about thar

The Thar is a region of rolling sand dunes, plains and hills, lying across two countries and four states of the South Asian subcontinent. This vast arid land, now considered one of the harshest climates in the world, was once home to the great civilizations of Mohen jo Daro and Harappa.



Thar Foundation has been established as a Section 42 company under the Companies Act, 2017 to improve quality of life of people of Tharparkar through sustainable development initiatives.


Thar Foundation aims to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) framework and develop Islamkot into a model tehsil.

did you know

poor health

87 out of 1000 children die in Thar

mortality rate

297 per 100,000 births versus 175
per 100,000 births in Pakistan

drinking water and
sanitation coverage

Thar ranks lowest in Sindh

and education

Thar ranks the lowest on retention and gender
parity of all districts in Sindh

mean years
of schooling

For males in Thar it is about 3.8 years on
average while the female receive only 0.7 years of schooling

basic secondary

Only 22.7 percent of males who are 25 years
or older possess secondary education


The immunization rate stands as
low as 38% in Thar


In Thar female literacy ranks
very low at 16%

Prioritized goals under the SDG framework are the Thar Foundation’s focus as compliance to these goals will ultimately lead the Foundation to its final goal - end poverty, protect the people of Thar and bring peace and prosperity into the region.

As part of our prioritized goals, Thar Foundation will be focusing on the following areas.

end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

These goals will be met by all Thar Foundation interventions, which are designed to eradicate multidimensional poverty in Islamkot and its surroundings through a public-private partnership model, comprising:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

While SDG14 and SDG16 are not relevant to the landscape of Thar and the scope of Thar Foundation, the Foundation continues to advocate their achievement through support of other organizations.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation.