Donations made toward IRUSA’s Africa Humanitarian Aid fund may be used to support emergency or long-term humanitarian work across the region. Natural tragedies like these don’t discriminate—we are so thankful that your hearts are open and generous to helping our brothers and sisters in need all across Africa, and around the world.
Provide Africa with Relief that Lasts
For many of us, life without food and clean water is unfathomable. Many vulnerable communities across Africa, however, are living with the harsh, everyday realities of polluted water and food insecurity. That is why Islamic Relief USA aims to always prioritize those most in need in over a dozen countries across the Africa region.
In addition to emergency assistance in times of crises, like drought and flooding across East Africa, IRUSA also works with global partners and local teams on the ground to carry out projects that aim to provide relief that lasts. The people we serve in these countries are resilient, capable, and hardworking. They just need the right resources.
Many times, the projects we carry out in Africa yield progress across multiple areas of need. Our water projects in countries like Mali and Niger, for example, provide entire communities with clean water. This clean water also reduces the spread of disease, and even allows young girls to focus on their education, given that many times they have to stay out of school to spend their days collecting water. In addition to this, the high-quality water wells we install can last many years.
In countries like Somalia and Kenya, we carry out projects that not only aim to alleviate poverty and combat food insecurity, but that also improve livelihoods. Often times, we work with communities in need to provide them with resources they need to grow their own food and start their own agriculture and farming businesses. This not only helps them better their food security, but also guides these communities towards self-sufficiency.
Your aid can provide long-lasting, life-saving relief. Please help your brothers and sisters in need.
ACTIVE EMERGENCY: DROUGHT IN SOMALIA LEAVES MILLIONS AT HIGH RISK
Communities in Somalia have been left extremely vulnerable in the midst of a severe drought that has left millions across the country at high risk.
These communities are now living with:
- Widespread crop failure and a decline in livestock activity, making it nearly impossible for them to earn a living and have food for their families.
- Rising malnutrition and drought-related diseases.
According to the OCHA, any rainfall the country receives will be too little and too late to reverse the impact of the drought.
By July 2019, 5.4 million people, including 1 million children, will be living with hunger. Numbers are only expected to rise. The increasingly limited access to water has heightened risk of drought-related diseases. With over 2.6 million internally displaced people in Somalia, displaced communities are even more vulnerable to the drought.
Islamic Relief USA is working with IR Somalia to provide rapid, emergency relief to the most vulnerable in Somalia, including women in need, elderly individuals, and disabled individuals.
IRUSA is aiming to provide food and cash assistance, but we need your help to make the most impact. Donate life-saving assistance now. Your aid is their relief.
WORK ACROSS AFRICA
Benin is a country in West Africa with a heavy agricultural sector. Although economic development in the country is growing, poverty in the country is widespread.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
A country rich with natural resources, the Central African Republic is also home to one of the world’s poorest populations due to inconsistent economic development and intense conflict. As of June 2018, the country holds over 600,000 internally displaced persons. Nearly 575,000 refugees reside outside the country.
Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country, and is also home to the second highest number of refugee and asylum seekers in Africa.
Ghana is one of the more stable countries in West Africa, with gold, cocoa, and oil serving to boost the country’s economic development. Young adults in the country, however, are experiencing disproportionate unemployment in comparison to the rest of the country.
Despite its mineral wealth, the West African country of Guinea suffers from rampant poverty and malnutrition. As of 2018, there are hundreds of thousands refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone living in Guinea, adding additional strain to the struggling economy. The country remains as one of the poorest in the world.
Although Kenya has made significant strides in terms of overall country development, vulnerable communities throughout the country are regularly affected by various climatic emergencies, including drought and flooding.
Half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line. They struggle to acquire clean water, food, education, and quality healthcare. Women and children are especially vulnerable.
Many of Mali’s people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance—specifically assistance relating droughts, floods, food insecurity, and impacted livelihoods. These factors have displaced many in the country, further limiting access to basic services.
Niger remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Frequent droughts, high illiteracy, disease, and widespread poverty are currently the biggest challenges in securing the country’s economic development.
Somalia’s long-standing humanitarian crisis is one of the world’s worst. Millions of Somalians remain displaced internally and as refugees. For millions across the country, access to basic necessities is very limited.
Although South Africa is one of Africa’s most developed countries, the country is still recovering from the long-term effects brought on by previous apartheid. More than half of those living in South Africa live below the poverty line.
South Sudan is currently experiencing an unfathomable humanitarian crisis that has affected millions of people. Conflict in the country is intensifying the numbers of those displaced to disproportionate levels.
Sudan is Africa’s third largest country, and is currently home to over 41 million people. The humanitarian situation in the country—home to one of the decade’s most notable humanitarian crises in Darfur—continues to worsen.
Uganda is home to a large refugee population from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. Many of the refugees in Uganda face food insecurity, limited health care, and malnutrition.