Hayat Foundation is a non profit; a UK based international relief and development organisation with its roots in the humanitarian teachings of Islam. We do not discriminate on the grounds of religion, belief, race, age, disability or sexual orientation and gender.
In Afghanistan decades of conflict have created a cycle, where war’s destabilising by-products are fuelling continuing violence. It’s a cycle Hayat Foundation in-country staff and local partners cannot break alone. However, we know our work cannot wait until the gunfire is over. The number of orphans and widows rise due to continuing war in Afghanistan. Almost half the population (42%) lives below the poverty line. Hayat Foundation endeavours to tackle poverty and its causes by developing innovative and sustainable solutions that enable individuals and their communities to live with dignity and by supporting initiatives that promote economic and social justice.
Our vision is the alleviation of poverty, education for all, and the provision of basic amenities for those in need; in order to create a world where charity and compassion produce justice, self reliance and human development. Although we can say “we cannot change the world but we can change somebody world.”The Qur’anic verse “…If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind…” (Q5:32) demonstrates the value of each individual life and it is the ethos by which we operate.
Hayat Foundation was set up in 2012 by a group of sincere, intellectual and thoughtful Afghans in the UK. The original trustees of this charitable trust form the board of governing bodies which has guided the development of Hayat Foundation during the last 5 years.
In its early years, the organisation focussed on community development, promotion of education, preservation of cultural and religious values among the Afghan in the UK and also providing emergency relief to the natural and man-made disasters in the Afghanistan.
The Hayat Foundation also focused on providing education, medical care and facilities for poor widows, orphans, handicapped persons and other persons suffering from poverty particularly as a result of war wounds and also to provide for appropriate rehabilitation centres, camps, housing and other sheltered accommodation.
However in recent years, Hayat foundation changed its approach and, without lessening its emergency relief work, started to implement long-term development programmes with the aim of tackling the root causes of poverty.
With this shift in approach, Hayat Foundation is concerned about the spread of radicalization and violence among the youth, therefore we have been successful to minimise the threat of radicalization and violence in the community by organizing seminars, conferences, knowledge competitions and also inviting the respected and well known Afghan scholars from across the globe for promotion of enlightenment, wellbeing and peaceful life with other communities in the UK.