Who Are We

Aaghaz Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by journalist Mazhar Farooqui and his friends in Lucknow with just Rs 2000 and one needy student.

We are a selfless group of people who have joined hands to transform lives through education and create more resilient societies around us. Our members and patrons include men and women from diverse fields and different age groups across the world.

Every year millions of Indian students are forced to discontinue their education because of financial constraints. Aaghaz prevents some of these careers from being nipped in the bud by paying their fees directly into their institutions. From a small germ of an idea, Aaghaz has now grown into a massive movement that has helped over 16,000 underprivileged children through its Scholarship Programmes and other educational initiatives. Yet Aaghaz remains more of an enabling than an implementing agency. Everybody works here voluntarily and, as one of our guiding principle, not paid anything in return. Aaghaz Foundation is based in Lucknow, in north India and is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.