ISLAMABAD:Federal Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Samina Khalid Ghurki here Tuesday opened ‘Sofia House’, a residential facility for orphan girls to provide them with the homely environment. The orphan house is established by Muslim Hands International in collaboration with Millie Mittoo Children’s Projects UK.
Speaking on this occasion, the minister said that welfare of children and particularly the care of the orphans was a noble cause and Sofia Orphanage was no doubt a remarkable project of the Muslim hands. Samina Ghurki called upon the civil society, and other voluntary and indigenous philanthropy sectors to come together to join hands to strengthen and support the work done so far by the Muslim Hands.
She said that National Commission for Child Welfare and Development (NCCWD), Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education has got approved a National Plan of Action for Children from Federal Cabinet whose implementation is being carried out by a full-fledged project on Implementing National Plan of Action for Children.
NCCWD has established Child Protection Centres in Islamabad and Turbat, which are providing shelter to children in special needs of protection like street children, run away and other vulnerable children, she added.
She said, “Children, according to Islam are entitled to various rights. The first and foremost of these rights is the right to be properly brought up, raised and educated which means that children should be given suitable, sufficient, sound and adequate religious, ethical and moral guidance through out their life.”
“In Pakistan, our conviction and resolute commitment for children flows from a tradition of care, which is firmly rooted in Islam and Islam prohibits all form of violence against children and protects their fundamental human rights,” she said. The minister lauded the efforts made by Muslim Hands International in uplifting of neglected segment of the society especially the poor and orphans.
Syed Zia-ul-Noor, the Country Manager of Muslim Hands, in his introductory speech, briefed about different activities and projects carried out by Muslim Hands Pakistan. He informed that more than twenty thousand kids were receiving quality education at more than 300 schools established by Muslim Hands in rural and far-flung areas of the country. Later, the minister also visited “Islamabad School of Excellence” which is another welfare project of Muslim Hands International.
Source: Business Recorder