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24 April 2024 / 15. Shawal 1445

ZCSS Muharram 1435 Appeal: The value of education

In the West, we wake our children each morning, get them dressed in their clean and sharp looking clothes, fill their little bellies with a healthy breakfast and send them off to school with a smile.  In their hands they have their fancy backpacks filled with their books, supplies and a filling lunch.  Our children arrive to school and sit in their clean desks with 22 other students and begin another day of reading, writing and arithmetic in a warm, safe classroom.

As they grow older, they attend class but socialize more, not worried about what they are supposed to learn.  Sometimes they decided to skip school for the day because they can think of something else more important and eventually they count the days until they graduate.  They tell each other, there is so much more to do then sit in school all day!

It is so easy for the children of the West who have education at their fingertips to think of their future and weave dreams because they have the power to become whatever they choose.  But do they realize the value of this education that comes so easy?

On the other side of the world, there is a father who can barely provide a meal to his children let alone send them to school.  Instead, he must feed his son a small morsel and send him off to the fields to farm or ask him to sell handmade items to scrape together enough to survive antoher day.  What would this boy give to be able to sit a classroom and learn to read and write his own name.

A mother who is fortunate enough to send her child to gain an education sends her daughter in a torn dress and a tattered notebook.   She is lucky if she does not have to go to school that morning on an empty stomach and she will sit among 60 other children on the cold hard floor to glance a peek at what is written on the tiny chalkboard in front of her.  She is ecstatic to have been able to learn just a little bit and cannot wait till tommorw ~ but tomorrow is another day and what tomorrow holds for her she does not know. 

There are thousands of children who yearn for the education that we are able to give our children so easily.  They yearn for a chance to learn, to gain knowledge because they know the value of education – with education they can empower themselves to be able to create a fulfilling and stable future.  They understand that without an education their future is bleak and they will be enveloped in a life of poverty. 


ZCSS (Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme) is an initiative of The World Federation started by Marhum Mulla Asghar and has been running for over 30 years. The World Federation of KSMIC’s education objective is to empower communities with the ability to become self-sufficient. The most efficient method of reducing illiteracy is through education. This sponsorship scheme supports young students in less advantaged Shia populated areas of the world in order for them to complete their education, ranging from Primary through to higher education. 

Sponsoring a child through The World Federation’s Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme (ZCSS) undoubtedly begins a domino effect that carries over ten fold.  When you help to educate a child, you are helping to educate a nation.  Let’s give access to education to everyone, because everyone deserves a chance to learn.

ZCSS has made a difference in the lives of thousands ~ but this would not be possible without the support of sponsors like you. 

ZCSS works in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Haiti. The scheme started with a humble few students and over the years has supported over 25,000 students, many of whom who have succeeded in changing their lives, the lives of their families and their communities.

Read success stories of children who have benefited through ZCSS. 

Support ZCSS

Purchase a Justice sweatshirt from your local Jamaat today!

By purchasing a Justice sweatshirt you will be help to support a child’s education.  All proceeds of sweatshirt sales will go to the Zainabiya Child Sponsorship Scheme to sponsor students in Primary and Secondary Education. 

Printed with the text 'To what length will you go for... Justice. Can we live like Imam Hussain (AS) & his companions?', the word Justice  has been translated into 10 languages, including Chinese, Gujurati, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Bonsian, Swedish, & Swahili. 

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Sponsor a child today
Now more than ever, more students need your support.  This Muharram, The World Federation is seeking 2,000 sponsors to help educate more deserving students. 

• Will you honour the sacrifice of Imam Husayn (AS) and his family by supporting a needy child?

• Will you join others to earn sawab-e-jariya? 

• Will you sponsor a student today and help them overcome poverty through education?

You can change the life of a child for only:
• £10 GBP / $20 USD per month (for pre-school, primary and secondary education), or
• £55 GBP / $90 USD per month (for post-secondary education)

Help build a future for a deserving child – sponsor a child today!

For more information about ZCSS please email [email protected]  to request a brochure with detailed information about the program. 


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The Zainabiyya Child Sponsorship Scheme was launched in 1981 by Marhum Mulla Asghar. Read the scheme's 2015 report.

Many people care about education, however there are few who truly care about educating others.

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