About Waziristan

About Waziristan

Waziristan is located in the northwest of Pakistan, along the Afghan border and is often referred to as “the most dangerous place on earth” by world leaders and journalists.   Fundamentalist and repressive, Taliban leaders don’t allow girls to go to school and many of the leaders aren’t educated themselves.  There is a population of roughly 1o million Pashtuns – male literacy rates are approximately 33% and female literacy rates are less than 8%. 

This region, called FATA is the hub of extremism.  Males must head all households.  There are limited economic opportunities.  Most earn a livelihood from sheep rearing.

The Maria Toorpakai Foundation's application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is pending before the IRS. The Foundation is currently accepting contributions at this time, which will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable under the law.


Checks can be sent to: 

The Maria Toorpakai Foundation, Inc.
1632 First Avenue
Suite 319
New York, NY 10028