Darul Sukun - Home of Peace & Love

We envision a society where all people with disability get preferential status in access to due health care, education, food, shelter and employment opportunity to live integrated and dignified life.

The bedrock of our mission is to work for the abandoned children with physical and intellectual disability, children with non-disability, marginalized and vulnerable people who have been refused by the society and from their families and to foster an environment of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and their independent living.
We strive to empower individuals with disabilities and with non-disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency with inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

  • We keep our “children” at the heart of all that we do.
  • We respect and value each other.
  • We respect and value each other.
  • We utilize all our resources efficiently.
  • We strive for excellence whatever we do.
  • We work together to enhance our reputation.
  • We promote innovation.

Dar ul Sukun originated as a home for the abandoned children with disabilities. It was founded on 17th February 1969 by a Dutch nun, Sr. Gertrude Lemmens who came to Pakistan as a visitor in her full youth. She was so much touched by the pathetic condition of children with disabilities, who were found on street corners and rescued from the garbage dump in city. In Pakistan, she devoted her life for the care of such children, which were brought in by social workers, police and relatives. Her selfless love and affection turned it into a glaring reality, and a philanthropic organization Dar ul Sukun came into being.

Since Sr. Gertrude's demise on October 27th, 2000 after a short illness, Sr. Ruth Lewis has assumed the frontal role for carrying on the mission of Dar ul Sukun. She became a ceremonial successor of Sr. Gertrude. Major part of administrative and operational functions is formally performed by Sr. Ruth. Also Dar ul Sukun enjoys the voluntary support of committed board members who also happen to be prominent figures in religious, social and business life.

From a single home for the children with disabilities in Karachi city located at Kashmir Road, Dar ul Sukun has kept a momentum of growth over the years. Initially and basically, the expansion has been a natural and demand driven process. More centres of Dar ul Sukun were established, as main centre was inundated with special kind of cases that needed separate place.

Overtime, Dar ul Sukun has grown into a large organization with network of homes mainly in Karachi city and around the country. Programmatically, in Karachi alone, the scope of service has expanded into various dimensions including work for socially displaced girls and women, senior citizens, education and skill scholarships for poor students and family adaptation scheme etc A new initiative, Quetta Centre for parentless and displaced children started its operation at the end of 2007. In terms of physical infrastructure development, the construction of a new modern building of Dar ul Sukun main Centre was completed in 2004. Recently with the financial assistance of Dutch hockey federation, renovation of Dar ul Sukun's old building was accomplished and turned into a children complex for providing them more spacious and comfortable place with a garden.

With that , few changes have been brought about to fine-tune organizational development of Dar ul Sukun. A uniform system of financial and administrative functions is being designed and put in place for all the homes. A common organizational name i.e Dar ul Sukun for all the homes operating under the umbrella of the organization is considered to strengthen and highlight the symbolic significance. Monitoring of the activities are systematized and intensified. Physical infrastructure and environment for all the homes is being improved by reconstructing or renovating existing premises, furnishing and providing with facilities and state-of-the-art equipments, appropriate transportation etc On top of all priorities stands an uncompromising inclination to quality of services for providing care. To achieve efficiency and effectiveness, human resource management is deemed critical element which is being pursued in terms of defining clear-cut policies, job categories and descriptions, hierarchies of function, hiring and firing policies, performance appraisals and capacity building.

  • To serve abandoned, destitute and orphan disabled and non-disabled children with love and care and to enable them to live independent lives.
  • To develop a disabled friendly infra-structure and environment wherein abandoned children with disability and vulnerable people can have access to every service and facility.
  • Developing education programs and support services for people with disability and with non-disabilities to ensure they have equality of opportunity within the community.
  • To awaken awareness in a society about disability and the importance of its acceptance.
  • To strive to make persons with disability part of mainstream society and to acquaint them about the assistive technology that can increase their productivity.
  • To conduct trainings, workshops and seminars to develop the capacity of people who are associated with persons with disability.
  • To strive at level best to create opportunities and events wherein they can interact and integrate with other communities.

Sr.Ruth Lewis

Dar ul Sukun has evolved a multisectoral strategy to address the larger needs of people with disabilities to ensure their participation and inclusion in society which can enhance their quality of life. An estimated 15–20% of the world’s poorest people are disabled and living in an abysmal condition particularly in developing countries. All too often they experience stigma and discrimination with limited access to health care, education and livelihood opportunities. Knowing the glaring realities of state’s constant denial of fulfilling its responsibilities for the people with disabilities, Dar ul Sukun provides accommodation to abandoned children and people with disabilities and also empowers people with disabilities, their families and communities regardless of cast, color, creed, religion, gender, age, type and cause of disability. This is done through raising awareness, promoting inclusion, reducing poverty, eliminating stigma, meeting basic needs and facilitating access to health, education and livelihood opportunities. We are enormously grateful to and appreciate the association of national and international sponsors, volunteers, corporate companies, financial institutions and anonymous people for their regular financial, technical and advocacy support contributing in the rehabilitation and claiming rights of people the disabilities and vulnerable families. I am gratified to acknowledge your continued support which helps us achieve meaningful and lasting changes in the most neglected citizens of this country.