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Orphan care - Sponsor an orphan

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One to one Orphan Sponsorship - £59 per month

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The loss of one or both parents can be a traumatic experience for any child, regardless of the circumstances. However, in countries where war, famine, or poverty is an everyday occurrence, millions of children are left orphaned and struggle to survive.

50% of all people living in extreme poverty are children (UNICEF). Deprived of much-needed educational support, health care and critical age-appropriate safe places to play and grow, these children are incredibly vulnerable and face a bleak future. 

Since 1986, supporting orphans and children has played an integral part in Islamic Relief’s mission to alleviate poverty around the world. We believe that every child deserves a positive start in life and the hope for a bright future. 

Sponsor an orphan today and help transform the lives of children around the world.

Challenges children are currently facing

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100 million

children are orphans worldwide (UNICEF)

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5,700 children become orphans every day

Due to war, natural disaster, poverty, disease, stigma and medical needs

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61 million

primary-school-age children are out of school (UNICEF)

Islamic Relief’s Orphan Sponsorship Programme

We believe that every child deserves a positive start in life and the hope for a bright future. Our programme began in 1986 and has since been a beacon of hope for tens of thousands of children, having supported 85,595 orphans across 27 countries across the globe.

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When you support an orphan with Islamic Relief, the child will have access to education, healthcare, nourishment, and most importantly, the knowledge that someone cares deeply for their well-being and future. 

What you’ll receive when you sponsor a child with Islamic Relief

  • A welcome pack which introduces you to the child you sponsor and provides further information about our orphan sponsorship programme. You’ll receive your pack within 4 weeks of signing up.
  • The opportunity to write to the child you sponsor, and they will also be able to write back if they wish to do so.
  • Updates about their progress through annual reports which will give specific details on how the child you sponsor is progressing in their education, as well as an update on their welfare.
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Why sponsor an orphan with Islamic Relief

Our programme is well-established, and we have a wealth of knowledge and experience around supporting orphans and their families in the best way possible. 

We ensure the following in our Orphan Sponsorship Programme, to maintain transparency, fairness and high-standards, so that orphans and their families are provided with the highest level of care.

  • Every sponsored child is assigned a dedicated field officer who ensures their welfare and provides an annual report beneficial for individual donors. 
  • The project also includes monitoring of sponsored families, guaranteeing that they receive all advantages of sponsorship, including essential health checks, education and housing assessments, and improvements when possible.
  • We ensure that those most in need receive support: Each Country office has its own scoring system which assesses the situation of the child’s family based on certain criteria, such as housing conditions, income and health.
  • Regular safeguarding training for Islamic Relief staff across the globe. 

We aim to ensure that those benefiting from our programme gain: 

  • Improved education results which are above national average, throughout primary, secondary and university level.
  • A healthier lifestyle and environment.
  • Improved psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
  • Increased awareness around child protection issues and a safer home environment. 
  • Improved economic conditions and wellbeing of orphan families.

To our knowledge, Islamic Relief is perhaps one of the only charities to offer a true one-to-one orphan sponsorship programme, where the donation continuously goes to the same orphan. This allows for the life of the same orphan to be continuously transformed long term, which means that the change isn’t short term but they are able to truly rise above their circumstances, gain the opportunities they deserve, and build a better life for themselves and their families.

It is a common practice of some charities to direct orphan sponsorship funds to support groups of orphans as a whole through communal programming, rather than an actual one-to-one programme. This allows for lower prices that overall can help supplement the needs of orphans and provide uplifting programming, but do not offer the opportunity for transformative change for individuals.

Support orphans like Suhaib

Suhaib, a 12 year old boy from Khartoum, Sudan, is supported by Islamic Relief's Orphan Sponsorship programme.
His mother, Aisha, is able to cover the family's needs from the money received from the sponsorship. She also received additional funds to support with Suhaib's medical care, as he has spina bifida that affects his walking ability.
The medical support includes extensive physiotherapy that improved his posture and walking. Suhaib dreams to become a doctor when he grows up to treat people like him.

Importance of sponsoring an orphan child 

Helping to care for orphans and vulnerable children is a duty for Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) emphasised the status of orphans, and the importance of fulfilling their needs. 

We are inspired by the status Islam place on vulnerable orphans, it stands as the perfect means for carrying out the Prophetic guidance.

They ask you, [O Muhammad], what they should spend [in charity]. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveller. And whatever you do of good - indeed Allah is knowing of it

Qur’an | Al-Baqarah:215

Children are a gift from Allah, and a trust, or Amanah – to be cared for and nurtured in the best possible way.

…the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise…

Hadith | Sahih al-Bukhari

Orphan Sponsorship FAQs

Here’s a list of frequently asked questions that you can use for further information on our Orphan Sponsorship Programme.

For any specific queries, you can contact our supporter care team on 020 7593 3232 or complete our online enquiry form.

General orphan sponsorship questions

Financial and payment questions

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