Numerous natural and man-made disasters have hampered Pakistan’s efforts to improve residents’ economic situations and quality of life. Pakistan’s poverty rate has dropped significantly over more than a decade; in 2015, the United Nations reported that 12.7% of the population was living on less than $1.25 a day. Other indicators of quality of life, however—such as unemployment and malnutrition—are improving much more slowly. Drought, earthquake, devastating floods and conflicts have all strained the economy and many families’ livelihood in recent years.
Islamic Relief has been providing services in Pakistan since 1992. Islamic Relief Pakistan opened its first office in Islamabad in 1994 and now works from multiple offices across the country.