A House-wife turned business woman Mrs. Salina Akther used to think about serving humanity. She established “Arunima Old Home” at her paternal Home at Shymoli, Dhaka.
In 2002, the initiative began with the patronage of Proshanti Foundation under a project called Arunima. It continued till 2006 in rented housing in Shyamoli and Savar, with a Probin Seba Kendro in Netrokona.
Proshanti Foundation had a 7-member executive committee with Prof. Monwara Islam as Chairperson, and Ms. Salina Akther as the Secretary General. It was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Arunima had 14 inmates at the rented house in Shyamoli. However, due to various difficulties, Arunima and Proshanti Foundation was dissolved in 2006. But 5 out of 14 inmates stayed back since they did not have any place to go to. 3 out of 5 residents were physically challenged and 2 of the staff members were physically challenged too. Ms. Salina Akther on her own took care of those people for 3 years till the time Subarta was born. The idea of providing help to physically challenged was conceived during that time.
In the year 2016, she switched over her thinking to establish a big Home and expanded her idea with new vision and mission. Her idea of caring elderly was published in a national daily and got appreciation at both Home and abroad. She shared her views with many people including Mr. Gulam Haiz Khan, Mrs. Zakia Chowdhury, Mrs. Nasrin Firdaus and Mr. Shaabuddin Ahmed.