Hashoo Foundation is a knowledge-based, and an impact-oriented organisation aimed at empowering communities by leveraging knowledge as capital for their socio-economic uplift.
The foundation is the primary implementing agency of Hashoo Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy, which is aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hashoo Group Chairman and Hashoo Foundation Patron-in-Chief Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani established the organisation in 1988 as a Trust aimed at poverty alleviation through humanitarian and social sector programmes. These include access to education and healthcare as well as sustainable livelihoods.
The Hashwani family has a long-standing heritage of philanthropy, spanning over seven generations. Hashoo Foundation is the institutional legacy of its pioneer, Mr. Mukhi Hashoo (1820-1915), who was actively engaged in community service.
In 2016, Hashoo Group Deputy Chairman and Hashoo Foundation Chairman Mr. Murtaza Hashwani built on his father’s legacy, committing to more inclusive development, greater outreach and meaningful impact in the communities Hashoo Foundation aims to empower.
The foundation works with a global vision, partnering with multiple stakeholders and communities across Pakistan, enabling the underprivileged segments to become self-reliant and lead their lives with dignity. Extending outreach to both rural and urban areas, the foundation works to deliver direct services, build capacities and invest in action research through partnerships with organisations that share the same values.
Thus far, the foundation has directly benefited around 1,191,411 people (538,167 males and 653,244 females) through its numerous programmes across Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Tribal Areas and 71 districts of Pakistan.
At the heart of the foundation’s operations is the core belief that together we can make a difference and invest in people particularly youth and women to ensure a socially-cohesive and economically-just society.
For advancing its specific programmes, the foundation has also established autonomous entities. These include Hashoo Trust for the Humanitarian and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme, Hashoo Hunar for the Skills and Human Capital Development Programme, and Umeed-e-Noor for the Persons with Disabilities Programme. Currently, these programmes and entities are managed by a team of development professionals and governed by independent boards.
Standing at the apex, the foundation links local learning from experiences and international research with policy, advocacy, and wider development. For this, it engages with the public sector, academia, national and global networks, and private sector entities.
Aligned with the SDGs, Hashoo Foundation maintains a thematic focus to facilitate national priorities and greater social impact. The key thematic areas of the foundation are Climate Change and Environment, Entrepreneurship and Employment, Economic Growth, and Social Sector Development.