House of Light School – A FREE school for underprivileged children

The House of Light School (HOLS) is located in a village about 25 kms away from main city of Islamabad. It started with Pre-class one and currently has 293 students up to class tenth – the senior most class. Besides FREE quality education, all other services such as school uniforms, text books, stationery and meals are provided free of cost to every child from low income underprivileged homes.

Past Rented Building

Class in Tent

New Campus

  • Raja Qaiser Ghaffar, a resident of the area dreamt of opening a school for the most underprivileged children of his area. He believed that even if one child of a poor family could receive a good education s/he would not only help in improving the economic conditions of his whole family but would also influence thinking within the family.
  • With a friend in Spain, Mr Arnim Schulz (a German language professor at the Goethe Institute of Barcelona) he succeeded in establishing Horizon International Trust (HIT) in 2005. Funds were collected from family and friends and the House of Light School (HOL School) began in 2006 with a batch of 25 underprivileged children under the Trust.
  •  The first batch of grade five students graduated in March 2012 and the children were bid farewell as the school was established as a primary education facility. But both the girls and boys refused to leave the school and insisted on carrying on their education, forcing the Principal to initiate class VI in a tent.
  • With the idea floated by a Trustee, the students took the initiative to raise funds to construct their class room. They made 50 paintings, which were exhibited and sold at the gallery 6 in Islamabad in May 2012. The exhibition was marketed worldwide by the gallery and it led to raising funds over a million rupees.
  • This unprecedented response to a fund raising activity had a dramatic effect. It gave a new dream, motivation, confidence and encouragement to the Board of Trustees of HOL School that they can raise funds and build their own school comparable to the leading private schools. Hence, they focused their attention on materializing this dream and took various steps.
  • Raja Qaiser Ghaffar, the Chairman of HIT, donated 9000 sq yds of land in the area. Japanese Embassy provided funds through “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects” in 2014 for the construction of the school ($ 107,000). A Senator arranged a fund of Rs. 4 million through the local government. Some citizens made donations to cover the remaining costs.
  • The construction of the campus started in March 2014, only after a period of 17 months the new School building started functioning with 10 classrooms and administration block. The Principal, has played a key role in maintaining the quality of teaching. Educated girls chosen from the village have been trained through teacher training workshops offered by different organizations. Our first tenth grade of 12 students recently appeared for the examinations conducted by the Federal Board and 10 have passed, acquiring grades from A+ to C.

Funds are now required for the following:

  1.  On the first floor, construction of 7 more classrooms ( as we have to segregate girls and boys after class 5, a library, a Montessori room, a computer room, 2 science laboratories, 4 more bathrooms for girls and boys. Total cost: 1crore and 30 lacs
  2. On the ground, constructing a multipurpose hall, a dining room, a kitchen, 1 store room, a Day Care Center. Total cost: 80 lacs