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Sharing Eid with Orphans

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A child draws during the orphans day organised by Islamic Relief SA in Johannesburg -photo Hassan Isilow

These two beautiful ladies entertained the children during the orphans day in Johannesburg-photo Hassan Isilow

A guest hugs an orphaned child during the orphans day organised by Islamic Relief SA( Photo Hassan Isilow)

Normally orphaned children feel the pain of not having parents whenever religious festivities such as Eid and Christmas approach. This year I was privileged to celebrate my Eid in Cape Town, where a group of generous community members in the Ryland’s estate took in twenty young orphaned girls from Habibia children’s home.

According to Ghairunisa James, a child youth care worker at the home; each child was taken in by a generous family who bought them new clothes and plenty of gifts.

Ghairunisa expressed her excitement that host parents treated orphaned children just like their own.
‘‘We try our best as a home to ensure the children are always happy and well-behaved’’ Ghairunisa related.

In a related development, two weeks ago humanitarian organisation- Islamic relief, made little hearts happy when it hosted a special function for orphans in Johannesburg. The day provided great excitement for more than 100 children as they interacted with each other and community members. Some children played soccer; others painted their names on T-shirts, while others drew pictures.

Fatima Carim, marketing manager for IR, said the event was organised to make the children feel special and loved. The children were later treated to a special meal together with donors who came to attend the function held at the Nana Memorial Hall. “We invited over 128 donors to come to the event. Today was an outstanding and overwhelming day for us,” Carrim said, adding it was heart-warming that many of the donors brought toys for the children and played with them.
Muslims are required to love; assist and treat orphaned and abandoned children like their own.

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Written by africawitness

September 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Posted in Xenophobia

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