As well as our work in Pakistan, we aim to tackle poverty in Scotland and other parts of the world.
The Sarwar Foundation was founded by Mohammad Sarwar, the first ever Muslim elected as a Member of the British Parliament – representing the Scottish city of Glasgow. We have a strong connection with people in Scotland, and a base in Glasgow.
We believe it is important to tackle poverty at home and abroad.
Here are two of our anti-poverty projects in Scotland:
Christmas toybank campaign
We run a nationwide campaign to provide Christmas presents for families in Scotland struggling during the festive season.
The campaign is arranged in conjunction with Children 1st and Scottish Women’s Aid, and delivers presents to around 1,000 children living in poverty.
Many parents can’t afford any presents for their children, and many youngsters have nothing to open on Christmas Day morning.
But the toybank appeal plays a huge role in brightening up Christmas Day for hundreds of children, thanks to the generosity of those who donated to the campaign.
Helping the homeless
We have partnered with an organisation which helps homeless people living on the streets of Glasgow.
We have provided financial support to the ‘Help 4 The Homeless’ project, which runs soup kitchens and distributes food parcels across the Scottish city.
We volunteer to make sure homeless people have something to eat.
Viral Kindness Scotland
We helped to launch a national free helpline in Scotland as part of a community project involving around 500 convenience stores to assist with shopping deliveries and to tackle loneliness.
Following a plea from the Sarwar Foundation, a number of organisations across Scotland came together to build a unique community-led response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The service provides a free hub for local groups across Scotland, and is used to make connections between people and organisations.