New Clothes for Orphans

    Ibn Abi ad-Dunya reported with his chain that Ibn Mas’ud Radiallahu ‘anhu said:

    The people will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection as naked, hungry and thirsty as they ever were. So, whoever clothed someone will be clothed by Allah, whoever fed someone will be fed by Allah, and whoever quenched someone’s thirst will have his thirst quenched by Allah, and whoever relieved others will be given Relief by Allah.’

    Alhamdulillah with Allah’s Help, Ummah Welfare Trust’s relief in Somalia is wide-ranging. Along with food rations, utensil sets, hygiene sets, books and shelters, Ummah Welfare Trust is also distributing clothing sets to poor rurally-based families.

    All clothing has been hand-stitched and tailored specifically for families in Somalia. A family set of clothes has 6 pairs of clothes (2 pairs for adults and 4 pairs for children) and 6 pairs of slippers (in adult’s and children’s sizes).

    The priority for these sets is widowed and orphaned families. Such families lack earners and so these sets will relieve their burden of clothing the children inshaAllah.

    Alhamdulillah, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed new clothes to orphans in the Bay-region towns of Baidoa and Burhakaba:

    Markaz ‘Umar ibn al Khattab Radiallahu ‘anhu Orphanage, Baidoa

    In Baidoa, Ummah Welfare Trust runs its orphanage, Markaz ‘Umar ibn al Khattab. The orphanage was founded in 1992 by local ulema keen to safeguard the iman of young children affected by war. The school caters for male and female orphans from the age of 5 to the age of 17/18 – the age when secondary school ends.

    On a Friday morning, just before Jumu’ah salaah, every child at the orphanage received a new clothes and sandals alhamdulillah.

    The smiles on their faces were great to see. Ummah Welfare Trust asks Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala to protect these children and accept them for his noble religion inshaAllah.

    Markaz ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib Radiallahu ‘anhu Orphanage, Burhakaba

    Burhakaba, in the Bay region, is a historical town situated around 60 km east of Baidoa. The majority of the 35,000-residents’ income is derived from crops (mainly sorghum and beans), livestock and money repatriated from abroad.

    The orphanage, Markaz ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, is situated in the heart of Burhakaba. It was founded in 1993. There are currently 200 orphans - aged between 7 and 15 - residing there. The centre has 40 members of staff who look after the children.

    On the outskirts of Burhakaba, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed clothing sets to 670 families. These families were poor and destitute and had barely recovered from last year’s dry season. Many of these families (who were widowed and orphaned) also lacked earners.

    Later in the day, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed clothing sets to all the families who had a child studying in Markaz ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib in Burhakaba.

    Every child at the orphanage also received a new pair of clothes and sandals. Alhamdulillah it was amazing to see the smiles on the children’s faces – children who sadly had become accustomed to hardship over the years.

    Case Study: Fadumo Beere Kerow

    Fatima is 80 years old and cares for her two grandchildren. Both the children's parents have died and they now live with their grandmother. Fatima is only person these children have.

    Sometimes Fatima receives money sent from abroad. Recent times were so tough that Fatima told UWT staff that she had not eaten meat or milk for many weeks.

    She was thankful for the clothing set but asked Ummah Welfare Trust to continue aiding poor families like hers in Somalia.