Jado Kalhoro, a
small village of about 300 people, is located approximately 600 km north of 
Karachi, Pakistan.
Some elders of the village maintain that almost two generations of their people
have remained ignorant and illiterate resulting in poverty, bad hygienic
conditions and social disintegration through petty disputes. Their economic
condition has gone from bad to worse, as they are not making use of modern
technology and methods to get ahead in their ancestral profession of farming.

Understanding their problem, in 1992, after much appeal, the community finally
received approval from the government to have a primary school built in their
village. Because there were no educated people in the village, a teacher was
hired from the nearest city which is located 25km away.  After 3 years,
the teacher requested transfer, which resulted in the school shutting down. The
school remained closed for the next 13 years (from 1995 to 2008).

Hidaya Foundation's

In 2007, Hidaya Foundation (www.hidaya.org)
expanded its Support a School Project and adopted six
government primary schools in the Shikarpur District, including this
school in Jado Kalhoro.

When Hidaya took over the school, the building was damaged and one community
member had taken the facility as a storage place for corn crops from his field.
Hidaya's team faced two major challenges after adoption of this school:

1) Repairing the school building, which according to Hidaya's agreement with the
district education department, is the responsibility of District Government..

2) Get the school building freed from the community member unlawfully using it.

With the blessings of Allah, persistence of Hidaya's team, and help from
influential members in the community, the building was freed, not repaired
yet but the school was restored to session on March 17, 2008.

A local member of the village was appointed and trained by Hidaya's education
team to serve as a teacher in the school to avoid the same problems of the

Currently, 48 students (40 boys and 8 girls)
are enrolled in the school. The villagers are extremely happy with the
re-opening of the school in their village. Villagers, who have now taken part
in the Parent Teacher Association formed by Hidaya, are very supportive of each
and every activity related to the school, because Insha'Allah (God-Willing)
this time it will stay open and change the destiny of their community.

Each school Hidaya is re-opening has a story of its own.

For more information on Support a School Project kindly visit:


It costs just $5 a month to support a student.

It costs $150 a month to run one classroom with 25-30 students and a

It costs $5,000 to construct a new classroom in a village that
doesn't have one.

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Hidaya Foundation, P.O. Box 5481, Santa Clara , CA 95056


Waseem Baloch

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Hidaya Foundation is a US based non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization,
with Tax ID # 77-0502583.  Its mission is to implement educational, health
care and social welfare projects in economically depressed areas of the world.

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