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The Dawood Foundation (TDF) was the “materialization of a decade old dream” of the founder, Ahmed Dawood which became a reality in 1960. TDF was conceived as an educational foundation whose main focus was to support and promote educational initiatives in the fields of Science, Technology and Research.  The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Dawood Hercules Group, currently led by Hussain Dawood. Over the years it has been heavily concerned with the construction of schools and colleges, but is now moving to undertake projects that are more content and technology based in its knowledge dissemination.

The Foundation has a powerful legacy in making contributions in education since its inception. Some of the more substantial donations have been for the establishment of colleges, (such as Dawood College of Engineering, Karachi School of Business and Leadership and Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts),

schools (Dawood Public Schools in Karachi, Jessore, and Muzaffarabad, Ahmed Dawood Government High School, Darsano), and scholarships (Ahmed Dawood Scholarship at LUMS). Recently, TDF has sponsored Walkabout films for the education of conserving Pakistan’s National Parks.

In conjunction to education, TDF has donated to various hospitals and medical projects. Its biggest contribution in this regard has been to the Al Shifa Eye Trust Hospital.

The Foundation has always been heavily involved in relief work during national disasters. These include the cyclones in East Pakistan in the 1960s, the Kashmir and Baluchistan earthquakes in 2005 and 2008 respectively, the floods of Sindh and Punjab 2010, and the Thar drought of 2012.

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Vision and Core Values

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The Dawood Foundation aims to reconstruct social and spiritual values through educational initiatives which will create better standards of living for people and augment their potential for growth through personal and professional development.

The Foundation wishes to participate in or initiate projects that will create better opportunities for people to groom their character and expand their horizons in their chosen interests for the betterment of themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world.

The new generation of trustees is very interested in enhancing the understanding of nature, the environment along with better comprehension of the conservation practices.

They hope to inculcate in the young the love and respect for the environment and to instill in them qualities that will always take into account the environmental impact in whatever endeavours they wish to take in the future.

Although TDF is primarily an educational orientated philanthropic concern, it does when the need arises donate funds for natural and man-made disasters to alleviate human suffering.

The Foundation is a Pakistan-centric enterprise, however, its board believes in equal opportunity for all irrespective of race, creed, religion, ethnicity, nationality and gender. The trustees uphold integrity, honesty and legal and ethical standards as a requisite in all their dealings.

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