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“Hand deliver Aid to Uyghur Orphans & Widows

Join us now in this unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and see our work directly for yourself. Connect with our beneficiaries, learn their stories and champion their cause!

Lonely Orphans wants to facilitate an educational way for our donors to directly connect with their beneficiaries. It is important to us that our donors know intimately about our projects and beneficiaries for causes we support.

Travel to Istanbul and meet first hand the Widows and Orphans from the Uyghur Community.

What work is Lonely Orphans currently doing with the Uyghur?

  • Montessori Nursery

In 2017 Lonely Orphans teamed up with a Montessori nursery in Istanbul to provide free education to children in early years education. A three storey building provides ample space to play and learn. Here, exiled Uyghur children can get a wholesome education with food, easing the burden on parents.


  • Seasonal Projects

Lonely Orphans have been providing seasonal projects, focusing on areas of need. This ranges from providing food, providing adequate housing and winter support.

What work is Lonely Orphans planning to do with Uyghur Exiles?

  • School

Hundreds of Uyghur children are without access to education, namedly because Lonely Orphans have been working tirelessly to establish a school for children aged 5-12. 


  • Uyghur Women’s Centre

This is a safe space for the vulnerable women and widows to help empower them with skills and training that could help them alleviate their circumstances


  • Family accommodation for Uyghur exiles –
    This building will also help facilitate accommodation for those in need of it, we want it be a building set to help support in a variety ways. 

“I spent seven days of hell there,” he says. “My hands were handcuffed, my legs were tied. They threw me in a pit. I raised both my hands and looked above. At that moment, they poured water. I screamed.”

– Orynbek Koksybek, (BBC, 2019)

The Uyghur community existed in North-West China for over several centuries, and have a long history of their homeland in today’s autonomous region of Xinjiang. There are 11 million Uyghurs in province, and since its annexation by China in 1949, they have faced numerous types of discrimination. Primarily criminalised by adhering to their Islamic faith.

There has been a strong drive recently for the Uyghur community to be assimilated to the norms and values of the chinese. The Uyghur already have a strong cultural identity with strong roots to their faith, and are currently being persecuted for both in their homeland.

Over a million people have been forcibly placed in internment camps in the Xinjiang province of China, there are over 85 such detention camps already identified, most built in a year (between 2017 – 2018). These have been also called Re-Education Centres under the guise of rehabilitation of citizens.

Laws have been passed targeting symbols of the Islamic faith, such as long beards, and veils. Countless mosques in the region have also been destroyed and demolished. There are credible reports of brainwashing, systematic rape and extensive physical abuse such as fingernails ripped out and forced abortions as well as sterilisations.

There is a global outcry over the treatments of the Uyghur, but very little has been done or can be done. Lonely Orphans have managed to access and aid the Uyghur exiles that exist in countries like Turkey, who have taken them in.

There we have first hand heard harrowing stories corroborating the widely reported numerous types of abuse. Many children have been orphaned or have missing parents, many have their family members missing, with no sign of life or news. Living in fear after escaping surveillance state has left a number of them in fear even if they are in relative safety.

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