Saturday, 26 May 2012

Abdul Sattar Edhi, A hero of Humanity

Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. In order to earn his living, He started as a peddler, later becaming a commission agent selling cloth in the wholesale market in Karachi. After a couple of years, he left this occupation and with the support of some members of his community decided to establish a free despensary. He became involved in this charity work. However, soon his personal ambition to establish a welfare trust of his own and named it "Edhi Trust". An appeal was made to the public for funds. The response was good, and Rs. 20,000 were collected. The range and scope of work of Edhi Trust expanded with remarkable speed under the driving spirit of the man behind it. A maternity home was established and emergency ambulance service was started. More donations were received as people's confidence in the activities of the trust grew. With the passage of time, masses gave him the title of the "Angel of mercy".

"I am Muslim but I am a Humanitarian above all, because the basic principals of all religions are rooted in humanity." Abdul Sattar Edhi

1. Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service from Philippines, 1986.
2. Nishan-e-Imtiaz from Government of Pakistan, 1989.
3. Paul Harris Fellow from Rotatory International Foundation, 1993.
4. Peace Prize from USSR(former) for services in the American earthquake disaster in 1998.
5. Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society.
6. Khidmat Award by Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences .
7. Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army (E & C).
8. Silver Jubilee Shield by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, (1962-1987).
9. Recognition of meritorious services to oppressed humanity during eighties by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan, 1989.
10. The Social Worker of Sub-Continent by Government of Sind, Pakistan, 1989.
11. Pakistan Civic Award - 1992 by Pakistan Civic Society.
12. Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World - Guinness Book of World Records 2000.
13. Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services 2000 UAE.
14. International Balzan Prize 2000 for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy.
15. 2001- Peace and Harmony Award (Delhi ).
16. 2004- Peace Award (Mumbai).
17. 2005- Peace Award (Hyderabad Deccan).
18. 2005- Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award (Italy).
19. 2007- Gandhi Peace Award (Delhi).
20. 2007- UNESCO Madan jeet sing Peace Award (Paris).
21. 2008- Peace Award Seoul (south Korea).
22. 2011- Engro Peace Award (Karachi).
21. 2011-Peace Award (London).

This Organization is working for Humanity and Serve to Nation and People.

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