The majority of children who lose their families, and live without any guardian or protection, are in the Muslim world. Human traffickers and various criminal organizations are only some of the threatening facts that they may have to face. Meanwhile, missionary organizations grab millions of children who have no one to protect them in Muslim countries and use them for their missionary interests.
As IHH we are trying to care for hundreds of thousands of orphans in dozens of countries. We keep working relentlessly to support them until they can stand on their own feet and provide for their needs, from accommodation to healthcare, education, and food. We want them to grow up in their homeland without losing their culture and depending on someone else other than their relatives. We build orphanages with a cozy home environment for orphans, who lost their parents and cannot stay with their relatives.
We are covering the living expenses of more than 133 thousand orphans in 49 countries and 79 cities across Turkey on a monthly regular basis and support them in terms of education, healthcare, food, and accommodation. Annually, we support nearly more than 1 million orphans in 120 countries.
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How do we provide for Orphans?
We have developed several methods to carry out orphans’ education, healthcare, food, clothing, and shelter expenses, give away new outfits to keep them smiling during the holidays, and fund the construction of orphanages anytime in a year where they can grow up in a safe environment. These are as follows:
- Orphan Sponsorship Program
With this system, an individual, family, organization, friend circle, classroom or school can sponsor an orphan; by donating 18$ on a monthly basis, this contribute significantly to the education, healthcare, food, clothing and shelter needs for the sponsored orphan.
- Orphan Education Sponsorship
We will continue to support orphans until they are able to stand on their own two feet. Through the Orphan Education Sponsorship, we help our children over the age of 18 continue their education until they find employment. Our youth who have the opportunity to complete their education in this manner are independent and able to contribute to their family, community, and nation.
- Project Sponsorship
Project based relief activities such as orphanage and house construction or renovation, educational materials, healthcare can be sponsored by a certain person or body. Those who volunteer to sponsor a project can bear the expenses of an entire orphanage construction or parts of it like a library, dormitory, kitchen, or a hall. The volunteering sponsors can also contribute to the expenses of one-year maintenance of an orphanage. If you would like to sponsor a project or build an orphanage please call 0212 631 2121 to get in touch with IHH Orphan-care Office.
- Orphan Support Pool
Apart from the Orphan Sponsorship Program and Project Sponsorship, all donations made to orphans are collected in the Orphan Support pool. The funds collected in this pool are then used for orphanage renovation, setting up a library or a dormitory, healthcare, organizing social activities for orphans, purchasing Eid outfits for orphans.
- Classes Competing for Goodness
A classroom of pre-school, primary school, high school, private school, and madrasa students in Turkey who donate their pocket money to raise 18 per month can meet the monthly needs of an orphan throughout the year with this aid campaign. In 2019, benevolent students in 4,852 institutions took care of over 11 thousand orphans in Turkey and around the world as part of a campaign supported by the Ministry of National Education. If you are a student or parent, you can join this campaign by contacting your school. For more information call the IHH Orphan Department on 0212 631 2121.
42 orphanages, 1 Education Village and 1 Education Center in 12 countries
- Why does IHH open orphanages?
IHH orphanages serve beyond places of accommodation where orphans sleep in. They are built according to the particular conditions of the region and often hold strategic importance. In some countries, Muslims are oppressed, and their children are unable to receive education in their mother tongue and in Islamic subjects. Orphanages built by IHH in these regions meet both the need for accommodation and education. Orphanages built in Pakistan after a major earthquake were aimed at protecting the children against missionary organizations. IHH orphanages and colleges that evolved into educational institutions are regarded as the most prestigious educational institutions in the country. The education center that opened in 2013 in Somalia, which has been plagued by civil war for the past 20 years, features a school, a mosque, a dormitory, a medical center, and a playground. 1.500 students, including 400 boarding students study there. The education center aims to equip children who had to quit school due to civil war or poverty with the necessary skills and qualifications to join society. This is the biggest investment in children, who are the future of the country as it aims to help them..
Orphan Solidarity Days
Every year, volunteer teams from Turkey set out from Turkey to visit orphans all over the world, donate aid, open orphanages, supervise their work on site, make orphans happy, and meet their needs. This is referred to as Orphan Solidarity Days. One of the most important activities we organize for orphans throughout the year is Orphan Solidarity Days. At the Orphan Solidarity Days, which we organized for the tenth time in 2020, we completed 99 projects in 24 countries, including Turkey. The projects benefited over 22,000 orphans and orphan mothers.
Among the realized projects;
- Buying home furniture for families of orphans
- Covering renovation expenses of orphanages
- Vocational training for orphan families with vocational courses
- Facilitating medical check-ups
- Helping orphans without economic means to get married
- Providing stationary and books needed
- Organizing picnics and kite festivals