The life and works of the distinguished Kuwaiti entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mohammad Rafie Husain Marafie, demonstrates that the legacy of compassion is an enduring one. A Sponsor of the first charity school in Kuwait established by his cousin. Mr. Mohammed Rafie subscribed strongly to the idea of community welfare, and as patriarch of a prominent family, he used his position to judiciously underwrite relief efforts and welfare projects all over the world in expansion of his charitable works, he founded the Marafie Foundation through which to organize and promote his philanthropy. Believing that the poor should share in the prosperity of the more fortunate, he also willed one third of his fortune towards charitable uses. With his passing in 1976, the family lost a benevolent patriarch, but his philanthropic work that Mohammad Rafie Husain Marafie had begun, gained strength and impetus. Mr. Mohammad Rafie Husain Marafie’ s family took steps to restructure the Marafie Foundation and to formalize its management so as to sustain the founder’s vision of philanthropy as well to extend his legacy, It is a testament to Mr. Marafie’ s compassion and vision that his largesse and legacy has continued to make such difference in the lives of the less fortunate and to empower disadvantaged communities across the globe. In fact, his legacy lives on in every poor child who receives an education that would have been otherwise denied to him or her. In every poverty stricken person who can dare to live out his or her dreams only through the sponsorship and support of the Marafie Foundation.
The eldest son of the Founder, Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie (1935-2012) was an equally successful businessman and a highly respected figure in Kuwait. Having completed his early education in India, Abdul Husain travelled extensively in Europe and America gaining valuable experience by working in different industries. After his return to Kuwait, he joined his father in the family business. Following the death of the Founder, Abdul Husain continued his father’s work by expanding the scope of the activities of the Marafie Foundation. Indeed, he became the driving force behind this organization. He had a great love for Kuwaiti heritage and built several Dhows including AI-Hashemi II, the world’s largest wooden ship. AI-Hashemi II, the world’s largest wooden Arabian Dhow was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records in the 2002 edition.
Expanding the sphere of the Foundation’s activities, Abdul llah Marafie has initiated new projects centering on the construction of community buildings, establishment of schemes for the provision of clean drinking water, setting up of libraries, computer literacy and vocational training programs etc. His unswerving dedication and judicious management have enabled him to forge strong and viable partnerships with all the stakeholders, thereby catalyzing fast-paced development in the education and the health sectors of the respective projects. The Marafie Foundation Is distinguished by its inclusive approach of “”working together for humanity”” which also sets it apart as a role model for other organizations with similar agendas. Abdul llah Marafie has extended the activities of the Foundation to those parts of the world where people need its valuable support. Abdul llah Marafie is a true ‘symbol of synergy’, especially In the field of community development. In recognition of his public services, the Government of Pakistan has conferred on him Tamgha-1-lmtiaz.
There is a saying that ‘If you want to change the world, be that change”. Mr. Abdul Fatah Marafie upholds and exemplifies the true spirit of this axiom. Subsequent to visiting Baltistan in 1986, he was deeply moved by the abject poverty of the local community, bereft of the most rudimentary of healthcare and of educational infrastructure.
Mr. Abdul Fatah Marafie, with his family’s long established tradition of philanthropic work within the Kuwaiti Emirate as well as around the world, was motivated enough to translate his empathy for a community in need into a practical plan for sustainable development.
Mr. Abdul Fatah took it as a mission, and supported by local notables from within the Balti community, established the Marafie Foundation as a trust in Karachi. Mr. Abdul Fatah’s success in his philanthropic mission lay in his understanding that while giving away money might be an easy matter, but long lasting community development depended on how the money was allocated, for what purpose and in what manner. Consequently, Mr. Abdul Fatah Marafie sought to collaborate with the Government in cautiously carrying out planned welfare activities within the project areas as he believed that only by complementing and supplementing each other’s efforts the Marafie Foundation and the Government could bring about a meaningful change in the socio-economically deprived region of Baltistan. He was the pioneer in the much talked about model of public private partnership in Pakistan.
The model forged by him serves as a success story that has stood the test of time. Today, Mr. Abdul Fatah Marafie ‘s efforts have borne fruit and an entire community of people has been given the opportunity to break the vicious circle of disease, illiteracy and poverty due to the work of the Marafie Foundation.
In recognition of his public service the Government of Pakistan has conferred on him Tamgha-1-lmtiaz.
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