We attain resources and use them to help women, children, and the untouchables lead a higher quality of life.
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 while training them in vocational workshops.
We inform and mobilize the global community about the needs encountered so that they may partner with us in the success of our enterprise.
RAM began with one young man’s vision, passion, and leadership skills.
At the age of just 18, this one man started a small school in a very poor neighborhood of Lahore, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. His express goal was to provide a quality education to the untouchable communities of the surrounding area. He founded RAM Foundation 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. At the same time in New York City, a board of committed individuals of various professional and cultural backgrounds endeavors to raise awareness, find partners, and provide the means for the work carried out on the ground in Pakistan.
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. We focus on women and children, on the oppressed and persecuted minorities, and on the untouchables.
We are an indigenous Pakistani organization.Because of this, we know the exact challenges religious minorities face and can address them head on.
Years ago we had a vision for a long-term, permanent solution to many of the issues facing the oppressed and persecuted people we serve in the form of a safe haven shelter. It was the most important project that RAM had ever undertaken. It is an ongoing project that combines all of our efforts to impact the local Pakistani community.
At the CosmoVision Center, families liberated from brick kiln slavery are 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.
Here, women can seek shelter from forced marriages and domestic abuse and receive vocational training that gives them the skills necessary to starting their own businesses.
The CosmoVision Center is completed but is an ongoing project. We recently completed a medical clinic and have plans for a computer training lab at the Center.