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RAISING MONEY FOR WHEELCHAIRS FOR ORPHAN CHILDREN IN KASHMIR
my name is Safwan, I recently visited a charity event for orphan victims of the 2005 earthquake which shook pakistan with its devastating effects.
What touched me and inspired me to raise money was that thee were so many children in helpless situations, lacking shelter, food and family. While listening, I realised how much Allah has blessed me and it was then that my band of cousins pledged to buy 10 wheelchairs for the disabled orphans who suffered more than all other victims of the disaster.
It is a duty to help orphans, since our beloved Prophet SAW was an orphan, but to help DISABLED orphans, is a blessing beyond measure.
Being the month of Ramadhan, a month of blessing and rewards, think of these disadvantaged orphans, and help raise my target of 500 pounds to buy 10 wheelchairs for 10 needy orphans.
I will be attempting two 10K bicycle rides with my cousins Iram Hamid and Ameer Younis on the 23rd of July and the 25th of July inshallah.
Every penny makes a difference
STORY OF KORT
Saturday 8th October 2005 would have been a normal day in Kashmir had it not been for one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the region.
It was the holy month of Ramadan and everyday routines were temporarily put on hold for the annual fasts; shops opened their doors later than usual, as children studied and played while counting down the days to the beginning of Eid. It was the day that hundreds of villages and tens of thousands of lives were unexpectedly cut short.
Official figures from Pakistan show that 87,350 people lost their lives that weekend including 19,000 children crushed under school buildings that caved in on them while they sat in class. At least 38,000 people sustained injuries as they rested in their beds following the pre-dawn Ramadan breakfast, and almost 3.5 million people fled their homes to seek refuge from the aftershocks.
Human cost aside, the economic devastation that visited Kashmir that morning was a massive setback for the region. Pictures of the disaster were circulated around the globe within a few hours and thousands of people responded with the same compassion they had shown to the Boxing Day tsunami victims in Indonesia just 11 months earlier.
A group of friends including Ch. Mohammed Akhtar from UK were amongst the international TV viewing audience who felt compelled to act. Thanks to the generosity of their families, friends and local communities, they raised over £100,000 in just five days to provide tents, blankets, food and medicine for the worst hit areas.
Whilst they were at the scenes of devastation, they came across a group of children heading down a mountain with fear and anxiety on their faces; they had filthy clothes, no footwear and were hungry for food.
The children were asked about their situation and they said they were orphans from the mountain villages who witnessed their families being killed and had their homes destroyed by the earthquake. They were told by surviving village elders to go to the main cities and seek help as there was no future for them in the villages anymore.
It was this experience that led Ch. Mohammed Akhtar and his friends to start KORT (Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust) to offer long term support for orphans.
We believe that it is the right of children to be protected, taken care of physically, psychologically, emotionally and these rights don’t change when children become orphans.
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Safwan Jamil2 months ago
Hello all I just wish to say a massive thank you to all who have donated so generously to my charity. I did not realise I would smash my original target and that was only possible from support from all family and friends. Can I please urge that if you have still not donated don’t panic you still have time! Every little penny counts and plz let me reach my new target of £1000! Thank you all 👍🏼
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Jun 11, 2018
Masha'Allah, may Allah swt reward you abundantly for your efforts, ameen.
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Jun 4, 2018
Keep up the charitable work inshallah your rewarded.
Jun 4, 2018
Well done! A great effort for a wonderful cause. Regards Aunty Samiha and Uncle Sarfraz.
Jun 2, 2018
Amazing work Safwan! Good luck with the bike rides. May Allah reward your efforts
Jun 2, 2018
keep up the good work. May allah reward you!!
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Salaam, my name is Safwan and I am 13 years old All in all, I have been to many charity events, and I feel quite inspired and passionate to raise money for any noble cause. Please donate generously as Allah will bestow his blessings upon you.
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