The launching ceremony of the Ehsaas standards for private sector orphanages took place in Islamabad. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar unveiled the standards in the program. Secretary-General Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Iqbal represented Alkhidmat in the event.
Under policy no. 37 of Ehsaas’ strategy, the 25-point living standards have been tailored that will act as guidance for the NGOs running orphan care centers in the country. The standards have been laid out by a diverse group of major welfare organizations including Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan that is running one of Pakistan’s most comprehensive Orphan Care Program.
Without any doubt, orphans are the most neglected class of our society, but this negligence and deprivation can come to an end provided that the state, public, civil society, media, and NGOs come together to rectify the situation. It is our collective responsibility to ensure the upbringing of a child whose one or both parents are lost. And it is optimistic to observe that the Federal Government’s Ehsaas’ Orphan Care expert committee has brought together all leading NGOs including UNICEF and Pakistan’s Alkhidmat Foundation on one platform to support the cause of orphan children.
After going through several iterations, the standards are now endorsed by all the stakeholders. Overall, the standards provide guidance and direction to orphanage management for quality service and control, meeting the minimum possible requirement of setting up orphanages from eligibility, housing, safety and security, infrastructure, nutrition, education, psychotherapy, staff performance, and amenities.