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13 Nov

Scottish Toybank Appeal launched to deliver Christmas for 2,000 children

A nationwide campaign has been launched to provide Christmas presents for 2,000 children across Scotland struggling during the festive season. Working with Children 1st and Scottish Women’s Aid, the annual Toybank Appeal aims to provide a toy or gift voucher to young people who may otherwise receive nothing at Christmas. The initiative, organised by the Sarwar Foundation, is now in its eighth year and is also being supported by PFA Scotland and its members. With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to cause hardship and...

22 Mar

Viral Kindness Scotland

A national free helpline in Scotland has been launched as part of a community project involving around 500 convenience stores to help with shopping deliveries and to tackle loneliness. A number of organisations across Scotland have come together to build a unique community-led response to the coronavirus outbreak. The service will act as a free hub for local groups across Scotland, and will be used to make connections between people and organisations The Viral Kindness Scotland project includes:• Glasgow-based contact centre Go-Centric, which...

19 Mar

Free eye camp treats hundreds

A free eye camp was held at the Sarwar Foundation’s Rai Ali Nawaz hospital in Chichawatni, in collaboration with LRBT and Islamic Aid. As many as 510 patients were seen, and the team successfully managed 135 cataract patients who will receive treatment. Every donation will help us to run more eye camps. Please consider making a donation here. ...

08 Feb

Free hepatitis screening in Faisalabad.

Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death in Pakistan. The Sarwar Foundation recently hosted a free screening camp in Ghulam Muhammad Abad district of Faisalabad. The screening camp saw 92 patients with 3 diagnoses of Hepatitis B and 20 of Hepatitis C. The Sarwar Foundation offers these free camps to under-developed communities, not only teach people about the condition, but to also provide people with an opportunity to get themselves treated. Everyone who is diagnosed as living with Hepatitis at a free screening is...

01 Feb

HunarGah showcase in Lahore

The Sarwar Foundation hosted an exhibition stand at the 7th Pakistan-China Business Forum Industrial Expo showcasing the flagship HunarGah project. The Foundation has supported the establishment of more than 150 HunarGah skills training centres for women across the Punjab which have enabled thousands of women to access education and training, allowing them to earn independent income and establish their own businesses. Graduates from the HunarGahs attended the expo and exhibited a range of hand made products including clothing and jewellery. The...

20 Jan

Skills centre gradudate ceremony

Vice Chair of the Sarwar Foundation, Perveen Sarwar, has distributed certificates to women who have completed their courses at HunarGah skill training centres in Chicawatni. The foundation has already supported the establishment of more than 150 HunarGah skills training centres for women across the Punjab. All HunarGahs are installed with the latest equipment and offer a range of training options including dress design and sewing classes, beautician courses, computer skill, jewellery and handicraft courses. Some also offer tutoring to children of...

04 Jan

Hospital celebrates 11th birthday

On the 4th January 2020, the Sarwar Foundation’s Rai Ali Nawaz Hospital in Chichawatni celebrated its 11th anniversary. Hospital patients and staff came together to mark over a decade of health service delivery to the local community which has now supported over 1million patients. The Hospital treats over 350 outpatients every single day as well as providing surgical, obstetrics, gynaecology, eye, orthopaedic, neurologist, cardiologist and physiotherapy services. In addition to medical services, the hospital has also hosted free eye health care camps and has supported local...

23 Dec

Christmas toybank campaign

The Sarwar Foundation is helping to provide Christmas presents for Scottish families struggling during the festive season.It is the seventh annual toybank organised by Anas Sarwar MSP, and this year will extend beyond Glasgow to all parts of Scotland for the first time.The campaign is arranged by the Sarwar Foundation in conjunction with Children 1st and Scottish Women’s Aid.The aim is to deliver presents to at least 1,000 children identified by the two charities who may not otherwise receive a...

08 Dec

Hepatitis screenings in Faisalabad

The Sarwar Foundation held a free Hepatitis diagnosis and treatment clinic on the 26th November in the largest residential area of Faisalabad in the Punjab, Pakistan. At the clinic 95 people were diagnosed as living with Hepatitis B and will now be supplied with free medication to allow them to treat the condition. Pakistan has a severe Hepatitis B epidemic, with more than 7 million people in Pakistan carrying the disease. The Sarwar Foundation is taking a stand against Hepatitis, by...

01 Dec

Training boost for the Punjab

The Sarwar Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Punjab’s Technical & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) – the largest skill training provider in Pakistan – agreeing to the provision of technical assistance across a wide range of technical education and vocational training courses. The MoU outlines that the Sarwar Foundation will work with TEVTA to assist in the training of staff as well as developing the education and training curriculum. The Sarwar Foundation will...