Sponsoring an orphan is a generous and noble act

Islamic Relief supports families and orphaned children affected by war, bereavement, poverty, and ill-health. Through our Orphan Care programme, we help children and families to look forward to abetter future.

How we’re helping orphans and children in need

Thanks to your donations, our teams around the world are able to help save and transform the lives of orphans and vulnerable children. In rural parts of Mali, we’re helping children into education, in Yemen children living in conflict, and in Bosnia our teams are supporting children into higher education – and these are just some of the incredible ways your donations are transforming lives.

Right now, we’re helping over 85,000 orphans worldwide, providing food, shelter, health care and education to children in need. And this is all thanks to you.

Supporting orphans and children

At Islamic Relief, we don’t believe in simply providing one-off care to support children and orphans in need. We instead invest in children’s long-term futures, supporting their families, carers, and local communities to provide long-lasting safe sustainable solutions to poverty and inequality.

We use your orphan charity to provide child-friendly safe spaces, empower communities, and develop long-term solutions to poverty and critical issues such as human trafficking (child labour) and child marriage.

With your continued support, Islamic Relief have created over 85,000 orphan sponsorships and supported over 200,000 orphans in need across 26 countries with our projects.

We’re not only transforming futures; we’re saving lives. Save a life today, help orphans and vulnerable children in need.

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Sponsoring an orphan is a generous and noble act

“The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ‘I and the one who looks after an orphan will be like this in Paradise,’ showing his middle and index fingers and separating them.” [Bukhari]

Every child deserves the best start in life: a happy home, a safe place to play and access to quality education, medical care and nutrition. You can provide this with your donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who do we sponsor?

    Islamic Relief sponsor any eligible recipients, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, background or belief.

  • What does your sponsorship provide?

    We look to cover the most basic needs of the orphan, mainly in terms of nutrition, health and education.

  • How much money reaches the orphan?

    From every $1.00, 80c of your donation goes directly to your sponsored child. The rest is used to provide social support to families through our dedicated staff on the ground. 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. Every year Islamic Relief prepares financial accounts, which are audited by independent accountants.

  • Length of sponsorship

    Sponsorship will continue until the recipient is able to support themselves and no longer needs to rely on the sponsorship. We will assess the situation regularly to ensure that those most in need are supported.

  • What should I expect once I donate?

    You will receive an initial report providing some basic information on your sponsored orphan, usually within 4 weeks after the first payment has been received. We will then aim to provide an update on the orphan’s situation annually, focusing primarily on their health, nutritional needs and education. Please note that on some occasions, there may be delays to reporting back on the orphan you are supporting, due to the situation in the countries where they are residing.

  • What happens if I wish to cancel my sponsorship?

    We request that you give us three months’ notice before cancelling to give us time to find another sponsor. If this notice is not provided, you will be required to make a payment to cover the three months. We are certain you will agree, that we need to ensure your sponsored orphan continues to receive support to minimise disruption to their life. However, if you are unable to do this due to exceptional circumstances, the child will be supported by Islamic Relief for a further three months until another sponsor is found.

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