Originally from South Waziristan, Maria is Pakistan's Number 1 Female squash player.
Maria Toorpakai's mission is to empower girls world-wide by providing them with opportunities to access the highest levels of education, sports and skill development. The provision of a safe learning environment will allow everyone to share in the exhilaration of personal discovery, growth and success, both academically and athletically. In guiding these young girls and women to become compassionate, independent thinkers, they will become role models who will bring about positive changes within their own lives and to those around them, thereby raising social consciousness while still respecting other's beliefs.
In order to realize these goals, Maria created Only One Girl Foundation. Encouraging girls and young women to reach their full potential becoming compassionate and wise leaders whose examples inspire others. Maria knows first-hand the incredible power of only one girl. By investing in education through the Only One Girl Foundation, she wants to enable, in Maria's fathers words, "a thousand Maria's".