In April 2015, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and affecting one-third of the country’s population. Entire villages were flattened, especially in impoverished rural communities. An IRUSA team landed in Kathmandu just days after the earthquake to coordinate aid. IRUSA donors quickly sent food and shelter for families who lost everything. Groups including Charity Navigator, InterAction and the BBB as well as news outlets, like TIME, all noted Islamic Relief USA as a charity of choice for Nepal emergency efforts.
Years later, for most of the world, the disaster is just a vague memory. But for local communities, their world is still upside down, and Islamic Relief has not forgotten them. Most recently, IRUSA donors have been restoring water to communities affected by the earthquake.