Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi, or known as Maulana Edhi, is a philanthropist from Pakistan acknowledged for universal compassionate work. Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva (Gujarat), British India. When he was 11, his mom got paralyzed and afterward grew mentally sick, then passed away when he was 19. His own encounters made him build up a system of services for the more seasoned, mentally ill and challenged individuals. Edhi and his family relocated to Pakistan in 1947. He at first began as a merchant, later turned into a commission agent offering fabric in the wholesale market in Karachi. Following a couple of years, he built up a free dispensary with the assistance from his group. Beside he later developed a welfare trust, “Edhi Trust”.

Abdul Sattar Edhi wedded in 1965 to Bilquees, a medical attendant who worked at the Edhi dispensary. The couple has 4 kids, 2 girls, and 2 sons. Bilquees runs the free maternity home at the headquarter in Karachi and coordinates the adoption of illicit and deserted infants. Edhi is to Karachi what Mother Teresa was to the underprivileged of Calcutta. Edhi and Bilquees have spent a lifetime working for individuals and their welfare work to date stays unparalleled in Pakistan.

Contributions / Achievements:

Founder & Chairman The Edhi Foundation
Gotten the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service.
The beneficiary of the Lenin Peace Prize & the Balzan Prize.
(IBA) Institute of Business Administration Pakistan gave a honoris causa degree of Doctor of Social Service Management for his services in 2006.
Granted an honorary degree of Doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire in 2010.

Influence & Impact on the community:

In spite of the development of the foundation, Edhi remains an exceptionally rational individual. Dressed constantly in a gray custom made cotton, he has a hands-on way to deal with his work, clearing his own room and notwithstanding cleaning the drain if need be. Aside from the one room, which he utilizes for his living quarters, whatever remains of the building serves as his working environment in Mithadar, an area of old Karachi that is loaded with slender avenues and congested back streets. Abutting their parlor is a little kitchen where Bilquees generally readies the noontime dinner. By it is a washing territory where bodies are showered and arranged for entombment.