On Monday, Oct. 26, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Afghanistan. Its effects were felt throughout Central and South Asia, including in Pakistan. As responders sift through the rubble, we are learning more about the extent of the damage—and it is massive. Learn how you can help survivors here. *Please note that, as Pakistan is in a state of emergency, donations made toward the Pakistan Humanitarian Aid fund will go to support these emergency efforts until support requirements are met insha’Allah.
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, from 34.5% of the population living below the national poverty line in 2001/2002 to 12.4% in 2010/2011.
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 office in Islamabad in 1994.