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The Angel of Mercy, Abdul Sattar Edhi was a renowned philanthropist and humanitarian who lost his life to kidney failure on 8 July, 2016. He was the founder of Edhi Foundation who ran and managed a number of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters and orphanages across Pakistan. Google Doodle is paying a tribute to honor such a tremendous personality on his 89th birthday.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was born on 28 February, 1928 in Gujarat, British India. At a young age of 29, he established a free dispensary for low income residents, it seemed like he were born to serve humanity. He bought his first ambulance in 1957 with donations when Asian flu spread like rapid fire in the city of Karachi. He aimed aid filling voids that existed in society that could cater to the betterment of humanity. He knew Pakistan lacked medicines, education and facilities that would improve one’s quality of life.
Edhi’s humanitarian work crossed borders, when he helped those affected by Hurricane Katrina that hit the United States by donating $100,000. His contributions did not go unnoticed internationally. He won several national and international awards including Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, Lenin Peace Prize and many others. Google Doodle further affirms Edhi’s importance and contributions to the world.
Today, Edhi Foundation is the largest welfare organization of Pakistan, it has rescued more than 20,000 abandoned babies, gave shelter to 50,000 orphans, trained more than 40,000 nurses and runs the world’s largest ambulance service consisting of 1,500 vehicles.
If we take a look at the Google Doodle his picture is replacing the letter ‘o’, and the services his foundation provided to mankind free of cost are emphasized upon.
As Abdul Sattar Edhi said “People have become educated, but have yet to become human.”