Somalia Orphan Appeal

    As part of the overall relief programme, full support is being provided to every child at Markaz ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiallahu ‘anhu orphanage in Baidoa, Somalia.

    There is however 100 orphans currently unsponsored. Ummah Welfare Trust has therefore launched an appeal to find sponsors for the 100 children inshaAllah.

    You can sponsor one child at the orphanage for £25 a month or £300 for the year.
    This is just 83p per day.

    Ummah Welfare Trust asks its donors to help these children inshaAllah. For giving so little, we could receive so much.

    The Messenger of Allah Salallahu ‘alaihi wasallam said ‘Keep an orphan close to you and be kind to him and stroke his head and feed him from your food, for this will soften your heart and you will reach your goal.’

    - Sunan Al Baihaqi

    The orphanage was founded in 1992 by local ulema keen to safeguard the iman of young children affected by war. The building was formerly a church made by Catholic missionaries during Italy’s imperialist rule. In 1991 the then Somali government bought the building and handed it over to the Ministry of Education. This government collapsed however following the US invasion in 1992. Alhamdulillah at this point local brothers stepped in to use the building for a greater purpose.

    The school itself caters for male and female orphans from the age of 5 to the age of 17/18 – the age when secondary school ends.

    In primary school, seven subjects are taught: Maths, Science, GHC (geography, history and civics), Tarbiyyah, Arabic, Somali, and English. In secondary school ten subjects are taught: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Arabic, English, Somali, Tarbiyah, History and Geography.



    5:00: Fajr Salah
    5:15: Revision Time: Children go over Qur’an, Ahadith, Fiqh, secular studies, etc. This is done individually and all the children are supervised by two Murabis – male and female social workers who spend every night at the orphanage.
    6:00: All the children eat porridge, which is made from Sorghum. After this, they put on their uniforms and get ready for assembly.
    7:00: Assembly/Parade takes place in the yard. The children also undertake exercises.
    7:30: Classes begin. Classes take place for two hours. A single teacher will teach for around 45-50 minutes.
    9:30: Children have their breakfast which consists of a local bread called anjira.
    9:50: Classes start again and children are taught for two hours.
    12:00: The children pray Dhuhr salah and have their lunch.
    13:00: The children rest and sleep for half an hour.
    13:30: Madrasah officially starts. Children learn the Qur’an, Ahadith, Fiqh, etc. This is for four hours with a break for ‘Asr salah.
    17:30: Children have dinner and school officially ends.


    Somalia Orphan Sponsorship