In 2007, Hoshyar learned of a struggling primary school that was about to shut down for lack of funding. Located in Baagarian village on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, the Al-Hamd school had been established by a local family a few years before. Under the auspices of a citizen’s community board, the school was providing free tuition and textbooks to poor children. The students met with their teachers in a cramped rented house. As its first humanitarian project, Hoshyar adopted Al-Hamd, and plans were soon under way to build a permanent schoolhouse. In 2009, Hoshyar constructed a well-appointed eight-room building on donated land. Three years later, a second story was added to accommodate a science laboratory, library, and space for college prep classes.
Over time, the school has expanded and now includes nursery through post-high school matriculation. In 2013, F.A. and F.Sc. classes (college prep) were introduced. Hoshyar pays teachers’ and staff salaries and offers pedagogical workshops as well as scholarships to teachers pursuing higher degrees or certification.
Hoshyar has also worked to enrich the learning environment. The foundation has supported an annual school outing and monthly bookmobile visits. We continue to develop the library collection. We supply uniforms and warm winter clothing, as well as back-up electricity to ensure that students are comfortable in hot weather or cold. Since 2011 all students and their families are eligible to receive free medical treatment.