PBM to establish two more Pakistan great homes for destitute senior citizens

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) was planning to establish two more Pakistan Great Homes in Quetta and Peshawar for providing free boarding andlodging facilities to needy senior citizens.

According to official sources in PBM, the great homes would start working from next financial year. Two Pakistan Great Homes were already working in Lahore and Karachi for destitute senior citizens of the country.

Each great home accommodates 50 senior citizens aged above 60 years alongwith well furnished accommodation, dormitories, free nutritious balanced diet, free laundry service, clothing, medical, recreation, prayer room facilities in a family like environment.

Responding to a question, he said PBM also provides grant in aid to non governmental organisation (NGOs) aiming to strengthen such institutions, who are helping needy persons.

Several community based projects are being executed with public-private partnership, the sources added.

The registered NGOs operating in the field of Cataract Surgery and Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation are also provided financial assistance.

The PBM has also completed Women Entrepreneurship training Program in collaboration with Devolution Trust of Community Empowerment (DTCE) a local partner of USAID, in four Districts of Southern Punjab (Bahawalpur, Multan, Muzaffargarh and Lodhran).

As many as 104 needy trainees of PBM-VDSs have been imparted training in Women Entrepreneurship and Marketing Skills.

PBM was currently selecting 175 trainees from Badin, Tando Allah Yar, Hyderabad, Matiari and Karachi in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to impart training among youth under Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Program.