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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Haiti Emergency

“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.

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.


Location:  Haiti

Date: August 2021 to present

Our Response:

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti this August, Islamic Relief connected with partners on the ground to see how our community could help.

IRUSA volunteers have packed and sent 60,000 meals for Haitians in need so far. And now, for this emergency response, we are finalizing details on interventions to help even more. In the meantime, we urge you to give to our Emergency Aid fund now so that we can quickly to provide emergency aid to survivors.


Location:  Afghanistan

Date: August 2021 to present

Our Response:

IRUSA has made an initial commitment of $1 million to deliver food aid, water storage units, hygiene kits, shelters, and other essential items to families who have been displaced and who are in need.

Turmoil, drought, insecurity, impending famine, skyrocketing food prices, coronavirus—Afghanistan is at the brink of “human catastrophe” according to the UN, and we remain dedicated to serving our sisters and brothers across Afghanistan now, just like we have for the past 20 years.

Please give generously.

Famine, Food Emergency

Location:  Various countries

Date: July 2021 to present

Our Response:

Some 41 million people are on the brink of famine according to a report by the World Food Program.

Islamic Relief staff are on the ground, providing emergency aid to families in need across countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Yemen, and South Sudan, but we need your support to reach more people and to provide more aid.

Please give generously.


Location:  Ethiopia, and refugee camps in Sudan

Date: November 2020; ongoing

Our Response:

Violence gripped families across Ethiopia in November 2020. Now, several months later, these families are suffering from poverty, thirst, and are at-risk of famine. By donating through Islamic Relief, you can help provide water, sanitation, mosquito nets, mattresses, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Global Emergency Response fund may serve urgent anywhere across the world.
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