In this world, almost every society takes the responsibility to ensure all possible measures and steps for the betterment of orphans. Special attention and care is given to them for their constructive sustained and healthy physical, mental and social growth & development. Our religion also preaches to ensure the protection of rights of every individual irrespective of their caste, creed and colour. Pakistan is the signatory of several international commitments like Conventions on Child Rights. Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal Department is running different projects for the welfare and rehabilitation of underprivileged and vulnerable children of our society and Model Children Homes (orphanages) are one of these projects.
There are 12 children homes, separately, for male and female children at Faisalabad, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Lahore, Gujranwala and 2 each at Narowal, D.G.Khan and Bahawalpur. These children homes are established to take care of destitute, parentless and poor orphan children and shape them up, polish their talents, and to provide them with an opportunity to lead a prosperous life instead of going astray. These children homes are designed to accommodate 50 children at a time.
Children between the ages of 6-10 years are admitted into this home. Male children stay in these homes till the age of 18. However, the female children stay in these homes until they are rehabilitated, married or become financially independent and are willing to leave these homes.
Only those who fall under the following categories are admitted:
The ones who, due to some accident or calamity, have lost both of their parents and have no relatives ready to support them.
The ones who have lost one of their parents and the other parent is not in a financial/ social position to bring up that child.
Children from Broken Families
Children whose parents have been divorced and either of their parents are not taking the responsibility of that child.
Referred by Gehwara
Abandoned babies referred by Gehwara over the age of 6 years.
The procedure is enlisted below:
The Home provides the following facilities:
Boarding and Lodging Facility
Admitted children are provided free of cost institutional care and all basic necessities of life for example food, clothing etc. Moreover, an Aya assists the children in their day to day living.
A part time doctor is also hired for the regular medical examination of these children.
School and Higher Education
During their stay in this home, children are provided school education and admitted into the reputable government school of the vicinity. The provision of bus for the purpose of pick and drop of the children is also available. Children complete their education up to matriculation level and if they secure good marks and are willing to continue their studies then scholarship through Bait-ul-Maal, as well as through advisory body of the institution and philanthropists of the area are arranged for them so that they may continue their further studies.
A Mualim is assigned the responsibility to meet the needs of the children’s religious education.
Technical and Vocational Trainings
Children are also sent to vocational and technical training institutes where they learn different skills and crafts of their own choice so that the skills they learn help them in earning livelihood later in their lives. However those children who are regularly attending their schools and yet are interested in joining the technical/ vocational trainings are also encouraged and facilitated.
Guidance & Counseling
Voluntary and ancillary services along with guidance and counseling are also provided.
Children are provided with indoor and outdoor games facilities and recreational trips are also arranged.
Extracurricular activities are rejoiced in these children homes for mental and physical growth of the children and developing sportsman spirit among them. Different events of national and religious importance are celebrated. Indoor as well as outdoor games are arranged for the recreation of these children. Once in a month children are taken out for a picnic or on a visit to some amusement park or historical place.