Educational facilities for the Internally Displaced and street children

The internally displaced youth living often as street children in the low-income neighbourhoods of the capital city Islamabad and are deprived from basic education and protection services. The Mashal school educates IDP children from all over the country with a majority from KP and FATA, offers them a protective space, advises / counsels them on cultural, social and legal issues and help them to register under the government system by that laying the basis for future livelihood possibilities.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Migración en general (aspectos de desarrollo y partenariados)
Primary education
Capacidades básicas para la vida
Education facilities and training
10.12.2016 - 31.12.2019
CHF 200'000
Contexto Historically, Pakistan has suffered recurring natural disasters, political turmoil and security issues, which has forced a large number of population to move out to safer and secure areas, thus giving rise to a number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s). In the urban slum areas of Islamabad a large number of IDPs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and other parts of the country have found refuge. Among issues like poverty, education and lack of facilities, one of the biggest challenge that these poor families face is the protection of the children and women. In the presence of high percentage of out of the school children this vulnerability is multiplied.  The Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) estimates 18% Boys / 21% Girls in peri-urban/rural areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) are out of school, at national level over 25 million children don’t have access to regular education. The Mashal school project is providing education and protection service in the peri-urban area known as Bari Imam, which is illegally occupied by a large number of stranded, deprived people from all over the country.
Objetivos By providing education and protection services to young Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), often living as street children, in the peri-urban area of Islamabad, will help to develop an active and responsible society.
Grupos destinarios
  • The vulnerable 870 children of IDPs often living as street children in the peri-urban Bari-Imam area of Islamabad.
  • 45 teachers and 15 staff from the host community in the peri-urban area of Islamabad.
  • The families of the children and staff; and the community are an indirect beneficiary.
Efectos a medio plazo

Outcome 1: IDPs living as street children in the urban slum Bari Imam area of Islamabad are provided protection through a holistic educational approach.

Outcome 2: The teachers and staff of the Mashal Trust from the community are provided with trainings to enhance their capacity and skills.


Resultados previstos:  

  1. Three branches of Mashal Model school are provided with operational funding for 18 months.
  2. The youth from IDPs and street children continue their education in a protective environment for a future livelihood possibility.
  3. The youth are advised on cultural, social and legal issues, and assisted in the registration under the Governmental regulations.
  4. The capacity of the teachers and staff of the Trust is enhanced to become a productive member of the same community.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Ayuda humanitaria
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera

Otras contrapartes

In kind support of:

  • Serena Hotel Islamabad
  • Ali Trust Pakistan
  • Nestle Pakistan
  • Zong mobile Pakistan
  • Pakistan Tennis Federation
  • UNWG (United Nations Women Guild)
  • Action Aid INGO
  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • Other Embassies (Canada, Poland, Czech)
Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF   200'000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF   223'009