May 12, 2020

COVID19 and hunger!

In Pakistan, it is expected that that in the next few months, 18 million more people may slip into abject poverty due to low economic growth and double-digit food inflation as claimed by Pakistan’s leading economists.


The national poverty ratio, which was 31.3% in June 2018, would sharply jump to over 40% by June 2020. In absolute terms, people living in poverty will increase from 69 million in June 2018 to 87 million by June 2020, indicating 26% increase in poverty or an addition of 18 million people.

The situation is very alarming due to an economic growth rate that is close to the population growth rate and an exponential increase in prices of perishable food items

With a population of over 210 million, Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world. With nearly one third of the population subsisting from daily and piece-rate wages, the COVID-19 response has necessitated an urgent and immediate strategy to protect those living in extreme poverty.

With lockdowns in effect and physical distancing measures mandatory, there were concerns about the spread of COVID-19, due to which the large population living under the poverty line such as daily wagers are facing hunger.

The state of hunger in Pakistan is clearly explained above. A large number of people in Pakistan sleep on an empty stomach every night. Hence, Fatima Memorial Hospital and NUR Foundation have taken the matter in their own hands and have started to supply food to poverty stricken students and families of NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP).

We are trying to feed as many poor as we can but it is not enough and require more support from our donors in these testing times. The world is suffering but countries like Pakistan are facing major brunt. There are many more families who are unable to afford three meals per day and in order for us to continue to serve the poverty stricken masses. Your donations and support can make a huge difference.

Thank you for your continued support!


May 12, 2020

Food for the Hungry

The lingering pandemic COVID-19 is expected to have far reaching negative impact for Pakistan’s economy as the number of people living below the poverty line might get doubled going up to 125 million from existing figure of 50 to 60 million.

Due to the current pandemic the number of unemployed might be standing at 19 to 20 million.


About prevalence of poverty, it is said that Pakistan’s 50 to 60 million people were already below the poverty line and the figure was expected to touch 125 million due to the COVID-19, while 19 to 20 million were expected to lose their jobs.


With poverty levels increasing, Fatima Memorial Hospital in pursuance of its social welfare goals, provides free food to the families of hospital patients. However, the influx of patients is rising day by day and the funds of Fatima Memorial Hospital are limited.

The number of patients is increasing as the spread of the virus cannot be stopped. In addition to that, due to lockdown and social distancing in practice, unemployment has risen immensely, we require more donations so food can reach thousands of families. In these times, the nation is looking towards us to support them.

As a result of which, we rely on the donations by our esteemed donors to cater to the nutrition needs of the patients/patient attendants.

We look forward to your continued support towards the cause and help us in feeding the needy as much as we can.

Thank you.

May 12, 2020

Giving a Blessing!

Pakistan’s inflation rate has touched 14.56 percent in January 2020—highest rate in last more than ten years.

After outbreak of COVID-19, the federal government was in process of calculating the economic damages. It has not yet firmed up the estimates but an independent assessment by a former finance minister and former central bank governor has projected 4.6% to 9.5% fall in GDP growth rate in the fourth quarter (April-June) 2020.


Forecast also depicts a slowdown in inflation rate in less severe shock scenario but surge to over 16% in case the implications of the COVID-19 are severe.

The most incurable disease for Pakistan is inflation which is devouring the poor day by day. Our people live a very vulnerable life because of poverty. Nearly 39% of Pakistanis live under multidimensional poverty.

According to experts, our poverty is caused by inflation, unequal distribution of resources, lack of facilities, high unemployment rates, and growing population. Inflation has become an epidemic disease which gives birth to multiple issues.

NUR Foundation took an initiative in 1985 and started a program known as NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP). The purpose was to serve the community in various sectors including, health, education and employment. Additionally, various programs under the aegis of NCOP are working to ameliorate poverty. One such program is NUR Sandooq which has its genesis in the year 2016. The idea behind it was to make storage facilities for donated clothing in all the elite areas of Lahore and to encourage people to donate apparel items for the underserved community. In execution of the plan, one dedicated room known as Sandooq is placed in Fatima Memorial Hospital, Shadman Lahore. The donors often come and drop off apparel items in the Sandooq and those items are then distributed among the underprivileged people living in the backward areas of Lahore including Malikpur, Nainsukh, Lakhodair and Gajjumata.

There are a total of around 1665 students currently enrolled at NUR Foundation schools and they all belong to impoverished backgrounds and are unable to afford two basic meals of the day let alone clothing items. Hence, we wish to increase our donor base in the future which would help us in meeting the clothing needs of the children at NUR schools.

The world is in a state of emergency as we fight against the COVID19 pandemic. The poor are struggling to make ends meet due to lockdown and economic downfall. We therefore, request and urge our donors to continue supporting the cause.

Thank you so much.

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