Who We Are, What We Do and Where We Operate

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.


The Behbud Model

“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)


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Education

5543
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Health

151601
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Livelihoods

4291

Mission

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.

Vision

Our vision is educated, healthy, prosperous, empowered and responsible individuals with equal opportunities in society.


Objectives
  • To organize/empower communities and develop leadership through their participation
  • To establish each service delivery sector of the organization into an institution
  • To promote and establish quality education/literacy programs with the participation of the community
  • To facilitate income generating opportunities through promotion of vocational training
  • To promote health awareness by providing affordable health care services and advocacy programs
  • To establish networks with communities, NGOs, donors and the public sector by utilizing Information, Education, Communication (IEC) material.
  • To address social issues of the community through advocacy programs.
  • To promote healthy family traditions and empower women.
  • To improve living conditions and environment.

Governance and Funding

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.


Timeline

Timeline

2016
June 6

2016

Inauguration of Mobile Tuberculosis Health Unit
2014
June 6

2014

Behbud Creations (Zamzama) expanded and refurbished
2011
June 6

2011-2015

Two additional floors added to main building making it a 4-storey building
2010
November 8

2010

Grooming Center
2005
June 6

2005

Inauguration of Tuberculosis Building
2002
June 6

2002

Establishment of Craft: Training and Literacy Center (CTALC) in Korangi in collaboration with INFAQ Foundation. Learning Resource Center was established.
2001
June 6

2001

Behbud Creations outlet shifted to new premises in Zamzama
1999
June 6

1999

Computer Training Center.
1995
June 6

1995

Head Office building constructed on an amenity plot in Clifton. The building housed a primary school, an industrial home and health care clinics catering primarily to mothers and children. Today, this center accommodates two secondary schools, regular health clinics, vocational training centers and a production unit as well as other facilities
1988
June 6

1988

Behbud Creations outlet established in Sasi Arcade
1984
June 6

1984

Behbud Gift Shop and Production Facility established in Mehmoodabad to sell products made by Behbud’s women workers
1981
June 6

1981

Building constructed in DHA to house growing projects. Another building provided by Pakistan Railways for establishment of a school near Kalapul
1978
June 6

1978

Moved to Railway Colony near Kalapul; established a primary school, health clinic and facility for sewing classes
1970
June 6

1970

Behbud Association Karachi established by a group of volunteers in a garage in PECHS; started sewing classes and informal literacy classes
1967
June 6

1967

Behbud Association established by group of volunteers in Rawalpindi to support 1965 war victims and families