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About Us

Who We Are
and What We Do

We provide vocational training so that men and women in Pakistan can gain the skills they need to earn a living at home or abroad, improve their job prospects or set up a business or social enterprise.

We do this by raising money to pay for scholarships so that some of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people can gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. These include widows, orphans and religious minorities.

We also offer help with finding jobs or setting up businesses. In some cases, our training providers can provide free accommodation to students from more remote or rural locations.

The average cost of a vocational training course in industrial sectors such as construction, hair and beauty or information technology is just £200. Our students also go on to become electricians, plumbers, security guards, sewing machinists, refrigeration and mobile phone technicians or follow a wide range of other career paths.

We are able to support even more people by working with UK-based colleges, universities and training providers to build the capacity of their counterparts in Pakistan. We are encouraging them to donate quality equipment and machinery and give assistance with gaining nationally and internationally recognised accreditation for courses. They can also help by delivering courses to lecturers and teaching staff by Skype or by visiting Pakistan.

Through direct support to individual students and developing the capacity of training providers, we aim to help 100,000 people to escape poverty over the next ten years.

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Previous initiatives

PAS is the latest of many QED Foundation initiatives to strengthen links between the UK and Pakistan.

Education and Training

QED Foundation has many years’ experience of developing and delivering training programmes to help women who have recently arrived from overseas to find jobs and settle in quickly to life in the UK. We realised that this support would be even more effective if we could provide it before people left their home countries.

With EU funding we offered pre-departure training to 1,200 women in Pakistan and raised awareness of this new approach through our partners on the European Integration Forum. It worked so well that several other countries have since followed suit.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded us to bring together ten vice chancellors of major universities in Pakistan and their counterparts in the UK to find ways of tackling extremism on campus.

We have also run training seminars for teachers of English language in Islamabad and helped the Kashmir Education Foundation through giving advice, support and raising funds. We launched a successful appeal that raised enough money from Pakistanis in the UK to equip a resource centre with 40 computers at the Chaach Public School and College run by the Child Welfare Trust

QED Foundation is also developing a partnership with the Aga Khan University’s London campus to support postgraduate students, most of whom come from Pakistan, at its Institute for the Study of Islamic Civilisations


Our pre-departure support for women preparing to leave Pakistan to join British national husbands in the UK has included seven health training programmes. This is particularly important because Pakistani communities have the highest infant mortality rates in the UK. This Health Literacy Project also saved the NHS money by encouraging women to find other ways of taking care of themselves and their families.

We have given advice, support and help with fundraising to the Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in Rawalpindi. The Bradford community helped us to raise enough money to buy 50 beds for Hazro Hospital in Attock district.

International Links

Our chief executive organised an international event in Islamabad, which called upon the government to support expatriates living in the UK. He also took part in a week-long high-profile conference organised by President Musharraf to encourage Pakistanis living overseas to develop the country’s human potential. He works with Common Purpose to help young leaders in the UK to use their skills to give something back to Pakistan.

Our deputy chief executive Adeeba Malik CBE spoke at an international seminar organised by the Lahore School of Economics that sought to strengthen ties between Pakistanis across national boundaries. She has also helped the Hashoo Foundation improve people’s quality of life by developing links with communities in other countries.


We helped to produce the Opportunity Pakistan report, which investigated the potential for social entrepreneurship to contribute to the country’s economy.