Disaster Relief & Long Term Development

Pakistani Experts Recommends High-Impact Nonprofits To Support

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In July 2010, floods devastated nearly a third of Pakistan’s landmass, almost the size of Italy. Present estimates indicate that over 2,000 people have died and over one million homes have been destroyed since the flooding began. About one in 10 Pakistanis --21 million people--are injured or homeless as a result of the flooding, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami (5 million), the 2005 Kashmir earthquake (3 million), and the 2010 Haiti earthquake (3 million). At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was under water due to the flooding. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said that the flood disaster is the worst he's ever seen.

Indian Ocean Tsunami
(5 million people affected)
Kashmir Earthquake
(3 million people affected)
Haiti Earthquake
(3 million ppl affected)
Pakistan Flood
(21 million people affected)

The following nonprofits are recommended by a few experts. Sania Nishtar is the founder and president of the nonprofit think tank, Heartfile, which is the most powerful health policy voice in Pakistan. Afiya Zia is an independent scholar and feminist activist. And Hammid Jaffir is the Director of the Murshid Hospital and Healthcare Centers in Balochistan.



Bilquis Edhi Relief Foundation Inc

All experts recommended Edhi Foundation. Sania and Haamid recommended Edhi Foundation because it does a lot of great work including running shelter homes for orphans, operating the largest ambulance service in Pakistan, providing soup kitchens, and helping to bury the dead. Afiya recommended Edhi because it serves a huge population at a very low cost with far ranging services. This organization operates in times of conflict and is very active in humanitarian aid. It also has an excellent system of accounting and audit.

Edhi Foundation started as a “one-man show” with Rs5000 (US$1000) from a dispensary, providing medical aid to the poor. Now, the Edhi Foundation is the largest welfare organization in Pakistan, with over 300 centers across the country, in big cities, small towns, and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning, and emergency assistance. It is the first of its kind in South Asia to own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-reaching areas. In Karachi alone, the Edhi Foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centers, surgical units, a 4- bed cancer hospital, and mobile dispensaries. In addition to these services, the Foundation also manages two blood banks in Karachi. Read more about their founding story here.

Website: http://www.edhifoundation.com

Phone: 718-639-5120



The Citizens Foundation

All experts recommended the Citizens Foundation. Sania and Haamid recommended the organization because it is has been doing a great job building schools. Afiya recommended the Citizens Foundation because of its long-term vision of rebuilding people’s lives, livelihoods, and educating the future generation.

TCF is a professionally managed, non-profit organization created in 1995 by a group of citizens concerned about the dismal state of education in Pakistan. It is now one of Pakistan's leading organizations in the field of formal education. TCF will use its network of 660 school units in hundreds of rural areas and urban slums located in 68 towns and cities across Pakistan to provide 20 million meals in 30 days to flood affected people. Read more about how they are different here.

Website: http://www.thecitizensfoundation.org

Phone: 888-729-3022



Imran Khan Foundation

Afiya recommended the Iran Khan Foundation because they deliver directly to the people affected by the flood. Imran Khan Foundation has sent 2,000 bags of wheat seeds for the flood-hit farmers. This is part of Irman Khan’s scheme to provide wheat seeds to every province without any discrimination for flood-hit farmers owning 25 acres of land. The scheme will cost Rs600 million and benefit 200,000 affected farm families. In addition, six villages have been rehabilitated in Noshera district of Khyber Pakhtoonkh. You can read more about their efforts for the Pakistan flood relief here.

Website: http://imrankhanfoundation.org

Phone: 703-495-5042

Email: contactus@imrankhanfoundation.org


The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust

Hammid recommended The Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust because they have done a lot of flood relief work. They were one of the first in the field to serve the flood victims and provide them with health care facilities along with free medication and water purification tablets. They have treated more than 71,405 patients for various diseases ranging from diarrhea, gastroenteritis, cholera, malaria, vomiting, skin infections, respiratory diseases and eye infections.

Although the flood victims have now returned to their homes, they are still living in miserable conditions. With no food and shelter, various diseases are affecting the children and adults and they are being victimized by serious health disorders. To provide ongoing support to these suffering people, LRBT has planned second phase of flood relief activities. Read more about their efforts here.

Website: http://www.lrbt.org.pk

Phone: 9221 35396600-5

Email: lrbt@cyber.net.pk


Sania Nishtar is the founder and president of the NGO think tank, Heartfile, which today is the most powerful health policy voice in Pakistan and is recognized as a model for replication in other developing countries. Her areas of interests are health systems, global health, broader issues of governance and public-private relationships.

In Pakistan her pioneering work in the health sector has inspired new initiatives and has shaped policies on health reform and non-communicable diseases. She is also the founder of Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum and provides support to many agencies in an advisory role. She additionally sits on many governing boards and is a visiting faculty to many educational institutions. Within Pakistan, she is a voice to catalyze change at the broader governance level as an op-ed columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper.

Internationally, Sania Nishtar’s scope of work has several dimensions. She is a member of many Expert Working Groups and Task Forces of the World Health Organization and is currently a member of the board of the International Union for Health Promotion and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health and many other international initiatives. She has formerly been on several international Boards, and has chaired several global campaigns and programs. She has also been an advisor to WHO on numerous occasions, has published over 100 journal articles and is the author of 6 books. Her book on Health Reform entitled ‘Choked Pipes’ was released by Oxford University Press in February 2010.

She speaks to audiences around the world and has been extensively published and quoted in the media. Sania Nishtar is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the European Societies Population Science Award, 16 gold medals and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center. Sania Nishtar holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a Ph.D. A detailed profile can be accessed at http://www.sanianishtar.info.


Afiya S. Zia is an independent scholar and feminist activist. She has been part of pro-democracy activism in Pakistan, and an active member of Women's Action Forum, which directly challenged Gen Zia ul Haq's religious state. 

Between 1993 - 1997 she worked in the non-governmental sector on women and development projects,wrote several papers for national and international forums, and edited a series of books on women's issues, including,  Unveiling the Issues; Locating the Self.

Based in Karachi, Afiya teaches sociology to college students and writes regular columns for the newspapers. Afiya is a founding member of an academic study group in Karachi and a commentator on socio-political issues on several TV channels.

She is the author of Sex Crime in the Islamic Context; Rape, Class and  Gender in Pakistan; ASR, 1994), Watching Them Watching Us, ASR, 1997;'The Reinvention of Feminism in Pakistan'  in Feminist Review, Issue 91;South Asian Feminisms: Negotiating New Terrain', Palgrave, Macmillan, UK; and 'Challenges to Secular Feminism in Pakistan', Occasional paper series by University of Cambridge.

Her current research focuses on the challenges to secular feminism in Pakistan as the women's movement confronts growing conservatism and Islamic militancy.


Haamid Jaffer is the Director of Murshid Hospital and Healthcare Centers in Balochistan. The Murshid Hospital and Health Care Centers has been providing maternal-child health services in the refugee camp near the hospital that has 100,000 people. They have been caring for more complicated cases at the hospital, and received $1.2 million in material support and a grant for $32,000 for the hospital’s flood response and operations in Karachi.

The Murshid Hospital has been a partner of Direct Relief International since 2005.

Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is a Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit organization focused on improving quality of life by bringing critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers worldwide. Direct Relief has provided more than $1 billion in privately funded humanitarian aid since 2000, including more than $200 million in assistance in the United States. For the current Pakistan flood, it has delivered more than $2.6 million in medical aid for people affected by the emergency. It is ranked by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as California's largest international nonprofit organization based on private support. For more information, please visit http://www.DirectRelief.org .

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