This Ramadhan, children in over 200 broken homes in the UK will face poverty, isolation and fear without their fathers. Children like Hana, who at the tender age of 8, is struggling with trauma and extreme stress, following the arrest of her father. Like all children of prisoners, she’s no better off than an orphan. Hers is a grief that is akin to bereavement, but it doesn’t elicit the same sympathy or support. This is Hana’s third Ramadan without Baba. With your help, we can make it her first Ramadhan with HHUGS.
HHUGS help families like Hana’s, impacted by counter-terror measures and detention. We provide financial, practical and emotional support to aid them through a devastating time. We embrace and empower them, and work to tackle the ‘guilty by association’ label that has them ostracised by their own communities.
With every Ramadan that passes in turmoil, the unaddressed trauma of Hana’s family will grow to tear its members apart. The strength of her single mother will fail in the face of on-going poverty and a lack of opportunities. Her children may succumb to mental-health problems, experience bullying and may even turn to truancy in the absence of social support.
This Ramadhan your Zakah and Sadaqah need not travel too far to lift a child like Hana out of poverty and deprivation. Those most needy of help and healing are closer than we think. In the best month to give charity, can you give a child without Baba a Ramadan of Hope?