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 entity 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 launched the TDF Nature Series, a set of documentaries aimed to raise public awareness about Pakistan’s degrading natural habitat and the urgent steps needed to sustain it for generations to come. A massive BTL activity was also launched across Pakistan that screened TDF Nature Series in over 130 cities and towns, through two floats. The interactive activity directly targeted over 2 million people across Pakistan, whereas estimated 22.7 million people watched these educational documentaries. Public/Private educational institutes volunteered to screen TDF Nature Series, over 100,000 students and teachers learned regarding environment protection with TDF Nature Series as a case study. Both documentaries made visibility on social media as well with over 63,000 views and over 16,000 shares by influential bloggers.
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.
To learn more about The Dawood Foundation, please visit www.dawoodfoundation.org