Diversity, cricket and singing in Islamabad and Karachi orphanages

It was amazing to hear of the range of languages and backgrounds of children placed at the boys’ orphanage from all regions of Pakistan. What is an additional challenge to the children’s adjustment, we tried to turn on its head by asking them to share their languages, and the boys were very proud indeed. As they were also proud of their sports, education and religious studies achievements – the cricket lesson was promising!

The precipitants of admission to the girls’ unit were similar, i.e. natural or violent parental loss, neglect, or economic reasons. Children who caused concern appeared to exhibit the same pattern of attachment difficulties as anywhere else in the world. Another challenge for both homes was mixing the whole age range – but staff seemed to integrate

  smoothly. The teenagers even joined the younger girls in the singing!

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