This Universal Children’s Day, discover how we are helping children across the globe to build brighter futures.
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Gezim Hoxhaj lives in Albania. He is amongst 38,000 orphaned children currently supported by our worldwide sponsorship programme. His mother receives a regular allowance, helping her to provide for Gezim’s basic needs and to enable him to go to school.
In Bangladesh, many children like Jewel are forced to work to help support their families. An Islamic Relief project in Dhaka is giving children access to education and training to enable them to escape hazardous work.
In the Central African Republic, Bertin’s* family cannot afford to send him to Bangui’s school for deaf children. Now, he receives learning support at one of our Child Friendly Centres, set up to provide youngsters with respite from the horrors of war. (*Name changed)
Lingshan village, in China’s Sichuan province, received a brand new school through our recent integrated development project. We constructed the village school to provide children with a safe learning environment, as part of wider work to improve access to essential services in the community.
Mehzabin is studying again, thanks to an Islamic Relief project serving children living in India’s Bombay Hotel slum. Basic education, life training and subsidised healthcare are provided to poor children.
Indonesia’s Aceh province was left devastated by the tsunami of 2004. Our most recent post-disaster programme project has seen eleven orphanages and boarding schools receiving support to generate an income. The schools are now able to maintain and improve their education services.
Over 2,000 children are benefitting from our project to improve secondary education in Iraq. Five schools are being repaired and improved, and are receiving furniture and equipment – as well as teacher training. We are also providing school uniforms, stationery and access to extra-curricular activities.
More than 45,500 vulnerable children in Kenya’s Mandera and Wajir counties benefitted from our project to improve provision of child health and nutrition services.
Zain Bhikha visits a new school in Mali, funded by Islamic Relief. Constructed to replace two windowless rooms that had previously served as the Dunicoro-Djitomou village school, the new building provides hundreds of children with a good learning environment as well as sports and recreation facilities.
Our project in AJK, Pakistan, has so far improved nutrition for over 3,000 malnourished children and more than 1,100 mothers. It is supported by the World Food Programme and coordinated with the government of Pakistan.
In the Palestinian Territories, Gazan pre-schoolers received fortified milk and high-energy biscuits in an Islamic Relief project to tackle childhood anaemia and malnutrition. In total, around 1,700 children benefitted.
More than 1.1 million people are currently displaced in Somalia, forcing many children into a life of uncertainty. Islamic Relief has set up eight Children’s Learning Centres, which are enabling children in camps around Mogadishu to access learning once more.
Almost 200 Tunisian students received nutritious snacks and mineral water through a project designed to empower poor children to unlock the benefits of education. During the project at Ghorghar primary school, Islamic Relief provided 18,250 snacks covering 70 school-days.
In all of our work, we prioritise the protection and welfare of children, and also try to bring joy to their lives. Here, an orphaned girl in Yemen enjoys picking out new clothes for Eid celebrations – provided by Islamic Relief.
This Universal Children’s Day, we thank you for supporting our work to change the lives of vulnerable children worldwide.
Thank you for supporting our work to change the lives of vulnerable children worldwide. Together, we will continue to make a difference for many more.