Pakistan has many challenges when it comes to educating its children,
and IBB Consulting Group wanted to do something about it. So last
year, IBB employees approached company leadership with an innovative way to contribute to youth education initiatives in countries that
need it the most. Pakistan is the second worst performing country
when it comes to percentage of students in school. The IBB team proposed an international fundraiser, a “Climb for Kids” that would generate funds to support a 116-student school in Pakistan for one year.
Philadelphia-based IBB Con-
sulting has a long-standing rela-
tionship with Developments in
Literacy and the Jattal School in Pakistan.
“Every year, we take a look at what’s
going on and we noticed that the last few
years retention was starting to become a
problem,” says Jefferson Wang, a Senior
Partner at IBB. “So, we were able to iden-
tify that the school simply didn’t have the
financial resources it needed so we decided
to raise the money that they’d need to run
The employees proposed an ambitious—
out of the box—challenge to drive aware-
ness of to the DIL and Jattal School. The
goal was to raise enough to fund the school
for a year.
“As a firm, we always think outside the
box and we always think big,” says Dr.
Imran Shah, co-founder and Managing
Partner of IBB. “I think both of those are
true with this latest challenge.
I think that just might be a little bit of an
The IBB employees set a pretty ambitious goal—to climb the largest free-standing mountain in the world: Mount
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. By
climbing a mountain in Africa, for students
in Pakistan, the Climb for Kids would be
able to generate awareness for education
inequality in both countries.
“We wanted to make sure they had
a big enough mountain to climb, and
I’d say we achieved that,” Wang says.
“The hope was that we also would raise
enough awareness. If you’re willing to go
to Africa and climb the highest mountain
in the world, what’s the cause? As a firm,
we always try to punch above our weight
class, and I think we found yet another
way to do this.”
And, according to Shah, even though the
entire firm didn’t participate in the climb,
the passion of the extraordinary effort was
felt across the entire firm.
“It became a big rallying cry—the plan-
ning meeting, the training hikes, the trip
really brought us together as a firm,” Shah
says. “There’s a saying that goes: the more
you give the more you receive. This was
certainly true in our case. I’m sure IBB got
as much, or even more, out of it than the
Jattal School even did.”
But the Jattal School got plenty out of it,
too. In the end, IBB far exceeded its goal
of funding the school for a year. Climb for
Kids ended up raising enough to fund the
school for two-and-half years.
“As a firm, we’ve always focused our
outside efforts on education and we like
to choose partners where we know we
can make a difference,” Shah says. “This
is the case with both DIL and the Jattal
School. The best dollars you can spend in
third-world countries is on the education