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Q: Does all my money go to the orphans?

A: Yes. All the money any donor or sponsor gives us goes entirely to the orphans. None of the money is spent on anything other than what is specified in the donation.

Q: How do you pay for your expenses?

A: The Noor Trust covers our expenses and we have donors who help specifically with the running costs of the organisation. We also claim Gift Aid on donations that are made directly to us. Read more about Gift Aid here.

Q: Where precisely does my money go?

A: This depends on what you specify. For example, you may wish to donate towards sponsorships, or the education scheme. We have an appeal running throughout Ramadhan, and many more. You may even choose to make a general donation and we can then decide where to allocate your amount, based on which need is most pressing at the time.

Q: What payment methods are there?

A: You can pay by cash, cheque, SMS or online (via our website, JustGiving and PayPal). Find out more about payment methods here.

Q: Can I make one-off donations?

A: Yes. You can make one-off donations any time you like, and as many times as you like. How often and how much you donate is completely up to you. Even the smallest donation can make a difference.

Q: Is £20 a month enough for the orphans?

A: Unfortunately not. £20 a month provides the orphans with the bare minimum needed to survive. However, we recognise that it might be difficult for some of our sponsors to give more than £20 a month, so we also encourage sponsors to give Eid and birthday gifts, and so on. We provide additional support for the orphans from general donations and other sources wherever possible.

Q: Which regions do you cover?

A: We currently cover six cities in Iraq: Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Balad, Hilla and Kirkuk.

Q: Which do you need more: sponsors or donors?

A: We welcome both sponsors and donors. If you are able to make regular payments then we would encourage you to become a sponsor. However, if you are not able to do so then you can donate whenever you like. All donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Q: What do you mean by ‘orphan’?

A: By the word ‘orphan’ we refer to a child who has lost his or her father and, as such, doesn’t have a means of support. Orphans may be living with their mothers or extended families.

Q: Do you have an orphanage?

A: No. We support orphaned children within their own families. Most of the orphans we support live with their mothers or other relatives. We try to provide them with financial backing to help them live in their homes more comfortably.

Q: Do you have any plans for the future?

A: Yes we do. We have some big plans for the future, including the building of a school so as to improve the educational standards of the orphans, giving them a better hope for a brighter future. We greatly welcome donations for this worthwhile project.

Q: I would like to help NOF but I can’t get to your office. How can I help?

A: You can help by spreading the word about the Noor Orphans Fund wherever you are. We also need people to distribute leaflets and sadaqa boxes to friends and family, and to collect them when they’re full. We can also provide you with different boxes for collections in shops.

Q: Will you keep me updated on what’s happening with my sponsored orphan?

A: Yes, we will update you as often as we can. Our representatives give us updates about the general situation of the orphans and inform us of any new updates as they arise. In turn we will pass on to you the details concerning your sponsored orphan(s).

In addition to this, we also have a newsletter, which is issued twice a year and covers all the main news stories related to the orphans. If you wish to receive the newsletter please send your postal address to: info@noororphansfund.org.

Q: Can I sponsor a child as a gift for someone else?

A: Yes. Child sponsorship is a wonderful present that enriches lives. Both the person receiving the present and the orphan being sponsored are given a truly lovely gift.

Simply contact us and tell us the name and address of the person receiving the gift.  They will receive a sponsorship welcome pack with an ID card that has a photo and details of the sponsored orphan.

We will then send any updates concerning the orphans directly to the recipient of the gift, and any correspondence concerning financial details will be sent to you.

Q: How long do I have to be a sponsor for?

A: There is no minimum or maximum period for sponsorships. If, for whatever reason, you wish to stop sponsoring with the Noor Orphans Fund, just get in touch and let us know.

Q: Can I write to or visit the child/children I sponsor?

A: You are very welcome to send letters to your sponsored child – the children really love receiving communication from their sponsors. We can also help with translations when necessary. However, we cannot make the children reply to every letter. Some of them do so themselves and often they correspond frequently with their sponsors. This is always up to the child in question.

It is also possible to visit your sponsored orphan. However, the privacy of the orphans and their families is of tantamount importance to us. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information about arranging a visit to your sponsored orphan, and we will be able to help you.

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