Abdul Sattar Edhi is the founder of the Edhi International Foundation, a private organization that funds relief efforts in Pakistan and Bangladesh. These are some of the poorest nations on earth (the per capita gross domestic product of Pakistan is about $460, which is about 1.3 percent of that in the United States). Consequently, their governments are not always equipped to deal with natural disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes, or the equally serious damage inflicted by hunger and poverty. Edhi's foundation addresses these problems.
The Foundation also facilitates emergency medical assistance. A recent letter in Dawn, a Pakistani English-language newspaper, reported that the foundation was attempting to "introduce wireless communications systems between its ambulances and receiving hospitals ... as well as better equipped ambulances carrying trained paramedics."
Family and domestic issues are also part of the Edhi Foundation's concerns. Jhoolas, or baby cradles, are set up at Edhi centers so unwanted babies can be left in safety. Foundation-run homes provide for the destitute and mentally ill, while a missing-persons service reconnects separated families.
Abdul Sattar Edhi has gained international recognition for his humanitarian work. In 2000, the Italian government awarded Edhi its Balzan Peace Award. Edhi also addressed the leaders of the world's richest countries at the Group of 8 Summit, speaking about poverty and human rights abuses.
In a November 17, 2000, speech at a reception for the Balzan prize winners, Edhi's friend and biographer, Tehmina Durrani, said this about the beloved humanitarian:
"Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi [is] a man perceived by most as a simple social worker. I recognized him as a role model for the world. Practical involvement in Mr. Edhi's work is natural to anyone in his presence. Bathing corpses and wrapping coffins, spending entire days at collapsed building sites, in psychotic centers and orphanages...[Mr. Edhi is] a man who had not taken a single day's vacation in his entire lifetime. A man who spoke of a hundred years ahead, instead of the next two. A man who conceptualized, created and sustained a welfare network that covered the length and breadth of a nation where every other institution was failing. A man who, without education, affluence and power, labored ceaselessly to one day convert a third-world country into a welfare state."
The Edhi International Foundation has been called the largest and best organized social welfare system in Pakistan and in the Third World. Through his organization, Abdul Sattar Edhi gives the world a vision for implementing humanitarian aid.
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Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi is one of the famous and noble personalities in Pakistan and in all over the world. Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in 1st January 1928 in a little town of India Bantva. His Mother was died on his age of 19th with a seriously problem of brain or mentally ill. When Pakistan came out in the map of world in 14th August 1947 then Abdul Sattar Edhi Migrate with his family toward Pakistan.
Abdul Sattar Edhi started his life as sales man of cloths in the wholesale market in the biggest city Karachi. He starts his Edhi trust center as establishing a small free dispensary and by make a small welfare trust. Abdul Sattar Edhi got married with a nurse who works on his own welfare trust. His wife Bilquis also help his husband in his work and run a small Maternity home free for the adoption and abandoned babies in Karachi.
Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Foundation is one of the largest charity center which run world’s major ambulance in addition it also operate the world largest free treatment home, women’s accommodation and a free treatment center for the mentally ill persons. Abdul Sattar Edhi was honored with many awards like Silver Jubilee Shield, Social worker of the Sub-continent, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan Civic Award, and Shield of honours by the Pakistan Army, Khidmat Award, Human Award and recently Former Prime minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani honored him with Nobel peace Prize.