A Hadith narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) kissed his grandson, Al-Hasan bin `Ali, while Ibn Habis Al-Tamimi was sitting with him. He said, ‘I have ten children and have never kissed one of them.’ The Prophet (pbuh) cast a look at him and said,
"Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully."
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was known for his kind and patient behaviour towards children and orphans, when such affection was often considered a sign of weakness in is society. One of his closest companions, Anas bin Malik said: “I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards children than Allah’s Messenger.”
Human Appeal believes that the prophetic compassion towards children should be replicated today. That’s where our Children’s Campaign comes in. We want to give every child the best start in life, with not only food, shelter and clothes, but with access to education and training when they finish school, and a sustainable livelihood so that they can support their families and communities.
Here’s how you can follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (pbuh) by showing compassion to children around the world.
Syria Education Project
Human Appeal supports three schools which provide for a total of around 1,500 children. At Deir Hassan School, Batbu School and Al-Huda School, we provide learning materials psychosocial support and teacher training and child protection guidance. We distributed 1,000 schoolbags in 96 schools in Idlib.
With your generous donations, we provided Bayti Orphanage in Reyhanlı, Turkey with a playground, as well as providing educational materials to orphaned children at Dar Al-Salam Orphanage in Gaziantep, Turkey.
With the funding support from UNICEF, we distributed 700 educational kits and 300 recreational kits for 96 schools in rural Idleb in April and May 2017, reaching 35,911 students (18,485 boys and 17,424 girls). Each kit contained materials for 90 children including dominoes, puzzles, building blocks, balls, crayons, puppets and jigsaws.
Qasim lives in Texila, Pakistan and has been sponsored by Human Appeal since his father died suddenly of a heart attack when he was eight. Now 17, his mother Naureen, works to support him and his two brothers.
“The sponsorship has meant everything to us,” Naureen explained.
“I was able to send Qasim to a decent school and pay for his expenses. Without the support of the sponsorship I would not have been able to send him to school.”
In order to allow Naureen to focus on supporting her children, Human appeal also provides the family with medical check-ups and Ramadan food distributions.
“We don’t usually go to the doctors as it is not a priority,” she said. “But having health check-ups and some tests done was very useful. Human Appeal has been a blessing for us.”