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Shahina Aftab Foundation

Global NGO for women & children

Pakistan Floods of 2022: 

33 Million Pakistanis are affected. 3.5 Million children at risk of perishing. People clung to barbed wires in a desperate attempt of save their lives. Infants died in scores. And blood became cheaper than water as thousands of men, women & children were forced to drink water that had the remains of their loved ones or dead animals.

The minutes you spend reading this hundreds would have lost their lives. Let's change the equation- for good.

Work with Shahina Aftab Foundation!


Because saving lives in Pakistan Floods of 2010 is how we started. 

In 2010, Pakistan faced floods that affected 14 Million people. As entire villages were washed away, people died in scores, and mothers tied their newborns to tree tops to save their lives. An entire nation watched in shock and horror the aftermath of floods. The United Nations Secretary General termed the Pakistan Floods of 2010: "the worst tragedy on Earth."

This is when Noor Aftab, an investment banker by profession left her six figure job to start a non profit, Shahina Aftab Foundation (SAF) with her mother, Shahina Aftab. Shahina Aftab is a development sector expert. Together the women raised $100,000 in six months that led to the operation to save 10,000 lives in five of Pakistan's worst hit districts: Nowshera, Charsadda, Abottabad, Kalam and SWAT through life saving medicines, food and quilts. 

SAF started two free-schools for 300 flood affected children in Nowshera and Charsadda. SAF got listed with the United Nations for women and children development and has worked with partners to get 200,000 women across eight countries get access to employment.


 Women we work for

Being poor in Pakistan is a "sentence for life". A life of pain, misery & hunger. A life you wish you never had. Add women next to the word "poor" and thats whats at the bottom of pit.

These women face  natural disasters/conflicts/ social exclusion, hardship & distress.  They are harassed, burnt & beaten to death, yet there's is an untold story.

                                 They don't even earn enough to meet the basic nutriton needs! women dies for for every 89 children born.  Of the 14 million child labourers in the country, 45% are girls. They are forced into child marriages, abuse and bonded labor.






      How Its Done

 We help women with short term crisis aid, counselling, skill development, business support and micro grants & aid.

Working philosophy--- Giving women confidence & skills to rebuild their lives. The idea is to make these women access basic necessities of life as keeping the stove burning, putting food on their plate and living a life of dignity.

By empowering them to be "agents of change", we ensure they play their role in community development as  sending their children to school, understanding their responsibilities and becoming donors from beneficiaries.



      Impact & Results

Floods in Pakistan were termed as the biggest disaster on earth. When entire villages were washed away, food perished & people were forced to drink water with remains of dead animals and humans 

BBC covered our work-- SAF, its members, donors & volunteers became the ray of hope for over 100,000 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: the worst hit province.

In eight years we have worked with government, public, and private sector to introduce products that have provided employment and economic opportunities to over 200,000 women across eight countries

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