CJP Saqib reveals post-retirement plans during visit to Fountain House on Eid

01:39 PM | 16 Jun, 2018
CJP Saqib reveals post-retirement plans during visit to Fountain House on Eid
FOUNTAIN HOUSE -  The chief justice visited Fountain House, a non-government institute of mental heath, and donated money to the institution on Saturday, the first day of Eidul Fitr.

During the visit, the chief justice also distributed gifts among the patients as Eid gifts. He also praised the working of the institution, besides questioning, "Why the public institutions could not work in this way".

He also visited different wards of the rehabilitation center.Impressed by the performance of the Fountain House, the chief justice also revealed his post-retirement plans. "I will spent my rest of life after retirement in social work," he disclosed.

Talking about swelling debt of Pakistan, the top judge said: "We have to get rid of it for our next generations".

He also highlighted significance of education, saying a country cannot achieve development without focusing on this sector, adding that the water issue must be resolved on the priority basis.

Fountain House is a professional self-help program, which started in New York City in the 1940s, operated by men and women recovering from major mental illness in collaboration with a professional staff.

Fountain House Lahore

Lahore Mental Health Association (LMHA) was formed in 1962 to mobilize efforts & resources for the uplift and promotion of mental health in the country. In 1965, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rashid Chaudhry (Late) a founder member of the association, worked out a plan for the establishment of a rehabilitation center for the mentally ill in Lahore. A formal proposal entitled "Establishment of a Half-Way House and Day-Night Rehabilitation Unit for persons with Mental Illness" was submitted to the Govt. of Pakistan in 1965.

After approval by the Govt. in 1968, the proposal was sent to the Social and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Govt. of USA for the purpose of obtaining technical and financial assistance. In 1971 Mr. John H. Beard, Executive Director, Fountain House, New York as a consultant of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Washington USA visited the Rehabilitation Unit of Lahore Mental Health Association. The close relationship that developed as a result of the technical collaboration between the two houses led to the adoption of the name of Fountain House For The Rehabilitation Center In Lahore.

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