Sponsoring a Hafiz doesn’t just give an underprivileged child a Qur’anic education. It offers a safe home and haven for children who’ve had a rough start at life. Children like Nadia Khan, who’d otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

Nadia became an orphan when the Pakistan earthquake shook her hometown on October 8 2005. Measuring a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale, the earthquake claimed 79,000 lives across Muzafarabad and Azad Kashmir that day. Among those killed were Nadia’s mother and father. Nadia herself remembers waking up in a hospital some days later. She remembers being told by aid workers that she’d been found alive in the rubble of their home, but that her mother had not made it.

When Nadia’s relatives came to collect her, she was devastated to hear that her father had also died. The factory where he worked had collapsed during peak working hour. Few had survived. That was when she realised she was completely alone. She was only 5 years old.

Nadia’s relatives had also suffered in the disaster. They’d lost homes and livelihoods and were unable to care for her. Nadia was taken to the Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust (AMWT) orphanage in Muzaffarabad. It was through the generosity of donors responding to our emergency appeal that Nadia and many children like her found care and support in a time of chaos.

Today Nadia is 16 years-old and she has a new family among her friends and teachers at the orphanage. She receives a Hifz sponsorship, which pays for her to continue living at the orphanage. It provides her with a Hafiz education, a secular education and even covers her medical expenses.

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