Four major earthquakes, each of a magnitude between 4.7 and 6.3, have hit the Herat region since October 7. Over 2,000 people have died; thousands of people have been injured; and more than 3,000 homes have been completely destroyed, leaving people homeless. The number of people directly affected has risen to more than 40,000.
“The people of Afghanistan have already been through so much suffering. This earthquake is now a double calamity for many families who urgently need our support. We are appealing for as much financial assistance to help those affected by this disaster. Many people have lost loved ones, and many [are] injured. Their needs will be huge in the days to come.” – Umair Hasan, Islamic Relief Afghanistan Country Director
Islamic Relief is working with local partners to provide emergency relief and promote long-term recovery. The initial emergency response includes cash assistance for food and other basic needs; essential non-food items including hygiene kits; and transitional shelter and rental assistance.
Early recovery goals include construction of shelters; rehabilitation of water sources and construction of latrines; cash-for-work opportunities to repair community infrastructure; skill-based training and promotion of income-generating activities; and formation of community self-help groups (SHG’s). Our goal is to help restore hope and dignity to families in Afghanistan as they rebuild their homes and communities.
Our story in Asia is a story of resilience, growth, and development. The Islamic Relief family has been providing emergency relief and integrated programming to families in need since 1993. Since then, we have established a presence in a total of nine Asian countries, with field staff on the ground to address needs quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
Some of our areas of focus include:
And with your generous support, we can help these families in such desperate need. Continue your humanitarian legacy in the service of our sisters and brothers across Asia and donate to Islamic Relief.
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to accomplish so much. But there’s still so much more to do. By continuing to support our efforts in Asia, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.
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Islamic Relief has served the Afghan community for more than 20 years, and continues to provide humanitarian and development assistance today. Find out more about our work.
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