As the chinese proverb goes “Women hold up half the sky”, it would not be wrong to say no society can attain the goal of progress in the absence of women’s role – they are the key to prosperity.
Here is a list of 5 NGOs run by women who are not only an inspiration for others but also a ray of hope in the lives of millions of people; women who have devoted their lives for the amelioration of others.
Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla is a renowned child specialist and a proud chairperson of HOPE; who, in 1997, started HOPE to bring hope and change in the lives of the poor and impoverished by bringing health and education to their doorsteps. HOPE is not only providing quality free education, vocational training and health services to the underprivileged in the easily accessible areas but also in the remote areas like mountainous villages of AJK. Morever, HOPE has also been efficiently involved in the emergency relief work for the flood and earthquake victims.
Roshaneh Zafar is the founder and MD of Kashf Foundation - a Lahore based non-profit microfinance institution working for the economic empowerment of low-income households especially women for the past 16 years. Ms. Roshaneh Zafar created Kashf with the aim to alleviate poverty by providing a suite of high quality affordable financial and non-financial services to low income households, especially women, in order to build their capacity and enhance their economic role.
Nigar Ahmed, an educationist by profession has devoted her life for the empowerment of women. And, she is the real power behind Aurat Foundation which is playing a key role in the fight for equality for women since 1986. Over the last 26 years, the foundation has come to be recognised nationally and internationally as one of the leading institutions for enhancing women’s economic and political status in the country. It has also appeared as a major support organisation for civil society organisations working for social change at the community level.
Nargis Latif, founder and CEO of Gulbahao, an NGO that has (for the last 15 years) been quietly working on industrial and municipal waste in order to bring forth a clean non-polluting environment as well as to make new discoveries for improving the economy and making life cheaper and easier for all. The Projects Safai/Kamai bank and the chandi ghar are the earning/commercial/welfare arms of Gul Bahao. Also, they serve as extension programs of the research activities of Gul Bahao.
Parveen Saeed, in 2002, began a small-scale food provision programme called `khana ghar‘ after hearing a heart-wrenching news of a woman murdering her two kids, who was unable to feed them and could not endure to watch them slowly starve to death. Parveen thought that surely there is enough food to feed the ones to cannot afford, so she started Khana Ghar, where a full meal is provided for only Rs. 3. Later on, Parveen started getting contributions from the donors which made her able to open another Khana Ghar in February 2009, and cater to more people.
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