As it stands there are currently 150 million ‘orphans’ in the world.
Some of these orphans have lost one parent, some both, and some are "virtual" orphans that have been turned out onto the streets by their families, but all are vulnerable and in need of help. Without assistance these orphans continue in the cycle of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution and slavery that haunts developing countries.
Through our orphan sponsorship programs – we aim to Instil change and hope by providing support to vulnerable children, through the provision of food, clothing, education, medical care and a roof over their heads.
Our goal is to give every child the best possible start in life
748 million* people – roughly one in ten of the world's population – have no choice but to get water from wherever they can, whether it's a dirty pond or an expensive water vendor (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2014)
Polluted water isn’t just dirty it’s deadly. Some 1.8 million people die every year of diarrhoea diseases like cholera. Tens of million of others are seriously sickened by a host of water related ailments, many of which are easily preventable.
We believe water is a fundamental human right. Each person on Earth requires at least 20 to 50 litres of safe clean water a day for drinking, cooking, and simply keeping themselves clean.
ISRA-UK provides water solutions where needed for orphans as well as the local community. Projects are implemented in communities who have little or no clean water supply. Wells and Water hand pumps provide life saving access to water for drinking, crop irrigation and market gardening.
Providing water is a very good way of offering a Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity) as the donor can expect to reap Allah’s blessings for as long as the well supplies water.
In 2014, Our water program, supported by you, helped provide safe clean drinking water to over 8000 people in Pakistan and Africa.
Children from poorest households are three times more likely to be out of school than children from the richest households.
57 million children around the world are out of school — and the majority of these young people are girls.
Educated mothers tend to send their children to school, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
ISRA-UK believes educating children at a critical time in their life will empower them in their physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. More broadly, education is a key tool for the fight against poverty.
We believe that change can only happen when you empower people to take control of their own lives – and this can only be done through education. This is a form of Sadaqah Jariyah.
In 2014, over 30,000 children benefited for our Project Related Sponsorship programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. That is 8,500 children per day.
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
Sources: State of Food Security in the World & World Hunger and Poverty Statistics
Food is essential to all human beings yet food availability and accessibility remains a challenge for many. A great number of children in the world go without any food, many for days at a time. With the rising cost of living, providing a balanced diet for children who live in abject poverty is just but a dream. Getting one meal a day, that is not balanced is more the norm than the exception. Cases of malnutrition are thus rampant.
In response to such challenges ISRA-UK implements feeding programs during Ramadan, Qurbani and throughout the year targeting poor families who are most vulnerable to hunger and starvation in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The Prophet, (PBUH) said: “One is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry” (Bukhari)
On Eid Ul Adha, which marks the completion of the annual Hajj, the Muslim world celebrates and honours the tradition of the Prophet Ibrahim (Alahi Salaam) by sacrificing an animal and distributing the meat to those in need.
Our Qurbani programme allows donors to select those they would like to see benefit from the ritual sacrifice that they make on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha. We organise the distribution of fresh meat to vulnerable people afflicted by poverty or affected by natural or man-made disasters. For some this will be one of the very few occasions they will eat meat during the year.
Aqiqah, in Islamic terminology, is defined as sacrifice of an animal on the occasion of a child's birth. The performance of Aqiqah is highly encouraged. It is to be performed by the parents or the guardians of the child. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions used to perform Aqiqah when they were bestowed with a newborn.
Aqiqah involves the sacrifice of healthy sheep or goat, two animals for a boy and one animal for a girl. Prices vary from month to month, country to country, so please call the office.
Over 100,000 Men, women and children have benefited from our feeding programs throughout the year in Palestine, Uganda, Kenya, Sindh Province, Kashmir and NWFP.
The main focus of FTP is its long term Aid Programmes which provide sustained assistance to needy communities but we also have a long history of providing emergency relief to vulnerable regions around the world
Prophet Muhammad (S) said
'I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,' (putting his index and middle fingers together).
– Sahih al-Bukhari