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The Lighthouse, a non-profit organization formed under the Beaconhouse Group, has recently been launched to provide a loving home for orphans to nurture them into empowered and confident individuals. This project was initiated by Amina Wattoo Kasuri, Founder and Executive Director at The Lighthouse, and Project Director at Concordia Colleges in Pakistan.

Located near the Srinagar Highway in Islamabad, The Lighthouse is a boarding and education facility for orphaned and less privileged children to provide them with a home that will ensure that they receive a quality education, necessary life skills, and other emotional and developmental support without discrimination.

As stated by Amina Wattoo Kasuri, Founder of The Lighthouse, “We have over the years worked tirelessly towards the development and uplifting of deserving members of our society. The Lighthouse is an extension of our efforts and has been a dream for many years. Our vision is to invest in children’s lives today in order to transform their futures. At the same time, we work to create a safe and stimulating environment where they receive adequate nutrition and are healthy, and are given ample support for their education.”

“Positive changes inevitably take time, but we are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children for the long haul. As our name suggests, we aim to be the guiding light that safely leads children towards a secure future,” she expressed.

The orphanage provides free lodging to children, as well as free education at The Educators, a chain of schools by Beaconhouse. The resident children at The Lighthouse will also be given necessary medical services and treatments, transportation facilities to educational and recreational institutions, nutritious meals, financial support to facilitate their marriages once they are of appropriate age, and support and guidance from trained and dedicated staff.

The Lighthouse is a project established under the Mahmud Ali Kasuri (MAK) Welfare Trust, an independent non-profit organization working towards uplifting the less privileged sector of society. The Trust and its key donors, Beaconhouse, the Kasuri family, and Beaconhouse employees, have consistently responded with meaningful contributions during national crises, including the 2005 earthquake that devastated the northern areas of Pakistan, the IDP crisis of 2009, the massive flooding of 2010 and 2014 and the Covid-19 turmoil engulfing the country in 2020.

Related: Beaconhouse students raise funds for play area at Children’s Hospital

Faisalabad: Beaconhouse, Pakistan’s largest network of private educational institutions, has recently helped set up a community play area at the Children’s Hospital, Faisalabad. Funds for this play area were raised from an Art Exhibition, themed ‘A Brush Can Change Everything’, held at Beaconhouse Kindergarten Branch, Faisalabad, as a charity initiative.

The aim of the Art Exhibition was to hold a fund-raising activity at the school with the help of young students’ artwork, while showcasing their creative skills and learning. Artwork created by the students of Beaconhouse Kindergarten Branch, Faisalabad was sold to parents, teachers, and other stakeholders and attendees during the exhibition, which helped raise a total of Rs. 600,000. The collected amount was then used to collaborate with the Children’s Hospital in Faisalabad to inaugurate a play area at the medical facility for its young patients.

Inspiration for the project was taken from the Beaconhouse-funded recreational and play facilities at Children’s Hospital Lahore inaugurated in 2017, which includes an aviary.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the play area, Kasim Kasuri, Chief Executive of Beaconhouse, stated, “At Beaconhouse, we encourage our students to act as Dignity Ambassadors and community helpers, in order to inspire within them the core values of self-worth, charity, and the spirit of giving. I am proud of our students, their parents, teachers, and everyone else from the Beaconhouse team, who came together and helped execute this noble endeavor. I would also like to thank the team at the Children’s Hospital for their support with designating ample space at their vicinity, helping us make this possible.”

The play area at the Children’s Hospital features bright, pleasing colors to lift up spirits, and is complete with a variety of swings, trampolines, and play mats for the children’s entertainment during dreary hospital visits.

The organization was established in 1975 and has been showcasing educational expertise ever since, with a current student strength of over 315,000 across Pakistan.