women and the social, political, economic and cultural discrimination.
Within a year Tehrik had moved away from seminars towards cultural and creative activity like Theatre and Dance to convey its message.

Zimmedar Sheri
TZimmedar Shehri – Responsible Citizens is the brainchild of middle class citizens striving to foster a sustainable initiative for civic sense in the urban centres of Pakistan. Having started out in the bustling metropolis of Lahore, Zimmedar Shehri works to develop community improvement through creative yet realistic approaches; whether its focus be trash clean up drives, tree planting, clothes distribution, public hygiene, or any other area of social welfare. The core belief of Zimmedar Shehri is that the power to improve a country’s situation lies with its people.