“The real wealth of a nation is its people. And the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy, and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth is too often forgotten in the pursuit of material and financial wealth”. Dr. Mahbub ul Haq

Multidimensional Poverty

“We realized that the poverty complex is like the Multi Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS) where the patients’ health cannot be restored by just addressing complications of one organ or system”, Dr. Khalid Riaz – Chairman Pakistan BODs

HDF believes that poverty is multidimensional and like an octopus, strangles the poor with its multiple tentacles. Loosening the grip of one, does not mean freedom from poverty. It’s not just about low-income levels but is endemic in households and communities which have limited opportunities, few assets, low education and health status, inaccessibility or control over essential facilities and lack of social, economic and political participation. One needs to break free from all the tentacles simultaneously.

Solution: A Holistic Model – Unique “Power of Five” Program

HDF strongly believes that the multidimensional challenge of poverty can only be addressed through holistic approach and integrated strategies. Since its inception, HDF has been promoting a unique holistic model to transform communities with progressive and impactful programs which places overall human well-being at the center stage. HDF’s visionaries foresaw how a dynamic combination of Social Capital Development, Education, Health, Grassroots Economic Development and Sustainable Environment could help communities move from poverty to prosperity.

Our philosophy of helping people help themselves has taken root in program areas across the country. Within each area of focus, our responsibility remains the same; empower communities and individuals with the tools and resources needed to achieve and sustain a better way of life. To bring about large-scale change, HDF has been influencing public policy through its nationwide citizen led advocacy campaigns facilitating underprivileged towards a better present and a brighter future.

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