Al-Badr is an Is­lamic chil­dren’s home based in Ex­ten­sion 11 in Le­na­sia, Jo­han­nes­burg.

Es­tab­lished in 2007, the home caters for 27 chil­dren, aged be­tween four and 13, who are cared for by six care­tak­ers.

Fa­tima Mayet runs the home, along­side four house moms and two helpers.

The home is an ex­ten­sion of their Is­lamic school. Fa­tima says they rely heav­ily on the pub­lic for do­na­tions.

Fa­tima, who is a re­tired nurse, says her hus­band, who is also re­tired, goes out look­ing for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

“We don’t get fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment be­cause we are not an of­fi­cial or­phan­age. We just look af­ter the kids be­cause we care,” she says.

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