ISLAMABAD - Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan has launched a Rs 90 million programme that will cater 3000 orphans from all the four provinces, FATA region, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan. The launching ceremony of “Al-Khidmat Orphan Care Programme” was held at the National Press Club on Thursday. 

Dr. Hafeez Ur Rehman, President Al-Khidmat Foundation, presided the ceremony while Dr. Anees Ahmed, the Vice-Chancellor of RIFAH University, was the chief guest. Moreover, Secretary General of Al-Khidmat Abdus Shakoor, Director of Orphan Care Programme Col. Khalid Mehmood Abbasi, journalists, and people from all walks of life participated in the ceremony.

On the occasion, Dr. Hafeez revealed the details of the programme. He said according to UNICEF more than 4,000,000 children in Pakistan are orphans.

A large proportion of these children are deprived of basic education and health facilities. If these children are neglected they are bound to live petty lives. Many would end up as child labourers; and many others could end up taking a false route of crime and licentiousness.

Keeping in view the whole scenario, Al-Khidmat has proposed a grand plan, which has been further divided into two courses of actions - building of orphan care centers and accommodation of financial means for the guardians of the orphans.

The number of Agosh Al-Khidmat centres will increase as more centres are being created. Attock Al-Khidmat Agosh centre is already doing a commendable job; it is facilitating 225 children and providing them Cadet College like facilities.

A centre is being created in Murree. Similarly, more centres in Lahore, Qartaba, Mathi, and Karachi are also being established. Hafeez Ur Rehman acknowledged the fact that ‘it wouldn’t be possible to fulfil the needs of all the orphans in Pakistan via orphan care centres since their numbers are too high.

To remedy the problem, the guardians of the orphans can be assisted so that they would financially bear the burden of looking after them.

Col. Khalid Mehmood Abbasi informed that Al-Khidmat would provide Rs 2500 each for an orphan to the guardians, so that the financial expenses of his/her health and education could be provided.

To effectively work on the plan, the orphans are divided into 17 clusters. Each cluster will be administrated by an in-charge administrator, who would keep in touch with the orphans to ensure their welfare.

Dr. Anees Ahmed said that the Orphan Care Program would bring a lot of hope in the society.

Abdus Shakoor said that the upbringing of the orphans is the responsibility of the society and all affluent people must come forth to accomplish this noble mission.