Pakistan’s largest charitable organization, Edhi Foundation has been awarded Bahrain’s prestigious Isa Award in recognition of its services to humanity. Edhi Foundation was honored with a cash amount of US$1million, a gold medal and a certificate of appreciation. King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa presented the accolade to Mr. Faisal Edhi, the head of the Edhi Foundation.
Edhi Foundation has been declared the winner for the fourth edition of Isa Award for (2018-2019). The previous Isa Award was given to Malaysian Dr. Jemila Mahmood, the President of the ‘Mercy Malaysia‘.
Edhi Foundation Presented by Isa Award for Service to Humanity by the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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The ceremony held in Manama, Bahrain’s capital, at the Isa Cultural Centre in Al- Fateh Compound. A biennial award, Isa Award has been named after Bahrain’s late Ameer, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, who had dedicated his life for philanthropic activities, leading Bahrain in the humanitarian cause across the world.
International Jury chose Edhi Foundation from other contending global charity and philanthropic organizations, which were shortlisted for the award from across the world. The award was announced in June but given in a formal ceremony held this week in Bahrain. The International Jury asserted that the award has been given following a detailed assessment of the working mechanism and the achievement accomplished by the Edhi Foundation.
Edhi Foundation was created by late Abdul Sattar Edhi, a revered man who selflessly devoted his entire life to serving humanity. He even got his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Record for running the world’s largest fleet of the ambulance. Starting from Karachi in 1951, he gradually spread the network of the Edhi Foundation throughout Pakistan.
عبدالستار ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کی خدمات کے اعتراف میں بحرین حکومت کا اعلیٰ ترین عیسیٰ ایوارڈ ایک ملین امریکی ڈالر بادشاہ عماد بن عیسی الخلیفہ بحرین سے محترمہ بلقیس ایدھی ہمراہ فیصل ایدھی وصول کر رہے ہیں ۔یہ ایوارڈ پاکستان میں پہلی دفعہ کسی کو دیا گیاہے pic.twitter.com/H3eln14XUU
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Abdul Sattar Edhi began his journey with a dispensary, which provided free-of-cost medicine to people, an ambulance, which he drove himself. Edhi Foundation soon emerged a trusted shelter for orphans, homeless and old-age people.
Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away on 8th July 2016 following kidney failure, leaving entire Pakistan in sorrow and grief. In respect of his relentless services to humanity, he was given a state funeral. His funeral prayer was arranged in Karachi’s National Stadium, which was attended by thousands of his admirers and followers.