About ZKF

Zareef Khan Foundation (ZKF) was established by Dr. Muhammad Zareef Khan and was registered with the government in 1988 under the Societies Act of 1860 as a non-profit NGO aiming to work in such multi-sectoral projects which have a direct socio economic impact on the society. ZKF promotes universal understanding and opportunities to work together in the interest of life on this planet and the promotion of peace.

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Dr. Muhammad Zareef Khan (1902 - 1995) was born in a village Ali Shah 20 kms north-east of Peshawar. He finished his primary education in village and completed his high school and college in Peshawar. He studied medicine in the King Edward's Medical College Lahore from 1923-28.He also qualified in Malariology and Public Health from the Malaria Survey of India Institute, Karnal, and University of Calcutta, India in 1933 & 1934 respectively. He served the humanity from 1928-58 in the government service and from 1958 to 1982 in his private clinic in part of the building which was his home built in 1940 and which now houses ZKF office

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ZKF is aiming to work in multi-sectoral projects which have a direct socio economic impact on the society. It promoted environment friendly clay-dome architecture for the rural areas, traditionally popular in Afghanistan and Iran. Project organisation called Darvesh Builders which plans to build with private or donor money so that commissions are not to be paid. Australian & British volunteer professionals were working for various ZKF projects since 1994 from time to time. They were sent by the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) from 1994 to 2006, but this region is now excluded from AVI operations as of 2006.

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ZKF promotes universal understanding and opportunities to work together in the interest of life on this planet and the promotion of peace.It has been a policy of ZKF so far not to chase any donor money or organisation but work with those who have approached ZKF first and whose agenda and mission is compatable with ZKF. We has so far received funds from or completed assignments for the AusAID, Australian High Commission and UNESCO, Islamabad, S.F.F and Development in Literacy (DIL)-USA , UNICEF, Peshawar and Islamic Relief, Kabul, Afghanistan besides individual philanthropists.


ZKF works in Education, Teacher Training, Innovative Technologies, Literacy, Biodiversity, Advocacy, Heritage Conservation, Educational Tours, Health, Sports, Legal Aid and Emergency Relief. At present, main projects of ZKF are ZMS, ERIC, DB & PEN

Dr. Zareef Memorial School

Dr. Zareef Memorial School (DZMS) is one of the pioneer non-profit projects of the ZKF established in 1988. In the year 2000, its name was changed to the Dr. Zareef Memorial School (DZMS). The mission of DZMS is to impart good quality education to the children of lower middle & middle class citizens of Peshawar. The mission of DZMS may differ from then most schools in Pakistan because it aims to build the personality of a child as a whole rather than only bookish knowledge

Education Resource and Information Centre

ERIC is a pioneer non-profit project of the Zareef Khan Foundation. It was established in January 1999 with the assistance and cooperation of the Australian Govt and the Australian Volunteers International (AVI). ERIC provides basic Teacher Training courses and expands its activities to provide more comprehensive support and training for educators community members amongst locals in Pakistan (especially in KP), Afghan refugees and inside neighbouring Afghanistan.

Preservation Of Environment and Nature

Under the PEN programme of ZKF, UNDP/GEF funded the Malakand Biodiversity Conservation Project which was jointly implemented by ZKF-UNDP and the NWFP Department of Wildlife. Main emphasis of the project was to conserve the flora & fauna and promote legal trophy hunting and bird shooting from which 80% benefit from ungulates & 90% from bird shoot is donated to the community to be spent for its welfare works.As the local tribal communities have decided to prefer the pen over a gun, therefore, immense input in literacy and healthcare promotion is needed. There are government schools and dispensaries in the area without any staff or activity for many years.

Darvesh Builders

There is a plan that this programme is revived to introduce the ancient clay / dome art of construction which is popular in Afghanistan and Iran and is ideal for our climatic conditions too for housing and public buildings in rural areas. Clay is the only material used in construction which is 50 - 80 % cheaper then conventional construction.

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