A Rs. 5000 Impact

Dear avid and faithful readers of KMB. I have a question which I want your advice on. I have recently been awarded some money from a personal friend, which I have been instructed to put towards a good cause while in Pakistan.

So I wanted to get your suggestions on how best Rs. 5000 can be spent to have a positive influence in the city. The only condition is that it must improve the lives of local people, those that are most vulnerable and that 100% of the money goes to the cause and none be taken up in administration.

I thought about giving some money to the guys on the street, but I worried about it getting funneled into gang leaders hands. So I thought about some good NGOs that could use the money, but there are so many that do good work, and also so many that do not.

So I would like to hear some of your personal accounts for ways that you have improved the lives of others, or how you would recommend the most impact be made with the use of Rs. 5000.

So what would you do with Rs. 5000 to make the lives of others better?

32 Comments so far

  1. Asif (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    if you can use this to create “means” for someone to impove their lives that would be something.

    so five thousand can buy you means of transport (cycle) a phone(means of communication, that might even save you some money)

    in my personal experience i have found both of these thing tend to improve lives of whoever owns it.

    But you need to make your choice wisely and its your call.

  2. AMMAR (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

    Give to some trust/foundation who can have it used for the the destitues. Don,t give to beggars at in the streets, you never know what they will do for it, most probably buying some drugs. Edhi is a good option or some orphan house. You will find many, or you can give to Fatmid Foundation or to Patient Welfare Foudation at Civil Hospital Karachi. They are really doing good. Its your judgement call.

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 5:17 pm

    Edhi is the best/trusted/reliable choice

  4. Sarah (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    u could also ask around.. if u have trustworthy people working at your house, ie. cook, chokidar, driver, maasi who needs extra cash to pay school fees, cure an illness..
    or if u just have relatives who might be financially instable..
    edhi is a very reliable source but i feel it is best if u find a needy person urself and give the money to so u know exactly that the money isnt being misused

  5. Barrister Ali K.Chishti (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

    it seems like a post for the heck of it!

    try donating it to SUIT ? although PKR 5000 is nothing!

  6. Farman (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

    Give to a someone to buy few bullets which should be destined for the buffoon of Karachi Loya Jirga by the name of Shahi Syed.

    This guy has been itching and bitching for a long time ……..he needs to be put into his place.Likes of hm are only good enough to drive and conduct mini buses ; he has been black mailing Karachi for sometime on the backing of transport read heroin mafia.

  7. Smart Infotech (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

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  8. HazirBaba (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 7:16 pm


    5000 is nothing in Karachi, well may be it can help someone to eat good for a few days.

    Go to a Industrial area of Karachi and wait for the labors coming out. Find the oldest person and give him this money.

    or just go to EDHI and donate it.

  9. Me (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    Buy two bottles of J&B Whiskey and give them to me. You’ll make me a very happy man….praise be upon you my child.

  10. MB (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    5000 can make a difference in someones life.

    5000 is the total fee required in a peela school (government school) for one childs education in 10 years.

    5000 is the amount 5 poor people would require for their one years medicine.

    If you could do one of above i am damn sure you have booked heaven (or whatever) for yourself in this world.

    Anything in this world is recoverable but the above two i told you. The time wasted in non-education and the health one wasted , both never come back.

    God bless you!!

  11. alam (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

    My first option each year is Edhi welfare trust. No question about it. I am so impressed by their work for old and orphaned children.

    Incidentaly, the Dec 27 aholes didn’t spare them in their violent frenzy

  12. daniel (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm

    The normally used convention for denoting an amount of rupees is to write “Rs.” preceding the amount like: Rs. 5000

    5000rs sounds like a mobile phone brand.

  13. daniel (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

    The normally used convention for denoting an amount of rupees is to write “Rs.” preceding the amount like: Rs. 5000

    5000rs sounds like a mobile phone model.

  14. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 12:54 am

    Good deal.
    If you promise to give it to Edhi Orphans foundation/trust, I would match the amount.
    Dont forget to give me the address where you want the money order at.

  15. alam (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:02 am

    shahid mian

    there is Edhi welfare contact office in NY. u should google it.

  16. ali-en (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:31 am

    Edhi Foundation is a very good option, and so is WWF Pakistan (if you look at the bigger picture, this is “the” thing). There are other NGOs with noble causes, but you might need to inquire about them since their are some cheaters out there as well–I’d prefer environmental organizations since they’re highly needed in Pakistan and a clean environment would significantly cut down on many kinds of diseases and pollution at once (saving thousands of lives at a time)–but it’s your choice (only be sure you get the right NGO). But never give to any beggars on the streets, and especially heejras.

  17. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 4:22 am

    Give it to TCF Foundation http://www.tcfusa.org/. I really like them. If you give it to them, I will match 200% of your contribution. Let me know if you go that way and I will send you receipt of matching donation in 24 hours.

  18. naeem (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 4:26 am

    how about waiting for a while, buying 5000 worth of prize bonds and keep waiting…with the intention of giving a bigger prize to the poor? and then eventually donating the 5000 as well? i also tend to agree iwth Asif’s first comments.

  19. Amir (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 8:41 am

    Neoka you will get many opinions but please before giving your money to someone please make sure that they are doing the right thing or they have just made up because its a big responsibility. However my two cents are give your money to “Fatimiyah Education Network (FEN)”

    About FEN:
    Its an elaborate system of learning organizations
    providing quality education at affordable terms
    . This cluster of educational institutions
    working under the guidance of Education Board of Khoja (Pirhai) Shia Isna Asheri Jamaat is a
    ‘not for profit’ organization committed to providing better facilities/opportunities in education to all members of the community in particular, and the society at large.
    Read more about it @:

  20. buff0onkhaN (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 9:08 am

    please don’t give the money to any *person*.. do something good yourself by going to a nursery, buying some plant seeds and planting them outside your house on the street.

    if you have a mali you can get him to help you out… most streets have their own malis (atleast in defense)

    i think we’d be better off if everyone put in 5000 rs on plants and trees a year instead of buying goats to kill in the name of god every eid.

    their (the goats) lives are lost, the meat is eaten up and nothing truly beneficial happens for the community in the long run.

    now i’m going to get flamed by a bunch of goat killing bedroom fanatics telling me that HOW DARE YOU SIR SAYS THESE THINGS ABOUT MY GODS? TO HELLS WITH YOUR PODAS AND TREES KAAFIR YOU…


    but seriously, please get some plants and trees going. they benefit everybody, animals included.


  21. wasiq (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 9:54 am


    neoka never talk to me ever again…i hate you!

  22. kiran ali (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    There are a number of places that need such donation. I have personally been working on social reposnsibiltiy so do have a list of some genuine places where your money will be well spent. You can mail me at kiranali@fastmail.fm for further information. I suggest you visit a few places and u’ll have a clear idea how you want your money spent.

  23. Sam (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    If you want to do financial help that’s the other thing but in my opinion you can change few people life if you want to by subscribing science based informative magazine for some govt school you choose either English or Urdu magazine which are available at cheap rates for instance you can pick Global Science which is available at Rs40 so you can subscribe it for a year for at least 10 schools.. there are some English magazines too but I think its good to pick urdu magazine for govt schools

  24. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    Good to see atleast someone thinking about benefitting others.

    It is a big responsibility Neoka and you are the best judge to analyse a situation.

    A few suggestions;

    1) Charity begins at home:
    Involve into charity from your neighbourhood … see among deserving people directly associated with you … can be your friends, relatives, neighbours, servants and then a commoner.

    2) Charity Organisations:
    There are number of people doing good effort quitely … one such organisation I came across is “Pakistan Youth Organisation” … initiated and managed by a very young crowd … and the result is there.

    3) Buy Flour for poor:
    These days best can be flour bags and distribution of it to the poor … who stands in queue for hours to get a few Kgs.

    In the end if you need any help in any activity … do let me know and can arrange Mensa Pakistan volunteers.

  25. sarfaraz (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    First look someone needy in your relatives.
    Then look around your support staff (Mali, Driver, etc.) & neighbours.
    Then go for any charity organization.

  26. Kamran (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm


    I know a young girl, aged around 15, whose both kidneys have failed. Her father works at a small store for 50 rupees a day and they can not afford her medical expenses. She screams in pain all night long with no hope for medical assistance in the morning.
    Please email me if you are interested and Ì will give you their address so that you can see for yourself. May Allah give ajr to the person who made the intention of giving away this money to the needy.


  27. Kamran (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 2:50 pm


    I know a young girl, aged around 15, whose both kidneys have failed. Her father works at a small store for 50 rupees a day and they can not afford her medical expenses. She screams in pain all night long with no hope for medical assistance in the morning.
    Please email me if you are interested and Ì will give you their address so that you can see for yourself. May Allah give ajr to the person who made the intention of giving away this money to the needy.


  28. Sohail (unregistered) on January 17th, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

    I would say, look around in your family, may be someone in your family member need help, offcourse they will not ask you anything, but they must be needy, i would like to utilise this money in someones education fees, becouse education is the only thing that can improve someones life. So look around some kids in your family who cant afford schoo fees, send their kids in good school and deposite this Rs.5000 for all future fees, aleast for 2 years.
    You also can utilise this money in someone’s medicine, there must be someone in your family who is sick and cant afford expensive medication, drs and medicine are very expensive thesedays.
    Everyone donate to Edhi and other NGO’s but there is no NGO working for someone in your family.
    God Bless you

  29. JMA (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

    Donate it to http://www.sol.edu.pk
    This organization is working very hard for a good cause in pakistan.

  30. Sooban (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    Edhi, TCF , zindagi trust, Shaukat Khanum Hospital SIUT, SRCC, Rotract, Rashidabad.org

    you could go to Civil or Jinnah and find out from the doctors if someone needs med or something.

    you could go to some school and give your scholarship to the deserving student.

  31. Sooban (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

    this should help.

    Support a poor child career @ Rs. 18,000/- per year

    Support a poor family to stand on their own feet @ Rs.15,000/- per family (micro credit)

    Support a family for their health care @ Rs.5,000/- per year

    Support the environmental area @ Rs. 10000/- per unit


  32. ZA Halari (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

    To know how to donate and how best to donate, please visit http://www.pcp.org.pk/


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