H.O.P.E. (Helping Orphans Progress Emotionally)





H.O.P.E. is a program that strives to promote emotional and cognitive development through sensory stimulation and educational play in the orphaned infants and toddlers at the Rita Zniber Foundation’s “Le Nid” Orphanage.

Accomplishments in 2017

  • Therapy room fully equipped with age appropriate developmental toys
  • 726 hours of therapy provided
  • 56 children reached their developmental milestones with therapy.

Do children in institutional care progress normally?

Unfortunately, the answer is NO. Studies show that being loved, touched and spoken to are key components in helping a child thrive. Studies show that when there is an absence of nurturing and attention in infancy and early life the affects are catastrophic.

What can we do to help?

The H.O.P.E Program will develop the children’s social and cognitive skills, help the children mature emotionally, and allow them to gain the confidence and comfort required to engage in new experiences and environments.

The H.O.P.E Program will use your valuable donations to sponsor the salary for an therapist dedicated to engaging the children in learning through play and spending time emotionally stimulating them. This therapist will provide the infants with time outside of their cribs playing with developmental toys provided by the program. The therapist will also be responsible for running a volunteer program that encourages community members to visit the orphanage and help provide nurturing, attention and learn-through-play activities. Additionally, a file with pictures and milestones and regular evaluations will be created for each child.

Get involved/Volunteer

Are you OT, PT, Speech therapist, nurse, special education teacher?

  • Make your next vacation as service trip to one of our partner orphanages
  • Provide distance support and continuing education to our therapist
  • Raise money to specialised therapy needed and medical treatments

You can be involved at many levels email Wafa Bennani at wafa.bennani@newstarkafala.org.



Make a Gift Today!

Children are waiting for their ‘Forever Families.’

You could be the one to make a difference.

*The donations that go towards our work placing Muslim children with Muslim guardians are considered sadaqa. If you indicate your donation is a zakat donation, that donation will go towards other charity programs that are zakat-eligible.