Fozia Zikriya had been studying in the Government Elementary School, and living a life free of cares in her small village named Sarkalan some 48 Kilometers to the south-west of Chakwal City. But fate had something else in store for her.
Her father was implicated in a false case of murder, and had been tortured, which paralyzed him mentally, and he became schizophrenic. This created a very tough situation for the family, as the only earning hand was paralyzed, while expenditure shot up due to medical care of her father.
Her illiterate mother has to take up odd jobs, which do not bring sufficient money. She goes to the nearby jungle, collects woods and sells them to her neighbors. She sews clothes, does embroidery, and works as maid for various rich households. She has become a very strong voice for girls’ education. ‘I believe girls’ education is more important, if I were educated, I would have handled this situation quite well, and would not have needed support from any NGO for my children’s education’, says Nusrat Bibi.
After passing her 8th grade, Fozia had to go to the neighboring village for secondary education, because there was no secondary school in her own village. Going to neighboring village involved huge cost on transportation – something too much for the unfortunate family. Fozia had lost all hope of continuing her education, when a social activist visited her house and asked her mother if she would like to send her daughter to school. She was overjoyed to hear this and readily accepted the offer.
Thanks to the joint efforts of Girls Education International and Bedari, Fozia is going to school studying in grade 9. All the expenses on her education are being borne by Bedari with financial assistance from Girls Education International.