From your award winning charity
16 May 2017

Thank You for Saving Me From the Streets

Muslim Hands

Assalamu alaikum,

My name is Zargaham.* I am 13 years old and I come from Punjab in Pakistan. I am currently in the Street Child Programme with Muslim Hands.

Growing up was very difficult. My teacher was very strict and used to beat students - including me. I'd get beaten with a stick and many times I couldn't even hold my pen to do my homework.  I tried to tell my parents but they ignored what I'd tell them - even my scars...

I couldn't stand the suffering any longer. One night, I decided to take action and I ran away from home. I took the first train at the station and ended up in Karachi. I soon discovered though that even though I was suffering at home, I was totally unprepared for life on the streets.

Whilst I was living on the streets, I met a man who offered me a job, food and shelter. I thought that everything would finally be ok... But it wasn't... I ended up trapped in a place where children just like me were being sexually abused.

One day I managed to escape and once again, I was on the run. Life on the streets was very difficult and I often had to do things I’m not proud of just to survive. Once I met a member of staff from the Azad Foundation – a street child programme sponsored by Muslim Hands - everything changed for the better though alhamdulillah. 

Azad helped me alot. They referred me to a rehabilitation centre and after that I was able to cut ties with my old life and get back into education. Alhamdulillah thanks to Muslim Hands donors, I am currently in education and receiving LSBE (life skills-based education) sessions. Thank you for helping street children like me get our lives back on track.

Thank you for your support.

Ramadan Kareem from everyone at Muslim Hands!

* Name has been changed to safeguard the child’s identity

Muslim Hands UK

Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.