Majority of children who lose their families, and live without any guardian or protection, are in the Muslim world. Human traffickers, child soldiers, child labourers, organ mafia, drug abuse, crime syndicates, prostitution and child begging rings 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 own missionary interests.
As IHH we are trying to care for hundreds of thousands of orphans in dozens of countries. We keep working relentlessly in order to support them until they are able to stand on their own feet and provide for their needs from accommodation to healthcare, to education and food. We want them grow up in their homeland without losing their culture and depending on someone else other than their own relatives. We build orphanages with a cozy home environment for orphans, who lost their both parents and unable tos tay with their relatives.
We are covering living expenses of 89.085 orphans in 56 countries and in 75 cities across Turkey on monthly regular basis and support them in terms of education, healthcare, food and accommodation. Annually we deliver aid to 800.000 orphans in 135 countries
How do we provide for Orphans?
We employ a number of strategies to cover orphans’ education, healthcare, food, clothing and accommodation expenses, to give away new outfits in every eid to not let smiles fade away on their faces, to fund the construction of orphanages where they can grow up in a safe environment. These are as follows:
- Orphan Sponsorship Program
In this charity scheme a person, an organization, a circle of friends, a classroom or a school can sponsor the expenses of an orphan by donating 100 Turkish liras monthly which goes into education healthcare, clothing and acommodation budget for that orphan. Thanks to this program 85.799 orphans in 56 countries are able to go on with their lives.
- 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 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 Orphan Sponsorship Program and Project Sponsorship all donations made to orphans are collected in Orphan Support pool. The funds collected in this pool are then used for orphanage renovation, setting up library or a dormitory, healthcare, organizing social activities for orphans, purchasing eid outfits for orphans. Every SMS sent to 3072 with the text “ORPHAN” means a 5-lira-donation to the pool.
- “Every Class Has an Orphan Friend!”
This charity campaign allows all elementary, junior high and high school, private school and Quranic school students collectively raise 100 liras every month to support an orphan throughout the year. Ministry of Education, Union of Educators, and Department of Religious Affairs endorsed this campaign in which 8.834 schools and Quranic schools participated to sponsor 23.939 orphans. If you are a teacher or a student’s parent you can contact your school to join this campaign. For more information call IHH Orphan-care Office at 0212 631 2121
31 Orphanages Across 11 Countries
- Why does IHH open orphanages?
IHH orphanages serve beyond places of acommodation 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 acommodation and education. Orphanages built in Pakistan after a major earthquake aimed at protecting the children against the missionary organizations. IHH orphanages and colleges that evolved into education institutions are regarded as the most presitigious education institutions in the country. The education centre that opened in 2013 in Somalia, which is plagued by civil war over the past 20 years, features a school, a mosque, a dormitory, a medical centre and playground. 1.500 students including 400 boarding students study there. The education centre aims to equip children who had to quit school due to civil war or povery with necessary skills and qualifications to join the society thus is the biggest investment in children who are the future of the country as it aims to help them.
Orphan Solidarity Days
IHH organizes that every year teams of volunteers set off from Turkey to visit the orphans around the world, to deliver them aid, to open orphanages, to check if things are running smoothly, to cheer the orphans up and provide for what they need. This goodwill campaign that repeats every year is called Orphan Solidarity Days. It is one of the most important activities IHH organizes around the year for orphans. In conjunction with 2016 Orphan Solidarity Days IHH has realized 636 projects for over 204.000 orphans across 45 countries.
These projects include hundreds of activities such as:
- Buying home furniture for families of orphans
- Covering renovation expenses of orphanages
- Buying sewing machines for orphans to make their own clothes
- Facilitating medical check-ups
- Helping orphans without economic means to get married
- Providing stationary and books needed
- Organizing picnics and kite festivals
IHH Organizes Fun Event for Orphans in Eastern Ghouta
23.03.2017IHH in collaboration with Damascus Imar Organization organized a fun event for 400 orphan children aged 4-11 who lost their parents during the civil war in Eastern Ghouta neighbourhood of Damascus.
Turkey’s Orphanages Around the World
27.02.2017IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation opened 32 orphanages in 11 countries with the support of the charitable donors. IHH will bring hope to the lives of five thousand more orphans with new orphanages that will open this year.
651 projects on the 7th Orphan Solidarity Days
10.02.2017Up to 170.000 orphans will benefit from 651 projects which will take place at 36 countries, as part of the 7th Orphan Solidarity Days.
IHH runs 11 orphanages in 32 countries.
IHH on monthly regular basis covers the living expenses of 89.085 orphans in 54 countries..