On February 24, Russia launched a broad attack on Ukraine, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes or shelling.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed and the death toll continues to rise. With the breakdown of public infrastructure, thousands are currently without adequate water and electricity. As people flee their homes, millions will be displaced and face food and fuel shortages, and will lack access to basic services.
Islamic Relief’s priority is to provide humanitarian relief to families who are in need wherever we can across the world, so, this week, IR staff met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with a variety of partners, to discuss Ukraine. While Islamic Relief does not have a presence inside of Ukraine, it is working with an international NGO on the ground now, looking to scale up relief efforts. USAID lists IRUSA as an organization responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
Your donations right now to IRUSA’s Europe Humanitarian Aid fund can provide emergency shelter and warming items for those affected.
We were there during the worst of the war when our brothers and sisters needed our help to survive. We stayed by their side through decades on the long road to recovery. Today, we’re still there. Through our innovative programs, we are able to provide children in need and vulnerable families with the resources they need to thrive.
Here at Islamic Relief USA, we’ve delivered aid in Europe for the last 30 years and continue to prioritize those in need today.
Winter is a critical time to help as families face below-freezing temperatures. Not only do many have no way to heat their homes, but the pandemic has also brought its own set of challenges; the threat of COVID-19 looms large as many areas still have no effective vaccine program in place.
Your donation to IRUSA’s Europe Humanitarian Aid fund can help warm a heart this winter by heating homes, providing warm clothing, and delivering nourishing foods to our brothers and sisters who need your compassion. Please, donate today and help children and their families find warmth this winter.
Our legacy of service has been able to grow through the support of dedicated IRUSA donors. From Bosnia to Albania, Chechnya to Kosovo, humanitarian aid is reaching our brothers and sisters who have struggled but thrived through unemployment, poverty, hunger, inter-ethnic violence, and war. Thank you for being there for them when we first started and for continuing to show them your compassion now.
Islamic Relief started working in Albania in 1991 after war and unrest had effectively isolated Albania and hampered already impoverished living conditions for millions of Albanians.
Islamic Relief began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992 to provide vital emergency assistance to the people during the Bosnian War. Islamic Relief was actually one of the first international, nongovernmental organizations to start delivering aid.
Islamic Relief was one of the first aid agencies to assist Chechens affected by conflict in the mid-’90s and has been working in the Northern Caucasus since 1995. Islamic Relief responded immediately to help refugees—relief teams pitched tents.
Islamic Relief has played a major role in the postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation effort in Kosovo, and has been working in the area since 1999. The Islamic Relief Kosovo office later opened in the capital city of Pristina.
In 2016, upwards of 140,000 asylum seekers arrived in Europe from Syria and Iraq causing a strain on logistics and crisis intervention for the entire region. Just between January and September 2017, one of out every six refugees were children.
Islamic Relief’s long legacy of humanitarian work extends beyond the countries listed above. Here is more information about other countries in Europe that have been positively impacted by the generosity of donors like you.