06.05.2021 / For immediate release
Esha’s Story: The Difference a Charity Can Make
Human Appeal is trying to transform as many orphan lives as possible this Ramadan
Every day, around 5,700 more children become orphans. Whether that’s because they have lost the parent who is the main breadwinner for the family, or both parents, it puts them at a much higher risk of losing their education, being forced into child labour, being exploited on the streets, and falling further into inescapable poverty.
Manchester humanitarian charity Human Appeal has been working with orphans around the world for the past three decades. Their orphan sponsorship programme in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Lebanon has meant that thousands of children have been able to continue their education, keep a roof over their head and eat well.
In Pakistan, around 4.2 million children are orphans. Esha was born an orphan. Her mother died during childbirth, and her father passed away when she was a young child. After two tragic events happening when she was so young, Esha’s father’s family did not want to look after her. Eventually, one of her aunties was able to care for her, but she too died, leaving Esha in the care of her uncle.
In partnership with the Pakistan Red Crescent, Human Appeal is looking after 3,200 orphans in Pakistan, as well as supporting widows into their chosen careers. Through the support she received, Esha was able to continue her education, and is now studying accounting and finance at university. She is hopeful for the future, and wants every orphan to get the second chance that Human Appeal helped to give her.
Shahid Nazir, Human Appeal Pakistan’s Programmes Manager said:
“Seeing Esha thriving just shows why we do what we do at Human Appeal. Like every child, she deserves the best chance in life, no matter how difficult it has been for her at such a young age.
“We want to turn as many lives around as we possibly can. To empower orphans to create their own story, just like Esha. They have the same dreams and aspirations in life as any other child, anywhere on the planet and they shouldn’t be held back from following them.”
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Notes to editors
Human Appeal spokespeople are available for interview and further comment. For this or any other enquiries, please contact Sam Baxter on 07495 708236.
Human Appeal is a humanitarian relief charity, established in a flat in Manchester in 1991 and now active in 24 countries. We carry out emergency relief campaigns in response to man-made and natural disasters, as well as long-term sustainable development projects designed to lift people out of poverty and create resilient communities.