Let’s be Abdul Sattar Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi is the founder of the Edhi International Foundation, a private organization that funds relief efforts in Pakistan. Consequently, their governments are not always equipped to deal with natural disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes, or the equally serious damage inflicted by hunger and poverty. Edhi’s foundation addresses these problems. The Foundation also facilitates emergency medical assistance.
The Edhi center provides the old homes for the people who are old, alone and have no family member left behind to take care of them. Edhi also provides home for the people who have lost their houses or missing.
So, We had an chance to do a little act of kindness by using our resources and energies to serve the humanity by working for the fund collection of Edhi foundation through the platform of Amal Academy. We were divided into the group of 10 people for easier collaboration and teamwork between us. First of all we did efforts at individual level by asking funds from our family, friends, teachers and class fellows. Response was mix like some showed really positive response and some people gave money after long conversation with them. People had trust issues like we can give funds directly to Edhi foundation instead of giving you. We felt that some people do not like this foundation due to the negative propaganda done by competing organizations. At this point we convinced them by giving logical and convincing answering. At last some were convinced and some were not, as they did not want to be agreed.
Then we connected with Kips college and academy but they said that you do not have proper documentation so we cannot allow you to collect funds from our students. We did not lose hope and keep trying at other places but the repose was same. So we had a Jugaad by discussing with group members that we should go to malls and other public places for fund collection.
Then our group visited “Jhaal”, visited shops there and asked public for donation. Shopkeepers cooperated with us and gave us 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 or even 1000 rupees according to their capacity. Lower class contributed more as they understand the hunger, value of shelter and proper clothes. The people in cars those were from well off families did not cooperated well with us.
It was a life learning activity…!