Systematic Aid for Orphans

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KASHMIR for almost three decades has been embroiled in a conflict between India, Pakistan and in recent instances even China. Estimates put the number of deaths at 70,000 since the conflict started in the 90s. However, amidst all the chaos and politics, one group that has suffered the most is the orphans who are generally at the bottom of the privileged chain in the valley.

J&K Yateem Trust is one of the largest orphanages operating in the Valley since 1972 and was the first NGO for orphans in the area which shows the farsightedness of the vision. The organisation currently runs around 12 NGOs across the union territory. The institution runs special programs like “Feeding the Needy” through which they are providing for more than 4,300 families who are widow-headed or destitute.

The orphanage has not only the job of nurturing the orphans but also helps them in other socio-economic activities such as marriage. They have a program called Wedding Assistance in which they help orphans and economically underprivileged girls who are unable to bear the expenses and are provided with a wedding kit comprising of ladies suits, footwear and cosmetics products worth Rs.15,000. No cash allowance is given under this scheme.

J&K Yateem Trust has tried to remain completely apolitical since its inception which it claims is the reason for its success. They do not rely on the government for funding and have tried to run on the goodwill of people.

However, these individual endeavors though appreciable are not enough. Systematic institutional efforts are required in order to reach out to those in need especially orphans. This is important because in the absence of organised governmental efforts and aid, many are likely going to be left out.

The policies need to be drastically improved and an umbrella needs to be created where all the independent organisations can work in tandem for the orphans in Kashmir.

Vision. The organisation currently runs around 12 NGOs across the union territory. The institution runs special programs like “Feeding the Needy” through which they are providing for more than 4,300 families who are widow-headed or destitute.

The orphanage has not only the job of nurturing the orphans but also helps them in other socio-economic activities such as marriage. They have a program called Wedding Assistance in which they help orphans and economically underprivileged girls who are unable to bear the expenses and are provided with a wedding kit comprising of ladies suits, footwear and cosmetics products worth Rs.15,000. No cash allowance is given under this scheme.

J&K Yateem Trust has tried to remain completely apolitical since its inception which it claims is the reason for its success. They do not rely on the government for funding and have tried to run on the goodwill of people.

However, these individual endeavors though appreciable are not enough. Systematic institutional efforts are required in order to reach out to those in need especially orphans. This is important because in the absence of organised governmental efforts and aid, many are likely going to be left out.

The policies need to be drastically improved and an umbrella needs to be created where all the independent organisations can work in tandem for the orphans in Kashmir.

Saumy Deepak Tripathi

saumytripathi01@gmail.com

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