On the occasion of the International Day for Street Children on 12th April 2014, Muslim Aid calls for individuals to come forward to provide support for orphaned, destitute, and vulnerable children in the developing world through one-to-one sponsorship to keep them off the streets.
It is estimated that 100 million children around the world are street children, as a result of orphanhood, poverty, neglect, abuse, conflict, displacement or peer pressure. Living on the streets exposes children to a new set of dangers such as exploitation and kidnapping, while prolonged periods of living on the streets leads children to abandon education and become involved in criminal activity.
A spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “It is the right of every child to have access to shelter and live in a safe and nurturing environment. Providing financial, emotional and social support for children that are lacking these basic rights is vital, and gives them a chance to lead normal lives and achieve their true potential. To address this problem, Muslim Aid has established its ‘Rainbow Family’ sponsorship programme to enable individuals to support children in need in some of the poorest communities in the world. We currently have over 300 children on our waiting list waiting to be sponsored. We appeal to all to sponsor a child through our child sponsorship programme, and we are confident that it will be a rewarding experience for those who offer to support a child.”
Muslim Aid’s Rainbow Family Sponsorship programme, a holistic support mechanism for orphans and needy children in the developing world, currently sponsors over 5000 children in 16 countries. This unique programme offers donors one-to-one sponsorship with their sponsored child for £25-£30 per month, which provides education and school supplies, healthcare, clothing, food and emotional support, ensuring that all aspects of their wellbeing are taken care of. The programme ensures that children are going to school, and their progress and general wellbeing are monitored closely throughout their sponsorship. The programme also has a general fund which is used to fund community projects which offer support to wider communities. Recent projects have included the rehabilitation of schools and libraries in Sri Lanka, running health clinics and seminars in Palestine, and the construction of play spaces in Bosnia.