Why did we team up with Mewish Hayat?

We have teamed up with Mehwish Hayat as she is an international star, who is enthusiastic and motivated to use her celebrity profile to raise awareness & donations regarding education in Pakistan. She wants to make a difference, and here at Penny Appeal we are all about making a difference around the world.

Is Education First the only appeal she is raising money towards?

Mehwish will be raising money for various different appeals. However, the first appeal she wants to focus on is the Education First appeal to raise money to rebuild 5 schools in Pakistan. This is because she wants to help the younger generation in Pakistan, as she knows they are being deprived of a vital education, which can help pave the future of Pakistan. 

Does Mehwish get paid for her work with Penny Appeal?

Mehwish does not get paid for any of her work with Penny Appeal. She is a humanitarian and is working with Penny Appeal to make a difference.

How many children will study at the schools and what facilities will be available?

A total of 618 children will be enrolled into this school. They will get the essential knowledge in various different subjects such as Maths, Sciences and English.

We aim to provide a comprehensive education in a quality setting to as many children as possible. Each school will be set up according to local requirements and available space.

The number of children who can attend will vary depending on the size of the school, and they may be from nursery age to older teenagers. The idea is that every school will be able to expand, so that over the years, many generations of children can get an education.

Where are the schools located?

The schools will be located in Pakistan, Sukkur district, Sindh Province. This is one of the most deprived areas in the country, with one of the worst rates of education in Pakistan, according to the Global Partnership for Education.

Can I get more information about the schools?


Area Focus: Sukkur, Sindh

Rural Sindh is one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the whole of Pakistan.

According to a 2015 UN report entitled “Multidimensional Poverty in Pakistan”, a shocking 75.5% of the people in rural Sindh are living in poverty. This is due to a number of complex reasons, including ongoing drought and exclusion from the developing, urban areas of Sindh.

Sindh also has one of the worst rates of education in Pakistan, according to the Global Partnership for Education. Access to education is severely limited, especially for the vast majority of those grappling with poverty in rural areas.

Our Schools


Abad Mahar Village Primary School

Sukkur, Sindh

The Abad Mahar Primary School currently consists of just one room for almost 200 students; with crumbling walls and extremely old desks, this room is hardly a suitable learning environment for young children. There were also no toilets, which was preventing some of the more traditional village families from sending their daughters to this mixed school.

Penny Appeal will build two fully furnished, spacious classrooms in the Abad Mahar Primary School, as well as a sizeable veranda, which will also be used as a learning space. Two separate bathrooms for boys and girls will also be built.

The bathrooms will have all the facilities that children and teachers need, and we predict that both overall sanitation as well as the girls’ school attendance will improve thanks to these hygienic bathrooms.

Majeed Shambani Village Primary School

Sukkur, Sindh

The Majeed Shambani Village Primary School doesn’t actually have any rooms; at present, the 65 children who attend the school have no choice but to learn outside, with no shelter from the burning summer sun and freezing cold winters.

Penny Appeal will build two bright, fully furnished classrooms in the Majeed Shambani Primary School, as well as a spacious veranda, which will also be used as a learning space. Two fully equipped and hygienic bathrooms will also be built, improving sanitation and hygiene.

These children will finally have the proper learning space which they deserve, to help their knowledge flourish and their futures become as bright as their new classrooms.

Miani Village Primary School

Sukkur, Sindh

The Maini Village Primary School has 162 pupils, who take their classes outside on benches and the floor, with no protection for adverse weather conditions. This school also has the least equal attendance, with 122 boys enrolled, compared to only 40 girls.

Penny Appeal will build two fully furnished, spacious classrooms in the Maini Village Primary School, as well as a large veranda, which will also be used as a learning space. One bathroom for boys and a separate one for girls will also be built.

We are expecting the separate bathrooms will have a positive impact on girls’ enrolment in the school, and we will also be raising awareness in the Maini community of the importance of education for both boys and girls, which will make an enormous difference to countless girls’ lives in the years to come.

Muhammad Bux Bhanbhro Village Primary School

Sukkur, Sindh

For the 90 children enrolled in the Muhammad Bux Bhanbhro Village Primary School, classes take place under a tree, on floors, benches and walls. This learning environment hinders children’s development, as they have neither the space, the resources nor the protection from sun or cold which they need.

Penny Appeal will build two bright, fully furnished classrooms in the Majeed Shambani Primary School, as well as a spacious veranda, which will also be used as a learning space. Two fully equipped and hygienic bathrooms will also be built, improving sanitation and hygiene. These facilities will make an enormous difference to these children, allowing them to learn effectively and build brighter futures for themselves.

Sahib Khan Jiskani Village Primary School for Girls

Sukkur, Sindh

In the Sahib Khan Jiskani Village, families are extremely traditional, which means that many parents don’t want to send their daughters to mixed schools. This significantly reduces girls’ opportunity to get an education, meaning that young girls often end up taking on household chores and agricultural labour from a young age.

At the Sahib Khan Jiskani Village Primary School for Girls, there are currently 112 girls enrolled, but the school doesn’t have the facilities to teach so many girls, meaning that many girls are at risk of being taken out of school and missing out on their vital education.

Penny Appeal will build two bright, fully furnished classrooms in the Majeed Shambani Primary School, as well as a spacious veranda, which will also be used as a learning space. Two fully equipped and hygienic bathrooms will also be built, improving sanitation and hygiene.

We will also be raising awareness in the Sahib Khan Jiskani community of the importance of girls’ education, and the capacity and facilities of the new school is expected to increase and retain enrolment for girls.

If I donate, will I get feedback?

If you donate towards a full school which is a £20,000 one off payment or £1667 per month for a year, you will receive a feedback report through post containing images before and after the school is rebuilt, information regarding the children it has helped and the community. There will also be letters from the local residents and children for the donor to let them know how the school has changed their lives for the better.

If you have contributed towards the appeal, you will receive feedback of the project by email after the schools have been built.

When is the London Marathon?

Mehwish will run the 26.2 miles at the London Marathon 2020, which will take place on Sunday 26th April 2020.

Where can I donate towards Mehwish’s fundraiser?

You can make a one off payment or set up a monthly Direct Debit. This can be done through our website by going on Mehwish’s webpage or by calling 03000 11 11 11.

You can also donate to Mehwish Hayat’s Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mehwishhayat