Saturday, July 26, 2014

Only a Few Days Left!

Ramadan is almost over.  Eid is approaching quickly!  Alhamdulillah, the 99 Orphan team was able to accomplish a lot during this month.

We have attended numerous iftars to let communities know about our project, from Lancaster, PA to Washington, D.C. and of course in Delaware.  We created many videos to let you know how our project is going and to, hopefully, encourage you to donate.  In addition, the visual arts committee published their first comic book and we were able to sell many copies to help orphans in need.  And thanks to Allah and generous donors like you, we were able to reach the 80-orphan mark .

Alhamdulillah, we only have about 15 orphans left.  We will be having a henna party and bake sale this Sunday insha Allah.  The bake sale is no ordinary bake sale.  You get to view the baked goods beforehand to choose what you want to order.  Please don't come to the bake sale thinking you will buy the baked goods then!  To guarantee yummy treats for you and your family during Eid, order now.

See you Sunday insha Allah.  Please help us reach our goal this Ramadan!

- Nur Kose

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Henna Party and Mini Bake Sale (Video)


Ramadan is swiftly leaving us.  There's only a week left and then Eid will be here, insha Allah.  Are you getting prepared for Eid goodies and treats?  The 99 Orphan team will be hosting a henna party and mini bake sale featuring delicious baked goods for sale.  Check out the video below to see the awesomeness we will be selling insha Allah.  Don't forget to place your orders right away so we have your treats ready for you by the henna party day (Sunday, July 27).

Here are some more pictures of the Eid goodies with their prices.

Cupcakes 1 for $1 and 12 for $10

Brownies 1 for $1 and 12 for $10

 Coconut Macaroons 2 for $1 and 12 for $5

 Chocolate-Covered Pretzels 4 for $2

Turkish Breads 1 for $2 and 12 for $20

 Eid Cookie Cake 1 for $10

Don't forget to order our yummy treats in advance to be sure of getting them when you need them!

- Nur Kose

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Video: You Can Make a Difference, Too


We hope you're enjoying and taking advantage of these last ten nights of Ramadan.  Please watch our latest video and remember the orphans this Ramadan.

- -Nur Kose

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NURture that Empathy!

The 99 Orphan team is extremely grateful to Sister Mariam and her friend for helping raise money for orphans.  All the way from the D.C. area, they were able to raise a few hundred dollars for our cause.  May Allah reward them for their efforts. 

This is what they have to say about our project:

NURture that Empath!

60 Orphans!  Impressive for sure!  How did this team get here?  I found myself asking this and recalled my memory of Nur (president of 99 Orphans) and her family.  

As the eldest of 5, Nur was likely forced into the role of being the leader and the go-to for support and guidance for her siblings.  I feel this helped her to develop into the kind of empathetic and motivated leader that inspires other youth to utilize their resources and abilities to better the lives of those less fortunate.  There is no doubt that Nur and her siblings were raised very well, but I fully believe that their work in this orphan sponsorship project has enriched their own lives greatly.

This is true for the entire team. 99 Orphans supports children who, on top of lacking basic necessities, no longer have parents to rely on or turn to. A large part of the team's success comes from the ability to encourage others to contribute their resources to the cause.  The young members raise funds to be able to provide food, clothing, and education to orphans around the world while enhancing their own lives when being able to understand the circumstances of those they strive to help.

This is NOT a one-and-done, check-that-off-your-list type of accomplishment, but a project that requires continuous effort.  Impressed by their work, I posted online in efforts to reach more potential contributors.  One of the the first to respond was a good friends of mine, Kainat, who immediately expressed her support and willingness to help. She is a great example of someone who has developed that empathy and demonstrated this by rallying her own friends to sponsor an orphan.  $600 helps one child for one year.  Despite working full time as a research scientist and caring for a relative going through chemotherapy, Kai still had the heart to realize the need for this project's success. I am inspired by her ability to raise enough to sponsor an orphan from within her own circle.  Others too can help by creating a fundraiser, sponsoring an orphan, or raising awareness online.  I am looking forward to hearing about Kai's experiences on an upcoming blog post!

Ramadan Mubarak!

- Mariam Mehter