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The trauma of a father arrested and in prison. The sadness of a family broken and ostracised. The pain of bullying from the previous school year. These are the horrors Ahmad will be carrying inside of him, on that dreaded first day. Adding to it all might be the shame of wearing an ill-fitting school uniform and old shoes that are hard to walk in. Such signs of poverty will mark Ahmad out for further torment from his peers …unless you can help.

The average cost of a uniform for state run schools in the UK, range between £250-£300 per year. Research shows that a troublingly high number of children from the country’s poorest families have reported bullying, because they are frequently embarrassed as a result of not being able to afford key elements of school. Some even suffer the humiliation of being sent home for wearing ‘incorrect’ attire.

With the odds stacked against them in this way, HHUGS children like Ahmad don’t stand a chance at a better start to the new school year. Though desperate to fit in, they face isolation and narrowing academic opportunities, because poverty prevents them from being able to participate fully in school. But a new uniform and a smart pair of kicks could mean the difference between standing tall in front of their peers or shying from everyone with embarrassment. Can you help switch the odds for Ahmed and other children like him, on the first day of term?

“Whoever clothes (a believer) will be clothed from the green silks of Paradise.” (at-Tirmidhi)

100% of HHUGS families who received Back to School support last year, said it restored their dignity and reduced their worry and stress. 83% of these families expressed that your Back to School gifts helped them financially, enabled them to stay out of debt and improved the quality of their lives.

HHUGS children come from single parent households where the hard choice between food on the table or heating in the winter is a daily reality. When they outgrow shoes or school attire, their mothers struggle to afford new ones. Buying a uniform means spending up to two thirds of their household income, or borrowing money to do so. Under such circumstances, a school uniform becomes a source of anxiety for single mothers crushed under debts, and children who dread starting the new term in last year’s clothes.
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"Alhamdulillah l was able to buy all the correct uniform, shoes, PE kit, and stationery. The support from HHUGS took all the burden off my shoulders. My daughter is happy and her confidence in her school work has improved. Alhamdulillah."

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For children of prisoners, desperate to move on from the trauma that devastated their home, school could be the first step to a better life. But financial constraints prevent their single mothers from buying the school supplies necessary for their studies. Research shows that most young people in the UK, who reported not having all the books and equipment needed for their studies, suggested that cost was to blame. A lack of books, revision guides and stationery meant that their ability to study was reduced.

"Alhamdulillah for the Back 2 School campaign! I was able to buy my daughter's schoolbag, trainers, shirts, shoes and other stuff such as pencil case and stationary. My family's quality of life is much better since HHUGS has been supporting us. It's lifted the worries and stress off my mind.
Allah bless them. Ameen"

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For children of prisoners, desperate to move on from the trauma that devastated their home, school could be the first step to a better life. But financial constraints prevent their single mothers from buying the school supplies necessary for their studies. Research shows that most young people in the UK, who reported not having all the books and equipment needed for their studies, suggested that cost was to blame. A lack of books, revision guides and stationery meant that their ability to study was reduced.

"I have never been able to send my daughters on school trips. My youngest son has a three-day residential trip for history. It is essential that he attends it, as it is part of his course, but I cannot afford it. I strongly believe that children should have a chance to go to trips as it contributes to their development. This support you are giving is absolutely brilliant and I cannot thank you enough! Your services are amazing and you are such kind-hearted people. I will always remember you in my du’as."

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With no father to hold his hand and such great fears weighing on his little heart, Ahmad will need all the prayers, support and confidence he can get. Please help him stand tall on that first day of term.

"…Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart, and enable you to get what you need." –(at-Tabarani)

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