By Uzair Adam Imam
The Kano based non-governmental organization, Khairat Islamic Trust (KIT), has trained and empowered 20 children who lost their parents to the insurgency in the North East, Nigeria.
At the event titled: “Graduation, Empowerment and Re-integration of Orphans” held at Bayero University, Kano, on Sunday, December 26, 2021, the foundation donated a sewing machine worth N70,000 to each of the orphans.
Also, the foundation offered the students, who have completed their Qur’anic education, admission into western schools to complete their secondary schools.
Speaking at the event, the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero, represented by Alh. Aliyu Harazimi, Dan Amal, called on the general public to put hands together in helping orphans.
Bayero said that the reward for those who help orphans is Paradise.
Speaking also, the former Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, and Chairman KIT Board of Trustees, Prof. Yahuza Bello, said the foundation is a safe haven for orphans.
He added that KIT’s activities are purely humanitarian and has brought many orphans whose parents were killed by Boko Haram insurgents from Borno to Kano.
Prof. Yahuza Bello lamented that many people do not consider helping orphans important.
He added that many Christian organizations went to Borno and took these orphans to their respective states, converting them to Christianity.
“That is why Khairat Islamic Trust came up with this idea of supporting these orphans financially and also worked hard to ensure that they acquire moral, spiritual, skilful and academic training which would enable them to progress further,” he said.
Orphans voice out their excitement
The orphans who looked very excited said that they could not thank Khairat Islamic Trust enough.
“To be honest, I am very much happy today. I couldn’t have expected more than this even if my parents were alive,” one of the orphans Isma’il Salisu, said.
He added, “I call upon Muslim Ummah to join such a foundation in helping those who lost their parents. If good education is not provided for us, our thought [for a better future] might be lost.
“But now, what most of us wish to be are doctors, engineers, lawyers and the like. We think differently.”
While expressing his gratitude, Mustapha Muhammad Ibrahim said, “Not only me, all of us are extremely excited today.”
“We cannot actually thank this foundation enough. People should, en masse, join programs of this kind.”
On her part, Fatima Usman Hassan expressed how happy she was, saying that: “I pray that we will also do the same to other orphans in the future.”