Bharwani Foundation: Changing the future one student at a time

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Canada

It’s a rare day when you meet someone whose generosity has impacted the lives of so many others — someone whose dedication to philanthropy has moved mountains and encouraged life-long learning for dozens of students across Alberta. And when you do meet Esmail Bharwani and his wife Safana, you immediately get a sense of why they are so dedicated to the success and well-being of others.

Esmail and Safana Bharwani

“Philanthropy may include being generous and being prepared to share your wealth,” says Esmail. “But, to be generous, you do not have to be just wealthy but should also have the desire, commitment and empathy to see the world from the eyes of the beholder.”

The Bharwanis’ passion for philanthropy radiates from their generous and warm personalities. It is a daily commitment that comes from their upbringings.

“I ask myself a question every day about the purpose of my life,” shares Esmail. “To get an answer, I explore the past … I look to my parents as to what they were doing for us and for others in the community … My parents had big hearts. They never looked back when they were asked for help. Whether they had adequate resources for themselves or not, their approach to helping others never changed.”

Read full article at SAIT News

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

2 thoughts

  1. This is the foundation, upon which Islam was built. The Many lives the Bharwanis may have touched and helped, especially the youth is a lasting gift for generations to come. I was born and grew up in a country where education was a luxury. As a seven-year-old, I had to quit and work in a factory where they made ballpoint pens, in other words, a sweatshop factory so I know how important it is to seek knowledge. With the help from Esmail and Safana, I am sure lots of kids and youth will be able to take advantage and finish the highest levels of education. Not sure who said these words, but truly the greatest gift one can give is the gift of knowledge. Thank you Esmail & Safana for these amazing gifts. I look forward to one-day meeting you both in person.


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