ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Islamic Relief USA has overseen an economic development and sustainability project in the Kashmir region of Pakistan that has helped reduce business costs, establish communication with government officials, and help stymie the deleterious effects of climate change.
The program provides a source of livelihood to local farmers, enabling them to produce organic fruits and vegetables, milk, and eggs. Farmers then bring those items to local markets, where they engage with traders and help provide healthy food options to local communities.
“This program enhances effective farming techniques, hones entrepreneurship skills, and instills a greater sense of confidence and self-sustainability,” said Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA. “Islamic Relief is proud to support this program.”
Some techniques have helped produce substantial income gains. For example, a technique to harvest rainwater has resulted in the average household seeing a 60-fold increase in their income.
The program stands to benefit some 8,000 people.
Syed M. Hassan
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.