The Beginning of Mera Ghar
A home is fill with love and affection like no other, not only in Pakistan, but to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing of this quality in the world. We are unique, we are different and we have ability to change the whole concept of orphanages. The plight and misery of down and out children has always touched Abid Hussain heart. Time and again he expressed his desire to adopt some of the orphans. He had been long talking about the idea of raising even a small group of parentless girls with the same level of love, care and opportunity, as if they were our own children. In 2016, during a meeting with a close friend, Mr. Ifthkar Chuhan, who jumped with joy and said that is what I have wanted to do. Thus he supported the idea entirely. An institution that all of us, the whole Pakistan and the entire world can be proud of, as it is unique for many reasons. Mera Ghar girls/boys learn to love and respect every human being regardless of their religion, country or creed. Mera Ghar adopts all kids without any discrimination of race’s, religions, Creed and color.
About Mera Ghar
- It is like family
- It is like home
- It is a training centre
- It is an Educational Institution
- It is not be a Typical Orphanage
- It is Leadership-training program
We are thinking to empower orphans those are the most vulnerable segments of the society in Pakistan, with love, interfaith, affection, understanding, education so they become successful, peace loving leaders of tomorrow.
- Mera Ghar seeks to transform, advance and develop Pakistan by developing the human capital of its people mainly orphan children in the field of health, interfaith, education and elevation of poverty.
- Mera Ghar invests in the least advantaged of today to promote most advanced people loving leaders of tomorrow.
- Mera Ghar is building a strong Pakistan, to achieve world peace, dignity, honor, justice and grace for all.
- Mera Ghar provide to orphan children the love, support and most importantly understanding the suffering they have gone through for living a successful life.
Child Protection Policy:
The term ‘child protection’ refers to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriages. Child protection programmers are also target children who are uniquely vulnerable to these abuses; such as when living without parental care, in conflict with the law and in armed conflict. Children subjected to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect are at risk of death, poor physical and mental health, HiV/Aids infection, educational problems, displacement, homelessness, vagrancy and poor parenting skills later in life. Mera Ghar aim is to create a friendly and safe environment for children in order to provide them better learning and recreational activities.
Facts and Figures:
- Approximately 126 million children aged 5–17 are believed to be engaged in risky work, excluding child domestic labor.
- More than 1 million children worldwide are detained by law enforcement officials.
- Worldwide, approximately 40 million children below the age of 15 are subjected to child abuse each year.
- Physical violence is often accompanied by psychological violence. Insults, name-calling, isolation, rejection, threats, emotional indifference and belittling are all forms of violence that can be detrimental to a child’s well-being- especially when it comes from a respected adult such as a parent.
- There are non-physical forms of punishment which are cruel and degrading and these include punishment that belittles, humiliates, denigrates, scapegoats, threatens, scares or ridicules the child.
- Emotional abuse may be more devastating than physical abuse. A child’s physical cuts and bruises usually heal quickly. But the emotional cuts and bruises take a long time to heal. Emotional abuse is very difficult for the victim to recognize. If it is occurring on a day-to-day basis, you may see it as a normal behavior.
- Sexual abuse statistics vary between countries and reports, but are consistently alarming: Research indicates that up to 36% of girls and 29% of boys have suffered child sexual abuse; up to 46% girls and 20% boys have experienced sexual coercion
- Recent International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates indicate that, in 2004, 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 were involved in child labor, of which 126 million were in hazardous work. Estimates from 2000 suggest that 5.7 million were in forced or bonded labor, 1.8 million in prostitution and pornography, and 1.2 million were victims of trafficking as sex workers, a modern form of slavery.
- Each year, an estimated one million children all over the world are sold or “trafficked” internationally and across borders into illegal sex trade.
- World Health Organization has estimated, through the use of limited country-level data, that almost 53,000 children died worldwide in 2002 as a result of homicide.
- Studies reveal that some groups of children are especially vulnerable to violence. Thesis include children with disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups, “street children” and those in conflict with the law, and refugee and other displaced children.
- Reporting on a wide range of developing countries, the Global School-based Health Survey recently found that between 20 and 65 % of school-aged children reported having been verbally or physically bullied in the past 30 days. Bullying is also frequent in industrialized countries.
Mera Ghar Policy statements:
- Hold a register of every child involved with our group including relevant medical details, and keep a contact name and number close to hand in case of emergencies.
- Remember that some issues are confidential.
- Provide an example we would wish others to follow.
- Wherever possible, plan activities which involve more than one adult being present, or at least conduct them within sight and hearing of others.
- Be aware that our actions might be open to misinterpretation by others, even though they are well-inattention.
- Take action to stop any inappropriate verbal or physical behavior.
- Have a group policy for the collection of children after meeting.
- Only share concern and seek support from the committee member identified to act as a monitor for child protection issues in the group’s child protection policy.
Duty of Care:
- Mera Ghar provides duty of care to safeguard all children (involved in different activities organized by Mera Ghar) from harm.
- All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.
- All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice is taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All staff (paid/unpaid) working in Mera Ghar is responsible to report concerns to the appropriate officer.
Training of Staff and Volunteers:
- Mera Ghar recognizes that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some way and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children. Pre-selection checks must include the following:
- We believe that every child, regardless of age, has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that could result in a child being physically or psychologically damaged.
- All volunteers/staff should complete an application form. The application form is elicited information about an applicant’s past and a self-disclosure about any criminal record.
- Two confidential references, including one regarding previous work with children. These references must be taken up and confirmed through telephone contact.
- Evidence of identity (passport or driving license with photo).
- Mera Ghar takes action if we have suspicions concerning a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well-being.
- All volunteers and / or staff are encouraged to share concerns with the group committee member who has agreed to monitor child protection issues.
- If the situation is clearly an urgent case, if the child is too frightened to go home, or if we have very serious doubts about the child’s safety, we is contact Social Work Services or the Police immediately.
- If we have more general concerns about a child’s welfare, we is discuss these with our group child protection monitor, who is make a referral to Social Work so that Social Work can make the necessary arrangements.
- It is important that all volunteers and staff communicate their concerns accurately.
- To this end, volunteers and staff is observe the following procedures:
- Upon the receipt of any information from a child, or suspicions, it is necessary to accurately record what they have seen heard or know at the time the event occurs.
- Share their concerns with the group child protection monitor and agree action to be taken.
Interview and induction:
All employees, workers (and volunteers) is required to undergo an interview carried out to acceptable protocol and recommendations. All employees and volunteers should receive an induction, during which:
- Application form should be reviewed that it has been completed in full (including sections on criminal records and self-disclosures).
- Their qualifications should be substantiated.
- The job requirements and responsibilities should be clarified.
- Child protection procedures are explained and training needs are identified.
- They should sign up to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and Child Protection policy.
Mera Ghar Requires:
- Coaching staff to attend a recognized 2-hour good practice and child protection awareness-training workshop, to ensure their practice is exemplary and to facilitate the development of a positive culture towards good practice and child protection.
- Non-coaching staff and volunteers to complete recognized awareness training on child protection.
- Relevant personnel to receive advisory information outlining good practice and informing them about what to do if they have concerns about the behavior of an adult towards a young person.
- Relevant personnel to gain national first aid training (where necessary).
- Attend update training when necessary.
- Implementation of international codes and standards:
- Mera Ghar will implement and follow the international set codes, set standards and treaties such as CRC (Convention on the Rights of Child) for the protection of children.
- As part of the Mera Ghar’ child abuse policy Mera Ghar also sensitize the communities and partners that it works with about the protection of children.
- The person heading the programmed of Mera Ghar is responsible for implementation of the child protection policy and is the first point of contact in case violation of the policy. Also any improvement and changes recommended in the policy should be communicated to the programmer’s head. The programmed head is then sharing the same with the CEO and board members for their decision.
Commitment to Protect Children?
We meet our commitment to protect children from abuse through the following means:
Awareness: We ensure that all staff and others are aware of the problem of child abuse and the risks to children.
Prevention: we ensure, through awareness and good practice, that staff and others minimize the risks to children.
- All staff (paid/unpaid) sign up to and abide by the attached code of conduct.
- All staff and volunteers have access to a copy of the child protection policy.
- Recruitment procedures are including checks on suitability for working with young people.
- Induction is including briefing on child protection issues.
- Every workplace is display contact details for reporting possible child abuse and every member of staff is have contact details for reporting.
- System is established by every member to investigate possible abuse once reported and to deal with it.
- Training learning opportunities is provided by Mera Ghar members as appropriate to ensure commitments are met.
- All Mera Ghar staff must sign up to and abide by this Code of Conduct
Staff and Others will Never:
- Hit or otherwise physically assault or physically abuse children.
- Develop physical/sexual relationships with children.
- Develop relationships with children who could in any way be deemed exploitative or abusive
- Act in ways that may be abusive or may place a child at risk of abuse.
- Use language, make suggestions or offer advice which is inappropriate, offensive or abusive.
- Behave physically in a manner which is inappropriate or sexually provocative
- Have a child/children with whom they are working to stay overnight at their home unsupervised
- Sleep in the same room or bed as a child with whom they are working
- Do things for children of a personal nature that they can do for themselves
- Condone, or participate in, behavior of children which is illegal, unsafe or abusive
- Act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse
- Discriminate against, show differential treatment, or favor particular children to the exclusion of others.
- This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list. The principle is that staff should avoid actions or behavior which may constitute poor practice or potentially abusive behavior towards the orphan children at Mera Ghar.
Overall objective of the program is to contribute to the reduction of orphan children’s vulnerability in Pakistan with a comprehensive education program. Mera Ghar visions a well comprehensive protection program to address the physical, mental, health requirements of the children essential in reducing the risks of getting vulnerable.
- Provide Mera Ghar like environment, health facilities and quality education.
- Augment awareness for the plight of parentless/ needy children.
- Support global efforts to promote and protect the rights of girls.
- Formulate and conduct comprehensive training programs to facilitate the growth of Mera Ghar mentors.
- Expand the operation of Mera Ghar on a larger scale in the years to come.
The aim of Mera Ghar is to groom orphans by providing them access to good quality education, access to all their basic needs, mentoring and engagement in extracurricular activities. This is not only making them self-sufficient, a responsible citizen and help achieve high goals, but they love and care for all human being regardless of their religion, race, cast, or nationality. By teaching them about hope, freedom instead of anger and hate, and through quality education and character building they come prolific and highly responsible members of the society.
Good quality accommodation is provided to orphans from the disaster affected areas of Punjab. These orphans are provided comfortable and peaceful environment just like other children have at their home. Room mothers are present 24/7 to ensure that all the orphans are looked after well, their safety, and to make sure that the orphans follow the set schedule for every day.
Motivational & Other Programs:
Founder Abid Hussain is himself teach some programs while Mera Ghar has qualified instructors for other programs including:
- Character Building
- Time Management
- Leadership Skills
- High standard of Education
- Tree Plantation
- First-Aid Training
- Children’s Etiquette Workshop
Character Development (Race for the Stars ~ Race for the Golden Hearts):
A self-competition system based on daily assessment of each girl based on the five points of performance:
- Tidiness/ Hygiene
- Daily ticks earn a weekly color star or heart. Four weeks’ color hearts or stars earn A for the month with certificate and prize.
- Monthly theme of ‘value’ or ‘ethic’ (taking responsibility, environment, sharing, truthfulness etc) is a core topic around which we try to improve ourselves. Activities, worksheets and outings are done around the topic. Worksheets, Artwork are displayed on soft boards in Orphan Home.
Coaching Exercise Classes:
- Martial Arts (Karate): classes by one of the best Martial Arts instructor.
- Yoga Classes: Humaira Ifthkar has taken this in his own hand. She is teaching all the children Yoga on daily basis.
- Religious education is our part for Peace & Love.
- Every Friday, by teaching the children about the right ways of life.
In short Mera Ghar Daily Routine:
- Namaz and prayer
- Reading of Religious books
- Religious general information
- Hadith & Tafseer Programs of religious books
- Academic Studies
- Time Management
- Character Building
- Motivational Activities
- Martial Arts (Karate)