Let’s carry for­ward Edhi’s tradition

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -


Ab­dul Satar Edhi, the great­est phi­lan­thropist of Pak­istan needs no in­tro­duc­tion as he him­self is an in­sti­tu­tion in name; nei­ther I am go­ing to hon­our his ef­forts with my words [as the same are very well­known]. The force which com­pelled me to write is to make all Pak­ista­nis re­al­ize how much ca­pa­ble they are to carry out such so­cial works. In this mod­ern age where a man is in quest of mak­ing his and his fam­ily’s life lux­u­ri­ous, he sel­dom finds time to make an­other life com­fort­able and easy. It goes with­out say­ing that for es­tab­lish­ing peace and sta­bil­ity around him, he should also play his part in up­lift­ing so­cial sta­tus of his com­mu­nity. This act of benef­i­cence can be done by spon­sor­ing a poor child through­out his aca­demic ca­reer; giv­ing free ed­u­ca­tion to the chil­dren of ser­vants or poor chil­dren around their vicin­ity or even by adopt­ing an or­phan. The prac­tice of adopt­ing an or­phan is con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence in Pak­istani so­ci­ety; even child­less cou­ples are re­luc­tant to adopt an or­phan. Con­sider the height of so­cial sta­tus if each and ev­ery fam­ily, re­gard­less of the fact that they have their own chil­dren or not, adopt an or­phan and bring him up in good way and make him a re­spectable and re­spon­si­ble per­son of so­ci­ety. There are count­less peo­ple who are ca­pa­ble of adopt­ing an or­phan. If a poor man with mea­gre re­sources could found some­thing re­mark­able like Edhi Foun­da­tion, with an ini­tial sum of a mere five thou­sand ru­pees and now who runs three hun­dred and thirty wel­fare cen­ters in ur­ban Pak­istan; op­er­ates food kitchens; es­tab­lishes re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion homes; clin­ics for mentally hand­i­capped and shel­ters for aban­doned women and chil­dren, then what a mid­dle class per­son with monthly in­come of Rs. 40000 or above can do. So­cial works, which have been done by Edhi and his wife are un­prece­dented in his­tory of the world. The hus­band and wife team has come to share com­mon vi­sion of sin­gle-minded de­vo­tion to the cause of al­le­vi­at­ing suf­fer­ings of hu­man be­ings. Now he, the great­est hu­man­i­tar­ian is at his deathbed. Ev­ery Pak­istani is pray­ing for him, wants to pay him trib­ute for his self­less ser­vices. And the best way to pay trib­ute to him is to have a sense of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards fel­low cit­i­zens and to re­spond to each call for help re­gard­less of race, creed or sta­tus. There are thou­sands of aban­doned chil­dren who need your guardian­ship. So let’s light up the lamp of our own part and apart from your own child, give so­ci­ety an­other use­ful per­son. — Larkana

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