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HZCT to educate orphans and empower young widows

HZCT to educate orphans and empower young widows
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Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust (HZCT) on Sunday announced a new social project to empower and educate orphans and young widows from the weaker sections of the community. Chairman Babukhan said the trust disbursed nearly 4.15 crore rupees in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra states in just 2017-18 in providing scholarships, with 88% beneficiaries being orphans. 

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust (HZCT) on Sunday announced a new social project to empower and educate orphans and young widows from the weaker sections of the community. Chairman Babukhan said the trust disbursed nearly 4.15 crore rupees in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra states in just 2017-18 in providing scholarships, with 88% beneficiaries being orphans.

Last year, the trust spent 1.74 crores on this project supporting 8845 orphans and plans to help 12,000 by 2019. The trust also aided remarriage of 106 young widows last year spending 32.78 lakhs last year, and plans to further increase the number of beneficiaries. The trust provides education and social empowerment through an array of different projects across different states.

The Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust, which is now in its 26th year, also supports 106 Urdu medium schools and 3 English schools with a total strength of 25,000 students at the cost of 1.08 crores. The Gems of the Nation cash awards project helped 274 girl students over 9.3 GPSA benefit from government schools and 9.5 GPA students of private schools each with a cash award of Rs. 10000 at the total cost of Rs. 37 lakhs.

HZCT, through its various projects, aids the weaker sections by providing Iftar food packs, and Eid clothes during Ramadan. This Ramadan, nearly 12000 food packs have been distributed to students, orphans and widow families while 3755 Eid clothes packs comprising bedsheet, two sarees and dress for two children have been provided to widows. The trust, according to Mr. Babukhan, plans to distribute 4000 fitra packs in the last week of Ramadan.

A major part of the trust’s activities rely on Zakat funds that are used on orphan welfare project, remarriage of young widows, feeding the poor, school education, etc. In 2017-18, the trust spent 9.67 crores benefiting 1,16,477 people. The trust, in the last 26 years, spent 114 crore rupees benefitting 12,00,657 people.

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