Old Aged Support
All above quoted themes are kind of linked, organization was established by the aim of taking care of aged and we have a 113 person’s to be taken care off, including women with disabilities/widows and orphan/adolescent girls.
Taking care of our elders is a noble obligation and an integral cultural norm in Pakistan. As we grew up in a traditional family system, we become strong supporter of the rights of older people/women and children as per Islamic values. With the passage of time, value deteriorated, family structure has become weaken and so there is no care of elders. Whatever are the reasons but elders are increasingly a burden for children and close relatives and the need for elderly shelters homes is now become necessity for the social structure of West is quite different. An old age/shelter home/ orphanage is usually the place for those people who have no one to look after them, or those who have been thrown out of their homes by their relatives/children/society or they don’t have a place to live. This place is of course like home where the inmates get the facilities for a routine living, like food, clothing, and shelter.
All these necessities are well looked after but the much-needed love and care of loved ones is of course sadly missing for how can outsiders provide solace? In shelter homes, it is very interesting and even touching to talk to people whether they are men or women.
Every person-man, woman and child deserves to be treated with respect and care no matter how old or young they are. This neglected segment of the society today is more visible as the number of homes less is being increased. The family member’s attitude changes as the responsibility comes to them. They star misbehaving with them, neglect them in many things and the same thing their children do with their grandparents. They think that parents are burden on them. Our religious and ethical belief doesn’t allow us to have this kind of behavior towards our parents. Living together with elder people in homes is our culture but now days children take them as problem, they don’t want to fulfill their responsibilities towards their parents. In past, people use to think that having elders in homes is a blessing but now the trend is changed totally they don’t want them to be with them as they think that their life is being disturbed and freedom is finished. Our culture, say no to shelter homes but reality today says yes. There are people who have no one left to take care or those who are poor and leading miserable lives they should be kept in shelter homes and given free health care, transport and other facilities. Government should take responsibilities of these people. In Pakistan, Edhi center provides shelter homes for the people who are alone and have no one left to take care. But they are not enough so Indus home has come forward and is taking care of 11 shelter homes and 56 persons living there, while we take care of this vulnerable segment at their homes also with food, lively hood support. That’s why we need more resources now to take them under one roof.