Started out as a family funded initiative, Kiran was pioneered upon the need to educate families with their first born toddlers. This initiated the Kiran Pre School, which was based on a trauma sensitive approach which was executed through a mother child teacher partnership program. 100% of our alumni were enrolled into mainstream Cambridge schools. Kiran now has three schooling programs; the pre-school program, the alumni program and a public school program.
Kiran Ibtedai School or more popularly now known as the Kiran Pre-School, was the pioneer project of Kiran Foundation. With a Mother-Child-Teacher partnership program and a trauma sensistive aproach, the program aimed to nurture twenty todlers along with their mothers, during a passage of one year in order to allow us to fulfill our mission to "Bridge the Gap" between the elites and the marginalized. 100% of Kiran Alumni are in mainstream schools, of which 80% are in Cambridge schools. Focusing on quality over quantity, and themed less is more, Kiran Ibtedai School has by far transformed 110 families over a period of eight years.
After mainstreaming students, the only problem that stayed was to cope up with the ever changing needs of our alumni. Be it academic, or personality changes, the pace of change was fast, which unfortunately their families were unable to cope with. This gave birth to the idea of Kiran Ambassador Program. After school, alumni come back to Kiran, where they recieve help with their homework, subject problems and personal development. The Alumni Program is a complete package of academic, personal and family development of all Kiran alumni. The program started in 2008, now is home to 112 students, with the eldest now enrolling into their CIE's.
Kiran Foundation in partnership with Akhuwat, undertook DCTO government school through private-public partnership program of the Sindh Education Foundation. This was done to reform and re-establish a 'state of art public school' for the community of Lyari. A number of organizations and individuals have since then already strengthened our hands in support of this idea to give back to the society, towards a sustainable progress. This is also the reason, Kiran Foundation aims to create a replicable public school model, which can be easily replicated in public schools across Pakistan, in hope to acomplish our vision of "A Compassionate Society".
Achieving mental well-being through capacity building programs, one on one counselling and positive reinforcement activities that promote individual rights, family unity and in certain cases financial stability. Most of these programs focus on women and mother development within Kiran families and the community we work in. Empowerment programs aim to integrate, involve and inspire marginalized individuals with mainstream and elite communities.
Integrated People (IP) is a sub-program of Kiran foundation that was initially started up by a group of college students from across the world. The belief was that donations will only exasperate global poverty since it is not sustainable; instead, IP worked on the market-based-poverty-alleviation paradigm. Integrated People experimented with extending its reach into disaster relief areas. The first experiment in this section involved 2000 bracelets made out of plastic bags at tent-cities setup outside of Karachi after the 2010 floods. The plastic bags, which then caused litter, now allowed the victims a source of income to re-establish a lifestyle.
Nafeesa forum, dedicated to our ambassador's mother, who passed away, is a mother development program initiated by the Kiran Foundation. The name Nafeesa means delicate and perfect, much like a mothers love and purity of thought for her child. Thus this was a perfect name for a mothers' forum. Mothers are not only given basic education within this forum, but also can discuss their personal, financial and family related issues, which then can be addressed and in most cases solved through simple discussions. This program develops married women through awareness of their rights, correct appraoch to addressing unjust and allowing women an avenue to learn and share experiences.
The idea of income support started when, a single mother, Maha, walked up to us with a wish to learn how to drive and be able to sustain her child. we encouraged the idea and helped her buy a car. Maha, now provides van services and is one of the very few female van drivers in Pakistan, and the first one in Lyari. Since then Kiran began to provide multiple small loans to individuals with valid reasons to avail them. This program has further been strengthened since Kiran Foundation entered into a partnership with Akhuwat. With their main aim to provide financial liberation through entrepreneurship Akhuwat has added value to this program.
Communities that work together, grow! This is the theme we live by. Kiran not only educates and empowers individuals, but also bring them together by engaging communities within its decision making process. As a result beneficiaries become stakeholders, giving support, direction and purpose to our ever growing family of change makers. Engagement programs focus to develop youth mindsets within the community, the conditions in the long term take care of itself.
kiran Green Society is the brain child of six successors of Kiran Foundation. In 2014, when these children were only ten year old, they felt the urge to give back to their community by playing a part as community helpers. This gave birth to a succession planning group, with the vision to transform Lyari, by undertaking small personalized projects alongside Kiran Foundation, KGS emerged as a society with the youngest of members who helped their community through project based work.They have done projects on plantation, cleanliness, street painting, volunteering at Saturday schools, and art therapies with young patients.
Lyari Say Yaari is an offshoot of Kiran Members towards the betterment of youth of Lyari. LSY is working on various community based youth development projects. The aim is to bring a positive change within Lyari and bridge the youth of Lyari with the outside world through confidence building, civil citizenship, enhancing leadership skills and career guidance. The primary objective of LSY is to make youngsters of Lyari embrace their dreams, talents and creativity to think big and achieve big! For the longest time, Lyari youth has lived within a marginalized community. It is now time for them to rise up and befriend the world.
With a number of different avenues opening up with the adoption of DCTO School in Lyari, Staff members started clubs within the school to ensure students recieve what they wish to learn through positive reinforcement techniques. Thus the idea of clubs beyond school hours, classes and timings came into existance. DCTO now has an art-club, a science-club, a performing arts-clubs, a gymnastics-club and is moving towards creating its own football-club. These clubs aim to achieve learning possibilities beyond classrooms. Students are taught within different environments through a theme of their choice, allowing them to be part of group with like minded individuals.
"I came to change their lives, they in turn changed mine"
"You're living in your world, thinking you're doing everything and then Kiran Changes your Paradigm"
"Watched Kiran grow, since childhood, now I believe it is my time to contribute."
"None of us came to Kiran, we were all brought here for a reason."
"Kiran allows me to see the positive side in every situation"
"Kiran to me was my way of giving back to my community"
"If I could I would add-value to every child at Kiran, personally with my own hands"
"Started Kiran as a job, never knew it would become a family"
Kiran Foundation is committed to educate, empower and establish communities through academic excellence, family income support and community mobilization through shared values and stimulating processes.Sabina Khatri arrived to Lyari in 2004 having faced a case of a child abused physically by her very own father. The visit to Lyari was purely with the intention of talking to the family in order to understand reasoning for having beaten the child so brutally that she had to undergo treatment for months. This developed Sabina’s interaction with this particular family where she felt the need to educate them through the process of raising children. Her frequent visits to Lyari to meet with this family familiarized her with the vicinity. This became a moment for her to observe what Lyari is undergoing. She started observing people on the streets and how they treat children. What was more surprising for her was to see how this starts a chain reaction. The father of the family pulls out his frustration on his wife, and in return she pulls out her frustration on her children by beating them, the child in return walks out of the house, playing on the streets, with this frustration, either hurts another child physically or starts stoning animals. These observations let Sabina realize that the environment around Lyari and other marginalized areas of Karachi was unsafe for children. Whether it is the beating or the health hazards of children playing on the streets, or it be the risk of leaving children with shady strangers, the environment was incorrect for children. Furthermore, this nurtured children into individuals who are immune to the pain of others. The element of compassion that makes us human was dying all around her, every day. The walk through Lyari raised an urge for Sabina Khatri to somehow contribute to this society, and call it fate or a calling, luckily there was a small school in Lyari which was operated by Zaka'at funds of the only donor was Sabina's family. This calling along with her family support brought her to an alley, with a small school building called Kiran School. Sabina entered the school during assembly time, where children in the school were reciting “Lab pe aati hai dua bunn ke, Tamanna Meri” (My hope and dreams come as prayers on my lips), a children’s poetry by Allama Iqbal. “I cried after listening to them recite the poetry” say’s Sabina. This became her agenda and provided grounds for her to adopt the Kiran School. After having undertaken Kiran School, the first thing done, was relocate all the students, to better schools and ensure their education was being continued flawlessly, while Kiran School modeled itself physically and academically in a better position. The work on this building was tremendous. Not only the building but the entire neighborhood of the school was redesigned over a period of a year. The school during its renovation and academic system design period was opened to the general public to come and visit the development. At first, everything was an entertainment factor for the locals. Their reasons to visit the school were to witness aliens in their vicinity. Later it became a point of attraction because this school was designed differently than others. A hope started arising within the people of Lyari, different might be good. Due to this reason the first policies of Kiran School were created. The Kiran School clearly mentioned guidelines. Firstly; only the first born of the family will be accepted. Secondly; if any parent indulged in as much as smoking a cigarette or chew tobacco or uses any form of drug, their child will not be admitted. Lastly; the mother of the child will commit to attending school thrice a week with consent of their husband. This gave birth to a community mobilization drive within Lyari. Parents started to quit drug usage in order for a better future for their children, Women within Lyari started becoming empowered as they were allowed to be educated in the name of child education, and even men became willing to learn to be better in order for their children to have a better education. The Kiran school became a home to 20 toddlers and their families in 2007, starting a mother-child-teacher partnership program for pre-schooling, with the aim of preparing children for mainstream schools and grooming parents of the marginalized Lyari to cope-up with the rest of the society. This laid the seeds of Kiran Foundation which in 2014 would become a central function for women empowerment, children education and youth mobilization, working with over 500 Families within Lyari.
Developing compassionate leaders since 2006, The Kiran School System is a trauma-sensitive mother-child compassionate pre-school as well as an alternate intervention for primary and secondary schools.
Kiran School first opened its doors in the underserved violent and volatile neighborhood of Lyari Karachi. The school system started off as a preschool program on the belief that leadership values are instilled at an early age and require the support of a child’s guardians. The aims are to educate a child to compete in mainstream schools instead of remaining marginalized. To ensure the program’s success, the school brings entire families into its tutelage, mandatorily involving the mother and henceforth all relevant members in the child’s life.
This ensures that a child does not receive mixed messages of education and grooming and that the community as a whole can receive help and counsel to uplift themselves from their current circumstances. A testament to the success of this program can be seen in the capacity of Kiran Students.
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