AFI home to over 1000 orphans: Dr.Riaz

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By Asim Hussain

RAWALPINDI: President of Anjuman Faizul Islam (AFI) Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmed has said that the AFI founded by the Father of the Nation
Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1943, is home to more than 1000 orphan children, out of which a majority belongs to downtrodden areas of Baluchistan Province including KPK, Gilgit Baltistan, Sindh, AJK and different cities of the Punjab.
Talking to a group of journalists who visited the AFI on Sunday, he said that the Anjuman Faizul Islam is the biggest shelter for the orphans who not only have the boarding facilities here in Anjuman Faizul Islam but they also have the educational, skill development, health care, healthy meal, teaching of Islamic education and all other facilities sans any government support.
“This orphanage was established on the behest of Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1943 to accommodate Muslim children who lost their parents in Bengal riots who were retrieved from there and lodged at that time in a rented house (Rs. 7 per month rent) in Committee Mohallah (Committee Chowk) Rawalpindi”, he added.
Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmed said at present AFI has 6 centers with its head office at Faizabad BBH (Murree) Road, Trunk Bazar Raja Bazar, New Campus GT Road Mandra, Pakkah Ghoh, Dobairan Kalan and Kalrian in Kalar Syedan. He said residential blocks of AFI are called “APNA GHAR” and all campuses have their mosques, libraries, dining halls, hospitals and dispensaries and other necessary facilities including vast play grounds.
The annual budget of AFI is more than 210 million and all expenses met with the donations of philanthropists. The AFI President said government-run orphanages in the whole country could barely accommodate less than 35 thousand orphans in its 35 shelter homes while privately run shelter homes also running short the space and facilities to accommodate not more than 5 to 7 per cent out of total 4.6 million population of orphan children in our dear homeland. “This segment of our society, due to unavailability of proper parental support or guidance and various other socio-economic factors remain one of the most vulnerable with the deprivation of health, education and other fundamental child rights”, he mentioned.