Orphan Update: Vina From Mozambique Writes Back

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

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In 2009 I started my sponsorship of orphaned Vina from Mozambique who is now just 6 years old. She has been writing to me and sent me another letter in March 2011. I was well chuffed, masha'Allah (whatever Allah wishes).

My aim back then was to sacrifice something I love. In this case, my need to save cash for a rainy day (which is legitimate in its own right), has been put to a better use and brought basic comforts to a young girl whom otherwise would depend on community charity.

Every 6 months or so, Vina has been allowed to write a letter to me; a greeting of hello and presence all the way from Mozambique, to England, United Kingdom. At first I was expecting an actual written letter, but Vina is only a young child who has not yet gone to school, partly because of her age, partly because of the fact that she is a girl, and partly because schooling is expensive for her villagers. What Vina did send was more humbling: another hand drawing, this time coloured with bright pink crayon. Alhamdulillah (all praise is for Allah).

Vina cannot read nor write but this is where the sponsorship comes in. Right now, the sponsorship literally feeds and clothes Vina who is living with her 5 siblings in an orphanage with dozens of other orphans. If I stop giving the monthly donations Vina won't have the security which is keeping her and her family motivated, albeit in an innocent childhood. The field workers and carers posted there avoid asking Vina too many questions about her parents but she has high hopes to be a doctor and has often told me this! Insha'Allah, with God's permission, she will be.

Some of the sponsorship monies is put aside for her future education. The politics behind sponsoring and therefore transacting finances to a country like Mozambique, mean that even I don't have the final say in which areas of Vina's life the money is used without legal assistance. However, hamdulillah, I will keep giving what I can and Vina will be provided for by one Grace of Allah, or another.

"Vina has been well so far, together with her family. She still does not study because she is too young. She says she likes playing with her friends the most. She sends regards to you (Zaufishan) and wishes you a good year."

Aw. A standard message from Vina's caretakers. I can't wait till she writes herself.

Should you wish to support this orphan sponsorship via Action Aid feel free to get in touch at: contact@muslimness.com. A one-off payment or a monthly contribution of £3 / $5 will add towards Vina's provisions immensely; it's really up to you what you wish to give.

Lastly, do make du`a (supplication) for the orphans of the world. UNICEF estimated that in 2010 there would be 200 million orphans in the world. If every adult saved one, we could save them all.



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