Empowering Youth With The Most Powerful Weapon: Education

A Conversation With DIL Founder and CEO, Fiza Shah By: Hera Arham As seen in missmuslim.nyc on June 21, 2017 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela, South African civil rights activist Education is a fundamental right. But it’s not treated like one. Due to poverty and lack of access – over 72 million children around the world are unschooled. Nearly 25 million of those children are scattered throughout the country of Pakistan. And it is reported that it is more difficult for young girls to ...

Read More


Heartwarming video about two DIL students

DIL Alumni, Afreen, shares the stories of two DIL students Afshan and Mubeen in this heartwarming video. DIL believes no child in Pakistan, no matter how poor or underprivileged, should be denied access to quality education. All children should have equal opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute toward the socio-economic betterment of their communities. With your help we can continue transforming lives and changing destinies. Click here to donate to DIL:

Read More


Against all odds- Laiba’s Journey

Life was kind to me until I started facing the side effects of the surgery I had long ago. At the age of nine, I noticed the toes on my left foot started to bend uncomfortably so at the age of 10 I underwent another surgery. That surgery negatively affected my kidneys, causing major complications that resulted in my having to wear a catheter daily. Though I have been through a lot, I still wanted to continue with my studies. I go to school each day with a catheter attached to me, I have accepted it as a part of my life until something better happens. My school principal ...

Read More


Summaya’s Story

Ramadan Mubarak! As we reflect on life’s blessings, our hearts go out to students like Summaya. When she was only 4 years old, Summaya was abandoned by her father after losing her mother to one of the most devastating factory fires in Pakistan’s history. She was destined to a life of housework and abuse by extended family until her grandmother stepped in to care for her. She enrolled her in a DIL school, fulfilling her mother’s dream that Summaya would become educated. “There are so many things I miss telling my mom. Sometimes a girl just needs her mother...

Read More


Nabeela Ramzan’s Journey to a Brighter Future

Some people start their lives in rough situations. They have big dreams for a better life, but struggle to find a way to achieve them. Sometimes, we face failure during certain stages in our lives, but the determination to fulfill our dreams keeps us going and makes us capable of achieving something big. My name is Nabeela Ramzan. I come from a poor family and like other children, I had big dreams for my future and a great desire to pursue them. My life did not start in the most ideal way. My journey began with the death of my father, leaving my mother as the sole ...

Read More


Is Education Enough?

How are educated women in rural Pakistan becoming change agents by contributing to their communities? DIL Founder and CEO Fiza Shah explores this inspiring topic in a recent TEDx talk.  “Every child must be given the same treatment…to be exposed to the infinite opportunities that this world has to offer…to be given the confidence to reach their full potential.” Click here to Donate Online! “If we want to change the world, if we want to make it a better world, a safer, healthier more prosperous world; we all need to play our part in ensuring that gender ...

Read More


This Ramadan, we are humbled by students like fourth-grader Zirwa…

Click here to Donate Online! As we reflect on life’s blessings this Ramadan, we are humbled by students like fourth-grader Zirwa, who attends a DIL School in Sheikhupura, and has taken it upon herself to share the knowledge she has gained with other less fortunate students. “I want to educate as many children as I can in my very poor neighborhood. Mothers are illiterate and they spend most of their time struggling to make a living, so are unable to concentrate on their children. This motivated me to start coaching them after school to help them with their ...

Read More


DIL Student Awarded President’s Gold Medal by Pakistan Boy Scouts Association

This past December, DIL-NOWA school student Zamin Raza Mangi was awarded the President's Gold Medal by the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association. The President of Pakistan presented the award at the Presidency in Islamabad. Held every four years, the competition tests participants on both mental and physical capabilities. Ten-year-old Zamin competed against participants from 24 Sindh districts, and was awarded the title of “Best Shaheen Scout of Sindh” for the year 2015. Gold medalists from across Pakistan then competed nationally to be part of the “World Tour” and ...

Read More


DIL Recognized as the Best Performing School Network in Pakistan

Over summer 2015, 1314 9th graders from 325 schools across Pakistan participated in an online learning challenge, Learn Smart Pakistan, arranged by Knowledge Platform.

Read More


Upcoming visit to Pakistan

DIL’s Curriculum Director, Annie Field, and Program Development Director, Brenda Erlinger, are headed to Pakistan for their bi-annual trip in April. Annie, DIL US’s longest serving employee, is most looking forward to connecting with the team face-to-face on projects and seeing the impact our work has made in the field. “It’s always productive to be in the field together sharing our observations and collaborating as a team on how best to tackle new challenges that arise.” During the trip, Annie will review curriculum revision plans with English teachers ...

Read More