Pakistan Bait ul Mal projects for poverty alleviation

Pakistan Bait ul Mal projects for poverty alleviation

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) was vigorously pursuing multiple projects to break the vicious circle of inter-generational poverty, make the poor and pauper self sufficient and provide them much needed solace and comfort.

According to official sources, multiple projects including Pakistan Sweet Homes, Child Support Programme, Thalassemia Centres, Great Homes, Vocational Training Centres and National Centre for Rehabilitation of Child Labour were being run successfully to help the poor and needy.

PBM's individual financial assistance (IFA) programme’s main aim was to fulfill the needs of the poor people and empower them economically. Assistance was being provided to the needy individuals on first come first serve basis.

A person having monthly income of upto Rs 10,000 or equivalent was eligible for receiving financial assistance.

Child Support Programme (CSP) has enrolled over 35,000 potential families having 85,000 school going children.

Children were being provided free education, residence and food facilities.

PBM was paying Rs 300 per month to families of one child and Rs 600 per month to families with two or more than two children.CSP is being continued in Bhakkar, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur, Islamabad Capital Territory, Muzaffarabad, Ghanche, Nawabshah, Tharparkar, Ghotki, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Swat, Quetta, Kharran and Lasbella.

Gallup Pakistan evaluation (2010) exhibits that CSP pilot led to 11.65% increase in enrolments of pilot districts at Bhakkar, Tharparkar and Kohistan.

PBM was running more than 35 Pakistan Sweet Homes to provide free accommodation, nutrition, education, counseling legal aid for victims of violence and abuse.

Over 3,700 children are residing in PSHs.

The deserving children are being admitted in National Centre for Rehabilitation of Child Labour to save them from child labour. A total of 17,547 child labours were being imparted education in 158 Centres. As many as 26,000 students had completed their education and 23,290 have been admitted in government schools for getting further education.

PBM was also running 157 Vocational Dastkari Schools to make vulnerable girls financially self sufficient.

These schools are providing free training to widows, orphans, poor girls various skills including drafting, cutting, sewing, knitting, hand and machine embroidery.

Currently over 8,000 poor widows and girls are being imparted technical education in two shifts in the centres.

Trainees are being paid Rs 30 per day as stipend with the aim to make them self sufficient.

Some 64 such schools are working in Punjab, 30 in Sindh, 32 in Khyber Pakhtunkwa and Fata, 18 in Balochistan, 11 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas.

Thalassemia Centre was providing treatment facilities to 20 thalassemia patients per day. PBM has provided financial assistance to 1,500 Thalassemia patients in last three years. Pakistan Thalassemia Centre was also providing treatment facilities to patients of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Northern Areas and Gilgit-Baltistan free of charge.

The Centre provides a ray of hope to orphans and less privileged, who cannot afford the cost for the treatment of this serious disease.