Abdul Sitar Edhi has been one of the mainly legendary and most distinguished social workers in Pakistan. He has been one of those shinning stars in the Pakistani history that cannot be erased and forgotten away at any cost of time. Abdul Sitar Edhi has also been famously known as Maulana Edhi.
He runs a charitable foundation with his Wife cooperation named as Bilquis Edhi. This is a complete charity based private organization that runs on the personal account without the need and help of the government. In this article we will throw the light over the early and professional life of Abdul Sitar Edhi.
ABDUL SITAR EARLY LIFE:
Abdul Sitar was born in 1928 in a small village of Gujarat named as Bantva in India. When he was at the age of eleven years old his mother feel seriously ill and fall into physical paralyze situations. When he reached at the age of 19 his mother died. Her dead laid him with the concept of establishing the foundation that should work for the poor, ill and deprived people. He travelled with this family to Pakistan in 1947. Before setting up his own personal foundation he used to sell the clothes in the markets of Karachi. After few years of hard work he set up his dispensary that leads him to the commencement of the Edhi Foundation. He got married with the nurse who worked in the same dispensary in 1965 named as Bilquis Edhi. They are the parents of four children as two daughters and two sons.
EDHI CHARITY SERVICES:
Edhi Foundation has been just known for the old and care of deprived people but they are even honored for running the largest chain of ambulances in Pakistan. They even serve the people with the nursing centers, orphan houses, clinics and health centers along with the facility of rehab centers as well. They have even expanded their foundation services in Middle East, United States, Africa and Europe. In 2011, Edhi was honored with the Noble Prize just for his charitable services by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
LIST OF INTERNATIONAL AWARDS:
- Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1986.
- Lenin Peace Prize in 1988.
- Paul Harris Fellow from Rotatory International Foundation in 1993.
- Peace Prize from (USSR former) for services in the American earthquake disaster in 1998.
- Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World – Guinness Book of World Records in 2000.
- Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services in UAE in 2000.
- International Balzan Prize in 2000 for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood in Italy.
- Peace and Harmony Award in Delhi in 2001.
- Peace Award in Mumbai in 2004.
- Peace Award in Hyderabad and Deccan in 2005.
- Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award in Italy in 2005.
- Gandhi Peace Award in Delhi in 2007.
- UNESCO Madan jeet sing Peace Award in Paris in 2007.
- Peace Award Seoul in South Korea in 2007.
- Honorary Doctorate degree from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi in 2006.
- UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize in 2009.
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize in 2010.
- Peace Award in 2011 in London.
LIST OF NATIONAL AWARDS:
- Silver Jubilee Shield by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan from 1962-1987.
- The Social Worker of Sub-Continent by Government of Sind, Pakistan in 1989.
- Nishan-e-Imtiaz, civil decoration from Government of Pakistan in 1989.
- Recognition of meritorious services to oppressed humanity during eighties by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan in 1989.
- Pakistan Civic Award from the Pakistan Civic Society In 1992.
- Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army (E & C).
- Khidmat Award by Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences.
- Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society.