hroughout the times’ humanity has grown, evolved, and survived with the help of each other. A perfect society is one where everyone helps each other to the best of their abilities to improve the living conditions of all members of society.
In recent times with ever-growing problems such as economic recession, poverty, scarcity of resources, inequality, and health issues, the need for people to get together and help each other has gone from a formality to a need.
Due to such need arising, the world was introduced to the concept of NGOs. NGOs or NPOs are independent organizations formed with the goal of challenging a social, political, or economic issue.
NGOs or NPOs’ goal is to tackle the issue they feel is important to the society they live in. These organizations have missions and objectives which are carried out by their members and volunteers. They can be organized and operated on variable levels, including local, national, or even international.
Different Types OF NGOs
NGO BY LEVEL OF ORIENTATION:
- CHARITABLE ORIENTATION: These NGOs focus on the need of the underprivileged. Their activities include the distribution of food, clothing, medicines, and other living necessities. These NGOs receive donations from their beneficiaries, but these beneficiaries are not involved in the process of distribution itself.
- SERVICE ORIENTATION: These NGOs provide services that help improve the lives of their targeted audience. These services can include health services, education services, or ambulance services as well.
- PARTICIPATORY ORIENTATION: These NGOs or NPOs work on the idea of self-help. These organizations provide services and seminars which are targeted to provide help to those who actually seek it, and these services can only prove to be beneficial if the participants themselves are involved in the whole process.
- EMPOWERING ORIENTATION: These NGOs have the goal of developing and improving awareness among the underprivileged. These organizations help people understand the factors that affect their social status and way of living.
NGO BY LEVEL OF OPERATION:
- COMMUNITY-BASED NGO: These NGOs exist in and for specific communities. The goal of them is to provide help and support to their own community. These NGOs participate in activities that help improve the living conditions of their community.
- CITY-WIDE NGO: These NGOs operate on a city-wide level, as suggested by their name. These NGOs can be formed under a coalition of business, educational or ethnic groups. These organizations can be formed for different purposes.
- NATIONAL NGO: NGOs that operate on a national level and have headquarters, as well as regional offices, are considered national NGOs. These NGOs can work in the field of awareness, volunteering, or providing services.
- INTERNATIONAL NGO: The NGOs who upscale themselves from national to international level and their operations transcend boundaries. These NGOs provide their services in more than one country and can be involved in departments of medicines, businesses, or philanthropy.
TOP 15 NGOs in Pakistan
- JDC Foundation Pakistan
- EDHI FOUNDATION
- AGA KHAN FOUNDATION
- SAYLANI WELFARE TRUST
- ANSAR BURNEY TRUST
- WAR (War Against Rape)
- AKHUWAT FOUNDATION
- KASHF FOUNDATION
- CHIPPA WELFARE ASSOCIATION
- AMAN FOUNDATION
- AL-KHIDMAT FOUNDATION
- AURAT FOUNDATION
- GREEN CRESCENT TRUST
1. JDC Foundation Pakistan
JDC organization was founded by Zafar Abbas. For the past 12 years, the JDC welfare organization is serving all over Pakistan and almost in all areas of human development. The organization currently provides charitable and welfare services like:
- Free Mobile Restaurant In Karachi
- Orphanage House
- Free Dialysis Center
- Free Ambulance Services
- Free Educational System
- Free Dastarkhwan
- First free covid hospital
From helping individuals to families and promoting ideas and initiatives that can help develop Pakistan, JDC aims to expand to a whole new level that can make Pakistan a prosperous place.
Head Office: B-24 Federal B Area, Incholi.
2. EDHI FOUNDATION
Founded by the great visionary Abdul Sattar Edhi, the foundation has provided support during testing times as well. They have the biggest free ambulance service in the world; the foundation also offers orphan houses and health care services to the needy.
Head Office: Sarafa Bazar, Bolton Market, Mithadar.
3. AGA KHAN FOUNDATION
Founded in 1967, the foundation has been providing health, financial and technical resources to marginalized groups throughout the world. The organization’s services include food security, education, and scholarship programs.
Head Office: SMS School, Karimabad.
4. SAYLANI WELFARE TRUST
Saylani Trust has been operational since 1999; since then, the organization has provided relief to thousands of people through its services. The trust has an active dastarkhwan campaign as well as an RO plant installation campaign to provide the most basic necessity to the needy. Their education services provide education facilities to 180,000 students annually.
Head Office: Grappetite Chowrangi, Bahadurabad.
Contact: (021) 111 729 526
5. ANSAR BURNEY TRUST
Since the 80s, the trust has paid incredible attention to protecting the sovereignty of humans. The organization focuses strongly on protecting human rights and is always at the forefront to speak against any human rights violation.
Head Office: 6 Hasan Manzil, Arambagh Road.
Founded by a Dutch nun in 1969, Dar-ul-Sukun has been a home and shelter for thousands of children and women. The organization has worked strongly to support and provide help to the needy, and their orphan houses have always welcomed people with open arms.
Head Office: Kashmir Road Block3, PECHS.
7. WAR (War against Rape)
Founded in 1989by associates of WAF, WAR focuses on the taboo subject of rape. The organization helps provide mental and judicial support to the rape victims as well as call out harassment cultures. The organization, due to its taboo objective, has been scrutinized by the public numerous times.
Head Office: Office#102 Pearl Crest, 18th C4 commercial lane, Zamzama Blvd.
8. AKHUWAT FOUNDATION
The organization helps people by providing them with interest-free loans. The organization also has a cloth bank that provides clothing to the necessary. Other than that, they have affordable health services to help the needy as well.
Head Office: 19 Civic Center, Sector A2.
9. KASHF FOUNDATION
The foundation started in 1996 as a microfinancing institution. The organization aims to provide financial services, including loans, to women who want to become independent and start their own businesses.
Head Office: 19 Aibak Block, New Garden town.
Contact: +92 111 981 981
10. CHIPPA WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Founded by Ramzan Chippa, the foundation is one of the biggest groups of volunteers in the country. Their services include ambulances, graveyards, dastarkhwan, orphanages, and ration distribution.
Head Office: Plot#ZC-5, Sector 8/A, Shahrah Faisal.
Contact: +92 21 11192 1020
11. AMAN FOUNDATION
The organization aims to develop social and economic equality. The organization provides education and training facilities to the deserving so they can fulfill their true potentials. The organization also has a large fleet of state of the art ambulances.
Head Office: PECHS Ext. Block 6.
Contact: 021-111 111 823
12. AL-KHIDMAT FOUNDATION
Founded in 1980, the foundation has been providing humanitarian services such as orphan care, disaster management, ration packages, and ambulance services. There have been more than 2 million beneficiaries of their services.
Head Office: 501, Quaideen Colony.
Contact: 021 111 503 504
13. AURAT FOUNDATION
Founded in 1986, the organization tackles the issues and challenges faced by women in society. The organization has raised awareness as well as provided help to women who are suffering due to inequality in society.
Head Office: Building No. D-1, Street NO.11, G-11/1.
The organization was started with the aim of providing quality education to the underprivileged. Currently, the organization has more than 1600 schools under operation that provide education to the deserved.
Head Office: Plot#20, Brookes Chowrangi.
Contact: 021 111 823 823
15. GREEN CRESCENT TRUST
Founded with the goal of providing education GTC established its first school in 1994. The organization now has more than 150 schools and focuses on empowering females as well. The organization also operates orphanages.
Head Office: Office 310-311, Plot E1, Jinnah Housing Society, PECHS.
Contact: 021 111 111 428
People of Pakistan take immense pride in their nationality and fraternity. Due to such a strong bond among each other, Pakistan hosts a catalog of NGOs, NPOs whose goal is to help and improve the livelihood of their fellow citizens.
The existence of such NGOs shows that the culture of Pakistan is one of integrity and respect. These NGOs have proven over time that they have what it takes to provide relief and support during dire ties.
As responsible members of a community, we should always look out for ways to help and support these organizations.