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In Pakistan, Carrying On a Legacy of Answering SOS Calls
Mar 16, 2017| Courtesy by : https://www.nytimes.com
By SABA IMTIAZ
An image of Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of Pakistan’s largest nonprofit social welfare program, outside his foundation in Karachi.
KARACHI, Pakistan — For decades, the sight of Abdul Sattar Edhi pleading for donations was enough to press even the most tightfisted of Pakistanis into reaching for their wallets.
Such was the impact of Mr. Edhi, a humanitarian icon in Pakistan who died last summer after a prolonged illness. In a country where many citizens have given up on the government, Mr. Edhi’s expansive philanthropic network acts as a benefactor, providing everything from emergency assistance to welfare services.
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