Born in a small village of Bantva near Joona Garh in the Indian state of Gujrat in 1928, Edhi moved to Pakistan in 1947. He lost his mother when he was 19 and it changed the course of his life – he couldn’t finish his high school.
It all started when Edhi decided to help out the the victims of a flu outbreak in Karachi in 1957. The small dispensary went on to become Pakistan’s most impressive social enterprise to date. Edhi Foundation manages a sprawling, countrywide charity network of more than 1,500 ambulances, 2 choppers, 350 medical centers, a huge volunteer force, a graveyards and an adoption service for abandoned children.
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