Umeed-e-Noor (UEN) is one of the important programs of Hashoo Foundation focused to meet the needs of special children. It has been providing boarding lodging and appropriate therapy facilities to disabled children and improving their life skills through vocational and occupational trainings. It delivers relief and rehabilitation services to the special children through highly trained, committed and skilled professionals. Currently, UEN is providing services in a rented building which is constrained of space to accommodate more students/new enrollments. About 500 children have been enlisted waiting for admission at UEN.
In developing countries like Pakistan, disability is being considered as a 'social' stigma and special children are given less importance and kept ignored by the parents, society and stakeholders. There is also lack of attention from the government side to help the disabled children and invest in this sector by establishing special centers and creating/providing jobs for them. Therefore, UEN is committed to address the needs of special children by providing quality education, rehabilitation programs, skills development trainings services in an enabling environment. UEN is dedicated to bring positive changes among special children and make them a productive partner of society.
The new UEN Center of Excellence for Care and Rehabilitation of Special Children will attend to the needs of special children by providing them psychosocial, vocational, and occupational and physiotherapy services. This center will also address the training and development needs of teachers for special children across the country to enhance their skills and learn through sharing expertise and experiences. Besides this, it will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers to do operational research and help decision makers in devising policies to address the issues of special children and plan appropriate interventions at national level. Keeping in view the emerging needs of special children, the management decided to construct the state of the art building for the special children. UEN has purchased a land worth $341,000 (21.1 million Pakistani Rupees). According to the layout/design, building will consist of basement plus five floors to accommodate 300 new enrollments, adequate space for boarders and training center for teachers. The estimated cost of construction including cost of land equipments is around $1.86 million equivalent to 115 million Pakistani Rupees.
Health professionals and volunteers from national, international agencies and foreign embassies served with time, knowledge and provided financial contribution to purchase equipments and instruments to benefit the special children. Currently, UEN is providing services in a rented building which is constrained of space to accommodate more students
ew enrollments. About 500 children have been enlisted waiting for admission at UEN. Umeed-e-Noor is staffed by a team of 30 employees.
Currently, Umeed-e-Noor is staffed by a team of 34 employees. With the help and support of volunteers, professionals and parents, UEN has achieved remarkable achievements providing beacon of hope to vulnerable groups.
This exciting new project will enable UEN to attend the needs of more than 300 special children. It will support and empower families, recognizing their unique role in the life and development of their children and introduce best practices for bringing up children with special needs.
The construction of new center is in progress and expected to be completed by next year (subjected to the availability of grant/funds). Initially, the infrastructure will be completed, equipments and instruments will be ensured and gradually classes will be started.
To measure the progress of its commitment, UEN will utilize the following metrics:
Number of Special Children enrolled during the year including Boarders and Day Scholars
Number of Children admitted for speech therapy and % of children cured
Number of Children admitted for physiotherapy and % of children cured
Number of Children admitted for vocational therapy and % of children cured
Number of Children got admission/joined in normal school
Number of Children trained through skill development trainings
Number of session /trainings conducted for improving the skills
Number of New services introduced
Development of new curriculum
Number of volunteers served
Percentage of increase in financial sustainability
Raised funds to purchase a plot worth $ 341,000 (21.1 million Pakistani Rupees) for construction of New Umeed-e-Noor Centre of Excellence
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