THE EDHI FOUNDATION
DR ABDUL SATTAR EDHI
LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION
You are required to prepare a term report on a certain selected leader who has made a major contribution in his selected field. Discuss the leader and his organizational event or social cause and present the complete report on the 2nd last session of the semester 2010.
Ms. Semre Khan
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
Mrs Semre Khan
Course Instructor – Leadership Studies
Institute of Business Management
This is the assigned report for our leadership Studies course, which we have prepared on the leader, Dr Abdul Sattar Edhi. The purpose of this report is to highlight the role of Edhi as a humanitarian and a leader and also the services he has provided for the humanity. This report is being submitted on the 5th of December , 2010. Should you have any questions concerning the report, we shall be obliged to discuss them with you.
A LIVING LEGEND
A living legend … an example of devotion … an inspiration … an institution - these are some of the indicators of a pioneer called Abdul Sattar Edhi.
Edhi is a mobile institution ready to respond … anxious to comfort and console the anguished souls. Endurance, perseverance, patience, struggle, sympathy and compassion along with sacrifice of his personal comforts, are the important elements on which rests the philosophy of Abdul Sattar Edhi. Although Edhi is a self-educated person, he has an instinctive feel of contemporary theories of Anthropology or Philosophy. He possesses the unique capability of reducing complex problems to simple forms, and producing workable practical solutions. His dress is as simple as his language, and working style.
He is fond of destitute children and loves them like his own kith and kin. Finding those rare occasions to associate himself with them is a matter of immense pleasure for Edhi. He looks for such moments and whenever gets an opportunity to have their company, he fully enjoys it. Most probably this is the secret of his fine health even at the age of early seventy. Women volunteers act as vital force in achieving Edhi’s objectives. Edhi believes that women are more honest, hardworking and dutiful. "EDHI LADIES HOMES" which are permanent abode for teenage girls, provide education and vocational training within its compound. The concept of self-reliance permeates into Edhi organisation at every level. Edhi has a fleet of 400 Pakistan’s best organised ambulance service. Edhi’s vehicles are the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency. When hijackers seized a Pan American jetliner at Karachi Airport, the authorities called Edhi for help. As negotiations dragged on whole day between hijackers and the Government, Edhi and his men with 64 ambulances stood - by at the scene. Later that evening, when hijackers began shooting passengers, and Pakistani commandos were storming the Aircraft, the ambulances dodged bullets to pick up the dead and the injured. Edhi personally carried the body Neerja Mishra, the Indian air hostess, who was later decorated for her bravery. With became a symbol and synonym for emergency service in Pakistan.
Edhi’s achievements are unique in the sense that they are not funded by any religious, political group or by any government. When one of the Heads of state sent him a cheque of Rs. 0.5 million as a token of his missionary work, Edhi returned it.
During the past 45 years, Abdul Sattar Edhi has spent many sleepless nights ministering to the needs of his fellow Pakistanis. Whether they are peasants starving because of draught, babies abandoned on rubbish dumps or patients too poor to...
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