Your Guide to Holding a TCF Bake Sale!

Check out our 5 easy steps to holding a TCF Bake Sale at your school!

You could also hold an assembly to help raise awareness of the education crisis in Pakistan and highlight the work TCF is doing to educate 175,000 of Pakistan’s most underprivileged children.

Have a look at our TCF Pinterest Board for recipe ideas and follow the steps below!

TCF Bake Sale Fundraising Guide  Bake Sale Fundraising Tips

A big THANK YOU to Class 10D from Cressex Community School for holding an assembly and bake sale in aid of TCF!

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5 Twists to your Chai Time


1. Host a bake-off among your friends, family or co-workers:  Our free fundraising pack includes a sign-up sheet to get your friends and family involved. Get people to sign up and bake a cake to enter into the competition.

2. Host an afternoon tea – Ask your friends and family over for some tea and canapes. Checkout some of our tips on how to host an afternoon tea here: 

3. Host a dinner – Invite a few friends over for dinner. Tell them that you are raising money to support the running costs of 3 schools in local community villages across Pakistan and ask them for their support! Make sure you let them know that anything they donate will be doubled – so just a few pounds will go a long, long way!

4. Host a bakesale – Sell some hot tea or hot chocolate and/or bake a cake and donate proceeds to TCF. Check out our tips and suggested recipes for hosting a bake sale here: 

5. Bring a box of biscuits to share with co-workers – If things are really busy on your end and you are worried about overcommiting with the above, consider bringing in a box of biscuits to work and let your co-workers know you are raising money towards the education of underprivileged children in Pakistan. Send around the donation box included in your Chai Time pack and ask them if they would like to contribute a few pounds.

Need some inspiration? Check out our blog at: for some recipe suggestions, Chai Time tips and information for you to share about TCF’s work.

How do I donate? Please log on to the following website from 12pm 29th November to 2nd December and enter in your donation so that it can be doubled. 

Questions? Feel free to drop us a line at

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4 Variations of Chai to Try

Chai is a somewhat ominous beverage across South Asia…..but this was not always the case!

It is believed that the custom of drinking masala chai began thousands of years ago, as a cleansing Ayurvedic beverage composed of many different spices. Over thousands of years, Masala Chai was adapted in so many different ways with a variety of different spices and according to different methods, as a remedy for different ailments – served as both hot AND cold. But it was only in the 1800s, after the set up of the British East India Company that tea leaves were even added into the mixture.

Below we’ve put together three different Masala Chai Recipes for you to try!


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Rose and Pistachio Cupcakes: Delicious Recipe – Submitted by Ansa Khan



Rose and Pistachio Cupcakes:

Submitted by Ansa Khan


175g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

125g stick butter

200g cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

3 eggs

1 teaspoon rosewater

125ml cup sour cream

50g chopped unsalted pistachio nuts


150g butter

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

pink food colouring paste

350g icing sugar

1 table spoon rosewater

2 table spoons full fat/whole milk


Chopped pistachio nuts

Edible rose petals


Muffin pan lined with 12 muffin cases

Piping pastry bag fitted with a large star nozzle tip


Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F) / Gas 4.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.

Place the butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat the mixture at medium speed for 1 -2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

On low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated into the mixture.  Add the sifted dry ingredients, mixing on low speed, until combined. Once the batter is smooth, add the rosewater, sour cream and pistachios, and mix. Do not over mix.

Using an ice-cream scoop, divide the mixture between the muffin cases, filling to almost two-thirds full. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes until well risen.

To make the buttercream, place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until soft and fluffy. Add the vanilla bean paste and a small amount of pink food colouring and mix. Sift in half of the icing sugar and slowly mix until incorporated. Add the second half of the sugar, then beat slowly, until all the sugar has been incorporated. Add the rosewater, then slowly add the milk, a tablespoonful at a time, mixing at medium speed until the icing is light and fluffy. If it is too stiff, add a little more milk.

Spoon the buttercream into the piping bag and pipe a swirl onto the top of each cupcake. Decorate with chopped pistachios and edible rose petals.

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Everything you need to know about The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

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As you know, this year The Citizens Foundation (UK) is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016 and we need all the help we can get!

Right now, we need £40,000 to support the running cost of three schools in Pakistan that are currently underfunded.

So, if you believe, like we do, that education is a human right and you are passionate about doing what you can to support the rights of underprivileged peoples around the world then please, please do whatever you can do to help us reach our goal. These schools are operating in some of the poorest areas of Pakistan, where few or no other schools exist and your donations will help us keep those schools running for another year.

How does it work?

From mid-day 29th November to mid-day 2nd December, everything you donate via The Big Give website will be DOUBLED. This is in thanks to The Waterloo Foundation, and a few of our close supporters who have generously put together a matching pot of £20,000!

The campaign is run by the Big Give, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed in 2007. Since then, The Big Give has helped raise over £71 million for more than 2,500 charity projects and TCF is honoured to be one of them!

Match funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please make sure you donate as soon after 12pm on 29th November as possible!



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Five Reasons you should Support TCF! #ChristmasChallenge16

Education was a key feature to the UN Millenium Development Goals and again as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Initiative launched in 2015.

The target is to ensure that all girls and boys have access to free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, regardless of race, gender or socio-economic class.

At The Citizens Foundation, we’ve been working towards that goal for over twenty years, and in that time we have achieved phenomenal results! If you are considering supporting TCF and its work, check out this video where TCF supporter Hassan explains five reasons HE supports TCF (…and why you should too)!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

This year, TCF-UK is participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016!

This means, that from 29th November-2nd December 2016 everything you donate through The Big Give gets matched.

We hope this campaign will give us the support we need to raise all the necessary funds to support 3 TCF schools that don’t yet have enough funding this year.

We need all the help we can get!


1. DONATE: Every small donation goes a long, long way. And through The Big Give, your donation will go even farther!

2. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD: There are a few ways you can spread the word. Send an email to your friends and family, share this video and tell them about the work TCF does. Also let them know about The Big Give Campaign and how everything you donate will get doubled from 29 November to 2 December 2016!

3. HELP US RAISE MONEY: check out
Host a Chai Time in your office, your school, your place of worship or at home from 29 November – 2nd December. We’ll send you a fundraising kit as well as information on how attendees can donate through The Big Give.

For more information email us: and sign up to participate in the form above!

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Our Top Six Deliciously Easy Snacks to go with Masala Chai

Thinking about signing up for Chai time but worried about what you might be getting yourself into?

There are many different sweet and savory snacks that are divine along with a cup of masala chai, but if you don’t know where to start you needn’t look any further! In anticipation for Chai Time, the team at TEA CF (see what we did there?) put together our top seven favourite snacks to go with Masala Chai.

1. Onion Pakora

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Check out Sophisticated Gourmet where self-taught baker Kamran Siddiqui has put together this easy recipe for Onion Pakoras, in which you can get all the ingredients you need at your local Tesco …and best of all, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare!

Very best crispy Pakistani-style onion pakora recipe (Indian fritters) served with ketchup chutney. Pakoras are delicious, easy, vegan, and gluten-free! | 


2. Aloo Tikkis with Chutney Shots

Prep Time: 35 Minutes

This Aloo Tikki recipe is crispy, spicy and will literally melt in your mouth. It takes just over a half an hour of assembly and is a staple at just about every South Asian tea time.

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Also, check out how Yummily Yours prepared super cool chutney shots to go with their kebabs for inspiration on how to serve your Aloo Tikkis!


3. Samosa Pinwheels

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

If it weren’t for Manjula’s Kitchen, I don’t know how I would have survived college on my own without my mother’s cooking! Manjula has a recipe for samosas with an interesting twist!

4. Cake Rusk

Prep Time: 1 hour, 14 minutes

If you have some time on your hand are in the mood for an old time classic, check out this recipe for Indian Cake Rusk

Crunchy and crispy India Cake Rusk, perfect for tea time! Find the recipe on

5. Jeera (Cumin) Biscuits

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Jeera (cumin) biscuits are a great snack to dunk in your tea or just leave out on the side for people to nibble on throughout your party.


 6. Classic Vanilla Sponge Cake

You can never go wrong with this classic. It is incredibly versatile, so if you have the time you can add all sorts of different fillings to it – or better yet, even layer it up!

Vanilla Sponge Cake

We hope that this gives you some ideas to start with. Chai Time with TCF aims to bring together your friends and family in aid of supporting education initiatives across Pakistan. Sign up today to host your very own Chai Time today!


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5 tips for getting chai-ready for The Citizens Foundation!

Our Chai Time with TCF Fundraising Packs have JUST gone into production and we’re super excited!

With the month of November just around the corner, many of our supporters across the UK are marking their calendars for Chai Time. In anticipation of an exciting month to come, the team at TCF-UK worked on putting together our top five tips for getting chai-ready for Chai Time with TCF!

1. Learn about TCF and our work in tackling the education crisis in Pakistan:

24 million children across Pakistan are without access to education. Many of them live in rural areas and urban slums who cannot afford a private education and live in areas where government schools are either dilapidated or non-existent. These children spend hours every day walking to and from school. The inaccessibility of education makes it difficult for these children, especially girls, to attend school regularly.

Check out this video to see how TCF benefits underprivileged children across Pakistan:


2. Make your Chai Time one to remember!

We’ve put together a bunch of pins on our Pinterest Board to give you inspiration as you plan your Chai Time with TCF. The point is to have fun, socialise with friends and family and use the opportunity to spread awareness about an important cause. Over the coming days we’ll also be putting up a bunch of recipes submitted by our supporters. (And if you have a recipe to share make sure to email us at!)

If Chai Time isn’t your thing and you still want to get involved, we’ve also come up with a number of other fundraising ideas that you can hold in your school, place of work or among friends.


3. Invite your friends, families and co-workers:

The more people the merrier! To make it easier for you to spread the word, we’ve put together an e-invitation to go along with your fundraising kit to send out to your friends and family to let them know about the Chai Time you are hosting in your area.

We understand that in the UK, space is limited and hosting a chai in your London studio flat might not seem like an option. Check out Kitchn’s top five tips for throwing a dinner party in a small apartment.  Alternatively, consider hosting a Chai time in your place of work, a place of worship, a park (weather permitting!) or your local town hall!

4. Share your party on Social Media:

Please, please don’t forget to hashtag your Chai Time with TCF at #tcfchaitime! Your party will serve as inspiration for others around the UK looking to host their Chai Time but don’t know where to start!

Follow us on Instagram at:

Twitter: tcfukorg

Facebook: @TCFUKOrg

5. Spread the word!

Between 29th November and 2nd December 2016, everything you donate to TCF through The Big Give will be doubled. We have a match-funding target of £40,000 and we need all the help we can get!

We understand that not everyone has time for Chai, but please do consider donating to TCF during that time.

Click here to donate, and be sure to share the link with your friends and family!


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Need some inspiration for Chai Time?









Its been two days since we officially launched the campaign and we are so excited by the overwhelming response we’ve received so far!

In light of all the momentum and positive feedback, we’ve created a few Pinterest boards as inspiration for you as you plan how you will fundraise for TCF!

We also understand that not everyone has time for Chai, but there are still a number of different things you can organise within your group of friends, among co-workers in your office and with people at your place of worship.

Check out: for some inspiration and make sure to follow us there. We’ll be adding more pins to our board as we come across them.

Happy Pinteresting! And don’t forget to hashtag your TCF Chai Time at #tcfchaitime


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