Generous donations to orphan support at the MAS-ICNA Convention in December, 2014, will enable Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) to sponsor 545 new orphans for the coming year, nearly doubling the number of ZF-sponsored orphans.
Donors’ enthusiasm reached its peak during Orland Park Prayer Center Imam Sheikh Kifah Mustapha’s speech on Entertainment Night, when those present inspired one another to pledge sponsorship and join #TeamYateem (orphan) by raising their hands to publicly commit.
The ZF booth allowed donors to give to the Orphan Sponsorship Fund throughout the convention, and place a tealight inside a large, transparent globe to symbolize helping an orphan’s light to shine by providing food, shelter, health care and education. With donations rolling in, the staff had to empty the globe at the end of each day to make way for new donors to help “light up” the world.
“People gave so generously,” said Leena Suleiman, ZF Communications Coordinator. “It was incredibly moving. Everyone contributing to orphan sponsorship and lighting up the globe made us all feel like anything is possible.”
The trivia contests at the conference booth attracted crowds who vied to share their knowledge by answering the questions and winning small prizes.
The ZF presence at the MAS-ICNA convention was a resounding success thanks to you and your generous donations. Your charity really can light up the world.