Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I’ve made a donation; when can I expect a receipt?

    Donations made via PayPal or through DRF’s website automatically generate a receipt that is sent via email. Receipts for donations made by check will be issued 2 to 4 weeks from the date the donation was received. If an email is provided with the check, then the receipt will be sent via email. Otherwise, it will be sent via postal mail.

  • I’ve made a donation to sponsor an orphan, when can I expect the orphan card with his/her information? 

    Orphan cards are mailed 4 to 6 weeks after a sponsorship commitment. Orphan cards are given to donors that commit to $60* a month or $720* a year. If you have made a donation that does not fit this criterion, it will go toward the general orphan fund for support. If you have made a contribution that fits this criterion and have not received a card, please e-mail us to let us know of this oversight.
    *These figures are for checks or cash; please add 3% for donations made by credit cards ($61.80 and $741.60) due to bank fees.

  • Can I send gifts to the orphan I sponsor?

    The postal system in Iraq is unreliable. The best way to provide orphans with gifts is either to donate for a specific gift (for example Eid) or to send a gift with visitors to Karbala. Visitors should e-mail gro.ytirahcfrd%40ofni prior to arrival and contact DRF in Iraq (+964-782-501-8930). If you’d like to send a gift through DHL, please send it to: Mr. al-Qazwini, al-Sadiq School, Hassainia Road, Bab Baghdad, Karbala, Iraq. Please put the orphans name in a visible spot.

  • Can I contact the orphan I sponsor?

    Yes. If the orphan you sponsor is a student at DRF’s school, he/she can be contacted through the school (+964-740-030-3297); however, many of the orphans speak only Arabic.

  • Does DRF accept khums, fedya, or Eid Zakat?

    Yes. Half of your khums contribution will be used for poor seyeds and the other half for the organization (unless stated otherwise). For the correct fedya amount, please ask your local Imam. It is 1.5 lbs. of a staple and given to the poor.

  • Can I volunteer in Iraq?

    DRF welcomes physicians and nurses to volunteers at IHH for a minimum of 2-4 weeks. English language educators may volunteer for 9 months at DRF schools. Contact us at gro.ytirahcfrd%40ofni for more details.

  • How can I help others through Development and Relief Foundation?

    There are several ways to help others through DRF. Please see our Get Involved page for a list of ways you can help.

  • Do you spend the donations on administration expense?

    We use less than 6% of our generated funds which mostly come from donations towards administration fees.

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