Darul Sukoon- The home of hope!

Out of many small wishes, one of my wish was to spend time with the orphans, old and with the disable people. Recently I got a chance to fulfill my wish and I visited Darul Sukoon as a photographer of a small event with a team of YLC who promised to spread smiles and happiness with them. There reside children and some old age people who are mentally and physically disable.

The team members played with them, danced with them, sang with them, listened to their small adorable wishes and gave gifts and goodies. All the people of Darul Sukoon were amazing, the way they care for each other and the way they protect each other was worth noticing.

When speaking to a person of management, she told me that parents of these children leave them here when they realize that they are disabled. She told that they give reasons that they don’t have enough money to bring them up but they lie to hide the truth. When I asked if these children miss their parents, she smiled and said these children are now our own children. We know them and they only know us. This is their home. They don’t know that the word “parents” exist but they know that “love” exist and they live on this hope. A tear flicked down my cheek which a four year old boy wiped it off and proved the above statement right.

I went to explore the well maintained and decorated building and saw an employee feeding the boy whose feet were tied with the bed and his eyes were frightened. I asked why he was tied when he is in a cot with rods taller than the normal height. He said, “He is very hyper. Once he climbed it and went to take a hot boiling water bath. I reached on the spot else he wouldn’t be alive today”. The boy was continuously looking at me while I was talking to the employee. I smiled at him and said “Kioo bhaee kioo gaee ap?” <Why? Why you went there?> The boy looked, smiled and started telling me whole story in his own special language. The employee told he is very choosy person and once he choose and starts talking, he doesn’t stop. You can leave whenever you want. I smiled and keep listening to him because I felt there was a need there.

Altogether there were smiling, sad, frightened and the needy faces. All of them wanted only one thing that is a hand to hold, an ear to listen to them, a mouth to cherish their beauty and a heart to love them endlessly. They all were innocent. What was moving for us was the way these children looked up at us, the way they gave us thousand dollar smile, the way they played, danced and the excitement they had in their twinkling eyes while opening the presents and showing them off to their friends. They had the manners which a normal person doesn’t have. They are taught to be hospitable and to be warming.

These children proved that though we are blessed with all the abilities yet we have made ourselves disables. We made our condition worst by ourselves. We do have the heart but of stone whereas these people have the heart of gold.

The team of YLC


You REAP What You SOW!

hands which once held yours!

One of the hardest ages in life is his seventh stage in which the person gives farewell to his life. This age apart from old age can be called DISPPOINTED AGE, HOPELESS AGE where a person’s hope is all drained. Those pains which a person can’t even think of surround him. The age where He comes to know THE TRUTH! Truth that the life he spent on his loved ones was actually WASTAGE! He comes to know that majority was with him because of his wealth! The age when you need someone to be with you becomes the age where everyone leaves you.

Recently I went to a supermarket. I saw a young boy with an old person on wheelchair. I was standing at a distance from them. I saw that boy left that wheelchair almost at the mid street to buy something from the mart. I wonder why he left him alone when wheelchairs were allowed inside. Meanwhile, I observed people passing him giving him stares. That old person looked disturbed. I kept waiting for that young boy but after 15 min I went to that person. As soon as I approached him, he gave me scared look. I politely asked “Uncle, can I help you?” He remained quiet. I turned around and as I started walking. I heard a polite, old age person voice saying “I will be grateful if u will move my wheelchair in the corner”. I smiled and did what he said. After 10 min I saw that boy looking for wheel chair. When he reached there, I saw his angry face; he said something angrily to that man. My face frowned with anger that why the hell is he screaming on him when he was the one leaving him outside at the middle of road alone for about half an hour!?! When I saw that old man, He signaled me with his eyes as if he wants to say “it’s okay! I am used to it”. I gave him a confused look on which he called me. He put his hand on my head and said “Stay Happy!” I wasn’t in a state to say anything so I just smiled and waited there until he went.

Reason I shared this story is to ask why we forget that our PARENTS are those who gave birth to us, care for us, invest time on us. Do you remember how much you irritated your parents when you were a kid? NO! Do you remember how many times you asked the same questions repeatedly? NO! Do you remember how many times your parents left you home just because you are stubborn kid? NO. Do you remember if they ever say “Why do you ask so many questions? Go away?” No! NEVER.

We think they are irritating us when they actually care for us. We treat them as a tension when they actually want to share our tensions. They become so stubborn, back minded for us when it comes to share anything with them. When they advise something we say “you don’t know anything” without thinking they are the ones who told us everything!

Our parents are the ones who took our hand and taught us how to walk, they taught us how to overcome the obstacles and go forward, but what do we do now when they have not remained so strong to walk on their legs. Do we give them our hand? Or give them a stick and say walk your way. They gave us a world to live in and today we give them a room and say this is where u belongs!!

Some are now so heartless that they show their parents Old Age Homes. WHY? Just because they are now physically and financially weak? The children think that it’s time to get rid of them? After all! We have lots to do with our life how to support old parents? SHAME ON US! Can’t we support those who have spent all their lives supporting us?

But “NO “we want our own independence. They have spent so many sleepless nights to fulfill our needless needs without complaining about their own independence and when they need us, we run away from them to find our own peace!!

Ageing is a natural process we all ARE following and WILL be in this period if alive. But did we ever try to predict the attitude of future generations towards us considering what we CURRENTLY do of our elderly. REMEMEBER YOUR FUTURE WILL BE WORSE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY! Ever heard of “What goes around comes around?