Abeer Mohammed Al Gholi, 15, lives in Shamlan, a village on the outskirts of Sana’a. She is amongst more than 1,400 vulnerable children enrolled on our orphan sponsorship programme in Yemen.
When her father died of a heart attack, Abeer’s mother struggled to provide for her six children. It was hard to make ends meet from her small widows pension, and she relied on help from relatives.
Then, Islamic Relief provided the family with a lifeline. Both Abeer and her younger brother joined our orphan sponsorship scheme. For six years, the programme has made sure that their everyday needs are met, and that they can go to school.
Now, life is a little easier for the family, who have been able to offer a home to another vulnerable child. Malak – who is disabled – was abandoned near a local mosque three years ago. She is like a younger sister to Abeer.
Islamic Relief’s one-to-one sponsorship scheme provides a lifeline for orphaned children in 24 countries across the globe. Around 38,000 vulnerable children are currently enrolled in the programme.