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A year ago, some youth today would have never thought they would be sleeping under bridges, on streets, in bus terminals and on sidewalks with many other strangers. The impact of self-esteem and sense of self-worth has come under attack in a manner never seen before! Shame, and loss of identity reinforce this pain, but to categorize “loser” with this way of thinking is simply not true. It’s about poverty, loss of jobs, no jobs, bonded labor and the present global crisis of home ownership and a sense of belonging. It has nothing to do with being a “loser” but it has to be with being a “victim.”
International Dream Centers are the first humanitarian faith-based agencies offering hope to mostly abandoned, forgotten, abused and “invisible” youth.
It is also a known fact that over 50% of the older men in Pashtun Tribal areas take boy lovers for their pleasure.
VITAL ISSUES YOU SHOULD KNOW:
1. Pakistan is #3 in the world for homeless youth estimated to be over 2.1 million victims, with over 90% of these victims falling prey to sexual abuse.
2. Over 85% are self-medicating with drugs because of the pain of homelessness and sexual abuse..
3. The youngest age of the homeless youth has now creeped down to 6 years of age.
4. Teenagers 10 – 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults.
5. Thousands of teens simply disappear each year, no one knows what has happened to them.
6. “Survival Sex” forces these teens to survive trading sex for food, clothing and a safe place to sleep. They have nothing to sell but themselves!
This is a minimum of a one-year residential program in a safe and secure environment offering sleeping quarters, food, showers, chapel services, recreation, free education and a personally assigned Life Coach for each resident to provide encouragement, support, wise counsel, love, and a quality of mentoring and investment into the rebuilding of broken hearts (cardiomyopathy) and instilling techniques on how to get a “new lease on life” and become a contribution to the family and the nation in whole.
All volunteers, staff and visitors will be required to submit to a CBC (Criminal Background check) and be thoroughly vetted before they can engage any youth on the premises. All visitors must secure clearance from the Security Director before being permitted access to the grounds. Friends and peers of the youth could be subject to search so as to protect the facility and youth against abuse and drugs. This is a drug-free and abuse free zone. ALL personnel, whether visiting clergy, friends, advocates, family and staff and volunteers must wear a clearance badge before accessing the facility.
All Life Coaches will be required to complete a 40 hour training session and CBC before being allowed to counsel, spend time with, recreate with or minister to youth. This training will be a curriculum especially designed on knowing how to relate to sexually abused, religiously violated and even suicidal or drug induced youth. A basic knowledge in knowing how to relate to these young people is paramount. Every person (excluding genuine pastors and clergy) will be required to complete this certification. Of course, the paramount prerequisite will be a compassion for youth.
It is the paramount responsibility of PDC to provide high school accredited education to the victims and young people who are residents at the Center. We understand that education and knowledge not only equip the young people to address issues of life, but also stabilizes them to be able to make wise decisions in bringing resolution to problems in their journey of self-discovery.
Equipping the young person with the skill and education of making wise decisions helps to foster the building of self-esteem and a sense of achievement. At the same juncture, this builds a resilience in making those decisions based on the truth and not on mere fabrication or unqualified opinion.
The accomplishment of graduation, and recognition from others reinforces an attitude of wanting to do better, a new hope and a right to dream again; and contributes to a greater awareness of what is actually right and what is certainly wrong.
This equips the young person to intelligently and spiritually know how to stand for their own rights and no longer be subjects of abuse and violated regarding bonded labor; regard the nations constitutional rights such as the National Constitution for Human Rights Bill promoting human rights in the country with a better understanding of both social justice and the human law of dignity. Belief the Supreme Law of Pakistan is just another step in the educational process where students can vilify their education and awareness of how they can contribute to the success and growth of their nation.
Teachers will be degreed by an accredited educational institution and recognized as professional in their teaching syllabus and their familiarity on how to transform lives of broken young people into opportunists, who see the road to clarification of what is, what isn’t, what should be and what needs to be reformed. All teachers and educational curriculum will be fully accredited and receive the acknowledgement of the same.
More than 20 percent of Pakistan's population is undernourished, and nearly 45 percent of children younger than five years of age are stunted, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP).
The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has recently released the key findings of the Household Integrated Economic Survey (HIES), 2018-19. It reveals that 16% of the population is experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity. The incidence is twice as high among the rural population, 20%, as among the urban, 9.2%. Shockingly, three out of five households, 61%, among the lowest two income quantiles in the survey, are experiencing food insecurity.
And this has now doubled since the scare of COVID-19 and many low income men have lost their job street sweeping, cleaning out street sewers, and other menial labor.
Pakistan Dream Centers distributed food during 85 starving families here in Pakistan the support of Family Worship Center. where we spend $20.00 food pack for one family which costs PDC $1700.00 for 85 families.
Dealing with sensitive issues PDC offers “a new lease on life” to abused and broken-hearted young men. (later young women irrespective of their faith or beliefs). ALL volunteers go through a 40-hour skilled training in identifying the many concerns young people face in their homelessness, spirituality, sexuality, faith and pain. Respecting the laws of the country, proselytized intent to conversion is not acceptable. Volunteers (Life-coaches) build honor and trust by creating an arena of restoration and recovery to ALL who want it.
Instructors comprise of gifted and proven pastors and social workers and clinicians well practiced in the field of sexual abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, suicide, homelessness, sexual identity with faith-based knowledge of inner healing and application.
The training is fun, filled with interaction, open dialogue, questions and answers to equip the volunteer with tools essential to reach out and care for the frightened, angry, damaged and broken young person. Trained to be a compelling, loving and compassionate mentor, the volunteer Life-Coach is a person who creates hope and rescue for the young person.
PDC accepts all young people in need, irrespective of their faith or beliefs.
ALL volunteers (of any job-classification) having any contact with the youth agree to a CBC (Criminal Background Check) and if possible, conditional on the political and spiritual boundaries, offer letters of approval from their pastors, priests, spiritual leaders, social workers or community leaders. Volunteers age from 15 (like King David) to 109 (like Caleb). No mixture of gender.
A Training Curriculum is provided to all volunteers.
We educate volunteers that their service is their willingness to give love and time and initiate healing and recovery to others which in return benefits their own spiritual walk. The power to give and to serve.
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