The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,
“I and the person who looks after an orphan will be in Paradise together like this,”
reports Al-Bukhari, describing the motion as raising his forefinger and middle finger together.
There are 153 million orphans worldwide children without one or both parents to give them a home, safety…and, most importantly, love.
A family environment
A complete family unit is an environment that allows a child to thrive and achieve their full potential. Good health and education are just some of the positive outcomes from a cohesive family atmosphere.
This brings happiness to a child’s life
For many orphans, the threat of poverty is constant: where will the next meal come from? Where are we going to live? If we get sick and can’t afford medicine…will we survive?
And if they make it through this childhood of hunger, poverty and insecurity, they have little hope for a better life. Without an education and the tools to support themselves, there is small chance of a brighter future ahead.
- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chechnya, Ethiopia, India, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan
- Albania, Indonesia, Iraq, South Africa and Pakistan
- Bosnia, Jordan, Kosova, Lebanon, Palestine Gaza, Palestine West Bank, Syria
How your sponsorship is utilised
Your sponsorship will bring a smile to an orphan
Your ongoing assistance ensures that they have a roof over their head, and food on their plates. It will enable them to attend school with books and stationery, as well as provide healthcare when they become ill.
We don’t just take care of their physical wellbeing – like all children, they deserve to be safe and happy too. Your sponsorship will mean they receive Eid presents and attend summer camps, sports classes and fun day trips. A social worker will visit regularly to ensure that everything is going well.
In other words, when you sponsor an orphan, you’re not just giving a gift…you’re giving them an entire childhood.
Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship programme already supports over 50,000 orphans around the world – Bring a smile home today!
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Frequently Asked Questions
It could mean the world.
Your support will ensure that they have a roof over their head, and food on their plates. It will send them to school with books and stationery, and provide healthcare, vaccinations and medicine when they get ill.
We don’t just take care of their physical wellbeing – these children deserve to be safe and happy too. Your sponsorship will mean they receive Eid presents and attend summer camps, sports classes and fun day trips. A social worker will visit regularly to ensure their home is safe and loving.
In other words, when you sponsor an orphan, you’re not just giving a gift… you’re giving them an entire childhood.
Islamic Relief ensures a brighter future for children.
While orphans are some of the most vulnerable young people around the world, every child living living in poverty or conflict is at risk – of poor healthcare, lack of clean water and food, or not getting the education that is so vital to building a brighter future.
Many find themselves in dangerous situations just to survive – working long hours in dangerous, illegal and underpaid child labour, even having to sell themselves. Parents are forced to marry their children off young, not because they want to, but simply so that they will have someone to take care of and provide for them.
We want to protect children. We work to take them out of child labour, enrolling them in education and helping their parents earn a living so the family can get by. We build safe villages for children, making sure health centres, schools and water systems are up and running. We support entire families, because it’s impossible to help a child without helping their families too.
Once you sign up online, you will be paired up with an orphan in need, allowing for a one-on-one relationship to be established. Sponsors are able to communicate with their orphan(s) via letters or phone calls and can send monetary gifts for special occasions.
For only R500, R600, or R750 a month, you will be providing your orphan with the basic necessities and emotional support that he or she requires. You will receive details about the child you are sponsoring as well as a photograph and an annual progress report outlining how your contribution is impacting the child’s life.
Further information of the process is outlined below.
Not a problem. Through our Orphan General Fund, we are able to help more than one orphan. The donations are used for projects that benefit orphans, their families and their communities. These projects focus on education, health, social welfare, sports and leisure activities. Regular donations of any amount can make a considerable difference in the services we provide to orphans and their families.
- A monthly food hamper and promoting food gardens.
- School uniforms and stationery.
- Clothing and blankets
- Care workers visit orphans’ homes, provide home-based care and assist sick parents and guardians.
- Day-care programmes for pre-school children.
- After-care programme where children can learn and play and their progress assessed.
- Care workers make sure that all children of school-going age attend school.
- Guardians attend a weekly support group. Access to water by supplying water tanks.
There are approximately 3.7 million orphans in South Africa, almost half of them have lost their parents due to AIDS – related reasons.