Nation special report
LONDON: In the times when Pakistan was a country hosting darkness, a man rose and proved to be a torch for the whole of humanity. The world now remembers him as Abdul Sattar Edhi.
He was a man who fell in love with the humankind and dedicated his entire life to it. Some years after his foundation’s initiation, Edhi’s reach became international and soon his efforts became a talk of a global or worldwide audience. As the angel of a man once said, ‘’No religion is higher than humanity’’, and stood by this till his last breath.
Edhi’s foundation was built on the slogan ‘’Live and help live’’ and so, it is all that the foundation has worked for. In his whole life, Edhi proved to be a parent for the orphans and a pillar of support, love and affection for all those who were alone in this world.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was a global-reaching philanthropist who built a nationwide network of humanitarian centers and made it his life’s mission to help those in need. Edhi may have left this world, but his legacy continues to inspire and motivate people all over the world to do better and be better.
Daniel Swan – a street artist and budding social worker, has recently created a mural of Abdul Sattar Edhi in the center of London’s Trafalgar’s Square. Swan was deeply moved by Edhi’s dedication to humanitarianism and dedicated a chalk mural in his honour.
“Through all of my experiences, I have found that all true riches are within”. Daniel Swan explains on his website, Problems of Perception that he used to work for one of the biggest corporations in the world until he realized that he wasn’t contributing anything to help humanity. After moving to the United States for work, he was shocked to see the massive amount of poverty.
He would spend his weekends trying to help the homeless and that transformed his life completely. Swan is currently raising money for his foundation, Problems of Perception – which aims to build hostels and homeless helters throughout the UK. It’s refreshing to see that people all over the world were inspired by Edhi and that his legacy will undoubtedly live on forever. He said that his journey from working for a corporate firm to realising more fulfilment and satisfaction that comes with selflessness was a life changing experience.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was a philanthropist and social worker establishing the biggest private ambulance system all across Pakistan as well as Edhi homes for the abandoned children, orphanages and shelter homes for the elderly. He died on July 8, 2016, due to kidney failure. His death sent shockwaves across the country to his fans creating a huge vacuum in the field of philanthropy. He became the third Pakistani to receive state funeral.