My name is Adawiya. I am a wife, a mother of three, and a businesswoman. After my husband, Hassan passed away 12 years ago, my heart was shattered. His absence was felt by the heartbreak he left behind. But I knew I had to be strong and place my own needs aside to take care of our children.
Now, they are my hope. Zahra, (pictured) in particular, is very gifted in school. Three days ago, the school held a “Parent’s Evening,” which is similar to parent-teacher conferences. Zahra’s teacher commended me on her, praising me for doing a great job. She commented that Zahra is always presentable and prepared for class. I have no doubt that Hassan would be proud of her. He had passed away when I was pregnant with her brother, Munjed, who as a result, never had the chance to meet his father. Zahra was also very young and even her older brother, Yousif, can barely recall his father’s image.
During those years of violence, Hassan was one of the statistics, killed by criminals, but to me he was everything. Hassan had his own shop and we were living comfortably. He used to give us everything we need and more. I will never forget overhearing him say to the shop workers: “If orphaned children come to the shop, undercharge them”.
With Hassan gone, I was struggling and did not have any income to support our children who were now orphaned. Soon after I gave birth to Munjed, I began to bake bread at home and sell it to my neighbors. In the beginning, I would go to bed hungry and scared. But as the demand grew, my earnings allowed me to support myself and my children and covered our rent. I still bake today but a lot less than before. Five years ago, my health deteriorated and I could no longer keep up with the orders so my income reduced significantly. A friend registered my family at Al-Ayn and since then all my children receive sponsorship support every month. We are looked after here. I have even received furniture for our home and my medical condition is being treated for free. I hope to be able to get better so I can work again but in the meantime, I am grateful and do not feel alone.
Thank you for sponsoring children like Zahra. This Muharram, why not provide widowed women and orphaned youth with an opportunity to gain a chance at independence in the next stage of their lives?
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We believe that when you give children the tools they need to achieve their potential, the possibilities are endless. The monthly financial support received by each eligible child is life-changing. With a minimum of $70 per month, the basic needs of the child can be looked after and they are brought above the poverty line. Orphaned children, just like any other children, deserve to be given a chance. A chance to grow, a chance to discover, a chance to believe in the limitless possibilities their future can hold.
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