8 Organisations To Donate To This Wedding Season

A wedding is a ceremony that celebrates a union of two people hoping to spend the rest of their lives together. However, the evolution from a simple ceremony to a “big fat wedding” has been a drastic one. Thanks to the celebrity obsessed consumer culture, expensive weddings have become the standard. Given the exuberant cost, time and resources it takes to plan a wedding, we thought we could shed light on how you can do good and give back.

Here are a few ways in which you can let the ‘D’ in you D-Day stand for the difference you make by allowing your wedding to be a charitable one. We’ve mapped out different charities you and your wedding guests can donate to this wedding season. After all, what better way to celebrate love than by spreading it? 

Alamgir Welfare Trust (AWT) :

Jahaiz, also known as Dowry, is a cultural practice in the subcontinent (not in Islam) where an amount of money or property is given from the girl’s parents to the man she marries. Even though it’s an archaic old-world regressive tradition, it still prevails in many communities. AWT, upon requests, investigates cases and provides items of need in a way where the self-respect of the girl’s is not compromised, and their obligations are fulfilled honorably. You can either donate useful items or you can bear the expenses of the marriage of an orphan girl (around Rs. 75,000). In any case you’ll be blessed with valuable duas from those who would value your contribution!

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Alubadia Orphanage:

Islamically, getting married and hosting a wedding is an exciting, momentous event in anyone’s life. But it can also be a huge expense. Unfortunately, most families cannot bear the expense. An occasion that should be one of great happiness and excitement becomes marred by disappointment and anxiety over mounting bills. This organization’s aim is to relieve poverty and hardship among the Children of Pakistan, in particular but not exclusively to those who are deemed as Orphans. Alubadia, identifies 10 Pakistani Brides who would love to be married, but require some monetary support to do so. They provide essential necessities to these young girls and help them transition into a new chapter of their lives!

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Photo Courtesy: Alamgir Welfasre Trust

Akhuwat Clothes Bank:

Akhuwat believes in the garment of hope, not just for those who are lacking the human right of clothing, but also who are shunned by the society. Therefore, everyone must be provided with the basic human rights and facilities such as education, shelter, clothing and respect.

The operations of Akhuwat Clothes Bank are executed by the transgender community who have been rejected by the society and are the victims of the stigma. Through creating employment opportunities, Akhuwat Clothes Bank has become not only a garment of hope for the needy, but has also played a vital part in empowering the Khawajasiras.

Clothes collected from affluent families are repaired, washed/dry-cleaned and packed. The packed clothes are then distributed amongst the underprivileged communities with due respect and honor. Whether it’s daily wear clothes or old wedding attires locked away in your closet collecting dust, you can now donate them to ease someone’s burden.

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Robin Hood Army

Pakistanis love to eat. For this reason, all our events revolve around food. Have you ever thought about what happens to all the leftover food? Why not donate the surplus food? Why not feed a few needy mouths?

The Robin Hood Army is an initiative to fight hunger and prevent food wastage. It is a volunteer based, zero-funds organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants, events and the community to feed the less fortunate, including orphans, the elderly, women, children etc

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Photo Courtesy: Robin Hood Army

Aziz Tabba Foundation:

An often-ignored reality that has plagued Pakistani society is that getting married is a financial nightmare. Such anomalies in our society are given the names of “Traditions” and “Customs.” Lower income households often borrow money from others to cover the enormously high marriage expenses of their children. They often spend their entire lives repaying these debts. Through ATF’s Marriage Support Program, the Foundation assists qualifying beneficiaries by taking care of their wedding expenses. How can one not support an organisation like this?!

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Girls Not Brides (GNB)

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1300 civil society organizations (from over 100 countries) committed to ending child marriage and consewuently, enabling girls to fulfil their potential. GNB Pakistan’s efforts revolve around empowering girls to become their own advocates and asserting their rights to obtaining education. They are also pushing for stronger laws against child marriages and better enforcement. On ground activities including motivational and awareness campaigns are also happening alongside to change the mindsets of parents of young girls.

“We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.”

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Photo Courtesy: Girls Not Brides

Edhi 

You have a closet full of desi clothes that you don’t need due to some reason or the other – they are out of fashion, they aren’t the right size anymore, you have worn them too much, or you need to make space in your closet. However, most of these clothes are probably in great shape and have a lot of life left in them.

While donating does good, it also helps to boost confidence in underprivileged young people who can’t afford to buy new clothes. Most brides tend to only wear their dresses once. But wouldn’t it be nice if someone else, maybe a bride of lesser means, got to enjoy it too? Edhi centers are always looking for wedding clothes in great conditions!

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Saylani

Saylani Welfare International Trust was built on the fundamentals of breaking the cycle of poverty, alleviating the financial troubles of the poor, and giving people a chance to live a dignified life and spreading happiness.

They provide the best quality services in areas including food, education, medical and social welfare free of cost to people who need it. With over 60 different sectors, Salayani feeds thousands of hungry people each day, and hundreds more are given the hope of life through medical health care; many are educated to become leaders of tomorrow and several are given the opportunity to stand on their feet financially.

Today, their physical presence extends throughout Pakistan with a vast network of 125 branches operating in major cities. Apart from Pakistan, they also have overseas offices in the UK, USA and UAE as well. Why not skip one of the many extravagant events  and feed food to hundreds of people instead? Their duas would surely be the best gift for starting your journey as a married couple!

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