Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmi and political tensions remains high. As of 2010 India administers approximately 43% of the region, including most of Jammu, the Kashmir Valley, Ladakh, and the Siachen Glacier. India’s claims are contested by Pakistan, which administers approximately 37% of Kashmir, namely Azad Kashmir and the northern areas of Gilgit Baltistan.
There are an estimated 600,000 orphans in Kashmir due to decades of war; most of them living in extreme poverty. Because of poverty, some 40,000 widows in Kashmir are forced to give up their children to poorly run orphanages that struggle to provide basic care to their children. Many of the children in need of sponsoring have never attended school. Through UMR’s Orphan Sponsorship Program orphans are provided the support necessary to receive an education to help our children reach their full potential. Your generous donations pay for food, clothing, education and medicine for all children.
UMR provides essential food aid to hundreds of people in Kashmir facing food insecurity. We support widows, orphans and elderly beneficiaries with food packs both in Ramadan and throughout the year.