The suffering of children is one of the most difficult things to witness. Especially vulnerable to the effects of poverty and conflict, children are the hardest hit when faced with challenges that even adults would find difficult to cope with.
Each day millions of children across the world face formidable struggles, whether it’s through wars, disasters, drought or disease – and all too often become orphaned as a result. 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 childhood facing 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.
Indeed, being kind to and looking after an orphan is a great act of generosity encouraged by the Prophet (peace be upon him) who said:
I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,” putting his index and middle fingers together. [Bukhari]
Our sponsorship programme doesn’t just take care of her physical wellbeing – she deserves to be safe and happy too. Your sponsorship will mean she will receive Eid presents and attend summer camps, sports classes and fun day trips. A social worker will visit regularly to ensure her home is safe and loving. In other words, when you sponsor an orphan, you’re not just giving a gift…you’re giving the gift of childhood and a chance for a better future.
Islamic Relief already supports over 50,000 orphans around the world – will you join us in supporting more?