5 YEARS ON
It’s been 5 years since the Azmat Welfare Foundation first began fundraising to provide free healthcare to the poor and needy. Since then, with the help of thousands of generous donors we have raised over £650,000 which has gone into building and equipping the Azmat Welfare Hospital in Gujar Khan- Pakistan, staffing the facility with doctors, nurses, cleaners, and administration staff, providing free essential medicine, as well as opening up a pharmacy inside the hospital where patients can buy non-essential medicine at cost-price. But how did we get here? Starting off with a few like-minded family members who felt the need to do something to improve the healthcare in a destitute area of the world, this idea picked up remarkable pace and eventually led to more people wanting to get involved who also shared the passion to help others less fortunate. Once registered with the Charity Commission we first asked friends and family for donations, and in turn using the theory of ‘6 degrees of separation’ we asked people to spread the word and ask their contacts to donate whatever they could to help get this project started. From cake sales and sponsored walks, to fundraising lunches, and volunteers standing with charity buckets in the high streets up and down the country, we raised just over £360,000 within the first 12 months (and you can view the accounts here.) In April 2013 we opened our doors to the public and the hospital saw over 1,600 patients within its first month of operation. On average the hospital sees 30 patients a day, and to date has seen just over 16,000 patients. What makes this feat even more remarkable is the constraints in which the Charity works. We have 12 non-salaried staff who all work on a part-time basis. Whereas the bigger charities can afford finance, legal, marketing departments etc, we at the AWF rely solely on the time and effort of the trustees and the our volunteers. So what next? Each day is a new challenge for not only the Foundation, but for the very people the AWF serves. We need your help to continue to provide the essential services to the poor and needy.