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Clarity on Charity Organizations in Pakistan

When it comes to charitable giving and philanthropy, Pakistan is considered a very generous country. According to recent reports, Pakistan contributes more than 1% of its GDP towards charitable causes, pushing it towards the ranks of far wealthier nations such as Canada and the UK, both of which contribute the same percentage. 98% of Pakistan’s population is engaged in humanitarianism in one way or another. Chances are that you’re one of the 98%. There is no dearth of local charities and social impact NGO’s in Pakistan, but transparency can often be a concern with charity organizations in Pakistan. We’ll address those concerns here.

Whether you’re looking for NGO’s in Karachi or Lahore to contribute to, or to volunteer towards a noble cause, there are several worthwhile charities that you can get behind. You can lend your time, finances, or simply your voice. The best part is that the following charity organizations in Pakistan have a completely transparent process from start to finish, so you can really see the difference your contribution will make. Read on for the complete details.

ANIMAL WELFARE

It is heartwarming to see more and more individual endeavors aimed towards protecting, rehabilitating and sheltering animals. Most animal charities are run by a collective of young students who do so at personal cost. Both Lahore and Karachi have animal shelters who are doing some amazing work for all kinds of animals; everything from horses to hamsters. They could always use funds and feed, donations, and volunteers for their pets.

TWS – Todd’s Welfare Society

Non-Profit

Established in June 2016, the Lahore based non-profit is primarily an animal rescue, medical center, and shelter. Leveraging social media as their primary means of gathering funds and volunteers, Todd’s Welfare Society arranges animal adoption and fostering in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Islamabad. Todd’s Welfare Society representatives in universities across the city of Lahore also arrange awareness campaigns and fundraisers. Todd’s Welfare Society also runs the only no-kill shelter in the city and your donations will go towards expanding their facility and capacity to serve.

Contact: [email protected]

ACF – Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation

Non-Profit

The Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation is doing God’s work in Karachi. Through its rescue and rehabilitation services, The Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation carries out social mobilization, capacity building, and community awareness programs geared towards serving the marginalized – humans and animals alike. The Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation is working towards a self-sustaining model through the sale of animal accessories. In the meantime the foundation depends heavily on the compassion of Karachi’s community, be it through funding or volunteering, to provide their animals with TLC.

Contact: +92334 5665000 | [email protected]

 

EDUCATION

Pakistan is facing a serious challenge in ensuring all children attend, stay, and learn in school. Progress has been slow to improve education indicators in Pakistan. An estimated 22.8 million school-aged children are not enrolled in schools at present. Where the government falters, citizens have risen to the occasion. The following charity organizations in Pakistan are providing quality education in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Your donations could change someone’s life.

CARE Foundation

Non-Profit

Established in 1988, CARE Foundation is Pakistan’s largest non-profit for education. The organization has a network of 888 schools across the nation, with a collective student body of 285000. Their focus is on providing a quality and marketable education; one that empowers their students to become productive members of society. The organization also provides 750 higher education scholarships annually to students pursuing degrees in medicine, engineering, and commerce locally. Donations to the foundation go towards sponsoring students and equipping facilities.

Contact: 042-37429245 | [email protected]

TCF – The Citizens Foundation

Non-Profit

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) operates one of the largest privately-owned networks of affordable formal schools in Pakistan. TCF schools operate in some of the most underdeveloped and impoverished regions of the country,  educating over 252,000 students annually. Other than that, the Foundation also conducts community development programs aimed towards adult literacy, vocational training, and provision of basic utilities, such as clean water. Support them in their mission towards community uplift by contributing your time and/or money.

Contact: +92-21-111-823-823 | [email protected]

 

SOCIAL IMPACT

Charity ought to be about outcomes – the changes or benefits that result from what a charity or project provides. It’s not just about the number of signatures on petitions or money transferred. The change should be quantifiable and visible in people’s lives. Infrastructural developments create a tangible impact, and a lack of them further deepens disparity. The following charity organizations in Pakistan are bridging the gap through building self-sustaining systems and checks from the ground up:

AKDN – Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) set up their first non-profit school in 1905, in Balochistan. Since then, the organization has continued to provide a broad range of services in Pakistan – education, medical facilities, renewable energy research, micro-financing, and conservation efforts are just some of the services it renders in the country. In all of its endeavors, AKDN has created a critical mass of integrated development activities, encouraging sustainability and a vision of the future. Your donations will contribute to a self-sufficient Pakistan.

Contact: +92333 4445014

ABT – Ansar Burney Trust

Non-Profit

Ansar Burney is credited as the first individual to introduce and champion international global standards of human rights in Pakistan. The ABT mission is to work as a non-political, non-governmental and not for profit organization. The foundation tackles legal injustices by conducting legal and humanitarian awareness campaigns, providing free legal advice and services to the wrongfully accused or imprisoned, and humanitarian assistance where needed. They also aid and rehabilitate the illegally and unlawfully detained. Donations to the cause give many another chance at life.

Contact: + 92 21 32623382 /83 | [email protected]

 

HEALTHCARE

Pakistan has an ailing healthcare system perpetrated by a lack of adequate funding. The country’s meager budgetary allocation towards healthcare does little for the 200 million people depending on public healthcare. The problem is simple: a clear imbalance of supply and demand. While the onus is on the government to provide affordable healthcare to all of its citizens, as with education, charity organizations in Pakistan have stepped up to the plate to save and transform lives.

LRBT – Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust

Non-Profit

Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT) is Pakistan’s largest non-governmental organization, working to fight blindness in the country. Established in 1984 by Graham Layton and Zaka Rahmatullah, the trust operates 16 fully equipped hospitals and 40 primary eye care centers across the country, all funded through the Graham Layton Trust and public donations. The hospital provides free cataract surgeries and has treated over 41 million individuals so far, many of whom are young children. Your donations could not be more life-altering.

Contact: 0800-44441 | [email protected]

SKMH – Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital

Non-Profit

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital is the largest cancer hospital and oncology center in the country. The hospital provides treatment and therapy to patients, irrespective of their ability to pay. Public donations, Zakat, global grants, and fundraising campaigns enable it to provide cancer treatment and to fund cancer research. In the past year, 75% of admitted patients were provided with free treatment. This year, SKMH&RC hopes to raise Rs 8.5 billion in order to serve a greater number of those in need by expanding its physical locations and capacity.

Contact: 111 155 555

 

FOOD PHILANTHROPY

Pakistan is as an agricultural country where 75 per cent of the population lives in rural areas. The world’s financial experts have placed Pakistan on the list of 36 countries that are facing a serious food crisis. See the problem? It’s mismanagement. Food and crop wastage in a country where millions are starving is an absolute disgrace. Which is why food philanthropy is perhaps the most important recent development in charitable causes in Pakistan. Looking to play your part? Start volunteering and donating.

The Robin Hood Army

Non-Profit

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based, zero-funds organization. They have established channels of transport and distribution of surplus food from restaurants and the community to the impoverished. Self-sustained local chapters are run by “Robins” who serve homeless families, orphanages, patients from public hospitals, and homes for the elderly. Your contributions can be both monetary or in the form of foodf, both of which will be distributed to the less fortunate within your locality.

Contact: [email protected]

Rizq

A broker between the privileged and the underprivileged, Rizq fed a million people in the month of Ramzan last year. The welfare organization in Pakistan has set up a sustainable model of feeding poor communities. They select families in areas that require food supplies. Families are given groceries on a monthly basis for a nominal price of Rs. 200 and in return, Rizq asks the families to send one able son or daughter with their volunteers. They are then taught skills and made employable. Rizq also operates food banks, each of which is responsible for feeding around 2000 families in that community. Contribute now, through funds or food.

Contact: 92-42-366-100-41 | [email protected]

 

There is never a good excuse to not give back to the community, and whichever cause speaks to you there is a charity organization in Pakistan that could use a patron like you. No contribution is insignificant; time, effort, and money are all fair fare.

Purnea depends on a steady supply of positive affirmations and berry flavored tea in order to continue functioning as an upstanding member of society. An amateur dance-battle enthusiast, she's a woman of many talents, overshadowed only by her mysterious aura. When she's not busy over-analyzing every social interaction she's had over the past 22 years she enjoys curating memes and scrapping sub-par content.

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