Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation

Our scholarships transform the lives of Pakistan’s most disadvantaged people, including orphans, widows and religious minorities.

We help them to escape a vicious cycle of poverty and lack of opportunity by giving access to free vocational training courses. As well as enabling our students to gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications, we support them to find a job or set up a business.

PAS empowers people to learn the skills they need to earn a living, instead of relying on gifts and donations to survive. And because we encourage self-reliance and independence, we also help to build sustainable and resilient communities.

  • Population of Pakistan 210m (5th largest in the world)

  • 6 out 10 live under the age of 30 (average age only 23)

  • 4 out of 10 of Pakistan’s people are classed as poor

Success Stories

People we've helped

Sajan Kumar

The Hunar Foundation’s training empowered me as a woman and enabled me to financially support our family and lift our standard of living. I never thought that I would be independent and working but now I like to take responsibility of not only myself but others too.

Rahmeen Fiza

The Hunar Foundation’s training empowered me as a woman and enabled me to financially support our family and lift our standard of living. I never thought that I would be independent and working but now I like to take responsibility of not only myself but others too.

Rahmeen Fiza

Previous Initiatives

AS is the latest of many QED Foundation initiatives to strengthen links between the UK and Pakistan and improve the quality of life of disadvantaged communities.

Our Partners

PAS is an independent charity that is supported by QED Foundation, which has been a key player in the fight against poverty and inequality since 1990.

Its senior management team of Dr Mohammed Ali OBE and Adeeba Malik CBE has many years’ experience of working with some of Pakistan’s most disadvantaged groups, delivering projects to support local people in Azad Kashmir, Gujar Khan and Attock.

Akhuwat

Hunar Foundation is Pakistan’s only nationwide private-sector vocational training organisation. It pioneered the introduction of UK City and Guilds courses and nearly 4,000 young adults have graduated from its technical institutes.

Hunar Foundation students work towards internationally recognised qualifications, leading to economic freedom and empowerment through employment or small business creation. Opportunities are offered to underprivileged and marginalised young people and it has a special focus on supporting women and providing training in trades that can easily be run as businesses from home.

Hunar Foundation

Hunar Foundation is Pakistan’s only nationwide private-sector vocational training organisation. It pioneered the introduction of UK City and Guilds courses and nearly 4,000 young adults have graduated from its technical institutes.

Hunar Foundation students work towards internationally recognised qualifications, leading to economic freedom and empowerment through employment or small business creation. Opportunities are offered to underprivileged and marginalised young people and it has a special focus on supporting women and providing training in trades that can easily be run as businesses from home.

AGT Institute of Technical and Professional Education

Hunar Foundation is Pakistan’s only nationwide private-sector vocational training organisation. It pioneered the introduction of UK City and Guilds courses and nearly 4,000 young adults have graduated from its technical institutes.

Hunar Foundation students work towards internationally recognised qualifications, leading to economic freedom and empowerment through employment or small business creation. Opportunities are offered to underprivileged and marginalised young people and it has a special focus on supporting women and providing training in trades that can easily be run as businesses from home.

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