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Sponsoring an orphan is a highly recommended act in Islam. Al-Ayn has a unique orphan sponsorship programme, with strict procedures in place to ensure the eligibility of orphans sponsored, and that the amount paid by sponsors truly covers their sustenance.
Al-Ayn (Iraq) carries out initial extensive research about the orphan and their existing circumstances, cross-validating the information gathered against different sources. Once the orphan is found to be in genuine need of financial support, the orphan is registered with Al-Ayn. Regular field visits are carried out to monitor the progress of the orphan and document any changes in circumstances.
Registered orphans begin to receive basic support, subject to availability of funding. This support then increases to private sponsorship once the orphan is matched to a sponsor. The cycle continues as the number of registered orphans increases and the need for private sponsors becomes more pressing.
To request sponsorship of an orphan, please complete the “Sponsorship Form” and we will contact you to arrange sponsorship.
Mothers (or the guardians) of the orphans visit their local Al-Ayn (Iraq) branch on a monthly basis in order to collect their financial aid. Collection points are designed to mimic a bank which allows the payments to be received in a professional manner where privacy is respected.
Children are encouraged to play in the play area or pick a toy from the Al-Ayn Toy Shop during this process.
This process is especially important to Al-Ayn, as it allows checks to be made on the child, and the mother is able to communicate any issues or requests she may have.
In addition to the monthly allowances, orphans benefit from medical care, educational support, psychological rehabilitation where needed, and other programmes tailored to their needs.
Types of Orphan Sponsorship
Private sponsorships are designated into the four following categories, and are subject to availability.
Standard Sponsorship (£55 a month): According to a study carried out by Al-Ayn (Iraq), this figure is considered the minimum amount required to lift a child out of poverty in Iraq.
Special Medical Needs Sponsorship (£70 a month): Orphans with disabilities or chronic illnesses are eligible for this type of sponsorship, and receive a higher amount to further cover the additional support and specialist care required.
Victims of Terrorism Sponsorship (£70 a month): Orphans who have lost their fathers due to terrorism are eligible for this type of sponsorship, and may require more intensive psychological rehabilitation to support them.
Academically Talented Sponsorship (£80 a month): This is the highest level of sponsorship, and aims to incentivise orphans to excel in school, with the hope that they may achieve their full potential despite their difficult circumstances.
1. What does the sponsorship amount cover?
The monthly sponsorship amount is spent by the guardian to cover the costs of the orphan’s food, clothing, medication, extra tuition classes and any other items a child may require. This is monitored regularly by a dedicated follow-up teams that ensure the money is being spent on the orphan.
2. What is the minimum period of time I can sponsor an orphan for?
We kindly request a minimum of one year for private orphan sponsorship, in order to be matched to a specific orphan.
3. Will I receive details of the orphan I am sponsoring?
Yes, once we receive the first monthly payment, we will send you information about the orphan you are sponsoring. In order to maintain the orphan’s privacy, we cannot send any further photos of the orphan.
4. Can I contact my orphan directly or meet them?
Direct contact is not permitted. However, Al-Ayn can facilitate a visit at the local Al-Ayn office, subject to the approval of the orphan’s family.
5. How much notice do I need to give to end my sponsorship?
We kindly request four months notice, to allow enough time to find an alternative sponsor.
6. Can I give the orphan an Eid or birthday present
Yes, and we encourage you to do so! The amount is entirely up to you. Gifts typically range between £10 and £50.
7. If I Gift Aid my sponsorship, will the Gift Aid be given to the orphan?
Yes Gift Aid claimed on private sponsorship is passed on to the orphan.