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The Sindh district regularly succumbs to flooding, and 2010 and 2011 were years without exception. Islamic Relief responded with emergency relief on these two separate occasions to provide aid throughout the district. An emphasis was made on providing on water and sanitation, emergency shelter, food and non-food items, and healthcare for affected people immediate after floods swept through the region. The project, now in phase two, has been redesigned to address long-term rehabilitation needs, including the rebuilding of infrastructure, providing communities with income generating activities and basic necessities and providing them with proper coping mechanisms to deal with future disasters.

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In the U.S., “it comes out to $10 per day or $300 for the month,” says Minhaj Hassan of the nonprofit charity Islamic Relief USA. In Britain, Islamic Relief UK has set the daily rate of fidya at 5 pounds or 150 pounds for the month.

connectionnewspapers.com:”Volunteers Pack Ramadan Food Boxes To Help People In Need”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the connectionnewspapers.com in April 2019:    As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches, Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization based in Alexandria, helped prepare for the month of fasting by packing boxes with nonperishable foods in Springfield. Some 60 volunteers participated in…

lions clubs international foundation 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT:”Hurricane Strikes in Puerto Rico, LCIF Responds “

Islamic Relief USA was mentioned on page 23 of lions clubs international foundation 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT for its hurricane relief contributions. Read the full post on lions clubs international foundation 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT

WDIV ClickOnDetroit :”How can you still help people affected by the Flint water crisis?”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the WDIV ClickOnDetroit in April 2019:  “People can donate water, money, time to help victims FLINT, Mich. – There are still people who need help because of the Flint water crisis. The Flint Registry encourages people in the city to enroll if they’ve been affected by the water…

Reflecting on Lessons from the Earth

A long-standing meditation and relaxation technique is to bring increased awareness to that fact that the earth is right beneath us, supporting us when we walk, sit, sleep, and live. What makes this simple technique so profound? It increases sensitivity to the miraculous fact that the earth, by the grace of Allah (SWT), supports us…

Using Social Media to Reap Rewards in Ramadan

A report by the Global Web Index shared survey-based research that confirmed that internet uses are now spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social networking and messaging platforms. That’s over 10,000 heartbeats every day that happen while you’re focus on the social media world. Why not dedicate that time…

7 Smart Ways to Prepare for Ramadan

Each Ramadan, the spirituality of the season awakens something within all of us. We all have our own personal, spiritual goals for the holy month. Regardless of what your goals may be, here are seven surefire ways to prepare for the holy and blessed month of Ramadan. #1 Create your goals. You should create goals…

Three Lessons I learned from Visiting Kenya with Former NBA Star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf completes his first field visit with Islamic Relief to Kenya and IR staff reflects on the experience.

Sri Lanka attacks: “Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, CAFOD & Christian Aid have issued a joint letter vowing to stand together against hatred & support those affected.”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Daily Telegraph in April 2019:  Read the full post on Daily Telegraph

The Washington Post: “Deadly attacks in Sri Lanka tap into global anxiety about Christian-Muslim violence”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in The Washington Post in April 2019:  “The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, a Buddhist-majority country not known for religious violence or intolerance, are tapping into global worries about safety. Experts who study long-term trends of religious intolerance and violence disagree, however, on whether things are getting worse,…

G20 Interfaith Forum: “Islamic Relief USA fights against Islamophobia through its global, humanitarian and interfaith efforts”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in G20 Interfaith Forum in April 2019:  “Last month, a gunman killed 49 people while they were worshipping in Muslim mosques in New Zealand. The CEO of Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), an international humanitarian organization, released a statement in response to the mass shooting. “Today, we grieve…

APnews.com: “Immigration is indeed a blessing”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the APnews.com in  April 2019: “During a recent naturalization ceremony, former President George W. Bush, a former Texas governor as well, described immigration as “a blessing and a strength.” Given the recent policies and practices surrounding immigration that have become increasingly familiar in recent years —…

NVOAD.org: “WATER FOR LIFE: ISLAMIC RELIEF USA AND FEMA IN PUERTO RICO”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the  NVOAD.org in  2019: Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) and FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs) in Puerto Rico are working together to provide a remote community in central Puerto Rico access to water. That community, Mameyes , in the municipality of Utuado, was severely impacted by Hurricanes…

JHV: “Students Extend Community’s Reach With Harvey Recovery”

a group of Muslim students, organized by Islamic Relief USA, was wrapping up the a.m. shift.

WHAT’S THE WORD ON: PROPOSED FEDERAL CUTS TO PROPOSED FEDERAL CUTS

When you consider the acute health crises that exist around the world, particularly in regions where Islamic Relief USA does work, like Asia and Africa, it appears more money is needed to provide life-saving medicine, shelter, clean water, etc.  And, one not need be reminded of the countless stories of refugees seeking a better life than the nations they left because of war, dire poverty, corruption, famine, among other things. 

World Water Day Spotlight: IRUSA WASH Programs

Did you know that IRUSA has a whole host of programs around the world that are based around water? Read more to find out how these critical programs are supporting entire communities.

Remembering Women Refugees in Women’s History Month

Hear from one of Islamic Relief USA’s partners about how refugee women are uniquely important to consider during this commemorative month.

Reflecting on 8 Years of the Syrian Crisis

One Doctor, Many Crises When students set out to study medicine they accept the reality that there will be experiences situations in their work which will put pressure on who they are as person. It is the nature of being a physician. Dr. Ahmed had practiced medicine for years but the Syrian conflict unfolded a…

Islamic Relief Stands with New Zealand

As the Muslim and global community cope with the senseless killings in mosques in New Zealand, Islamic Relief is responding with immediacy.

wvgazettemail.com:” Syed Hassan:World Water Day reminded us of water’s impurity and scarcity “

Nongovernmental organizations — including Islamic Relief USA, which helped distribute bottled water in Flint in 2016 — will continue to do its part in providing clean water to at-risk populations around the world. However, the U.S. government can take steps to strengthen enforcement and accountability of its existing laws.

Capital Gazette: “Letters: Suggested changes for Outstanding Student Achievers and more from readers”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the   Capital Gazette in   March 2019:  “Outstanding students I was pleased to see that Capital Gazette continued the recognition of Outstanding Student Achievers in the wake of the killing of several staff members, including the primary event planner, Wendi Winters (The Capital, March 14). Anne Arundel…

Islamic Relief UK: “Islamic Relief Receives Prestigious Bond Award For Eliminating Extreme Poverty Of Orphaned Children And Widows In Bangladesh”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Islamic Relief UK . “London, 20 March Islamic Relief was named the winner of the prestigious Bond Innovation Award, which recognised its inventive approach to helping to eliminate extreme poverty through its Alternative Livelihoods for Orphaned Families (ALO) programme. Bangladesh is one of the...

Islamic Relief USA Statement on Mass Shooting at Christchurch Mosques in New Zealand

Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim faith-based humanitarian and advocacy organization, has released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Sharif Aly, regarding the mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Forty-nine people have been killed, according to updated news reports as of Friday morning.

IRUSA Launches $11,000 Cash Card Program to Help Families Impacted
 by Dallas Apartment Fire

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization with offices in Plano, has set up a cash card program for residents who suffered damages or displacement following a fire that broke out on the morning of March 4 at an apartment complex in the 7200 block of Holly Hill Lane, Dallas.

RomeReports:” Vatican brings together representatives of religions to advance UN’s Development Goals”

 The following is an excerpt from an article posted in The RomeReports in April 2019: “Rarely are Buddhists, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews and even Aboriginal Africans seen together in the Vatican at the same time. However, for three days, the world’s smallest state welcomed a wide range of representatives from different religions and the United Nations to examine…

“ What a Relief! ” Podcast 109: Using Technology to Support Refugee Children

In this episode of Islamic Relief USA’s “What a Relief!” podcast, Jeff Schlegelmilch and Jackie Ratner from Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) chat with host B.C. Dodge. They comment on using technology to help vulnerable populations who have experienced trauma and disasters, particularly refugee children.

Legal Department Intern (VA)

Islamic Relief USA (Alexandria, VA) is looking for a capable, self-motivated, and goal oriented law student with an interest in public interest, non-profit, or international humanitarian law for its 2019 Summer Internship Program in our headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  IRUSA’s internship program offers a unique opportunity to be part of a faith-based nonprofit organization that is ranked among the top 150 US charities, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.   IRUSA has also been awarded the 4-star charity award by Charity Navigator for four consecutive years for its fiscal administration.

The Guardian:”Child marriage in Niger is a cultural issue, not an Islamic one”

For any change to happen, it has to happen at community level. Islamic Relief is training community and faith leaders, such as Imams and village chiefs, about the importance of women’s rights and child protection.

Donor Specialist (VA)

Islamic Relief USA is seeking a qualified candidate to coordinate stewardship activities designed to increase awareness of and support for Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). This person will help develop relationships between donors and IRUSA and coordinate with relevant departments within the organization.  The candidate must show the commitment to IRUSA’s faith inspired values and principles as well as a commitment to the vision and mission of the organization.

Islamic Relief USA Awards $10,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to Tulsa-based Muslims4Mercy

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $10,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant to Tulsa-based Muslims4Mercy (M4M).

reliefweb.int: “Islamic Relief pledges $7.6m to help Yemen”

Islamic Relief will today pledge to spend $7.6m to help the people of Yemen – and will also issue a rallying call for the international community to expand the ceasefire and seek a political solution to the humanitarian crisis.

Addressing a high-profile pledging event for Yemen being held in Geneva today, Islamic Relief CEO Naser Haghamed will speak movingly about what has become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

Temple-news.com: “Temple’s Muslim Students Association raises funds for Yemen”

At the event, Suleman Sheikh, an IRUSA representative, said the money raised would support the organization’s efforts to feed the people of Yemen

“ What A Relief! ” Podcast 108: IRUSA’s CEO Sharif Aly Shares About His Visit with Refugees in Turkey and Lebanon

In this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast episode, host B.C. Dodge welcomes Islamic Relief USA CEO Sharif Aly to hear firsthand about his recent travels to visit IRUSA programs in Turkey and Lebanon in January 2019, which mainly serve refugees.

Adventistreview.org:”Adventists Seek New Approaches to Humanitarian Development”

Anwar Khan, president of Islamic Relief USA, along with other speakers, said the role of faith-based organizations in supporting humanitarian development …

96.3XKE.com:”PFW’s Holocaust Studies institute receives Islamic Relief Grant”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the 96.3XKE.com   in  Feb  2019:  “FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) -In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $25,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant to the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne....

pfw.edu: “Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Receives Islamic Relief USA Grant”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the  pfw.edu  in  Feb  2019:  “FORT WAYNE, Ind.—In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $25,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant to the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. The grant will...

Aiding Refugees Pushed to the Margins of the Middle East

Across the Middle East, Islamic Relief USA is answering the call to help new generations of refugees who are struggling to find adequate shelter, food, livelihood, and more.

Improving Health Care for Women and Children in Somalia

From spring 2016 to spring 2018, Islamic Relief USA carried out a project that benefited vulnerable communities in Somalia. The project focused on providing these communities with improved, accessible health care.

Affirming the Power of Interfaith Partnership

We’re proud to partner with faith-based organizations and leaders for increased humanitarian impact.

Dallasnews.com: “Letters: Three cheers to the Gates Foundation, DMN ‘Points,’ Islamic Relief USA “

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the dallasnews.com in Feb 2019:  “Giving back Islamic Relief USA joined other organizations and individuals to help distribute food and other items to employees of the Transportation Service Agency at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport during the government shutdown. The workers were grateful and we…

westsidestorynewspaper.com: “Islamic Relief USA Awards $25,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to Redlands-based Entities Focusing On Emergency Response and Preparedness”

“This Islamic Relief USA grant will allow Building Resilient Communities, Redlands Area Interfaith Council, the City of Redlands Emergency Management and other groups to collaborate on providing disaster preparedness and response services that incorporate and respect cultural and religious norms,” said Dr. Shaheen Zakaria, M.D., vice president of the Redlands Area Interfaith Council (RAIC) and a commissioner of the Redlands Human Relations Commission. “An intricate tapestry of individual values, norms and culture tie every community together. To understand their culture is to understand them. This will be a great way forward towards understanding and building bridges among various community groups in Redlands”.

FCNP.com: “Islamic Relief USA Awards Grant to F.C. Mosque”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the fcnp.com in Feb 2019:  “Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Dar-al-Hijrah mosque (3159 Row St., Falls Church) to help provide food to families who weren’t receiving compensation due to the partial shutdown of the federal…

“What a Relief!” Podcast 107 : Finding Hope in the Midst of Drought and Winter in Afghanistan

In this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast episode, host B.C. Dodge sits down with Ali Baluch, an accomplished filmmaker and a producer for MTV. Baluch accompanied Islamic Relief USA on a trip to Afghanistan in November 2018.

qchron.com: “Turning Point gets $15K grant”

Islamic Relief USA has awarded Turning Point for Women and Families, a Flushing-based nonprofit, a $15,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant for its campaign against anti-Muslim harassment and bullying.

wxxv25.com : “ISLAMIC RELIEF USA AWARDS GRANT TO STEPS COALITION”

The national nonprofit group has awarded the Gulfport-based Steps Coalition a $23,500 grant, a ‘silver anniversary grant’ as the national …

Omaha.com: “The Public Pulse: Praise for Westside boundary process; Let’s honor Omaha’s unknown Holocaust hero”

On Jan. 21, the Veterans for American Ideals Iowa-Nebraska team — in collaboration with Beth El Synagogue, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Omaha, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Tri-Faith Initiative, Goldstein Center of Human Rights, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, American Muslim Institute and Karadah Project International — brought together more than 300 people to enjoy good Afghan food, friendship, fellowship and service. This was made possible through a generous grant from Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization.

Community Advocate : “A community comes together to celebrate on MLK Day in Westborough”

Connections in Faith, the Westborough Interfaith Association, the Westborough Public Schools, and Westborough Connects co-hosted the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. The event was grant-funded by the Lilly Endowment along with Islamic Relief. It attracted community members of all ages to reflect and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Islamic Relief USA Helped Pack More Than 548,000 Meals to Relieve Hunger Around the World

Volunteers with Islamic Relief USA, which entered into a partnership with Rise Against Hunger to help provide food to populations in need, helped pack more than a half-million meals during 2018 at several locations around the country.
“In the face of this staggering challenge, Islamic Relief USA has, in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, embraced the Sustainable Development Goal of creating Zero Hunger by 2030. And, together, we are making a difference,” said Rod Brooks, president and chief executive officer at Rise Against Hunger.

The Journal :”One America West Virginia awarded $18K grant toward fighting opioid crisis”

One America West Virginia received an $18,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant for a program to help battle the opioid crisis from Islamic Relief USA, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Islamic Relief USA Awards $4,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to Project Downtown Gainesville

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $4,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ grant to Project Downtown Gainesville, Inc. to help facilitate a program to address hunger and food insecurity in the area.

Islamic Relief USA Awards an $18,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to One America West Virginia

Alexandria, VA – In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded an $18,000 'Silver Anniversary' grant to One America West Virginia for a program focussed on battling the opioid crisis. The 'Silver Anniversary Community Bridge-Building' program was announced as an initiative to bridge the differences that...

BB Today.com : “Bellingham investment portfolio manager wins national award”

Monem Salam, executive vice president & portfolio manager at Bellingham’s Saturna Capital, received the Islamic Relief USA Award in Sincerity. The Award …

WFAA :”Muslim groups help TSA agents as they remember the travel ban protests from 2017″

Multiple local Muslim organizations put the donations together, including the Dallas Muslim Medical Alliance, North Texas Islamic Council, ICNA Relief Dallas, DFW Muslim Bar Association, Dallas Muslim IT Alliance, Islamic Association of Carrollton, Islamic Association of Colony, East Plano Islamic Center, AMPEX Brands, and Islamic Relief USA.

Times Ledger: “Islamic organization awards $15,000 grant to Flushing organization for its anti-Muslim harassment campaign”

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $15,000 grant to a Flushing organization for its campaign denouncing anti-Muslim harassment and bullying.

Supporting Federal Workers Hit Hardest By the Shutdown

Furloughed employees of the federal government went over 30 days without pay. This upset the income of middle-class workers and exposed low-wage employees. Lower-wage employees were already living paycheck-to-paycheck. The shutdown left them with no income at all. The federal government is host to more than 800,000. This means countless families left extremely vulnerable. Cabinet…

What Engagement Means at Islamic Relief USA

2019 looks to be an exciting year for engagement at Islamic Relief USA. The engagement team will be hosting four international team challenges, along with domestic events throughout the year. Similar to challenges and events in previous years, the purpose of these 2019 initiatives will be to raise funds for global water projects and other relief and development efforts.

This Year, Be The Change

Almost everyone gets excited when the chance to start anew presents itself. Something as simple as a new friend, never-worn clothes, or even a fresh haircut can motivate us to feel positive about change and that the best is yet to come. So what about a new YEAR? A new year is bigger than any…

IRUSA Celebrates MLK Day by Serving Local Communities

To celebrate 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Islamic Relief USA staff and volunteers participated in a national day of service. Locations included Virginia, California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Each one served communities in need. Affectionately deemed a day on, not a day off, MLK Day is a national holiday. The…

Emergency Winter Conditions Devastate Families in Lebanon and Afghanistan

Lebanon Winter Storm Winter Storm Norma brought a vicious mix of constant snow and rain across Lebanon. The storm is severely affecting Syrian and Palestinian refugees. Over 1,000 have already evacuated and 77,000 are at direct risk. Makeshift refugee encampments have flooded heavily. This turned an already extreme situation into one that can cost lives….

QNS: “Islamic organization awards $15,000 grant to Flushing organization for its anti-Muslim harassment campaign”

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $15,000 grant to a Flushing organization for its campaign denouncing anti-Muslim harassment and bullying.

The Detroit News:”Detroit group awarded $25K for neighborhood enhancement”

Dream of Detroit, a group committed to rehabilitating houses in the city and providing entrepreneurship opportunities, has been pursuing a project to enhance the environs near the mosque off the Davison Freeway. Now, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Islamic Relief USA, a Virginia-based nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, that vision of starting a park and adding lighting could become a reality.

Detroitnews: “Detroit group awarded $25K for neighborhood enhancement”

Dream of Detroit, a group committed to rehabilitating houses in the city and providing entrepreneurship opportunities, has been pursuing a project to enhance the environs near the mosque off the Davison Freeway. Now, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Islamic Relief USA, a Virginia-based nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, that vision of starting a park and adding lighting could become a reality.

Islamic Relief USA Awards $25,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to Bespoken Live

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $25,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant to Bespoken Live, an organization focused on providing effective storytelling techniques and opportunities as a way to bridge divides between different communities.

Islamic Relief USA Awards $25,000 ‘Silver Anniversary’ Grant to Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded a $25,000 “Silver Anniversary” grant to the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, an organization that helps businesses foster interfaith understanding and peace.

The Journal Gazette :”War-torn Yemen cries for humanitarian aid”

Though it does not have a rating for Texas-based Pure Hands, Charity Navigator, which analyzes aid and relief efforts, offers positive ratings for several other organizations that are bringing help to Yemen, including CARE, Oxfam America, Catholic Relief Services; Islamic Relief USA, Baitulmaal AHED, International Rescue Committee and the Zakat Foundation of America.

4 Ways We Celebrated 25 Years of Service and Hope

In 2018, here at Islamic Relief USA we were all systems go for celebrating our 25th anniversary—25 years of service and hope. Check out the four biggest ways we celebrated below. #1: 500K Meals Packed… Islamic Relief USA was founded 25 years ago by young volunteers ready and willing to take on any possible task…

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 106 : Embracing Families with Special Needs in the Muslim Community

On this episode of the  “What a Relief!” podcast B.C. Dodge talks to Rasha AbuLahoom and Said Durrah  — IRUSA’s official podcast.
In this week’s episode, your host welcomes Rasha AbuLahoom to talk about the world’s largest humanitarian crisis: Yemen.

FCNP.com: “Sewing Academy Grads Celebrate at Dar-Al-Hijrah”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the FCNP.com in December 2018:  “RECENT GRADUATES of the 10th class of the Dar-Al- Hijrah Sewing Academy received their certificates during a ceremony at the Falls Church-based mosque on Wednesday, December 20. Each graduate received a Singer sewing machine. The academy, which was started in 2014,...

What’s The Word on: Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

HOT TOPICS STAY IN THE KNOW Stay "woke" and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week's word is on: Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Want to learn more about the importance of advocacy on issues like these? Visit irusa.org/advocacy What Did They Say...Or Do?...

The Business Insider:”The devastating Indonesian tsunami has claimed more than 400 lives — here’s what you can do to help the victims”

Islamic Relief USA is on the ground assessing damage, and it’s raising funds for emergency relief. The organization has a four star rating from Charity Navigator.

Fast Company: “How to help Indonesia tsunami victims: 8 things you can do that take less than 8 minutes”

Islamic Relief USA has sent a team to survey the damage directly and is on the ground providing aid to survivors, including emergency water, food, and medical aid. It also has a malnutrition project in Indonesia. The group has a 4 out of 4-star rating on Charity Navigator.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 105 : Keeping A Promise – Linda Sarsour on Palestine and More

B.C. Dodge talks to Linda Sarsour and Said Durrah in this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast.

The New York Times: “How to Help Tsunami Victims in Indonesia”

Islamic Relief USA has sent a rapid assessment team to survey the damage. It also has a malnutrition project in Indonesia.

The Seattle Times: “How to help the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia”

Islamic Relief USA has sent a rapid assessment team to survey the damage. It also has a malnutrition project in Indonesia.

ReliefWeb: “Survivors of Indonesian tsunami helped by Islamic Relief”

Islamic Relief is helping families in desperate need following a terrifying tsunami in Indonesia.

Two Coast-to-Coast 25th Anniversary Galas Celebrate IRUSA

To culminate the celebration of our 25th anniversary, Islamic Relief USA hosted two special galas—one in Washington, DC, and another in California—with special guests.

Sharing Warmth this Winter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except for the hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who face winter without basic necessities. You can help IRUSA respond.

Halil won’t be slowed down

At 40 years old, Halil Kastrati has been survived many of Kosovo’s unforgiving winters, but not without struggles along the way. Yet he has never stopped being hopeful, despite being unemployed and handicapped.
He lives with eleven family members, one of whom is also handicapped. Several also endure health difficulties due to lack of access to quality healthcare.

A Green Van Solution for Nurul Islam

Islamic Relief has been implementing a the ReWARD program targeting people just like Nurul Islam. The innovative project gives produce developers access to RoofTop gardening. It not only has improved business but made a “Green Dhaka” aiding the entire city in reducing harmful gasses.

IRUSA’s Investment in Climate Change Solutions

We’re helping people living in poverty develop resistance to climate change, which affects them most of all, with exciting initiatives and efforts like rooftop gardens and more.

Benzinga: “Monem Salam of Saturna Capital Receives the Islamic Relief USA Award in Sincerity”

Monem Salam, Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Saturna Capital, has received the Islamic Relief USA Award in Sincerity.

Islamic Relief USA Exceeds 500K Meal Pack Out Goal in 2018

On December 2, the Islamic Relief USA meal pack campaign came to a remarkable close: volunteers packed over 500,000 meals in the last third of 2018.

From August to December of this year, IRUSA partnered with Rise Against Hunger to launch a food aid campaign to send 500,000 food packages to people in need around the globe. These events took place in major U.S. cities, including Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Supporting Rori and Rheyza in Their Time of Dire Need

After a tragic earthquake struck the island of Sulewesi, Indonesia, on September 29, 2018, Islamic Relief USA sent staff to aid survivors. IRUSA also worked with the local Islamic Relief office to bring vital aid like water, tarps, food, emergency cell phones, as well as other assistance to survivors.

Clean Water for Hapsita and Her Family

How many times a day do you use water?   
From simple luxuries like making coffee, to necessities like bathing and drinking, water plays a critical role in our everyday lives. What would happen, though, if the water we relied on wasn’t clean?

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 104 : An Introspective Look at the Refugee Crisis in Lesvos

In this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast episode, hosts B.C. Dodge and Nouf Samarkandi sit down with representatives from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Vassilis Kerasiotis and Miriam Bensky are the respective Greece Country Director and Senior Development Officer for Institutional Giving for HIAS. They were also joined by IRUSA’s Director of Public Affairs, Christina Tobias-Nahi.

Noozhawk: “Karen Telleen-Lawton: St. Nick’s Example”

Muslims recognize the imperative to care for refugees. Islamic Relief USA is one of a many aid organizations founded by Muslims. IRUSA began in 1994, bringing humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia. Their first U.S. relief was the following year, following the Oklahoma City bombing.

IRUSA is most active in Africa and the Middle East, where the most refugees were resettled in 2017: Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Burma and Ukraine.

Warmth for Alia’s Family

“We used to live in a warm house,” Alia told Islamic Relief. “Alhamdulillah, we were happy and grateful to God. However, our lives changed completely after the crisis. It has become a nightmare. We used to eat three meals a day, and now we can’t afford bread.”

Alia is a mother of six who fled Syria seeking refuge from the crisis that destroyed her hometown of Homs. Her last memories of her home are of holding her children in her arms while the sound of bombs filled the air.

Al Bawaba: “The Bombing of Idlib: A Firsthand Account”

The outcome of the Syrian Civil War may be a foregone conclusion by now, but it is far from over.   Idlib
As major outlets turn away from the conflict zone and analysts are beginning to focus their energy on reconstruction, reconciliation and peacebuilding efforts, nearly four million civilians in Idlib, Syria face daily bombing raids and shootings.

Giving Tuesday to Yemen: Competing for good

A special #GivingTuesday to Yemen   Giving tuesday as a whole as a project  125   There’s a crowdfund for almost anything today. You can raise funds to make cherry pie in the actual shape of pi 3.14. A need for a single tooth can be answered by a group of well meaning stranger. There’s…

EINnews: “Overwhelmed by disasters, faith groups march on”

Touring any one of the disasters this fall including Hurricane Florence on the east coast, Hurricane Michael in the Gulf and currently the Camp Fire fires in Northern California, you will find many disaster response and relief organizations working side by side including the Southern Baptist Disaster Response, Team Rubicon, Salvation Army, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Churches of Scientology Disaster Response, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, Islamic Relief USA and others. All are members of the National VOAD…

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Giving Tuesday Appeals Raise 27% More Than in 2017”

Islamic Relief opted to focus its Giving Tuesday campaign on war-torn Yemen, where millions are suffering from famine. The campaign had raised about $74,000 on Tuesday, a huge improvement on its goal for the day of $25,000 — and way up from the roughly $2,000 it raised during last year’s event.

www.risingupwithsonali.com : “Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Is Worst In the World”

The World Food Programme in September declared Yemen, “undeniably the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by far.” The impoverished Gulf Arab nation is on the brink of a horrific famine impacting 18 million of its 29 million strong population.
For more information about the organization in the United States visit http://irusa.org.

Islamic Relief USA Issues Statement About The Recent Bombings in Syria

– In the wake of news reports from this past weekend about bombings taking place again in the Idlib provience of Syria that has killed several people, including women and children, Islamic Relief, the largest Muslim-based humanitarian and advocacy organization, has issued a statement. The following first-hand account is from Ahmad Aldamen, senior program official for Islamic Relief who is based in Idlib: 

Islamic Relief USA 2018 #GivingTuesday Campaign Dedicated to Yemen

Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim-based humanitarian and advocacy organization that works in more than 40 countries, has dedicated its #GivingTuesday campaign to raising funds and awareness to the long-standing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Newsweek: “CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: HOW TO HELP VICTIMS ON THANKSGIVING AS 86 KILLED, 500 MISSING, 13,000 HOMES LOST”

The fires are among the most destructive and deadly in California’s history, … on Thanksgiving as 86 Killed, 500 Missing, 13,000 Homes Lost.

Myplainview.com:” Ali Center in Kentucky receives donation to support exhibit”

The Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky has received $100,000 donation from Islamic Relief USA to support an exhibit showcasing the diversity of Muslim …

Newsweek : “Christian, Muslim Leaders Fight Violence Against Women “

Religious leaders not only have an obligation to prevent violence against women, they’re uniquely well positioned to do it. Religion is blamed for violence against women. We are Christian and Muslim leaders who fight it—together…

Washingtonblade.com: ” LGBT Liaison Unit delivers turkeys to community groups”

Members of the D.C. Police Department’s Special Liaison Branch, which includes the LGBT Liaison Unit, posed for a photo this week at the …

Delivering Heartfelt, Non-Stop Aid to Yemeni Families

Millions of innocent people are famished in Yemen due to conflict that’s not their fault. Islamic Relief USA is on the ground delivering the humanitarian aid you give.

Winston-Salem State University Visits IRUSA Headquarters

What happens when Islamic Relief USA teams up with a university for a multi-year partnership? Free therapy, a mobile health clinic, and better jobs for students—good vibes all around.

WDRB Media: “Islamic Relief USA donates $100,000 to Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center”

The Muhammad Ali Center has received a major donation from an Islamic non-profit humanitarian agency.

Islamic Relief USA has given $100,000 to the center on its 13th anniversary, according to a news release. The Alexandria, Virginia-based organization says its an effort to honor the legacy of Louisville’s boxing legend.

Spotlight on U.S. Food Security Efforts

By Tariq Toure October 15, 2018 Working For a Food-Secure America Islamic Relief USA has partnered in the past 25 years to elevate projects and programs that work towards making food security in the United States a reality. In 2017, here are some of the ways we shared food with fellow Americans: 43 Ramadan food…

Islamic Relief USA Issues Statement About Yemen

Salem Jaffer Baobaid, Islamic Relief’s project coordinator in Hodeida, Yemen, issued the following statement regarding the situation in Yemen:
The need in Yemen is dire

Episcopal News Service: “Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Church of Liberia Receive Three-Year Grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women”

Islamic Relief USA was acknowledged as a contributing partner along with the UN Trust Fund to end Violence against Women in Liberia. IRUSA entered the partnership as a pilot program and it is now being replicated through a three year $670,00 grant. The program will be concentrating on helping to promote the rights and safety of women and children so that communities can grow and thrive.

Baptist Press: “Tax on churches looms, ERLC coalition urges repeal”

A diverse coalition led by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged members of Congress to repeal a section of a federal law that could force churches to file tax returns for the first time in American history.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 103 : More than a comic book: An interview with educator extraordinaire Tim Smyth

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast, B.C. Dodge has an inspiring conversation with Tim Smyth, an educator and innovator in the classroom. Smyth is using comics to reach kids who otherwise wouldn’t read or care about certain subject matters. His innovative pedagogical efforts bring forth a fresh look into literature for many students.

Yahoo : “How you can help the victims of California’s wildfires “

These late-season fall fires — stoked by weather but enhanced by global warming— have taken at least 23 lives. Below are three reputable, vetted ways to help those who have fled or are combating the nation’s latest environmental catastrophe. 

Delaware Business Now: “Giving back: Food Bank, Draper Holdings, Beebe, Bayhealth”

Islamic Relief USA presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a $25,000 donation for the Backpack Program this afternoon. In addition to supporting the program financially, representatives from the organization also volunteered to assemble bags.

Islamic Relief USA Partners with Rise Against Hunger to Pack Meals for Children in Need

Islamic Relief USA, in partnership with Rise Against Hunger, will hold a meal packaging event in Nashville to benefit vulnerable school-age children in certain countries around the world.

Columbia University: “CHILDREN IN CRISIS: SUPPORTING PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN”

May 2018, Islamic Relief USA funded NCDP to develop a mobile application to assist caregivers in identifying & preventing early mental health issues among Syrian refugee children.

PRI.org: “What Secretary Mattis didn’t say about Yemen peace talks”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the PRI.org in November 2018:   Yemen peace “US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis made history Tuesday night. For the first time in the four-year history of Yemen’s civil war, a US official had set a deadline for peace negotiations. “Thirty days from now, we want to…

InterAction : “U.S. Humanitarian And Development Organizations Denounce Discrimination And Intolerance”

On October 31, 2018, Islamic Relief USA was proud to join many other agencies in denouncing discrimination and intolerance, especially in light of violence in Pittsburgh.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 102 : The Importance of Storytelling for Muslim Children

This flashback episode of IRUSA’s “What a Relief!” podcast looks back to when host B.C. Dodge and IRUSA’s Nouf Samarkandi discuss the Ilyas and Duck children’s books with acclaimed author Omar Khawaja. The stories in the series are technically children’s books, but we won’t blame you if you’re an adult and want to read them too.

What’s The Word on: REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CAPS

HOT TOPICS STAY IN THE KNOW Stay "woke" and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week's word is on: REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CAPS. Want to learn more about the importance of advocacy on issues like these? Visit irusa.org/advocacy REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT CAPS   September 28, 2018 As the...

The American National Red Cross :”Humanitarian spirits know no boundaries”

Seven members from the Islamic Relief USA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) have joined forces with the American Red Cross to do damage assessment in the aftermath of the devastating storm.

wral.com: ” Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis: How to Help.”

Yemen’s years long civil war has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and it could become even worse. — Islamic Relief USA delivers food, clothing and medical supplies and provides health screening, farming support and business training.

Refugee Council USA. : “RCUSA Statement In Response To Tragic Events In Pittsburgh”

On October 27, 2018, Islamic Relief USA proudly signed and joined in the following statement issued by Refugee Council USA.

The New York Times :”Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis : How to Help”

Yemen’s years long civil war has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and it could become even worse. The United Nations warned this week that half its population may soon rely entirely on humanitarian aid to survive.

For Orphans in Pakistan, IRUSA Donors are a Lifeline

Meet 19-year-old Alina Afzal, an orphan who’s been sponsored by an IRUSA donor since she was in first grade. Now, she’s on a remarkable journey to graduating medical school.

Dover Post: “Islamic Relief USA donates $25K to Food Bank of Delaware”

Islamic Relief USA presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a $25,000 donation for the Backpack Program on Oct. 24.
In addition to supporting the program financially, representatives from the organization also volunteered to assemble bags.

Time to Celebrate: 25 Years of Service!

IRUSA has reached its 25 year anniversary—and we’re celebrating with you, the donors who made it all possible.

A First-Hand Account of Earthquake Aftermath in Indonesia from IRUSA Staff

Read a powerful first-hand account from IRUSA staff who travelled to Indonesia to aid in emergency relief after the earthquake

IRUSA Supports Women’s programs worldwide

Supporting women is a cornerstone of all development. Check out some of the ways that your support helps us prioritize women in need.

Feeding America: U.S. Programs Spotlight

Worldwide food security matters to us—including here in the United States. Read on to celebrate the success of IRUSA’s annual turkey distributions and to get inspired by a partner in Minneapolis.

Detroitnews.com:”Islamic Relief USA’s Day of Dignity”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Detroitnews.com in October 2018.        View all the slides and read the article on the Detroitnews.com   

Tapinto.net: “Islamic Relief USA Hosts Fundraiser”

EDISON, NJ – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) will be hosting its annual fundraising dinner at the Pines Manor, in Edison, on October 20, from 6-9 pm. This inspirational night is dedicated to celebrating the achievements made throughout IRUSA’s programs and projects in Pakistan as part of a national IRUSA tour. The event will feature the Pakistani actor Imran Abbas, guest speaker Alina Afzal, who is a graduate of IRUSA’s orphan program, musician Salman Ahmed, and motivational speaker Azhar Azeez

Lexington, KY | LEX 18: “Day Of Dignity Slated For Saturday In Lexington”

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington with partner, SHARE…

IRUSA Social Media Post Form

Use the form below to submit your social media posts. If there are any questions, please reach out to   bdodge@irusa.org  

urdupoint.com: “Imran Abbas Travels Around US As Islamic Relief Goodwill Ambassador”

Actor Imran Abbas says he is honoured to be the Goodwill Ambassador of Islamic Relief USA for year 2018. IRUSA events are happening all across USA. Looking forward to see you at your local event,” he wrote.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 101 : Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition on World Food Day

In this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast episode, host B.C. Dodge and IRUSA’s Nouf Samarkandi sit down with Mr. Vimlendra Sharan, who is the Director of the Liaison Office for North America for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This is a particularly impactful episode, as it is dedicated to World Food Day, which takes place every year on October 16

The 21st show : ” Earthquake Relief for Indonesia; Illinois Politics Update; Founder of Autonomous Stuff”

On The 21st: Nearly two thousand people have died because of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia at the end of September.

IRUK: Live BBC Update on Indonesia by Country Director Nanang Dirja

Islamic Relief’s Country Director for Indonesia Nanang Dirja gave a live update to the BBC about the current humanitarian situation on the ground in Sulawesi.

IRUK: Zia Salik updates Sky News about the situation in Indonesia

Islamic Relief UK’s Zia Salik spoke to Sky News earlier today about the current humanitarian situation on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following the devastating earthquake and tsunami last Friday.

wsoctv.com: “Indonesia tsunami — here’s how to help with relief efforts”

According to Nugroho, the European Union and 10 countries have offered aid, including the United States, Australia and China. But as hospitals continue to become overwhelmed and desperation for basics like food, water and fuel intensifies, more help is urgently needed.

How to help relief efforts in Indonesia:

You can donate funds to a variety of nonprofits and aid organizations working to help Indonesia recover.

Islamic Relief USA: The organization aimed at eradicating poverty has an Indonesia earthquake relief fund.

Bustle: How To Help Indonesia After An Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Dead

Bustle reports that On Friday, as the city of Palu prepared for a beach festival, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Sulawesi, a central island in Indonesia, followed by a massive tsunami, leaving at least 384 people dead, according to the Indonesia National Disaster and Mitigation Agency. Here’s how to help Indonesia after the earthquake and tsunami.

DallasNews.com: “Helping neighbors in need”

Amna Siddiqui, a volunteer from the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, assisted a man last week during Islamic
Relief USA’s Day of Dignity at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Dallas. The event provided food, clothing,
blankets and other items, as well as medical and other services, to people in need.

WHAT’S THE WORD ON: DISASTER RESPONSE IN PUERTO RICO

Stay “woke” and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week’s word is on: DISASTER RESPONSE IN PUERTO RICO. Want to learn more about the importance of advocacy on issues like these? Visit irusa.org/advocacy

Westword: Muslim Community Hosts “Day of Dignity” for Homeless

Westword reports that Denverites experiencing homelessness got a chance to spend Saturday, September 15, hanging out in a festive environment at Lawson Park as part of the third annual Denver Day of Dignity.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 99: Nightmares in Myanmar

This throwback episode of IRUSA’s “What a Relief!” podcast is full of raw stories from Myanmar’s border. Our host B.C. Dodge talks with Imam Khalid Latif and IRUSA’s Ridwan Adhami about a trip that they recently returned from to document the crisis and IRUSA’s response.

Fashion Icon Halima Aden Advocates at IRUSA Benefit Dinner

August 17, 2018 — On July 28, 2018, Islamic Relief USA held a benefit dinner for Somalia featuring the first-hand refugee account of hijabi (headscarf-wearing) fashion icon Halima Aden. Halima is the first contestant to compete in the Miss USA state pageant in a hijab (headscarf) and burkini (modest swimsuit). Aden reflected on her time as…

Celebrating Nearly Two Decades of IRUSA Service in Pakistan

Islamic Relief USA celebrates nearly two decades of service in Pakistan, as well as its upcoming aspirations in the country, by launching a nationwide event tour this October.

IRUSA Remembers 9/11 Through Service in NYC, CA, AZ

Islamic Relief USA attended the annual bell ringing ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange as well as a meal pack event with thousands of volunteers to commemorate 9/11.

IRUSA’s Africa Water Programs are Changing Lives

After a special trip to Niger and Malawi, IRUSA Program Coordinator Awrad Saleh shares a first-hand account of how IR programs are influencing lives and the environment.

Qurbani Donations Reach over 3 Million People Worldwide

Generous donations during the Eid al-Adha season meant that globally, over 150,000 families, or 3 million people, were able to celebrate the holiday with gifts of fresh meat.

Denver.cbslocal.com: ” Muslim Community Hosts ‘Day Of Dignity’: ‘We Want Them To Build Bridges’ “

DENVER(CBS4)– A community came together Saturday to help the homless and let them know they’re not alone. Muslim Family Services hosted the Day of Dignity..

Denverpost.com: “Day of Dignity: National campaign provides basic goods for hundreds of Denver’s homeless”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Denverpost.com in Sep 2018:  DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: From right, The Day of Dignity volunteers Randa Muhammed and Soukayna Iraqi are handing foods to needy people at Sonny Lawson Park. The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around...

GreatNonprofits.org: “Give to Hurricane Florence Victims along the East Coast”

Islamic Relief provides rapid assistance to disaster victims across the globe. Their Disaster Response Team has aided those affected by the California wildfires and is in the process of rebuilding homes for communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

reliefweb: U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 98: We Talk With Abdul-Malik from Native Deen #Throwback

In this throwback episode of the What A Relief Podcast, hosts B.C. Dodge and Mordant sit down Abdul-Malik Ahmad as part of the annual 24-Hour Podcast.

WGRZ-TV: “Islamic ‘Day of Dignity’ helping those in need”

Islamic ‘Day of Dignity’ helping those in need
Published: 6:26 PM EDT September 2, 2018
Updated: 2:26 PM EDT September 2, 2018

The Buffalo News: “Celebrating a Day of Dignity “

Islamic Relief USA was featured in a Monday edition of The Buffalo News in September 2018.  The article, “Celebrating a Day of Dignity,” showcased one of many nationwide “Day of Dignity” events that Islamic Relief USA hosts across the nation, where basic necessities like food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene kids are distributed to those in need,…

WGRZ: “Islamic Relief USA holds Day of Dignity Day in Buffalo”

slamic Relief USA held is annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including here in Western New York in Buffalo’s LaSalle Park Sunday afternoon.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Islamic Relief USA held is annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including here in Western New York in Buffalo’s LaSalle Park Sunday afternoon.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 97: Tech Girls That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Recorded in front of a live audience, this special episode of the What a Relief Podcast features B.C. Dodge and co-host Nouf Samarkandi as they chat with a special group of inspiring guests who are part of a program known as Tech Girls. This is one episode you don’t want to miss!

Relief reaches survivors of India and Myanmar floods, Indonesia quake

After a series of flood and earthquake emergencies, Islamic Relief responds with immediacy …

Khalid Latif and R. David Coolidge Show Heartfelt Support to IRUSA Bangladesh Programs

Advocates, donors, guest, and staff join together under Islamic Relief to visit Myanmar refugee camps in Bangladesh

IRUSA Summer Food Program Closes Meal Gap

Islamic Relief USA visits Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis during their city-wide Summer Food Program…

Disaster response team helps CA fire survivors search for precious belongings

California’s Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex Fire leave thousands in need of emergency support; Islamic Relief USA responds on the ground…

cwsglobal.org : “More than 750 Faith Leaders and Faith Organizations Decry Low Refugee Arrivals”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 120 faith-based organizations and 636 faith leaders sent a letter to Members of Congress and President Trump urging the administration to set the fiscal year 2019 refugee admissions goal to at least 75,000, and expressing deep concern about the record-low arrivals of refugees who have been resettled to the United States in fiscal year 2018. As reports surface of the administration’s plans to set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 25,000 or lower, members of the faith community decried the low level of arrivals, noting that it signifies an abdication of our nation’s leadership in humanitarian protection through resettlement.

Toledo Blade: “Eid al-Adha celebrates sacrifice with meaty donations”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Toledo Blade in Aug 2018:  An Afghan refugee vendor waits for customers to sell his sheep at cattle market set up for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. ASSOCIATED PRESS “God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son....

The Mercury News: “Rising Up Against Hunger”

IRUSA set up shop in Hayward on Aug 1, 2018, to help pack thousands of nutritious school meals. About 100 volunteers gathered at a warehouse on Tripaldi Way

American Red Cross Grants $500,000 to Islamic Relief USA For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the American Red Cross (ARC) to implement rebuilding projects and programs for residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

slate.com: “How tens of millions of sheep, goats, and cows will find their way to hungry families”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the slate.com in Aug 2018:  “Saeed Ahmed speaks with a warm smile befitting of his name—Saeed means “happy” in Arabic. As he talks to me, goat after goat is removed from a meat hook behind him. Skinned and gutted but with eyeballs still bulging from their…

WHAT’S THE WORD ON: Family Separations

HOT TOPICS STAY IN THE KNOW Stay "woke" and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week's word is on: Family Separations. Want to learn more about the importance of advocacy on issues like these? Visit irusa.org/advocacy FAMILY SEPARATIONS AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT Over the past two months,...

Daily Times Chronicle: “Islamic Relief in Woburn”

Islamic Relief USA was featured in the Tuesday edition of a Woburn Daily Times Chronicle newspaper, on August 14th, 2018. The article, “Islamic Relief in Woburn” showcased one of many volunteer events for the 500K Meal Pack that IRUSA is conducting on a national level in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 96: Growing Up With Muslim Artists

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast B.C. Dodge and Mordant sit with Islamic Relief USA’s very own US Programs coordinator and international recording artist Naeem Muhammad stopped past give a live performance and brought us into how grew in to his birthed his musical talent.

SpectrumlocalNews.com: “Thousands will be fed thanks to Islamic Relief USA”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the SpectrumlocalNews.com in Aug 2018:  “RALEIGH, N.C. -- 60 volunteers from the Raleigh area teamed up with Islamic Relief USA to help feed the hungry. Rice, soy and dried vegetables will go to Africa Six people can eat from each bag 20,000 bags were filled in...

Warmth for Merita’s children

Merita and her three children live in an old, broken-down home that does very little to keep out the cold in Albania’s cold winters. They can afford to buy bread or wood to burn, but usually not both. She was very relieved to find out that she would receive wood from Islamic Relief USA donors…

A Future for Milana

Milana was 3 months old when her mother abandoned her family. Six months later, her neighborhood…

Redding.com: ” Islamic Relief USA gives $100,000 in cash cards to people who lost homes”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Redding.com in Aug 2018:  “ UPDATE: 16 ways people are helping Redding get up after the Carr Fire Islamic Relief USA gives $100,000 in cash cards to people who lost homes Islamic Relief USA has deployed its disaster response team to help with emergency response operations...

Myanmar 2018 Flooding Emergency

IMPORTANT NOTE PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA's Myanmar Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for emergency appeals may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the country.  Myanmar Emergency Active Current flooding in Myanmar is adding unthinkable misery for families who already face unimaginable suffering due to ongoing...

Indonesia 2018 Earthquake Emergency

IMPORTANT NOTE PLEASE NOTE: Donations made toward IRUSA's Indonesian Humanitarian Aid fund in excess of the support requirements for emergency appeals may be used to support other important emergency or long-term work across the country.  Indonesia Emergency Active A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia on August 5, 2018, killing at least 98 people, damaging more than...

Islamic relief deploys disaster response team to Redding Wildfires and $100K Card Program

Islamic Relief USA has deployed its Disaster Response Team (DRT) to assist in emergency response operations stemming from the wildfires that have engulfed much of Redding, California. The organization will also distribute $100,000 in cash cards to families who’ve suffered property damage.

Focus Daily News: “Islamic Relief Offers Summer Lunch In DeSoto”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the Focus Daily News in Aug 2018:  “DESOTO—The Islamic Relief USA’s summer feeding program is being made possible a little closer to home this year since the organization awarded a $10,000 grant to a local group – the Family Joint Venture Foundation (FJV). The grant…

What’s The word on: FOOD SECURITY

HOT TOPICS STAY IN THE KNOW Stay "woke" and informed on humanitarian policies and issues affecting your neighborhoods and people all around the world. This week's word is on: FOOD SECURITY. Want to learn more about the importance of advocacy on issues like these? Visit irusa.org/advocacy BUDGET CUTS PROPOSED FOR USDA The Trump Administration proposed its...

Provision of life-saving support to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Myanmar Emergency / Shelter Active IRUSA donors are caring for vulnerable refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh by providing shelter, water, bathroom facilities and community infrastructure improvements. In this project, 6,000 families in need of shelter will receive emergency shelter kits. Deep wells and bathroom facilities will be built, serving 8,000 families, and the families also...

Shelter construction for displaced people in Myanmar

Myanmar Emergency / Shelter Active Cyclone Mora in 2017 destroyed shelters used by displaced families in Myanmar—displacing them once again and increasing their suffering. Islamic Relief is rebuilding shelters in Rakhine state. This project aims to build 50 longhouse shelters consisting of 400 rooms. Displaced people will be paid to perform the work needed to...

California Wildfire Relief 2018

August 2018, California is experiencing 16 simultaneously raging wildfires, the largest of which is the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire…

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 95: How We Work With Neighbors…and Why

This flashback episode of the “What a Relief!” podcast is chock full of great information about how Islamic Relief USA works together with partners across the United States to care for our neighbors.

The Louisiana Weekly: “Islamic Relief USA funds summer meals for Jefferson Parish kids”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in The Louisiana Weekly in July 2018:  “Millions of children in the United States participate in free or reduced lunch programs during the school year. During the summer, many of these children face food insecurity and hunger. Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization,...

The volunteer effort to pack 500,000 meals – and how you can join

How do you pack half a million meals for school children? One at a time. But when you have amazing IRUSA volunteers working from coast to coast, it adds up fast. Volunteer manager Said Durrah has set an ambitious goal for volunteers across the country: to pack 500,000 meals in 2018, enough to fill two...

Sharing meat with families in need: Worship and service join on Eid

One-quarter of the world’s population is anemic, according to the World Health Organization. That includes nearly half of all preschool-age children. In that age group, almost half of all deaths are due to undernutrition—that’s about 3 million children every year. For many impoverished families, one major factor in their poor health is their inability to...

Volunteers cook up comfort for young patients’ families

Every time IRUSA volunteer manager Said Durrah cooks for Johns Hopkins hospital families, he takes his meal and sits in the spot where he used to eat, back when his niece was so sick. All of the terrible memories flood back over him. “The minute I sit there, I feel like I’m still in it,”...

IRUSA Partners with Community for Relief in Puerto Rico

This past June, IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team traveled to Puerto Rico for hurricane recovery efforts. The needs are still great even though Hurricane Maria hit almost a year ago. Many families, especially at-risk Puerto Ricans, have largely been forgotten. IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team was there distributing food to survivors. During the trip, the team spoke...

Islamic Relief USA Partners with United Nations Relief and Works Agency to Distribute Meat to Families in Need

IRUSA , a non-profit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has partnered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to help distribute fresh, high-quality meat in the Gaza region, as part of IRUSA’s annual Qurbani program.

The Guardian: “Global Disability Summit is full of opportunity and promise”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in The Guardian in July 2018:  “Letter from 36 representatives of the UK’s leading international development organisations Tuesday is full of opportunity and promise, as world leaders descend on London for the UK’s first ever Global Disability Summit. We, some of the UK’s leading international development organisations, call...

Gaza Health Emergency Appeal 2018

Violence in Gaza has compounded shortages at hospitals. IRUSA donors are providing essential medications like antibiotics as well as medical supplies needed to treat trauma patients.

The New Orleans Advocate:”Letters: Feeding program helping youngsters”

IRUSA, nonprofit humanitarian & advocacy organization that works to alleviate poverty & hunger in over 40 countries, is currently running summer feeding programs around the country

“ What a Relief Podcast ” 94: Superhero Talk with Tala Ashe

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast B.C. Dodge takes a dive into the comic book world with guest Tala Ashe from CW’s superhero drama DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Kansas City Star: “Summer feeding programs can help prime kids for a successful school year — and life”

Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization that works to alleviate poverty and hunger in over 40 countries, runs summer feeding programs around the country, including one here in Kansas City at Al Inshirah Islamic Center at 3664 Troost Ave.

3dprint.com: ” Winston-Salem State University Explores 3D Printing for Occupational Therapy “

There’s still a lot of potential for further development in 3D printing and occupational therapy, and the Occupational Therapy Department at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is examining the possibilities of 3D printing in the department through a new transformative curriculum project. Graduate student Diego Herrera and Assistant Professor Elizabeth Fain are leading the project, conducting research using an Ultimaker 3D printer that the university recently purchased using a grant from Islamic Relief USA.

WFMYNEWS2.com: ” From Pill Bottle Openers to Prosthetics, WSSU Students Explore Many Uses of 3D Printing “

From Pill Bottle Openers to Prosthetics, WSSU Students Explore Many Uses of 3D Printing. Students begin by creating small tools like forks and … The 3D printer was recently purchased through a grant from Islamic Relief USA for the Occupational Therapy Department.

Winston Salem Journal: ” 3D printing introduced to WSSU’s occupational therapy program “

Winston-Salem State University’s occupational therapy program is testing out 3D printing as a cost-efficient, flexible way to provide adaptive….WSSU was able to pay for the printer by applying for a grant from Islamic Relief USA. The grant funding covered the 3D printer, as well as other equipment for clinic operations.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 93: The Real Deal with Khalil Ismail

You’re going to want to have a pen and paper handy when you listen to this week’s “What a Relief!” podcast with Khalil Ismail. There is just too much good stuff coming up that you aren’t going to want to miss.

Reliefweb: “Concrete Action Needed For Meaningful Ceasefire In Yemen To Avert Famine”

Islamic Relief is currently distributing emergency food rations and shelter to over 5,000 people newly displaced by the fighting in and around Hodeida. We are also starting to provide emergency support to people leaving the city. Tensions in the city remain high and our operations have experienced a steady increase in delays as the fighting moves closer to the city center.

Emergency nutrition for mothers and children

Conflict in Yemen has created widespread malnutrition, leaving many people at risk of starving and more vulnerable to illness. IRUSA donors helped save lives by treating malnourished mothers and children

Dailymail.co.uk : “From the haunting to the hopeful, aid groups pick the photos with impact”

Representatives of four charities placed the image top in a survey asking aid agencies to rank the five most powerful photos related to a humanitarian issue, while several others had it in their top five.Older images also drew attention, with IRUSA highlighting photographer Steve McCurry’s portrait of Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” who featured on the front cover of National Geographic in 1985.”It’s a deservedly iconic picture because even though it shows suffering, it shows a classic beauty that the suffering can’t entirely eviscerate,” said spokesman Syed Hassan.

Lutheran World Federation: “The Lutheran World Federation & Islamic Relief Worldwide publish manual on faith – sensitive humanitarian action”

On June 29 the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) are publishing guidance aimed at helping humanitarian agencies to do more to attune the work they do to the faith and background of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement.

Reliefweb: “El Ninõ Relief & Recovery School Feeding Initiative”

Adventist Development & Relief Agency, Rise Against Hunger, & Islamic Relief USA are spearheading 3year* school feeding initiative in Southern Africa to provide relief to communities devastated by the El Niño drought & support them on their road to recovery. The initiative targets Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Ecumenical News: “Lutheran World Federation and Islamic Relief Worldwide to publish manual on faith-sensitive humanitarian action”

The Lutheran World Federation & Islamic Relief Worldwide are to publish guidance aimed at helping humanitarian agencies to do more to attune the work they do to the faith and background of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement.

Islamic Relief USA Believes ‘Travel Ban’ Will Make It Harder to Provide Humanitarian Aid

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), the nation’s largest Muslim humanitarian and advocacy organization that works in more than 40 countries, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” against individuals entering the United States from Muslim-majority countries.  

InterAction.org: ” InterAction Forum: Courage Of Our Convictions “

At InterAction Forum 2018, leaders of member organizations, Islamic Relief USA, Catholic Relief Services, American Jewish World Service, and CARE, shared individual accounts of how our community came together to oppose legislation threatening to defund one of our partners in the fall of 2017.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 92: Stories from Native Deen

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast, host B.C. Dodge sits down with the one and only Native Deen to get the world up-to-speed with the award winning Nasheed Band’s latest news.

Insidenova.com: “Iftar dinner offers appreciation for veterans”

IRUSA joined forces with the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) June 1 to host an iftar, the dinner that marks the end of the fast each day during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Washington Post: “Washington area appointments & promotions for June 25”

Islamic Relief USA of Alexandria appointed Sharif Aly chief executive.

Liberianobserver.com: ” ‘Liberians Must Fight Violence against Women, Girls’ “

GBV project was designed for three years in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, the United Nations Trust Fund and Islamic Relief USA with the theme: “Engaging Faith-Based Organizations to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women and Girls and Increase Survivors’ Access to Services in Liberia.”

Chechnya Winterization 2017-2018

The project helped 40 vulnerable families stay warm through the winter by providing construction materials and supplies like roofing equipment, windows, doors, and heating systems…

Empowering Refugees in Lesvos

IRUSA donors are working to protect vulnerable refugees in Greece, especially unaccompanied children, survivors of gender-based violence, and refugees with disabilities.

IRUSA hosts Iftar at InterAction’s Annual Forum 2018

June 13, Islamic Relief USA hosted an iftar as part of the InterAction Forum 2018 that was held at the Washington Convention Center. Close to 100 attendees from multiple partner organizations joined us on this evening to recognize and celebrate IRUSA’s 25 years of humanitarian relief efforts.

IRUSA’s 2018 Toy Drive is more than gifts

It would seem that chaos would ensue if we took dozens of children, left them in a room filled with all types of toys, and told them they couldn’t take one single toy home. On the contrary…

A blessed month for Fatoumata

This Ramadan, the caring IRUSA community shared food with hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Here’s what that gift meant to Fatoumata in Mali

IRUSA partners with veterans’ organization to host iftar

Islamic Relief USA joined forces with the Academy of United States Veterans on Friday, June 1, to host an iftar, the dinner that marks the end of the fast each day during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

HIAS: “Protecting Refugees in Greece, An Interfaith Response”

A unique, new partnership between HIAS, a Jewish organization, and Islamic Relief USA, a Muslim organization, is helping to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees in Greece receive access to protection and other assistance to help them resume their lives in safety and with dignity.

Connectionarchives.com: “Connecting through Compassion”

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)joined forces with the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) on June 1, to host an iftar, the dinner that marks the end of the fast each day during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Islamic Relief USA volunteers will be in Puerto Rico starting June 17

Alexandria, Va. – Islamic Relief USA is sending volunteers to participate in relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from the extensive damage it sustained in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

IRUSA previously sent personnel shortly after the hurricane touched down last September. But recent news reports have made it clear much more help is needed, in order to enable people to return to the daily lives they were accustomed to before the massive storm. 

VOA: “Muslims Give Millions to Islam Charity Organizations in US During Ramadan”

The idea is that the rich would give to the poor. It’s a way of getting close to almighty God,” said Belkacem Nahi, regional manager for IRUSA, IRUSA & other Muslim charity groups have zakat calculators on their websites. The money is used “anywhere where there is a need, including Africa, Asia & in the United States.”In the U.S., he said, “we have food programs for the poor, disaster relief teams, and help medical clinics for low-income people.”

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 91: Rising Against Hunger – Together

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast, host B.C. Dodge  and IRUSA’s Said Durrah talk with Nick DiMare – right after IRUSA volunteers packed 20,000 meals in New Jersey with Rise Against Hunger.
Actually, it was 30,000 – counting the meals packed on the same day at another location.

Bronx Time: ” BP Diaz Hosts Ramadan Iftar Dinner”

orough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. toasted several local Muslim leaders at his annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner on Thursday, May 31 at the Bronx County Building Veterans’ Memorial Hall. This year’s honorees included Shabbir Ahmed Gul, Bronx Community Council founder and chairman; Hebh Jamal, education advocate and activist; Bourema Niambele, Bronx Borough President’s African Advisory Council coordinator and Islamic Relief USA.

United Church of Christ : “U.S. interfaith leaders urge government to #KeepFamiliesTogether”

The General Minister and President of IRUSA is one of twenty ecumenical & inter-religious leaders who have joined together to call on the United States…

patch.com: “Islamic Relief USA partners with veterans’ organization for iftar”

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) joined forces with the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV) on Friday, June 1, to host an iftar, the dinner that marks the end of the fast each day during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Newsweek: “EID AL-FITR 2018: CELEBRATION MARKING END OF RAMADAN BRINGS FEASTS, NEW CLOTHES AND GIFTS”

Many Muslims will celebrate Eid by buying new clothing & giving gifts to children. Every able Muslim is also expected to pay a special kind of alms called Zakat al-Fitr. Islamic Relief USA states that this mandatory act of charity can be in the form of staple foods to the community, or money to purchase the needed…

Washingtonpost.com: “Trump hosts first dinner for Muslim holiday of Ramadan”

Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA, a humanitarian and advocacy organization, said, “We’re glad to see the White House has reinstated the iftar, an event that should be hosted every year, just like the Easter Egg Roll, the Passover Seder and Christmas Open House.”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy.com: “Grants Roundup: Stanford Receives $15 Million for Women’s Leadership”

New Grant Opportunities
Islamic Relief USA is accepting letters of inquiry for its Silver Anniversary Community Investment Project, which will distribute grants to groups of people who historically haven’t intersected and help them work together on community service-oriented projects. Nonprofit and faith-based groups that are bringing together people with “meaningful divisions” — representing different political philosophies, races, religions, or other characteristics — are eligible. Each grant is worth $1,000 to $25,000, and proposed projects must be completed within the United States or a U.S. territory within one year.

VOA: “Giving back during Ramadan”

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is devoted to prayer, fasting and giving back. We take a look at IRUSA that assembles food boxes during Ramadan for refugees from all over the world as well as anyone in need. Reporter: Deborah Block, Camera: Mike Burke, Adapted By: Martin Secrest

Turkishny.com: “New York Mayor De Blasio Provides Iftar to Muslims”

Islamic Relief USA, Vintage Food Corporation, American Zakat Foundation, & others took the sponsorship of iftar meal, at Turkish Restaurant Ali Baba in New York. Blasio said it was one of the most beautiful programs he has ever hosted at the event in the Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, which is very important for NewYork

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 90: Get to Know your CEO

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast B.C. Dodge  plays “Get to Know Your CEO” with Sharif Aly.
Aly was appointed CEO in April, after former CEO Anwar Khan moved to the role of President of IRUSA.
Dodge began the interview with a “gotcha” question he acknowledged was designed to make the new CEO as uncomfortable as humanly possible.

UpriseRI.com: “Refugee Dream Center distributes Ramadan food boxes to Muslim refugees”

With the support of Islamic Relief USA, the Refugee Dream Center distributed Ramadan Food Boxes to families in the refugee community on Saturday morning. The Refugee Dream Center works to “facilitate their resettlement process and integration into their new lives in the United States.” This is the second year the organization has distributed Ramadan Food Boxes.

Protecting girls and women in Sudan

A comprehensive project that ended last year cared for widows and orphans in Sudan—with an extra component protecting the rest of the community’s girls and women, like Rania and her students.

Rania is 23. Like most of the girls in her village, she was forced to get married and leave school before age 18. She struggled under the responsibilities expected of her, and ended up divorced and back home.

New hope for children in South Africa

A state-of-the-art children’s cancer ward funded by Islamic Relief donors is now in service in South Africa’s new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The historic milestone was marked with a grand opening ceremony Dec. 2 full of festivities only fitting to celebrate the coming to life of an idea that Mandela imagined over a decade ago….

Mariam finds a way

Mariam Lamoudi is a 45 year old mother of eight living in Yelga Krikissoye, Niger. She makes a small amount of money selling baked goods and other items. Beyond her tiny business, she has been assisted through Islamic Relief’s orphan sponsorship project where two of her children are being supported. The support has helped the…

Yunus Kamil

Yunus Kamil is a student within IRUSA supported Teachers Training Institute in Ghana. He has been to become better prepared to serve his community.

Before enrolling in the training institute, Yunus had difficulty controlling his temper in social settings.

“Thank Allah, after completing the program, I have been able to provide literacy education people in my area. I also help my village manage sanitation services,” Yunus said.

Yunus thanked Islamic Relief, and all its staff “for offering me such an opportunity to have a bright future and help others.”

reliefweb.int: “Islamic Relief USA Donates US$ 2.4 million to support vulnerable refugees in Gaza”

Islamic Relief USA (IR USA) generously contributed US$ 2.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support 3,000 vulnerable Palestine refugees in Gaza.

Mohamed Awel Ahmed Mahmoud

Mohamed Awel Ahmed Mahmoud is a participant in the Teachers Training Institute within Benin supported by Islamic Relief. Even though he had a secondary school diploma he still was not qualified for employment. The best thing to do for him was to seek further education. Fortunately, he was able to take advantage of the training…

DevelopmentAid.org: “Islamic Relief USA donates US$ 2.4 million to support vulnerable refugees in Gaza”

Islamic Relief USA (IR USA) generously contributed US$ 2.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to support 3,000 vulnerable Palestine refugees in Gaza.

unrwa.org: “ISLAMIC RELIEF USA DONATES US$ 2.4 MILLION TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE REFUGEES IN GAZA”

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) generously contributed US$ 2.4 million to the (UNRWA) to support 3000 vulnerable Palestine refugees in Gaza.

VOA News: ” Food Packages Help Families in Need During Ramadan “

For Muslims, the month of Ramadan (May 15-June 15) is a time of reaching out to people who are less fortunate. Islamic Relief USA is providing thousands of special Ramadan food packages to people in need in several cities in the United States. The nonprofit in Alexandria, VA, is contributing humanitarian aid to more than 40 countries around the world. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us to the Washington area where the Ramadan food packages are making the lives of some local families a little easier.
Originally published at – https://www.voanews.com/a/4405515.html

Virginia Grand Iftar Grows

On Saturday, May 19 more than 1,500 people attended Islamic Relief USA’s largest ever Grand-Iftar. The Grand Iftar comes as IRUSA enters its 25th year of engaging in humanitarian advocacy for vulnerable populations in over 40 countries. The event included a 4 course meal overlooking the DC National Harbor. Both CEO Sharif Aly and President Anwar Khan offered endearing remarks about the development of IRUSA from a small operation run out an apartment in California, to a full fledged member of the global humanitarian aid community.

Dar-Al Hijrah Honors Graduates of IRUSA-Supported Sewing Academy

Twelve students graduated from the Islamic Relief USA-supported Sewing Academy at Dar-Al Hijrah on Thursday, May 3. This marks the 8th semester of the mosque’s successful program. IRUSA helped launch the sewing course in 2014 with a $10,000 grant.  Within two weeks of the grant, the program was up and running.

Islamic Relief USA Holds Annual Reception on Capitol Hill

Islamic Relief USA held its 8th Annual Capitol Hill Ramadan Welcome reception on May 15, featuring remarks from members of Congress, IRUSA leaders, and various high-level officials from the administration and faith communities.

KMBC.com: “This modern girl scout troop works to blend two identities while doing more than selling cookies”

This group of young women adds new meaning to the girl scout oath – to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout law.
The 50 meals they made Tuesday will stay in the metro. They’ll deliver them to the City Union Mission downtown. And on Saturday they’ll continue their mission with a toy drive for Islamic Relief.

Islamic Relief USA Supports United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s Efforts to Help Refugees

Alexandria, Va. – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), which has long supported the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is contributing $2.4 million to support 3,000 vulnerable Palestinian refugees in Gaza.

patch.com: “Islamic Relief USA Members Volunteer At Alexandria Church”

Islamic Relief USA Members Volunteer At Church – West End Alexandria, VA – Volunteers cleaned up and repaired Community Praise Church …

EnidNews.com: ” Oklahoma Muslims fostering understanding through mercy”

Last year, with help from Islamic Relief USA and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the pantry provided 17,000 people with food assistance.
Boneta said all of the social services at Mercy Mission enable people to interact with Muslims in a spirit of charity and compassion, and to overcome stereotypes and preconceptions.

MEAL PACK OUT

One in six people in America facing hunger, and approximately 49 million are experiencing food insecurity. Hunger remains ahead of Islamic Relief USA’s priorities and together with our donors we work to provide programs and projects to bring relief and advocate for people undergoing the crisis. Islamic Relief USA is bringing its Pack-a-Meal to cities across the United States as a part of our food security and hunger awareness projects.

FCNP.com: “Dar-Al Hijrah Honors Sewing Academy Graduates”

TWELVE STUDENTS graduated from the Islamic Relief USA-supported Sewing Academy at Dar-Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church on Thursday, May 3. The graduates put in 100 hours of training and learned to use both consumer and commercial-grade sewing machines. As a symbol of the graduates’ accomplishments, the students wore dresses that they made themselves.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 89: Getting Ready for Ramadan with the Twitter Shaykh

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast B.C. Dodge talks with the Shaykh Azhar Nasser, or as he is known to some – The Twitter Shaykh.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Islamic Relief USA and JPMorgan Chase Foundation Promote From Within for Top Posts”

Islamic Relief USA
Sharif Aly, advocacy counsel at Islamic Relief USA, has been promoted to chief executive officer. He succeeds Anwar Khan, who is assuming the role of president.

TribTalk: “Early and forced marriages remain an obstacle to women’s progress”

Some 14million girls under age18 are getting married each year, the organization states. IRUSA that has worked closely with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently participated in a panel discussion at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to call attention on the causes of early & forced marriages…

UFT.org: “Bronx Parent Newsletter – May/June 2018”

Thursday, May 31: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. invites Bronx community members to a Ramadan Iftar Dinner to honor outstanding Muslim community activists and benefit Islamic Relief USA. The dinner will be at 7 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse. To register, email lroldan@bronxbp.nyc.gov.

The Fairfax County Times: “Islamic Relief USA-supported Sewing Program to hold graduation ceremony at local mosque”

The Sewing Academy at Dar Al-Hijrah, , located at 3159 Row St., Falls Church, will hold a ceremony for this semester’s graduates on May 3, from 2 to 3:15pm in the courtyard of the mosque.
Islamic Relief USA supported this year’s program with a grant, as it has in prior years.

“The success of this extremely beneficial program would not have been possible without the contributions made by Islamic Relief USA,” said Tahani Jabarin, director of the Social Services Department at Dar-al-Hijrah. “We appreciate IRUSA bringing the program to life and sponsoring the 8th semester of the program.”

IRUSA Staff Attend National All-Hands Meeting

The staff at Islamic Relief USA participated in a National All-Hands Meeting this month at the IRUSA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The meeting was four days long, and included many interactive sessions. Topics ranged from IRUSA history and values, to reputation management and strategic planning for Ramadan. The program featured many presentations by staff and...

dailyherald.com: “Islamic Relief volunteers join to pack meals for the hungry in Addison”

It was a day to think of others and to help those who lack the means to provide healthy food for their families. It also was a day to spend time working with neighbors as hundreds of volunteers gathered Saturday in Addison for the annual Ramadan Food Pack-Out sponsored by Islamic Relief USA.

Islamic Relief USA Announces Sharif Aly As Chief Executive Officer

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) announces the appointment of Sharif Aly as the organization’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Aly assumed responsibilities on April 2, 2018, succeeding Anwar Khan, who will now serve as President of IRUSA.

Deseret News: “The roadblocks keeping Muslims from becoming activists for religious freedom”

In reality, religious freedom has been part of Islam since the earliest days of the faith, said Eftakhar Alam, strategic relationship specialist for Islamic Relief USA.
“The essence of Islam is to speak up and protect others,” he said, citing stories about the life of the Prophet Muhammad. When the Prophet Muhammad fled from Mecca to Medina to escape religious persecution, he made a pact with his new neighbors to live in peace.
“He didn’t ask for people to convert to Islam. He didn’t want them to confirm he was the prophet. He wanted everyone to have the same freedom level and protect one another…

northjersey.com : “Photos : Islamic Relief USA”

A volunteer piles up boxes that are filled with many non-perishable foods that will be given to people in need in their local communities through food pantries, houses of worship, among other locations. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals at each location.

dailyherald.com: “Ramadan food packing sessions set in Addison”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in the dailyherald.com in April 2018:  “Hundreds of volunteers will gather Saturday in Addison when Islamic Relief USA holds its annual Ramadan Food Box Pack-Out sessions. The group also is sponsoring events in Texas, New Jersey and Virginia, but the Illinois event will be at New...

Islamic Relief USA Announces Sharif Aly As Chief Executive Officer

Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) announces the appointment of Sharif Aly as the organization’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Aly assumed responsibilities on April 2, 2018, succeeding Anwar Khan, who will now serve as Presiden of IRUSA.

Volunteers Pack Meals, Aid Students in Africa

On March 24, some 60 or so volunteers came together and spent their sunny Saturday afternoon in a warehouse in Ashburn, VA to support a good cause. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, Islamic Relief USA volunteers were on a mission to pack more than 10,000 meals that would be sent to poor kids in several African countries.

Skate for Syria grows Exponentially

After several weeks of ultimate fun on ice, Islamic Relief USA’s family-friendly event, Skate for Syria is coming to a close with just one more to take place in California. In expanding into several more cities it has allowed for enjoyment for hundreds of people looking to contribute to humanitarian work there.

Go Vote!: IRUSA’s Public Affairs Department Advocates for Voter Registration

Islamic Relief USA is taking action to increase voter registration as part of a new Public Affairs initiative. IRUSA affirms that the civic engagement of American Muslims is paramount to achieving its goals in providing relief and development around the world…

EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM IN GAZA, PHASE 3

This program, now in its third phase, is providing young adults with job skills and assistance finding internships or jobs…

NorthJersey.com : “Volunteers help families living with food insecurity during Ramadan”

IRUSA Volunteers packing boxes with foods that will be given to people in need in their local communities. They are helping families living with food insecurity during Ramadan,at the Islamic Center of Passaic in Paterson on April 22nd 2018. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals.

albawaba.com : “For Syrians on the Ground, the War is Far from Over”

“That the need for humanitarian assistance is far from over. It’s even more acute than ever before,” said Minhaj Hassan, a spokesperson for Islamic Relief USA, which has helped over 4 million Syrians so far.

reliefweb : “Advocating for gender equality at the Commission on Population and Development (CPD51)”

ACT welcomed the opportunity to engage in CPD51 and to deepen the discussion around religion and SRHR in general, and in particular, in the context of human mobility and migration. ACT Alliance and partners including the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), German Justice Commission, and Islamic Relief USA hosted a public side event at CPD51.

patch.com : “Islamic Relief USA To Pack Food Boxes In Springfield”

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Ramadan Food Box Pack-Out sessions in four states this year.
The events will take place in Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, and Virginia.
The sessions consist of volunteers packing boxes with many nonperishable foods. The packages will be given to people in need in their local communities through food pantries, houses of worship, among other locations. The goal is to create some 5,000 packaged meals at each location. All food will go to residents in the United States.

Patch.com :”Montclair Fundraisers ‘Skate For Syria’ At Clary Anderson Arena”

Montclair Fundraisers ‘Skate For Syria’ – Montclair, NJ – Participants in the Islamic Relief USA’s annual “Skate for Syria event” in Montclair helped to fundraise for “displaced” people in Syria.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 87: 2016 Promise for Palestine with Said Durrah #FlashbackEpisode

On this episode of the What a Relief Podcast B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to IRUSA’s National Volunteer Coordinator Said Durrah about the 2016 Promise for Palestine tour with Mohammed Assaf.

Deseret News : “Op-ed: Early and forced marriages remain an obstacle to women’s progress”

Islamic Relief USA — a humanitarian organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that has worked closely with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the years — recently participated in a panel discussion at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to call attention on the causes of early and forced marriages.

boulderweekly.com : “Here’s to 70 more”

It’s Conference on World Affairs time.
We don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the Conference on World Affairs is much more than a conference. Over the course of 70 years CWA has become an integral part of Boulder’s identity, a nucleotide in the city’s DNA…

Dailynebraskan.com: “Muslim Student Association hosts events for Islamic Awareness Week”

Saturday, April 7, MSA will partner with Islamic Relief USA for another fundraising event. From 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center, admissions from skating will go toward humanitarian causes in Syria and Myanmar.

MySA :”Early, forced marriages obstacles to women ’s progress”

Islamic Relief USA — a humanitarian organization that works in Texas from its office in Plano, and was involved in Hurricane Harvey relief work — recently participated in a panel discussion at the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women to call attention to the causes of early and forced marriages.

utdmercury.com : “Alum Spearheads Disaster Relief Initiative”

In 2015, a UTD alumnus went overseas to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. Recently, he applied his experience to lead a disaster relief training for students. The training program is the first Muslim program to partner with the Red Cross, so attendees may receive valid certifications during the training. Islamic Relief USA …

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 86: Music and movies with Alman Nusrat

For this episode of “What a Relief!” B.C. Dodge and R. Mordant Mahon speak with Alman Nusrat at the end of a 24-hour podcast. Late night with punchy hosts means that this episode wanders from music to a jolly conversation about Dr. Strange, Star Trek and Harry Potter, but first Nusrat updates listeners on his work.

Loudounnow.com: “Islamic Relief USA Packs 10K Meals for African Students”

Islamic Relief USA partnered with Rise Against Hunger and Adventist Development Relief Agency International to pack 10,000 meals for school children in several African nations on Saturday. Volunteers crowded into Rise Against Hunger’s office in Ashburn to pack meals and get them ready

NJ.com: ” Grants expand programs; SDA wins honors Florida “

Islamic Relief USA will hold a meal packaging event in Kearny to benefit school children in several African nations. IRUSA is part of an alliance with Rise Against Hunger and Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) International that was formed a few years ago to address the aftermath of a devastating El Nino drought that severely impacted many Southern African countries. The event will take place at 110 Central Ave. Suite 190, on March 25.

Families Across the Nation Participate in Skate for Syria

It’s in the spirit of inspiring joy that Skate for Syria takes place. When youth spend a few hours on ice enjoying themselves, they represent the absence of that same joy in many kids within Syria.

Speaking out for gender justice at UN conference

Islamic Relief USA participated at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Attended by delegates from around the world, the event was co-convened with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the UN with a membership of 57 states spread over four continents.

Joint Oral statement to the 62 Commission on the Status of Women

We urge the Commission to recognise that faith can drive positive transformation for recognition of the dignity of all persons in our communities and acknowledge the role played by numerous FBOs in terms of protection, inclusion, advocacy and empowerment of rural women and girls. As FBOs, we have a long record of engagement with UN mechanisms such as the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and have contributed since its inception to strengthen the CSW agenda in our areas of influence, interacting with multiple stakeholders and ensuring that the protection of women’s rights is put at the centre of our actions.

7 Years Later, We’re Still Paying Attention to Syria

March 15, 2018 marked 7 years of crisis in Syria. For seven years, the Syrian people have been bombed, besieged and forced to endure one of the worst humanitarian crises in living memory.

Adventist Review: ” No More Empty Stomachs at School “

Amidst the region’s worst drought in 35 years, heavily impacting millions of people, especially children, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) — the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church — moved to help. It joined forces with Rise Against Hunger (RAH) and Islamic Relief USA, US-based non-government agencies, to help tackle the hunger crisis in 185 schools across Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Swaziland.

News.adventist.org: ” ADRA helps provide school meals for students during hunger crisis “

More than 50,000 students across Southern Africa are receiving meals after worst drought in 35 years.

Islamic Relief USA Teaming Up With Rise Against Hunger to Provide Nutritious Meals to African Students

Islamic Relief USA will hold meal packaging events in Virginia and New Jersey to benefit school children in several African nations. IRUSA is part of an alliance with Rise Against Hunger and Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) International that was formed a few years ago to address the aftermath of a devastating El Nino drought that severely impacted many southern African countries.

Lodinews.com: “‘A Night for Palestine’ raises funds for humanitarian projects “

‘A Night for Palestine’ A couple hundred people spent the evening being entertained, learning about the work done by Islamic Relief USA from Mendocino to Myanmar, and raising money to help provide schools, food and clean water to Palestinians in need.

Gender Justice

The Issue Gender Justice Many countries allow different ages, below 18, as the legal minimum age for marriage, with parental consent. “Early marriage has devastating consequences... According to the 2012 Demographic and Health Survey, in Niger 57 % of girls aged 10-14 are not attending school, because it is considered that married girls are expected...

Dallsbews.com: ” Republicans, Collin County political ads, Dan Patrick, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Fort Worth “

On behalf of Islamic Relief USA, and the greater Muslim community, I wanted to thank Mayor Harry LaRosiliere for the brave position he took by calling for the resignation of Councilman Tom Harrison after the council member shared a controversial Facebook post that was considered to be anti-Islamic.

Patch.com: “Parkland Survivors Take Gun Control Message To Florida Capital”

Islamic Relief USA has budgeted up to $50,000 to help families of victims with $200 cash cards. The amount for each family will vary, according to the organization’s Minhaj Hassan, who said that similar programs were put in place following the Las Vegas mass shooting and the California wildfires.

IRUSA staff ramping up advocacy for 2018

IRUSA’s public affairs team was busy in February – planning a year of speaking out to fight hunger, protect women’s rights and care for refugees.

Transforming Chicago Health Access, One Neighborhood at a Time

You might not guess it, but 63rd Street in Chicago is home to an initiative that’s changing the game. The Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), with support from IRUSA, uses a model for health care access that is transforming communities.

Rebuilding Communities: Post-Harvey Efforts in Houston

IRUSA responded to the call for help each time, providing emergency aid and also continuing to keep post-Harvey rebuilding efforts at the forefront of attention.

IRUSA Helping Families Impacted by Florida School 
Mass Shooting

In the wake of the attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Islamic Relief USA will be in the town for one week to distribute cash cards to the families of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and critically injured dozens of others.

Emergency Parkland High School Shooting Response

IRUSA staff moved quickly to help survivors of a shooting that took place at a Parkland high school in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018.

Islamic Relief USA to Provide Cash Cards to Families Impacted by Florida School Mass Shooting

In the wake of the attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Islamic Relief USA will be in the town for one week to distribute cash cards and emotional care to the families of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and critically injured dozens of others.

Islamic Relief USA to Provide Cash Cards to Families Impacted by Florida School Mass Shooting

Alexandria, Va. – In the wake of the attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Islamic Relief USA will be in the town for one week to distribute cash cards and emotional care to the families of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people and critically injured dozens of others.

Territorialdispatch.biz: ” Islamic Relief USA Donating Over $75,000″

Islamic Relief USA is contributing more than $75,000 to provide financial assistance to residents whose homes were destroyed or classified as uninhabitable by the American Red Cross. Much of the assistance will assist residents living in Yuba County, which has one of the highest poverty rates among the

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 85: Behind the Music – A Conversation with Ghuydar Bashmaf

B.C. Dodge & R. Mordant Mahon talk to Ghuydar Bashmaf in this episode of “What a Relief!” – IRUSA’s official podcast.

“ What A Relief Podcast ” 84: Award Winning Artists Khalil Ismail and Umm Zakiyyah Perform and Discuss Their Creative Journey

B.C. Dodge is joined by award winning artists Khalil Ismail and Umm Zakiyyah for this episode of “What a Relief!” — IRUSA’s official podcast.

Greensboro.com:”Wasif Qureshi and Lori Fernald Khamala: One year later, Greensboro communities still say no to Muslim ban”

the 1st anniversary of President Trump signing the “ Muslim Ban ” Last year, thousands poured into the streets in protest, shutting down highways & airports

Islamic Relief USA Donating Over $75,000 to Help Yuba County Families Impacted by Wildfires

Islamic Relief USA is contributing more than $75,000 to provide financial assistance to residents whose homes were destroyed or classified as uninhabitable by the American Red Cross. 

Much of the assistance will assist residents living in Yuba County, which has one of the highest poverty rates among the impacted counties. Some 151 homes in that county alone were destroyed. Each family will receive $500 in direct assistance, in the form of cash cards. Collectively, $75,500 will be distributed to area families.

Appealdemocrat.com: “$500 going to each family whose home was destroyed in wildfires”

Islamic Relief USA, which began in 1993, dispatched members of its disaster response team to Yuba, Sonoma and Napa counties in early October and kept a presence in the state as wildfires and mudslides impacted Southern California soon after.

Puerto Rico Disaster Response/Unmet Needs Early Recovery

 Puerto Rico DISASTER RESPONSE Completed IRUSA donors are helping to provide disaster relief to hurricane-affected communities in Puerto Rico. Our Disaster Response Team (DRT), along with volunteers, are providing critical support for training. IRUSA staff are also managing distributions of recovery supplies. The effort is being done in collaboration with Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF)....

What drives an organization for 25 years?

Power is seldom used when the world speaks of Islamic Relief USA, but the power of a collective vision has magnetized an abundant community of compassion for the past 25 years.

Biking for Bosnia: Kicking off a Year of Challenges

IRUSA assembled a team of four to join Islamic Relief partners from around the world on a four-day cycling adventure through historic Spain. What the team lacked in size, they made up for in heart. Riders from South Africa, Spain, Italy, Canada and Islamic Relief Worldwide all showed up to be a part of this…

President Anwar Khan recalls heart attack: ‘The story wasn’t over’

When paramedics were performing CPR on IRUSA President Anwar Khan, he didn’t see his life flash before his eyes — he saw other people. People he needed to help. He needed to come back to finish his job.

A Day On: Volunteers Around the Country Honor MLK’s Legacy

For Islamic Relief USA, Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn’t a day off—it’s a day on.
Hundreds of volunteers embraced the cold to participate in local community service initiatives from Jan. 13-15 across California, DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia.

Palestine News Network:”Impassioned letter urges U.S. leaders to immediately restore UN funding”

The following is an excerpt from an article posted in thePalestine News Network in Jan 2018:  “In a letter penned by 21 international NGOs and advocacy groups, senior members of the U.S. Administration have been urged to immediately restore $65 million in frozen funds intended for the UNRWA. Agencies to have signed the letter include...

Events Coordinator (CA)

Supports in planning and coordinating special events, guest speaker tours, concert tours and fundraising programs.
Assists in organizing and implementing community fundraising programs.
Helps identify prospective corporate sponsors.
Negotiates contracts with facilities and hotels and manages the budget for all events.
Facilitates services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, catering, signage, displays, etc.

Events Coordinator (VA)

Supports in planning and coordinating special events, guest speaker tours, concert tours and fundraising programs.
Assists in organizing and implementing community fundraising programs.
Helps identify prospective corporate sponsors.
Negotiates contracts with facilities and hotels and manages the budget for all events.
Facilitates services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, catering, signage, displays, etc.

indybay.org :”Government Shutdown Solutions Could Leave Out Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico”

As the Senate and White House struggle to avert a government shutdown, US disaster victims from Puerto Rico to Texas worry a deal on relief and recovery aid will continue to be delayed.

Islamic Relief USA to Donate $50,000 for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Projects

WHAT: Press conference/photo opportunity at the office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
WHERE: Houston City Hall – Proclamation Room (3rd floor), 901 Bagby St., Houston, Texas
WHEN: 3:30 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018

News Deeply: “Executive Summary for January 18th”

A Jewish and an Islamic aid agency have joined forces to assist refugees in Greece. The U.S.-based HIAS and IRUSA will work together in Athens and on Lesbos

The Jerusalem Post :”JEWISH AND MUSLIM AID GROUPS JOIN FORCES TO HELP REFUGEES IN GREECE”

The partnership will ensure that vulnerable refugees in Greece benefit from legal assistance, strategic litigation, and advocacy to advance refugee rights.

JTA: “Jewish and Muslim groups join to help refugees in Greece”

HIAS and Islamic Relief USA will set up centers in Athens and on the island of Lesbos.

Greece.Greekreporter.com: “Jewish and Muslim NGOs Join Forces to Aid Refugees in Greece”

Global Jewish nonprofit NGO HIAS and Muslim humanitarian aid NGO IRUSA have joined forces to expand legal services for refugees in Athens and Lesvos.

keranews.org :”On An MLK Day Of Service, Muslims Reach Out To Homeless Folks As