WHY HDF

The genesis of HDF Pakistan reflects the deep commitment of a few dedicated Pakistanis in the USA. Their exposure in the USA and elsewhere showed them the value of integrated approaches to development. Today, HDF Pakistan is a globally recognized non-profit organization trusted locally as well as globally for its self-driven system of consistent resource generation.

HDF is a non-profit organization serving diverse communities in Pakistan since 1999. It has touched the lives of over two million people in the last two decades, with its unique model of holistic community development which seeks integrated socio-economic empowerment of individuals and families. HDF envisages a society where every child goes to school and learning life skills, where quality healthcare is for all, where clean drinking water is a public good, and where communities are vibrant and prosperous. HDF aims to realize its mission by widening the range of empowering choices of individuals and communities it serves, and by reducing the barrier to access quality education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. The interplay of these engagements would generate social capital on one hand, and sustainable environment on the other. HDF Pakistan is committed to the mission of bringing positive social change and community empowerment free of political interferences.

Established in 1997 by a group of visionary Pakistani professionals working and living in North America, HDF Pakistan was their gift to motherland on her 50th Independence Day. These visionaries foresaw how dynamic combination of education, capacity building, economic opportunities, social capital formation, and continuous empowering engagement could help communities move from poverty to prosperity. HDF is now nationally recognized, award winning organization with transparent governance and dedicated management and committed force of over 600 competent and compassionate professionals. HDF has 8 regional offices across Pakistan, in all the provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Guided by the philosophy and conceptual framework of human development by Dr.MahboobUl Haq, HDF Pakistan currently reaches out to more than 2.63 million people in over 2967 villages across the country.

In Pakistan, it operates as non-profit company registered under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and is tax-exempt under section 2(36) of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. HDF believes everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and be given equal opportunities to succeed in life. HDF’s experiences, resources, and commitment to helping others promote sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing problems experienced by the people of Pakistan. For the last 20 years, HDF Pakistan has offered valuable services and innovativesolutions in the fragile and consistently ignored regions in Pakistan, stricken by poverty and underinvestment. HDF has also played a prominent role in relief and rehabilitation of the people whenever there has been a calamity or natural disaster. HDF uses and models the philosophy of distributed leadership and shared responsibility and empowers individuals to be the leaders in their own communities. HDF’s development objectives include improving the quality of life for people, and enhancing living conditions in villages where it works to strengthen the rural economy. HDF is committed to increasing economic productivity, augmenting environmental services, improving rural infrastructure, delivering social amenities and implementing projects that meet local collective needs to meet these objectives. In 2005, HDF decided to harmonize its goals and objectives with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Pakistan wasn’t able to achieve its MDGs but HDF Pakistan’s work with communities using its holistic model helped achieve a remarkable success by exceeding all national targets for the MDGs. The organization has now aligned its targets with those of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All our programs our aligned with the SDG’s and are benchmarked against global best practices.

Our communities are just not institutions, but rather movements that have taken a life of their own.

HDF is a grassroots organization, focused on systemic change, by inclusive and holistic community development.

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