Pakistanis give Rs 650b in charity every year: study
Pakistanis give an estimated amount of Rs 650 billion in charity every year to mosques, seminaries, poor and homeless people, needy relatives, victims of terrorism and hospitals, revealed a nationwide study on charity trends conducted this year.
The research study was conducted by Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC) -a research body of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.
According to the key findings of the study on charity, 78 percent Pakistanis give charity while 69 percent give charity mostly in the form of money.
Some 14% people said they give charity in kind like free teaching in schools or help in a local clinic. Around 16 percent people said they give charity in kind and cash. Out of the total population, nearly 84 percent males and 67 percent females give charity.
Furthermore, around 68 percent give charity during Ramzan while 2 percent believe that charity funds are misused to promote terrorism and 24 percent people said they are not aware where their donation is spent.
According to the study, 73 percent people consider giving charity in the form of money to mosques and religious seminaries, 66 percent consider giving charity in the form of money to poor and homeless, 54 percent consider giving charity to needy relatives, 14 percent consider giving charity to help educate poor children, 13 percent consider giving charity in the form of money to victims of terrorism and only six percent consider giving charity to hospitals.
68 percent people give charity in Ramzan, 52 percent every month, 42 percent at Eid, 20 percent at religious festivals, 19 percent during difficult times for family, 14 percent on family celebrations, 14 percent on Ashura days and 13 percent during natural disasters.