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Abdul Sattar Edhi: The Humanitarian From Pakistan

April 03, 2011  by: S. Chowdhury  Points: 12   Category: Inspirational Stories  Earning $0.25   Views: 1224

Abdul Sattar Edhi is a philanthropist from Pakistan who has made caring for the poor, the ailing and the oppressed his life's mission. He is an inspirational figure for many good people.

         

Most nations have a handful of good persons who take the arduous path in taking care of the sick, the weak, the destitute and the needy. It is a very noble job but takes a lot of honesty, sincerity, dedication, hard work, perseverance and tolerance. Moreover it is extremely troublesome. So the general public always shy away from such responsibilities. It is here where the exceptional people chip-in with their super-human effort to take care of those who are basically forgotten by society.

One of such rare Samaritan is Abdul Sattar Edhi of Pakistan. He is the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan - which has now stretched to many other nations - that does a lot of humanitarian and charitable work in the war and extremism torn Pakistan. Among its numerous welfare activities it provides free homes for the destitute and orphans, medical and hospital care for the poor and needy, rehabilitation of drug addicts, 24-hour emergency medical care - for which they have a large ambulance service - and innumerable such compassionate works. The Edhi Foundation has been running for fifty years now since it was set up in 1951 and it has been able to flourish without any governmental help thus far, relying only on individual donations.


Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi - who is an 83-year-old elderly person - managed this huge mission thus far because of the able support of his wife Bilquis - a professional nurse herself - and many other caregivers. For such humongous generosity and altruistic mission he is equated with what Mother Teresa did with her organization - Missionaries of Charity and is lovingly referred as 'Pakistan's Angel of Mercy'. The Edhi Foundation doesn't discriminate between religions while giving care. Edhi himself says that, "Humanity is the biggest religion." He certainly lives his talk and that's why he is revered not only in Pakistan but also around the world.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in a village in Gujarat in India by the name of Bantva in 1928. After the India-Pakistan partition in 1947 he moved with his family to Pakistan. In his younger days his mother became paralysed and mentally ill and Edhi devoted his utmost care to look after his mother. Though his mother didn't survive for long but the caregiver in him was born out of those traumatic experiences. He felt for those who don't have anybody to care for and went on a real mission to do something about it. Thus the Edhi Trust was formed with the help of some donations from the general public that eventually gave rise to the Edhi Foundation and his journey towards being the messiah of the afflicted, the underprivileged, the homeless and the downtrodden began.

Even if there is an earthquake, or flood, or sections of Pakistan which are badly hit by the onslaught of the Pakistan Army and infighting, Edhi Foundation is the first to reach with their humanitarian resources and ambulances to take care of the injured and to provide relief camps for the displaced. Edhi Foundation is so great that they not only care for the living but for the dead as well, making burial arrangements for unclaimed dead bodies.


Edhi Home For Orphaned Children

Even though philanthropists like Abdul Sattar Edhi is nonchalant towards any award but he has been honoured with many awards for what he has done not only for Pakistan but also for humanity on the whole. He has been honoured with the Nishan-e-Imtiaz - which is the highest civilian award of Pakistan - in 1989 along with many other national awards. Among the international awards, he has been felicitated with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1986 and the Lenin Peace Prize in 1988 along with several other notable awards.

But the greatest award that Abdul Sattar Edhi has got is probably the love of the people of Pakistan as well as of the people of other nations where his humanitarian missions reach out. In spite of being such famous he and his wife still live a humble life and doesn't depend on the Foundation or Trust. This is some lesson for others to follow who just brag about whatever little they had done and off course doesn't forget to claim a large chunk out of the generated donations. May other Samaritans follow his and his wife's example to make this world a better place for everybody. My heartfelt regards towards this great man and his great wife!


Reference

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Author: joeldgreat        
Posted Date: 04/06/2011    Points:2    

Your article shows the "other side" of Pakistani people. Whenever I heard a news over the cable TV regarding Pakistan, its always on the negative side. Good to know that every nation do have many good people and your article proves it.

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