At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1am local time. The full extent of the damage is still emerging and the number of casualties is expected to rise. An estimated 15,000 people are being housed in temporary shelters. Islamic Relief is set to distribute water, food and other vital aid, and help evacuate the wounded.
Devastating floods struck provinces across India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, destroying hundreds of homes and leaving thousands of people without shelter, food, or clean water. Islamic Relief teams moved quickly to get survivors the urgent aid they so desperately need. Your support is critical in making this happen.
And for countries all across Asia, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, this flood season is now compounded with the threat on COVID-19 infection. The virus continues to make its way through vulnerable communities who we are working with to provide critical aid. If floods occur across the region, they will greatly increase the rate of COVID-19. People on the ground will need access to critical items such as, food, water, and medical supplies.
Islamic Relief USA launched an emergency to support critical relief efforts for our sisters and brothers across the region. Please remember them in your dua and in your donations.
Islamic Relief has been on the front lines of humanitarian aid for Asia since 1993.
Our first calls to action in the region were to provide emergency relief. Since then, our dedication to work across Asia has expanded to include education, development initiatives, vocational training, women’s literacy, orphan sponsorship, Islamic microfinance, poverty alleviation, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. And most recently, we’ve focused our energies on helping refugees across the region—like those from Myanmar—get the essentials they need to survive.
Donors, like you, support these efforts because they know of the great impact we can have when we join together to serve our sisters and brothers in need.
This year the entire world faced the lethal impact of COVID-19. The pandemic exacerbated the situation for millions of children already suffering from food insecurity, soaring inequality, regional conflict and climate change. Although the children are the least responsible for calamity, they suffer the most negative impact.
The world has been cruel to children. But there is good news: you can work with Islamic Relief to make a better world for them. IRUSA works on the ground to improve the lives of children in countries across Asia.
In the Philippines, your generosity means IRUSA will help reach children desperately in need of breaking the poverty cycle. In 2020 your graciously donated $96,143 to improve the quality of life for 200 vulnerable children and orphans in Marawi City. This allowed 200 children to enroll in school and provided support in crisis situations and post-conflict/disaster environments.
To improve children’s safety, health and education, Islamic Relief donated $500,000 to help earthquake and COVID-19-affected communities of the Rasuwa District, Nepal. Your generosity benefitted 1,680 children, with 75 teachers, and administrators in 3 selected schools participating in multiple teacher training to improve educational standards.
The Islamic Relief family donated $1,500,000 to reduce child poverty in Rangpur Division, Bangladesh. The US-funded Alternative Orphan Family Sponsorship Program worked with extremely poor widow led families and orphaned children to improve their livelihoods, health, education and social protection.
The Islamic Relief family approved $1100000 to benefit 50,000 people including children. We pledged support for economic development to provide sanitation to impoverished families in the urban periphery (Dhok Hassu) of the Rawalpindi District. The development promoted sanitation in schools. We installed water filter plants, supported the formation of childcare groups and ensured capacity training for school staff. This allowed staff to support and strengthen the community. We also strived to build strong linkages with child protection and healthcare agencies.
In promoting a clean environment, IRUSA works to safeguard children against illness and disease. With your generosity, IRUSA provides adequate nutrition, acess to education, water and sanitation. This assistance gives children an opportunity to develop and prosper.
For over 18 years, Islamic Relief has been one of few international organizations to continuously work in Afghanistan—our range of projects provide access to clean water, sanitation, education, food, and emergency relief.
From working with vulnerable communities to strengthen their resilience to natural disasters, to promoting Islamic microfinance and sustainable livelihood projects, IR is heavily present in Bangladesh.
In 1994, Islamic Relief began providing emergency relief and implementing developmental projects in India. Since then, projects including livelihood development, education, water and sanitation, and more have been implemented.
Islamic Relief has been delivering aid to the people of Indonesia since 2000. Situated in a region prone to natural disasters, the country has suffered earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and floods.
Islamic Relief has supported aid efforts in Myanmar since 2012. Hundreds of thousands of people, especially IDPs and refugees who are or were in neighboring Bangladesh and Indonesia, continue to be helped with immediate needs like food and shelter.
In April 2015, the Gorkha earthquake struck Nepal and killed nearly 9,000. In the aftermath, Islamic Relief was on the ground providing thousands of vulnerable survivors with food, shelter, and hygiene kits.
Starting with Ramadan and Qurbani food distributions in 1992, programs for those in need across Pakistan have expanded to include development initiatives and vital emergency relief after natural disasters.
After Typhoon Haiyan struck, which affected 14 million people in the Philippines in 2013, Islamic Relief provided vital aid to those affected. Since then, programs have focused on shelter, livelihood through business-building, and vocational training.
Islamic Relief began work in Sri Lanka in 2004 in response to the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami. Since then, Islamic Relief has implemented livelihood programs, orphan support, and food aid efforts to serve those in need.
Islamic Relief’s long legacy of humanitarian work extends beyond the countries listed above. Here is more information about other countries in Asia that have been positive impacted by the generosity of donors like you.