Parents of the student killed in Texas school shooting start a foundation to support education of under-privileged girls

The initial focus of the foundation will be to provide scholarships to Pakistani universities.

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A 17-year-old high school exchange student from Pakistan, Sabika Sheikh, was killed in a May 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. The shooting took the life of 10 people and wounded at least 13 others.

The parents of the young girl, Abdul Aziz Sheikh and Farah Naz, started a foundation titled Sabika for Peace Foundation. To honor the young girl’s memory, the foundation provides university scholarships to low-income Pakistani women, particularly those with civic engagement aspirations.

The Sabika for Peace Foundation aims to expand educational opportunities for the neediest. The initial focus of the foundation will be to provide scholarships to Pakistani universities.

Sania Sheikh, Sabika’s sister, said:

With time the foundation’s operation will expand to provide exchange opportunities to American schools so that its connection and ties with the US continue. That’s because I think my sister spent the best days of her life in America.

In a Zoom interview with the Houston Chronicle, Farah Naz, Sabika’s mother, said:

I am always worried that we might forget Sabika. By starting this foundation, I know that forgetting her will become impossible. I know that if I continue working with this foundation, she will always be with me.

Several prominent nonprofit organizations like the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, the American Council for International Education (ACIE), the American Institute for Foreign Study and the International Education and Resource Network have joined hands with the foundation. These organizations are contributing $300,000 seed grant to help initiate the foundation.

A board of directors will run the foundation. This board will include representatives from Sabika’s family and four independent members selected by the family after consultation with the foundation’s partners.

We wish the Sabika for Peace Foundation the  best of luck and hope they achieve all of their goals without any hindrances.

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