MAGO – MONAKKA ALVIE GIRLS ORPHANAGE
In the name of Allah most Merciful, most Beneficent.
As Salaam Alaykum WA Ramathullah WA Barakatu. (May Allah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you and us)
Monakka-Alvie Girls Orphanage supports young women to become strong social and economic pillars in the community.
In Islam service to mankind is service to Allah. That is, service to Allah is best done by serving humanity.
The Quran says, “Do good to others as Allah has done good to you” (28:77).
“They (the true believers) give food, out of love for Allah, to the poor, the orphan and the slave, saying: We feed you only for Allah’s pleasure – we desire from you neither reward nor thanks.” (76:8-9)
Four hours from the capital city of Dhaka, we have established our orphanage site at Dhunchi, Rajbari. Ever since childhood, I, Rumana Khandaker wanted to do something for humanity to enhance the lives of others and to please Allah. A long time ago, my mother told me that there was a school and diabetic center that were built in memory of my father, the late Kazi Hedayet Hossain. There was however nothing done in my mother’s name, so I told her that Insha Allah I will try my best to fulfill her dream as well as mine.
Unfortunately, a few years later, my baby and youngest son Alvie Khandaker passed away on June 15, 2010. He was only 17 years old. Alvie was my hero and big support for this organization. I still remember a conversation that I had with Alvie just two months before he died. I asked Alvie what he thought about my plan to build an orphanage for girls and all he said was, “That is a great idea but ensure that, along with food and shelter, the girls get a good education so that they can do something in life.”
This land was originally my grandfather’s. After my son Alvie passed away, my brothers and sisters gave it to me when I proposed my dream to build an orphanage in the name of Allah. My mother was alive when the first construction started in August 2011. She was very happy to see this organization named after both her and my son: Monakka-Alvie Girls Orphanage. Unfortunately, our beloved mother Monakka Begum passed away on the 12th of June, 2012 at the age of 79—in the same month, same week and even the same day (a Tuesday) that my son Alvie died. May Allah bless them both and all the departed souls!
Our mission is to take care of girls from the age of 5 at the orphanage. We would like to give them a comfortable home, a family, food, clothing, healthcare, a public school education, an Islamic education, computer and sewing skills, and more. They are thriving, and as they grow, we help them to see the need to care for themselves to enhance their lives and others in their own country.
Monakka-Alvie Orphanage will help the orphanage girls and the community with access to essentials like:
- Quality education
- Clean water
- Improved health care
- Better nutrition
- Computer training
- Handy craft training
- Reliable income generating opportunities
This organization ensures that we will be able to provide our girls with the basics they need to help them grow up in a healthy environment and have a chance for a better, more sustainable future.
The objectives of Monakka-Alvie Orphanage are to uplift and enhance the social and economic conditions of the people with the greatest needs in the rural areas, especially young girls between 5 and 18 years. More specific objectives are as follows:
- Provide free room and food to disadvantaged children in the rural areas who are extremely poor or orphaned
- Provide quality education, completely free of cost to children and in an environment which is conducive to study and higher education
- Provide an environment that will help result in a generation of good citizens
- Increase efficiency and behavioral change by providing human and skills development training
- Ensure environmental protection and ecological balance by undertaking related projects in sustainable agriculture and environmental programs
- Improve health and sanitation conditions
- Preserve and increase the knowledge of human rights, especially of women and children, through programs and workshops
About Monakka-Alvie Girls Orphanage
The girls’ basic routine is as follows:
- Wake up at 5:30am – pray Fazr 6:00am
- Morning walk 6:00am-6:30am
- Arabic lesson – 6:30am-8:30am
- Breakfast – 8:30am-9:00am
- National Anthem – 9:00am-9:15am
- School- 9:30am-4pm
- Lunch – 1:00pm-2:00pm – Pray Zohr
- Afternoon nap – 2:00pm-3:30pm
- Teachers – 3:30pm-5:30pm
- Afternoon snack – 4:30pm-5:30pm – Pray Asor
- Play time – 5:30pm – 6:30pm and Pray Magreb
- Study time – 6:30pm – 7:30pm (Grade 1-2)
- Dinner – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
- Study time – 8:30pm – 9:30pm (Grade 3 and up) and pray Esha
- Bed time – 9:30pm – 10:00pm
Our humble requests to you all: please pray for these girls, this organization and the staff so that these girls can grown up to become good human beings in society. May Allah bless this organization, these girls, staff and all volunteers.