Where we work | Pakistan
Salam Charity


In Pakistan, poverty is a major problem. Low incomes mean that people have limited access to necessities like food, housing, and sanitation. Especially in rural areas, unemployment and informal (insecure) labour are high.

Pakistan has 22.8 million children out of school – which is the second highest rate in the world. 44% of 5–16-year-olds are unable to attend school, for various reasons. The country struggles with insufficient infrastructure, a shortage of qualified teachers, and a lack of educational resources. There’s a high dropout rate among girls, which is likely to be caused by early marriages and gender discrimination.

Many people in Pakistan have difficulties accessing essential medical services. They’re faced with high healthcare costs, limited availability of medications, and a shortage of qualified professionals. Rural areas, in particular, face barriers such as inadequate healthcare infrastructure and a lack of awareness about preventative care.

Water scarcity is a critical issue in Pakistan as the rapidly growing population battles with inefficient water management and the impacts of climate change. 21.7 million people in Pakistan don’t have access to clean water, and 69 million people don’t have a decent toilet. The absence of safe water causes fundamental hygiene problems in households, workplaces, and schools.


In Pakistan, we’re running a range of initiatives to address the challenges faced by communities.

Here are some of them:

Assistive Devices

In Pakistan, disability can cause isolation and disadvantage. Our Assistive Devices distribution programme provides hearing aids, optical glasses, crutches, walking sticks, and wheelchairs to people in need. These simple aids improve their quality of life, opportunities, and relationships.

Emergency Surgeries

Our local teams identify people who urgently need life-saving surgery, usually in three main fields: Paediatrics, Cardiology, and Oncology. We aim to fund the procedure and aftercare, assessing their needs on a case-by-case basis.

School Renovation

Our local teams identify and support the rehabilitation of schools in Pakistan. By funding furniture, such as desks, or maintenance and repair, we transform and revitalise educational facilities, ensuring that children have access to safe, equitable, and high-quality learning environments.

Orphan Sponsorship

Through this programme, our supporters are making a massive impact on the lives of orphaned children. Cash (£55/month) is provided to each child’s guardians to cover their living and educational expenses. A sponsorship immediately transforms the lives of orphaned children, offering them hope for a brighter future.

Family Sponsorship

Our local teams identify families in need of sponsorship and provide funds to them directly (£160/month on average). They use this money for essential expenses like education, shelter, food, healthcare, and debt. Giving them control over their own finances empowers the families and improves their quality of life.

Widow Sponsorship

This programme provides essential food packs to widows, ensuring that they have access to nutritious meals. Our goal is to offer both immediate relief and long-term support to these deserving people.

Goat Farming

A pair of goats has the potential to rapidly become a thriving herd! This initiative covers the cost of providing a pair of goats, along with the necessary training, to enable one person or couple to establish their livelihood through goat farming. It’s a transformative opportunity for sustainable income generation.

Hot Meals

We serve hot meals throughout the year. These meals are thoughtfully planned to provide adults with a nourishing and balanced daily diet, ensuring they receive the vital nutrients necessary for their wellbeing.

Solar Powered Boreholes

For £2000 a solar powered borehole can be built, with a pump which draws water from 70 foot deep and stores it in a tank. It’s a convenient and practical solution and should provide water to at least 1,000 people for more than 20 years. We’re building these in rural parts of Pakistan, such as Sindh and Punjab.

Please donate whatever you can to support these impactful projects and contribute to building a more resilient and thriving Pakistan. Together, we can make a real impact.