Ongoing conflict and disease across sub-Saharan Africa mean that orphans in sub-Saharan Africa are left with no hope and a bleak future. It is estimated that in the entire continent of Africa there are over 52 million orphans; this is over 30% of the world’s total orphans. The continued conflict in the region, extreme poverty and diseases, such as HIV and Ebola, have meant that today 20% of Africa’s population under the age of 18 are living without at least one of their parents. How will they survive?
African Development Trust supports orphans in both orphanages and their own communities by providing food, clothes, accommodation, free healthcare and free education. Today we support 434 orphans in Somalia and 834 families are able to educate children without any interruption from not being able to pay their school fees. Will you support us to reach more?
Our sponsorship means that orphans do not have to pay their tuition fees and are able to further their education with all of the necessary educational resources. All of our sponsored orphans also receive an Eid gift on both Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha. We are giving the orphans in Africa hope for a better life and a brighter future.
Many of the orphans in Africa are expected to maintain their own households and take care of their siblings with food, education and medical costs. However, at their young age it is difficult to find a stable income and they are forced into exploitative and dangerous work. It is estimated that 32% of orphans have lost a parent from AIDS, with many of them suffering from the disease themselves, and 4,000 children were orphaned in the recent Ebola epidemic. Without your support thousands of these orphans will be left alone on the streets and have little chance to survive.
In Islam there is a great reward for those who take care of an orphan and encouraged by the Prophet (peace be upon him):
Sahl ibn Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that,” indicating his forefinger and middle finger.