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Orphan Support

Ihsan Foundation Orphan Program

Taking Care of the Orphans

In recent years, a number of West African nations have been severely afflicted with wars and natural disasters. Liberia, Niger and the Ivory Coast are struggling to build functioning democracies after years of civil war and political impasse.

Ihsan’s orphans project is dedicated to creating institutions and programs to look after orphans, and give them hope for the future.

Help us support the orphans of West Africa!

Background

In recent years, a number of West African nations have been severely afflicted with wars and natural disasters. Liberia, Niger and the Ivory Coast are struggling to build functioning democracies after years of civil war and political impasse.

Sierra Leone is also just emerging from a devastating 10-year rebel war, which resulted in the displacement of over half of the population; over 100,000 civilians were killed. Entire villages and towns were razed to the ground. Places of worship and traditional schools were destroyed. About 10,000 children were orphaned and over 30,000 civilians, some as young as three months, were mutilated by the rebels. While the war is now over, the work of rebuilding shattered lives has just begun.

The worst victims in all these disasters are orphans, who have to deal at an early age with the trauma of losing a parent or two, while facing a bleak future with no one left to care for and educate them. For some, just finding food to eat is a major life challenge. Young girls are especially vulnerable.

Ihsan’s orphans project is dedicated to creating institutions and programs to look after orphans, and give them hope for the future.

Orphan Projects

Ihsan launched the orphanage program in 2002 with the building of the Bilal Ibn Rabah Orphanage in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Initial funding provided for 15 orphans on site. In 2004, Ihsan launched the individualized orphan sponsorship program. As a result, twenty-five orphans (boys and girls) are now being raised in the Bilal Ibn Rabah Orphanage. Twenty-five more orphans are cared for in the Sankore College Orphanage in Northern Sierra Leone. They temporarily live in college staff housing. Future projects include the building of an orphans’ home at Sankore to house one hundred orphans.

Ihsan anticipates setting up orphan homes throughout the West African sub-region. Meanwhile, Ihsan is now launching the sponsorship of orphans living in other approved orphanages or with surviving relatives in Niger, Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and later in Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

  • Sierra Leone Ibn Rabah orphanage calabatown, Western SL
  • Bilab ibn rabah orphanage, Boo town, Southern Sierra Leone
  • Sankore orphanage, Port, Northern Sierra Leone
  • Minna orphanage, Mina, Nigeria
  • Bista orphans, Yaounde, Cameroon