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Tree plantation at Dar-ul-Afiyat old home
On Saturday, 29th March 2014, a group of 14 students including CSL-401 course participants and NCSC’s volunteers visited Dar-ul-Afiyat from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a plantation drive. The students distributed fruits amongst the senior citizens as well. Dar-ul-Afiyat, a government institute, is an elderly care or old age home where currently 21 senior citizens aged 65 plus are provided with housing services. There are 19 male and 2 female senior citizens residing at the old home. The organization is located at Muslim Town, Khana Road, Rawalpindi. The students interacted with the senior citizens and the officials at the institute. Through this interaction, the students got to know that the senior citizens want better medical care and want a fresh environment. The officials asked the students to plant tree saplings of fresh flowers and fruits which will not only give a colorful outlook to the venue but will also allow the citizens of
Dar-ul-Afiyat to have access to fresh seasonal fruits. Therefore, the students planted saplings of guava, lemons, oranges, rose bushes, eucalyptus (safeda tree) and grass beds in the lawn of Darul-Afiyat. As part of the old home project, students are conducting a need analysis survey of old homes in
Islamabad and Rawalpindi to find avenues to improve the lives in old age homes.