Baitulmal, A Tool for Poverty Alleviation, A Myth or Reality

Facilities  

  • Resident Children are being provided the following facilities:-
    • Free furnished accommodation in a family unit.
    • A free nutritious balanced diet as per weekly menu (breakfast/lunch/dinner).
    • Free Education in best schools of the city, up to Matric and above
    • Free Uniform, books and stationery, etc
    • Free Summer/Winter clothing along with shoes (once a season).
    • Medical care through government hospitals
    • Skill development.
    • Free laundry service.
    • Prayer Room/ Religious education.
    • Counseling /Legal Aid for victims of violence and abuse.

Enrolment Criteria

Orphans between 4 to 6 years of age, fulfilling criteria for the target group, shall be enrolled preferably on the recommendations of Public Representatives/ Parliamentarians/ Government Functionaries/ Notable Social Workers/ Civil Societies as well as PBM Functionaries. They will be allowed to stay until the completion of their education/ skill/ adulthood.

Enrolment Procedure

The guardian of an Orphan between 4 to 6 years of age shall apply for enrolment in Pakistan Sweet Home (Orphanage) on the prescribed application form, available at PBM Offices along-with a copy of requisite documents. Applications complete in all respects can be submitted to PBM District Officer, in the district concerned, who will investigate and determine the status of the applicant and forward to the Provincial / Regional Office, along with his recommendations. The In-charge (Pakistan Sweet Home) is responsible to keep a full track record of the children such as pre-admission biography, listing all the details of the origin and background of the Orphans. This information is of great value for making decisions about the children’s needs and also to give the child a realistic picture of his or her past, as they grow up. As a pilot, 16 Sweet Pakistan Homes (Orphanages) have been established in the following districts:-

Punjab Sindh KPK Baluchistan ICT/AJK/GB
Rawalpindi Larkana Mardan Quetta Islamabad
Multan Nawabshah Abbottabad   Muzaffarabad
Bahawalpur Mirpurkhas Mansehra   Gilgit
Lahore        
Faisalabad        
Rahim Yar Khan        

 Child Support Programme (CSP)

The Government of Pakistan has approved the implementation of Child Support Programme (CSP) as an offshoot of existing Food Support Programme (FSP) in three selected districts, Tharpakar, Bhakkar & Kohistan in F.Y 2006-07. Additional cash incentive is being paid to the existing Food Support Programme (FSP) beneficiaries at the rate of Rs. 300/- per month to the families with one child and Rs.600/- per month to the families with two or more than two children of school going age 5 to 14 years. The seven CSP quarterly payments have been disbursed among beneficiaries of three pilot districts.

Pakistan Homes (Senior Citizens homes)

Shelterless; invalid, deprived and abandoned Senior Citizens (both male and females) of Pakistan including AJK are living below the poverty line. Pakistan Bait-ul-mal Act envisages rehabilitation of invalid and destitute persons. Pursuant to the Act, Bait-ul-Mal Board, in its 51st meeting, decided to establish Pakistan Homes, initially, one each at Provincial/Regional Head Quarters (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta) as a pilot project, for 50 senior citizens (male) above 60 years. After successful implementation of the pilot phase, this scheme would be replicated for females as well. Pakistan Homes would provide basic necessities of life in dignified manners in a family-like environment i.e boarding, lodging, food, clothing, medical care, recreation/entertainment, etc. The main objectives are to:

  • Create hope for hopelessness.
  • Provide basic necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, spiritual needs, and recreation).
  • Provide a family-like atmosphere to live a life of freedom, creativity, and independence.
  • Provide solace and comfort, physical, social, psychological, and emotional.
  • Provide a safe and secure living, social interaction, dignity, and self-respect.
  • Create a sense of ownership and participation.

Pakistan Homes solely for males has been established at Sehala, Tehsil, and District Islamabad and five inmates have been admitted to date.

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