RAM stands for Resources and Aid Mobilization and is registered both in Pakistan and in the USA. In the USA, RAM is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.
Resources: We seek out resources and bring them together to help women, children and the untouchables lead a higher quality of life.
Aid: We provide vital legal aid by fighting cases for the poor and persecuted at no cost to them. We rescue women and children locked into forced labor and provide them with temporary shelter whilst training them in vocational workshops.
Mobilization: We inform and mobilize the global community about the needs encountered so that they may partner with us in the success of our enterprise.
Because of very low overhead based on volunteers’ work and separate financial support for our staff, nearly 100% of our donors’ contributions reaches directly those in need.
RAM began with one young man’s vision, passion, and leadership skills. At the age of just 18, he started a small school in a very poor neighborhood of Lahore, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. His expressed goal was to provide a quality education to the untouchable communities of., He founded RAM Foundation in order to oversee the needs of the school, which rapidly grew from just a few students to over 200 pupils by the end of its first year. He inspired young students from different religious, social, and cultural backgrounds to join together and improve their lives as well as make a difference in their communities.
The first board of directors included five students from the school who were studying in the evening program for their advanced studies. The board consisted of both Muslims and Christians, male and female, young and old. All were committed to fighting for Peace, Justice and Equality.
Today, RAM Foundation still operates through a diverse executive board in Pakistan. In New York City, a board of committed individuals of various professional and cultural backgrounds endeavor to raise awareness, find partners and provide the means for the work carried out on the ground in Pakistan.
RAM Foundation Pakistan is a local and indigenous organization that was born out of a desperate need to address the awful poverty of the local community in the suburbs of Lahore.
We do not categorize individuals by their race, gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation but we see them as people in need. We know each individual that we are working with by name, by their stories, not by their ID numbers.
Our CosmoVision Center is the most important project that RAM Foundation has ever undertaken.
It is an ongoing project that combines all of our efforts to impact the local Pakistani community.
Our vision is that it will be a long term, permanent solution to many of the issues facing the oppressed and persecuted people we serve. Once liberated from slavery or domestic ordeal, they will be sheltered, educated, and trained in various vocations that will enable them to care for their families without resorting to personal loans from brick kiln owners or other dangerous and unscrupulous individuals.
The CosmoVision Center is being built in three phases. We first had to secure the land, drain it and fence it. Phase two consisted in completing the first small building in which we already provide basic medical aid and host our vocational workshops in a safe environment.
Phase three will consist in significantly expanding our facilities so that we can accommodate more people who need temporary shelter and more students who need training. We will also be able to provide facilities on premises for women to start their own businesses and expand our medical facility.
We know we cannot achieve all of our goals on our own. We always seek partners whether individuals or organizations who share our vision and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who need it most. We work with charitable organizations, religious and non-religious institutions, NGOs, and corporations. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us in our efforts.