Edhi foundation is a Non-Profit organization that has been in the business of providing social services like medical care, emergency services, air ambulances, burial services, mental habitats, old homes, child welfare services, abused women safe houses and training facilities for the disadvantaged..
Edhi's founder is Abdul Sattar Edhi who established the first clinic in 1951.
The foundation has over 300 centers across the country, in big cities, small towns and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance. They own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas.
Edhi Foundation Provides following services
High Ways Project ( 25 Kilometer)
Field Ambulance Services
Air Ambulance Services
Marine And Costal Service
Blood and Drug Banks
Cancer Research Hostel
Missing Persons Service
Edhi Homes for shelter of animals
Grave Yard Services
Edhi Emergency Posts
International Community Centers
Assets of Edhi Foundation
In Karachi alone, the Edhi Foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centres, surgical units, a 4- bed cancer hospital and mobile dispensaries. In addition to these the Foundation also manages two blood banks in Karachi. As with other Edhi services, employed professionals and volunteers run these. The foundation has a Legal aid department, which provides free services and has secured the release of countless innocent prisoners.
Commissioned doctors visit jails on a regular basis and also supply food and other essentials to the inmates. There are 15 " Apna Ghar" ["Your Homes"] homes for the destitute children, runaways, and psychotics and the Edhi Foundation states that over the years 3 million children have been rehabilitated and reunited with their families thorough the Edhi network.
The foundation also has an education scheme, which apart from teaching reading and writing covers various vocational activities such as driving, pharmacy and para-medical training. The emphasis is on self-sufficiency. The Edhi Foundation has branches in several countries where they provide relief to refugees in the USA , UK , Canada , Japan , and Bangladesh . In 1991 the Foundation provided aid to victims of the Gulf war and earthquake victims in Iran and Egypt.
20,000 abandoned babies have been saved
40,000 qualified nurses have been trained
50,000 orphans are housed in Edhi Homes
1 million babies have been delivered in Edhi Maternity Centers
Ramon Magsaysay Award " for public service from Philippines , 1986.
Paul Harris Fellow " from Rotary International Foundation 1993.
Peace Prize from USSR (former) "for services in the Armenian earth-quake disaster in 1988.See more