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This Muharram, we renew our pledge to always provide dignified care to orphaned children. Our pledge is fuelled by the power of hope from those who have come before us – the heroes of Muharram, who rose above tragedy to inspire mankind.


Turning Tragedy into Hope

This Muharram, you can inspire an orphaned child in need to reimagine their future, unleash their potential, and forever change the world around them. It takes $70 a month to sponsor a child. $70 for a child’s priceless recovery from loss, trauma and poverty.


Sponsor a child in Iraq

For $70 a month

Your support provides an orphaned child with urgent financial aid (in the form of regular monthly allowances), which is spent by their guardian on the essential needs of the child.

Our comprehensive care system on the ground then gives the child access to free medical care, mental health support, tuition, housing support and much more.

Support our Sponsorship Fund

No amount is too small

Our Sponsorship Fund enables supporters to provide consistent monthly support or a one-off donation to orphaned children who have yet to be matched with a private sponsor.

When you donate towards our Sponsorship Fund, you are joining a community who are supporting children in Iraq.

Make a one-off donation or create your own affordable monthly donation today. Every cent is spent directly on the children and their families and could help sustain a family in need of medical care, food support, clothing, and more.

Fighting the Impact of War in Iraq

Over a million orphaned children in Iraq are still suffering from the impact of war. We don’t hear much about their country in the news any more. But years of violence, political instability and poverty have cost them more than any child should have to bear.

We are Al-Ayn. We are on the ground in Iraq, currently supporting over 80,000 orphaned children across the country. Since 2003, thousands of orphaned children have gained security, stability and long-term well-being through Al-Ayn’s Sponsorship Programme. Many orphaned children are still on our sponsorship waiting list, hoping for support.

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The Memories We Hold 

Eight-year-old Remas can describe her late father in great detail. She can tell us about his friends and the food that he loved. She often listens to his old voice notes, remembering every word, every intonation in his voice.

The loss of a parent is frightening for any child. Recovering from this kind of trauma can be difficult and requires access to the right support.

At Al-Ayn, we believe that mental health matters. Providing psychological rehabilitation for orphaned children has been at the forefront of our mission for years. We ensure that children like Remas have the tools they need to process their grief and recover from trauma.

Developing resilience is one of the most effective ways we do this. It is a joy to see the children we work with grow and flourish as they rebuild their lives.

Just like Remas, the orphaned children we support hold on tight to the memories of the ones they have lost. As they share their stories, our mission is to be there for them, every step of the way.

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Indeed, We have dignified the children of Adam (17:70)

Can I contact the child or directly meet them?

Direct contact is not permitted. However, Al-Ayn can facilitate a visit between the sponsor and the child at the child’s local Al-Ayn office, subject to the approval of the orphaned child and their guardian.

How much notice do I need to give to end my sponsorship?

We kindly request four months’ notice, to allow enough time to find an alternative sponsor.

How does group sponsorship work?

You can come together as a group to sponsor an orphaned child. For example as a student society, football team, study circle, or just as a group of friends. Please appoint a representative amongst yourselves to correspond with us, and then they would need to fill in a sponsorship form as above.

The representative would be responsible for either collecting the amount needed for annual sponsorship ($840) and passing it on to us, or collecting the monthly amount ($70) on a monthly basis. You will receive details of the orphaned child sponsored once the first payment is received.

Please contact us on if you require further information.

How is Sponsorship Aid distributed?

Mothers (or the guardians) of the orphaned children visit their local Al-Ayn (Iraq) branch on a monthly basis in order to collect their financial aid. Collection points are designed to mimic a bank which allows the payments to be received in a professional manner where privacy is respected.

Children are encouraged to play in the play area or pick a toy from the Al-Ayn Toy Shop during this process.

This is especially important to Al-Ayn, as it allows checks to be made on the child, and the mother is able to communicate any issues or requests she may have.

In addition to the monthly allowances, orphaned children benefit from access to medical care, educational support, psychological rehabilitation where needed, and other programmes tailored to their needs.

What is the minimum period of time I can sponsor an orphaned child?

We kindly request a minimum of one year for private sponsorship, in order to be matched to a specific orphaned child