Why orphans need your support today
Orphans are incredibly vulnerable. Without the support of one or both parents, in communities where they are already struggling, futures seem dark and bleak. According to UNICEF, almost 10,000 children become orphans every single day.
When many of us hear the term orphan to describe a child or young adolescent, we picture no father and mother. However, in Islam the term ‘orphan’ is broader. It can also apply to children whose fathers have passed away or have been absent. By recognizing the struggles that a child can face with even one missing guardian, Al Mustafa Welfare Trust helps thousands of children all over the world live a better life.
In many impoverished countries, women are fully dependent on their husbands and fathers. Most women do not work and have access to money. In everyday life, they hold virtually no decision-making power or authority. This means when their husbands pass away or disappear, they are left in very challenging circumstances, and often unable to care for themselves and their children. In cases where widows are unable to provide for their children, children are at huge risk. At home, they lack good food, clothing and healthcare. They are often required to work in unsafe conditions or to beg on the streets in order to help their families put food on the table. They are at risk of grooming, abduction, abuse and sexual exploitation.
In some communities, orphan children are more susceptible to early and child marriage. Often, this is a decision made by male elders in the family who wish to facilitate greater security for the family. However, this is a practice that needs to be challenged, and causes great difficulty to the child. Children should be happy, at school and building their own bright futures. However for orphan children, they are often not given this opportunity.