“More than 500,000 children have been left without proper food, shelter, or clean water after the powerful earthquake that rocked Haiti on Saturday,” UNICEF reported to Yahoo! News. The earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, and caused widespread damage to the island-nation. A 5.2 aftershock followed. The death toll has now surpassed 1,900 people with Tropical Storm Grace hovering overhead, stalling rescue efforts and bringing more pain to a people suffering immensely.
IRUSA volunteers have packed and sent 170,000 meals to help vulnerable families in Haiti. We are also working with partners in the area to bring the people of Haiti more aid. Your donations to our Emergency fund are the only way we will be able to provide this urgent aid. Please keep Haiti in your prayers, stay tuned to this page for updates, and donate now to help.
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.
Read below to learn more about our latest emergency responses and how you can help survivors.