Islamic Relief’s Child Welfare Programme ensures orphaned children and their families have access to food, clothing, education, healthcare, and shelter. Islamic Relief (IR) also keeps families together by providing support to widows. Carrying out Child Welfare Programme (CWP) over 20 years in Pakistan and AJK where the poorest families are targeted and financially supported in meeting their basic needs of life. Presently, Islamic Relief is supporting 3,057 orphans 1,415 girls and 1,642 boys respectively across Pakistan and AJK. The programme aims to fulfill educational, nutrition, and other basic needs to its sponsored orphan children so they can live a respectable life. We ensure that our sponsored children have the same opportunities as ordinary children and comprehensive support is provided for future active citizens of the society. Shahzeb comes up with flying colours
16-year-old Shahzeb one of Islamic Relief right holders and an orphan sponsored by Islamic Relief in Muzaffarabad, AJK shares his story. Serving the community through public health is my aspiration, says Shahzeb. Recently, I have come up with flying colours in my intermediate (First Year) exams.
I live with my mother and a brother and my family struggles to make ends meet as we have meager resources of income. My father died in an accident in 2002. IR took me in its orphan support programme in 2004 when I was a student of grade three. I have been receiving sponsorship for last nine years and now I am grown up and ready to make a difference to people’s lives, Zeb informed.
“Without Islamic Relief’s support, I really don’t know what I would have done to cover my needs. My mother’s financial burdens were so great but IR’s moral and financial support helped us to keep moving. I cannot express in words what I owe to IR family. I have been receiving adequate healthcare, clothing, gifts and I am still enjoying the recreational activities, which is organised for children like me. I am thankful to the donors whose support helped me continue my studies.” “Over the years, I have learned that education is one of the primary tools to break the vicious cycle of poverty. The financial support from the donors is not just a sponsorship to me; it’s a future investment of those people who have supported me from the last nine years. I was a student of grade three and now I am a student of pre-medical. I shall pay back this investment by serving the communities through public health Insha Allah!” Shahzeb vowed.