LAHORE: The term non-governmental organisations (NGOs) briefly underlines the fact that the organisation is a non-profit organisation and works independent of the government or any state institution. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of NGOs in Pakistan over the past few years — from around 10-12,000 active NGOs to approximately 150,000. NGOs in Pakistan have a great role as regards provision of education, women empowerment, disaster relief, and catering to other socio-economic needs. They also provide legal and medical aid as well as shelter to those who are suffering from many kinds of abuses. These NGOs are, therefore, filling in for the various government departments responsible for the provision of basic amenities to the common people. We need to support these organisations by providing them donations and work as volunteers for them whenever and in whatever way we can. Local support is vital to ensuring that the work of NGOs continues to be effective and worthwhile.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2018.