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Ramadan is about a lot of things that go far beyond fasting.
It is the month where we are given endless opportunities to repent and become the best versions of ourselves. But vowing to make such changes in just a month can be straining on the mind and the body, especially since we’re not able to eat or drink all day. But, it is not impossible!
It usually takes 3-4 weeks to break a habit, or introduce a new one, and to do it you have to be really mindful of your actions. You have to be patient.
Like most people, last Ramadan I told myself that I will try to avoid the fried stuff. But at every iftar when the table was set, my eyes locked on to the pakoras and samosas. I couldn’t wait to eat! BUT, there were still a couple of minutes left before I could stuff myself and those minutes felt like hours! In those minutes my patience was truly being tested.
What I found helped me through those gruelling minutes was thinking about the mothers who would be sat on the side of the road with their hands cupped begging for food or money for hours. Or the children waiting at home clutching on to their bellies waiting for the hunger cramps to pass.
That moment of reflection helped me in so many ways. When it came to eating, yes I had one samosa, but I couldn’t go crazy like I usually would do. I felt too guilty. During the course of the month my appreciation for food and my family increased, I didn’t feel the need to gorge on everything and instead insisted that we don’t waste anything.
Just by taking a couple of minutes during the day to think of how fortunate we are in comparison to the widows and orphans out there I realised how much my patience had increased. When you find yourself in a position where you feel like you’re about to break, think of how blessed you are.
So, to practise your patience, just think of the poor and make dua for them. You will feel the difference yourself.
How do you practise patience? Write to us and share your stories.
We have a small gift for you… a free digital copy of the first edition of our annual magazine.
Our team has so much to share with you.
We want you to hear the stories we have from our trips to the number of countries we work in, from the families we met along the way, what we experienced and witnessed, to what we did to make an impact.
Inside our first edition, you can read about the distributions we carried out in countries like Bangladesh, how our food parcels have helped orphans feel stronger and how nutritious food can help you and your family!
Earlier this year in February 2018, we delivered shoes and socks as well as school bags to 107 orphans in Sierra Leone.
Freetown Sierra Leone is an extremely deprived state with 60% of the population living below the poverty rate. Individuals aged between 15 and 35 make up a third of the population and a majority of those in this age group are unemployed mainly because they have not had any form of education or training to give them the skills needed. The education system is deteriorating with little to no government funding putting a hold to any improvements needed to be made to schools. The people of Sierra Leone depend on agriculture to survive but with an increase in population and degradation of the climate, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Many are left jobless with no prospect of development.
We wanted to make a change to the schools we visited and their students, which is why Orphans In Need handed out school bags, shoes and socks, to over 100 children in need. The excitement and happiness that the children and their parents expressed when they got their school bags were truly inspiring. When they were told that the support came from donors to help with their education and welfare they were just as overwhelmed as we were, they felt so loved at that moment that they could not stop saying thank you.
We always want children to feel loved and we are so grateful that we were able to bring them so much happiness through this simple gesture which would not have been possible without our donors. Together we can ensure that orphans have an equal chance to be educated by giving them the basics to live on, reducing the crime rate and providing the wider society with an educated workforce for the benefit of the community.
Speeches were delivered by Lord Lexden, Lady Singh, Mr Hardyal Luther and the author, Lord Sheikh. Their words and the excerpts read from the book inspired an audience which was already intrigued about this book which has stemmed from years of research and dedication. Lord Sheikh pledged that the full proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Orphans in Need; his generosity inspired the same from the amazing crowd and all copies of the book were sold out on the night.
The book is on general sale and with all proceeds going to Orphans in Need, we encourage all of your supporters to read this inspiring biography whilst helping orphans at the same time.
About the book:
Ranjit Singh was the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and one of the greatest figures in the history of the Punjab. Despite the difficult conditions he faced, including harsh terrain, a mixed ethnic population and surrounding aggressors (particularly the British in India), Ranjit Singh managed to unite the various Sikh factions and built a nation that neighbours soon learnt to treat with respect This new biography sheds new light on this important figure in Sikh history. Lord Sheikh’s accessible account of Ranjit Singh’s life illustrates the extraordinary leadership qualities, military prowess and political skills which ensured his success as a leader in challenging circumstances.
About the author:
Lord Mohamed Sheikh is a Patron of Orphans in Need. He is also Chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council and the founder and Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum. Lord Sheikh, who was made a life peer in 2006 is a prominent promoter of interfaith activities.
Orphans in Need are celebrating Ramadan this year by launching a brand new campaign.
Global Orphan Care aims to double the amount of children we are able to support across the globe.
Recently, we’ve been focusing on one particular statistic: 5,760 more children become orphans every single day.
It’s easy enough to look at the length of that number and be shocked by the sheer amount. But spend a little more time mulling it over… the numbers here aren’t just a statistic, they’re real children, in real need. It’s almost unimaginable.
With this in mind, we’re spurred on to do more – a lot more!
We want to double the amount of children we care for, giving each and every one of them all of the ingredients they need for a stable upbringing and a happy life.
We’re aiming to provide each with food, clothing, an education and any healthcare they might need. We’re hoping to reach those that aren’t currently sponsored, whilst simultaneously extending our reach.
This should mean we cover the care of 40,000 children worldwide.
We’ll be channelling more money in to areas such as support for orphanages, institutions and orphan care projects. We’ll also be looking at helping widows who have orphans left unsponsored.
Well, we looked at our spending logically. Orphanages are able to care for more orphans than a widow on her own, and often take on children as a way of relieving a widow from the stress of providing for her family on very little income. Children in their care get more for less, as the home they become a part of is already set up.
By the time an orphan arrives a project or institution, key aspects of child care (such as the provision of; education, clothing, nutritional food, physical and emotional health) are already operating together to create a stable lifestyle for each child.They’re offered routine and a calm space in places often affected by war and crime.
By supporting those institutions that are already up and running, making them bigger and better, we will have more of an impact, and affect the lives of more orphans in need.
The infrastructure of other countries are not like the UK. Sometimes there’s little governmental support for those trying to run orphanages and orphan care organisations abroad. Things that we take for granted – food, healthcare and schooling- are not readily available , and therefore the individuals who take on orphaned children need as much help as they can get.
Below are images of one of the orphanages that would benefit from this new campaign – Ghonsalla in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Orphans in Need working in partnership with Human Appeal, providing healthy meals to orphans in Syria.
The situation for children in Syria is heart-breaking. Facing the horrors of war, the plight of hunger, violence and soul destroying fear is hard enough but some are having to endure this alone.
The Syrian crisis has made tens of thousands of children into orphans, who have had to flee their homes without their parents or guardians to look after them. Children as young as 10 years old have had to take full responsibility for their younger siblings.
With no social welfare system or alternative care options for children in the war-torn country, the orphan homes inside Syria provide all the care they can. However, some need extra support to provide nutritious food, clothing and medicine.
Orphans in Need partnered up with Human Appeal to deliver a healthy meal project inside Syria to address the severe need for food that orphans are facing in the country. Our project provided 117 orphans, aged 3 to 11 years staying at an orphanage in Syria, with nutrition-rich food for 10 months. This is in addition to the services that are already being provided by staff at the orphanage, including clothing, healthcare and education.
Thanks to the support, the children were able to have three healthy meals and as a result, were able to boost their immune systems and were able to study and rest with a full stomach. At least some respite during the tough times they are facing.
We would like to say a big thank you to Human Appeal’s staff/volunteers for helping making this a successful project. It goes to show by working together, we can make a difference! Here’s a few snapshots from the day!
Please note, this was a one-off project helping to meet the severe need in Syria. Orphans in Need does not run humanitarian emergency projects and is therefore not continuously operating inside Syria due to the humanitarian nature of the support that is required. We do however provide food support in other countries, which you can support here.
Ansaar Scouts Winter Walk | Heckmondwike | 5th February 2017
Orphans in Need teamed up with Ansaar scouts to try and raise funds for the orphans and widows in Nepal. This is what happened on the day…
All participants arrived at Ansaar Scouts at 10am, the scout leader went through all the health and safety checks to make sure everyone was safe, made sure everyone had all the equipment they needed and knew where to go on the day.
There was 2 different distances to walk, the short walk5km (for the mums and young children aged 1-6 years) and the long walk8km(for the adults and teenagers).
Everybody enjoyed walking through the beautiful countryside of Heckmondwike wearing wellies, walking through muddy paths, climbing fences and splashing in puddles!
After a tiring day, everyone went back to the scouts hut and had lunch, coffee and cakes. Orphans in Need set up a cake stall and gave out goodies.
This was a fantastic day to remember and we raised an amazing amount of £4,000. These funds will now be distributed to the orphans and widows in Nepal in May by a team of our staff and volunteers.
We would like to say a huge Jazakallah to Ansaar Scouts and all those that sent in food and drink donations, all the parents and family who came out to support the day, and last but most definitely not least to all the Leaders and Volunterers who made this day possible.
Sara Franziska works out in the field for our Programmes Team. Along with Donations Officer Aasiya Bhamji, they recently visited India to meet some of the widows and orphans we support and take part in delivering hope and distributing over 300 food parcels to elderly widows from rural areas, in Haryana near Delhi.
“Although Haryana has developed a lot in recent years, the truth is that many of the rural areas still suffer from poverty with almost 80% of farmers living below the poverty line.
The food parcel distribution took place outside our orphan village, the parcels having been packed in the days leading up to it with locally sourced produce by Orphans in Need staff and volunteers. Widows are alerted to the distribution via our partners in the area and given an ID card and number prior to distribution.
At 10am, with the sun rising and the day heating up, approximately 300 widows formed an orderly queue to await their food parcel. Many of them would share the cost of using a motorised rickshaw to transport their parcels back to their villages, others made the journey by bicycle.
The widows were truly grateful for the food parcels, many of them placing their hands on our heads as a blessing. They expressed their gratitude to Orphans in Need and our many donors for making
the distribution possible.”
We’re all looking forward to having a blessed 2017. We’ll all say goodbye to 2016 in our own ways and welcome the New Year with our family and friends amongst celebrations. We’ve all had a varied 2016, some for good reasons some for others but what we can all take pride in the amazing things we achieved together this year.
To show you the great work you have helped make possible we want to share with you a film showing how your donations have made a difference across the world in 2016.
What we achieved together in 2016 - Orphans in Need - YouTube
However you’re feeling about 2016 just remember that thanks to your incredible support we’ve made a difference to the lives of thousands of needy orphans around the world, because of you their 2016 was made a little better and remembering this as we start 2017 gives us a real reason to celebrate.
Thank you for all the support you’ve provided in 2016 and here’s to a 2017, where together we’ll do more than ever to put smiles on the faces of innocent children around the world.