Orphan Sponsorship

A complete family unit is an environment that allows a child to thrive and achieve their full potential. Good health and education are just some of the positive outcomes from a cohesive family atmosphere.


153 million. The number of orphans worldwide – For many orphans, the threat of poverty is constant: where will the next meal come from? Where are we going to live? If we get sick and can’t afford medicine…will we survive?

And if they make it through this childhood of hunger, poverty and insecurity, they have little hope for a better life. Without an education and the tools to support themselves, there is small chance of a brighter future ahead. This is where the orphan sponsorship programme is crucial to improving the lives of orphans.

Although we can never bring back their parent, we can help bring back their smile.

The sponsorship ensures that they have a roof over their head, and food on their plates. It enables them to attend school with books and stationery, as well as provide healthcare when they become ill.

We don’t just take care of their physical wellbeing – like all children, they deserve to be safe and happy too. Sponsorship means they receive Eid presents and attend summer camps, sports classes and fun day trips. A social worker visits regularly to ensure that everything is going well.

In other words, when you sponsor an orphan, you’re not just giving a gift…you’re giving them an entire childhood.

Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship programme already supports over 45,000 orphans around the world.

Orphan sponsorship projects