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Bilquis Bano Edhi

1947 - 2022

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Bilquis Bano Edhi was a Pakistani nurse, philanthropist, humanitarian, and social worker. She was dubbed “The Mother of Pakistan” due to her selfless work to help the people of Pakistan throughout her life. Edhi was in charge of the Bilquis Edhi Foundation, which is a charity that runs various services in Pakistan, such as a hospital and an emergency service. Along with her husband, Abdul Sattar Edhi, she utilized their foundation to save over 16,000 babies who did not have parents or homes. Although Edhi was not the best in school, she joined the nurse’s training course at the Edhi Nurses Training Centre when she was in the eighth grade. She eventually began working at the Bilquis Edhi Foundation, which her husband founded. This charity helped supply Pakistani people who were stricken by poverty with aid. The foundation has become the most popular and successful relief organization in Pakistan under the leadership of a husband-and-wife duo. In 1986, the pair won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service and later won the Lenin Peace Prize. Additionally, the Edhi foundation is a resource for helping disaster victims all around the world. Edhi’s work focused on looking after the women’s sector of the foundation, finding children homes and helping them get adopted, etcetera. Edhi did not let her struggles in school stop her from following her dreams and pursuing an education and nursing career. She helped many people during her lifetime, and she deserves to be remembered for all her amazing and selfless work.

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