can provide emergency food aid to survivors
can deliver tools and temporary shelters when survivors need them most
can support long-term recovery efforts for disaster survivors
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A second wave of Covid cases has devastated India. Every second, four new cases of Covid-19 are being recorded with two new deaths per minute. Cases are surging by hundreds of thousands per day, hitting record peaks with graveyards completely overwhelmed.

There are not enough hospital beds, ventilators, or food. Worse, families are driving over 200 miles to receive treatment–and they are often being turned away.

“India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors. Each day, the government reports more than 300,000 new infections, a world record, and India is now seeing more new infections than any other country by far, almost half of all new cases in a global surge.” – The New York Times

“Almost every hospital is on the edge. If oxygen runs out, there is no leeway for many patients,” Dr. Sumit Ray.

Islamic Relief teams are working hard to deliver oxygen, PPE, and other essential supplies. We can only do this with your support.

We’ve posted more details below. Please read, share, and donate—our ability to help depends on it!

Focus on Supporting Survivors

Islamic Relief’s global family and partnerships—including local staff in more than three dozen countries—maximize IRUSA’s ability to respond to urgent situations with speed and efficiency. We also maintain the highest standards of best practices, dignity, and cultural sensitivity, and we make sure that our response aligns with survivors’ needs immediately, for the longer-term, or both!

IRUSA’s emergency aid efforts can include distribution of items such as food, water, financial aid, and more. Construction of temporary shelters and providing vital medical aid are often priorities too. And when applicable, we work with community groups on the ground to assess what we can do to help with longer-term recovery, rebuilding, and revitalization efforts.

In the United States specifically, IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team (DRT) serve as first responders for emergencies. From natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires to tragedies like the Pulse and Parkland shootings, the DRT team continues to be one of the first humanitarian teams nationwide to lend a helping hand to people in their most trying hours.

We Need YOUR Help

Read below to learn more about our latest emergency responses and how you can help survivors.

Devastating Second Wave of Coronavirus

Location:  India

Date: April 2021; ongoing

Our Response:

Families all across India are gripped by fear and devastation as a second surge of the coronavirus is spreading through the country. People are fighting for their lives, amidst a severe shortage of vaccines and medical care as hospital and critical care facilities are starved of oxygen and critical supplies.

We urge you to help us respond to this crisis in India quickly. Your donation right now can help deliver critical aid, including oxygen and more. Feel their pain, and please give.

East Africa

Location:  Kenya and South Sudan

Date: April 2021

Our Response:

As information from the ground is still developing, Islamic Relief is moving fast to get survivors essential items, including food aid, clean water, and support for their dying livestock.

Families across Kenya and South Sudan have been hit hard by a drought that is leading to hunger, thirst, disease, and worse: The strain on resources has meant that livestock are dying, affecting livelihoods. There have been reports of domestic and inter-communal violence as well.

In Kenya alone, an estimated 1.4 million people face acute food insecurity and need humanitarian assistance.

Islamic Relief staff are on the ground, providing emergency relief to families in need, but we need your support to reach more people and to provide more aid.

Please give generously.


Location:  Balukhali Refugee Camp

Date: March 22, 2021; ongoing

Our Response:

After fires ravaged a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh, Islamic Relief moved fast to get survivors essential items, including emergency tents, latrines, hygiene kits including face masks and covid-19 protective material, and other items such as clothes and mosquito nets. Now, we are moving on to a second phase that includes rebuilding transitional shelters for families affected by these fires.

Hundreds of homes and other essential facilities were affected. We must do our part to help survivors.

Each shelter costs about $2,5000 to build, and we are planning to build at least 500. Every dollar helps make this happen, so please donate.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Global Humanitarian Aid fund may serve urgent or long-term programs in the United States or across the world.
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