In developing countries like Pakistan, NGOs play a huge role in the development and welfare of society. Thousands of charities and welfare trusts work for the welfare of the underprivileged section of society. However, one must be aware of the criterion that is used to rank NGOs. One of the most important points in such a criterion is transparency. One must assert the credibility of the organization under scrutiny as well. Asking your family and friends, making investigations on the internet, and researching the NGO profile on the internet are some of how you can do that. But there are many NGOs in Pakistan, and we are quite sure that you don’t have enough time to look up all of these NGOs on your own. If you want to save yourself from this lengthy research process, you can continue reading this brief, in which we talk about the top five NGOs working in Pakistan in 2022.
The Network of Organization’s working for People with Disabilities
The stories published on their website will simply melt your heart! As the name suggests, this NGO is concerned with the welfare of disabled individuals in the country. The NOWPDP believes that the disabled individuals in a society should not be kept apart from the able ones’; rather they should be made a part of the society. The organization achieves this particular goal through its many initiatives that focus on the empowerment of special individuals. Winner of the Innovative Practice of 2018 award at the United Nations, NOWWPDP has launched many social welfare projects for the welfare of special people. Some of these projects include Dastoor, Yaqeen, and The rickshaw project. The nature of these welfare projects is academic, employment and empowerment respectively. However, these are not the only projects that have been launched by this NGO. Similar initiatives aimed at including the special people in society and giving them the respect and status they deserve have been launched previously as well.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that there is no Pakistani who is not familiar with the name Edhi. The Edhi Foundation has become a symbol of charity work, not just in Pakistan, but across the globe as well. It runs one of the biggest ambulance services in Pakistan, which is just one call away from anyone. Edhi is the first name that leaps to every Pakistani’s mind during emergency times. The Edhi foundation is also focused on helping the abandoned kids, as well as those who were orphaned at a very young age. Technical skill centers run by the foundation are another feather in its cap. Edhi foundation has won many awards for its stellar work in the field, including the Isa Award in Bahrain for the year 2013
Shahid Afridi Foundation
It once won the best upcoming charity of the year, 2016 at Global Good Governance, Istanbul. It is now one of the biggest charities in Pakistan. Hope not out is the motto of this welfare foundation, and hope has certainly increased ever since the establishment of this NGO. The foundation runs a hospital, which provides free treatment to kids, women, and men of all ages. Diagnostic and dental facilities are available as well. Other projects run by this foundation involve the provision of food to the needy, improving hygiene standards in the rural areas of the country, and education for all. The Shahid Afridi Foundation played an instrumental role in providing basic amenities of life in the remote areas of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation vows to continue the good work in the future as well.
Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital (SKCH)
Founded in the loving memory of her late mother by Imran Khan, SKCH was established to make cancer treatment accessible for every Pakistani citizen. Patients who don’t have resources for their cancer treatment rely on SKCH to get their cancer treated. The charges are almost minimal to none, depending upon the type of cancer one is being treated for. Donors from all across the world make their donations in the name of this trust, transparency is given prime importance at SKCH. SKCH offers healthcare services other than cancer treatment as well. Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital has won the Effie Awards Pakistan in the Health Services Category in the year 2019.
This trust organization has found a unique way of helping underprivileged Pakistanis. 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. The NGO has won the International CSR Award in the year 2020 as well.
That would be all from this discussion. Just because we have discussed only five, doesn’t mean that there are only five credible NGOs at work in Pakistan. There are many other charities and welfare societies that are doing a great job in providing help & assistance to those who need it. It is a bit unfortunate that we cannot discuss all of them in this space, since we are bound by the limitations of time. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you must have learned plenty of new stuff about top NGOs in Pakistan and why exactly are they considered the top NGOs. On that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this space.