Orphan Sponsorship

    Orphans in Somalia

    An orphan in Islam is defined as a child who has lost his father or both of his parents. In Arabic, an orphan is called a yateem.

    Of the many members of society, orphans are among the most vulnerable. This is particularly true in countries where there is little social support and where services are largely inadequate.

    The noble values which Islam has laid out can be summarily understood by looking at the importance the religion has given to looking after orphans.

    '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]

    Alhamdulillah, Ummah Welfare Trust supports thousands of orphans, helping safeguard their iman and providing them a chance where there one was not.

    Orphans are supported in Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Chechnya, India, Iraq, Kashmir, Palestine, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Syria, Sudan and Pakistan.

    The cost of sponsoring an orphan is 25 per month or 300 per annum (except for Syria and Iraq, where the cost is 34 per month). This amount helps cover the child's food, health and education costs.

    Transforming a life costs us little but ensures us a place in Paradise inshaAllah. It is a means of continuous charity as the donor receives rewards for all the good that the sponsored child does.

    For making regular payments, please download an Orphan Sponsorship form (PDF).

    NOTE: Apart from Syria and Iraq, Ummah Welfare Trust has removed the option for donors to select the country for Orphan Sponsorship. The reason for this is that quotas need to be filled across a number of deserving countries. If you still desire specific country then please contact the Orphan Sponsorship team on 01204 661042 who will be able to advise.

    Orphans in Syria

    Orphan Sponsorship Guide
    • Orphan Sponsorship in every country is £25 per month, except for Syria and Iraq where it is £34 per month.
    • A feedback report for each orphan is only provided if the full yearly amount of £300 (or £408 in the case of Syria or Iraq) is paid.
    • If your orphan has to leave the sponsorship programme for any reason, the remainder of your funds will be allocated to the next available orphan and a replacement detail sheet will be sent out to you as soon as possible.
    • Ummah Welfare Trust reserves the right to raise sponsorship prices if circumstances necessitate. Donors will be informed prior to any monthly price rises.
    • It takes from 4 to 6 weeks for a donor to receive details of his/her sponsored orphan.
    • Annual Progress Reports are sent out between April and July - except for Syria and Iraq where they are not sent.
    • Standing orders are feasible only for UK bank accounts. For donors outside the UK wishing to sponsor an orphan, please set up a bank transfer for the specified amount and inform Ummah Welfare Trust as to what the money is intended for.