Clad in an ageless, timeless beauty reminiscent of simpler times, Thar and its people embody a bygone era – a way of life supported by very little but symptomatic of a crucial reference point in measuring and recalibrating the human identity and our sense of self over time.
Hidden away in a cocoon away from civilization, Thar and its people represent an ageless, timeless beauty and a way of living that has long been lost. Yet what remains a striking feature of the desert landscape is the resilience and tenacity of its people who continue to live a century behind the rest of the country. Regarded as one of the poorest districts in Sindh. Tharparkar ranks lowest on Human Development Index (HDI) in almost all districts of Sindh; yet the harsh reality has not changed the humble, harmonious nature of the Thari people who revel in little that they have – portraying an effortless spirituality that is born out of their synchronicity with the desert and the lessons it teaches them.
The genesis of Thar Foundation stems as an ode to these people of Tharparkar who continue to live harmoniously with their surroundings. Thar Foundation – together with Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company, its partners and associated companies – plans to uplift life for these people of Tharparkar who are the focus of our story of change.
Thar Foundation has been set up as a Section 42 Company for the betterment of the principal stakeholders of Thar coal projects through graduated and sustainable interventions that can guarantee a better living standard for people of Thar. The Foundation is working with various local and international partners to deploy the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and plans to develop Islamkot in Tharparkar as the first SDG-compliant Tehsil of Pakistan. I strongly feel that any organization taking up commercial operations in the region is answerable to these people and must ensure that it doesn’t have an adverse impact on their cultural identity – which has thus far eluded the erosion of time and urbanization – and continue to improve life for the thousands of communities that the desert continues to host.
I am hopeful that together with the support of people like yourself, Thar Foundation will become an active contributor to finding and adopting solutions that will have a positive impact on Thar and its people – Insha’Allah!