Saeed Hadi Memorial
Organized by: Mohammed Hadi
December 10, 2017
Our father, Saeed Hadi, passed away on April 13, 2016. Many of our friends, colleagues and loved ones have asked whether they could make a donation in his honor to a charity or cause that he supported.
There's one topic that immediately came to mind.
Baba was a big believer in the power of education to transform lives and society. He was a founder of Teach for Pakistan, which trains young college graduates as teachers and places them in schools in two-year fellowships.
The goal is to seed a change in attitudes towards education among the country's future leaders and some of the most loving tributes to our father in the past days have come from Teach for Pakistan staff who saw a side of him that many of us didn't get to see first hand.
We heard, for example, that on the first day of training for the first class of Teach for Pakistan fellows, baba stood outside the classroom door and greeted every single one personally. And he was never more proud than when he was telling us about something one of the fellows did that inspired him. One favorite is the story of the teacher who hosted a Diwali party for the only hindu student in an otherwise muslim school - making the child feel welcome in his school community for the first time in his young life.
Teach for Pakistan, unfortunately, is in the middle of a reorganization and so we're not yet able to donate to it as a program.
Instead we've created this crowdrise page as a way to gather all of your goodwill, with the promise that it will be directed to a program that reflects the values that our father stood for. If we're able to in the next few months we may direct the funds to Teach for Pakistan.
If not, another option we are exploring is a scholarship for students at another place close to baba's heart: the Sayurj Public School in Chitral, Pakistan.
The school, in northwest Pakistan educates girls and boys from the region. It was founded by one of baba's school teachers - Major GD Langlands. (He's famous for being a 99-year old Brit who dedicated his life to educating children in Pakistan after serving in the British army before partition).
A scholarship here would be for a graduating student to attend university elsewhere in Pakistan.
If you're willing to support us, we promise that our choice will reflect the example our baba set for us and the world he wanted to see us create. And, this will just be the beginning. Anything you help us start now, we have already decided will be something that we carry forward with our own resources year after year in his honor.
(Mussarrat, Taimur, Mohammed, Genghis, Uzma, Lauren, Tala, Samara, Maia, Kinza and Hamza.)