Often in our lives, we take a lot things for granted. Growing up as children who were fortunate enough to have our parents by our side, asking for a teddy bear or a doll to play with as a birthday gift was a simple thing. We often got what we asked for without thinking about it much. To Farah Abo-Gedian and the other orphans we talked to, that's not the case. The loss of a parent put her and other children through a life were they barely get their most basic needs met, let alone a small birthday wish. For Farah, who the scarcity of all that she has aches our hearts, a pretty doll to play with as a birthday gift is the best thing ever. So was the case for the other orphans with whom we sat with and asked to tell us their birthday wishes.
"I always pass by the supermarket near my house and just look at the candies and chips shelves without even buying one these delicious things since I don't have enough money. I just wish for a bunch of potato chips and candies so I could eat and enjoy them all the time" Said Akram Lolo.
"I don't have a bed to sleep on. I wish for a bed!" said Saged Abu Kaloub in a excited tone.
"I do love to have so many teddy bears. I do want to have a giant teddy bear to play house with and take it for a walk in my stroller," Said Noor Nasser.
"I'm in love with Disney princess and Barbie dolls. I like every little thing about them specially the beautiful dresses they wear. I hope to have a lot of dresses just like theirs," said Walaa Dawoud.
"All my friends at school have laptops to help them study. I don't. I wish I had one to help me study as well," replied Ismail Hammouda shyly.
"I miss my father a lot and I wish he could take me to the amusement park to play. All my friends go there with their parents. I want that too" said Tala Alaqra with a sad smile on her face.
Those were their wishes, the kind of which we had as an ordinary part of our lives. However, to them, it's what would makes their lives shine brighter. It's what would put the smile stolen from them back on their faces, and what a magical thing is to make an orphan brightly smile again. What a wonderful deed to make an orphan feel like all the other kids when their birthday comes, to bake them a cake, light them a candle and sing them happy birthday handing them a present wrapped beautifully, just to see their faces light up with an innocent smile brighter than the morning sun.
The image of seeing all of our orphans with that smile was reason enough for us to get this campaign started. It's the reason why we, Hope Bridge Charity, has taken the initiative to launch this campaign that will hopefully support those orphans and make their birthday wishes come true. We expect that not only the orphans mentioned above will have their wishes fulfilled on their coming birthdays but also all of our 150 orphans sponsored through our charity. Therefore, please take an action and help us to make our entire orphans smile again.
Who We Are:
Hope Bridge is a non-profit organization that's registered under the number of "GA-1123-C" and it's based in Gaza city. It's established to achieve a very simple and noble goal, serving humanity and bringing hope into the lives of the less fortunate through providing them with different types of support. The first steps we took to achieve our goal have started locally through engaging in many compassionate projects and working intensively on many humanitarian aid projects aiming to assist the families and children who are in dire need of help. One of our remarkable and distinguished projects is The Orphan Sponsorship Project. The project doesn't only provide a financial support to the orphans, but it also provides a psychological support to each and every one of them. Moreover, our charity is currently working hard with great efforts to develop both sides of our Orphan Sponsorship Project by trying to fulfill the basic needs of 150 orphaned children. We are particularly focusing on improving all kinds of psychological support the orphans need because we believe it's the best way to help the orphans overcome all the difficulties and psychological crises they faced after the loss of their fathers.
This picture shows some of the activities that were done by our team as a part of our Orphan Sponsorship Project:
Where the Money Will Go:
All fundraising proceeds for "Make orphan's birthday wishes come true" campaign is going to be used for the following activities:
- Organizing some initiatives to entertain our orphans by taking them on a trip, visiting the amusement parks together and getting them all gifts they wish to have on their birthdays.
- Letting each orphan pick out a special cake and candles from the bakery ,decorating his/her house and filling it with balloons and holding a big surprise birthday party for each one of our orphans.
- Having a small festival for all orphans whose birthday wishes will come true through the generous donation that's going to be made for our special campaign.
What We Are Going to Achieve:
- Providing physiological and emotional support to the orphans by fulfilling their birthday wishes, which is the most important goal of the Orphan Sponsorship Project.
- Making our orphans feel extremely loved and special on their birthdays.
- Telling our orphans that there is a universal desire to let them know how loved they are, and that there are so many people out there who think and care so much about them and want to do whatever it takes to make their birthday wishes come true.
- Alleviating the orphan's pain of losing their fathers, a pain that becomes more intense on special days like their birthdays.
- Celebrating with our orphans and sharing with them the joy and happiness of their special days.
How to Support Us
You can show your support through:
- Making a donation to GoGetFunding and be the reason behind cheering up an orphan.
- Spreading the word about our campaign and sharing it on social media platforms.
- Telling your friends and families about our campaign and encouraging them to make an orphan's birthday very memorable.
- You can also reach out to us via our Facebook page or send an email to: [email protected]