The good work that the local charities initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on as we scribble these lines. While it is true that most of the vaccination programs and multibillion-dollar aid programs are being implemented via global platforms like WHO and certain INGOs’, the role played by local charities and NGOs’ cannot be denied either. The impact that the local charities created through their relief work during the global pandemic is too momentous to be ignored casually. It invites inquisitive minds to think about how these charities contribute to a society’s welfare even in the absence of a contagion! So, in this discussion, we are going to highlight the good work of local Pakistan charities that are making an impact through their noble work.
1- Akhuwat Foundation
When we talk about charities that are striving hard for the underprivileged members of the Pakistani society, Akhuwat Foundation’s role will be scribbled in golden words. The organization believes in providing the necessities for all those who cannot afford them due to a combination of poverty & financial backwardness. Take food as an example, the most primary need of any human being. Akhuwat Foundation strives hard to ensure that the underprivileged members of society have at least one meal every day. Apart from food drives, the organization also funds the treatment of poor patients and believes in education for all. Other key activities in which the organization engages itself enthusiastically include water provision & health hygiene campus.
2- Shahid Afridi Foundation
The Shahid Afridi Foundation is proving to be an absolute game-changer in social work in Pakistan. The foundation is helping people fight the evils of poverty, food shortage, illiteracy, and certain other vices as well. A hospital run under the foundation is helping children men and women get the free treatment that they could not get otherwise. The organization believes in a prosperous Pakistan, which is evident from their motto as well i.e. Hope Not Out.
3- Shaukat Khanum Foundation
When it comes down to the institutions which are providing the best treatment to cancer patients in Pakistan, Shaukat Khanum Foundation tops the charts quite easily. One of the premium cancer charities in the country, the foundation has helped thousands defeat the evil that cancer is. Imran Khan’s dream has materialized primarily because of the donors who put their trust in the foundation’s cause by making regular charitable donations to the foundation.
4- Transparent Hands
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
5- The Citizens Foundation
Pakistan cannot hope to prosper if it doesn’t tackle its literacy problem. The literacy rates in the country are shockingly low, and The Citizens Foundation is fully cognizant of the need for promoting educational culture in the country. Been in the field for a quarter of a century now, The Citizens Foundation‘s role in providing education to the underprivileged members of the society has been instrumental.
6- Edhi Foundation
Of course, any discussion about charity work in the country is incomplete without the mention of the Edhi Foundation. Considered as Pakistan’s biggest welfare service, the Edhi foundation provides help to those who need it, in more than just one way. The organization’s range of services is simply amazing. From taking care of the newly born babies whom their parents are not willing to give their name, to helping widows and women with no financial assistance, to providing free treatment to those who cannot afford it and running the world’s biggest ambulance service, Edhi foundation deserves all the praises and credit. It is worth mentioning here that the Edhi Foundation operates on an international level as well.
Health-Oriented Preventive Education. That’s the kind of hope this organization is emanating. The charity organization is considered as one of the leading charities in the country, which are providing health education to the underprivileged members of the country. The organization’s head office is based in Karachi but its span of services is spread across the entire country. Given the current status of healthcare education in the country, Pakistan could do with a few more organizations like HOPE.
Other notable organizations
This list of local charities is not exhaustive by any means. There are many other credible institutions in the country, which are striving hard for a better and prosperous Pakistan. Some of these credible names include organizations like DIL, REDF, the Noor project, BARGAD, ZINDAGI TRUST, and BEHBUD association to name a few. One hopes that these health, welfare, and educational charities will continue to play their role in making Pakistan’s future bright. Remember that only through a concerted effort on both government and non-government levels can we take Pakistan to the heights this great country deserves!
We have reached the concluding lines of this discussion, but the good work that the local charities are doing in Pakistan is far from over. Pakistan is wrapped in a myriad of problems, all of which cannot be solved by the administrative efforts at the government level. The state needs all the support it can get from NGOs and welfare organizations. In return, these institutions need your support. Donate as much as you can to these charities, so that they have the means to continue the good work they are doing. Only then can one be hopeful about a better and prosperous Pakistan!