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Number of orphans increasing in Kashmir

Srinagar: During the past two decades the number of orphan children in every part of Kashmir Valley has increased as well as the number of orphanages to provide for their upkeep and education.

Warden of Al-Ma’soomeen Yateem Trust of Srinagar, Ghazanfar Ali said that we get financial and other assistance from the people and we provide all facilities like food, clothing, accommodation, medicines etc for these children. The Trust runs Al-Ma’soomeen Yateem Boys Hostel which is accommodated in a 4-storeyed building which was built in 2009, land for which was gifted by the heirs of Col. Hasan Khan who had migrated in 1947 to Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan. This building can accommodate 200 children. In summer vacations private lady teachers impart general education to these children whereas a lady teacher provides religious education to them all the year round.

Ghazanfar Ali said that this institution, because of its good work, is becoming very popular and people help it in cash and kind. This Trust founded in 2005, is being run under the supervision of Agha Syed Mustafa Rizvi, a professor. It conducts classes from KG to 7th. This Trust, besides helping orphan children, provides financial help to some widows also. Total monthly expenditure is around Rs 70,000 which is met by contributions by sympathetic and prosperous people, charity etc, said Ghazangar Ali.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2010 on page no. 9

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