Maherbano Ramzan is a 10-year-old orphan girl who lives in a remote village with her widowed mother, two sisters, and brother.
Her father died three years ago when she was very young. The family could never have foreseen that they would soon lose what little they had.
Maherbano Ramzan’s widowed mother started working as a labourer in order to feed her traumatised young children. Her wages are meagre and life is very harsh, but the family are thankful that they at least have a roof over their heads.
Maherbano Ramzan was in grade three when she left school after her father's tragic death. After being orphaned, school and basic education were a far-off dream for Maherbano Ramzan and her siblings - until Al Mustafa Welfare Trust staff came to their village.
Now, after two years, Maherbano Ramzan has started going back to school, as all children should.
Even though she has to walk three miles to school each day, she is still very keen and enthusiastic about receiving an education. She wants to live her life to its fullest.
“I had many dreams like travelling around the world and meeting new people after becoming a teacher. I want my family to be respected and we should not have to fight for our dignity, identity, and self-esteem."