By our correspondent.
ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has said that it is a religious, moral and social obligation to take care of orphans, helpless and indigent children and their families.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation comprising Senior National Deputy Director Aghosh Home, Air Vice Marshal (retd) Farooq Habib, Vice President Al-Khidmat Foundation Pakistan Salim Ranjha and Air Commodore (retd) Mohsin Mirza, here on Wednesday.
The state president appreciated the volunteers of the Al-Khidmat Foundation for serving poor and vulnerable people in remote and inaccessible areas of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.
Terming Al-Khidmat as one of the leading organizations fully dedicated to humanitarian services, President Masood appreciated the efforts of the organization during the coronavirus pandemic and in the wake of any other disasters in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
He added that the services of Alkhidmat and its subsidiaries to take care of orphans and destitute children will never be forgotten. Terming the people of Pakistan as the most benevolent in the world, the AJK president said that the Pakistanis donate billions of rupees to cater for the financial needs of the poor and the vulnerable communities, and this spirit is least witnessed in any other part of the world.
Earlier, members of the delegation apprised the state president of the social services of the Foundation, said that Al Khidamt has been working over the years in disaster relief, provision of healthcare facilities, clean drinking water, vocational training and also providing interest-free loans for establishing small scale businesses for poor and vulnerable.
The members of the delegation told Al Khidmat has also been actively working during the recent Corona pandemic. Over 31500 volunteers of the organization have distributed food and aid amongst people. 11 special units and quarantine centres have been set up by the organization and also disinfection of mosques, churches, other places of religion, localities have been carried out by the organisation.
The delegation further briefed the President of the working of the Aghoosh Orphan Care Programme. Currently, 14 centres are operational and 15 more centres are being constructed and planned. Almost 1200 orphans are living in these centres.
Around 15000 orphans have benefited from this orphan care programme, which also includes family support. Alkhidmat delegation also apprised the President of the Aghoosh excellence centre located on Murree Expressway and invited him to visit the state of the art institution.
They said that two schools in Rawalakot and Bagh built by the organization are satisfactorily functioning and said that another orphan school will soon be opened in Mirpur