Social Homes specialize in operating and managing social shelters such as orphanages, orphanages, colonial homes for orphans, nursing homes, and temporary social incubators. Our company adopts an operation approach tailored to each category of the organizations served. We also offer support services in collaboration with Arrowad Group subsidiaries.
Social Homes represents the array of care and sustainable development services offered to the social societies and metropolitans. Our services are varied and tailored to the service client to appropriately cater to each customer. To properly serve our customers, we develop bespoke models and methodologies to guide service provision. Our services provided include running orphanages and child-friendly cities. Below, we will briefly cover our Ahl Approach to Orphan Care and Dari Model for qualified child-friendly cities.
Following a thorough study of the Sharia literature on orphan care, promoting attention to orphans, and reviewing the relevant local and international experiences (internationally known as SOS), Arrowad has developed a unique approach to managing virtual social homes orphanages. These homes rely on a combination of two main orphan care processes, namely, guardianship and advice. Being a guardian to an orphan requires offering primary care to maintain their life and providing him with essential life needs such as housing, food, clothing, health care, education, and transport. As for advice, companionship, and kindness, this means caring for and attention to an orphan‘s personality, including the psychological, emotional, social, cognitive, spiritual, and physical traits. We believe that a sound approach that produces content, a happy orphan, and a good citizen combines guardianship and advice. These are not two separate care elements but an integrated care unit offered at the earliest moments of an orphan‘s life. At this stage, he is nursed comfort, content, and love mixed milk. Growing into early childhood, they play and have guided joy to instill good manners and values. They receive academic knowledge in addition to the values that make a good person.
They spend the teenage and early youth years safe and secure in a house kindly treated by caretakers, supervisors, teachers, company, and neighbors who are role models from whom they, directly and indirectly, learn discipline, ethics, religion, and social life. All those orphan caretakers g support with various workshops and events suited for their age group and aimed at generating content and happy young people and good citizens. The approach distinguishes two main types of orphan caretakers, i.e., a full-time influencer and a part-time caretaker. A full-time influencer caretaker is employed for an international organization or a charity under an official employment contract and has specific roles and responsibilities. He is a full-time member of the Home (i.e., a surrogate father, mother, uncle or aunt, the staff members, cook, driver, supervisor) and part-time staff members such as evening teachers.
A part-time influencer operates under a part-time employment contract, whether paid for or voluntarily. He has specific roles and responsibilities but not dedicating his full-time to the Home, such as babysitters, trainers, neighbors, and social media influencers. For those influencers and caretakers to fulfill their duties before the orphans, the approach comprises capacity building and qualification programs before they undertake the orphanage duties. The courses continue for as long as they are employed, cover different areas, and are presented in various ways to meet the qualification and capacity-building purposes and to realize the desired training impact on performance.
Dari ModelChild-friendly Cities is a UNICEF Initiative launched in 1996. The initiative aims at creating safer cities that are prepared for child upbringing so that children can exercise their rights. UNICEF collaborates with the United Nations Human Settlement Program (UN-Habitat) on making cities better compatible with children‘s needs and requirements, including the health care, social, educational, and recreational aspects. In this respect, the UNICEF works closely with municipalities, secretariats, and local administrations of cities considering they are the executive bodies mandated with urban planning, organization, and construction.
Plenty of cities in over 45 countries around the world have adopted the initiative. Many cities have got international recognition as child-friendly, most noticeably, Quebec in Canada, Billund in Denmark, and Shenzhen in China. In addition, few countries such as Finland, Germany, and France have been exerting consistent efforts and conducting projects to qualify most areas. For instance, 13 cities are internationally recognized in Finland, while six more are undergoing qualification. In Germany, 11 cities are internationally recognized; whereas 13 more are pending qualification. In France, 231 municipalities, including the capital city in France, have qualified. In the Arab world, there are only two cases, namely, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and Amman in Jordan. Arrowad Group has developed the Dari model as an operational model for qualifying Arab cities to be child-friendly. Here is a summary of the main model pillars and road map.
Main Dari Pillars:
The model aims at qualifying Arab cities to be child-friendly; hence, qualification is the essential process of the model. The international model of a child-friendly city must be adjusted and adapted to the Arab environment and particular target areas. For this reason, the model has eight major pillars ensuring that the target goals of the initiative can meet. These pillars are as follows:
- Developing the frame of reference for the project.
- Creating the tools.
- Monitoring and evaluation.
- Change model.
- Qualification processes.
- The impact.
- International recognition (added value).