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Who We Are

Our History

The Hashwani family has a long standing heritage of philanthropy dating back to the last six generations. HF follows in the legacy of its pioneer ancestor, known as Mukhi Hashoo (1820-1915), who was active in community service. Institutionalising this tradition, the family established the Hashoo Foundation in 1988 under the chairmanship of Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani. Subsequently two further charities were set up. In 1994, Mrs. Noori Hashwani founded Umeed-e-Noor to provide comprehensive education, therapy and boarding services to children with special needs. In 1999, the family established Hope for the Oppressed and Powerless (HOAP) to provide social welfare, vocational and soft skills development and education. HOAP initially supported rehabilitation for Afghan refugees, and later expanded to work with the wider communities in Pakistan. In 2007 these three organisations merged as a unified Hashoo Foundation. This fused foundation with a single vision, unified structure, and with shared expertise and resources will allow generations of the family to increase the scope and impact of their philanthropic work. The family believes that they are well positioned globally to link development needs with market solutions, and build on their connections and networks for communities to benefit more Caring for the marginalised fellow human beings has long been part of Hashwani family / Business Group’s ethics and value system. Almost seven generations ago, the founding father Mukhi Hashoo espoused the concept of social responsibility, long before the modern notions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). While carrying forward this philosophy, the current family & Group Head, Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani, formalised and institutionalised this belief by establishing the Hashoo Foundation in 1988. In his view, it was wise to combine social investment with the modern knowledge and expertise to produce measurable results and impacts. Thus he created a modern, accountable and impact oriented institution, which is managed by a professional team, and governed by independent trustees.

Our Vision

“We envisage an ethical, equitable, inclusive and progressive society in which people live with dignity and have power over their own lives.”

Our Mission

“To enable and empower communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities.”


  • Humility: acceptance and realisation that it is a blessing from God that we have the opportunity to serve humanity.
  • Empathy: being able to identify with people and communities’ feelings, emotions, and situations.
  • Impartiality: serving all irrespective of race, caste, faith or creed.
  • Honour: ensuring and enabling environment whereby people we serve are able to live with self-respect and dignity.
  • Fulfilment: feeling satisfied within our conscience that we have gone to the greatest extent possible to provide maximum benefit to communities.
  • Commitment: dedicating time, energy, and resources towards the realisation of the responsibility undertaken by the family.


  • To emphasise on serving marginalised communities particularly women, children and young people across its targeted areas.
  • To provide ‘equitable socio-economic opportunities’ and ensure ‘inclusivity of the interventions’, without compromising on dignity of targeted communities
  • To foster entrepreneurship in order to improve quality of life of its beneficiaries, especially young people and women and create sustainable livelihood opportunities for them.It is aimed that by 2018, HF’s targeted communities enjoy a better quality of life through greater socio- economic empowerment.
  • To create/develop sustainable business models in its existing geographical spread and replicate the best pilot models from one geographical area to another in Pakistan.
  • To strengthen its humanitarian response efforts and timely respond to emergencies occurrences.


The governing body of HF consists of 18 members. Hashoo Foundation Pakistan has 12 members, Hashoo Foundation USA has 5 whereas, Hashoo Foundation UK has 4. These distinguished professionals, activists and entrepreneurs of excellent repute have been elected to the governing body, bringing their diversified skills and experiences to the governance of the Foundation.

Board of Trustees – Hashoo Foundation Pakistan

  • Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani – Chairman
  • Mr. Murtaza Hashwani – Vice Chairman/Board Member
  • Dr. Sarah Hassan Tirmazi – Trustee
  • Ms. Nishat Riaz – Trustee
  • Ms. Andaleeb Abbas – Trustee
  • Mr. Shah Khawar – Trustee
  • Mr. Raziq Fahim – Trustee
  • Mr. Envar Baig Senator – Trustee
  • Ms. Ayesha Khan  - Trustee and Country Director

Board of Directors – Hashoo Foundation USA Chapter

  • Murtaza Hashwani – Chairman
  • Barbara Aksamit – Director

Board of Directors – Hashoo Foundation UK Chapter

  • Murtaza Hashwani – Chairman
  • Karim Virji – Treasurer/Director
  • Dr Abdullah Hoodboy – Board Secretary/Director
  • Roshni Subedar – Director

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