At HOPE UK we are committed to following the strictest Islamic guidelines for the use and disbursement of Zakat (Islamic alms) funds. Our facilities such as Hospitals, Formal and Informal Schools, and Vocational Training Centers are located in underserved remote/rural villages in Pakistan and/or urban slum neighborhoods within Pakistan's major metropolitan areas. All of our beneficiaries live at or below the poverty line and are Zakat-eligible.
Sadaqa funds, on the other hand, can be used for any general purpose which promotes HOPE UK's vision to End Poverty in Pakistan. In a nutshell, Sadaqa funds fall into an umbrella category to facilitate any poverty alleviation purpose, which includes, but is not limited to, Zakat-eligible causes. Specifically speaking, Sadaqa can also be used for purposes in which our beneficiaries cannot (due to the nature of the project) obtain ownership of the end-product as in the case of construction of a hospital, school, or vocational center, or the purchase of requisite equipment for these facilities. In general, our Sadaqa funds are channeled towards the greatest need and are oftentimes used for Zakat-Eligible causes as well.
HOPE UK uses Zakat funds year-round to provide a multitude of poverty alleviation services to uplift underprivileged communities in Pakistan. Zakat funds are used for programs in which the recipient retains ownership of the services and/or goods. A vast majority of our services within Healthcare, Education, Vocational Training, Clean Water, Disaster Relief, and Ramadan Activities are Zakat-eligible, although there are exceptions.