In 2022, Pakistan saw devastating floods rampage the country and cause widespread destruction. The natural disaster has consequently created a humanitarian crisis in the country.
This has left many people wondering, ‘where can I make a donation to help needy people in Pakistan?’
Zohra Foundation can help you with your Pakistan donations. We are a UK-registered charity which works directly with the poor and elderly in Pakistan, providing them with essential aid such as food, clean water, shelter, medical aid, hygiene kits and social support.
Where can I make a donation to needy people in Pakistan?
Read on to discover the campaigns we are currently running here at Zohra Foundation, to support impoverished and vulnerable people across Pakistan:
Pakistan Floods Appeal
Zohra Foundation relies on donations from supporters to fund emergency aid for the people who urgently need our help.
Following the devastating floods, we at Zohra Foundation launched our Pakistan Flood Appeal, to fund donations to provide emergency assistance for people to recover and restore hope in their lives.
As the flood waters recede, our team is currently distributing urgent aid such as tents, medicines, clean water, cooked meals and kitchen utensils to people affected in Pakistan. We are also rebuilding the homes that so many have lost during the catastrophic floods.
Click here to donate to the Zohra Foundation Pakistan Flood Appeal today– so that the affected people in Pakistan can move forward and restore some normality in their lives.
Every penny helps- your donations will feed people who have no food, no shelter and no money to support themselves and their families.
At Zohra Foundation, we understand how difficult it is to be an elderly person in Pakistan. With no care homes or comfortable retirement packages, elderly people mainly live alone or with their extended families.
For the millions of people in Pakistan who already live in extreme poverty, meeting all the costs for food and healthcare for elderly relatives is a real struggle.
Increasingly in Pakistan, elderly men and women are suffering from depression, financial exploitation and deprivation, which is leading to increasing suicide rates among the elderly in the region.
Zohra Foundation has seen that when the elderly are completely reliant on hand-outs from their relatives, it makes them feel like a burden. They are reluctant to communicate any health problems, out of fear of causing issues with their family.
For example, health issues like bladder control are taboo subjects. So, these issues are not talked about or dealt with properly by caregivers. In the long term, this causes more shame and embarrassment for the elderly within their own family.
Therefore, looking after elderly people is of paramount importance. That is why Zohra Foundation runs an ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ scheme, to provide free medical treatment, food and shelter to the elderly.
For just £25 a month, you can provide the basic necessities to support an elderly person and relieve their caregivers of the financial burden.
Donating to an elderly person will offer them an opportunity to live their final days with the respect, dignity and honour that they deserve.
Click here to donate to our Shelter Appeal, to help provide vulnerable elderly people with a home and a safe place to live out their final days.
It is not just the elderly that we help in Pakistan. We also support orphans and children living in poverty.
There are thought to be around 4 million orphaned children in Pakistan. Losing one or two parents can throw a child’s future into jeopardy. Many orphans in Pakistan are affected by bereavement, poverty, natural disasters, malnutrition and disease.
In many cases, children are forced to beg in the streets or work in menial jobs to survive, which puts them at risk of abuse and robs them of education opportunities.
At Zohra Foundation, our Orphan Care Appeal ensures that orphans and impoverished children can access the essentials that they need to survive. Our aim is to provide care and financial assistance to as many of these children as we can.
For just £25 a month, you can provide free medical treatment, food and shelter to an orphan child and support to their caregivers. Give these vulnerable children an opportunity to have a better life with the dignity which they deserve.
It is our responsibility to care for orphans and we must not neglect those in need.
Click here to read our blog article on ‘how to sponsor an orphan in Pakistan?’
Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Pakistan, with an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 patients with the syndrome. The term ‘dementia’ refers to a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory, communication, reasoning and other thinking skills. These are severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
Family members may not even know that their elderly relative has dementia, due to a lack of awareness of the condition. In South Asian countries, there is also a cultural taboo associated with mental illness and brain disorders, so dementia is not a widely talked about topic.
This means that looking after a relative with dementia is a huge burden for families, as they may not have the education, resources, money and medical treatment required to provide adequate care.
In Pakistan, only 10% of dementia sufferers will receive any kind of treatment. For those living alone, dementia can be a terrifying, lonely experience.
Here at Zohra Foundation, we provide dementia care for patients in need. Our dedicated dementia care team in Pakistan travel across the country to provide free psychological and medical support to patients.
We help individuals maintain their physical and cognitive well-being, and we educate caregivers about the progressive nature of the disease and consider how it can be managed at home. Without our dedicated nurses and doctors, thousands of elderly people in the country would be left neglected, isolated and struggling with this terrible condition.
Click here to donate to our Dementia Care campaign, to support vulnerable older patients with their physical and mental well-being and help eradicate the stigma of dementia in Pakistan.
Age-related cataracts and blindness are devastating health issues affecting older people in Pakistan, particularly those living in poverty. When these vulnerable men and women already struggle to find the food and shelter to survive, and then they face the prospect of losing their eyesight, then any hope for the future is lost.
Many poor people in Pakistan have no choice but to live in physical pain and anguish, simply because they cannot afford life-changing medical treatments that could reverse blindness and treat eye health problems.
At Zohra Foundation, we run eye camps for vulnerable communities across Pakistan. Our trained team members carry out routine eye exams to treat existing conditions and prevent further damage. We also offer free eye surgery and free glasses, to correct near and far-sighted impairment.
Click here to donate to our Eye Camps campaign, and give the gift of sight today.
Your donations mean that there will be greater awareness of eye health issues among the wider community, which will help elderly people get the medical treatment they need.
Medical Aid in Pakistan
In Pakistan, sadly, adults and children become gravely ill and even die from preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, and bacterial infections.
The high cost of medical treatment in Pakistan often means that working families have to make the choice between food and medical care. The fear of causing financial pressure and shame on their families makes many of the elderly avoid discussing the issues they are facing.
Instead, they are forced to suffer in silence for the rest of their lives.
Zohra Foundation has been providing free medical aid in Pakistan for over 5 years. Our medical packs, volunteer nurses and doctors travel across Pakistan to provide lifesaving medical treatment to thousands of men and women.
Our teams offer free health screenings, free medication and free follow-up visits to help detect and manage common diseases that affect the elderly. This includes home visits, carrying out medical procedures, and supporting families of patients with ongoing counselling and medical advice.
Click here to donate to our Medical Aid in Pakistan appeal, to fund life-saving medical care for vulnerable communities across Pakistan.
Can my donations to Pakistan count as Zakat or Sadaqat?
Yes. All projects at Zohra Foundation are Zakat eligible. You can choose to make a one-off donation or donate on a monthly basis.
Every able Muslim should pay Zakat every year, as part of one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Zohra Foundation is proud to accept Zakat donations to financially support needy people in Pakistan. In the last six years, we have saved the lives of thousands of vulnerable adults and children across Pakistan through our free medical treatment and sponsorship programmes.
Click here to view the Zakat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and find out more.
Why donate to Zohra Foundation?
There are many teachings in Islam which emphasise the importance of donating to charity, e.g.:
“Those who spend in charity will be richly rewarded.” [Quran 75:10].
“Whatever of your wealth you spend, shall first be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof.” – [Surah Al Baqarah 2:215]
These beautiful quotes show you the importance of giving to charity- it allows you to earn great rewards, increase blessings in your life, and safeguard yourself on the Day of Resurrection.
Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) is also an act which is very pleasing to God. The Messenger of Allah said: “When a man dies, all his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity (Sadaqah Jariyah), beneficial knowledge and a righteous son who prays for him.”
Therefore, Sadaqah Jariyah is an excellent way to reap countless rewards for years to come. It is a truly impactful gesture, as it makes a huge difference for vulnerable communities.
Your Sadaqah Jariyah can help support multiple generations of a needy family, to help with their health, hunger and hygiene needs.
By supporting Zohra Foundation as part of your Sadaqah or Zakat, you will be saving the life of someone in need and fulfilling your Islamic duty to care for elders and the poor.
When is Zakat due in the year 2023?
Zakat should be paid once a year. Muslims should pay their Zakat when they have the Nisab required. Nisab refers to the minimum amount of wealth.
There is no specific deadline to pay your Zakat every year, but many Muslims choose to pay theirs before the end of Ramadan.
Zohra Foundation is a London-based, UK-registered charity organization that aims to improve the lives of millions of orphans, widows and the elderly throughout Pakistan and respond to emergencies in other parts of the world.
Our teams are currently delivering emergency relief across Pakistan, following the devastating floods of summer 2022.
Donate to Zohra Foundation’s Pakistan Flood appeal here, or support our projects on medical aid, dementia camps, eye camps, Adopt a Grandparent scheme or orphan sponsorship scheme here.
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