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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Edhi Foundation - Social Welfare Program in Pakistan by Abdul Sattar Edhi

Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare program in Pakistan, which was initiated in 1951 by Abdul Sattar Edhi. The foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance across the nation of Pakistan and abroad. Its headquarters are situated in Karachi, Pakistan. His wife Bilquis Edhi, a former nurse at first Edhi dispensary, look afters the maternity and adoption services.

The Edhi Foundation offers shelter for the destitute, free hospitals and medical care, drug rehabilitation services, national & international relief efforts and many other social services. It focuses majorly on Emergency Services, Orphans, Handicapped Persons, Shelters, Education, Healthcare, International Community Centers, Blood & Drug Bank, air ambulance services, Marine And Coastal Services.

Edhi was born to industrious Memon community in 1928 in Bantva, Gujarat, India. The family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, after the partition of India in 1947. He formed his first welfare center and then the Edhi Trust with a little amount of 5000 Pakistani Rupees. A one man operation from a single room in Karachi gradually transformed into the largest welfare organization in Pakistan.

The Foundation's activities include a 24 hour emergency service across the country through 335 Edhi Centers with the fleet of 1800 Ambulances. They facilitate services like free shrouding and burial of unclaimed dead bodies, shelter for the destitute, orphans and handicapped persons, free hospitals and dispensaries, rehabilitation of drug addicts, free wheel chairs, crutches and other services for the handicapped, family planning counselling and maternity services, national and international relief efforts for the victims of natural calamities.

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