The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare program in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. Edhi is the head of the organization and his wife Bilquis, a nurse, oversees the maternity and adoption services of the foundation. Its headquarters are in Karachi, Pakistan.
The Edhi Foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance across the nation of Pakistan and abroad. The Foundation provides, among many other services, shelter for the destitute, free hospitals and medical care, drug rehabilitation services, and national and international relief efforts. Its main focuses are Emergency Services, Orphans, Handicapped Persons, Shelters, Education, Healthcare, International Community Centers, Blood & Drug Bank, air ambulance services, Marine And Coastal Services.
- Welfare activities
- Baby cradles (jhoolas) are installed at most Edhi centers, where unwanted or abandoned babies may be left. Adoptions are then arranged for the infants.
- Destitute homes (Apna Ghar) service orphans, runaways, and the mentally ill.
- Warehouses hold supplies for emergency situations.
- Missing Persons Service posts bulletins for missing persons in the press, on radio and TV.
- Prisoner's Aid provides provisions and legal aid to imprisoned persons.
- Graveyard Services provide washing and burials for unclaimed bodies. Religious services are provided according to the deceased's religious affiliation.
- Public Kitchens feed the hungry in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi
- Animal Shelter Edhi Homes were originally meant to provide services to the distressed and ailing destitutes. Soon, however, animals that were cruelly treated by their owners and had become lame, crippled or badly wounded, started ending up in Edhi Centers. These also include missing animals and unwanted pets which have no other place to go except Edhi shelters. In view of the increasing number of such animals, Edhi Foundation established a separate treatment unit which has now grown up into a small zoo. Veterinary doctors look after these animals along with other volunteer staff at super highway, Karachi. These animals include peacocks, owls, deers, monkeys, horses, mules, cats, dogs and a number of domestic birds.
- Emergency Services
- Note The Edhi Foundation is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest volunteer ambulance organization in the world.
- Field Ambulance Service provides 1800 ambulances (the largest ambulance fleet in Pakistan and the largest private ambulance service network in the world).
- Air Ambulance Service provides two airplanes and one helicopter.
- Marine and Coastal Service provides weather warnings, air-drops food supplies, and recovers dead bodies.
- Emergency Checkposts provides immediate, emergency care.
- Highway Projects are developing new Edhi centers across the nation of Pakistan.
- Blood and Drug Banks provide medicine to needy persons. They also collect and store blood for transfusions.
- Cancer Research Hostel houses 50 cancer patients in Karachi.
- International Activities
- Refugee Assistance provides help to refugees in Pakistan.
- International Community Centers are established in several nations to assist Pakistanis and other Asians overseas.
- Offices Abroad are Edhi Foundation offices established in other nations, such as Japan, the UK, and the USA.
Edhi Adoption center phone number is 0092-21-32443158.