orphan sponsorship

orphanage

Let’s Honour The Orphans

Orphans have little to no access to education and it is our responsibility to save these children, ensuring they thrive in a safe world where they will receive food, medical checks, and the necessary education.

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ’Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan and the wayfarer’ [Muslim]. Which means giving charity increases our wealth.

Sponsoring an orphan has endless rewards in this life and in the hereafter. It is Sadaqa Jariyah so you will continue to gain endless rewards insha’Allah.

Help Yateem works
Exceptionally Hard
to cater for orphans

It is common for orphans to feel neglected and as a result be engulfed with anger. Our priority is to redirect that negative energy to something positive and beneficial: Education.

“The best of you are those who feed others” [Hadith Mushad Ahmad]

As an international organisation, Help Yateem’s goal and purpose is to help everyone. We strongly believe that our human survival is dependent on helping one another – that is how the world becomes a better place for all.​​

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Orphans Supported

Orphan Sponsorship Includes

Hot Meals

Education

School Uniform

School Equipment

Transportation

Medical Check

Fun Sports

Safe Shelter

Widows Support

Orphan Case Study

Meet Hassan, a resilient Kenyan orphan whose life took a hopeful turn through an orphan sponsorship program. Growing up in challenging circumstances, Hassan faced adversity with unwavering spirit. When the sponsorship program identified him, it opened doors to education, healthcare, and a supportive community.

Hassan’s journey from despair to empowerment showcases the transformative impact of such initiatives, illustrating how a helping hand can create a ripple effect of positive change.

Hassan’s story is a testament to the power of compassion and structured aid, illustrating that even in the face of hardship, a brighter future is attainable through collective efforts and caring hearts.

FAQ RELATED TO ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP

Help Yateem defines an orphan as: “A child below 18 years of age, without both parents or father, or whose father has abandoned them for a minimum of four years, of any gender, religion or race.

For every £1.00 donated, 92p of your donation goes directly to the sponsorship program. The remaining sum is used admin cost. We pride ourselves on transparency and we ensure that your money goes towards the project you intended – we know that we are accountable to you, our beneficiaries and ultimately Allah (SWT). Every year, Help Yateem prepares financial accounts, which are audited by independent accountants. 

The programme aims to meet the needs of each orphan by providing basic necessities to improve their health and nutrition and additionally support them through their education and social development. The money is used for education, school meal, transportation, school accessories, and medical check. 

We encourage a minimum sponsorship period of one year, however you can sponsor a child for as long as you wish, up to the age of 18. Sometimes, the sponsorship continues after the child reaches 18, for example for medical or educational reasons. If there is a need for the sponsorship to continue, we will notify you. 

When you start your sponsorship, we will send you a photograph of your child with a range of basic biographical information. If you are paying by direct debit, this is usually around four to six weeks after the direct debit has been processed. If you have made payment for the whole year via cheque/credit or debit card/postal order, then you should receive this within two to three weeks. We aim to send you a report on your sponsored orphan every year.

Yes, we can facilitate for you speak to the child. In some cases, the child or guardian may refuse, in such cases we may request for you to send an email or letter to us and will forward to the child or guardian.

On certain occasions, supervised visits may be possible following prior arrangements with the local Help Yateem office and with the agreement of the child. Please note that visits cannot be made directly to the orphan’s home in line with the Child Protection Policy, so the meeting will be held at our offices. Furthermore, any UK-based individual requesting a visit will have to be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) approved. You would be responsible for your own travel arrangements at your own expense and risk and for providing evidence of a DBS check.

Sponsorship may be cancelled in the following situations:

The orphan supersedes the eligible age range and/or gets married;

Their mother remarries and her new husband is able to provide for the family;

The family has a significant increase in income;

The child is absent for more than three months and is not able to be traced;

If the orphan sadly passes away. In the case of death, sponsorship may be transferred to a sibling if they are of sponsorship age.

We request that you give us a minimum of three months notice prior to cancellation in order to allow enough time for us to find another donor. 

We are certain you will agree that we need to ensure your orphan continues to receive support to minimise disruption to their life. However, if you are unable to do this due to exceptional circumstances, the orphan will be supported by Help Yateem for a further three months until another sponsor is found.

We select the orphans through means testing, with each office using a scoring system for families based on the following factors:

Income: Priority is given to those with the lowest income, which includes any monies coming in (e.g. salaries, pension or other sponsorship money). Each field office sets its own maximum family income level, below which an application for sponsorship is granted.

Size of family and ages of children: Priority is given to larger families with younger children.

Housing conditions: Priority is given to those living in the poorest conditions.

Health: Priority is given to children with the poorest health status.

In each family, one child in every two can be sponsored, providing of course that sponsors can be found. This can be modified by the field office upon approval of the Child Welfare Department if there is a particular need for more children within a family to be supported.

We select the orphans through means testing, with each office using a scoring system for families based on the following factors:

Income: Priority is given to those with the lowest income, which includes any monies coming in (e.g. salaries, pension or other sponsorship money). Each field office sets its own maximum family income level, below which an application for sponsorship is granted.

If you have any queries regarding your sponsorship, please call Help Yateem UK on +44 20 3004 9013, or email us on: info@helpyateem.org

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