Marafie Foundation Pakistan
The foundation is registered with the government and is managed by a Board of Trustees.The board is comprised of locals from Baltistan who are professionals employed in various organizations, and successful businessmen.
As a conscious policy, Marafie Foundation has focused its attention on health and education.It has also invested generously in other community projects and has concentrated on the welfare of children and the empowerment of women. Development in these sectors can help in overall improvement and sustainable progress in the area. In order to ensure that there is no overlapping and duplication of effort, it holds extensive consultations with the government departments and other NGOs. It strives to complement and supplement the efforts of these agencies so that the investments are directed to the common goal of development and reduction of poverty. All policy decisions are taken by the Board of Trustees, which also approves the annual budget. The accounts are maintained according to the standard accounting system and are subject to annual audit by a reputed firm of Chartered Accountants.
The Foundation functions on the principle of delegation of power to the fild staff but with a tight check through a system of periodical inspections of the projects by its staff, and also by the interaction of the trustees with the local population.
Mr. Mohammad Rafie Husain Marafie
A distinguished Kuwaiti entrepreneur and philanthropist, the late Mohammad Rafie Husain Marafie, was an enlightened man who believed in the value of education. He sponsored the first charity school, which was established by his cousin in Kuwait. As patriarch of a prominent family, he also contributed generously to relief efforts and community welfare all over the world. He founded the Marafie Foundation as a channel through which to organize this charitable work. He believed that the poor should share in the prosperity of the rich. Thus, in addition to setting up the Foundation, he also willed one third of his fortune to charitable causes. In 1976, the family lost its benevolent patriarch, but they committed a new to continuing the philanthropic work he had started. After his demise, the family formalized the management of the Marafie Foundation restructuring it to continue the charitable work started by the founder. It has continued to grow in size and scope, making a difference in the lives of countless deserving people across the globe.
Abd-ul-Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie
Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie (b. 1935) is the eldest son of the Founder. Like his father, he is a successful businessman and a highly respected figure in Kuwait. After many years of study in India from a young age, Abdul Husain traveled extensively in Europe and America. He gained valuable experience working in different industries. Ater his return to Kuwait, he joined his father in the family business. Following the death of the Founder, Abdul Husain continued his father’s work expanding the Foundation. He remains a driving force behind this organisation. He has a great love of Kuwaiti heritage and has built several dhows including Al Hashemi II, the world’s largest wooden ship.
Mr. Abdul Illah Marafie
Mr. Abdul Illah Marafie belonging to one of Kuwait’s leading business families is an individual whose dedication had helped transform a particularly vulnerable community in the farthest reached of Pakistan’s northern areas. He is already familiar with the traditions of philanthropy by virtue of his family’s longstanding involvement in charitable works in Kuwait as well as elsewhere around the globe. The establishment of the Marafie Foundation in 1986 started with Mr. Abdul Illah Marafie’s visit to Skardu, Baltistan. He witnessed a community lacking access to the most basic of healthcare and educational facilities, frequently ailing from preventable diseases and suffering from economic deprivation due to a lack of education. Concerned by the situation, Mr. Abdul Illah Marafie took on the mantle of Deputy Chief Patron Trustee of Marafie Foundation. He was later appointed as its Chief Patron Trustee in 1993
His successive visit to Baltistan in 1986 deeply moved, by the pathetic infrastructure of health and education of the region. With his long established family tradition of philanthropic work all around the world motivated him to turn his compassion of generosity in establishment of Marafie foundation along with notables within Balti community in Karachi. Mr. Abdul Fatah’s success in his philanthropic mission lay in his understanding that while giving away money might be an easy matter, but long lasting community development depended on how the money was allocated, for what purpose and in what manner. Consequently, Mr. Abdul Fatah Marafie collaborated with the Government in carrying out carefully planned welfare activities within the project areas as he believed that only by complementing and supplementing each other’s efforts the Marafie Foundation and the Government could bring about a meaningful change in the socio-economically deprived region of Baltistan. He was the pioneer in much talked about model of public private partnership in Pakistan.
Late Muhammad Ishaq
Mohammed lshaq was a Trustee Pakistan from 1986 until his untimely death in 2003. A successfulbusinessman with interests in the construction industry, he provided financial support to many students who came to Karachi from Northern Pakistan. He became involved with the Marafie family in 1986, and gave much of his time and effort to assist in setting up the Marafie Foundation in Pakistan. His tireless support and dedication has been instrumental establishing Marafie Foundation as a major player in education and health services to Baltistan that has now expanded to districts of Astor and Gilgit
Late Professor Ghulam Mehdi
Professor Mehdi served as a Life Trustee of the Marafie Foundation- Pakistan and has been involved with its works since its inception until his death in November 2013 . He was a Professor at Karachi University and overseas the management of the Marafie Student Hostel, He also advises on the educational aspects of the Foundation's programmes. Professor Mehdi was provided constant assistance to Mohammed lshaq during his time as a Trustee, He also played an important role during the formative years of Marafie Foundation and helped in the establishment of an efficient organization despite many impediments due to communications constraints
Mr. Afzal Ali Shigri
Afzal Ali Shigri is the nephew of Mohammed lshaq and became a Trustee of the Marafie Foundation Pakistan in 2003 following the death of his uncle. He had a distinguished career in the police force retiring having reached the rank of Inspector General of Police. After assuring the responsibility of Managing Trustee he has created a corporate and accountable structure of the management of Foundation that will ensure its sustainability and efficient functioning in future