"Behbud", means 'advancement'. It is a name which stands for support and strength for women. It was conceived and founded by Mrs. Akhtar Riazuddin, with the help of a small group of volunteers in 1967. Operating out of a member's home in a congested area of Rawalpindi, Behbud has grown into a national institution in the last 40 years.

Our Story

The work began with the rehabilitation of the 1965 war victims, refugees, the destitute and disabled, in conjunction with a small industrial home and dispensary. Within the first seven years, Behbud Rawalpindi evolved into a national, multi-functional, non-profit, non-political organization with the objective of working for the socio-economic empowerment of underprivileged people in the major cities of Pakistan.

In it's initial years of struggle, Behbud carried on its various projects in huts, hired rooms and garages because it believed in maximum cost-benefit ratio. The Head Office later expanded from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to the other major cities.

Behbud stands for 'poverty alleviation' for the betterment of the life of the underprivileged with its programmes being geared towards such objectives.

Behbud focuses specifically on poverty alleviation by way of:

  • Skill Development by making Industrial Homes
  • Education
  • Women's Rights Advocacy
  • Microcredit
  • Community Development
  • Health Improvement (Focus on mother and child)
  • Economic Empowerment of Women
  • Adult Literacy
  • Resource Development Training

Special Commitees have been fomed for these activities in the National Head Office (Rawalpindi) and work is done therein systematically by the volunteers. The Branch Offices share the same objectives and work towards the same goals.

Founder and President of Behbud:

Mrs. Riazuddin is an honoured recipient of Sitara-I- Imtiaz, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Recipient of Life Achievement Award from the Government of Pakistan.

Whether teaching or fund-raising for refugee students in Islamia College for Women for thirteen years (1952 onwards) or liaising with official network for disaster relief (floods, earthquakes, wars) or creating awareness of lost craft-heritage through exhibitions and columns, she has stood out humbly. Her literary achievements include prize-winning travelougues and a voluminous 'History of Crafts' in India and Pakistan.

However, she is best recognized for her total commitment to human welfare in founding and developing the Behbud Rawalpindi into a national institution of high regard. She has inspired two generations for voluntary service to human causes in over six cities of Pakistan.

Her leadership has been the guiding light for this noble humanitarian organisation.

Where are Behbud's Offices?

Behbud�s head office is in Rawalpindi, and local branches opened subsequently in Karachi (1970), Lahore (1971), Saidpur Village in Islamabad (1972), Peshawar (1981), Quetta (1984), Multan (1986), and in Gujranwala (1987). The branches are for the most part autonomous, and each branch maintains their own financial accounts. Each branch is united by the universal mission and vision of Behbud and by a common Constitution. It's services and activities, however vary by regional need and focus on services most relevant and needed in those regions.

Charitable Organization Status:

The Association is registered under the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) Ordinance 1961, by the Government of Punjab. It has also acquired national status being registered it with the National Council of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social Wefare, Government of Pakistan, while the Central Board of Revenue has approved it as a charitable organization for the purpose of receiving donations.

It should be noted that all donations are exempt from Income Tax. Approval as a charitable organization granted under section 2(36)(c) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001, vide Commissioner of Income Tax, Rawalpindi's letter No. 50 (109)/2004-2005/1244/HQ, dated November 11, 2005.

All of Behbud's finances and accounts are maintained by Amir Alam Khan & Co. Chartered Accountants. Financial accounting is audited both externally and internally by this accounting firm. For further details about our audits, please refer to the Auditors Reports section.