Abdul Sattar Edhi, (born 1928, Bantva, Gujarat, British India—died July 8, 2016, Karachi, Pak.), Pakistani humanitarian who founded and operated the Edhi Foundation, an extensive welfare organization that encompassed medical clinics, orphanages, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, shelters, and Pakistan’s largest ambulance service. The foundation was funded entirely by private donations and offered services to people without regard to religion or ethnic group. Edhi immigrated to Pakistan in 1947, shortly after the country became independent. In the 1950s he began his charitable work with the establishment of a free medical dispensary. In order to expand his services, he created the Edhi Foundation as a vehicle through which to raise funds. The response to his appeal for money enabled him to expand quickly. In reaction to a flu epidemic, he established treatment centres and then added maternity clinics as well as ambulances. He also began maintaining orphanages to care for abandoned babies and children. The foundation’s activities grew to include funeral services, education and vocational training, provision of homes and soup kitchens for the destitute, and assistance in emergencies. Edhi Foundation charities spread throughout Pakistan, and the foundation became the country’s largest private social-welfare entity. Edhi himself lived simply, devoting himself fully to the care of the needy. In 1986 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, and he was honoured with the 2000 Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Fraternity Among Peoples.
I want to create awareness amongst the common people of Pakistan and I generally appeal to the Pakistani people living here and abroad for help and they provide me with the necessary resources.
My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.
It is because of my principle that people continue to give.
The attitude of the Pakistani people is very good. Whenever I release any statement or deliver any kind of speech, they respond favourably.
It is my principle never to accept any donations from any government or any foreign funded organisation.
I believe in nature and humanity and am here to serve the common people of Pakistan. There is a great deal of suffering in this country and I’m here to help.
Beware of those who attribute petty instructions to God.
You have to care for all beings created by God…My mission is to help any person in need.
People know that I have adopted four principles in living my life: simple living, punctuality, hard work and prudence.