Karma: Charity, generosity, pity

February 9, 2018

By Ehtesham Anwar

The first ever English proverb recited to me was to serve humanity, which really motivated an emerging brain being shaped to respond the society, giving an eternal strength to help others with positivity in the future. People and countries are annually categorized by their generosity shown to others despite their financial and economic status and mostly depend on their social psyche and norms. From time to time, philosophers and religious scholars have tried to encourage people to increase these innate qualities and to serve humanity is one such aspect which has been stressed upon in all parts of the world.

According to Gallup Survey that claims a culture’s willingness to help others is a strong indicator of positive economic factors, including GDP and long-term unemployment, as well as multiple other benefits like encouraging greater overall wellbeing. While the indicator of 10 most generous countries stunned the world when Myanmar ranked top followed by Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand, USA, Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, and Netherlands harshly inculcated the general perception of Pakistanis that the people of sub-continent are more generous creatures than any other but still there is some drop of water in the desert like individuals and institutions are rigorously working for the benefits of the mankind despite their social, political, religious or sectarian bonding and some renowned philanthropists and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), including Edhi, Aman Foundation, SIUT, Cheepa, Alamgir Welfare Trust, Elia Foundation, Hands, Pilar, and some international organizations (INGOs) like UNICEF, WHO and more are also forefront to fight the miseries of Pakistani people especially for women, the most vulnerable part of the society.

There are ways to improve the services rendered by the local NGOs, the sectors may be needed to improve in infrastructure, management, resource building, volunteers’ trainings and coordination between volunteers and society. For that appropriate mentoring and skills enhancement trainings are required for the volunteers to address some grave issues including behavior of a volunteer as he sometimes reacts like helping someone is his prerogative and he is in fact patronizing the beneficiary and all such happened because they are not properly educated and informed that helping other is not his privilege but his deliverance endured social incorporation as charity is given by the member of same society. Humanitarianism is considered as service to human beings and term human denotes a charitable person, loving and serving his fellow beings is considered of the utmost importance.

All the religions have put much emphasis on serving humans, but providing merely food and shelter to fellow humans cannot be considered as a service to the humanity on the whole. It is inappropriate to think that we are serving mankind as a whole by simply spending a huge amount in charity, as most of the celebrities do these days. Uplifting the poor by providing basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter is the only rule that finds its place in the agenda of serving people. And some of the local NGOs are doing the same at various scale like Edhi is providing various services, SIUT is curing humanity free of cost, Alamgir Welfare Trust generously proving food in a respectable manner to the poor and Elia Foundation so far so has been providing pre and post pregnancy healthcare facilities to the vulnerable women, while AMAN Foundation is one of the leading charitable organizations servicing people in various fields including a well-known ambulance service, tele-health, women healthcare, education, vocational trainings, provision of food to poor through a joint-venture with other NGOs.

The most promising phenomenon of AMAN Foundation is the state-of-art AMAN ambulance services that is providing three different types of ISO-Certified services, including Advanced Life Support (ALS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and rescued almost one million people in Karachi with six (60) operational stations, ninety (90) access points, 60 well-equipped ambulances with doctors and paramedics, and amazingly twelve (12) minutes of critical response time. While AMAN Tele-health serves half a million people aiming to narrow the gap between healthcare requirement and affordability with seventeen (17) health professional at a time including cardiologist, psychiatric, GP, and paramedics as call agents to serve people or refer them to nearby health professional or facility centers as AMAN health-net has almost 23 thousand doctors on board to support people. In education sector AMAN Tech provides vocational trainings focuses to build a sustainable skill labour for the industry that economically and socially empower the youth of the financial hub of the country that caters millions of internal immigrants and poor.