KARACHI: If charity begins at home, Saylani Welfare International Trust is headed in the right direction. Hopes are high that it will move ahead as planned.
In May 2016, a symposium was held in which the organisation stressed five key projects that it planned to unearth during the year. These were mobile shops, a university for females, a housing facility for families in need, a project for setting up schools in rural Sindh and another for distribution of wheat in Thar.
Saylani director Mohammad Ghazzal said that they have been trying to serve the nation for quite some time. “It was even acknowledged at the symposium we held that the need of the hour is to help the needy people of this country,” he said. “On average, we serve 125,000 people on a daily basis, across the country.”
The Saylani trust, since its birth on May 5, 1999, has progressed on the mantra to help the poor and needy residing in our midst. When asked about the prime donors for their activities, Ghazzal did not name any community or elites of the global society. “There are many individuals who, in their capacities, support our cause from the global level.”
Nonetheless, he stressed that the five projects will be playing a significant role in human development and in ending poverty in Karachi and beyond.
Saylani mobile shops
Ghazzal told The Express Tribune that the Saylani mobile shop project will provide as many as 5,000 mobile shops, which will provide jobs to as many poor youths in the city. He added that this will also allow them to fend for a living by setting up a small local business platform, which is portable. The shops will be set up on a motorcycle.
Saylani University for females
Another vital hallmark remains education and the birth of Saylani University for female students. This university will be located in North Nazimabad and the project will cost Rs1.3 billion.
Ghazzal said that Saylani City is being planned for as many as 7,500 poor families in need of housing. The site of this city is near Defence Housing Authority Phase IX.
Ghazzal said that they are planning to initiate a school project that will cater to the rural areas of Pakistan, mostly in Sindh. This will enable the poor children of the country to enjoy better educational facilities, he said.
Flour distribution in Thar
Saylani plans to adopt villages at a large scale in remote quarters of Thar, where malnourished children are dying of hunger as mothers have a poor diet intake. Via ‘adopt a village’ methodology, the trust will be supplying flour to the poor localities of this region.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2016.