Shelter House, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, safe housing, and supportive services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence in our community.
In 2006 there were only 3 old age homes in Karachi but the official number has gone up to 6. Many social workers believe, however, that the number is higher because several homes are not registered with Government. WHY OLD AGE HOMES IN PAKISTAN:
Living together with elder people in homes is our culture but children take them as a problem. Our culture says “NO” to old age homes but reality says “YES.” Our religious and ethical belief does not allow us to have old age homes in our country. According to Islamic teachings, we must be obedient and must show kindness to parents. In HOLY QURAN it is narrated that “Obeying parents, treat them respectfully is next to worshiping ALLAH”. Being grateful to your parents makes you grateful to ALLAH. Children send their old parents to old age homes this is against the teachings of Islam. In the light of Holy Quran and HOLY PROPHET’S sayings, one can understand the special place of parents in Islam.
¨ The Holy Quran says, “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in the life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor.”-surah Al Isra.
Our Prophet (PBUH) said, “If a person obeys his parents, attends to their needs and keep them happy and comfortable, he will attain Paradise. On the other hand, if he is disrespectful and rude to them, offends them by ignoring their needs and feelings, his place shall be in HELL”.
Shelter home for children from 4 to 12 years of age who have been abused, neglected, at-risk or abandoned by their families, parents or guardians.
Most of our children here go to a Government school. Some, however, (those who are weak in their studies) go through a home schooling programme.
Our children are cared for by staff who work on a 24-hour shift, following a roster, providing rehabilitation and care for the children; an administrative officer who deals with the children’s school matters, volunteers, visitors and children’s events; a cook that prepares all the meals for the children and a manager that oversees the Home.
Shelter 2 is a home for teenage girls from 13 to 18 years.
The second residential home, affectionately referred to as Shelter 2 is located in Taman Overseas Union Garden (OUG). It is a home designated for teenage girls aged 13 to 18. Teenage girls who have grown to 13 years at Shelter 1 will be qualified to enter this home.
Other abused teenage girls referred by the public will also be housed here. It is here that teenage girls receive appropriate knowledge and training skills to guide them towards self-reliance and assurance to face the future.
They are helped to be able to further their studies at various institutions after their SPM or STPM. Shelter 2 also conducts activities which can help the girls develop their independence equipping them with skills that can be used in society. We hope that these girls, given the right opportunities, can succeed in their future chosen fields of work.
Shelter home is affectionately referred to as Shelter 3 and is located at Section 8 in Petaling Jaya. This home is similar to Shelter 2, in that it houses teenage boys aged 13 to 18. Shelter 1 boys who have reached the age of 13 may qualify to enter Shelter 3. In addition to this, teenage boys from abused backgrounds referred by the public may also be housed here.
Teenage boys here are given appropriate guidance and learning skills to instill self-assurance to face the future. Just like Shelter 2, the boys are also helped to further their studies or start their working life after their SPM or STPM.
We believe that the teenagers in our home have the potential to go beyond the constraints of abuse and to equal opportunity tertiary level education and financial independence.
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