Behbud Association was conceived and founded by a small group of volunteers after the 1965 war to provide support to war victims and the destitute and disabled people living in Rawalpindi. Since then, Behbud has evolved into a national institution with 6 chapters across Pakistan.
Behbud Association, Karachi is a registered non-profit organization focusing on poverty alleviation and empowerment of underprivileged and marginalized communities through interventions in education, health, vocational training, income generation and disaster relief.
Behbud Association Karachi has been in existence for over 50 years and serves over half a million underprivileged residents of Karachi annually. Our main areas of operation are Railway Colony, Clifton, Korangi and Mehmoodabad.
“Behbud” means ‘advancement’ in Urdu. Behbud Association Karachi aims to promote community advancement through a holistic development approach focusing on three major areas: Education, Health and Livelihoods. Access to quality education ensures that future generations will be more prepared to deal with life’s challenges and equips them with the knowledge and skills to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Subsidized healthcare programs provide affordable and efficient health services to the communities where we operate and also aim to increase health and hygiene awareness among community members. Specialized vocational training and income generation programs teach marketable skills to both men and women empowering them to earn a living and become economically self-sufficient. Moreover, our organization is managed entirely by a team of volunteers which means that 100 percent of donations directly benefit the community.
Impact at a Glance - Education, Health and Livelihoods
Total Beneficiaries (2016)
Behbud’s mission is to uplift and empower communities by providing access to quality education, affordable health services and income generation opportunities through vocational training. We believe that we can achieve our goals through the motivation, commitment, and participation of all stakeholders.
Our vision is educated, healthy, prosperous, empowered and responsible individuals with equal opportunities in society.
Behbud Association Karachi is governed by an Executive Committee which consists of seven office bearers -a President, one Senior Vice President, two Vice Presidents, a General Secretary, a Joint Secretary, a Treasurer and fifteen Project Chairpersons who are responsible for managing their respective projects. Elections are held in October each year. All Executive Committee members are volunteers deeply committed to Behbud’s goals and serve without compensation.
Behbud Association Karachi is funded almost entirely by donations which are tax exempt under section 2 (36)(C) of Income Tax Ordinance 2001. Behbud maintains a special zakat account for zakat donations. This account is used for health and education only. Our accounts are audited annually by Ford Rhodes Sidat Hyder & Co (Ernst & Young).
Other sources of income include profits from sales of products manufactured by Behbud workers at our outlet store Behbud Creations and at the Annual Behbud Mela.