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FAQs

1. What does it mean to become Hafiz of the Holy Qur’an?

 

2. Why should I sponsor a child to become Hafiz?

 

3. How does my sponsored child benefit?

 

4. What is involved in the Hifz classes?

 

5. Can I choose which child to sponsor?

 

6. How does the Hifz Orphan programme in Palestine operate?

 

7. What information will I receive?

 

8. Can I visit my sponsored child?

 

9. Can I write to my sponsored orphan or send a gift?

 

10. What does the orphan receive on graduating from the programme?


11. For how long do I have to commit to sponsorship?


12. Help! I haven’t received my orphan pack.

 

13. Can I still help if I can’t afford £21 a month?

 

14. Is my payment secure?


15. Why should I Gift Aid my donation?

 

16. I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

 

 

1. What does it mean to become hafiz of the Holy Qur’an?

The Arabic word “Hafiz” means “guardian”. The female equivalent is “Hafiza” and the plural is “Huffaz”. According to tradition, when the Prophet Muhammad (saw) proclaimed the verses that were later collected as the Holy Qur’an, his followers preserved the words by memorising them.

 

Today, anyone who becomes Hafiz can use the title “Hafiz” before their name and is highly respected within the Muslim community.

 

It is an honour to become a keeper of this sacred text and the opportunity is held in high regard. It gives a vulnerable orphan the chance to become a respected member of society, and in turn they can go on to influence and inspire younger generations in future. Our Hifz Orphan programme is wonderful opportunity to help a child turn their life around.


2. Why should I sponsor a child to become hafiz?

There is immeasurable reward to be gained from helping a child become Hafiz of the Holy Qur’an - both of you benefit every time they read or recite for the rest of your lives.

 

There is a lot of reward in Islam in caring for an orphan and becoming Hafiz of the Holy Qur’an, so a combination of both can bring immeasurable and ongoing reward.


3. How does my sponsored child benefit?

Your sponsored child benefits in many ways and for many years.

 

Our project-based sponsorship scheme ensures that all the needs of our orphans are met by bringing together the support of several sponsors. This means the donor community can share the collective reward of giving orphans quality care. Your sponsorship helps provide not only the Hifz classes, but a safe, loving home with a caring foster mother, uniform, nutritious meals and healthcare.

 

Learning how to read, memorise and recite with beautiful tajweed (rules of pronunciation) has many benefits in other areas of life as well, particularly in education. Children develop advanced memorisation skills which can help them become high achievers in other academic studies.

 

The commitment and patience required to become Hafiz are also positive qualities the children can take with them throughout life, and they are sure to gain much respect for being Hafiz.

 

At the end of the three-year programme, they get additional support to continue in education or begin an apprenticeship.All of this adds up to a happy, healthy childhood, a route out of poverty and a much brighter future.


4. What is involved in the hifz classes?

Hifz classes for our orphans are small in size, held in a clean, well-equipped environment and led by experienced teachers using modern techniques. By the end of the programme the children can recite with beautiful tajweed (the rules of recitation).


5. Can I choose which child to sponsor?

You can sponsor a Hifz Orphan in Asia or Africa – simply select from the drop-down box online or tell us when you call or write. You may also choose whether to sponsor a boy or a girl. If you do not specify we will select an orphan on your behalf depending on where there is the most desperate need currently.

 

6. How does the Hifz Orphan programme in Palestine operate?

Our Hifz Orphan programme in Palestine provides the same high-quality education and care as it does in other countries. The way it operates though has added benefits, as the orphans get to stay with their extended family.

The Hifz orphans are supported financially, ensuring they have food, clothes and medical care. They come to school for lessons each day, just like our other Hifz orphans worldwide, and take part in the same graduation ceremonies.

The classes are still taught by experienced teachers, and we have carers at the schools to provide nutritious meals whilst the orphans are in class.

Because less time is spent at the school, so the orphans can enjoy and adapt to their new family environment, our Hifz Orphan Palestine programme lasts just a little longer (four years instead of three), and at the end the orphans are still supported into further education or an apprenticeship.

Sponsors of Hifz orphans in Palestine will get a welcome pack and yearly feedback report just like all other orphan sponsors. 

 

7. What information will I receive?

You will receive a welcome pack, which includes a profile of your sponsored child and a photo. You will also receive a drawing or personal message from your child (depending on their age and writing ability) and information about the country in which they live.  Every year, you will receive an update on your sponsored child’s progress in the form of a school report and a personal progress report, as well as a recent photograph. Over the course of three years you will follow how your child is progressing with their studies and in their personal development.

 

8. Can I visit my sponsored child?

Yes, of course! We’d love to help you visit your sponsored child and can certainly make the arrangements for you to go to their school or orphanage. Sadly, due to the cost we cannot arrange the travel and accommodation. Please give us as much notice as possible of your preferred dates before travelling. All visitors must be accompanied by a member of the Penny Appeal team.

 

9. Can I write to my sponsored orphan or send a gift?

It is possible to write a letter to your sponsored orphan, although it’s not always the best thing to do. Your orphan will be part of a class/orphan home and if one child is showered with letters it can be quite unsettling for the other children.

 

Writing an open letter to the class/orphan home, which can be read out to everyone, is preferable as it ensures all the children feel included.

 

The correspondence address for your orphan’s school or orphan home is given on the orphan information sheet.

 

If you would like to send an Eid gift to your orphan or send something to all the children in the school or orphanage at any time of year, please call us on 03000 11 11 11.

 

10. What does the orphan receive on graduating from the programme?

The one-off payment of £786, which covers the full three years of the Hifz Orphan programme, also includes a beautiful graduation gift to the orphan. This consists of their own copy of the Holy Qur’an and a Thawb (robe) as a celebration gift for becoming Hafiz.

Those who sponsor Hifz Orphans by making a £21 a month ongoing donation will be given the option of contributing to this special gift at the end of the three-year scheme.

 

 

11. For how long do I have to commit to sponsorship?

Our Hifz Orphan scheme is set up as a three-year programme to enable us to give orphans a comprehensive Islamic education and a strong chance of building a brighter future. We urge our Hifz sponsors to keep to this timeframe as this brings the biggest benefit to them and their orphan.

 

At the end of the three years with one child, having seen the improvements to their life and their achievements, we are sure you’ll want to repeat this wonderful deed with another orphan.

 

12. Help! I haven’t received my orphan pack.

If you haven’t received your orphan welcome pack within four weeks of signing up to sponsor an orphan please call us on 03000 11 11 11 or email us at info@pennyappeal.org. Sometimes things go missing in the post so we will re-send it as quickly as possible.

 

13. Can I still help if I can’t afford £21 a month?

Of course! You can set up a regular and affordable monthly payment towards the general Hifz Orphan fund. This will support all the work we do as part of the scheme.    

 

 

14. Is my payment secure?

We only use secure systems with banking standard safety features to make sure that your payment and financial data cannot be compromised. All online payments are securely processed via KeyIVR Ltd, PayPal or SmartDebit and no financial data is retained on our servers.

 

15. Why should I Gift Aid my donation?

It really helps us if you can Gift Aid your sponsorship or donation – it increases the value of your donation by 25%. If you are a UK taxpayer, selecting to 'Gift Aid' your donation (either by checking the box online or ticking the box on a paper donation form) will make it worth more to us at no extra cost to you.

 

In order for Penny Appeal to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) equal to the tax that will be claimed by all the charities that you donate to (currently 25p for every £1 you give) in the same tax year. 


The tax reclaimed will be used to help fund the administration costs of the charity so more of your actual donation can go directly to those in need. 


Gift Aid can be added to your donation if you are donating your own money. We regret that Gift Aid cannot be reclaimed if you are paying donations you collected from others, even if everyone was a UK taxpayer. Neither can it be reclaimed on donations made by companies. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. Gift Aid can not be claimed on payments for any ticketed events.


Please notify us if you are no longer eligible, wish to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or if you no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. 


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16. I can no longer afford the monthly payment. What can I do?

 Please get in touch with us before cancelling your monthly payment as we could reduce the amount so that you can still help us provide life-saving aid. It also helps if you tell us first so that we can update our records.

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