Imagine being left all alone in this world as a young child. With nobody to care for you and no means of helping yourself, your life becomes filled with desperation and worry.
For millions of children around the world, this is their reality. Left unprotected due to the loss of one or both parents, these children become at risk for all kinds of dangers.
Thankfully, one major lifeline these children have is the possibility for orphan sponsorship. Through regular contributions, many of a child’s urgent needs are taken care of, and we at Zakat Foundation of America contribute to ending the suffering of orphaned children worldwide.
Here are a few reasons you should sponsor an orphan:
Over 10,000 children become orphaned every day, usually as a result of war, natural disasters or health emergencies.
With the foundation of their family unit being shaken, these children become at risk for hunger, disease and more. However, when you sponsor an orphan, you make an immediate and powerful change to this potential trajectory and change their lives for the better.
Orphan sponsorship involves a monthly contribution that provides food, clothing, education and health care for an orphan. When these necessities are taken care of, the orphans can grow to become strong and healthy, and later become independent and successful on their own.
Sponsoring an orphan can even have an effect on an entire family, opening avenues for adult caretakers like single parents or extended relatives to have the financial independence to provide a better living for the orphan and their siblings. With the potential to change so much in someone’s life, sponsoring an orphan is a powerful choice to lift someone out of a future life of difficulty.
Ongoing charity is a powerful concept in Islam that refers to the potential for one’s good works to continue beyond the act of giving itself, even after one’s passing.
To sponsor an orphan means to contribute to the long-term stability of their health, education and overall well-being, and this can lead to the blessings of your charity to continue after their childhood.
For example, if your sponsorship provides a consistent education for the orphan, any skills they learn and use throughout the rest of their lives are developed because of your contribution. Because of this, the reward of your sponsorship will continue as they use those skills and even teach them to others.
The potential to do long-term good is an opportunity that every Muslim should be enthusiastic about, and orphan sponsorship is an excellent way to capitalize on that spiritual opportunity.
Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart and enable you to fulfill what you need” (Tabarani).
Caring for orphans was something near and dear to our Prophet, on him be peace, and he saw this as not just a means for alleviating the suffering of the poor, but also as a way for us to soften our hearts.
When we sponsor an orphan and come to deeply understand their troubles, we become even more sensitive to the suffering of those around us. This, in turn, inspires us to do more to help.
There are at least 153 million orphans in the world today, and they need our help. Let’s be a part of the solution and provide these innocent children with the love and support they need.
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In 2020, 81¢ from each dollar donated went directly toward programs serving those in need. 12¢ went to administrative costs & 7¢ went to fundraising costs.