The nation remembers Abdul Sattar Edhi, a philanthropist and a social worker on his 3rd Death Anniversary.
Edhi, the founder of the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network, died on July 8, 2016 in Karachi after a prolonged illness.
Edhi was born in the late 1920s in the state of Gujrat. When he was 11, his mother became paralyzed from a stroke and died when he was 19.
“The value of every life is based on the tragedy it leaves behind with some person.” – Edhi
Abdul Sattar Edhi founded a non-profit social welfare “The Edhi Foundation” in 1951. After a few years, the foundation entered the “Guinness World Record” as the “largest volunteer ambulance organisation” in 1997.
The foundation has more than 300 welfare centres across the country that operates shelter for women, food kitchens, orphanage home, clinics for mentally challenged and rehabilitation homes.
“No religion is higher than humanity.” – Edhi
Not only this, the foundation runs 8 outpatient hospitals, a child adoption centre and morgues.
“The dead has only one place to go… up. Wherever you bury them, they will go the same way, up” – Edhi
The Edhi Foundation now has 2,400 ambulances and three air ambulances across the country.
From Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1986 to degree of Doctor of Social Service Management in 2006, Abdul Sattar Edhi received several awards and prizes with his wife, Bilquis Edhi for his social work.
In 1989 Edhi received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan.
Not only people from across the world, the Government of Pakistan is also paying tribute to Edhi on his death anniversary.