There is no greater tragedy for a child than the death of one’s parents. Not only are they deprived of their parents love and affection, they also lose the knowledge, skills and guidance that generations of parents have shared with their children.
There are over 8 million orphans in the world, according to UNICEF. Many of them live in institutional orphanages in unimaginable conditions, where their most basic needs are not met. The children are often hungry, scared, confused and lonely.
Even when managed by people with good intentions, orphanages often lack the necessary funds, resources and knowledge to properly provide for the children in their care. The fact is, most of the children in these institutions don’t stand much of a chance of breaking out of the cycle of poverty and thriving as independent adults.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Rescue an Orphan sponsorship programmes operates in the greater Sylhet region to support young children orphaned by death of one or both parents.
Provides short-term housing and care to orphans
Orphan is assessed and placed in safe families