20 Deutsche volunteers visited the Dar-ul-Sukun (A Home of Peace and Love) premises in Karachi, Pakistan on August 24. The home, a non-profit organisation which does not receive any government funding, provides quality care and a comfortable and safe environment for children with physical and mental disabilities.
The volunteers from enthusiastically took part in painting walls, planting trees and playing and singing with the children. The volunteers painted the walls of the dining room, stairway and hallways, brightening up the area for the children. They also planted more than 45 small plants in the sprawling lawn of the facility. Music was the special feature of the visit: the children eloquently performed various songs, and the volunteers joined in enthusiastically. The wonderful songs kept all in high spirits and the volunteers were impressed when the children sang difficult songs, knowing the highs and lows of delivery and showing know-how of musical intricacies.
The four-hour long activity ended with a note of thanks to the volunteers from the administrator of the facility, Sister Ruth. The volunteers left with feelings of jubilation and compassion. One of the participants commented, “we should be thankful for the health and energy we have and should spend more time with special kids in these facilities. Philanthropy is the hallmark of society and we are proud to be part of a company that is socially responsible.”
Dar-ul-Sukun is a pioneer institute in caring for mentally and physically challenged children, founded in 1969. There are currently 200 children studying or boarding at the institute. The facility also houses a medical clinic with a full-time doctor and professional physiotherapists. There is also a sensory department to care for more violent cases.