We arrived the day after a rainstorm had hit Najaf – the tent and mattresses were completely soaked through. Hawra’s mother had stayed awake the whole night worried the tent would collapse. — Meet Hawra
Hawra is seven years old. Her mother was always the breadwinner, working hard in a brick factory to earn a modest living.
When Hawra’s father passed away less than two years ago, her maternal grandparents forced the family to move closer to them.
With no space in an already crowded home, Hawra and her siblings set up a tent, using poles and bedsheets, on their uncle’s small farm. It is surrounded by animals.
Our team found them during a regular field visit. We arrived the day after a rainstorm had hit Najaf – the tent and mattresses were completely soaked through. Hawra’s mother had stayed awake the whole night worried the tent would collapse.
We immediately instigated our eligibility checks, the family was assessed and then included on our waiting list.
They also received legal support to complete required paperwork so Hawra and her siblings could receive birth certificates and finally apply to school.
They are now registered with Al-Ayn and will receive monthly financial support, until a private sponsor is found.
Hawra is one of Al-Ayn’s 57,096 orphaned children. Each month, we sponsor up to 1,800 more children. There are still another 5,320 children on our waiting list.
An Al-Ayn sponsorship means that children like Hawra are given comprehensive, long-term care.
This includes financial, educational and medical support, therapy and counselling, vocational training, self-sufficiency projects, personal development programmes and mentoring. They are assigned a field worker, who tracks their progress with home visits and monthly follow ups.
An Al-Ayn sponsorship really does change lives.