Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s India fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Indian refugees in other countries.

Although India’s economy has improved greatly in recent years, along with positive changes in many human development indicators such as literacy rates, life expectancy, middle-class membership and health conditions, poverty still persists in the region and remains deep and prevalent.

One-third of India’s population survives on less than $1.25 a day, accounting for approximately 1/3 of the world’s poor. Poverty hits the country’s children hard: almost half are moderately or severely stunted in growth.

India’s vast population size and its rapid growth mean that the percentages illustrating work remaining to be done translate to very large real numbers. In fact, while the percent of Indians living in poverty has fallen, fast population growth means that the absolute number of individuals living in poverty in some of the country’s poorest states has actually increased.

Poverty hits the country’s children hard, and malnutrition is common. In fact, one in every three malnourished children in the world lives in India.

Islamic Relief has been working in India since 1994, often collaborating with local relief organizations to ensure that assistance is delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible. Islamic Relief India opened in 2008 to implement development programs to help alleviate growing needs for humanitarian aid.

Our projects in India range from food aid to disaster relief to sustainable development projects.

In July 2019,  IRUSA rushed aid to monsoon flooding and landslide survivors in India and other South Asian countries. Just before that in 2018, India experienced its largest flood and landslide in more than a century. Hundreds of lives were lost and thousands were displaced in this devastating monsoon. You came to their aid and sent vital emergency relief. Thank you for all that you continue to do for the people of India.



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