The Anzal Begum Foundation was created to continue the charitable work of a remarkable Woman – Anzal Begum.
1948 – 2008
The Anzal Begum Foundation was created to continue the visionary charity work of Anzal Begum, a mother to Johngir and Babar Saddiq, a grandmother and a successful businesswoman.
Anzal Begum was the epitome of inspiration. Anzal’s husband left her and her young children in the early 70’s, leaving her to support herself and her children by attaining employment in sewing factories. Her determination to provide for her children, an ambition to make a difference and a need to break out of the poverty cycle motivated her to work long and difficult hours.
Gradually after years of bringing up her children and tireless working she ventured into the business world in an effort to secure a stable future for them. This took form as a small Newsagent, a typical corner shop. This was just the beginning of her journey. Anzal’s drive to survive, determination to be independent and honest hard work created the pillars of her success.
Anzal through her success was able to give a lifetime commitment to helping others through various causes. She was renowned for reaching out to vulnerable women who had been subjected to domestic abuse and violence. She actively supported people in poverty and would regularly provide clothing and food parcels to over 200 families. She also provided financial support to parents who simply could not afford to get their daughters married.
Anzal was not only a role model in her time but a trusted and respected lady that others would approach for advice and assistance. Modesty and humility a part of Anzal’s upbringing, were shown in her generous attitude to those in poverty.
Her beliefs and ideas have become transcendent. As Anzal’s sons have inherited her doctrine and built upon the foundations that she set, establishing themselves as one of Birmingham’s most successful families.
The Anzal Begum Foundation has been set up by Anzal Begum’s grandchildren to continue the charitable work their grandmother partook in and in her honour and as recognition of her lifetime contribution to alleviating poverty in every context. A post humus Special Community Award in 2008 reflects her contribution to the community.
The Foundation gained charitable status in July 2015, with the ethos of -
The Foundation is established for:
The relief of financial need and suffering among victims of natural or other kinds of disaster in the form of money (or other means deemed suitable) for persons, bodies, organisations and/or countries affected worldwide, including the provision of medical aid.
Relief of poverty
The prevention or relief of poverty [or financial hardship] anywhere in the world by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient
Relief of sickness
- The relief of sickness and the preservation of health among people residing permanently or temporarily in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
- To assist in the treatment and care of persons suffering from mental or physical illness of any description or in need of rehabilitation as a result of such illness, by the provision of facilities for work and recreation.
Relief of financial hardship
- The relief of financial hardship among people living or working in England and Wales – particularly Birmingham and areas stated outside of the UK, by providing such persons with [goods/services] which they could not otherwise afford through lack of means.
- The relief of financial hardship, either generally or individually, of people living in stated areas, by making grants of money for providing or paying for items, services or facilities
- Compassionate– We are passionate about helping people
- Honesty– We are open and reach out to anybody who needs our help
- Transforming– We are adamant to making change
- Determined– We are not giving up on those that need help