Today, there are more than 153 million orphans in the world. Of those children, 18 million have lost both parents. They range in age from infants to teenagers, all without a family to provide for their most basic needs. Every day 5760 more children become orphans. Children are orphaned for a wide range of reasons, including war, poverty, and death. They live halfway across the world and they live just down the street.

According to the UNICEF report orphans in Somalia are estimated 680,000 in 2010 which is 12% of total children in Somalia. Following the Hadith from the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “I and the one who sponsors an orphan will be in Paradise like these two” – and he gestured with his forefinger and middle finger, holding them apart, African Development Trust sponsors orphans in all areas it operates.

How we help the orphans:

We support orphans in orphanages managed by our partners by providing them food, clothes accommodation, free healthcare and free education. We provide scholarships to orphans and poor children to further their education by paying tuition fees and providing educational materials necessary for them. We also give Eid gifts to our orphans two times each year (Eid Al Fitr and Eid AlAdha).

Please help us fight poverty through educating orphans and poor children.

Widow sponsorship

In 2015 there are an estimated 259 million widows worldwide. Widows are among the most vulnerable parts of the community. Many of these women and their children are malnourished, exposed to disease, and subjected to extreme forms of deprivation and social injustice. Widows in developed countries face social isolation and commonly live with severe insecurity and poverty due to lack of affordable health care and employment.

However, the worst is when your husband is missing but not declared dead, the case of many Somali women whom their husbands have been missing and never came to know their where about or if they still a life or not.

In Islam, taking care of widows is considered a very high form of charity. According to Sahih Bukhari the Prophet once said: “The one who looks after and works for a widow and for a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah’s cause.” Inspired by this Hadith, African Development Trust gives special attention to support widows and orphans.

African Development Trust provides free food to the widows and their families on monthly basis. Not only that, they are part of our income generation and vocational trainings.

Please help us to help poor widow mothers and their families.