Alexandria, Va. – Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization, has awarded $100,000 for various road repairs, bridge improvement and other infrastructure enhancement projects in Bangladesh that will help reduce disaster risk posed by cyclones.
Rural roads, construction of local bridges, slopes, tree plantings are among the project the funds will support. In addition, cyclone shelters, and emergency equipment stored in them (first-aid kits, utensils, hygiene kits) are supported with the funding, ensuring that residents have access to sanitary facilities and equipment.
The projects will take place in the country’s Shyamnagar and Satkhira districts, both of which have seen tremendous damage over the years to livelihoods and crops from tidal surges and saline intrusion.
Over the years, Islamic Relief has regularly funded and implemented projects in Bangladesh designed to enhance protection against extreme weather events. Projects like these help strengthen local communities, improve food security and provide some buffer against environmental disasters.
In total, the disaster resilience projects in the Shyamnagar and Satkhira districts will directly benefit more than 8,000 residents.
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.