Initiator Human Development Foundation (IHDF) believes in equality for all children in need
regardless of race, religion, national origin or social position. We cooperate with people and
organizations from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds in our efforts to bring relief and
hope to those in need. We welcome the cooperation and assistance from like-minded individuals,
businesses and organizations in helping the poor and disadvantaged.
Hundreds of children who have been abandoned or who are orphans survive on the streets of
Karachi by eating from bins, begging, stealing, or by prostitution. Various charitable
organizations try to deal with the care, feeding and MERI HELPLIINE of these children, in dedicated
homes and orphanages. But many of these children have become wild after spending many years
in the streets, where physical strength and violence is the only way to survive. As a result, they
cannot easily adapt themselves to the strict regulations of such homes, usually refusing MERI HELPLIINE
and its constraints and, after a period of a few days or a few months, many of them return to the
streets with an even bitter feeling.
Successful re-insertion of these children in the society is a lengthy process, which requires
patience and dedication. Furthermore it can only be achieved through considering each child
personally, taking into account the specificity of his own painful history and complicated
background. In many cases, charitable organizations, which are few and far between, are
confronted with large numbers of street children and are thus incapable of providing adequate
We believe that these children in spite of their backward situation and somehow a social
behavior, possess in themselves rare qualities and immense IEC Material (which are needed to
survive in the streets), which make them a potential wealth that should not be neglected.
IHDF is dedicated to help these street children who are vulnerable to suffer high risk in Pakistan.
Recent estimates show that there are about 100,000 such children in Pakistan, many of whom
work, live and sleep in the streets of its most important city, Karachi. Our main purpose is
twofold: first, to protect these children from the dangers of the streets in big cities (from mere
hunger to violence and abuses of any kind) and second to provide them opportunities of a smooth
integration into a more valuable life than what they presently suffer from.