Our dear orphan sponsors,
We said "Bismillah" with the prayers of our orphan children. We are walking on this path with their prayers. As we have left a year behind us that has flowed past and a life where only kindness is valid, we offer our endless thanks to our Lord for blessing us with the opportunity to support orphan children.
We started our Orphan Sponsorship Program in 2007 by holding the hands of our children that where from the besieged Palestine. Now with support of our valuable guardians we are sharing our lives with more than 70,000 orphans in 56 countries from the Middle East to the Far East; from the Caucasus to Latin America and from the Balkans to Central Asia. We are also providing support to 800,000 children periodically.
We are working day and night to provide orphan children who have been affected by war, conflict, natural disasters and poverty with a warm home to sometimes stroke their hair and just simply ask them how they are feeling. At the 25 orphan education centres we support our orphans until they have completed their university education. Children from Syria, Palestine, Burma, East Turkestan, Kashmir, Pattani and Afghanistan are now more confident by knowing that they have a family in Turkey. They deeply feel the responsibility of having to be a better person.
So our orphan children can voice their opinions freely our Ministry of Education, Minister of Religious Affairs and Eğitimbirsen have come together with all of our schools and Qur'an teaching schools for 3 years and are running the Each class has a Orphan Brother program. In our previous academic year more than 750,000 students have said "We are with you" to their orphan brothers and sisters. We spend three months of the year by dedicating ourselves to the Orphan Solidarity Program by providing education, health, social welfare, development and cultural support programs to our orphan children at their own countries.57 Islamic countries now perceive the 15th day of Ramadan as World Orphan day, a campaign that has been accepted by the Islamic Cooperation Organization which was proposed by IHH. The faces of angels on Earth (our orphan children) have established a peace bridge by getting together on International Children's gathering day.
And you... Did not stay silent towards the organ, prostitution mafias, beggar networks and missionary organizations who are trying to take advantage of our more than four hundred million orphans. You have provided aid without thinking whether it is small or big and have cared for countless orphans. You have opened up your hearts to our orphan children as if they are you own child. You have given us the courage to take care of our orphan children under the guidance of our beloved Prophet (SAW)'s Hadith that says "I, and the one who looks after an orphan, will be together like this in the next world", then he raised his index and middle fingers together." We would like to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts...