May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah (SWT) be showered upon you and your loved ones.
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate - Sahih Bukhari 5659
We would like to begin by offering our sincere gratitude for giving us the opportunity to share this vision which can only be implemented with your duaas and support.
Poverty is an unfortunate force which is reaping catastrophic affects amongst our brothers and sisters globally with an estimated 1.3 billion living in extreme poverty. Accessing basic quality of life is something which falls outside of normality for these underprivileged people. In particular orphans in third world countries are experiencing a double injustice in that they are deprived of the love and nurture which every human being yearns for in addition to an economical struggle. To go through childhood without the protection and care of a parent or guardian is one of the most unimaginable and traumatic experiences a child can be subjected to. Currently there
are 53 million children living without parents in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The following handful of statistics offers a small insight into the magnitude of deprivation that orphans are faced with on a regular basis:
- One in five children living in developing countries is severely underweight (World Bank, UN).
- Over 1 billion children suffer from at least one form of severe deprivation of basic needs such as water, food, and sanitation (SOS).
- 19,000 children under the age of five died every day in 2011 (UNICEF).
Through Islamic Help, we the volunteers from across the country have been given a platform to implement the responsibility in helping those less fortunate than us. H.O.M.E. which stands for ‘Helping Orphans Meet Equality’ is a campaign that we have formulated in order to raise funds to fuel 'The Children's Eco Village Project'
The Children’s Eco Village is located in the Mkurunga district, just outside the capital Dar es Salaam and near the small town of Kisemvule. In Tanzania. It is set in a green, clean, productive, pleasant and self-sustaining environment designed to nurture the physical, mental, social and spiritual growth of vulnerable orphans. It will eventually be home to 160 orphans by providing care, love and affection through skilled and professional staff who will act as ‘mothers’ and care-givers to the children.
With the blessed month of Ramadan bestowed upon us, we pledge £50,000 to build a house in the orphanage to accommodate more helpless orphans. This we aim to do by raising funds and sponsorships for two planned mountain treks arranged for this summer alongside other dedicated volunteers. The first being Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK located in the peaks of Scotland followed by Mount Snowdon in Wales. Our fundraising campaign will also consist of other various means such as street collections, stalls etc. We therefore ask you to donate what is within your means and do so wholeheartedly to provide a form of support for our campaign and most importantly we ask for your sincere duas.
We pray that Allah (SWT) accepts our contributions and rewards you in this world and the hereafter.