There are many reasons why I feel compelled to lend a hand to help orphaned girls
Dear HOME Charity Trust
As Salam Aleykum wa-rathmatullah wa-barakatu
BismeAllah Ihrahman Ihrahim.
My name is Maria Clara Gonzalez, I am from Colombia and I'm 22 years old. I'm a Political Scientist graduated in Colombia,
and right now I'm a Masters student of Middle Eastern Studies in Istanbul, Turkey.
The reason why I am writing this e-mail to you today is because for several years I have felt motivation to work with initiatives, organizations and foundations that care about children living in vulnerable conditions while offering them opportunities for a better future. Thus, I decided to write to you in order to show my intention of being able to join your team; I'm aware of all the great things you do as an organization and I would like to contribute with that beautiful cause of yours.
There are many reasons why I feel compelled to lend a hand to help orphaned girls. However, on top of my list, the most important one is to please the Al-Khaliq (the Creator).
As a Muslim, I have the duty to give my love, my time to someone in need. For the sake of Allah, I really want to be part of this wonderful organization and provide all my heart to make someone else’s life happier.
It's important for me to try harder every day to somehow change the world. I cannot offer money, but I can offer my heart and my dedication in any kind of activity you may need help with right now. I plan come to Pakistan in the future and teach the girls. The future depends on what we do in the present, and all I want to start shaping that future.
Clara Gonzalez Castellar
Istanbul, Turkey, May 19, 2015
Clara Gonzalez Castellar
Why is HOME International focused on helping orphan girls exclusively in Lahore, Pakistan?
What about the orphan boys?
As a Muslim woman, I am very humbled to see this project come together with the vision of helping disadvantaged
orphan girls in Pakistan. Many times in third world countries, the lack of education and extreme poverty lead families to focus
more on boys, neglecting the girls. Education and knowledge are mandatory upon men and women in Islam.
"....Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive
admonition. (The Noble Quran, 39:9)"
Although Islam has liberated women, we still see in numerous Islamic countries a culture that puts girls at a disadvantage when comes to education. Research shows that there is a greater percentage of boys who are literate in comparison to girls. Families tend to send boys to school while girls stay behind to help the family at home. Some are abused and neglected. Others turn to prostitution in order to support themselves and survive the extreme poverty conditions. These girls have their innocence stolen at a very young age.
What young girls need is a safe environment where they can feel secure and loved. It will allow them to focus on their childhood by playing and learning. This will allow them to be independent young ladies who will contribute to society in the future. They will have the choice to get an education, to become mothers, and raise confident children.
By taking in a few girls, HOME International will make sure that all their daily needs are met. They will be surrounded by parents who will nurture them. They will enjoy a healthy diet, good family support while getting an education in a safe environment. Our prophet Mohammed PBUH has warned all Muslim to be kind and to contribute to supporting the needy especially orphans. In this hadith : Umm Sa'id bint Murra al-Fihri related from her father that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "I and the guardian of an orphan will be in Paradise like these two." (His two fingers). This hadith should compel everyone to contribute for this great cause. Not only will you be helping these young girls find a safe home, but you will also be getting many blessings from God for the hereafter.
Personally, I am looking forward to see this excellent project grow to the extent of getting many more girls who need a safe home. This project will be successful due to the founders’ great vision as well as the generous support of our community, inshaAllah.