The Human Development Foundation

On the 50th Anniversary of Pakistan, the ANC Foundation (then the Noor Foundation) partnered with the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) to launch the Human Development Foundation (HDF).

The mission of HDF is: "To facilitate a non-political movement for a positive social change and community empowerment through mass literacy, enhanced quality of education, universal primary health care and grassroots economic development."

In 1997, the HDF held its first formal meeting and took the first step in working toward its goal. A year later, the organization launched Project Pakistan, which officially started on June 1, 1999. HDF offices were established in various regions of Pakistan where they were able to reach a combined 26,000 people.

HDF has grown immensely since then. Today, Project Pakistan serves over 200,000 people. Its programs follow a model that is based on the Human Development Index.

This model touches on five general areas: Community Empowerment, Education, Health, Grassroots Economic Development, and Community Physical Infrastructure.

Working within this framework, HDF has established Development Organizations – community-based groups with run the program with the guidance of HDF. These groups help their community to benefit from HDF programs in Primary Education, Elementary and Secondary Education for Girls, Adult Literacy, Preventative and Curative Healthcare, School Health, Micro-Finance, Micro-Credit, Skills Training and Water Resource Management.

HDF doesn't plan on stopping its growth any time soon. At a 2007 Strategic Planning Workshop, HDF resolved to expand Project Pakistan, set up Project USA, establish a Human Development Institute in Pakistan and to start a formal Advocacy program.

The Human Development fund has been featured in a documentary by Bill Mosher. It has received funding from the Association of Pakistani Physicians of Kentucky and Indiana (APPKI), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Pakistan Association of Greater Seattle and the Kushali Bank Poverty Alleviation Fund, to name just a few supporters. It has partnered with organizations such as UNICEF and the King Edward Medical College in Lahore.

The ANC Foundation is proud to have been a founding supporter of The Human Development Foundation and is looking forward to the progress that is sure to come as a result of HDF's dedication to development, education and literacy. This would not have been possible without the leadership of Dr. Nasim Ashraf.


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