Child Welfare Institutions: A Study of SOS Children’s Village
Author: Sarah Ejaz

The objective of this study was to explore whether the SOS children’s village operates as an institution fulfilling the components of Human Development Index. These components extend in three dimensions of education, vocational education and health. The study also aimed to explore the means through which the village cater the long-term needs of orphans and the methods through which they help orphans attain normativity in society. The study was carried out in SOS children’s village, Rawalpindi campus from November 2018 to January 2019. The study followed a qualitative design for this research. A semi-structured and focus-group interview protocol that addressed the research questions was availed. The participants were categorized in accordance to units of data collection, i.e. teachers, adult orphans and members from the administration staff. The participants were selected through purposive and convenience sampling techniques. Thematic analysis was employed to analyze the data and pertinent themes and sub-themes were obtained. Results shows that SOS children’s village can be considered an institution of Human development. However, further studies are required to validate these findings. Supervisor: Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

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Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro

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