As I contemplate on how to pen down my experience as a mentor for the recently concluded WF girls’ youth course, my thoughts run to the time when I was a little girl and yearned to go out and explore the world, similar to these girls who were bubbling with exuberance, vitality and an insatiable thirst for learning new things. My mentoring experience to these girls was exhilarating and a source of enlightenment.
Over the past couple of decades, Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme has helped over 25,000 young people. However, our work isn't just about numbers. We are also involved in learning about the students we help and ensuring that they receive required support. These children are our children.
On 30th November 2016, Asad Virani, Manager of The World Federation India Office, visited Husaini Education and Welfare Society Trust Office (HEWST) in Bhavnagar, Gujarat to see the Higher Education work being carried out by WF through this agency.
HEWST was founded in 1975 and after Marhum Mulla Asghar visited it in 1986, WF began to work with it, funding its activities from 1988/89. In 2010 WF also began funding Higher Education for a variety of degrees.
Asad bhai had the pleasure of meeting the Trustee, Sajjad bhai Varteji, the manager and staff. He was impressed to see that the staff are in regular contact with students, checking their progress and keeping the files fully updated with all the necessary details from the start of a sponsorship. Each grant is approved only after a stringent due diligence check.
In addition to factual record keeping, Trustee Sajjad bhai actively counsels students, helping them to maintain their motivation and drive. Higher Education in India can be very expensive and thus, unaffordable to some of our community youth. With the help of donors like yourself, ZCSS is able to allow students to follow their dreams of qualifying in fields such as medicine, accountancy, engineering etc. By doing so, they not only raise the living standards of their families, but also the communities they live in.
The sponsorship cost per higher education student is only £55 per month. Every student who has been sponsored so far, has expressed deep gratitude towards and prayers for their sponsor for giving them an opportunity to escape the poverty trap they were in.
In its series of Ahkam-e Mayyit Workshops, The World Federation India Office in partnership with KSI Jamaat Mumbai conducted the third workshop on 23 February 2014 for gents. The Workshop was well attended by 15 participants.
The workshop aims were to give practical training to the participants on:
• How to handle a Dead Body with Respect
• How to conduct Ghusl, Hunut, Kafan
• How to conduct Namaz-e Mayyit, and Burial
• The rules concerning Post-Burial
Updated 27 November 2013
A two-day day workshop was organised by The World Federation India Office and KSI Jamaat of Mumbai on 5 and 6 October 2013. This workshop was the fourth and last workshop organised on the theme of Family Ethics.