Fauji Foundation (Urdu: فوجى فاؤنڈیشن, Sindhi: فوجي فائونڊيشن; lit. Soldier Foundation; initials: FF), is one of the largest financial services and one of the largest energy conglomerates in Pakistan, with interests in fertilizer, cement, food, power generation, gas exploration, LPG marketing and distribution, financial services, employment services, and security services. The word "Fauji" ("فوجي") is an Urdu word that means "soldier" and the company was set up in order to provide employment and welfare benefits to Pakistani ex-military personnel and their dependents. It is run by former officers of Pakistani Armed Forces.
Fauji Foundation's aim is to provide and generate funds for the welfare and benefits of ex-servicemen and their families. Fauji Foundation's three companies Fauji Cement, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim and Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited are listed and traded on the Karachi Stock Exchange.
Fauji Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1954, and operating on a completely self-sustaining basis, channels approximately 80% of the profits from commercial ventures into social protection programs that serve a beneficiary population representing approximately 7% of the country’s population.
A 2017 study found that 33 of a group of 141 former Pakistan Armed Forces corps commanders, or 23.4%, were given jobs by the Foundation after their retirement from the military. At any one time, as many as seven former corps commanders serve as either the managing directors of the Fauji Foundation or the Army Welfare Trust or as managing directors of subsidiaries with personnel in these positions rotated out every three years. The study says the Foundation plays a valuable role in preventing retired senior officers from intervening in the activities of serving officers and from entering electoral politics.
Fauji Foundation was awarded the Rehabilitation Prize from the World Veterans Federation (WVF) in 1997 at Seoul, South Korea which was received by then Fauji Foundation Director, Welfare (Health & Education) Brigadier Muneeb-ur-Rehman Farooqui SI(M). The prize was awarded:
for the Foundation's remarkable achievements in looking after ex-servicemen and their families in providing health care, education, technical training, employment, artificial limbs and other facilities for the rehabilitation of disabled ex-servicemen, thus enabling them to be full-fledged citizens contributing to the welfare of their communities.
The Fauji Foundation medical system began with the establishment of a 50-bed TB hospital in 1959 at Rawalpindi. Today, the Fauji Foundation medical system is the largest medical chain outside the Government sector, spread all over Pakistan.
On health care, Fauji Foundation spends over 58% of the welfare budget. Fauji Foundation Hospital Rawalpindi and Fauji Foundation Hospital Lahore are well funded hospitals of Fauji Foundation. It is run by former officers of Pakistani Armed Forces.
With over 100 branches spread from Karachi to Gilgit having approx 45000 x students, 2000x teachers and over 1100x adm staff, FF Edn system is amongst the largest Edn systems in the country. The Fauji Foundation's education system aims to provide education to the children of ex armed forces personnel, as well as to civilians.
The headquarters of Fauji Foundation are in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. FFES is affiliated with the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Islamabad. There are 102 schools (FF model schools) in Pakistan. The Fauji Foundation College For Boys and Fauji Foundation College For Girls are located in New lalazar, Rawalpindi.
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