In 2005 when a disastrous earthquake hit the northern areas of Pakistan, it troubled the country and left people deprived of the basic necessities. More than 70,000 people lost their lives and those who were saved were left with no food and shelter. In that dark time, the people of Pakistan stand up for humanity and started local campaigns on their own to help people. Also, the NGOs in Pakistan were at the forefront to show love, affection, and care to the victims.
The summer 2010 flood is also recorded as one of the worst times of Pakistan which affected around 20 million people. It destroyed homes, infrastructure, crops and left people vulnerable to malnutrition and waterborne diseases. Here also the role of NGOs in Pakistan was worth praising. Not only the NGOs but also the people stood side by side and showed that Pakistan is driven by humanity.
And when the people were suffering because of the novel Coronavirus, the NGOs in Karachi, Islamabad, and all over Pakistan set a great example for the rest of the world.
In this blog, we want to thank the NGOs who are working tirelessly to provide food and shelter to the poor.
We know that the government and the healthcare workers are doing their best but we also need to recognize the efforts of these NGOs who are reaching people in the middle of the night to see if people are sleeping in peace. We are proud of these NGOs in Pakistan.
Top 10 NGOs in Pakistan
Akhuwat is a charity organization founded on the principles of Iman, Ihsan, and Ikhlas (Faith, Excellence, and Sincerity). It was started in 2001 to alleviate the suffering of the poor. The organization was started to empower needy families by giving them interest-free loans. Later it turned into a charity organization. Now, AKHUWAT offers help in education, healthcare, Khwajasira support and Islamic microfinancing programs. It was founded by Dr. Amjad Saqib. What started with a small mission has now expanded into 800 branches in over 350 cities. It’s one of the biggest NGOs in Pakistan that has served more than 4.3 million underprivileged families. And still, it’s continuing its charity work to take families out of poverty.
2. Saylani Welfare Trust
I was scrolling my Facebook feed when I come across a video where Saylani Welfare Trust was distributing ration in Khuda ki Basti, a small and not so popular region of Karachi. Even the roads there aren’t properly built, the houses are also poorly constructed. When it comes to charity our mind only thinks of reaching to the nearest places but we appreciate Saylani for reaching out to these hidden places and donating ration to these people. Their uninterrupted efforts in this time deserve appreciation from everyone.
3. Shahid Afridi Foundation
DonateKaroNa is an official campaign launched by SAF to help people in these times. Afridi, himself is a great human and how can he miss helping people who are affected by this pandemic. So, with his ration drive, he had pledged to help people from Karachi to Kohat. The foundation has successfully provided 4000+ families in the underprivileged areas and is also making sure that they reach the maximum people they can. You can also join their #DonateKaroNa campaign by sending a text message “Hope Not Out” to 8086. This way you can donate Rs, 10/- to their charity and if you want to do more, you can reach their page and help.
4. Chhipa Welfare Association
It’s one of the oldest NGOs in Pakistan who is known for its ample services starting from the Ambulance drive to the women’s shelter home and home for old people. And now, they are distributing rations for the people in Lockdown so the majority of the people can stay at home and limit the spread of the virus. Not only the ration but they are also distributing soaps, sanitizers, face masks, and gloves to the police officers, workers who had to step out of their homes amidst the crisis, and to the people who can’t afford to buy these accessories. Their Chhipa Relief Package is a free ration distribution campaign to offer relief to the daily wagers. So, a pat on the back for their extra efforts in these unprecedented times. Pakistan is lucky to have humanitarian organizations like Chippa welfare association NGOs Pakistan.
5. AlKhidmat Foundation
Alkhidmat Foundation is a popular and well-known organization known for its social services all across Pakistan. In this time of Corona, they have started their emergency appeal services through which they aim to keep society safe. Their cause includes building isolation centers, emergency medical care, and donation of food and supplies to underprivileged people. In a period of 20 days only, they have successfully delivered the beneficiaries worth Rs, 520 million all across Pakistan. In addition, they have also offered 28 hospitals to the government for the quarantine centers, and still, they are working day and night to make this pandemic easy for people.
6. Edhi Foundation
Edhi was a philanthropist and when it comes to humanity, one can’t forget his heroic services for the nation. His organization the Edhi Foundation is a result of his struggling battle and during this pandemic, they are also doing their best to pick the COVID 19 patients to the hospitals. Not only the ambulance services but they are also donating rations to the needful as much as they can. Faisal Edhi (chairman of Edhi Foundation), donated Rs, 10 million to PM’s Covid Relief Fund. Nevertheless, their donations are always worth bringing smiles to the needy, shelter to the poor, and coffins to the dead. They are proving humanity all across Pakistan and they deserve a shout-out for their efforts.
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7. Alamgir Welfare Trust
Alamgir Welfare Trust (AWT) is known for its social services and for raising its voice for the one who can’t speak, But in this time of Corona, they have proved their excellence with their relief efforts. The trust had allocated Rs 500 million funds for the affectees of the lockdown and they are also considering their help for the healthcare workers. In addition, they are also distributing ration packages in rural areas and suburbs.
8. Helping Youth Pakistan
I want to appreciate helping youth Pakistan personally by taking the initiative to help the transgender community at this time. They are the ones who are most neglected and a round of applause to them for considering the less heard community. Their COVID fundraising campaign is in collaboration with Acts of kindness (AOK) & We are One (WAO) For Trans Community. They have provided food to more than 1k+ families in Peshawar and Mardan and are now on the way to reaching more. If you want to help our transgender community, do support their cause.
9. Green Volunteers
Green Volunteers are the passionate youth of Pakistan who is driven by the mission to impact society with their positive acts especially, in this time. They are a non-profit organization and till now they have served more than 15 cities with ration packages, PPE kits, N95 masks, sanitizers, gloves, goggles, and face shields. They are on the journey to donate generously to people regardless of their race and religion. Their help is for all over Pakistan.
10. Salman Sufi Foundation
Last but not the least, Salman Sufi Foundation is not only distributing the rations but is also trying to lift people up with their joyful content. They are regularly doing live sessions where they talk with influencers to help people fight mental health complications. Apart from these, they are also taking care of the medical team by giving free meals to them.
Some Karachi Based NGOs in Pakistan
Orange Tree Foundation
At this time, team Orange Tree Foundation is on the front distributing ration bags in Karachi Pakistan. They started with a target of distributing 10k+ ration bags and have almost accomplished it. From Lyari to Gizri and to Orangi town their team is legging up to flatten the curve by letting people stay at home and accompanying their needs. They are doing this drive in collaboration with team Robin Hood Army.
Elaj Trust is also delivering ration bags door to door across Karachi in collaboration with Aik Awam Movement. Till now, they have served more than 1200 families in small towns especially Lyari, Gizri, Gharibabad, and Khuda ki Basti. They are our unsung heroes, more power to them.
Niyat Foundation is also working for the Karachi people. They have successfully distributed more than 7K ration bags. From the Christian to the Hindu community, they are serving people 24*7 because for them humanity comes first.
Saaya is also a Karachi-based charitable organization that is helping out doctors and healthcare workers by supplying PPEs (personal protective equipment). Their PPEs include surgical masks, gloves, isolation suits, and shoe covers so doctors can also stay safe while treating the patients. Apart from this, they are also supplying ration bags to the people and keeping them updated with the precautionary measures of the virus. Thank You Saaya!
Karachi Relief Trust
Karachi Relief Trust is a group of civic-minded volunteers working together to mitigate the effects of COVID19 by helping the daily wagers. They deliver rations at the doorstep with Careem partners. They have served 10K+ households and on the way to help the maximum number of people they can.
Some Emerging NGOs in Pakistan
Helping Hands is an emerging NGO in Pakistan that works for human welfare. They have pledged to provide more than 250 ration bags to impoverished families and looking for funds to contribute more to society. Let’s not shake hands but instead give them a helping hand.
Naiki Corona is a fundraising campaign by Smile Sunshine for the COVID19 relief efforts. With this campaign, they have helped more than 500 families by distributing rations, sanitizer kits to the people of Karachi.
Care to Share
Care to Share is also doing an excellent job by taking care of the people and not letting them starve. They have completed their four ration drives in which they have served food supplies and sanitizers to more than 200 families and they are still on the mission to help people. Let’s help them help more by donating to their noble cause.
Better World isn’t an NGO but a community that works for human and animal welfare. But at this time they have started their ration drives to comfort the needful by donating grocery bags to the families. Their bags are enough to support the family for 15-20 days and they make sure their help reaches the ones who need it the most.
To Sum it Up
These NGOs in Pakistan deserve a shoutout for their tremendous efforts. We are thankful to them for stepping out of their homes in this unprecedented time. This is how Pakistan is, a strong and humanity-driven nation. We are proud to have them all and I’m sure you would be too.
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