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ICEF - Indus Community Empowerment Foundation

Area served: Pakistan
Qasimabad Hyderabad
Telephone: +92-301-3223225
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Indus Community Empowerment Foundation (ICEF) Sindh is a nonprofit organisation, established in September 2010 in Pakistan.

Main Focus

  • Education
  • Peace Building
  • Poverty

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Indus Community Empowerment Foundation

Indus Community Empowerment Foundation (ICEF) Sindh is a nonprofit organisation, established in September 2010 in Pakistan.

ICEF is located in Sindh Province and is working mostly for the disadvantaged segment of society, regrdless of colour, caste, and creed.

ICEF has two offices: one at Hyderabad and the other at Sukkur

The Region

The Sindh Province was hit by floods of 2010 and heavy rainfall of 2011; the catastrophe damaged livelihoods, agriculture, Infrastructure of rural communities, and caused major internal displacement of people, which increased the ratio of poverty.

Whereas the northern part of Sindh province is a victim of inter-community conflicts between different castes and tribes, the city of Karachi is target of political conflicts between different political parties along with attacks of Taliban.

Women & Children's Rights Go Unnoticed

Pakistan, being a front line state for war on terror and important ally with world has faced so many socio-economic problems regarding the stability of people  facing worse conditions, especially women and children – considered a weaker segment of society, are even much vulnerable to the situation.

Malala Yousufzai and Mukhtaran Mai's ordeals have made front line news to the world, yet so many other cases go unnoticed by the local and international media about women and children rights. 

Feudal Society Creates Many Hurdles

Along with that, Pakistani society is a feudal society and run by local feudal lords who have the power and for sustainability of their own power and status they creates so many hurdles for education – which will be the sole power to fight against these evil forces of society.

High Illiteracy Rates

The education situation of the country is poor. The overall literacy ratio of the country is 58 % and when one breaks it into male and female the figures are 70% and 47% respectively.

The figures for the Sindh province are 72% and 47% respectively for male and female and when we further look in the figures of rural areas of sindh the figures are 58% for male and only 23% for female the situation is hair raising (source: Pakistan economic survey 2011-12).

Violence Against Women & Tribal “Justice”

In Sindh, Violence Against Women (VAW) is committed (as in crime) in both its physical and structural dimensions. From heinous forms of honor killings, to acid burning, to stove burning, to gang rapes, to rape of underage girl children; the gory stories are unending.

An even worse situation which happens requently is the settling of disputes betwen two groups or tribes through jirgas by the local waderas, sardars Choudheries, Khans and feudal lords, with punishing the offender to exchange his women/girls to the victims.

The Formation of ICEF

A group of like minded youth comprising of Ms.Saira Ahmed, Mr. Khadim Ali Shah, Ms. Maryam Bibi, Mr. Parvez Ali, and Mr. Ali Hassan, who were previously working with different development sector organizations, got together and gave a thought to the idea about the establishment and formation of ICEF with thematic areas of education, health, human institutional development, social mobilization, environment, and especially focused on women and children’s education and rights; they are the  most vulnerable segment of the society.

After the establishment of Indus Community Empowerment Foundation, the Governing Board elected Mr. Khadim Ali Shah as chairman and Ms Saira Ahmed as vice chairperson.


Inspiring Girls through Education, Amidst Fears of Insecurity

By Khadim Ali Shah, Chairman, ICEF, October 2013

"We believe that each and every religion has taught about peace, harmony, and humanity."

Insecurity in Peaceful Sindh

Major events have occurred recently, in our part of the country, which we believe have affected the general mentality of our society and have also affected our work.

One is a series of bomb attacks by extremists in our country that has created insecurity in the thinking of people and has caused fears in the minds of the masses; due to this, they are afraid to come out from their homes.

Mistrust and Intolerance in the 'Land of Religious Harmony'

The second event is basically political, but has had even greater impact and has shook the roots of Sindh’s Sufi culture: that is, religious intolerance in the province of Sindh, which is basically thought to be land of religious harmony.

Moreover, increasing extremism and frustrating conditions of society has increased the frustration in people.

The case of Bhoro Bheel was basically the social frustration of people and that anger broke out in such a way that people dug out the buried body of Bhooro Bheel from his grave and disrespected his body. People were exploited in the name of religion, whereas we believe that each and every religion has taught about peace, harmony, and humanity.

The case has broken the bonds of all religions between each other, for they all have lived in peace for centuries – at least in Sindh.

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