Zakat Foundation in Pakistan
A country of 200 million people, Pakistan was originally a large slice of British India until the partition of the colony into the separate countries of Pakistan and India in 1947. Although Pakistan has seen steady economic growth despite political instability and internal unrest in recent years, concerns remain about the future of Pakistan, primarily in the areas of extremism, high food and fuel costs, power shortages, and unemployment.
Pakistan is geographically vulnerable to natural disasters, such as the massive flood of 2010 in which nearly one-fifth of the country was submerged under water. In 2011, Pakistan suffered from torrential rain flooding, which exacerbated the food shortages and electrical outages left over from 2010.
Inadequate education remains a central area for reform in Pakistan, which is why Zakat Foundation of America has sponsored educational facilities and opportunities for Pakistani youth who would otherwise not have access to them. Besides providing emergency aid following natural disasters, ZF also sponsors orphans and vulnerable children, runs a livestock distribution program for rural communities, and installs wells and pumps in the areas of the country that suffer from chronic water scarcity.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center