“Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer”
Poverty, war and other circumstances often leave children without parental support. You can make a difference. Sponsor an orphan for just 66p a day.
Across the globe, there are 153 million children who have lost one or both parents and 75 million children are denied an education.
It is estimated that there are 61 million children who are orphans in Asia and a further 52 million in Africa.
A sponsorship is a long-term, effective way of enabling children to enjoy the security of a family and to receive a good education.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:
“The one who cares for an orphan and me will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate.
Sponsoring an Orphan in Islam
Sponsoring an orphan is one of the greatest deeds that Allah (SWT) and His messenger Muhammad (PBUH) emphasised. Immense rewards have been guaranteed for those who sponsor orphans in need.
Orphans hold a special place in our hearts. By their nature, children are vulnerable. The loss of a guardian leads to a loss in opportunities, resources and much-needed support. Children who lose one or more parent often miss school, struggle with food insecurity and lack proper clothing.
We believe being losing a parent should not deprive a child of food, clothing and shelter or sentence a child to a life of endless poverty. This belief drives us to support orphans and their mothers sustain their lives.
If you also believe that orphans have as much as right to life-sustaining resources as children with both parents, then donate generously to our orphan sponsorship program. Our sponsorship program costs only £20 a month or £240 a year. Without the generous financial contributions from donors like you, we would not be able to provide the food, clothing, shelter and other support to orphans in need around the world.
ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP FAQS
How do you define an orphan?
A child who has lost both parents or father and below 18 years of age.
How much does sponsoring a child cost?
Sponsorship costs £20 per month or £240 per year. This pays for school fees, clothing, footwear and providing basic necessities to improve health and nutrition for the orphan, money for the orphan’s family and our partners monitor the orphan’s progress.
How long will the sponsorship continue?
Orphan sponsorship is a continuous commitment unless instructed by the sponsor. The sponsorship goes on for several years for the orphan, until he/she reaches the age of 18 years. Sometimes, changes in orphan’s circumstances may bring an end to the sponsorship, e.g. marriage for female orphans, change of the financial status of an orphan’s family, or the orphan cannot be reached. For the sponsor, the cancelled orphan will be replaced with another qualified orphan from the same background if the sponsor wishes to continue the sponsorship.
Will I be able to contact my sponsored child?
You can email any letters and photographs to your orphan to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will check both to ensure that they are suitable, remove contact details and forward to the relevant field office. Responses depend on your sponsored child. In some cases, the child or guardian may respond back straightaway. Others may take several months to respond back or they may instead choose not to respond at all.
Can I visit my sponsored Orphan?
On certain occasions, supervised visits can be arranged, provided that the child and guardian are in agreement for such a meeting. A visit to your sponsored child is a great opportunity for you to see the benefits of your contributions. We request that you notify us 2 months in advance if you are intending to visit your orphan. As part of child protection policy, you are not allowed to visit your orphan without notifying I-Support. A supervisor from I-Support or our partner will accompany you to meet your orphan.
Any UK-based individual requesting a visit will have to submit Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) evidence.
Do I get any updates from my orphan?
Yes, every twelve months (when possible), you will receive an annual progress report with an update about your orphan, which contain detailed development information, recent photo, school results, and letter from the orphan or guardian (where possible).