Our Targets & Commitments
With an objective of eliminating social inequalities, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (SZABF)
aims to work in the following areas:
Healthcare and malnutrition are major concerns of the poverty-stricken and underprivileged class of our society, which do not usually have access to good healthcare facilities and affordable medicine. Approximately 73.6% of poor people in Pakistan are deprived of their fundamental rights of quality and accessible healthcare due to poor budgeting of the health sector. In terms of infant and neonatal mortality, Pakistan still ranks very low in the world. According to the reports, about 44% of all children are stunted, and nearly 9.6 million suffer from malnutrition and chronic nutrition deprivation. About 12 million mothers and children are at risk of dying if proper healthcare measures are not taken in the coming years.
Provision of health facilities to every single person is the utmost duty of a country, for in the health of its people lies the secret of prosperity. Good health enhances the well-being of people and is essential for the long-term development of societies and the economy. The deteriorating health conditions of the people in Pakistan call for the immediate attention of the country’s leadership and urge it to take every step possible to ensure good healthcare for everyone regardless of his/her social status. The prevailing pandemic has made the matter even worse as it has crippled the already developing health-sector of Pakistan. Considering this, providing affordable and high-quality healthcare is one of the key concerns of SZABF. We also aim at providing funds for promoting healthcare facilities for the welfare of the people.
Furthermore, we are focusing on coping with the Covid-19 as the number of active cases is rapidly rising on a daily basis in Pakistan. The current pandemic is an eye-opener, not only for third world countries but also for the developed countries, as it has challenged science as well as health care across the globe. As the world struggles to fight against this deadly virus, there is an urgent need for related equipment in hospitals and healthcare facilities, especially in developing countries. In the wake of the pandemic, SZABF is working to provide the related equipment, such as testing kits and ventilators, to the hospitals.
1/2 of Worlds PopulationLack access to essential
12 MillionMothers and children are at
risk of dying if we rail to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3
18 MillionHealth Workers will be
needed by 2030 in low-and lower-middle-income countries
According to UNICEF, Pakistan has the world’s second-highest number of out-of-school children (OOSC): approximately 22.8 million children aged 5-16 (nearly 44% in this age group), 5 million children aged 5-9, and 11.4 million adolescents between the ages of 10-14 are not attending schools. The most significant reasons for such alarming situations are disparities based on gender, socio-economic status, and geography; in Sindh, 52 percent of the poorest children (58% girls), and in Baluchistan, 78% of girls are out of school.
It is also essential to consider the condition of public schools in Pakistan. Many public school buildings are in a dilapidated state due to poor infrastructure, which calls for immediate attention. According to Pakistan Education Statistics (PES), about 9% of schools do not have a proper building implying that 9 out of 100 schools operate in the open, posing a risk to the students’ health. Also, only 58% and 68% of schools have access to electricity and drinking water, respectively.
Our mission is to enhance equality in education by providing financial assistance and raising operating funds for deserving students. Moreover, we will provide the equipment and access to all the things which will help them go to school. Through education, we aim to train the citizens so that they can contribute to a democratic society and empower each child to achieve his or her greatest academic potential. Elimination of gender disparity and social difference among classes is our primary goal. Also, we aim to partake in constructing educational institutions and improve the conditions of public schools.
No one can deny the fact that education has the biggest hand in the development of a nation. Also, it is one of the basic rights of every person, which must be provided to him/her without any discrimination. That not only leads to self-improvement but also the development and enhancement of an economy as a whole.
We have always struggled for the provision of fundamental human rights to everyone, and through this foundation, we will keep taking this mission forward. We will establish schools and educational institutions along with promoting and undertaking non-profit education. Moreover, we aim to launch scholarship programs to help needy students pursue high-quality education. We will work till the end to reach our goal: education for all!
22.8 millionNo. Children out of
School in Pakistan
13.7 million (55%)No of girls out of
school in Pakistan
11.4 million (45%)No. of boys out of
school in Pakistan
According to the recent Census, women comprise about 49% of the total population of Pakistan, which makes almost half of the country’s population. But unfortunately, a massive gap in genders still prevails in the country, with Pakistan ranked 151 out of 153 countries in World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index 2020. In terms of education, UNICEF has reported that boys enormously outnumber girls in every stage of education. Approximately 10.7 million boys and 8.6 million girls are enrolled at the primary level, which drops to 3.6 million boys and 2.8 million girls at the lower secondary level. On the other hand, the participation of women in the labor force is only 21.67% against 81.86% of men (as of 2019). These statistics portray a very bleak picture of the rampant gender disparities in the country. SZABF aims to eradicate the backward mindset of people that deprives many girls of their educational and other rights. It is evident that if we want to change Pakistan for the better, we need to provide equal opportunities to women in every field and ensure the protection of their rights so that they can contribute positively to the country’s dynamic growth.
SZABF aims to change the lives of women through intensive tech-skills training to enable upward career mobility. We work on individual programs to enhance women’s empowerment and provide them their rights. It includes equal rights and opportunities for men and women in the longer term. SZABF endeavors to work for women’s empowerment and protection in a patriarchal society, just as its founding fathers have done. Providing the women of the segmented class with work opportunities and training them is one of the foundation’s primary objectives to promote the spirit of self-earning and economic independence among them. The establishment of vocational and other training centers, with core objectives of educating and training women, so that they can provide for themselves along with contributing to the progress of the society is what we are aiming at. These institutes will provide training in the areas of sewing, embroidery, knitting, and tapestry. We also focus on providing them protection from domestic violence and helping them address any social issue that they might be facing.
We aim to expand women’s economic opportunities through education, entrepreneurship, vocational training, and scholarships and equip them with the knowledge and skills to earn an income and break into higher-paid employment sectors. Furthermore, our target is to address constraints faced by women entrepreneurs and provide them with networking opportunities, mentoring access to information and credit, and business management training. Working alongside local partners, we foster environments where women can advocate for improved policies.
10.7 million boys and 8.6 million girlsAre enrolled at the
3.6 million boys and 2.8 million girlsAre enrolled at the lower
21.6% against 81.86%Participation of women in the labor farce
The foundation would engage in constructing schools, research institutes, mosques, mausoleum, healthcare facilities, and community welfare centers in a bid to improve the living standards of common people. Furthermore, we seek to partake in the following activities to accomplish our goals:
- Establishing subsidies, promoting and cooperating with other foundations and becoming a member and/or trustee, and supporting any other institutions, organizations, associations, societies, and funds that may help us to achieve our said objectives.
- Mobilization of financial or other resources through contributions, gifts, legacies, endowments, and donations, etc. from the members of the company and others but no foreign donation will be accepted by the company without prior approval.
- Investing the foundation’s money in legal bonds, guarantees, government securities, and profit-sharing schemes.
- Procurement or disposing of any movable or immovable asset/property to achieve our targets of providing relief to the poor and sick people and illiterate students, or otherwise. We aim to provide accommodation, scholarships, and assistance for advancements in education, culture, and literature.
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Foundation ensures its commitment that all interactions with clients and amongst staff are based on honesty and mutual dignity, with the aim of espousing integrity across the board and meeting all promises as per commitments. SZABF believes in learning, adapting, and growing, thereby responding positively to change by ensuring equal opportunities and a fair and transparent appraisal mechanism with access to adequate redressal channels.