Orange Tree Foundation Visits LUMS
Representatives of the Orange Tree Foundation (OTF) visited LUMS on June 1, to discuss avenues of collaboration and ways to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged students studying at the University. The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Omer Mateen Allahwala was joined by Member of the Board and Head of Donor Compliance and Reporting, Ms. Sabah Paracha, and Senior Manager, Marketing and Partnerships, Ms. Sanam Haji. They met with Interim Provost, Dr. Tariq Jadoon and Director, Office of Advancement, Ms. Nuzhat Kamran.
The OTF commenced its work in 2011 in Karachi with the aim to narrow inequality in education and healthcare and empower women in the country. The focus of the organisation is its scholarship programme through which they assist financially disadvantaged students to acquire admissions to top institutions on merit. With plans to expand its reach to Punjab, OTF identified LUMS as a potential partner.
Mr. Allahwala appreciated LUMS for its efforts to provide world-class education to Pakistani students and talked about OTF’s emphasis on quality. “It is very important to us that quality education for all is ensured. We are here to contribute in whatever capacity we can to the work that LUMS is already doing,” he said.
Ms. Kamran spoke about the LUMS flagship scholarship initiative, the National Outreach Programme (NOP), which strives to ensure that financial barriers do not prevent talented students from getting a transformative educational experience at LUMS. She explained, “The impact of the NOP extends beyond the students to their families and communities. Our scholars strive to achieve academic excellence against all odds and the transformation which they undergo after joining LUMS launches them on a trajectory of success and excellence.”