Message from Sr. Ruth
As a spontaneous response to the precariously ignored sufferings of physically and mentally retarded children, Dar-ul-Sukun set out its mission to provide caring services for people with physical disabilities in Karachi early seventies. Our services to physically challenged people still constitute the largest of our activities of which we brag about eternally. It affords us the gratification of availing the blessings of these little angels.
We also recognize that apart from physically and mentally handicapped souls helplessness befalling people can also be manmade. The alarming phenomena of growing poverty, high inflation, violence, energy crisis and internal insecurity have inflicted majority of people in our beloved country with serious damages and challenges in last decade or so. Paramount at the core of the teachings of all the religions is compassion and empathy for less privileged.
The sufferings are not a test for victims but for us, especially for those who are privileged enough to alleviate the sufferings of vulnerable people. From the heart of suffering we can draw inspiration which characterizes my story of tally devoting career to the people we serve.
Despite our goodwill, devotion and steady efforts, obstacles continue to pose serious challenge for us. But with the support of so many benefactors we have been to build an impressive track record of serving marginalized people of the society.
Looking after the neglected people of the society is our collective responsibility. Sometimes small things done by us mean a lot in others lives. The power of giving can even improve you own lives apart from recipients. Dar-ul-Sukun has been hospitable place for contributors from majority of religions, races, and ethnicity living in Pakistan and small number of individuals and institutions aboard especially Lemmens Foundation based in the Netherlands. I am extremely grateful for your persistent friendship and support to our beneficiaries and look forward to a lasting connection with you. God Bless you.
Dar-ul-Sukun originated as a home for the physically and mentally challenged children. It was founded on 17th February 1969 by a Dutch nun, Sr. Gertrude Lemmens who came to Pakistan as a visitor in her full youth. She was so much touched by the pathetic condition of mentally and physically disabled children spotted on street corners and in/around the city garbage tubs that she chose to devote her life for the care of such children in Pakistan.
Sr. Gertrude started her very mission with eight (8) children and by the passage of time, in the main center alone, this number has now increased to more than 230 special people founded on street corner, brought in by social workers, police and relatives. Dar ul Sukun is Sr. Gertrude’s brainchild and dream. However, a team of six sisters worked with selfless love and affection to turn it into a glaring reality and a brand name in the field of philanthropic work in Pakistan. These dedicated sisters include Sr. M. Mathilda Pereira, Sr. Ruth Lewis, Sr. Angela, Sr. Immaculate and Sr. Agnes.
Since Sr. Gertrude’s demise on October 27th, 2000 after a short illness, Sr. Ruth Lewis has assumed the frontal role for carrying on the mission of Dar ul Sukun. She is assisted by Mother Mathilda Pereira a ceremonial successor of Sr. Gertrude. Major part of administrative and operational functions is formally performed by Sr. Ruth due to Mother’s prolong ill-health and old age. Also, Dar ul Sukun enjoys the voluntary support of committed board members who also happen to be prominent figures in religious, social and business life.
Overtime, Dar ul Sukun has grown into a large organization with network of homes mainly in Karachi city and around the country. Programmatically, in Karachi alone, the scope of service has expanded into various dimensions including work for socially displaced girls and women, senior citizens, education and skill scholarship for poor students and family adaptation scheme etc. A new initiative, Quetta center for parentless and displaced children started operation end of 2007 while restructuring of twenty-year old Lahore center meant for polio affected girls is underway. In terms of physical infrastructure development, the construction of a new modern building of Dar-ul-Sukun main centre was completed in 2004. Recently with the financial assistance of Dutch Hockey Federation, renovation of Dar-ul-Sukun’s old building was accomplished and turned into a children complex for providing them more spacious and comfortable place with a garden and elevator facility. In the pipeline and about to commence is the demolition and reconstruction of Dug-out building.
“To provide support, care and shelter to the special people, socially displaced children, senior citizens and poor families for viable change in their lives through a team of committed professionals, dedicated nuns and compassionate volunteers.”
Helping people overcome the human sufferings is the overall aim of the organization. However, the centerpiece of Dar ul Sukun’s mission statement is the special people because:
Special people hardly ever complain and have very innocent desires. Unlike us, there is no element of jealousy or greed in them. Their minds, though not fully developed are nothing but pure. The purity and innocence is such that it can make a normal human being feel guilty and ashamed of his/her endless greed. Special people in this world are for a special purpose i.e to make us slow down a bit and thank God for his innumerable blessings on us.
Our vision to provide sustained high quality sensitive care, health and nutritional services, constructing living places and rehabilitation centre’s and facilities for creative education, learning and leisure activities through a team of committed professionals, dedicated nuns and compassionate volunteers all over the country. Dar-ul-Sukun envisions inspiring change for lasting solutions to the problems of the beneficiaries of its services.
We help people to overcome their sufferings with love and compassion
We believe in serving all human beings irrespective of their religious, ethnic, regional and cultural background.
We are just means for sponsors who desire to help and assist the people in need. We are open and factual in our dealing with everyone. Sponsors and donors should be content that their contributions are spent only for the purpose of serving our beneficiaries. We demand of ourselves high level of professional competence.
The Annual report of 2012-2013 is ready in PDF format.
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Dar-ul-Sukun is a not for profit organization, it runs purely on humanitarian financial, kind assistance, donations and Zakat. However, this equation or formula changes off and on as our supporters are mostly generous and flexible. Lemmens Foundation based in the Netherlands is main and permanent source of funding and technical assistance for Dar ul Sukun.
Children, youth, elderly people and organizations arrange events and fund raising carnivals frequently to ensure smooth operation and service to the beneficiaries of Dar ul Sukun. Our various projects/programs and activities of some centers are fully or partially funded by specific donors who pledge their support for some years or in some cases for long period. We continue to seek funds for our new initiatives, sustaining current and scaling up activities for which we welcome donors and are ready to send off proposals.
Zakat is the capital sources of our Financial Resources and it is a duty of all individuals and organizations to perform their religious responsibility.
Financial Report of 2010-2011
Financial Report of 2011-2012
Financial Report of 2012-2013
Welcome to DAR-UL-SUKUN
DAR-UL-SUKUN originated as a home for the physically and mentally handicapped children. It was founded on 17th February 1969 by a Dutch nun, Sr. Gertrude Lemmens who came to Pakistan as a visitor in her full youth. She was so much touched by the pathetic condition of mentally and physically disabled children spotted on street corners and in/around the city garbage tubs that she chose to devote her life for the care of such children in Pakistan