Remembering Abdul Sattar Edhi on his 4th death anniversary
Abdul Sattar Edhi was a humanitarian who founded the Edhi Foundation, which runs the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network, along with various homeless shelters, and orphanages across Pakistan. Abdul Sattar Edhi, the late founder of the Edhi Foundation, is the pride of the country. Abdul Sattar Edhi served humanity besides having limited resources.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in Bantva, Gujarat, British India in 1928. In 1947, Edhi later moved to Karachi and open a dispensary for poor. His mother passed away as she could not be given healthcare on time, which moved him to establish a free clinic in Karachi with Rs5,000 in 1951.
Over his lifetime, the Edhi Foundation expanded, backed entirely by private donations, which included establishing a network of 1.8K minivan ambulances. By the time of his death, Edhi was registered as a parent/guardian of nearly 20,000 adopted children. His services were also acknowledged internationally. He was awarded several national honors including Hilal-e-Imtiaz. The Guinness Book of World Records also acknowledged his services.
On 25 June 2013, Edhi was hospitalized due to failing kidneys: it was announced that he would be on dialysis for the rest of his life unless he found a kidney donor. He later died on 8 July 2016 at the age of 88 due to complete kidney failure after having been placed on a ventilator