Mission & History
Our Mission: Educate Girls for a Better World
Our purpose is to increase girls’ access to education in Pakistan and other underserved parts of South Asia. The impact of educating girls in any community is significant. Educated girls marry later and have lower fertility rates. Their families are healthier, and they educate their own children. They are also more likely to seek paid employment and to make an economic contribution to society.
The Hoshyar Foundation works through local partners. We offer assistance to pay teachers’ salaries and transportation, keep at-risk schools open, provide funds to rent temporary facilities, and support literacy and job training programs. Our approach targets what communities have identified as their own needs. The resources we distribute help them to realize their vision.
Between its founding in 2007 and fall of 2014, Hoshyar raised over $450,000. During this time, we constructed and operated a fourteen-room school in Baagarian village that offers classes from nursery through post-secondary. We built two three-room secondary schools and sponsored their operations and those of five other schools in remote villages in Mansehra district. We set up three adult literacy and vocational training centers in Lahore; sponsored five secondary schools for girls in Mansehra district; helped rebuild twelve war-damaged schools in the Swat valley; and assisted with the rehabilitation of five primary schools in Indus-Kohistan.
Our secular educational approach is fundamental to our mission. Secular education provides an alternative to religious extremism and helps to connect students with the rest of the world. Additionally, we do not accept money from any governmental entity. This increases our credibility and enables us to work directly with our local partners. All funds are raised through individual donations and foundation grants.
We are a professional non-profit organization dedicated to this region and this cause. Hoshyar’s two co-founders, Carla Petievich and Kathryn Hansen, are established scholars of South Asian studies. All of our board members have experience on the ground in South Asia. Most hold advanced degrees in South Asian studies, and four worked in managing operations in India or Pakistan.