How We Began This Journey
On October 2005, a massive earthquake struck Pakistan and Kashmir. It was the strongest and by far the most destructive disaster in the northern region in the last 100 years. This devastating tragedy took lives of approximately 87,350 innocents, 138,000 were injured and over 3.5 million rendered homeless.
This catastrophe acted as a catalyst to the vision of Mr. Saghir Aslam and his wife, Bushra Aslam. The plight and misery of down and out children has always touched Saghir Aslam's wife Bushra's heart. Her dream was to raise even a small group of orphans, but with the same level of love, care and opportunity, as if they were her own children.
Mr. and Mrs. Saghir Aslam when saw the dire conditions of the people and orphans in North responded to the call for need and embarked upon massive relief efforts in the affected areas. But the vision was not just to provide relief but to find a long-term solution for the orphan children. Therefore, an institution that has offered hope and a chance to restart a life full of opportunities for several children came into being.
It’s a “HOME” for Orphan Girls!
Mr. and Mrs. Saghir Aslam along with their dear friend Mr. Akram Chaudhry worked on the idea of Saba Homes. They selected the site, and consulted the architects to design a building conforming to the requirements to accommodate 60 girls with their requisite staff.
A lot of hurdles and difficulties were faced while setting the foundation of Saba Trust but the teachings of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who talked highly of the significance of taking care of orphans, were what kept them going forward successfully. The groundbreaking of Saba Homes took place in June 2006.
Saba Homes although is a home for orphans but in no way is like a typical orphanage. The girls are treated as a part of their family and even refer to Mr. and Mrs. Saghir Aslam as Mama and Papa.