Edhi Foundation is the largest and most organized social welfare system in Pakistan. Edhi Foundation works round the clock, without any discrimination on the basis of color, race, language, religion or politics. The Foundation modifies the phrase "Live and let live" to "Live and help live".
The dynamic nature and the range of social services provided by Edhi Foundation makes it different from other organizations. The Foundation's activities include a 24 hour emergency service across the country through 335 Edhi Centers with the fleet of 1800 and increasing ambulances which provide 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.
Edhi strongly adheres to the principle of self-help. It is hard to think of any welfare organization or a non-governmental organization, sustaining its functions while refraining from soliciting financial support from the government and foreign aid-giving agencies. It is even harder to understand the active rejection of the concept of such a support. All donations for Edhi Foundation come from individuals and a few business enterprises.
With exemplary tenacity, Edhi has pursued his mission for the last five decades. He has quietly made a remarkable change in the social attitude in Pakistan towards community welfare by in-stilling in ordinary citizens a consistent desire to participate in public welfare programs.
Mission of service to humanity knows no barriers of religion, caste, creed or national boundaries. Edhi Foundation's network has now extended beyond its national boundaries and acquired an international charter. With its international operations, Edhi is also setting up good examples for other countries to follow and provide better welfare services.
Edhi Foundation's Ideology
Edhi Foundation's activities include a 24 hours emergency service across the country through 250 Edhi centers which provide 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 counseling and maternity services, national and international relief efforts for the victims.
Currently the Foundation is a home for over 6,000 destitute people, runaways and mentally ill, and it provides transportation to over 1,000,000 people annually to the hospitals, in addition to other wide ranging services.
Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva a small town of Indian Province of Gujrat. Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. In order to earn his living Abdul Sattar Edhi initially started as a peddler, later became commission agent selling cloths in the wholesale market in Karachi.