Saharo Flood relief Activities

Nov 6, 2016

Eye Surgery Camp in Shikarpur

Dear All,

Saharo Foundation is sponsoring eye surgeries in Shikarpur, each surgery costs $50. All the surgeries will be conducted in a health camp scheduled to take place on November 17, 2016. Saharo volunteer Engineer Riaz Ali Memon coordinating this effort with local organizations. Anyone willing to sponsor a CATARACT surgery for $50 can send donations to Saharo Foundation at:
P.O. Box 202, Columbia, MD 21045 or donate online at 
Additionally; Saharo is still collecting donations for following case:
A retired person living in Rohri Sindh is looking for financial help for wedding of his daughter that is scheduled to take place on 23rd December. He is the only male in the family of 8 and earns 19,000 Pak rupees from his pension. The inflation rate in Pakistan is very high so it becomes hard for families like this to make wedding arrangements and he has been blessed with six daughters. This family is already unable to eat three meals/day so they are in dire need of some financial help and have reached out to Saharo Foundation. If you are willing to assist; please send your donations to Saharo Foundation or donate online at

Jul 23, 2016

Help us Improve More Lives

Dear Friends and Family,

Saharo’s fight against poverty and unemployment goes on, Saharo has taken steps to help people stand on their feet; so now we are asking for donations for Mr. Sabghatullah Gilal, he is a young man from Kalri Mohalla, Pir Jo Goth, Khairpur. His father has died so being a head of family; he is responsible for feeding a large family. He has reached out to Saharo Foundation for financial assistance to a buy a Taxi that he can utilize as an income-generating vehicle.

Saharo volunteer from Khairpur area has done thorough investigation to ensure he is the right person to support. Saharo has received strong recommendations from many people on ground for this genuine case.  Saharo Foundation after finding this case of high importance, reached out to lender for possibly paying down payment for him so he can lease a vehicle and pay monthly installments on his own. In any case we are asking for your support. This is great opportunity for you to come forward and help.

If you would like more information, please contact me. I’d be happy to provide any information you’d like.

Please donate online at or send your checks to P.O.BOX 202, Columbia, MD 21045, USA.

If you are unable to donate then, here are the ways you can help:

•    Ask neighbors, friends and young people to come forward and arrange car washes in your area, this small event of few hours can generate nearly $500+
•    Bake some cake/cookies and sell outside large grocery stores for this cause
•    Share this posting/email with your friends
•    If you own a business, put a jar near the register, small change will make a big difference in long run.

Saharo Foundation,a Maryland USA-based Nonprofit organization will issue a certificate of community service for any event you do to raise funds for this or any other projects.

Saharo’s past 60 days performance:

Here is what we have done during past 60+ days; Saharo Foundation distributed many grocery packets in Larkana, Shikarpur and Thana Bola Khan areas among children and women who were suffering from malnutrition. Separately; we were able to award two scholarships for undergraduate students in Mehran University and Faisalabad Agriculture University in Pakistan. We also raised funds to assist a needy person in New York who was going through tough times, and then we raised money to supplement an income of a widow in Illinois and committed to provide monthly allowance until early next year that's when she will be able to stand on her feet. Those small projects impacted many lives. This was all possible because of your continuous support and trust. THANK YOU for opening up your valets to help those in need.

Any one willing to help her with collapsed roof for $400?

This poor widow has lost her roof in past rainy season she doesn't have roof on her home. She has one room, small wash room and a little area, Saharo has reached out to contractor and he is asking for $400 which include bricks, cement, iron material for roof, labor charges and contractors fee. Any one willing to help?

Dec 29, 2013

Thank You!

Thank You!

 On behalf of Saharo Foundation, I want to THANK YOU for your support throughout the year 2013, and ask you to keep us in mind for your year end giving. Your donations and support helped us accomplish many good things in year 2013. Our focus remained on helping deprived people of South Asia. Your donations went to orphans, talented students, widows and uneducated girls who need skill training in remote areas, and those who faced serious medical conditions. There was no overhead cost except money sending and transfer fees which were less than 5%.

Saharo Foundation worked cohesively and collaboratively with all donors and volunteers throughout the year to ensure our goals and objects were met, resources were directed towards dire need short term projects. We envisioned big picture and effectively utilized donations. Accountability and effectiveness remained our top priority. Saharo Foundation spearheaded efforts to make a difference in lives of those who were suffering day and night. I wish could discover the words to show you the IMPACT of your donations! It’s beyond our imagination. 

Saharo Foundation since its inception in 2005 has earned trust by successfully launching many small scale projects, credit goes to our valuable donors like you and volunteers who put many hours each week to make it happen. We are indebted for your generosity and looking forward to your support during upcoming year. We also want to take this opportunity to inform you that any donation until December 31, 2013, will be eligible for tax deduction. 

Happy New Year!

Dec 20, 2013

Season's Greetings and Activity Update

Dear Philanthropist:

On Behalf of Saharo Foundation, I wish you all Happy Holidays, this is time to rejuvenate, give gifts to family & friends, and take some time from work to cherish memories during new year. As you spread the season's greetings, I encourage you to remember those who do not have luxury to buy or receive gifts, spend quality time with loved ones and feed their families during this joyous time. I urge you to take few moments to discuss the conditions of those who are struggling to pass the day with your family, friends and co-workers. There are many opportunities around us to donate and make difference in our communities, but I want to give you quick overview of  what Saharo Foundation has done during past many years.

SAHARO FOUNDATION has been engaged in multiple small scale social welfare projects since 2005. When it comes to save a life of a person who can't afford treatment, can't continue education, lacking skills for advancement or simply need quick assistance to get going, then Saharo Foundation has been there to assist. Our directors work free of cost on part time basis to run the organization, our volunteers in field have first hand experience of local conditions. We DO NOT pay for hotels, posh area offices, and do not maintain any vehicles. We believe in cutting middleman and taking your hard earned dollar directly to deserving people regardless of their religion, cast, or creed. Saharo's sole focus is on social services with minimum overhead. We have strong accountability system in place to ensure every dollar is documented properly. Please take a look at following projects and let us know if you can donate $1/Day or even less to support our efforts. 

SAHARO FOUNDATION will mail all donation receipts, donors in United States can claim the donations on their tax returns.

Immediate Need for Scholarship

  • Female talented student of BBA in Shah Latif University need semester fee
  • Two sisters who are medical students in People's university of medical and health sciences for women (PUMHSW) need assistance.


  • Five sewing centers in Shikarpur District to provide free vocational training to women
  • Scholarships to Shah Latif University students
  • Financial support to newly built Memon Jamaat hospital in Shikarpur
  • Mentoring and guidance to many students, mailing scholarship information, extensive education, health, immigration and other information sharing through social media, currently serving over 179 regular readers on blog: 


  • Test Preparation Assistance
  • Scholarships
  • Medical Assistance (eye surgeries and medicine assistance)
  • Small scale self sustaining income generation projects 


  • Supported psychology clinic in Shikarpur 
  • Financially supported schools in Lahore and Karachi
  • Sponsored Christian poor student in Islamabad
  • Focused approach to fight malnutrition among kids and women
  • Partnered with major organizations to sponsor eye surgeries in Hyderabad
  • Organized health camps in remote areas of Sindh
  • Awarded scholarships to talented students of Shah Latif University
  • Conducted Skype sessions with IBA Sukkur
  • Distributed goods, clothes, medicines and other items worth thousands of dollars among flood victims of Sindh since the year 2005.
  • Seminars by visiting scholars in Universities of Sindh


Business Owners: Keep a jar for donations in your store or business, small change will make difference. We have previously raised good money through jars.

Company Officers: Most of the companies have dollar matching programs. Saharo has previously received donations from few companies under this category. Companies have tax benefits for charity donations, please ask your company about matching donation initiative.

Philanthropists: Good way to raise money is bake sale, car washes and appeals for donations to your local grocery chains and neighbors. This encourages community involvement and creates sense of giving among children. Saharo has raised hundreds of dollars in car washes and bake sales. 

Personal Donations: We have been heavily relying on your generous donations, everyone matters and every dollar counts. The small change in your wallets will make big difference in lives of those who live on $1/day. 

Thank you

Saharo Foundation, USA

Nov 16, 2013

Useful Resources

Here is some other useful info:

For High School kids: Since 2003, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program has provided scholarships to more than 700 Pakistani high school students.

USEFP administers a variety of educational exchange programs, including the prestigious flagship program of the United States Department of State - the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Program in Pakistan is currently one of the largest Fulbright Programs in the world.

Global Undergraduate Program (UGRAD)Age limit: 25


  • Tentative Announcement: Nov/Dec
  • Two batches: Fall and spring semester
  • Duration: One semester - approximately half attend in fall and other half in spring
  • Grantees start studies: Fall next year
Eligibility Criteria
  • Pakistani citizens
  • 25 years or younger
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university and committed to returning to their home universities following the completion of the program.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities
  • Serious interest in learning about the United States
  • High level of academic achievement, as indicated in grades, awards and reference letters
  • Proficiency in English
  • Students from diverse backgrounds, especially those students who have not previously had opportunities to travel internationally are encouraged to apply

Community College Initiative (CCI)
The Community College Initiative Program is designed to support Pakistani young professionals at accredited U.S. community colleges for one year of non-degree study. Programs are being offered in the following fields: Agriculture, Applied Engineering, Business Management and Administration, Media, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Public Safety (Rescue/Disaster Management Services) and Early Childhood Education. The applicants must be resident in Pakistan, currently employed in one of the fields listed above, have 14-15 years of education (2-year Bachelors), English language proficiency, potential to have a positive impact on Pakistan's future development and demonstrated leadership. Participants spend one academic year in the United States and earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of Pakistan.

Summer Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

Saharo Vision Enrichment Project


Saharo Foundation is sponsoring 10 patients in Shikarpur for eye surgeries. These patients are suffering from vision problems and can not afford treatment. We have carefully selected patients who are most deserving. These surgeries will be performed by Dr. Saeed Ahmed Pathan in eye clinic located on Dadwai road Shikarpur. The cost for each surgery is $50 only. Saharo Foundation is actively looking for sponsors so we can fund these surgeries scheduled to take place in December.

Please come forward to help with this “Vision Enrichment Project” of Saharo Foundation.  Previosuly, we sponsored many patients at Red Cresent Hospital Hyderabad. Please visit for details.

 Donations can be made online at  OR
 Make checks payable to Saharo Foundation and send to following address.

Thank you

Saharo Foundation

Oct 21, 2013

Saharo Foundation’s Fight Against Malnutrition during Eid Al Adha 2013

Saharo Foundation’s Fight Against Malnutrition during Eid  Al Adha 2013

Saharo Foundation once again joined hands with Pakistani organization Research for Educational Assistance and Development (READ) to launch the malnutrition program during Eid holidays. Saharo Foundation raised money from generous donations to buy animals and perform Qurbani for those donors who wanted to feed poor while performing their religious obligations. Money was used to provide meat to poor people who simply can’t buy meat because of high inflation.

Saharo Foundation every year reaches out to interested people and performs Qurbani through local organization. Meat is then taken to people who are most deserving. In year 2013, Saharo distributed free bags of Qurbani meat in following villages of Sindh province:

Soomra Goth, Qasimabad
Gulistan-e -Sajjad Qasimabad
Goth Maroo Kolhi district Hyderabad  
Goth Solangi near Bypass Hyderabad          
Doomra Goth Qasimabad district Hyderabad 
Malah Goth near Isra University, Hyderabad       
Ghari Mori Khairpur

We are THANKFUL to all donors who made this possible, and we look forward to organizing another project next year.

Oct 20, 2013

Saharo Test Preparation Project

We all know that GRE and TOEFL are the basic requirements for admission in many universities and colleges around the globe. GRE is also a requirements for awarding many scholarships to the people of Pakistan. What we have seen is very small ratio of people from rural areas are taking advantage of the available scholarship opportunities. 

Saharo Foundation is starting a Test Preparation Project to help the students of rural areas with test preparation. We will partner with local and global institutions and organizations to provide the material, coaching and possible financing for test.

We will encourage talented and motivated students to come to our centers, learn the basic skills necessary to pass the test, network with other aspirants, learn from Alumni and apply for available scholarships around the globe.


We are going to hire few Part Time teachers for MATH and ENGLISH, we will reach out to heads of educational students in rural Sindh with a request to provide free class room for evening classes. We will pay part time salary to highly qualified instructors who can teach ENGLISH and MATH three times a week in each institution. We will get all the test material and provide students at no cost, after the end of 3 month course, students will be given practice test, those who pass test but can't pay fees for "real" test will be given vouchers to use.

We will bring Alumni and Other experts who have availed the scholarship opportunities to speak with students and motivate them.


  • Help us Secure Rooms at Educational Institutions
  • Support us financially
  • Reach out to your friends, relatives, and other contacts and pass this useful information
  • Identify highly qualified Instructors

Following Scholarships are available for Pakistani Students



USA Youth Exchange Program

and many more……

Here is the web link for GRE preparation and FREE PRACTICE TESTS:



Information for students educated abroad who want to study in Canada

PLEASE VISIT http://www.saharofoundation.blogspot.comfor detailed information about scholarships, study abroad and many more useful educational tips.

Oct 14, 2013

Shari’ah Scholarship Awards for International Students, 2014

The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) is inviting applications for scholarship awards for international students to study in Malaysia and abroad. This scholarship is available for pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate and CIFP (only for those with Shariah background) programme at recognized institutions of higher learning. Applicants have to secure admission at a recognized institution of higher learning. Applications are invited and accepted throughout the year.

Study Subject (s): Scholarship is provided in the field of Islamic finance (postgraduate) and Islamic banking, Conventional Banking, Accounting, Law, Economics, Finance, Management and other related fields appropriate to the development of the Islamic financial industry (undergraduate).

Course Level: This scholarship is available for pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate (Master or Doctorate) and CIFP (only for those with Shariah background) programme at recognized institutions of higher learning.
Scholarship Provider: The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)
Scholarship can be taken at: Malaysia and Abroad

Eligibility: - The scholarship is open to citizens of all countries.

- Applicants have to secure admission at a recognized institution of higher learning. Applicants are required to pursue either a Bachelor, CIFP , Master or Doctorate programme, as defined above, in a full time programme.
- For a postgraduate application, applicants are required to have a CGPA of at least 3.5 or its equivalent.
- For an undergraduate application, applicants are required to have a CGPA of at least 3.3 or its equivalent (for the first semester result).
- Current students enrolled in the programmes specified above may also apply for the scholarship.
- Applicants should not be in receipt of any other scholarship award.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program

The Ph.D. Fellowship program is accepting nominations from September 19, 2013 through October 29, 2013.

About the program

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering (including cyber security, cloud, and mobile computing), electrical and mechanical engineering, physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including analytics of massive scale data with uncertainty, operations research, and optimization), public sector and business sciences (including urban policy and analytics, social technologies, learning systems and cognitive computing), and service science, management, and engineering (SSME). Additionally, IBM pays special attention to an array of focus areas. For details on the focus areas, see frequently asked questions.
Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM.
The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards program also supports our long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.
Awardees will have an opportunity to be recognized on IBM websites and communications.




Indian National Science Academy(INSA), a premier scientific organization in India representing all branches of Science and Technology, has instituted the INSA-JRD TATA FELLOWSHIP administered by CICS in honour of the late JRD Tata, visionary and a leading industrialist. The purpose of this Fellowship is to extend facilities of scientific infrastructure and expertise of India to scientists and researchers from other developing countries. The Fellowship established from an Endowment received from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust fosters advanced research training of scientists from the developing world and promote south-south co-operation.

The Fellowship is intended for researchers(Nationals) from developing countries except India, who have aptitude for research and would be desirous of working in an Indian research laboratory for a maximum period of 3 months. Applicants possessing Doctorate or Master´s Degree in Science or equivalent degree in Engineering/Medicine and allied disciplines, below 45 years of age may apply.
The fellowship covers 1) cost of return airfare from place of work in their home country to place of work in India 2) maintenance allowance and incidentals for three months, 3) accommodation to be provided by the host institute either free of cost or at nominal charges and 4) contingency grant for purchase of books and stationery.

Selection is based on the recommendations of a Committee consisting of eminent scientists. The committee meets twice a year during May and November.
Application form may be downloaded from this website and sent to the Director, CICS.
List of Awardees of INSA JRD-TATA Fellowship
Download application form


The RTFDCS Fellowship is currently being co-ordinated by Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), New Delhi
Please access website for details about RTFDCS Fellowship
List of Awardees of RTFDCS Fellowship (2007-2012)


This fellowship programme is jointly instituted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR ) Bangalore and the Centre for International Co-operation in Science(CICS), Chennai to encourage mobility of scientists from developing countries. The Fellowship covers short-term research, training or participatory research work in physical, chemical or biological sciences in reputed scientific institutions in India including JNCASR.

Applicant must be a scientist, teacher or a research scholar affiliated to a scientific or academic institution in a developing country in Asia (other than India), Africa, Latin America and Arab region. The duration of the fellowship is for 3 months.

The fellowship covers a) international return air fare by the shortest route by economy class from the place of work of the candidate at his/her country to the host institution in India, b) boarding, lodging (for the individual only) at the affiliated institution and other subsistence expenses in the form of an adequate allowance in Indian currency. Applicants below 45 years of age are eligible to apply.
List of Awardees of JNCASR-CICS Fellowship

Download application form 

List of R & D Institutions in India for the above Fellowship Programmes


CICS is the coordinating agency on behalf of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India for the execution of DBT-TWAS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Biotechnology Fellowships for Researchers from Developing Countries.

The Department of Biotechnology(DBT) of India and (TWAS), the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World are instituting Biotechnology Fellowships for researchers from developing countries who wish to pursue research leading towards Ph.D in newly emerging areas of biotechnology for which facilities are available in the Laboratories/institutes in India. The fellowships will be tenable in eminent institutes in India.

Candidates from developing countries such as Asia (other than India)/Africa/Latin America /Arab region with minimum qualification of Master´s in Science or equivalent degree in Engineering/Medicine below 30 years are eligible to apply. Duration of the fellowship will be up to 5 years for Full-time Fellowships (for those willing to register for a Ph.D in India), and for a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 2 years for Sandwich Fellowships (for those already registered for a Ph.D in their home country).

Selection will be made by a Committee constituted by TWAS. The cost of international travel will be met by TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. DBT will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, the fellowship holder will receive a house rent allowance. CICS will facilitate placement of candidates at Universities/institutes of eminence in India.

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of India and TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World are instituting Biotechnology Fellowships for researchers from developing countries who wish to pursue research in newly emerging areas in Biotechnology at institutes of Excellence in India.

Candidates from developing countries such as Asia (other than India)/Africa/Latin America /Arab region with minimum qualification of Ph.D degree in Biosciences or Biotechnology below the age of 40 are eligible to apply. Duration of the fellowship will be for 12-18 months. The candidate should be a regular employee in a developing country and should be holding a research assignment to be undertaken in India.

Selection will be made by a Committee constituted by TWAS. The cost of international travel will be met by TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. DBT will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, the fellowship holder will receive a house rent allowance. CICS will facilitate placement of candidates for training at Indian institutes of eminence.

Guidelines and Application forms for both Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships can be downloaded from the websites ‘’ under Programmes > Exchange or under the head TWAS Award Scheme. Interested candidates should send their applications directly to TWAS Fellowships office, Italy E-mail : ‘’ with copy to CICS. Last date for receipt of applications would be 31, August every year.
List of Awardees of Post Graduate Fellowship 
List of Awardees of Post Doctoral Fellowship

Sep 22, 2013

Saharo Foundation Qurbani Project 2013

Saharo Foundation is planning for an Annual Qurbani Project 2013 for poor and needy people in Sindh. Many have suffered during recent rains, higher inflation rates and daily hardships have crippled the life . Saharo is committed to fight nutritional deficiency through meat distribution in remote areas with focus on widows and orphans. Please come forward and donate online at or send check payable to Saharo at following address:

Saharo Foundation, USA
P O Box 6173, Columbia, MD 21045

Jul 16, 2013

Saharo Foundation's Struggle Against Malnutrition in Pakistan

As Friends  are aware that every Year in Month of Ramadan SAHARO Foundation USA and READ 
Pakistan distribute Ration bags in poor families in various parts of Sindh.

Today our volunteers distributed 40 Ration bags in poor families specially for older people and Widows in Goth Ramazan Rajar near Sandoz company Jamshoro.

Each Ration Bag Contains of,
Atta    20kg.
Rice.  10kg.
Oil       3kg
Daal chana 1kg.
Daal red.     1kg.
Besan  1kg.
Sugar.  5kg
Sherbet Jam e Shereen (Large)
Tea  250gm.

Please come and join hands with Saharo Foundation in the month of Ramadan to feed poor families,your $ 25 donation can provide one month ration to whole family

Saharo Foundation

Saharo Foundation