Head Office Karachi
Home For The Children With Disabilities
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 disabilties, who were found on street corner, bought in by social workers, police and relatives and usually spotted on street corners and in/around the city garbage tubs that she chose to devote her life for the care of such children in Pakistan. Her selfless love and affection turned it into a glaring reality and a brand name (Dar ul Sukun) in field of philanthropic work in Pakistan came up.
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 on 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. One after another centers of Dar ul Sukun were established as and when main center was inundated with special kind of cases that needed separate place.
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 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. 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, While embracing overall historic approach of decentralized setup, 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.
Children with physical and intellectual disabilities always need specialized medical care and support To overcome this problem, a small medical Centre has been build up in the premises to provide care for children with medical complexity who have functional limitations and an increased need for medical services. To staff it, a General Physician, a Pediatrician and three professional nurses have been hired. This team of health care professional is available round the clock to meet the medical needs of our children In case of emergency, children are rushed to Holy family or Agha Khan Hospitals where they undergo medical treatments.
Since majority of the children are experiencing physical and cognitive disabilities at Dar ul Sukun's main branch, physiotherapy is considered to be a critical component of care for these children. Professional physiotherapists are engaged with children in different therapies and techniques to help them learn new self help skills and rehabilitate to improve their quality of life.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. The department of occupational therapy achieve this outcome by enhancing the individual's ability to participate, by modifying the environment, or by adapting the activity to better support participation. This helps to increase independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life
As a routine, during the summer season plenty of recreational activities such as music evenings, picnics and outings are organized for the children, which children rejoice with usual fervor.
Sensory integration therapy has been designed for the children with developmental disorders and with established dysfunction of sensory processing, e. g., children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A Sensory room has been setup to calm or stimulate an individual through each of the senses. A mobile trolley equipped with sensory tools, is used for the treatment of the children those who are confined to their beds.
Special Olympics Pakistan helps intellectualy challeged individuals to participate in national and international sports events to gain confidence and develop their skills through power of sports. Dar ul Sukun is fortunate that our children are being selected for last many years and visited countries such as The United States of America, China, Ireland and India where they won first prizes (Gold medals) in various games. To keep them fit all the time, a schedule for daily practice is followed. by our physical fitness trainer
A well-equipped and fully furnished special education Centre has been developed to enhance the skills of the children with physical and intellectual disabilities with trained staff. Individual educational plans are designed to help children with special needs reach their potential. They participate in different activities and generally love coloring, making crafts, paintings and other fun therapies. Audio visual aids are used as educational tool to promote better Understanding.
Music is an allied health profession that uses music as a tool within the context of a therapeutic relationship to address the physical, psychological, motoric and cognitive needs of individual. Music in general is thought to be an effective therapeutic medium because it is non-verbal, non-threatening and naturally motiving for all. Dar ul Sukun has introduced PIM therapy which is a new concept being incorporated with the sensory integration and occupation therapy. It has been found very productive and effective therapy for the children and adult experiencing some sensory disability.
ORGANIZATION SIZE AND PROGRAMS
|Dar ul Sukun ( Main Centre)||Karachi||1969||Accommodating And Rehabilitation For The Children With Physical And Cognitive Disabilities. Family Adoption Program Supporting Poor And Needy People For Their Children’s Medical And For The Rehabilitation Treatment, In a Form Of Finance, Medical And In Kinds. Employee’s Children Education Program.|
|Dar ul Sukun ( Branch)||Karachi||1975||Centre For The Children With Critical Needs And Difficult To Handle.|
|Dar ul Sukun ( Branch)||Karachi||1978||Centre For The Senior Citizens|
|Dar ul Sukun ( Branch)||Karachi||1981||Centre For The Socially Displaced And Polio Effected Girls.|
|Dar ul Sukun ( Branch)||Quetta||2007||Centre For The Socially Displaced And Parentless Boys. Women Empowerment (Stitching Centre). Girls Tuitions Center.|