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Saba Homes is priority not charity

 

IT IS HOME.

IT IS A FAMILY. 

IT’S AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE 

IT’S A TRAINING CENTRE 

IT’S MIND CHANGING INSTITUTION 

ITS EVERYTHING BUT NOT A TYPICAL YATEEM KHANA

 

 

Orphan girls live here but this is not an orphanage. Years ago my wife and my daughters said just because some one’s parents passed was that even if I raised only two or three girls, I will raise them as we raised our two daughters Syma & Aisha.

This grew into a larger project because of the excitement, cooperation and support of Akram Chaudhry. Thus the journey began and we do treat them just like our own two daughters in every respect.

I have stated the above in every private and public gathering. The home that we have built is a new beginning in the history of take care of these orphan girls. I visited many orphanage from NWFP, Islamabad to Karachi and made spreadsheet of good points of all the orphanage. Some of them that we have been supporting for years such as SOS, Sirat ul Jannah, Aghosh, khubaib Foundation, one of the largest Faiz ul Islam and others. We still continue to support some of them, as we feel it is our duty to support orphans.

 

Saba Homes is history in the making.

A home filled with love and affection like no other, not only in Pakistan, Asia but to the best of my knowledge their in nothing of this quality in the world. We are unique, we are different and we have changed the whole concept of orphanages.

We are not providing ROTI-KAPRA

We have built an institution that all of us, matter of fact, Pakistan can be proud of. Saba Homes girls learn love and respect, every human being regardless of their religion, country or creed.

 

SABA GIRLS peace pledge to the World

Every morning at assembly time Saba Girls take a peace pledge to the world, which is explained to them by Administrator. We at Saba Trust, Saba Homes practice it during our daily lives.

  • We have learned the real true Islam of Peace and Love
  • We have to love and respect everyone without thinking of his/her religion, race or country
  • Our relation to the world are based on love, respect and

Peace

  • Our mission and vision is to work together and eliminate the prejudice and hate
  • We have to spread peace through light of knowledge and patience

ENDOWMENT FUND

This endowment fund is set up to be used for the continuation services for SABA Homes Saba Trust at a later day.

Normally only income is used from the endowment fund never touching the principles. This is a back bone of world class institution.

Maybe the best way to explain is it’s a fixed deposit.

With Allah ST Blessing long before I accepted any donations I have built endowment funds for these little angels (Orphans) so that the mission can continue on, over 21 million rupees in Pakistan and around quarter million dollars in America.

Our endowment fund continues to grow and will continue to grow as 10% of any and all donations go towards the endowment fund.

Insha Allah all of us will find out that Saba Homes concept will be copied by others for the betterment of Orphans.  We all know that our beloved Prophet was an Orphan and we all know his Hadith, more than once so my dear friends we do not run Orphanage.

HADITH (of our Beloved Prophet Peace be Upon Him)

The messenger of Allah (Peace and Blessings be upon him ) said: “whoever caresses the head of an orphan (in affection), solely for the sake of Allah, a good deed will be written to his account for every hair over which he passed his hand, and whoever treated an orphan (boy or girl) with goodness and kindness, he and I will be as close to each other in Heaven as these two fingers.

SABA HOMES

I have been asked time & again if Saba is a name of my wife or one of my daughters. Answer is no. Then where did the Saba come from and why? I had invited scholars, educationist, business people and some army generals and others.

There were about 44 of us and I requested them to suggest a name and there were almost 45 suggestions.

The person who suggested Saba, he spoke very loud and clear this means TAZEE HAWA (FRESH BREEZE) that really appealed me thus name was selected.

SABA HOMES – FRESH BREEZE

A WORLD CLASS INSTITUTION & PROJECT OF SABA ASLAM EDUCATION & WELFARE TRUST

THE IDEA

The plight and misery of down and out children has always touched my wife Bushra’s heart. Time and again she expressed her desire to adopt some of the orphans. She had been long talking about the idea of raising even a small group of parentless girls with the same level of love, care and opportunity as if they were our own children. In 2004, during a meeting with a close friend, Mr Akram Chaudhry who jumped with joy and said that’s what I have been wanting to do. Thus he supported the idea wholeheartedly.  Then came Oct 2005 – a devastating earth quake that rocked and tumbled the North of Pakistan and Kashmir. The defining moment had come; thus the Saba Trust said “Labaik” (I am here) and embarked upon massive relief efforts in the affected areas.

SABA HOME (SH)

  • Saba Home is a subsidiary of Saba Aslam Education and Welfare Trust (Registered); a voluntary, non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian charity organization. The concept of Saba Home is based on
  • If you give a person a fish you feed him for a day – if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a life time.”
  • Saba Home plans to adopt parentless/ needy girls between 4 to 9 years of age. Saba Girls (adopted by Saba Homes) will be provided with homelike environments, health facilities and quality  education

 PAPA & MAMA

  • Saghir Aslam and Bushra Aslam will serve as Saba Home Grandparents and will bear full responsibility for daily operation of Saba Homes.
  • Our administrator the staff and the Little Angels Orphan Girls, unanimously decided to call Saghir & Bushra PAPA & MAMA. Now everyone loves this title.
  • We have even received many compliments from many visitors. Dr William Jackson from America (philanthropist) & Reuben Brand Riaz (Journalist) from Australia was truly over joeys when they heard the kids calling Mama & Papa. The smiles and happiness the Dr Jackson saw on their faces, he spoke quickly Saghir this is fantastic really terrific I am truly Impressed.

 

THE AIM

The aim of Saba Homes is to groom Saba Girls to love and care for all human being regardless of their religion or country. We will teach them hope and freedom instead of anger and hate and become prolific and highly responsible productive members of the society through quality education and character building.

THE BEGINNING

 Mr. Saghir Aslam, Mrs. Bushra Aslam & Mr Akram Chaudhry and set about the idea of Saba Homes, selected the site, and consulted the architects to design a building conforming to the requirements to accommodate 60 girls with their requisite staff.  The ground breaking of Saba Homes took place in Jun 2006.

 OBJECTIVES

  •  To provide Saba Girls homelike environment, health facilities and quality education.
  • Augment awareness for the plight of parentless/ needy children
  • Support global efforts to promote and protect the rights of girls
  • Formulate and conduct comprehensive training programs to facilitate the growth of Saba Home mentors
  • Development of Skills, Moral, Social, Intellectual and Physical health of Saba girls
  • Expand the operation of Saba Home on a larger scale in the years to come
  • Providences of home like environment, balance diet and security.
  • Providences of standard academic and religion education removal of racial, religious, color, provincial differences.

 SUSTAINABILITY

 The funds for Saba Home are provided by:-

 

§  APNA §  Noor Foundation
§  Give Light Foundation §  Mr Amin Amdani
§  Rotary International §  Dr. Asim Malik
§  Sabin Children Foundation §  Mr. Khalid Mahmood
§  Mr. Akram Chaudhry       Mrs. Noureen
§  Mr. Rauf Gajiani       ANC Foundation
§  Mr. Safi Qureshi §  Mr. Fareed Jaffery
§  Mr. Shezad Rokerya §  Dr. Saeed Bajwa
§       Mr Faruk Zia

 

Others who have donated:-

 

§  Mr. Adel El Sahn §  Mr. Keith Atkinson
§  Mr. Alam Akhtar §  Dr. Adel Shan
§  Mr. Ahmed Ali §  Mr. Shawn O’Neil
§  Mr. Bishop Tom Thorkelson §  Mrs. Sheila O’Leary
§  Mr. David Goodenough §  Mr. Sohail Sherif
§  Mr. David Hockner §  Mr. Tom Kleinbauer
§  Mr. Fareed Bukhari §  Mr. Tariq Chaudary
§  Mr. Hamid Malik §  Dr. Yahya Abdul Rahman
§  Mr. Aziz Memon

§  Mr. Abu Bakar Vakil

§  Mr. Surfraz Khan

§  Mr. Jamsheed Zahidi

§  Mr Abdul Wahab

 

This group, however, recognizes that in order to ensure sustainable future of the project, external funding sources will have to be explored.

SABA HOMES – SOP

 STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

HOW TO SELECT SABA GIRLS

  •  Girls between 4 to 15 years of age will be adopted.
  • While adopting a girl, preference will be given to parentless, earthquake area girls.
  • Thorough medical checkup by a recognized hospital will be conducted. Any child with hereditary or contagious disease will be regretted.
  • Production of birth certificate of the child will be mandatory.
  • In case of parentless girls, production of parent(s) death certificate(s) will be mandatory.
  • Birth certificates of siblings will also be obligatory for verification.
  • Verification of the character/ background of the candidate’s relative/s by police authorities who can be contacted if need to be or who wants to keep a link will be verified by police authorities.
  • Final selection of Saba Girls will be done by the Selection Committee.

The guardians must sign on stamp paper that no pre-arranged marriages will be accepted. Marriage will be planned by girls themselves with the guidance of mama & papa, administrator & the staff.

 BOND

  • A bond will be legislated to swear an undertaking from the relative(s) of the candidate to abstain him from maligning or demanding the girl in the name of Wani, Sawara, Watta Satta or any such social vices.
  • The bond will further protect the girl from under age or imposed marriage
  • The girl at any stage will not be married without the consent of Saba Homes grandparents or a committee appointed by them
  • The girl will be bound to attain at least a bachelor’s degree before joining the main stream of the society

HOW TO MONITOR HER ACTIVITIES/ PROGRESS

Activity & evaluation chart system will be formulated on daily, weekly and monthly basis prior to commencement of SH by Saba Mentors.

VISITORS (RELATIVES)

  • The relative authorized at the time of adoption will only be allowed to visit
  • Frequent visits by the relative will not be approved
  • On festivals, to celebrate, the relative may join Saba Girls at Saba Homes
  • Relatives, besides the authorized one, will only be allowed if Saba Home working committee approves

VISITORS (WELL-WISHERS/ BENEFACTORS)

Public Relations Office (PRO) will conduct these visits in coordination with SH working committee.

VACATIONS

  • No conventional summer/ winter vacations will be observed instead activities and field trips will be planned and organized.
  • In exceptional cases SH working committee may send a child with authorized relative on a limited vacation.
  • Members of the board of trustees, Board of Advisers may invite a group of Saba Girls to spend few days with their families.

UPKEEP OF SABA HOME

  • Maids shall be responsible for the cleaning of rooms, toilets and courtyard
  • A committee of ladies will be deputed by a panel appointed by working committee

SECURITY

  • Integral security guards fully armed will be hired
  • Guards will be responsible to keep an eye on each entry and exit of personnel & material
  • Security cameras will be installed at key points for surveillance
  • Records of each entry and exit will be maintained
  • Security passes will be issued to all personnel associated with SH
  • Cell phones & cameras will not be allowed at the premises except authorized by Grand Parents. For Sponsor – Donors, special visitors, administrator will use her judgment
  • Adequate firefighting appliances will be installed. The staff will be imparted with requisite firefighting training

KITCHEN

  • A balanced diet in consultation with a dietician will be planned.
  • An exemplary hygiene and sanitation standard will be ensured.
  • Generally, kitchen purchases will be arranged by male staff.

 

SELECTION OF SCHOOL

Survey was conducted by the advisory board:

Team visited almost the entire major well known, well respected for their:

  • Standards of education
  • Their way of operation
  • Annual results
  • Staff
  • Other facilities, etc

CONSTITUTION OF SABA HOMES

PREAMABLE

 

“Saba Homes” reaffirm their faith in Human Rights and in the dignity & worth of human person, and have determined to promote social programs and better standards of life in larger freedom for all Muslims/Non-Muslims & to work together & live together regardless of religion or country.

 

Whereas the “Saba Homes” proclaims that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

 

Whereas “Saba Homes” owes to the child the best it has to give.  Now therefore the “Saba Home” proclaims the rights of the children to the end that she may have a happy childhood and enjoy for her own good and for the good of the society, the rights and freedoms set forth for them, and calls upon men and women as individuals and upon volunteer organizations, local authorities and national governments to recognize these rights and strive for their observance by legislative and other measures progressively taken in accordance with the Child Welfare Principles.

 

The God Almighty admires those who feed orphans in the following words:

“They feed for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphans and the captive.”

According to the saying of the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):

“Whoever supports an orphan belonging to his own or any other family will be as close to me in heaven as these fingers are to each other.”

 

The “Saba Homes” recognizes that in all the countries of the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration.  “Saba Homes” believes in taking due account of the importance of the traditions and cultural values of each people for the protection and harmonious development of the child and the importance of international

cooperation for improving the living conditions of children in very country in particular in the developing (underdeveloped countries).

 

RIGHTS OF CHILDREN

  • The “Saba Homes” respects and ensures the rights of each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child or her parents or legal guardians, race, color, sex, language, religion, political or          other opinion, national, ethnic or origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
  • The “Saba Homes” concerned with children that they should work towards what is best for each child.
  • The “Saba Homes” ensured the rights of the children regarding economic, social and cultural rights.
  • The “Saba Homes” respects the rights and responsibilities of the families (Foster Care Family) to direct and guide their children so that, as they grow, they learn to use their rights properly.
  • Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account in “Saba Homes”.
  • Children have the right to get and to share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or others.
  • Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights in “Saba Homes”.
  • The “Saba Homes” ensured that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglected by
  • Children have the right to good quality health care, to clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment, so that they will stay healthy
  • Education should develop each Childs personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their tutors and their own and other cultures.
  • The “Saba Homes” ensured to protect children from work that is dangerous, or might harm their health or their education.
  • The “Saba Homes” ensures protecting of children from sexual abuse and will have and enforce no tolerance.

 

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHILDREN

 

  • If every child regardless of their sex, ethnic origin, social status, language, age, nationality or religion has these rights, then they also have a responsibility to respect each other in a human way.
  • If children have a right to be protected from conflict, Cruelty, exploitation & neglect, then they also have a responsibility not to harm each other.
  • If children have a right to a clean environment, then they also have responsibility to do what they can to look after their environment.
  • If children have a right to be educated then they have obligation to learn as much as their capabilities and where possible, share their knowledge and experience with others.
  • If all children have a right to the full life, then they should also end help so the needy, the disadvantaged and the victims of discrimination also enjoy this right.
  • If children have a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, then they also have the obligation to respect other’s thoughts or religious principles.

 

The Saba Homes provides the following essential services for the Children:

Boarding/lodging

Education

Food & shelter

Sports & Recreation

Round the clock security system

 

EMPLOYEES RULES

Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Saba Trust and Saba Homes Sexual Harassment protection for men and women.

SABA TRUST policy for motivation to have right to earn live hood without fear of abuse and harassment and provide as well as such force the rules for SABA TRUST employees to grantee safe work environment and eliminate harassment.

SABA TRUST legal system protect to men and women Employee, to protect the rights of both men and women working in SABA TRUST and SABA HOME:

 

Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor or other verbal and physical conducts of sexual nature causing interference with work performance or personal embarrassment that creates and imitating work environment          make cause dismissal from employment immediately.

 

HARASSMENT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ON:

  •  Unwanted physical contact ranging from unnecessary touching, panting, and pinching. Brushing against the person’s body. Settle pressure of sexual activity displaying sexual pornographic suggested images nonverbal crude sexual gestures or sexually expelled card, notes, text messages, or other written corresponded make dismisses of employees.
  • Virgule jokes, taunts and other sexual comments or sexual remarks. That is demeaning of dignity of the human beings.  Also include seductive behavior whistling or derogatory statements, leering certain body part of person, or pressure of social activity make cause immediate dismissal for employment.
  • Any such action must be reported to the Chairman Mr. and Mrs Aslam immediately in written.

 

SABA HOMES, A HOME FOR ORPHAN GIRLS, NOT AN ORPHANAGE

 

The journey to this stage of completion of Saba Homes has been long and difficult, but our beloved Prophet (SAWS) talked highly of the importance of taking care of Orphans and this inspire me every time I feel like I can’t go any further.

  • A world-class home that will raise the children to be highly responsible and productive members of society in an environment of love and support.
  • To teach them real Islam which teaches love, peace, harmony, mutual respect for all people regardless of the country or religion. Mutual understanding peace through tolerance and peace through education.
  • To treat the orphans as we would our own children with the best of accommodation, health, education and recreation.
  • And a role model for charities involved in child welfare all over the world

 

SABA HOMES STAFF

Mr Saghir Aslam and Mrs Bushra Aslam have heartily dedicated themselves to be the grand parents of the Saba Girls. The staff of SH will comprise following personnel:-

Team visited almost all of the major well known well respected for their

  • Standards of Education
  • Their way of Operation
  • Annual results
  • Staff
  • Other Facilities etc.
Staff Qual Experience Selection Method Duties/ Responsibilities Assessment By Evaluation By
PRO Min FA Preferably retd military person Working

Committee

B.O.D

Admin

Procurement

Security

 

Executive Committee

 

External consultants
Governess Min FA Should be caring, loving, friendly, patient, composed. Working

Committee

B.O.D

Will cater for social, emotional and physical needs of  Saba Girls Executive Committee External consultants
Security Guard Matric Retd military person Working

Committee

B.O.D

To keep vigil Executive Committee External consultants
Cook Should be able to read & write Urdu Preference will be given to the candidate having worked in a hostel/ canteen Working

Committee

B.O.D

To prep tasty and healthy meals Executive Committee External consultants
Maids/ Cleaners Preferably should be able to read & write Urdu Preference will be given to the candidate having worked in a school. Working

Committee

B.O.D

Cleaning of rooms, toilets and courtyard.

 

Executive Committee External consultants
Driver Should be able to read & write Working

Committee

B.O.D

 

 

 

 

Executive Committee

 

External consultants

RESOLUTION

Came up with a resolution to build state of the art, one of a kind, truly unique, new chapter in Orphanage, new history in the making (in Orphanage) that others will want to follow

  • Build a fascinating Girls Orphanage
  • An orphanage, an exemplary example in the history of Orphanages
  • We will look after these orphan girls as real parents and be proud of them
  • These girls will lead the country as teachers, doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers and more Insha Allah.

WHY

Why the orphans should be treated like orphans just because their parents are gone?  Do they not deserve the same love and affection like every other child does in the world?  Why shouldn’t we treat them like our own children?

PLAN

Saba Trust came up with a plan to build a Saba Home and provide the orphans with living facility, education, healthcare and most important of all – love and affection to make them feel important.  We will help them to become respectable members of the society and future leaders.

PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS

I spent the next year and a half visiting orphanages all over Pakistan to learn about how they are run, and to make a plan for our own orphanage.  I finally came up with a master list of all the successful points and good qualities of the places I had visited, and finalized our vision, our plan which is:

 

  • A world class Orphanage that raises the children to be highly responsible and productive members of the society in the environment of love and support.
  • To teach them real Islam which teaches love, peace, harmony, mutual respect for all people regardless of the country or religion. Mutual understanding peace through tolerance and peace through education.
  • To treat the orphans as we would our own children with best of accommodation, health, education and recreation.
  • Role model for charities involved in child welfare all over the world.
PLAN AND DREAMS COME TRUE

Years ago Saghir Ahmed Aslam, Chairman of Saba Trust, stood on the newly-laid foundations of the Trust’s Head Office and announced that by the will of Allah, in the future the next Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam would be born out of this building.  Now, that dream is much closer to becoming a reality with the launch of the Saba Homes, a 5-story, 60-bed home for girls including those orphaned by the 2005 earthquake.

The vision for the Saba Homes is to provide the children with state of the art accommodation, education and healthcare.  It aims to prepare the girls to reach beyond their circumstances and achieve their full potential in a modern, supportive and loving family environment.  It aims to help them achieve greatness.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ADMISSION IN THE SABA HOME (ORPHANAGE)

  •  First preference to earthquake victim girls
  • Second preference to both parent less girls
  • Third preference to father less girls
  • Age should be between 4 to 15 years

DETAILS OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE ATTESTED

  • Two passport size pictures of the candidate   ———–
  • Death certificates of parents/ father    ———–
  • ID card copies of both parents      ———–
  • “B” form                                    ————
  • School certificate of the candidate ———–
  • Undertaking of guardian on stamp paper ———-

 

 

MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATES

             Following test will be done

  •  B ———–
  • Sugar ———–
  • Any sort of Cancer   ———–
  • Any sort of Hepatitis ———–
  • Other ———–

RULES FOR CALLING HOURS

  • Guardians are allowed to call their girls on first Friday of every month
  • Emergency leaves are allowed

VISITORS (RELATIVES / GUARDIANS)

  • The relative authorized at the time of adoption will only be allowed to visit
  • Frequent visits by the relative will not be approved
  • On festivals, to celebrate, the relative may join Saba Girls at Saba Homes
  • Relatives, besides the authorized one, will only be allowed if Saba Home working committee approves

 

HOLIDAYS SCHEDULE

  •  Emergency leaves are allowed on the approval of SH working Committee
  • Visitors coming on any day or any time other than those mentioned above will not be allowed to meet their girls
  • 3 Eid holidays on Eid –ul- Fitar
  • No vacation on Eid-ul-Edha
  • 1 Week summer vacations in month of July

VISITORS MANUAL

  • All visitors (parents, guardians) have to follow these rules
  • Parents and guardian can take their kids back for home visit
  • only on long / first weekend of the after every 3 months,

According to below schedule;

First Saturday or Sunday of the January

First Saturday or Sunday of the May

First Saturday or Sunday of the September

  • Parents and Guardian are allowed to take back their kids during this time schedule after every 3 months;

Saturday

  • 5:00  to   7:00 pm

Sunday

  • 10:00 to   12:00 o’ clock
  • 5:00 to   7:00 pm

 

  • If parents / guardian do not follow this given schedule, in this case they are not allowed to meet to the kids/ students
  • Only those guardian can meet to the students who has provided their NIC copies to administration of SABA HOMES with admission form
  • Parents / guardian can meet to the students only in the visiting room, otherwise they are not allowed to meet in class rooms, bed rooms, dining hall, library or other places
  • Parents / Guardian should avoid to bring any sort of eating, wearing or other necessary material for the SABA GIRLS.