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

December 6, 2009


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:

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:

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

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






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

For more information, email: and visit the site:

– OSP at UofT 2009-2010 Committee

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:

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

**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: and visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

– The Ambition

– Muslim Free Press