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Founder's Note

Why Umano?

Having volunteered for over a decade within the leadership circle of some of the world’s largest charitable organizations, I have realized that unless we change the way we relate to others, charity alone cannot address the magnitude of the challenges the world faces today.

We have worked extensively to alleviate poverty and other related socio-economic issues collectively across various borders, and yet we continue to observe tremendous human suffering as well as new environmental and existential threats to our future.

At Umano, we seek to explore the concept of driving sustainable change through empathy. We believe it is only through empathy that we can truly learn to love others, become compassionate to animals and respectful to our planet.

Umano was born to inspire empathy and motivate change.

Azhar Hameed

Founder, Umano

Looking Back

When considering the past 5,000 years of the written human history, considerable achievements have been made in economic and technological respects. However, our record on tolerance, compassion, empathy and a general sense of goodwill towards “the other” remains sharply unevolved. A “Humanity 2.0” is therefore what Umano seeks to pursue.


As far as we can remember, the need to maintain both religious and non-religious “isms” has been a forgone biological conclusion – Tribalism and survival, for example have shared a relationship for centuries and continues to proliferate through sectarian or political conflict today. Both religious and political ideology have been exploited and used to justify any means necessary to achieve the desired end: self-preservation.

We live in a world where 12% of its people use 80% of its resources and where 1% of the population owns over 50% of the total global wealth, whereas the rest fight for their day-to-day survival. This, at it’s very core, has been a product of conflicting “isms” that ultimately allowed greed to manifest as an exploit of self-promotion, nationalism, jingoism, etc.


Umano stresses that the world cannot see the end of suffering for all of its inhabitants until we subvert the hegemony of otherization or “ism” and identify first and foremost as simply Human. To achieve our vision of a more empathetic world for all, we offer programs centered around mindfulness, awareness and the awakening of human consciousness. This is our manifesto – “Umano 2.0”

Be a part of Umano 2.0 movement by participating in one of our awareness programs.

Umano — Change Through Empathy!
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