Shishu Paribar, safe haven for children

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DHAKA, Sept 2, 2019 (BSS) – Children are the future of the country and it
is impossible to take the country forward without giving enough opportunities
to flourish them.

But all the children are not lucky to get the chance to secure a better
future for them due to their poverty, absence of parents, physical and mental
barriers.

For the children like these, the government through Department of Social
Services (DSS) is running many Sarkari Shishu Paribar (State Children Home)
across the country.

There are innumerable numbers of children living in a deplorable condition
in the country. They are orphans, destitute, disabled and very poor, who are
living below the poverty line.

According to different government sources, from the nineteen fifties some
orphans were reared up, educated and rehabilitated by the government through
establishing the state orphanages and were run by the Primary Education
Directorate.

Later, the orphanages have been transferred to the DSS. Other than this
programme, the DSS have established many organisations for education,
training and rehabilitation of the destitute, street children and abandoned
baby.

Since the inception of the DSS in 1961, the responsibility of running the
state orphanages had been shifted to them.

The main objective behind the management of the Sarkari Shishu Paribar is
to create an environment for children to grow as normal citizens of the
country. The specific objectives of Sarkari Shishu Paribar are to take care,
protect, maintain and to provide food, education, training, medicare,
recreational facilities and also to rehabilitate the orphans.

Rowshan Ara is a MA student of Khulna University. She was raised at a
Sarkari Shishu Paribar in Khulna and wants to give all the credit to that
institution for coming this far in spite of being an orphan.

“When I get admitted to the Sarkari Shishu Paribar, I was only five. My
father died when I was three. I was admitted at Shishu Paribar in 2001. I was
somewhat meritorious but my teachers helped me a lot. I came first in the
final exam in class two, and the academic results in the following years were
also satisfactory,” she told BSS.

Rowshan said the love and care showed by the teachers at Sarkari Shishu
Paribar were the driving force behind her success, adding, they guided
children like her as their own.

“I was able to learn tailoring, computer and beauty parlour courses at the
Paribar. I took admission in Khulna University after passing HSC in 2013. I
want to become a BCS cadre in future,” said the confident Rowshan.

Tanzina Akter was raised in Bagerhat Sarkari Shishu Paribar and now working
as a social service worker at Dakop Upazila Parishad in Khulna.

“I can’t remember faces of my parents as I was admitted at Sarkari Shishu
Paribar when I was too young. Without the services provided by the Paribar, I
don’t think I would have been able to come this far,” Tanzina said.

According to government sources, there are 85 Sarkari Shishu Paribars
under the DSS all over the country with a capacity of 10,300 orphans. Among
which 43 institutions are earmarked for boys, 41 for girls and 1 for both
sexes.

For physical and mental growth of the inmates of orphanages, facilities
including food and lodging, shelter and maintenance, general education,
religious and moral teaching, sports and recreation, medicare, vocational
training and rehabilitation are provided at the paribar.

A total number of 51,342 orphans have been rehabilitated through this
programme till to date. These orphanages would be modernized with medical
centre and computer training facilities.

 

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