After a warm welcome of the Mentors at IKA airport, we were anxiously waiting to begin the Mentor Development Program (MDP). Alhamdullillah we all had a good rest before starting the day in full swing.
As the new school year begins, parents are preparing for a fresh term: buying uniforms and stationery, worrying about 'first days' and dreaming of the bright futures that lie ahead for their children along the path of education and success.
But in many parts of the world, this preparation itself is an unachievable dream. Thousands of children yearn to join the academic stream and can only sit on the side lines, watching in earnest because they are unable to afford what should be a basic human right.
You can change that.
Starting this year, you can choose to make a difference in the lives of one of these children.
Through our Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme, you can give another parent the chance to send their child to school as well.
After 35 years of sponsoring over 25,000 children and watching them change not just their own lives, but those of their families and communities as well, we know that this 'Pay It Forward' campaign is hugely successful. Many of our beneficiaries give back to the project by sponsoring others once they complete their own education and begin working.
The buddy scheme is also a perfect opportunity to create a culture of sharing amongst the new generation. For just £10 a month for primary education or £55 a month for higher education, you can give your child the gift of a 'buddy' who receive an education alongside them.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
This course organised by The World Federation was truly inspiring and helpful, especially the classes we had on a daily basis in the Holy city of Qum.
In Iraq, 400 families including orphans, widows and those living in local slums will receive a food basket.