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Help give these orphans a second chance at life

$51,131 of $100 goal

Raised by 403 people in 5 months
Created March 24, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Sajid Khan
Hi my name is Kulsum, I live in Toronto, Canada. Recently, my little cousins back home in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh have lost both parents in the span of 8 months. Their mother 8 months ago due to a heart attack and father as of today (March 23rd, 2019) with a heart attack. This couple, my uncle and aunt were the most kind-hearted, down to earth souls, that I have ever heard to be known. Though life gave them many difficulties and with the very little they had they were incredibly grateful. It is a sincere tragedy that they have left their eight little children behind. The eight of them were born and raised in Riyadh and never left. As a result of their parents being of Indian descent they will be sent back to India where there is no family to take care of them hence leaving these children abandoned in Riyadh alone and scared with no means of hope or direction to what is going to happen next.

They have no home, no money, no parents, just each other. We are grateful that a family friend has temporarily taken them underneath their shelter, they are currently living at this distant family friend’s house but they also cannot be held there for much longer as it is hard for that family to supply for eight children as well. (We of-course are very thankful to have them there for them at this time). However, when other ideas were brought up many people have brutally turned a cold shoulder towards these innocent souls. Since these kids are also all under age there is a possibility of their movement to an orphanage center where all of the kids would likely get separated which I personally cannot bear the thought of after all they’ve been through.

Our family’s goal is to sponsor them all and while the process is quite expensive we would like to reach out to anybody who would like to help these poor young kids and make sure we can give them a home here with us where they can feel loved and belonged as they truly are.

After going through so much we just want them all to be together, to be happy and to have a stress-free life as any child's life should be.

These are the only reliable and safe sources for these children, please if you have any more questions please only use those given. Thank you
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Assalamualaikum. JazakAllah Khair to everyone who has been supporting our family in providing for our 8 cousins. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All that you have donated has helped us significantly in caring for these children. I know an update is overdue for this campaign.

First, alhamdulillah my brother and my brother-in-law travelled to Riyadh to meet my cousins and take care of all their affairs there. From moving their stuff to getting death certificates of their father to trying to get their passports renewed etc. They were there to help. With the help of this campaign, we came to know some amazing individuals in Riyadh. People gave us their homes, they took the kids in along with their families. The generosity was outstanding. Without mentioning names, we are grateful to these people forever and will keep them in our hearts.

They faced many challenges in Riyadh. One of them was the expiring of their passports in weeks. The renewal of their iqama etc. After spending a week there they were not getting any solutions to the problems they faced. My brothers had booked an appointment with the Canadian Embassy which was a week into their arrival in Riyadh. In summary, they went to meet with the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh and by the mercy of Allah, miracles started to happen. Canadian Embassy listened to the case and a few days later grated the children Temporary Residence Permits. Based on our application for Sponsorship. They understood the urgency of the case and allowed the kids to travel immediately. Alhamdulillah, my brother was able to bring them back to Canada with him.

They landed on April 25th and have started to build a new life in Canada. They are all very happy to be amongst the family. They miss their home a lot and of course their parents. Their lives have turned upside down from what they grew up with. Alhamdulillah for the better. There is a lot to do here to get them settled and get them on their own feet. Alhamdulillah, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from individuals and organizations.

Their sponsorship application has not processed yet. This will take a few months. We have hired legal help for this, which is necessary for this matter. We have health insurance in place for the kids. We have placed them in private Islamic school alhamdulillah. We have done eye tests, dental etc which was all required for the children. Many people have stepped up to help with all of this.

However, these kids are here for the long term and we still require assistance for the long run. Parents will know, to manage the needs of 2 kids is challenging alhamdulillah we will be taking care of all the children together. Everyone's continued support is greatly appreciated.

If anyone has any questions or would like to help you may contact us or comment and I will try my best to get back to you. We have set up an email address to get in touch: hopeforthe8@gmail.com

If you are local in Canada, we are looking for donors who can donate monthly to cover the cost we will incur. Please contact us for more details.
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Update: March 27th, 2019.

I want to take my time to thank everyone for sharing this campaign and allowing awareness to spread for this cause.

I have also been getting a lot of questions and concerns about a couple things which I will address.

1. What’s going to happen with the money?

Our primary goal is to use the money for sponsoring all of the 8 children to Canada under the orphan sponsorship application if possible under the legal Canadian immigration law.

However, if above is not applicable and god forbid the sponsorship process does not come through, all money collected will be sent to these kids and towards these kids expenses to accommodate their financial and personal needs.

We are currently in between talking to lawyers and trying our best to contact higher authorities for this case as it is deemed urgent.

2.

I am getting numerous e-mails and calls that I have been unable to answer, I request everyone to please remain patient as my family and I here in Canada are doing everything to answer all your personal questions shortly.

We sincerely are grateful and beyond shocked of the responses we are getting and for the generous offers we are getting from across the world.

It is our duty to do everything for these children in our capability, again thank you so much to everyone who has donated, your contribution and support towards my cousins truly means a lot to our family.

For now all we ask is for everyone to share this message and this link, and make duaa for these children and for the betterment of their lives. Thank you, JazakAllah-Khairun.

Sincerely, Kulsum

Side note: For more questions and inquiries, we would highly suggest you contact the personal info given as it is the most reliable source.
I will get back to you shortly, thank you, jazakAllah for your patience.
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$51,131 of $100 goal

Raised by 403 people in 5 months
Created March 24, 2019
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on behalf of Sajid Khan
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