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Aghosh UK: A Beacon of Hope in Partnership with AKFP

A Beacon of Hope in Partnership with AKFP

Introduction

In a world brimming with challenges and uncertainties, there are steadfast beacons of hope tirelessly striving to positively impact the lives of those who need it most. Aghosh UK, registered with the Charity Commission UK, proudly stands as one of these guiding lights, wholeheartedly dedicated to tackling poverty and uplifting communities in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK), and beyond.

Based in Manchester, Aghosh UK stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of individuals who share a common vision—a vision of a world where every individual, regardless of their circumstances, has access to life’s necessities. This blog explores the experiences, hurdles, and triumphs of those who have played pivotal roles in shaping Aghosh UK into the humanitarian powerhouse it is today.

A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.” Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (Sahih Bukhari)

Creation of Aghosh UK

Aghosh UK was founded in 2018 as a separate institution under the leadership of the Alkhidmat Foundation, with a sincere desire to alleviate poverty in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). Aghosh UK serves as a vehicle to direct the charitable efforts of UK-based professionals to manifest a shared vision—to create a world where life’s essentials are accessible to all.

Aghosh UK emerged from a profound understanding that every penny contributed plays a pivotal role in transforming the lives of those struggling for survival. Its creation embodied the belief that donations are not just financial transactions; they are the bearers of hope and the architects of a brighter future for the most vulnerable members of society.

Institutional Framework:

Aghosh UK’s institutional framework epitomises its commitment to charity work. The charity boasts a team of UK-based professionals with a deep-rooted connection with Pakistan & AJK, having spent their formative years there. This personal connection ignites an unshakable altruistic dedication to the cause and grants them a deeper understanding of charitable activities.

Structured with precision, the charity’s team members embrace specific roles and responsibilities, ensuring the efficient execution of Aghosh UK’s mission, vision and values. Chaired by Dr Adeel Riaz, a medical professional and humanitarian, Aghosh UK employs a team of charity professionals at its UK office. Aghosh UK also employs a global network of partners and professionals to also mobilise overseas charitable activities in Pakistan, Turkiye, Libya, Egypt and Palestine, as well as other countries where help is needed. We are also committed to hiring and developing skilled professionals who are passionate about supporting the organisation’s mission of helping vulnerable children.

Since its inception, Aghosh UK has achieved remarkable milestones and mobilised thousands of pounds of donations to assist humanitarian causes. It has also been recognised by the international humanitarian community for making an impact. Its capacity to provide essential services, such as food, shelter, education, healthcare, relief and rehabilitation is a testament to its unwavering commitment to the institution’s mission: “of serving humanity irrespective of religion, colour, caste, or race.”

Grounded in Humanitarian Values:

Aghosh UK draws its inspiration from humanitarian values from Quranic principles that emphasise compassion, charity, and the responsibility of individuals to contribute to the community’s welfare. The charity’s commitment to eradicating poverty aligns with the Quranic teachings highlighting the importance of helping those in need.

Quranic references such as And they give food despite love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive (Quran 76:8) serve as a guiding light for Aghosh UK’s charitable efforts. These verses underscore the moral imperative of providing essential services like shelter, education, and healthcare to those less fortunate, reflecting the charity’s profound dedication to making a positive impact based on the some of the key values found in the Quran.

Active Volunteers:

With a team of 200 dedicated volunteers, the organisation is committed to making a positive impact through its various initiatives and programmes. Enthusiastic men and women from all walks of life work with us to contribute their time, skills, and experience to improve the lives of people around the world. We welcome volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets, and we are committed to providing a positive and rewarding volunteer experience.

Partnership with AKFP (Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan):

Operated by the President, Vice President, Chairpersons, Directors and Secretaries, Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan (AKFP) boasts a team of seasoned nonprofit professionals committed to humanitarian welfare in Pakistan and AJK.

Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan(AKFP) is a committed partner of Aghosh UK, and it provides valuable support to facilitate the roll out of its programmes. AKFP is a renowned charitable organisation operating in Pakistan & AJK and has strategic partnerships with Aghosh UK to operate regional humanitarian efforts.

Alkhidmat boasts the largest volunteer network in Pakistan. When it comes to providing relief in times of disaster or emergencies, Alkhidmat is considered the most responsive charity network. AKFP’s programmes range from raising orphans to providing affordable healthcare, clean water, education, community services, disaster relief, and rehabilitation. With their unwavering commitment and dedication to helping those in need, Alkhidmat is a beacon of hope for millions of people across the country.

Find out more about Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan

With a long track record of delivering successful programmes , Aghosh UK and AKFP are a glimmer of hope for the poor, disenfranchised masses of Pakistan & AJK, as well as victims of conflicts and natural disasters across the globe. Driven by the values of love and compassion, our collaboration is capable of addressing critical issues and offering aid and assistance where it is most desperately needed. Together, we have been providing ongoing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in complex geo-political situations, such as Gaza and Palestine for quite some time

Usually, Aghosh UK creates donor awareness, programme advocacy, launches charity appeals, conducts fundraising events and manifests stakeholders to mobilise the public for a charitable cause. This is where the AlKhidmat Foundation comes in, bringing its expertise in operations, communications, programme management, volunteer coordination, event management, community engagement and logistics to acquire, store, transport and distribute humanitarian aid to local partners and beneficiaries.

Transforming Lives: Aghosh UK's Vital Initiatives for Those in Need

Aghosh UK employs a multifaceted approach to serve beneficiaries by implementing carefully designed philanthropic initiatives with multiple cross-cutting themes. Strategising begins by assigning a programme scope, developing a theory of change, conducting asset mapping and proposing a detailed intervention plan with a sound method of impact assessment. This allows Aghosh UK to address critical aspects of human well-being. Aghosh UK’s program design methodology is driven by a passion for making a positive impact.

In the pursuit of its noble mission, Aghosh UK follows the timeless proverb ‘Charity begins at home’, recognising that change often starts with local communities. Local communities play a critical role in philanthropic programmes, as they are often best positioned to identify the needs and challenges of their group. By engaging and empowering community members, Aghosh UK creates more effective and sustainable programs.

Through its vital initiatives, Aghosh UK provides support and assistance in a range of areas, from orphan care to disaster management, healthcare, education, clean water, and more.

Orphan Family Support Programme:

Aghosh Homes is the cornerstone of our charity’s mission. With an estimated number of 4 to 10 million orphans in Pakistan, we’re focused on alleviating the struggles of young children burdened by the loss of one or both parents. During such a family crisis, Aghosh UK steps in, serving as a guardian.

Aghosh UK necessary financial support for educational and everyday finances for orphan children aged 16 and under, while the Orphan Family Support Programme ensures comprehensive mental, social and moral growth of the sponsored children through a comprehensive multi-module framework.

Our Orphan Family Support Programme includes

● Family Financial Support

● Education Monitoring

● Physical Health Screening

● Medical Treatment

● Study Centre Visits

● Interest-Free Loans

● Moral Guidance

● Co-Curricular Activities

Through our tried and tested approach, over 21,000 children have benefited from OFSP. We help the surviving guardian by sponsoring school fees, distributing allowances, and providing education kits containing school bags, curriculum books, stationery, seasonal uniforms, and shoes. We also enrol sponsored orphans into the Child Character Development Programme to improve their moral and social growth.

Learn more about how can support our initiative by sponsoring an orphan.

Aghosh Homes:

As our flagship programme, Aghosh Homes is our oldest initiative targeted to protect the most vulnerable segment of any civilised society – orphaned children. Providing solace and nurturing to young children who have lost the loving embrace of both their parents, we enrol orphaned children into our Aghosh Home Facilities providing them with food, clothing, boarding, education, healthcare, and mentorship facilities.

Our Aghosh homes serve as a sanctuary for care and protection as orphans can become a part of a new family with their new siblings and mentors. Under the Orphan Care Programme, Aghosh UK provides state-of-the-art boarding facilities to orphaned children who have lost all emotional and financial support from their parents/guardians. AKFP Volunteers identify and enrol orphans in our orphanages. Here, we shelter them from their harsh and devastating circumstances by providing clothing, education, food and shelter. We then support these young people to fulfil their potential for themselves and their communities.Our Aghosh Homes include:

● Accommodation

● Three Meals a Day

● Primary/Secondary/College Education

● Health Screenings

● Personal Mentoring

● Character Building

Currently, we have 1600+ orphans inducted at our Aghosh Homes. As of 2023, we have conducted over 1650+ Orphan Activities across 180+ CMCDP Study Centres and 110+ Clusters. Learn how you can sponsor an orphan or donate a share to build an Aghosh Home today.

Disaster Management:

Healed rural communities by dispatching 60+ Mobile Medical Units to flood-hit areas across Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan & AJK.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved the following flood relief milestones:

● Mobilised 63,000 Volunteers

● Performed 65,000 Rescues

● Provided Temporary Housing to 59,000 People

● Performed 700,000 Medical Treatments

● Distributed 217,000 Food Packs

● Distributed 260,000 Clean Water Provisions

Following suit was Rebuild The Nation, an expansive Pakistan Flood Rehabilitation Programme focusing on rebuilding houses, sponsoring flood-affected farmers, sponsoring orphans, rebuilding schools and rebuilding masjids in the most flood-affected areas.

Aghosh UK has also extensively mobilised humanitarian efforts for the Turkiye & Syria Earthquake Appeal, after a 7.87 magnitude killed at least 50,0000 people. Recorded as the strongest earthquake in the last 100 years, Aghosh UK provided food packs, blankets, mattresses, and tents to help the earthquake-affected. Alkhidmat teams were dispatched on-ground to bring earthquake relief items. Hot food kitchens were set up to distribute warm meals.

During these trying times, we’ve firmly believed that unity is strength. Our volunteers have committed countless hours of time and energy to serve affectees of natural disasters in Pakistan, Turkiye, Syria and Libya to aid them in their time of need.

Health Activities:

Health Activities

Rural citizens of developing countries have a great disparity in access to quality healthcare and often require charities to bridge the gap. This is where Aghosh UK steps in. We coordinate with local and international partners for rescue evacuation, emergency medical responses, setting up mobile health clinics, setting up tent villages for disaster refugees, and more.

Aghosh UK’s healthcare activities focus on improving the life expectancy and quality of underserved communities. From setting up diagnostic laboratories in AJK to Emergency Medical Aid in Gaza, all with the singular humanitarian goal of making healthcare a fundamental right accessible to all, irrespective of their circumstances.

Our initiatives span across the globe, including Pakistan, AJK, Turkiye, Syria, Libia, Palestine and others. With a healthcare philosophy designed around the age-old wisdom of “prevention is better than cure”, our initiatives focus on serving underprivileged masses to help them overcome numerous healthcare challenges such as malnutrition, water-borne diseases, disaster injuries, accidental injuries and more.

By promoting preventative measures and early intervention, we can empower individuals to take charge of their health and well-being. Administered by international medical professionals and humanitarians, our programme design encompasses the physical, mental, and emotional health of our beneficiaries.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved notable milestones with our Health Activities:

● Established 40+ Hospitals

● Established 40+ Pharmacies

● Established 130+ Labs & Collection Centres

● Established 6,390+ Medical Centres

● Setup 420+ Medical Camps

● Provided 280+ Ambulances

Education Programmes:

Education Programme

Education is an invaluable tool for empowerment, and at Aghosh UK, we wholeheartedly acknowledge its transformative potential. We firmly believe that education is not just a gateway to knowledge but also a powerful catalyst for positive change. With this belief, we have established two pivotal educational programmes: the Child Protection Centre and the Alfalah Scholarship initiative.

Pakistan grapples with staggering statistics: 22.8 million children aged 5-16 out of school, a mere 62.3% literacy rate, and concerning deficiencies in educational infrastructure—41% lacking electricity, 32% without drinking water, and 27% lacking basic sanitation facilities. Aghosh UK’s Education campaign addresses these challenges by establishing schools, enhancing infrastructure, and creating opportunities for underprivileged children, empowering them with tools for a brighter future. By building schools in underserved regions, providing scholarships, and offering essential resources, Aghosh UK ensures no child is left behind.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively achieved notable milestones with our Health Activities:

● Established 45+ Child Protection Centres

● Established 80+ Skill Development Centres

● Established 50+ Alkhidmat Schools

Supporting Aghosh UK’s Education campaign means becoming a catalyst for change. Your contributions enable the construction of a foundation for these children, fostering a nation of educated, empowered individuals.

Join Aghosh UK in sculpting a promising tomorrow through education. Your donation today secures a child’s future and contributes to a more educated, empowered Pakistan.

Child Protection Centres

Child Protection Centres​

Knowledge is power, and Child Protection Centres (CPCs) by Aghosh UK stand as beacons of hope for vulnerable street children in Pakistan. These centres, strategically established across seven regions, spearhead a noble mission to uplift the lives of neglected youths dwelling amidst adversity. Pakistan, with its staggering population, grapples with a grave concern: approximately 2.5 million street children, are deprived of basic education and familial care. These young souls, surviving on the streets due to familial conflicts or inability, face multifaceted challenges, including limited education, health risks, societal neglect, and vulnerability to exploitation.

The CPCs, an initiative by Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, serve as sanctuaries, offering education, healthcare, emotional support, and recreational activities. With 51 centres already operational, the aim is to provide a brighter future by nurturing the potential of these children through education in various subjects like mathematics, English, Urdu, and Islamic education. Through education, we empower these children with the skills and knowledge they need to break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling lives. We understand that education is about acquiring academic knowledge and fostering personal growth, self-esteem, and confidence.

The impact is tangible – over 2,200 street children find solace in these centres, with 400+ enrolled in schools and 200 more awaiting their turn. However, the journey towards transforming these lives requires collective support. Aghosh UK welcomes donations, offering various sponsorship programs enabling continuous care for these children.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation collectively established 51+ Child Protection Centres across various provinces of Pakistan:

● 19 in Punjab

● 17 in Khyber Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

● 4 in Balochistan

● 5 in Sindh

● 1 in Gilgit Baltistan

● 1 in Azad Kashmir

Alfalah Scholarship Programme

Alfalah Scholarship Programme​

The Alfalah Scholarship programme further underscores our commitment to educational empowerment. This noble endeavour aims to shatter economic barriers hindering deserving students’ educational pursuits since its establishment in 1998. It provides deserving students with the financial support they need to pursue higher education—a privilege that may have otherwise been out of reach. We firmly believe that every young mind, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to explore their full potential. By offering scholarships, we invest in the future and nurture tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

This collaborative effort between Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Pakistan isn’t just a financial aid programme; it’s a gateway to a brighter future. Beyond providing financial assistance, this initiative nurtures leadership, promotes higher education, offers career guidance, and strives to create an equitable society. At the heart of this initiative lies a belief that education is pivotal in personal and community growth. By providing financial resources to promising individuals, they strive to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and societal advancement.

Our Alfalah Scholarships include:

● Mentorship

● Coaching Sessions

● Career Counselling Sessions

● Annual Seminars

● Scholarship Guidance

● Financial Support

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation have collectively awarded 5000+ Alkhidmat Scholarships with the Alfalah Scholarship Programme. Students sponsored under the Alkhidmat Alfalah Scholarship have become Associates, Doctors, Engineers, Graduates, and Intermediates. The following statistics are proof:

● 2,000+ Intermediates

● 1,200+ Bachelors/Masters in Arts

● 550+ Graduates

● 700+ Medical Students

● 600+ Engineers

● 250+ Associate Engineers

Every contribution to the Alfalah Scholarship Programme enables Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Pakistan to extend their reach, offering crucial financial aid to deserving individuals. Make a tangible difference by supporting the Alfalah Scholarship Programme today.

Clean Water Appeal:

Clean Water Appeal

Access to clean water is a fundamental human right. At Aghosh UK, we are unwavering in ensuring everyone can access safe and clean drinking water. Clean and safe drinking water is not just a basic necessity; it is the essence of life itself. It plays a pivotal role in promoting good health, preventing waterborne diseases, and ensuring the overall well-being of communities. We firmly believe water is a source of vitality and an integral component of human existence.

Aghosh UK’s Clean Water Appeal programme is hinged on the cause of providing clean, safe drinking water to communities across Pakistan. With help from our generous donors, we are poised to alleviate the severe water crisis gripping Pakistan through the installation of hand pumps in arid lands, drilling water wells in remote water-scarce areas, and implementing water-filtration plants in urban cities.

The water scarcity in Pakistan is dire, affecting over 80% of the population. Shockingly, water availability per person has dwindled drastically over the years. Flood damages have exacerbated the situation, forcing millions of households to rely on unsafe drinking water sources.

Aghosh UK and Alkhidmat Foundation have partnered for nearly a decade to provide:

● 230+ Water Filtration Plants

● 320+ Solar

● 12,000+ Community Hand Pumps

● 2,550+ Water Wells

● 1,800+ Submersible Water Pumps

Your generosity is a lifeline for those facing water scarcity. Together, let’s make clean water a reality for every individual in Pakistan. Donate now to create a brighter, healthier future for all.

Diagnostic Lab in Mirpur:

 

Diagnostic Lab in Mirpur​In healthcare, timely and accurate diagnostics can make all the difference. It is often the first step towards effective treatment and better health outcomes. Aghosh UK aims to inaugurate a specialized diagnostic centre, a beacon of hope amid the escalating healthcare crisis gripping the region. The tumultuous conditions along the Line of Control (LOC) have exacerbated the pressing need for enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

Mirpur district grapples with a stark scarcity of healthcare infrastructure, particularly evident in rural pockets. The absence of diagnostic facilities impairs timely diagnoses, magnifying healthcare disparities. Aghosh UK envisions a pivotal change—introducing specialized diagnostic services at subsidized rates, fortifying community health, and narrowing the healthcare gap.

Our lab is equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by experienced professionals who understand the critical importance of their work. Our diagnostic labs are capable of bridging the gap in healthcare access that many underserved communities face. Offering a wide range of diagnostic services, from blood tests to imaging, we ensure beneficiaries receive the medical assessments they need promptly. This not only aids in early disease detection but also empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health.

Our Diagnostics Labs offer:
● Blood Banking
● Haematology
● Microbiology
● Routine Chemistry
● Special Chemistry
● Ultrasound
● X-Ray

Join us in shaping this pivotal healthcare revolution. You can help play your part in helping us deliver life-changing healthcare services.

Visit our Mirpur AJK Diagnostics Lab Webpage here!

Conclusion:

Aghosh UK symbolises hope and a resolute commitment to combating poverty in Pakistan and AJK. Its origin, institutional framework, and influential partnership with AKFP have paved the way for transformative humanitarian work. In tandem with AKFP, Aghosh UK has a history of making meaningful impacts through its programmes. Join hands with Aghosh UK and AKFP, for in unity, we find strength, and through collective endeavours, we illuminate the world with the light of hope.

Contact Us:

Are you inspired to contribute to a noble cause? We would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to humanitarians to join hands in making a positive impact. With our wide range of programmes, we’re always on the lookout for like-minded individuals and institutions that can support our charitable causes. We encourage you to get in touch with us over an email or a telephone call to discuss donations. We encourage you to join us in our struggle to alleviate poverty and uplift communities. Let us forge a path towards a brighter and more compassionate future together. Contact Us Now and Be The Change!

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