Thursday, May 29, 2014

28 Orphans and Counting

Alhamdulillah, the 99 Orphan team has already raised enough money to sponsor 28 orphans.  Recently, we have been discussing our events and spent lot of planning time for the table we put up at the ZF picnic a few weeks ago.  Alhamdulillah, we were able to raise a few hundred dollars from generous donors who attended the picnic.  We also had samples of cupcakes available from Rania's Bakery which quickly finished within a fifteen minute period.  I have to admit, they were delicious. 

Some of the 99 Orphan members also had games for the younger kids, including super-duper three-legged races and general balloon playing.

Check out some of the pictures of the 99 Orphan team members at the picnic.

Preparing for 3-Legged race

Two 99 Orphan Members sitting at our table

Blowing up and tying balloons

We are also preparing our next exciting event, so stay tuned to find out what we have in store for you!  And please don't forget to help us sponsor our 29th orphan.

- Nur Kose

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Why should you donate to 99 Orphans Team?


The 99 Orphans team is a group of teenagers who are raising money to sponsor 99 orphans in one year.  When an orphan is sponsored, they get provided with food, shelter and education.  The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) became an orphan at the young age of 6 and he told us to have compassion and be charitable to orphans.

Abu Hurairah (RA) reports that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) stated, "Whoever caresses the head of an orphan (in affection), solely for the sake of Allah, a good deed will be written to his account for every hair over which he passed his hand, and whoever treated an orphan (boy or girl) with goodness and kindness, he and I will be close to each other in Heaven as these two fingers." The Prophet (SAW made a gesture with his fingers as explained above.

If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH) then help the 99 Orphans team.  To sponsor one orphan is $600.  Any amount of money is fine, however.  You are still helping an orphan get food, shelter, and education.  May Allah help the orphans.  Ameen.

Gratitude Committee
Hafsah Mansoori

Monday, May 26, 2014

Couples Night Out News Video

One event we recently had was the couples night out.  Watch this video to find out more about it:


Video Committee

Sunday, May 25, 2014

From the Gratitude Committee

 From the Gratitude Committee

 This week I will be keeping track of all the hours and making volunteer charts for the members. I will bring them to the next meeting for an overall report. Also the gratitude committee will be sending out thank you letters next week inshallah.

 - Hiba
Secretary//Gratitude Committee

Friday, May 23, 2014

From the Visual Arts Committee

This week the visual arts committee has been working on a comic that we will be selling very soon. We have changed our plans from last week. Now we are doing a comic instead of a book. We are doing this because children will be able to understand and enjoy this comic more than a book. This will be a two part story so the one that will be published soon will be book one. There will be one that will be coming soon that will be book two inshallah.

Visual Arts Committee

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How was the Picnic?

The picnic on Sunday, May 18 was a huge success. About 200 people showed up and everyone had a good time. The great food was complemented by the nice scenery of the Delaware River. People from out of state came to the picnic as well. The three-legged race and the balloon race were enjoyed by kids. Thank You to everyone who showed up and we hoped you had a great time!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Picnic Today!

Salam. Today, Sunday May 18, Zakat Foundation is holding a picnic at Fox Point State Park. The address is Hay Road, Wilmington, DE 19809. There will be fun activities for the kids such as a ballon race and a three legged race. The picnic will be from 2:00 until sunset. It will be fun for the whole family so remember to come today!

-Zaid Ahmed
Video Committee

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Couple's Night Out...What was it Like?

Alhamdulillah, we were able to raise $300 from the Couple's Night Out on Saturday.  That's half an orphan, or enough money to support one of our orphans for half a year!

We had a huge turnout during the event.  Alhamdulillah, many parents entrusted us with their kids.  And the kids had a great time.  The 99 Orphan team members worked hard to make the event a success.  We spent many hours organizing and managing the program, the activities and games we would play, the set-up of the center, and more.  On Friday, we brought our toys, games, pillows, and mats and attempted to creatively set up the center to make it look inviting and fun.  The Toddler Center especially looked awesome and the orphan team members found it fun to play with the stuff even before the kids arrived the next day!  Below are some pictures of the set-up.  We are grateful to the members of the Rescue Rangers team who helped us out!

Setting up the dolls and stuffed animals
Before the event, the gratitude committee along with some members of the events committee worked on thank you goodie bags for the parents.  We put a few Hershey kisses in each bag which were intended for the parents (but many of them ended up with the kids in the end).  The goodie bags looked pretty, however, and that counted for something of course!

And now...entering the day of the event....

The dress-up area was one of the biggest hits.  The little girls and boys (and the big girls and boys!) enjoyed trying out different hats, fashionable glasses, pretty jackets, hair decorations, knight armor, and more.  Three of the little girls announced to me that they were dressed up as princesses and I got a very cute picture of them posed together:

Three Little Princesses

There was even a little dressing table and mirror for the kids to check out how their outfits looked.


The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse felt wall hanging was also a great hit.  The kids enjoyed putting up the characters, shapes, and numbers.  It was lots of fun.  One funny memory about this section is that when we were setting it up the day before the event, the 99 Orphan members were adjusting it according to their height (which was kind of high)!  The end result, however, seems to be just the right fit for the kids. :)

Of course, playing so hard made some of the kids tired.  We had a lovely little comfortable area for them to rest.  One of the girls who was in charge of the babies and toddlers saw that one of the little kids was falling asleep in his chair after eating.  She carried him to our little resting area where he enjoyed a little nap.  :) Below is one of the adorablest pictures of the event:

Little Ibrahim off to DreamLand...

In the other room dedicated for the older kids, there were more games and interactive activities.  The Lego area was definitely the biggest hit there and all the kids enjoyed taking turns making their own creations and trying out different combinations of Legos.  The younger kids had colorful blocks to play with in their room, but some of them preferred to join the "big kids" and use the legos.

The 99 Orphan member boys in charge of the different stations in the that room led a few fun games of Charades.

A Game of Charades

We had a storytime room, too, decorated with comfy pillows and beanbags with stories and arts and crafts.  Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures of that.  If anyone has any, please share them with us!

Of course, everyone enjoyed the pizza, as well.  Different groups of kids were assigned different times to eat in the kitchen and all the kids enjoyed the pizza.
The babies and toddlerswere specially fed by our Baby Team.  :)

Speaking of our babies, it was great to have two babies under two years of age join us.  One initially refused to leave his mother's side and cried a bit in the beginning when he realized she intended to leave him with us.  But he soon became involved with the toys and had fun the whole time!  Our other baby wanted her mom a bit more throughout the evening, but the Baby Team members took turns distracting her, carrying her around, and attempting to get her to play with the wide array of toys.

Another method to keep a child engaged...the 99 Orphan team only uses this method in certain situations

One thing is for sure.  Your kids were in good hands!  We all hope the parents were able to enjoy themselves while we took care of their kids.  We are contemplating having another similar event in the future, insha Allah, but so far all the 99 orphan team members have unanimously voted against having time will tell if we will have another one or not. :)

However, not only was the Couple's Night Out a great way to raise funds for orphans, but it also was an event that left lasting memories in our minds.  The slip of a little palm in your hand, the bright smile of a happy child, and the laughter of kids having fun are unforgettable experiences that make things like tears, whiny voices, and messes worth it. 

Please join us on our journey to help orphans.  If your child had a good time and/or you had a nice rest during the event, please consider donating to our orphans.

- Nur Kose