Note From The Founder

"As a school girl I dreamed of being a missionary doctor and caring for suffering humanity. At that time the most wretched of human beings were the lepers; ostracized and shunned by their family, friends and society at large. Condemned to live and die in dire circumstances, denied their dignity and their humanity.

By the time I had completed my studies in medical college, leprosy was curable and lepers were no longer stigmatized and helpless.

As a medical doctor in the government health department, over a period of three and a half decades, I continued to provide health care primarily to rural people, mostly the poor, and extending over a range of services including medical, surgical, maternal and child health and the training of health workers in the community. During this time I became acutely aware of the silent victims of circumstances who for various reasons had no access to health care and suffered in silence.

Through community and home visits I tried "reaching out" to them in the remotest areas and providing primary health care at their doorsteps through teams of community health workers. However, as a government doctor I did not have the resources and the authority to cater to the special needs of the silent masses of men, women and children neglected and forgotten by society- faceless, voiceless and powerless.

Before my retirement from government service in 1998 I also became aware of a new acute threat to human society, disabling and destroying its very foundations. Due to various socio-political circumstances a relentless wave of drug use engulfed society, mercilessly targeting its most precious resources, namely its youth. Drug use became rampant especially among the poor, the destitute and young people who used drugs as an anesthetic to cope with the poverty, emotional pain and hopelessness of their lives. The attitude of society was to stigmatize and shun drug users, even more than the lepers, as they blamed them for their condition.

Dost Welfare Foundation (DOST) was born in July 1992 and was the culmination of my dream to provide hope and healing for suffering humanity. The journey "of a thousand miles" which began when I completed school in December 1954, and continues to this day has passed through many phases. All along the way DOST, which means 'friend', has reached out with love and compassion to men, women and children- drug users and their families, prisoners, refugees, persons displaced from their homes in emergencies and war, victims of HIV/AIDS and human rights abuses, and all persons in crises. DOST reaches out with the touch that heals, restoring to them their dignity, their humanity and their lives".