Shehzad Roy: Zindagi Trust


Shehzad Roy, a famous Pakistani pop singer, went to Thar (a desert in Sindh, Pakistan), for recording one of his music videos. He didn’t know it then that this experience would change his life. At the time of shooting the video, Roy became aware of hardships people, especially children, have to face on a daily basis in rural areas. They have, he saw, a very low quality of life, are deprived of basic provisions of life and have few human rights. Roy was touched most when he saw “innocent and beautiful children” drinking contaminated water” near carcasses of decayed birds and animals. This morbid experience changed Roy’s perception of life. And, he decided to take some responsibility of helping under-privileged children of Pakistan through education. For this, he started by opening up a philanthropic school. Shehzad Roy shared this noble idea with his well- wishers and friends. They all showed their willingness to contribute to the cause. Especially, the great vanguard of philanthropy in Pakistan, Mr. Edhi supported him, and also appeared in his video, which Roy had made purely for the Trust campaign, named, “Zindagi (life) Trust: I am paid to learn.”

The Trust is not like any other charity school. The whole concept is very innovative. Here “they pay you to learn.” For sure it is very fascinating in nature for the indigent section of our society. Instead of charging fees, they give student Rs. 20 daily to attend classes. Not only will it help in educating the children, but will also, play a vital role in eradicating child labor from our country.

The response has been great. Roy’s well- wishers, friends, fans and others donate and volunteer to work for the Trust. What began with 1 school in Mansoor Colony, Karachi, is now spread in 3 major cities of Pakistan. The trust has 14 schools in Karachi, 11 in Lahore and 9 in Rawalpindi! There are 148 teachers working in these school and over 2,000 students are studying in the schools.

Shahzad Roy has founded a Girls’ Secondary School in Shahadpur as well. He understands very well that, “educating a female means educating a whole generation” and that we need educated females in our society. By setting up the Girls’ school, he has surely set an example for others.

Shehzad Roy’s sincerity and urge to help people does not end here. On 8th October 2005, a major earthquake hit Kashmir and North-Western areas of Pakistan. Over 85,000 people died and there were innumerable casualties. To help curb the agonies of the earthquake victims, Roy made an announcement to arrange a charity concert. And for the first time in Pakistan, a foreign megastar, the legendary, Bryan Adams was to perform in it, to help in collecting donations. The concert took place on 29 January 2006, at Arabian Sea Club, Karachi. Unquestionably, the concert was a huge success, over 10,000 people turned up to contribute to the cause. And to add more, shirts were sold for Rs. 100 Bryan Adams was spellbound by the program of “I am paid to learn.” Adams said in the concert; “you people should be proud of this guy, for what he is doing for the country.” This classic musical event gained the attention of international media as well. When Bryan was asked about the experience he had in here, he said; “Never once did we ever feel that there was a problem with security… I met nothing but lovely people.” This shows not only the event helped the cause but also presented a softer image of Pakistan in the west. As Roy said himself; “Adam show has proven that Karachi is safe a city and Pakistan as a safe country as any other place in the world.”

Roy’s selflessness and devotion to make a difference is leading him to do more. He could not overlook the health problem in our country. For that, a Healthcare project was started by him in Sultanabad, near a town Shahadpur, where pediatric, prenatal, and postnatal treatments are provided. Roy plans to launch more projects, relating to healthcare in various parts of Pakistan.

In recognition of all of Roy’s efforts and altruism, He has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, one of the highest civilian awards in Pakistan. It should be noted that he was the youngest and only pop singer, in Pakistan who had received this award, at the time of writing this article.

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22 thoughts on “Shehzad Roy: Zindagi Trust

  1. Yes Its a brilliant idea and he deserves all the praises and awards one can give. Finally someone realizes how important education is in road to solving the problems of this country. Take a bow mr roy*.

  2. helo sir mjy ap ka kam bohat acha laga nd i m big fan of u aur main b ek organization (PLAN PAKISTAN international org) main as pay rol per kam kar rahe houn aur volunteer apny community k andar b ek org main kam kar rahe houn aur is k sath apni study b kar rahe houn . main 2nd year ki student houn regular study kar rahe houn. apsy fever chahyie the kya main ap k sath koi help kar skti houn? aur plz meri mail ka answer zurur karye ga im w8ng 4 it answer?

    • salam sis i m ambreen ap jo kam kar rahi hn wo buht acha he sis plz meri b kuch halp kar den me buht pareshan hn mere 2 bache hn meri beti 5 sal ki he me apni beti ko kisi ache school me parhana chahti nh par hamare halat hamara sath nahi de rahe hn plz sis hlp me

  3. // It should be noted that he was the youngest and only pop singer, in Pakistan who had received this award, at the time of writing this article.//

    lil correction, Atif Aslam is the youngest artist who was awarded with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz back in 2008.

  4. salam shehzad bhai muje ap ka karachi ka address chaiye meri sister in low ko ap ki zarorat hai pls jaldi address dena plz

  5. Dear Sir,
    i m from Rwp. i m living in middle class , near my home people are very poor but thy educate their children but they are hand to mouth, some parents cannt affored school fees , uniform, books expensis,
    you are requested to help them to educate their childrens, if u have any child welfare plane in ” ZIdgy trust “.

    ASGHAR NIAZI.
    RAWALPINDI.
    DHOK SYEDAN.
    0331-5500250
    0344-5479561

  6. salam sir mera naam ambreen he me hyd me rhehti hn mere 2 bache hn sir mere shohar berozgar hn sir me apni beti ko parhana chahti hn par hamare wasail nahi hn plz sir halp me plz

  7. dear sir g mjhy apnay poor sister & brother k ly study books ly kr agr ap dy sakty hn 2 plz ly dn hm log bht gareeb hn agr koi r bhi hm ko books wgra dena chay 2 plz plz contct ap sb ki bht bra ahsan ho ga 03336436848,kot mithan distr rajan pur

  8. shehzad bhai.. i m sonia . aap jo b kr ry hyn bht acha hy , chlo koi to hy jo pakistan me abi b zinda dill hy..

  9. SIR PLZ HELP ME FROM SADAM HUSSAIN JAFFARABAD BALOCHISTAN SIR MAIN AP SY MILA THA JAFFARABAD MAIN MJHA AP KA 7TH KAAM KRNA KA SHOQ HAI THIS MY CELL NUMBER 03003746352

  10. ek help ki zaroorat hai . main karachi university main graduation kar raha hoon in food science and technology , mera final yar chal raha hai , lekin is baar fees ka bohat masla hogya hai , , apki help chahye , study complete hone k baad main apko paisey return kardunga , plz meri help kardijye plz

  11. ek help ki zaroorat hai . main karachi university main graduation kar raha hoon in food science and technology , mera final yar chal raha hai , lekin is baar fees ka bohat masla hogya hai , , apki help chahye , study complete hone k baad main apko paisey return kardunga , plz meri help kardijye plz my email is ” faraz_smile2@yahoo.com” cell no. 0332-2457913

  12. my name is khurram i belong from lahore but i live in rawalpindi i need your help i am very poor my father did 2nd marriage so they live alone he is very rich man i need your help for coart …. my cell no is 0315 4806696

  13. aslam.o.alikum sir
    am a student ………… my name is imran ali
    i have great interst in study but i facing some problem. now my parents can,t bear my study expences. i need some help from you……plz help me sir

  14. Asalam o alaikum Sir mera name Nadeem Ahmed hai i am jobless i have 3 daughters 2 school jati hain sir unki monthly fees uniforms aur books ka kharcha afford nahi kar sakta aur unko taleem dena bhi lazmi samajhta hun ap se request hai ke please help me i live in Hyderabad Sindh.
    03345533415

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