Overstaying inmates hinder new intakes at Nawab Khwaja Salimullah orphanage

September 28, 2012

New Age Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Nawab Khwaja Salimullah Muslim Orphanage, which has been providing orphans aged between 6 to 18 years with food, shelter, health care and education, both traditional and vocational, since 1909. But the orphanage has recently been exposed to a difficulty, because of politics.
A group of inmates of the orphanage, crossing the age of 18 and doing different jobs, are refusing to leave the dormitories, blocking the opportunity of new admission of the hapless orphans. As reported by New Age on Sunday, a total of 257 orphans, including 142 boys and 115 girls, dwell in the orphanage. Of them, some 50 are no longer eligible to live in the premises but they refuse to leave the dormitory despite being served notices to leave. As a result, none of the some 100 unaided hapless children, who are on the waiting list, is able to use the philanthropic facility.
The situation is disturbing because the purpose of the organisation, which is to provide the poor and helpless orphans with basic human needs, is being defeated by those who have already received the help of the institution. Reports have it that the overage orphans are locally involved in partisan politics and their political colleagues outside the orphanage have supported them in their illegal stay in the dormitories. The situation calls for urgent interventions of the government authorities concerned because all of us need to understand that if the beneficiaries do not abide by the regulations of the orphanage, the philanthropic institution will fail to work effectively, leaving the unaided orphans nowhere to go.


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