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British-Pakistani heads UK’s one of top 5 charities
By Tariq Butt December 08, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: A British Pakistani is leading one of the five biggest charities in Britain. Javed Khan, Chief Executive of the UK’s oldest and largest national children’s charity Barnardo’s, says his success is due to the love, affection and protection of his Pakistani parents, yet neither could read nor write, said a report.

Khan runs Barnardo’s charity which has 1033 services in local communities across the UK, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope and those who fall prey to sex predators.

The UK has 167,000 registered charities and Barnardo’s is amongst the top 5 charities. He leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 22,000 volunteers too and charity’s retail chain of over 700 shops. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 151-year history.

Khan shared how through hard work he made it to the top and credited his parents for providing him with love, affection and protection.

“My parents migrated from the village of Haveli Baghaal (Dadyal) in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, to Britain in the 1950s. We are a Rajpoot family. My father was a foot soldier for the British army for fourteen years, and neither of my parents could read or write. I was born in High Wycombe and then grew up in the backstreets of inner city Birmingham.

“Through my 12 years of schooling my parents never attended the parent-teacher meetings because they couldn’t understand a word of English and there was no point.”

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