About Us

From Kindergarten to a Career

I remember that day, 23 years ago, when my maid invited me to her child’s birthday. My excited kids dressed well for the party. We had presents. We had never been to her village, just nearby, next to DHA X-Block at Model Colony. But it was a world apart. Three days before it had rained, but it was still slushy, and I slipped into muddy water. I felt so bad. What a difference. Here our children go to a private school; there the children roam in the gullies without shoes.

Founder and President, Mrs. Lubna Shakoh
Founder and President, Mrs. Lubna Shakoh

That night, I had a dream. What if we could build a bridge from the rich to the poor? On July 4, 2000, I called family and friends to my home, and gave 300 rupees to be the first member of this endeavor, setting the foundation for what would become one of the top NGOs in Pakistan.

The work began for those without water, ration, or shoes. Building these programs was a long journey, but they stand resilient today. In fact, in just the past three years, as stated in our audit report, we’ve reached out to and helped 575,000 families.


We are recognized as a topmost charity in transparency and trust. Just ask our donors. Every donor is invited to visit us in DHA Lahore, and we share progress of our programs or your sponsored children with you. All our accounts are audited annually by a registered Chartered Accounts Firm, and published online.


Hope Uplift Foundation (HUF) is registered with the Federal Board of Revenue, Punjab Charity Commission, Pakistan Center for Philanthropy, and the Registration of Societies Act 1860.  We do not get any government grants or foreign government funding.  All our funds are raised through kind donors. 


In addition to regulatory and national compliance, we are overseen by our Board of Directors. These esteemed Directors are volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including leaders in social service, education, civil service, and private enterprise. Our progress, programs, and decisions are reviewed and guided by the Board of Directors. We thank our Directors for their dedication and passion to make an impact.


To build-up sustainability, our HUF School does not owe annual rent – we built the campus and now it is a lasting investment. Item Donations also enable a welfare shop, where revenue generated is used to support our charities. Some of our Corporate Partners, such us LS Businesses, have committed for the long run to donate their profits toward our charities. The remaining majority of our donations come from kind donors like you.


Reach out to us anytime.  We believe in what we do and the goodness of our donors.  Feel free to ask any questions or engage us on programs you are interested in.  We are happy to share how your donations are being utilized.  We are a rare charity, in that our HUF office is accessible to visit, right here in DHA Lahore.  Donors are also invited to visit the HUF School during open hours every Wednesday.

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