Akhuwat – An Introduction
Akhuwat was founded in 2001 with the vision to alleviate poverty by providing interest free micro finance loans to the unbanked, marginalized people of this society. Akhuwat has introduced a number of projects: Microfinance Services, Clothes Bank, Khuwajasirah Rehabilitation Centre, Health Care Services, Educations Services and Akhuwat Dreams. Through these projects Akhuwat envisions an empowered marginalized community full of compassionate people. Keeping to its vision, to date Akhuwat has disbursed over PKR 50 billion to more than 2.3 million families through a network of more than 705 branches in 350+ cities of Pakistan.
Pakistan, has one of the largest pools of youth under the age of 16 in the world. It has many aspiring youths that deserve a chance to live a better life. Akhuwat is working aggressively to equip them with proper educational and vocational skills to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We do this on many fronts through Akhuwat Educational Services.
Akhuwat educational endeavors include adoption of rural schools, Akhuwat College, Akhuwat University, Akhuwat Institute of Social Enterprise and Management and Faisalabad Institute of Research Science and Technology (FIRST). All these institutes are Fee-Free, serving the marginalized community.
The Akhuwat College is in its third year of operation where 20% underprivileged students from each province are selected annually on merit. They are provided boarding lodging along with the best education, free of cost. Meanwhile Akhuwat University is getting built and will be operational in August 2019. The ongoing campaign “Buy a brick, build a university’ is running to cover the cost of construction.
Akhuwat has adopted over 200 government non-functional schools and made them functional. One such school is NJV Government Higher Secondary School, the oldest government school in Sindh. Akhuwat adopted the school in 2015, with the objective to restore the school to its original grandeur, and provide a platform to transform the underprivileged youth.
Written by Ayesha Afridi (Marketing Head – Akhuwat Sindh)