Drought is devastating families across East Africa. In Kenya alone, some 1.4 million people need humanitarian aid. The situation is causing rising malnutrition, disease, and even domestic and inter-communal violence. We must act quickly to help those in need.
And in Indonesia, families are reeling from a cycle-earthquake combination this April that has caused widespread devastation. Nearly 200 people have died, and thousands are now homeless.
We’ve posted more details below. Please read, share, and donate—our ability to help depends on it!
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.