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GOALS AND ACHIEVEMENTS of Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus (UofT)

October 2, 2010

1) Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus (UofT) is an ongoing completely volunteer student initiative currently annually sponsoring over 130 orphans from over 20 different countries, spanning 4 continents.  We sponsor the orphans from Government of Canada registered charities.  OSP in its seventh year has accummulatively fundraised over $300,000.  In 2003, OSP at UofT began with the hopes of fundraising to sponsor orphans from underprivileged countries around the world and making a positive difference in their lives.

Donations are collected year-round and cover education, health, food, shelter, and other basic necessities for the orphans.

OSP’s aim is to continue to help the orphans all over the world, to the best of our abilities year after year.

OSP is not limited to University of Toronto.  We have been getting volunteers and donations from across Canada and USA.  Donors can receive Canadian tax receipt for their donation upon request.  The 3 methods of payments are:  Cheque, online via PayPal (via OSP site), and Cash.

For further detailed information about ways to donate, how much it costs to sponsor an orphan for a year, countries of sponsorship, and donor opportunities, see the following link from the OSP site:

https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/help-make-a-positive-difference-in-the-lives-of-orphans/
2) We have been educating students and the community about the plight of the orphans by means of talks, seminars, emails, posters, and annual events (including bake sales, information booths, fundraising dinner, video game tournament events, sending letters/cards/gifts to the orphans, and visiting the orphans in person).

OSP Site Link to Some Photos of OSP Sponsored Orphans (at the top of this site post) as well as Some Pictures of Greeting Cards/Gifts that OSP sent to our Sponsored Orphans (at the bottom of this site post):

https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/upcoming-osp-at-uoft-annual-events-september2010/

OSP Site Link to Pictures of Some of the OSP Sponsored Orphans with Cards/Gifts that OSP sent them:
https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/exciting-updates-of-osp-at-uoft/

OSP Site Link for the Orphan Visit Videos:
https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/osp-at-uoft-orphan-visit-videos/

3) OSP’s achievements, work, and updates have been featured in various media (i.e. many newspapers/magazines, radio, etc.) in Canada and USA, including Toronto Star newspaper, ISNA’s magazine, and The Newspaper (UofT’s newspaper).  Being featured in the media helps to further increase awareness, volunteers, and donations for the OSP/orphans.

https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/orphan-sponsorship-program-at-university-of-toronto-osp-in-media/

4) We hope to achieve our aim by also encouraging and aiding others to start up similar orphan sponsorship initiatives at their university, school, campus, association, community, etc.
For example, OSP has helped, assisted, encouraged universities and high schools in North America to start their own initiative of sponsoring orphans, including ISNA High School, UTM, UTSC, Ryerson, University of Waterloo, University of Texas, McMaster.

On January 15th, 2010, OSP at UofT was invited to speak at ISNA High School (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), to encourage and aid the school to start a similar orphan sponsorship initiative.  OSP’s second visit to ISNA High School was on May 7th, 2010, where OSP also presented awards to recognize and appreciate the school’s achievement in fundraising over $1,800 towards having their own program of sponsoring orphans like OSP at UofT.

– OSP’s First Visit to ISNA High School on January 15th, 2010 – See the following link from OSP’s site which provides event summary with pictures about it:

https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/osp-at-uoft-visit-and-presentation-at-isna-high-school-on-friday-january-15th-2010/

– OSP’s Second Visit to ISNA High School on May 7th, 2010 – See the following link from OSP’s site which provides event summary with pictures about it:

5) OSP at UofT has an Annual Executive Committee consisting of over ten committees which are constantly striving to help orphaned children all over the world, and make a positive difference in their lives, year after year.

For further information, how to volunteer, and/or donate:
Visit our site at: www.ospuoft.wordpress.com
and email us at: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca

– OSP at UofT 2010-2011 Committee

ISNA High School fundraises over $1,800 to start their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT – Event Summary with Pictures

May 10, 2010

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Second Visit to ISNA High School for Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, St. George (Downtown) Campus (UofT) on Friday, May 7th, 2010.  Masha’Allah.

After OSP’s Jan 15th, 2010 Visit to ISNA High School (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) to encourage and aid their high school students to start a similar orphan sponsorship initiative, OSP visited the school again on May 7th, 2010 to present awards to recognize and appreciate the school’s achievement for fundraising over $1,800 towards having their own program of sponsoring orphans like OSP at UofT.  Currently, they have begun with sponsoring 4 orphans (1 from Palestine, 1 from Pakistan, 1 from Kashmir, and 1 from Somalia).  Allahu Akbar.

Sarah Khan (OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator) and Asna Ahmad (OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor) visited ISNA High School on May 7th, 2010.

The OSP team would like to convey A Special Thank You and Jazak Allahu Khairan to Mrs. Syma Daimee (Asna’s mother) for being at ISNA High School with us, for helping and supporting us on January 15th and May 7th visits.

Like the January 15th visit, the May 7th visit was also very successful.  Alhamdulillah.  ISNA High School’s students and staff attended the OSP at UofT Presentation and Awards Assembly on May 7th.  The staff and students at ISNA High School are very happy to have their own orphan sponsorship program and they hope to continue this initiative every year.  Insha’Allah

There are 15 pictures (Note: Click on the pictures for full-size view) of OSP’s Second Visit to ISNA High School on May 7th, 2010 below.

Picture 1 of 15: Sarah Khan, OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator (left) and Asna Ahmad, OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor (right) during the OSP Presentation and Awards Assembly at ISNA High School on Friday, May 7th, 2010.

Picture 2 of 15: During the OSP Presentation, Sarah Khan, OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator, speaking to ISNA High School about the process of communicating with the sponsored orphans (for example, sending letters/cards/gifts to the orphans and visiting the orphans in-person).

Picture 3 of 15:  Ms. Shazia Hasan (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at ISNA High School) speaking during the OSP Presentation.  She announced the amount of funds raised by ISNA High School towards their project to sponsor orphans.

Picture 4 of 15:  Mr. Rasoul (Vice Principal at ISNA High School) speaking during the OSP Presentation.  He thanked the OSP Team for encouraging and aiding the school in starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative.

Picture 5 of 15: Asna Ahmad, OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor speaking during the OSP Presentation. She congratulated ISNA High School on starting their own project to sponsor orphans like OSP at UofT.

Sarah Khan, OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator (left) and Asna Ahmad, OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor (right) at the OSP Awards Table. The OSP Team presented awards to the entire school and to the grade which raised the most funds towards ISNA High School's project to start their own orphan sponsorship program.
Picture 6 of 15:  Sarah Khan, OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator (left) and Asna Ahmad, OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor (right) at the OSP Awards Table. The OSP Team presented awards to ISNA High School to recognize and appreciate the school’s achievement in starting their own program of sponsoring orphans.

Picture 7 of 15:  OSP Awards Table at ISNA High School.

Picture 8 of 15 - From left to right: Sarah Khan (OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator), Asna Ahmad (OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor), Maryum Ghayur (ISNA High School's Student Council Advisor), Salem Aboghodieh (ISNA High School's Student Council President), Ms. Shazia Hasan (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at ISNA High School). Ms. Shazia Hasan announced the amount of cheque ($1,800) being given to OSP by ISNA High School to sponsor 4 orphans. Maryam and Salem presented the cheque to Asna and Sarah.

Picture 9 of 15 - From left to right: Maryum Ghayur (ISNA High School's Student Council Advisor), Sarah Khan (OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator), and Asna Ahmad (OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor). OSP awarded ISNA High School certificate in frame to recognize their achievement in starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT. Sarah and Asna presented it to Maryam.

Picture 10 of 15 - Three Grade 10 Boys (Muneer, Bilaal, and Mohamed) raised the most funds ($1,004.88) in the entire school due to which their class was awarded certificate of recognition, OSP pens, and chocolate bars by OSP. From left to right: Mr. Rasoul (ISNA High's Vice Principal), Muneer Armanazi, Bilaal Attique, Mohamed Zeyara, Ms. Shazia Hasan (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at ISNA High School), Sarah Khan (OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator), and Asna Ahmad (OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor).

Picture 11 of 15:  Mr. Rasoul, ISNA High’s Vice Principal (farthest right) with the Grade 10 Boys who received awards by OSP for fundraising the most towards ISNA High School’s project to start their own orphan sponsorship initiative.

Picture 12 of 15:  The OSP Team with ISNA High School’s Student Council.

Picture 13 of 15:  The Certificate in Frame (centre) which OSP Presented to Entire ISNA High School for their achievement of starting their own orphan sponsorship program.  The school placed it at their awards area.  From left to right: Mr. Rasoul (ISNA High’s Vice Principal), Ms. Shazia Hasan (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at ISNA High School), Asna Ahmad (OSP 09-10 Senior Advisor), Sarah Khan (OSP 09-10 Co-Head Coordinator), and Mrs. Syma Daimee (Asna’s mother)

Picture 14 of 15:  Up-Close View of the OSP Certificate in Frame for Entire ISNA High School – presented in recognition of their excellence and outstanding efforts in starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT.

Picture 15 of 15: ISNA High's students and staff attended the OSP at UofT Presentation and Awards Assembly. The staff and students at ISNA High School are very happy to have their own orphan sponsorship program and they hope to continue this initiative every year.

For event summary with pictures from OSP’s First Visit to ISNA High School on Friday, January 15th, 2010:  CLICK HERE

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KINDLY SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OSP at UofT to EVERYONE!

THANK YOU!

***Check out this Site for the latest updates, news, and events of OSP at UofT***

For more information, email: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca and visit the site: http://www.ospuoft.wordpress.com

– OSP at UofT 2009-2010 Committee


Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) of University of Toronto Visit and Presentation at ISNA High School on Friday, January 15th, 2010 — EVENT SUMMARY WITH PICTURES

January 21, 2010

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1) Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, St. George (Downtown) Campus (UofT), aim is to continue to help the orphans all over the world, to the best of our abilities year after year.

We hope to achieve our aim by also encouraging and aiding others to start up similar orphan sponsorship initiatives at their university, school, campus, association, community, etc.

Insha’Allah.

2) Along with some high schools, OSP has also helped universities across Canada and USA to start their own orphan sponsorship initiatives, Masha’Allah.

OSP has been educating students and the community about the plight of the orphans by means of talks, seminars, emails, posters, and annual events (including bake sales, information booths, fundraising dinner, video game tournament events, sending letters/cards/gifts to the orphans, and visiting the orphans in person), Alhamdulillah.

3) On Friday, January 15th, 2010, OSP at UofT was invited to speak at ISNA High School (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) to encourage and aid the high school students to start their own orphan sponsorship initiative.

Daanish Afzal (OSP Co-Head Coordinator), Sarah Khan (OSP Co-Head Coordinator), and Asna Ahmad (OSP Senior Advisor) visited ISNA High School.

The OSP team would like to convey A Special Thank You and Jazak Allahu Khairan to Mrs. Syma Daimee (Asna’s mother) for being at ISNA High School with us, for helping and supporting us on Fri. Jan. 15th, 2010.

It was a very successful event.  The staff and students at ISNA High School greatly appreciated and enjoyed OSP at UofT Presentation and OSP Information Booth in ISNA school’s Gym.  ISNA High School is very enthusiastic in starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT.  Allahu Akbar!

There are 22 pictures (Note: Click on the pictures for full-size view) of OSP at UofT Visit and Presentation at ISNA High School below in 7 parts.

Subhana’Allah.

PART 1: OSP in front of the ISNA High School building

PART 2: OSP in the ISNA High School Lobby at the OSP Poster Display with Mr. Rasoul (Vice Principal at ISNA High) and Ms. Shazia Hasan (Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at ISNA High)

PART 3: Meet & Greet and Meeting Between OSP and ISNA High School’s Student Council regarding the school starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT

PART 4: OSP Presentation in front of the entire ISNA High students & staff in ISNA school’s Gym [included OSP powerpoint slides, Interactive Question/Answer session about OSP/orphans with prizes for ISNA high school students, Video screening of OSP orphan visit, and OSP Information Booth (the booth had OSP poster display, hardcopy of profiles/updates/letters of OSP sponsored orphans, & OSP flyers)]

PART 5: Interactive Question/Answer Session with Prizes Conducted by OSP for the ISNA High students during the OSP Presentation in ISNA school’s Gym

PART 6: Video Screening of some OSP members’ Orphan Visit in Person (to some of the orphanages and actual orphans sponsored by OSP) during the OSP Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

PART 7: OSP Information Booth at ISNA High School’s Gym

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PART 1: OSP IN FRONT OF ISNA HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING

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– Pic 1 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 1 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (left), Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre), and Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (right) at the Entrance of ISNA High School Building

– Pic 2 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 2 of 22: Asna Ahmad (left), Mrs. Syma Daimee – Asna’s mother (centre), Sarah Khan (right) at the Entrance of ISNA High School Building

– Pic 3 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 3 of 22: Asna Ahmad (left) and Sarah Khan (right) outside the ISNA High School Building

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PART 2: OSP TEAM WITH MR. RASOUL (ISNA High School’s Vice Principal) AND MS. SHAZIA HASAN (ISNA High School’s Guidance Counsellor & Teacher)

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– Pic 4 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 4 of 22: OSP Team in ISNA High School Lobby at OSP Poster Display with Mr. Rasoul, ISNA’s Vice Principal (centre right) and Ms. Shazia Hasan, ISNA’s Guidance Counsellor & Teacher (centre left)

– Pic 5 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 5 of 22: At the OSP Poster Display in the ISNA High School Lobby – From Left to Right:  Ms. Shazia Hasan (ISNA High School’s Guidance Counsellor & Teacher), Sarah Khan (OSP Co-Head Coordinator), Mrs. Syma Daimee (Asna’s mother), Asna Ahmad (OSP Senior Advisor), Mr. Rasoul (ISNA High School’s Vice Principal), and Daanish Afzal (OSP Co-Head Coordinator)

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PART 3: MEET & GREET AND MEETING BETWEEN OSP AND ISNA HIGH SCHOOL’S STUDENT COUNCIL

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– Pic 6 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 6 of 22: Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (centre left), Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre), and Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre right) having meeting with ISNA High’s Student Council regarding the school starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT

– Pic 7 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 7 of 22: OSP Team and ISNA High School’s Student Council at the OSP Information Booth in ISNA school’s Gym

– Pic 8 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 8 of 22: At the OSP Information Booth, OSP Team and ISNA High’s Student Council in ISNA school’s Gym

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PART 4: OSP PRESENTATION IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE ISNA HIGH STUDENTS & STAFF IN ISNA SCHOOL’S GYM

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– Pic 9 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 9 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (farthest left), Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (farthest right), Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (standing right of the projection screen), and Mrs. Syma Daimee – Asna’s mother (middle of Asna and Sarah) at the OSP Powerpoint Presentation in ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 10 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 10 of of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (left), Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (middle), and Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (right) during OSP Powerpoint Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 11 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 11 of 22: Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor, speaking during the OSP Powerpoint Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 12 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 12 of 22: Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre), speaking during the OSP Powerpoint Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 13 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 13 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (farthest left), speaking during the OSP Powerpoint Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

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PART 5: INTERACTIVE QUESTION/ANSWER SESSION WITH PRIZES CONDUCTED BY OSP FOR THE ISNA HIGH STUDENTS DURING THE OSP PRESENTATION IN ISNA SCHOOL’S GYM

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– Pic 14 below out of 22 totals pictures:

Picture 14 of 22: As Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (centre right) asked the questions about OSP/orphans to the ISNA High students at the girls side, Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre left) gave prizes to those female students who told the correct answers at the Interactive Question/Answer Session during the OSP Presentation in ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 15 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 15 of 22: While Asna Ahmad (OSP Senior Advisor) asked the questions about OSP/orphans to the ISNA High students at the boys side, Daanish Afzal (OSP Co-Head Coordinator) gave prizes to those male students who told the correct answers at the Interactive Question/Answer Session during the OSP Presentation in ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 16 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 16 of 22: Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre left) and Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (centre right) at the Interactive Question/Answer Session with Prizes conducted by OSP for the ISNA High students during the OSP Presentation in ISNA school’s Gym

– Pic 17 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 17 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (back: standing right of the projection screen) at the Interactive Question/Answer Session with Prizes conducted by OSP for ISNA High students during the OSP Presentation in ISNA school’s Gym

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PART 6: VIDEO SCREENING OF SOME OSP MEMBERS’ ORPHAN VISIT IN PERSON (to some of the orphanages and actual orphans sponsored by OSP) DURING OSP PRESENTATION AT ISNA HIGH SCHOOL’S GYM

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Picture 18 of 22: ISNA High students and staff watching OSP Orphan Visit Video during the OSP Presentation at ISNA school’s Gym

– Pic 19 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 19 of 22: Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (centre) at the Video Screening of OSP Orphan Visit during OSP Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

– Pic 20 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 20 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre left, near the projection screen) and Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (centre right, near the projection screen) at the Video Screening of OSP Orphan Visit during OSP Presentation at ISNA High School’s Gym

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PART 7: OSP INFORMATION BOOTH AT ISNA HIGH SCHOOL’S GYM

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– Pic 21 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 21 of 22: ISNA High’s students and staff attended the OSP at UofT Presentation (included OSP powerpoint slides, Interactive Question/Answer session about OSP/orphans with prizes for ISNA high school students, & Video screening of OSP orphan visit) and visited the OSP Information Booth in ISNA school’s Gym.  The staff and students at ISNA High School greatly appreciated and enjoyed OSP at UofT Presentation and OSP Information Booth.  ISNA High School is very enthusiastic in starting their own orphan sponsorship initiative like OSP at UofT.

– Pic 22 below out of 22 total pictures:

Picture 22 of 22: Daanish Afzal, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (left), Sarah Khan, OSP Co-Head Coordinator (right), and Asna Ahmad, OSP Senior Advisor (farthest right) at the OSP Information Booth with OSP poster display, hardcopy of profiles/updates/letters of OSP sponsored orphans, & OSP flyers at the ISNA High School Gym

For event summary with pictures from OSP’s Second Visit to ISNA High School on Friday, May 7th, 2010: CLICK HERE

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KINDLY SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OSP at UofT to EVERYONE!

THANK YOU!

***Check out this Site for the latest updates, news, and events of OSP at UofT***

For more information, email: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca and visit the site: http://www.ospuoft.wordpress.com

– OSP at UofT 2009-2010 Committee


OSP at UofT 2009-2010 Updates: — DONATE to OSP — EVENTS of OSP — MEDIA Coverage of OSP — Exciting VOLUNTEER Opportunities at OSP

December 6, 2009

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1) Canadian Tax Receipt for Donors

The total amount of 2009 donor tax receipt requests which can be accommodated is up to $50,000.  This amount is almost reached.

So, if you wish to receive a Canadian tax receipt for your future donation, you can donate after December 2009 (i.e. between January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010) to be accommodated in the next cycle of tax receipt for 2010.  Note: Tax receipts are issued upon request.  If you’d like a tax receipt, kindly provide us with your full name and mailing address when donating.

However, if you do not wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation, you can donate in December 2009 and onwards.

Thank you!

2) Appeal for Donations!

We now require around $12,000 to re-sponsor the remaining 19 orphans out of the 131 orphans for another year, so please help us continue this entirely volunteer student initiative!

Please donate generously to help those children who have no one else. We thank you if you have already sent in your donations and encourage you to spread the word, telling others to donate (the one who tells others to do good will be rewarded as the doer of the good)!

For further detailed information about ways to donate, how much it costs to sponsor an orphan for a year, countries of sponsorship, and donor opportunities, see the following link on the OSP site:

https://ospuoft.wordpress.com/help-make-a-positive-difference-in-the-lives-of-orphans/

3) First Ever OSP at UofT Video Game Tournament Event on November 20th, 2009 – A Social Event for a Worthy Cause

The event was successful!  Coordinated by OSP at UofT, it provided a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of orphans worldwide while building brotherhood on campus and in the community.

Men – students, donors, and members of the community – gathered together for a video game tournament.  The winner received a prize.

The event was successful in raising awareness about the OSP at UofT program and plight of orphans worldwide while fundraising in the process.  Proceeds from the event also went to OSP to sponsor orphans.  OSP is always looking to broaden its volunteer base and this initiative enabled us to recruit new volunteers.

We received positive feedback and support for such events in the future.  It is our hope that we can make this a regular event in the future

4) OSP at UofT featured in The Newspaper in November 2009

OSP’s achievements, work, and updates have been featured in media (i.e. newspapers, radio, magazines) across North America.

Recently, OSP at UofT was featured in The Newspaper (widely-read UofT’s Independent Community weekly paper) in November 2009.

Link to the full article online:  http://thenewspaper.ca/the-inside/item/81-orphan-sponsorship-program-keeps-on-giving

Part of the Collage Picture (below) was published with the Article on OSP at UofT in the hardcopy of The Newspaper issue.

Note: Click on the picture below for full-size view.

(In the picture above of OSP-Newspaper Article) Clockwise from top left: Some of the orphans sponsored by the OSP at UofT, Farrah Hussain OSP co-head coordinator (right) at the OSP information booth January 2009, Asna Ahmad senior OSP advisor (left) and Sarah Khan OSP co-head coordinator (right) at the OSP bake sale fundraiser September 2009, Daanish Afzal OSP co-head coordinator shared the story of his orphan visit at the 2nd Annual OSP fundraising dinner March 2009, Annual event November 2009 – sending cards & gifts to the OSP sponsored orphans

For further detailed information about Media Coverage of OSP at UofT: Click Here

5) OSP at UofT Annual Committee (2010-2011) Positions Open ~ MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD!

We are now accepting applications for volunteers interested in becoming a part of the new OSP committee (OSP 2010-2011).

The committee commences from April 2010 until April 2011 and will aim at bringing about an awareness of the situation of orphans around the world and also fundraise in order to re-sponsor the orphans we are currently sponsoring (and sponsor even more orphans), Insha’Allah.

Interested applicants apply by March 31st, 2010 at osp.uoft@yahoo.ca

For more details, committee positions, task outline, and how to apply: Click Here

6) Upcoming OSP at UofT Annual Events include:

– OSP Fundraising Dinner around March 2010

– Orphan Awareness Week (OAW) around April 2010

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KINDLY SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OSP at UofT to EVERYONE!

THANK YOU!

***Check out this Site for the latest updates, news, and events of OSP at UofT***

For more information, email: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca and visit the site: http://www.ospuoft.wordpress.com

– OSP at UofT 2009-2010 Committee


Join Us at OSP at UofT Annual Booth and Orphan Greeting Card Signing Event

September 4, 2009
Pictures of Some Orphans Sponsored by OSP at UofT, St. George Campus

Pictures of Some Orphans Sponsored by OSP at UofT

Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, St. George (Downtown) Campus (UofT) invites you to:

OSP at UofT’s ANNUAL BOOTH AND ORPHAN GREETING CARD SIGNING EVENT (FOR EVERYONE)

WHEN:  Friday, September 4th, 2009 12pm-4pm

WHERE:  At OSP-MSA tables/booth during Clubs Fair at Hart House Circle (on UofT, St. George Campus), Near Queens Park Subway Station

Hart House Circle is close to the Hart House Building (HH) as well as University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) Building.

See the map for exact location of HH and UTSU (labeled ‘SO’ in the map): http://rrs.osm.utoronto.ca/map/f?p=110:1:12138785371723912869::NO:::

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The OSP at UofT aims to maintain a rapport with the children we are sponsoring by signing Greeting Cards and sending Gifts to them, and we want you to be a part of this wonderful relationship!

Come and join us for a delightful afternoon of Fun, a chance to win Prizes, and to put smiles on the faces of orphan children from around the world!

There’ll be poster displays, information booth about the OSP, and henna application available.

The Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) was launched in 2003 with the aim of making a positive difference in the lives of orphans around the globe.  In 6 years of OSP’s existence, we’ve fundraised over a quarter of a million dollars (which is unheard of in student fundraising history!), allowing us to annually sponsor over 130 orphans from over 20 countries, over 4 continents.

For more information, email: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca and visit the site: http://www.ospuoft.wordpress.com

NOTE: This event is free to attend

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Below are some pictures of some greeting cards and gifts that were sent to our sponsored orphans last year:

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OSP at UofT Orphan Visit Videos

April 16, 2009

An exciting opportunity to watch the video documentaries of OSP members’ orphan visits.

This year, two of OSP committee members, Daanish Afzal (Volunteer Co-Coordinator) and Sarah Khan (Treasurer) visited Bangladesh (in January 2009) and Pakistan (August 2008) respectively, and during these trips, they at their own expense, took out the time to personally visit some of the orphanages and meet the actual orphans sponsored by OSP in these countries.

OSP at UofT Video (Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2009) can also be viewed at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKGjiW831Ec

OSP at UofT Video (Karachi, Pakistan, August 2008) can also be viewed at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx3pK3xHeyA

**Arrangements can be made via the registered charity to visit and meet the orphan (or the orphanage/regional office in general) Note: The individual donor must bear the expense of his/her trip to visit the orphan**

To donate to sponsor an orphan, volunteer, and/or for more information contact: osp.uoft@yahoo.ca and visit www.ospuoft.wordpress.com


Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at University of Toronto’s Second Annual Fundraising Dinner 2009

February 18, 2009

The Orphan Sponsorship Program (OSP) at the University of Toronto, was launched in 2003 with the aim of making a positive difference in the lives of orphans around the globe.  In just over five years, the OSP has fundraised over $250,000, enabling us to currently annually sponsor over 130 orphans from 22 different countries, spanning 4 continents!

This year OSP is proud to host its Second Annual Fundraising Dinner to continue providing necessities for orphans worldwide.

What: OSP Second Annual Fundraising Dinner
When: Thursday, March 12, 2009 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: William Doo Auditorium (map)
New College, University of Toronto, St. George Campus
45 Willcocks Street (intersection of Willcocks St. and Spadina Avenue)
Toronto, ON M5S 1C7

Price: $15 per person (All proceeds from the event will go to sponsor orphans)

Come enjoy with your friends and family a night of great food, good company of friends, games, prizes, video screening of orphan visits, silent auction, and our dynamic guest speaker Dr. Yaser Haddara, who is a respected Professor at McMaster University and has contributed significantly to the community in North America since 1986!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please email us at osp.uoft@yahoo.ca or call Sr. Fayeza at 647-296-3481.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO HURRY BEFORE THEY’RE GONE!

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[We are now accepting applications for volunteers interested in becoming a part of the new OSP committee (OSP 2009-2010).  For further information, see the post below.]


MEDIA COVERAGE of Orphan Sponsorship Program at University of Toronto (OSP)

January 11, 2009

OSP’s achievements, work, and updates have been featured in various media (i.e. many newspapers/magazines, radio, etc.) locally, nationally, and internationally.

The OSP has come a long way and is currently sponsoring over 130 orphans annually from over 20 different countries, spanning 4 continents.  This is a blessing, but also a challenge to continue, thus we need to spread the word to ensure OSP’s continued success of sponsoring the orphans year after year, Insha’Allah (God Willing).  Such features in media helps the OSP by letting others know (We’ve been getting donations from all over Canada and outside of Canada)

If you’re interested in reporting OSP’s achievements, work, and updates in media, contact us at osp.uoft@yahoo.ca

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– OSP at UofT in Toronto Star newspaper on August 4, 2008:

http://www.thestar.com/Comment/article/472010

– OSP at UofT in Newspaper (widely-read UofT’s Independent Community weekly paper) on November 12, 2009:

http://thenewspaper.ca/the-inside/item/81-orphan-sponsorship-program-keeps-on-giving

– OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of March 2010 on page 26:

http://tmv.uoftmsa.com/?page_id=582

OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of January 2010 issue on page 30 and inside back cover on page 31:

http://tmv.uoftmsa.com/?page_id=582

– OSP at UofT in Islamic Horizons magazine of July/August 2008 issue on pages 46-47:

http://www.isnawebpaper.com/webpapers/isna0807/multi/index.html

– OSP at UofT in MSA Link magazine of Fall/Winter 2008 issue on pages 10-11:

http://www.msanational.org/files/msalink/msalink_fall-winter-08.pdf

– OSP at UofT in The Weekly Voice magazine of September 6, 2008 issue on page 7:

http://www.weeklyvoice.com/site/downloads/Voice_September6_08.pdf

– OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of September 2008 issue on pages 28-29 and back cover (page 32):

http://issuu.com/tmvmag/docs/tmv142?mode=embed&documentId=080907021555-e80f672a545a42059902699fc163a6ee&layout=grey

– OSP at UofT in Pakistan Link newspaper of October 10, 2008 issue:

http://www.pakistanlink.com/Community/2008/Oct08/10/07.HTM

– OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of September 2009 issue inside front cover on page 2:

http://issuu.com/tmvmag/docs/tmv152

– OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of Winter 2009 issue on pages 6-7:

http://issuu.com/tmvmag/docs/tmv151?mode=embed&documentId=090125202800-e9654f19979b46328823d7053f45a41a&layout=grey

– OSP at UofT in The Muslim Voice magazine of December 2007 issue on pages 24-27 and back cover (page 36):

http://issuu.com/tmvmag/docs/tmv141?mode=embed&documentId=090125201400-c1e5146aceab4ecd9a106335f94f897e&layout=grey

– OSP at UofT in Muslim Link Ottawa newspaper of December 2005 issue on page 6:

http://www.muslimlink.ca/downloads/05dec.pdf

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OSP at UofT has also been featured in the following newspapers/magazines:

– The Ambition

– Muslim Free Press


EXCITING UPDATES of OSP at UofT

January 9, 2009

By:  OSP at UofT Team

1) Four More Sponsorship Countries

*** OSP at UofT list of sponsorship countries has increased as four more countries have been added to the list which are:  Chechnya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Iraq.  We are also looking into the possibility of sponsoring orphans from new countries, including Yemen, Mali, Niger, and Albania***

For full list of sponsorship countries, further detailed information about ways to donate, how much it costs to sponsor an orphan for a year, and donor opportunities Click Here

2) Orphans Received Our Cards & Gifts


The OSP at UofT organizes regular events aimed at sending greeting cards, letters, gifts, etc to the orphans to keep in touch with them.  In 2007 and in 2008 we had greeting card socials where students and donors designed and signed cards to send to the orphans along with gifts.  It was a pleasant surprise for the OSP, when we received cards and letters back from a number of the orphans, thanking us for the card, gift and asking the students to keep corresponding with them! We will be having similar events in Winter 2009, Spring/Summer 2009, & Fall 2009.  We will continue to have such events 2-3 times every year in the future to keep in touch with all our sponsored orphans, Insha’Allah.


– Below are some pictures of some OSP sponsored orphans with our cards and gifts.


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3) Visiting the Orphans

Sarah Khan, studying Human Physiology at University of Toronto and currently the OSP’s Treasurer, had visited Pakistan during the summer holidays 2008 and during this trip, she at her own expense, took out the time to personally visit the orphans that OSP is sponsoring from there.  She met them at their school located in an underprivileged rural village.  Her first-hand experience of visiting the village and exchanging conversations with the children not only allowed her to further comprehend the obstacles the orphans face on a daily basis but also increased her ambition to continue supporting the needs of orphans worldwide.  She added:  “It was really amazing to see OSP’s fundraised donations at work, helping the orphans receive their educational needs which helps them acquire the necessary skills for a better life, employment and financial security in their future.”


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(Picture of Sarah Khan, the OSP Treasurer, visiting the orphans in Pakistan)


**Arrangements can be made via the registered charity to visit and meet the orphan (or the orphanage/regional office in general) Note: The individual donor must bear the expense of his/her trip to visit the orphan**


CLICK HERE to Watch OSP Members’ Orphan Visit Videos