About Us | Sarwar Foundation

Who We Are

The Sarwar Foundation was established in 2000 to transform the lives of those in need. We are a proud member and founder of Punjab Develoment Network (PDN), a platform for different charities to work together for a common cause.

Pakistan has a population of over 200 million, and people are living in extreme poverty. Healthcare infrastructure is weak, clean drinking water is not accessible, illiteracy and marginalization of women is prevalent. All of these issues have had a crippling impact on the quality of human life.

The charity was founded by Mohammad Sarwar, the first ever Muslim elected as a Member of the UK Parliament who currently serves as the Governor of Punjab.

Driving change for a

better future

Saving lives. Transforming lives. Creating fulfilling lives.

Our Vision

Our vision is to save lives, transform the lives of those in need, and create fulfilling lives. Our values are driven by social justice, the principles of equality and fairness, promoting greater diversity, and a sense of pride in our history and communities.

Our Mission

Our mission is to save lives by providing access to quality healthcare and clean drinking water, and tackle poverty by educating children, empowering women, and helping those in need in Pakistan, the UK and across the world.

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Women Empowerment

We want to increase women empowerment in Pakistan. We run training centres (HunarGahs) which enable women to learn new skills.

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Education

We are improving educational opportunities in Pakistan. We run a foundation school and educate children at training centres with their mothers.

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Health

We provide greater access to quality healthcare and free medicines including the treatment of tuberculosis and hepatitis. With Pakistan’s health system lacking basic medical facilities, we run two hospitals and regular medical camps.

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Clean Water

We are increasing the availability of clean water in Pakistan to prevent unnecessary illness and death. We build and maintain water treatment plants in remote areas of the country.

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Emergency Relief

We provide rapid and effective help in international crises. We offer emergency medical aid, distribute food and other essential survival materials and build infrastructure.

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Scotland and the UK

We work to tackle global poverty, including in the UK. We run an annual toybank appeal in Scotland and partner with projects to help the homeless.

Our Leadership

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Mohammad Sarwar

Founder & Patron

Mohammad Sarwar is the Governor of Punjab and was the first ever Muslim Member of Parliament (MP) in the history of British politics. Born in Faisalabad, he moved to Scotland in the early 1970s and became a successful businessman before being elected as MP for Glasgow Govan in 1997, serving until 2010. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his services to the people of the UK. He founded the Sarwar Foundation in 2000, opening the Sarwar Foundation Hospital in Rajana in 2004 and a second hospital in Chichawatni in 2008. In 2011, he laid the foundation of the Sarwar Foundation School. Subsequently, he started clean drinking water projects in various districts of Punjab. He was first appointed as the Governor of Punjab in 2013, later served as a senator, and today is once again the Governor.

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Perveen Sarwar

Pakistan Chair

Perveen Sarwar is the driving force behind the Sarwar Foundation. She was born in Pakistan and moved to Scotland at the age of four. She has devoted her life to charitable projects and returned to Pakistan in 2013. She is passionate about women empowerment and established HunarGahs (skill training centres) to enable women to learn skills, go on to start successful businesses and find suitable employment to support their families and make their lives better. She is the President of Girl Guides Association Punjab (PGGA), led the introduction of mother and child medical camps, and has launched awareness campaigns about breast cancer and the importance of education for girls.

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Pakistan

150-B Divine Gardens, Airport Road, Lahore, Pakistan

+92 321 1113 345 | +92 42 3570 2141

info@sarwarfoundation.org