Story of Al Mashal

The journey of Al Mashal has been an arduous but nonetheless a fruitful one. It has reached the point where all the efforts have paid off. But the journey still continues.

From one room building to various small rented buildings it has finally reached its pinnacle of achievement by owning and building its own premises.

A Brief overview of our Donors and Supporters:
The construction of our new building premises could not have been possible without our foreign supporters.

We are especially very thankful to Robatec Switzerland and Italy for their help. They came forward with their help and support when they were informed about our project of a new school premises. With their generous donations Al Mashal’s new school building project started off.

We were further supported by our donors from Glasgow from time to time. ‘Sisters in Deen’ gave their dedicated teacher who is supporting her tuition fee with the salary she receives from the school. She has also enrolled in bachelor’s degree from Punjab University.

23rd March 2019

Al Mashal Welfare Foundation celebrated Pakistan day with its students today. The gathering came together to sing the national anthem and the students were educated and inspired through lectures emphasising the importance of the day. The day involved various other activities which allowed the students to celebrate it with zeal and zest.

21st March 2019
The students and staff of the school joyously celebrated the arrival of Spring.
During the day the mood remained festive and joyful with students involving themselves in various activities to celebrate spring by flying kites and participating in various other sports.

15th March 2019
The school celebrated its first anniversary with enthusiasm and jubilation. The event was hallmarked by students and staff decorating the school and they presented bouquets to the principal. Finally they celebrated the day by cutting a cake thus bringing to culmination a successful year.

30th January 2019
Montessori class student Imshaal Wasim celebrated her fourth birthday in school today. The children sang birthday song for her and cut the cake.

24th January 2019
Clothes and toys were distributed among the children today. These were collected at the fundraising for the school by Mrs. Maimoona. The children were thankful and happy to receive such beautiful tokens of love.

13th January 2019
A fund raiser was organised by Mrs. Maimoona on 13th January 2019. The event comprised of a grand fun fair at her residence to collect funds for the school building. It was attended by families and friends . The children enjoyed themselves a lot. There were food stalls, face painting, games etc. The children made goody bags for the school children also. The whole affair was a splendid success. The proceeds from the event were added in the school fund. We thank Mrs. Maimoona for her efforts and hope that she continues to play an active part in the school funding .

School Reopens
School reopened on 15th August 2018 after summer vacations. Children came back with much enthusiasm and ready for studies.

School is Getting Ready
The new school building is under construction.

PTM. April 2018
Timely meetings and keeping the parents up-to-date with their children’s progress has always been the strategy of the school system. Therefore a meeting was held with the parents and it was highly appreciated by them. They conveyed their satisfaction with the school system and discussed their queries with the principal.

March 2018
Al-Mashal shifts to its new premises:-

The dream and goal of Al Mashal Foundation was realized when in March 2018 it shifted to its own building. Presently one room is being utilized while the building is under construction. It is located in Badarpur just a little outside the main city Lahore.

New session 2016-2017 started – April 2016
We have started our new session in April. All students have been given new books and copies.

Online Classes started as of April 2015
We have started online classes in our school as of April 2015 for grades 2 to 4. Classes are held for English, Pak Studies and Science on Skype from Miss Halima. These are conducted from 9 am to 12 pm. This has been a very successful project, as Miss Halima is an excellent teacher and the children benefit from her greatly and also get an opportunity to become more proficient at computer use.

Pakistan Day Celebrations
6th September 2015
Pakistan day was celebrated by Al Mashal students with much zeal and enthusiasm. They had prepared motivational songs and sang them beautifully. The children were told the importance of this day .

PARENT-TEACHER MEETING
29th August 2014
An effective parent-teacher partnership can make a significant difference in a child’s education, and the start of a new semester is an ideal time to refocus this partnership. Parent – teacher meeting was held in Al-Mashal Welfare Foundation on 29th of August 2014.

Agenda of Meeting:

– Students should come to school neat & clean.

– Be punctual.

– To come regularly to school.

New School Session Begins
April 14, 2014
Our new school session started on 14th April 2014. Children have been given new school syllabus and new notebooks.

Shahzad is one of the four students who gave his Punjab Board Examination in 2013 from our school and got admission in Class 8 directly after Class 5th. The reason being that their performance was brilliant and they were encouraged to take admission in Class 8 by the Government school principal. They have truly made us proud! We wish them best of luck in the future.

Punjab Youth Festival Debates Competition
April 12, 2014
Our school is very proud of its alumini – of our talented Laiba Mehmood. She participated in Punjab Youth Festival and got first position in the festival under which her school among all the government schools and two private schools had participated. The final of debates were on 12th April 2014 in which she got first prize. The topic was “Quaid’s dream for his Welfare State”. She achieved fourth position in overall Punjab School Debates. In her own words she said that “I owe it all to my school Al Mashal Welfare Foundation which provided me with a strong base to achieve this prestigious position.” She is now in Grade 10.

Visit to Seasons Menu Factory
January 18, 2014
The school went to Seasons Menu factory on the 18th of Jan 2014. A total of 25 children and a staff of 4 teachers went. Before the tour started the children were shown a presentation on how the Seasons products were launched. The children were shown around the factory and it was explained to them how different procedures are done before the final product that they see in the shops. It was very informative for them to know how each and every process is done. At the end of the tour they were given snacks of menu products and souvenirs. The children enjoyed the trip very much.

School helps a needy family
May 10, 2013
Al Mashal school helped out a needy family who had no job by setting up a cart with plastic utensils for them. The family’s means of income has started and things have started to look better for them now.

Measles Vaccinations in our School
April 29, 2013
As per our government’s initiative to terminate the measles epidemic, vaccination shots were given to our school children under ten years of age. The school cooperated fully with the government officials and made proper lists of all children who were given the vaccination.

New school session starts
April 08, 2013
New session of school started from 8th April 2013. New syllabus was distributed among the school children.

Nurpur Foods Visit our school
April 03, 2013
Nurpur Foods visited our school and distributed milk among the school children. They set up their kiosk and handed out milk cartons to the children. This has been an initiative from our school to introduce a proper balanced meal for our children. The children enjoyed their milk and thanked the Nurpur officials.

March 2013 Board Exam Results
March 10, 2013
Result of our class fifth board students was announced in March. All our students passed in first attempt and got admissions in FG schools.

Saira’s Success Story
January 26, 2013
One of our students, Saira Sultan, studied till class 5 in our school. After doing her primary with flying colors she got admission in a government school. She studied there till Class Matric. She always wanted to study more and was a very hard working student. Her determination to continue with her studies got her admission in FSc.in Punjab College Lahore on merit. She also took computer courses and on the basis of which she got a job that paid for her tuition fee. She got a laptop for herself and got an online job and further helped in her household income as well as her payment of her tuition fee. Her fee is Rs.100,000/ year. Now it has become difficult for her to pay her tuition fee since her laptop broke down and she has no job. To continue with her education she is looking for a permanent job. She approached Al-Mashal where she is now working part time job for 5000/month so she can continue with her studies. We are looking for a sponsor who is willing to support her education fee. Sponsorship fee is Rs. 5000/month, she requires a total of Rs.100,000/year.

Play performance by our students and little art
January 24, 2013
0n 24th January 2013, there was a function organized by our school. It was a joint venture of The Little Art and Al Mashal school. The children performed a play on children’s rights which was prepared by The Little Art. The school also invited its donors to the function. The children performed brilliantly in all the performances. The fact that they had an audience to perform for made them confident. The donors also enjoyed the program a lot and encouraged the children. The program included Quran recitation, and performances on different songs and also a play on children’s rights. It ended with our national anthem. The children were served snacks which they enjoyed a lot.

Trip to McDonald’s
January 22, 2013
Al Mashal school was invited to McDonald’s on 22 January 2013. It is an annual event and is most appreciated by the school since these children don’t have many opportunities to go out to eat in their daily life. A total of 40 children and 11 staff members were given a free lunch there. They talked with the staff members of McDonald’s and answered all their questions with confidence. The children had a good time and enjoyed their trip very much.

Talk by Prof. Abdul Salam
December 06, 2012
Our students attended a talk by Prof. Abdul Salam. He gave a lecture on Allama Iqbal and Quaid i Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He works in Nazaria Pakistan Trust. He told the children about two nation theory and the efforts of our Quaid in this regard. He also gave the school, books and leaflets of his institute about Quaid i Azam and Allama Iqbal.

Al Mashal and The Little Art join hands
December 04, 2012
Al Mashal became official partners with The Little Art. The Little Art is an organization that conducts activities in different schools. Al Mashal had been looking for an organization like this to bring out the talent of their children and to inculcate self confidence in them.

We celebrate Allama Iqbal Day
November 09, 2012
Al Mashal celebrated Allama Iqbal Day on 9th November. Our children performed tableau on Allama Iqbal’s poetry. They also recited some poems by Allama Iqbal.

“International Children’s Film Festival”
September 17, 2012
A visit to Ali Institute was conducted to watch the International Children’s Film Festival event. There were short films of different subjects which our students enjoyed very much. Since they had never been exposed to such an activity before they were enthralled by the whole event.

Visit to Pepsi Plant in Sundar
April 12, 2012
A group of fifteen students from our school went to visit the Pepsi Cola Factory at Sundar Industrial Estate. They were given an introductory talk about the plant and a guided tour. At the end of the visit they were served snacks, which included items being produced in the plant that they had just seen being made. It was an educational visit and the children enjoyed themselves a lot.

New School Premises
September 26, 2011
We moved to a new location, in Saddar Cantt, Lahore. We could not afford the rent of the previous building so we decided to move to a lower rent building nearby. It’s a three storey building with six rooms and a nice big terrace. The location is convenient for the students, most of whom live nearby. We had approached the Corp. Commander Lahore, to help us find a new school building. They have given us a very generous cash donation to facilitate our move to this premises.

Summer Break
July 20, 2011
The school closed for summer break on July 20th, 2011 and reopened on 20th of September 2011.

Trip to McDonald’s
July 20, 2011
We were invited to the opening of the new McDonald’s on M.M. Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. The children enjoyed it very much and were very happy with the free toys they were given there.

Registration with Punjab Board
October 21, 2010
Our school’s registration process with the Punjab Board, Govt. of Pakistan has finally completed. We are now officially registered with the Punjab Board.

Medical Checkups at School
October 16, 2010
The Agha Khan Lab arranged a medical camp at our school. They provided the services of four doctors, one dental surgeon, one G.P., one eye specialist and an assistant to provide medical checkups for our students. Twenty students who needed medical attention were given a complete medical examination.

Springtime Activities
March 31, 2010
Thanks to our donors in Glasgow, we have enjoyed a lot of springtime activities in our new school premises. Our friends in Glasgow made this possible by their generous contribution which enabled us to pay our rent for one year. Blue Band Margarine company paid a visit to our school and did a weight/height check up of all our students. Alif Laila Library held a world reading competition which our students participated in.

Final Examinations
March 10, 2010
Our final examinations have started today i.e 10th March 2010. The students have prepared well for these important examinations.

Alif Laila walk for Education
March 06, 2010
We participated in a walk for education organised by the Alif Laila Book Library. It was a very good experience for the students.

Painting Competition at Racecourse Park
March 02, 2010
The event was organized by PHA, and was very enjoyable, in the true spirit of spring in Lahore.

WWF Wetlands Festival
February 21, 2010
We enjoyed participating in this festival, and our students won three prizes, in photography, essay writing and story writing. Our students made us proud by winning prizes in the competitions.

Visit to McDonald’s
February 19, 2010
Once more our students enjoyed the food and fun activities provided to us by McDonald’s, free of cost.

Visit to Jallo Park
February 06, 2010
We enjoyed a field trip to Jallo Park as part of our spring activities.

Medical Treatment of a student
November 18, 2009
One of our students, Omar, was diagnosed with TB of intestines. We had him treated at Jinnah Hospital. By the grace of Allah he is doing fine now.

Polio Drops Administered
November 16, 2009
During the polio week, our students under five years of age were administered polio drops in the school.

Shifting of Al Mashal Foundation to New Premises
November 12, 2009
Al Mashal Welfare Foundation School has shifted from the previous premises to a better location in February 2008, so as to comfortably accommodate the children in a larger and cleaner building. This building has good construction and more space.

A teacher’s wedding
November 03, 2009
One of our teacher is getting married on 21st November 2009. We have helped arrange for the food and other wedding expenses.

New photocopier bought
October 18, 2009
We bought a new photocopier to be used in our school. Since we teach our own syllabus therefore the photocopier will be useful to us in many ways. We will be able to make copies of the syllabus for play group, nursery and prep classes ourselves.

New School Van purchased
August 20, 2009
A Suzuki pick-up was purchased to provide pick and drop facility to the children who do not live within walking distance of the school. Parents of students who lived far away from school were reluctant to let their children walk alone to school. Now they will be able to send their children in the van without any fear.

New Syllabus Books
August 15, 2009
We bought new syllabus books, copies and other stationery items for the students to start the new school year.

Polio Drops Administered
May 28, 2009
Polio drops were administered to the younger group of students who fall in the polio medication age group.

Medical Team visits school
May 26, 2009
A team of eight doctors visited our school to provide free medical checkups to our students. They also provided free medicines as needed to our children.

Blue Band Margarine Activity
May 25, 2009
A group of people from the organization arranged indoor game activities in our school. The students were very happy with the souvenirs they received from the Blue Band organization.

Hand Pump installed
May 10, 2009
Al Mashal Welfare foundation helped a poor family in Taxila by installing a hand pump for drawing water out.

Final Exams held
May 05, 2009
Final examinations were held in the first week of May. Then on 15th May our new semester started. From May till June we basically did revision work with the children. New syllabus for the classes will begin in August 2009 after summer break.

Wedding arrangements
April 18, 2009
Al-Mashal Welfare Foundation assisted in making wedding arrangements for a poor girl who lives in Taxila.

Scholarships
April 14, 2009
Two children who had finished grade five at our school were provided scholarships to complete their schooling at another English medium school.

Our watchman passed away
January 03, 2009
Inayat, our trusted watchman and handyman, died of cancer. We made burial arrangements for him.

Trip to Golden Chips Factory
December 19, 2008
A field trip was arranged to Golden Chips Factory in Kot Lakhpat Industrial Area. It was a good experience for the students.

Trip To McDonald’s
December 18, 2008
The children went on a trip to McDonald’s. They enjoyed their free meal and entertainment provided by McDonald’s.

Magic Show
November 11, 2008
A magic show was arranged by us. The star of the show was “Ainak wala Jinn” . The students enjoyed it thoroughly.

Eid Milan Party
October 07, 2008
We held an eid milan party in school. The children dressed up in their best eid clothes and enjoyed themselves.

New Syllabus
September 01, 2008
New syllabus and notebooks were distributed among the students.

Final Examinations
July 01, 2008
The school held final exams before summer break.

Maggie Noodles Show
June 18, 2008
A show was held in our school by Maggie Noodles. They set up indoor games for the children and distributed gifts amongst them.

Medical Check-ups
April 08, 2008
A team of doctors from Agha Khan Lab visited our school to provide free medical checkups to all our students.

WWF Wetlands Carnival
March 12, 2007
The students went on a field trip to participate in the WWF Wetlands Carnival held at Ali Institute Lahore, on March 3rd, 2007. It was an enjoyable and an educative trip.

Vocational Training Class
February 01, 2007
The children are given training in embroidery, zari , tilla and salma-sitara work by a neighborhood teacher. He has his own embroidery workshop and teaches a group of about 15 children at a time at Al-Mashal.

Visit to a student’s house
February 01, 2007
We visited Saira’s house. She is a student of class five, and lives close by to the school. She lives in a joint family system comprising of four family units. Each family has one room. Her grandparents, her parents, and two of her uncles families live there.