CHIRAGH – The Lamp
“Humanity is above all Religions.” – EDHI
This is the story of a Humanitarian also known as “the Angel of Mercy”. Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi lived his entire life serving the
A Documentary about Abdul Sattar Edhi by Naziha Mehmood Nov 2015 – N O T P U B L I C
Duration: 26 mins
Produced By : NAZIHA MAHMOOD
His services to humanity are indeed unmatched. EDHI commenced in 1951, by purchasing a small shop, converted into the first free dispensary. Edhi solely collected funds at the street corners and begged for the poor. He purchased his first ambulance for 5000 rupees. Edhi sought to give the dead a respectable burial and exercised to heal the destitute. He sheltered more than 20,000 abandoned babies, nurtured above 50,000 orphans and trained 40,000 nurses. These are astounding numbers.
To this day, Edhi Foundation continues to grow in both size and service, and is currently the largest welfare organization in Pakistan with the world’s largest fleet of over eighteen hundred ambulances, twenty-eight rescue boats and two aircrafts with twenty-four hour medical
dispensaries, missing persons’ hot line and the largest morgue in Pakistan.
Edhi’s simplicity was exemplary. Feeding upon stale bread for years, he lived in a two-bedroom apartment over his clinic and owned 2 pairs of clothes. He had never taken a salary from his organization. Even personal suffering has never been a reason to compromise over humanitarian efforts! People trusted him with their health, wealth & hearts. Women compensated by donating jewelry. From trash collectors to the well off, everyone donated to Edhi.
February 28, 2021