Mission critical – “Education for All”

Approximately 75 million people in Pakistan can neither read nor write. Some 25 million youths are out of school. This high illiteracy level is the main cause of poverty and many social evils. Poverty forms a barrier between a child and the education he or she rightfully deserves. Changing this situation demands each one of us to act now, and Diya can be your act of kindness.

People of integrity, commitment, professionalism

Diya Pakistan is led by a team of highly accomplished Non Resident Pakistani professionals from Middle East who are determined to make a difference. Our common vision is an Educated Pakistan. The present Chairman of Board of Trustees is Mr Afaq Khan, who is the ex-CEO of Standard Chartered Saadiq (the global Islamic banking arm of Standard Chartered). Meet our people here

Best use of your wealth, high impact

Diya ensures that 100% of your donation reaches a deserving child without any deductions. For this purpose, all administrative expenses of Diya are directly paid by the trustees, and nothing by the donor. You can rest assured that your zakah, sadaqa and other contributions are directly reaching the most deserving students. See Success Stories here

Transparency and accountability, protecting your trust

Your trust is our biggest asset and Diya has put in place an effective governance structure that ensures full accountability at every level. Diya Pakistan is a registered, non-profit, tax exempt organization in Pakistan. Annual audit is performed by KPMG Pakistan. For every contribution made, you may ask for feedback and where the funds were used, and the management will provide you full details to your satisfaction. In fact, we encourage our supporters to visit our offices in Rawalpindi and see the operations for themselves. (See Governance Structure below).

Proven track record, performance delivered

26 years, 280,000 scholarships, US$ 5.7 million in donations received and disbursed. Going from strength to strength, your Diya Pakistan continues to serve the nation with passion and professionalism. Your donations are doing wonders to the lives of so many forgotten students. Be a part of this journey.

Governance Structure

Ensuring a transparent, effective and efficient governance system is at the core of Diya’s philosophy. It serves to protect and strengthen the confidence that our donors have in Diya’s services since its inception in 1988. We believe that there is a tremendous spirit of donating for educational purposes amongst our people, specially once they are convinced that their money is being used for the right purpose and is in fact reaching the deserving beneficiaries.

In order to ensure that we deliver to the expectations of our patrons, donors and supporters – who come from Pakistan, Middle East, Europe, Canada and the USA – Diya’s governance framework is structured as follows:

Diya Pakistan (formerly Kaneez Fatima Welfare Foundation) was officially registered in Pakistan under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance, 1961, on 19 April 1992 (registration number DDSW (BD) 92-206). With effect from 2 October 2007, the activities are being carried out in the name of Diya Pakistan. In 2009, Diya applied for and received tax-exempt status from the government authorities, which means that our donors are entitled to tax credit in Pakistan on all donations made through crossed cheques. Diya is in the process of registering in other regions such as Middle East, UK, Canada and USA.

A formal organization structure and charter define the roles and responsibilities of the trustees and the management team. All key decisions are made through a consultative approach. The organization is supported by volunteer teams from several different countries.

In 2009, Diya applied for and received tax-exempt status from the government authorities, which means that our donors are entitled to tax credit in Pakistan on all donations made through crossed cheques.

KPMG Pakistan are the external auditors since 2008. Prior to that, annual audit was performed by Ernst and Young Pakistan. The annual audit provides an independent opinion on the state of financial affairs of Diya, which is a source of great comfort for our local and international supporters.

Diya has documented policies for all key aspects of its operations, including scholarship award criteria, fund administration, fund disbursement and financial reporting and disclosures. The objective is to institutionalize the working of the organization so that it continues to function in a transparent and methodical way.

Starting in 2010, Diya has initiated an annual survey program to assess the impact being made by our donors’ funds. The feedback received from students is then applied towards improving the scholarship program with the objective of maximizing the impact. The survey results are also shared with the donor community to keep them fully informed of the performance of the organization.

As a policy, Diya endeavors to reach out to a larger student base and has consciously kept the scholarship size per beneficiary to a relatively modest amount. This policy encourages the beneficiaries to meet part of their expenses through their own financial means while supplementing any shortfall through Diya scholarship.

All donors are issued an acknowledgement receipt directly by our finance function that works independently of the fund raising team. This segregation of roles further helps in strengthening the internal control system.

Diya is very keen for its donors and supporters to visit its offices in Rawalpindi and see first-hand the professional and transparent working of the organization. The board and the management also actively encourage field visits by our donors to visit beneficiary students and are available to facilitate this interaction.

Diya’s trustees fully acknowledge that sincere intentions must be supported by, a) committed leadership, and b) professional implementation, in order to achieve the desired results. The same is reflected in certain key administrative initiatives specially the expense management policy and Diya Stability Facility.

The general and overhead expenses of Diya are maintained at a minimum, and since 2010, are fully funded from contributions by founder trustees. This means that 100% of your donations directly reach the end beneficiary, without any deductions.

In 2012, the board of trustees approved establishing a Diya Stability Facility to be used in emergencies and in the event if donations in a year are not sufficient to meet the current requirements of the year. This facility ensures that Diya is able to honor its commitment to its beneficiary students in all circumstances.