List of Projects

With all your support and duas, the Orphan Sponsorship Program has seen incredible growth over the past few years, and last year, we have raised more than the intended goal. This would not have been possible without your contributions, and so we would like to request your input with regards to deciding where this money should be donated.

The following is a list of projects that are currently in need of funding. For more details, please scroll down and click on the project names.

  • Indonesia: Farming for Orphans by Islamic Relief
  • Lebanon: Protection of Syrian and Local Orphans by Islamic Relief
  • Ethiopia: Vocational and Business Training by Islamic Relief
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis by Human Concern International

Indonesia: Farming for Orphans

Background

Despite of Indonesia’s remarkable economic growth in the last decade, the country still faces poverty and inequality issues. Today, there are about 84% Indonesians with monthly spending less than CAD100. Disparity between the rich and the poor is widening each year. Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country, still depends much on agriculture and aquaculture to feed its people. Agriculture provides jobs to around 42 million people in the country. Studies have shown that by increasing the skills of agricultural labourers will lead to the improvement of agricultural productivity and income. Meanwhile, in rural Indonesia, the education sector suffers from an acute shortage of resources which significantly undermines the quality of service delivery to children. There are predominantly two types of institutions providing education and care services in rural areas; a) formal education system with budgetary support by the government; b) informal education system including traditional Islamic boarding schools and Pesantren contributions and occasionally through the Social Responsibility element of the corporate sector. Despite serious resource constraints, the latter enrolls almost 15% of the Indonesian school eligible children living in peri-urban and rural settings. The most disadvantaged institutions are the ones located in ultra-resource-poor communities; even when they present the only source of some form of education and care for the poor, marginalized and also orphan children.

Islamic Relief’s Response

IRC will a) promote agriculture, aquaculture and poultry rearing as an income generating activity for 6 orphanages schools and; b) create and strengthen marketing linkages and enterprise building capacities among supported institutions in order to achieve sustainable impact.

Lebanon: Protection of Syrian and local Orphans

Background

According to UNICEF, at least 8,000 children have arrived at Lebanon’s borders without their parents, and countless other has lost one or both parents while living in desperate conditions at refugee camp. The enrolment rate of Syrian children in Lebanese schools is very low mainly due to the fact that families cannot afford to send their kids to school and pay for food. Most Syrian children that do come to school come hungry and therefore, cannot focus on their education which puts Syrian youth at a high risk of becoming a lost generation. As a response, The Lebanese government along with UNHCR and UNICEF focused their food and education assistance on children aged between 6 and 17 years however, the youngest children attending Kinder Garten (children aged between 3 and 5 years) are completely forgotten. Islamic Relief had done an assessment and found that most young children are unable to develop like a normal child because they come to school hungry and cannot focus on learning and developing.

How Can You Help

As a response to this issue, Islamic Relief is supporting Syrian refugee students and vulnerable Lebanese students attend school by providing food in school as an incentive for children to come to school and help them focus on their studies by satisfying their hunger. Islamic Relief is providing meals on a daily basis as well has primary health checkups and medical support to all 3 different schools. IRC is targeting Kinder Garten children aged 3-5. Islamic Relief is also teaching students and their teachers basic healthy eating habits to help prevent against hunger related illnesses.

Ethiopia: Vocational and Business Training

Background

Ethiopia is one of the poorest nations in the world, with a majority of the population living under $1.25 / day. The absence of basic needs such as lack of food, clothing, and shelter have put many youth at risks. Most parents die in their most productive age. Families that do earn cannot save any money, if they are able to somehow than that money is used for burial ceremonies. The most important needs for children are food, shelter, psychological support, economic strengthening, education, health care and protection. Majority of these children will lose these, if they lose their parent(s).

Country: Ethiopia
Location: Addis Ketema
Beneficiaries: 240 Orphaned Youth
Cost / Beneficiary: $500 Ensures one orphaned youth receives vocational training to help them get a job
Islamic Relief’s Project

IRC hopes will improve access to employment opportunity for a total of 240 children above the age of 18 through provision of vocational and business skill trainings for children discharged from sponsorship program. IRC will achieve this by providing vocational and business training, providing working tools provided for graduated from vocational institutes, and providing access to financial credit so they can start their own income generating ventures, as well as linking youth to employers in hopes of creating employment opportunity.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Background

Given the crisis in Syria, there are many orphans and children in need that will need help surviving in the refugee camps.

HCI’s Project

HCI will be providing them with essentials such as clothes, food, and heating sources

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