PHILANTHROPY: BILL GATES VS MALIK RIAZ HUSSAIN
Both the names strike money and power in the eyes of those who can place the faces with them. Both of these personalities have had their journeys from small inspiritations to quick opportunities to judicial quarrels and social debates to establish their influence in the modern world.
William Henry "Bill" Gates is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by judicial courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
Malik Riaz, on the other hand, is a Pakistani business magnate, philanthropist and a real estate investor who founded and owns the Bahria Town foundation. He has made a positive contribution to Pakistan’s growth by developing a housing society where there is no loadshedding, for providing the basic infrastructure that has made Bahria town the preferred residential neighborhood for roughly four hundred thousand Pakistanis.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focus their philanthropy under four subdivisions. It's 'Global Development Division' works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. It's 'Global Health Division' aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The foundation's 'United States Division' works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And their 'Global Policy & Advocacy Division' seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. This philanthropy is spread globally across North America, South America, Oceania, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This is achievable by Bill Gates since his corporation is enormous enough to rank him as the world's richest man and he can spread his charity work across an international level. However, his charity is biased in its sample size because it focuses majorly on America and Europe and minutely in Asia and Oceania.
Malik Riaz, however, has not set up his business on an international level and has hence only been able to practice his philanthropy on a national level. Even so, his charity work is wide-spread through ample variety and across many provinces.
In the drought affected people of Thar, Malik Riaz decided to use all resources at his disposal in aid of the drought-affected people of Tharparkar. After he announced to allocate Rs 200 million for the Thar affecters, Bahria Town relief team with mobile hospitals, ambulances, goods and water tanks reached Thar on Saturday night. Bahria DastarKhawan will also remain operational in the affected areas for next six months. Bahria Town team is establishing its base camp at Mithi and sub-base camps will be established at Chachro, Diplo and Nagarparker. All camps will be well-equipped with medical and relief goods.
Earlier, Malik Riaz Hussain had reacted to the news of 100 children losing lives due to drought in Thar and immediately ordered his teams to provide relief goods to the affected people within 24 hours. He had also said steps would be taken to ensure long-term sustenance measures, including provision of water. He pledged to use all resources to help the drought-hit people. And is also leading the rehabilitation project for the Awaran earthquake victims.
Malik Riaz said he could increase the allocated amount to Rs 1,000 million. He said ambulances, water tankers and other relief goods had reached the affected areas. Malik Riaz said he would distribute Rs 10,000 to 50,000 to each affected family at their doorstep. Every affected family will be provided with food, drinking water and medicine. The Bahria Town will remain in the area until July to save the lives of the affected people. He said the Bahria DastarKhawan was being established for the drought-affected people with an immediate effect.
Malik Riaz on 10 March 2013 also offered the construction of homes which were ransacked and burnt by an angry mob in the Joseph Colony area of Badami Bagh if given permission by Punjab Government.
In 2012, Malik Riaz donated Rs130m to free seven Pakistani sailors in 2012. The other crew included 11 Egyptians, six Indians and a Sri Lank
He heard the cry of a young girl who was begging and collecting pennies at the traffic signals of Metropolitan Karachi in an effort to generate money for the release of her father and other ship mates from the clutches of Somali sea pirates. Nobody in the world came forward to help those helpless sailors but only "Malik Riaz Hussain". He set up an unforgettable example first time in the Merchant Maritime history.
Once an anonymous caller informed him that the benefactor of a madrasah in Lahore had died; Malik Riaz immediately instructed his manager to provide help. He also claims to be assisting another 30 madrasahs, mainly around Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Bahria Dastarkhwan by Malik Riaz Hussain is a blessing for a million everyday who can’t afford even two Meals a Day.
All in all, Malik Riaz's charity work benefits all minorities in helping them overcome their poverty-stricken issues. He also aids Muslims and helps them set about Islamic education, especially that of girls.
Where as Bill Gates has a wide-spread charity programme which doesn't include much on behalf of the minorities or for Muslims as his charity foundation is large-scale and spread about unevenly.
However, this notion should be appreciated in aspect of the better living of the whole as a wider chance of egalitarian is trying to be achieved by both these men through their charity work.