HWF is one of India’s leading non-governmental organizations constituted under the aegis of Vision 2026, dedicated to carrying out humanitarian and development programs to fight poverty and people’s sufferings by working in partnership with vulnerable communities regardless of faith, caste, gender or political beliefs. Our mission is to help the poor and those in need to live sustainable, self-reliant lives within safe and caring communities. Our work is guided and shaped by the core values of accountability, humanitarianism, neutrality and impartiality, inclusiveness, integrity and co-operation.
The HWF acts as an umbrella body with distinguished and experienced community leaders on its board of trustees. It has over 200 local partners spread over 20 states, implementing more than 5000 projects. The number of beneficiaries so far is well above 10 million.
In 2005, it all started as Vision 2016, a decade-long vision to bring about sustainable change in the socio-economic status of marginalized and deprived communities living in the poorest conditions, mainly in the states of North and North-East India. After a year-long highly consultative process, a flagship project was launched with the objective of closing the gaps between the two apparently distinct versions of India.
Over the last ten years, the focus has been on the North and North-East states of India, where extreme poverty largely resides today. But the goals that we adopted under the Vision 2016 plan are far from accomplished. Even back then it was envisioned that the rst ten years program period will be a time slice of a much longer period, needed to accomplish the goals of the program.
This plan, therefore, continues (Vision 2026) along the path laid out by the rst plan but with some important modifications. Based on all that we learned from the former program, we are also modifying our approach by aiming to engage with a wider cross-section of the public so as to build a larger supporter and donor base. And we will also be aiming to build many more partnerships so that we can leverage our work and become more beneficial collectively to achieve the very ambitious goals and targets that we have set out for ourselves for the coming ten years.
Through the Vision 2026 program, we aim to create a just and harmonious society where everybody shares and cares for the poor, unprivileged, and exploited people and make our society a better place to live in.
HWF envisages serving the deserving and the marginalized through various community service projects and with the support of caring and generous donors. , Human Welfare Foundation is engaged in helping people with little or no resources. With the high spirit and dedication of its volunteers, the Foundation strives to alleviate human suffering and help them achieve real improvement in the quality of their lives.
Our mission is to serve the poor and deprived sections of the society by providing them with the basic amenities like education, healthcare, food, and shelter that equip individuals to become an equal partner in the progress of the nation, and by helping the sufferers of calamities to move towards a world free from hunger, ignorance, deprivation, and exploitation. We aim at the grassroots level with a distinct preference for the depressed and the disadvantaged sections, enabling them to attain all that a common citizen cherishes.
Eminent educationist and administrator Prof. Manzoor Ahmad, IPS (Retired) served as Chairman of Human Welfare Foundation and continues to be a patron of HWF.
Prof. Manzoor Ahmed, born in 1942 in Bihar, did his graduation (Hons. with distinction) from Bihar University in 1961. He did his post-graduation in Political Science in 1963 from Patna University and served as Lecturer of Political Science at Bihar University (1964) and Magadh University (1964-66). He was selected as IPS in 1966 and served as Police Officer in various capacities covering the length and breadth of U.P. till he became DIG CID (UP). He was handpicked by the Govt. of India as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 1985-88 and was incharge of its Development Planning & Execution of Plans. He was Vice -Chancellor of Agra University during the years 1996-2000.
He was nominated by President of India to the Executive Council of Aligarh Muslim University in 1999 and the Executive Council of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2004. He also served as visiting professor of Political science in the Jamia Millia Islamia University. Later he served as vice chancellor of Subharti University, Meerut.
K Rahman Khan, born on 5 April 1939, is a veteran politician belonging to Indian National Congress and a former Union Minister of Minority Affairs and also Ex-Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Having graduated in commerce, a fellow chartered accountant and a D. Lit., Shri Rahman Khan established his credentials as accountancy professional before his zeal for serving people at large propelled him to join politics. He was elected as a member of Karnataka Legislative Council in 1978 and rose to become its chairman in 1982-84 and Chairman Karnataka State Minorities Commission (Cabinet rank) in 1993-94. His recommendations after a door to door survey of Socio-Economic status of Minorities during his tenure as Chairman, Karnataka Minorities Commission resulted in 4% reservation for minorities in the State Government services and educational institutions.
Mufti Mukarram Ahmed is an Indian Muslim religious and literary scholar. Ahmad is the Shahi Imam and Khateeb of Shahi Masjid Fatehpuri Mosque, India’s second largest mosque.
Mufti Mukarram is a scholar of Arabic, Urdu, Persian, English and Hindi and a Ph.D. in Modern Arabic Literature. He represents Muslims on issues such as moon sighting and Eid celebration. It is the oldest committee of Delhi. He has authored several books.
Dr. P Mohammed Ali, popularly known as Gulfar Mohamed Ali is a non-resident Indian businessman hailing from Thrissur, Kerala. He is the founder of Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co. Ali is ranked as the twelfth richest Indian ($950 million) in the Persian Gulf region by Arabian Business.com. The Oman Government has awarded “Civil Order Grade Three” to him for the contribution to the country.
Through his work at Gulfar and his numerous social initiatives and projects, Ali has received many accolades from both the Omani government and those abroad. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001. In 2002, he was presented the Oman Civil Order award from the representative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, for his contribution to Oman in the business sectors, as well as for his social and education initiatives. Then in 2004 from Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. P. Mohamed Ali received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award, for promoting the honor and prestige of India. In 2013, he was honoured with the Pravasi Diwas, by the President of India for his contributions to the hospitality sector, as well as his support in developing the Cochin International Airport. He was also awarded the Asian Business Leadership Forum Award (ABLF Award), in 2013.
During his tenure at Gulfar, Ali has founded numerous non-profits and social initiatives in an effort to give back to the society. He founded and pioneered universities and secondary schools. Ali has also created many youth education initiatives and foundations to foster better education in India and the GCC region. The Social Advancement Foundation of India (SAFI) and the P M Foundation were created to help assist families and communities in providing better education to their children and to help communities develop socially and economically through the education.
Pir Pasha Husaini Inamdar popularly known as P A Inamdar, is a noted educationist of the country whose contribution to the empowerment of Muslims community has been outstanding. Born in a poor family, passing his early life in travails of highest degree, he is presently counted among the most productive, most vocal and most respected Muslim educationists. His contributions however are much greater with a kind of versatility which is rarely visible: Promoter and Builder, Banker, Agronomist, Educationist, Social Worker, Legal Luminary, Medical Visionary and above all a thinking Philanthropist who knows where to spend. He may very well be described as one of the giants of Muslim intelligentsia whose work on the front of empowerment of Muslims has perhaps been more revolutionary than others, at least in practical terms.
Justice Aziz Mushabber Ahmadi (A. M. Ahmadi) (25 March 1932-02 March 2023) was a distinguished jurist, and a well-respected figure in India’s legal community. He served as a patron of the Human Welfare Foundation. He was the 26th Chief Justice of India. After serving as a judge in the Gujarat High Court, Ahmadi was appointed judge to the Supreme Court in 1988. He was then elevated to the post of Chief Justice, and served from 1994 to 1997. He served as Chancellor at the Aligarh Muslim University for two terms.
Justice Ahmadi’s contributions to the legal system and his commitment to upholding the principles of justice and equality are widely acknowledged. He was known for his integrity, impartiality, and deep knowledge of the law, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations of lawyers and judges in India.
As the patron of the Human Welfare Foundation, Justice Ahmadi was deeply committed to the organization’s mission of promoting education and social welfare for marginalized communities in India. Under his leadership, the foundation made significant contributions to the fields of education, healthcare, and disaster relief, and his efforts helped improve the lives of countless people across India.
Justice Ahmadi’s passing is a great loss not only for the legal community but also for the people of India. His dedication to justice and social welfare will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all to strive for a more just and equitable society.
Prof. B Sheikh Ali (98, died on 1st September 2022) was a distinguished historian and revered academic.
Born in Karnataka, Prof. Sheikh Ali dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge and the exploration of history. He was an alumnus of Mysore University, where he nurtured his passion for the subject. After a long and illustrious career, he retired as a revered professor of history at the same institution.
Prof. Sheikh Ali’s remarkable scholarly achievements extended beyond the confines of the classroom. He served as the first Vice-Chancellor of both Mangalore and Goa universities, leaving an indelible mark on their academic landscapes. His visionary leadership and commitment to excellence played a pivotal role in nurturing a new generation of historians.
Beyond his academic achievements, Prof. Sheikh Ali was a compassionate individual who dedicated his life to the betterment of society. As a trustee of the Human Welfare Foundation, he worked tirelessly to uplift marginalized communities and promote social welfare.
Prof. B Sheikh Ali leaves behind a rich legacy that will continue to inspire generations of historians and scholars. His remarkable intellect, unwavering dedication, and profound insights into the annals of history have forever imprinted his name in the realms of academia. Though he may be physically absent, his spirit will forever guide those who seek wisdom and truth.
Maulana Jalaluddin Umri (Born 1935), Patron of Human Welfare Foundation, was a scholar and writer. He was a graduate of Jamia Darussalam Oomerabad, Tamil Nadu and holds a master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Jamia Darussalam. He also received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Aligarh Muslim University. Jalaluddin Umri is widely-considered, among the Islamic circles of India, an authority on human rights and Muslim family system.
He penned over four dozen books in the Urdu language and contributed hundreds of research articles in various journals and magazines. Many of his books have been translated into Arabic, English, Turkish, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannad, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bangla, and Tamil languages.
Prof. K. A. Siddique Hassan (5 May 1945- 6 April 2021) was a visionary leader, profound scholar and well-wisher of marginalised communities in India. He worked tirelessly for the downtrodden throughout his life and will be remembered as one of the change-makers of the country.
Siddique Hassan lived a life with a mission of enhancing and empowering both his organisation and the larger society with enduring guidance and humility. He held various positions throughout his career, including Chairman, Ideal Publication Trust; President, Jamaat e Islami Hind Kerala Chapter; Vice President, Jamaat e Islami Hind, and Founding General Secretary of the Human Welfare Foundation.
He spent a great deal of time contemplating the marginalised condition of Muslims in India and how empowerment can be achieved with the active participation of their fellow compatriots. Thus the motto of his mission can be read as ‘Creating Partnership with the Needy”. His personal and organisational activities are a testament to his commitment to the educationally and economically backward people in the country. He was facilitated with the first Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait Sahib Foundation Award, Imam Haddad Excellence Award and Kamala Surayya Award for his incredible services.
With the enduring leadership and guidance of Prof Siddique Hassan, the Human Welfare Foundation, was founded under the flagship project ‘Vision 2026’. Started in 2006 as a ten-year long action plan titled ‘Vision 2016’ in the backdrop of the Sachar Committee Report on Muslim Backwardness, this project has been extended for ten more years and renamed ‘Vision 2026’. It has not only redefined the domain of charitable works by integrating professional ideals, but also inspired others to follow suit.
Under Vision 2026, various organisations were initiated to undertake focused and specialised activities in Education (Centre for Training and Academic Guidance), Healthcare (Medical Service Society), Economic Development (Grameen Dosti), Women Empowerment (The Women Education and Empowerment Trust), Skill Development (Innovation and Skill Training Centre), Social Welfare (Orphan Care), Community Development (Model Village Trust/ Nagarik Vikas Kendra), Disaster Management (Society for Bright Future), Micro-Finance (Sahulat) and Civil rights Protection (Association for Protection of Civil Rights). Hence, the HWF projects address eleven of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
His vision and work made a substantial impact on the institutions he built, and it brought transformation in the lives of people in need through its interventions.
Nusrat Ali, Trustee of Human Welfare Foundation was an ideologue, educationist, scholar and eminent leader hailing from Uttar Pradesh.
Janab Nusrat Ali was also the President of Society of Bright Future and Trustee Human Welfare Trust under the aegis of Vision 2026.
He had also served as Vice President and Secretary General of Jamaate Islami Hind, UP State Jamaat Chief and in various other capacities. He was also a member of Jamaat’s Central Advisory and Consultative bodies, and associated with All India Muslim Personal Law Board and All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, a federation of various Muslim organizations in India. He also chaired the Markazi Talimi Council, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
His interventions in the social and educational sectors are commendable. He played a major role in the realization of Vision 2026, the flagship programme.
Saiyid Hamid (28 March 1920 – 29 December 2014) was a prominent Indian educationist and diplomat. He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and also served as the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. He had also served on several important committees, including the Sachar Committee set up by the UPA government to investigate the social and economic conditions of the Indian Muslim community. He was the founder Chairman of the Human Welfare Foundation.
Saiyid Hamid was known for his contemplative nature, speaking less and pondering deeply. After his retirement, he dedicated himself to the educational development of the people and played a key role in establishing several educational institutions.
Saiyid Hamid was regarded as a crusader who brought about a remarkable change in the attitude of Muslims towards education and helped them resist being swayed by slogans. His commitment to the educational development of Muslims earned him a distinguished reputation among the most eminent personalities in India.
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Haq Ansari (1 September 1931 – 3 October 2012) was a distinguished scholar and philosopher who dedicated his life to the pursuit of knowledge.
One of Dr. Ansari’s most notable accomplishments was his visionary initiative that led to the formation of the Vision 2016 projects in 2006. These projects aimed to empower underprivileged and marginalized communities in India, reflecting his commitment to social upliftment.
Equipped with an extensive academic background, he embarked on a distinguished teaching career, inspiring countless students around the world. He served at many universities in India and abroad as a professor and head of departments.
His academic prowess extended beyond the classroom, as evidenced by his impressive literary contributions. He authored over a dozen books in both Urdu and English, leaving an indelible mark on the field of Islamic scholarship.
Throughout his life, Professor Ansari displayed a profound passion for learning and acquiring knowledge. His intellectual curiosity propelled him to excel in his field, earning him widespread recognition and respect. His insightful contributions to academia and philosophy enriched scholarly discourse and inspired generations of thinkers.
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Haq Ansari’s profound insights, unwavering dedication, and vast contributions will be cherished and remembered by generations to come.
|Siraj Hussain IAS (Retd.)||Chairman|
|Mammunni Moulavi||Vice Chairman|
|T. Arif Ali||Vice-Chairman|
|Muazzam Naik||General Secretary|