ultrafacts:Abdul Sattar Edhi, is a prominent Pakistani…


Abdul Sattar Edhi, is a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, and humanitarian. He is the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation, a non-profit social welfare organisation in Pakistan.

Edhi has remained a simple and humble man. To this day, he only owns a couple pairs of clothes, has never taken a salary from his organisation and lives in a small two bedroom apartment over his clinic in Karachi. He has been recommended for a Nobel Peace prize by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Edhi Foundation also runs the world’s largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women’s shelters, and rehab centres for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals. It has run relief operations in Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus region, eastern Europe and the U.S. where it provided aid following the New Orleans hurricane of 2005.

“Every day before school, my mother would give me two paisa and say, ‘Spend one paisa on yourself and give the other away,’” Edhi remembers. “When I came home, she would ask me where I had given away my one paisa. It was her way of creating an awareness in me of the need for social welfare.” [x]

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