HANDS was founded by Prof. A. G. Billoo (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) in 1979. HANDS has evolved in 39 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organizations of the country. We have integrated development approach and disaster management expertise. HANDS has a network of 33 branches across the country and has access to more than 24.8 million population more than 17,000 villages/settlement in 45 districts of Pakistan. HANDS strength is 14 volunteers Board Members, > 7,000 full time staff and thousands of community based volunteers of more than 6,200 partner organizations. HANDS is certified by Economic Affair Division (EAD) of Ministry of Finance. HANDS Pakistan is registered under Societies Act, is certified by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP) and Tax exempted by the Income Tax Department Government of Pakistan. HANDS is accredited with European Union, Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and also possess membership of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

HANDS International recently established its offices in London, United Kingdom and Kathmandu, Nepal. HANDS international -UK is registered as Non-Profit Organization in Companies Act 2006 of England and Wales.


HANDS has successfully managed 578 projects during the last 23 years. This was only possible because of establishment of web based data systems of Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resource and Services. HANDS is currently managing a budget of approximately Rs. 2,138 million.

HANDS is working on developing 20,000 models integrated villages and settlements in 13 districts of Pakistan. We have set our targets for year 2020 and the benchmarks are based at current status of national health, education and poverty indicators (as stated in nationwide surveys). We intend to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) well before 2030.

Currently HANDS is delivering services in Health, Education, Livelihood, Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Reduction from Karachi to Chitral. Two years back HANDS got its self registered from Charity Commission of London and Wales. We are recently working in humanitarian crises in France, Turkey, Greece and Nepal.

We believe whatever we have done is a sincere and devoted effort, made up to our maximum capacity. However we understand that our work is a drop in ocean. There is lot of work to be done to bring Pakistan in the line of developed and prosperous countries, that is why, we believe in “replication of HANDS programs” and don’t believe on doing of ourselves. However, we are confident that HANDS’ efforts will go a long way in improving health, promoting education and making prosperous nation. We pray to Almighty Allah to give us more courage, potential and capabilities to serve the humanity which is our ultimate goal.

Professor Abdul Gaffar Billoo

Chairman HANDS


HANDS Governing Board Members

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