On Sunday, Jan. 9, a fire broke out in The Bronx’s (NY) Tremont neighborhood, setting an apartment building on fire. At least 17 people have died, including children. Some 60 people were reported as injured and at least 100 households have now been displaced with no clothes, no food, and no place to go in this brutal cold weather.
The fire is being described as the nation’s “worst apartment fire in 40 years.”
When our neighbors are in pain, we step in to help. Your donations to our USA Humanitarian Aid fund can help families cover the cost of shelter, food, clothing, and basic essentials.
Please donate now and donate generously.
Super Typhoon Rai (Odette), a category 5 super typhoon, has devastated the Philippines. It brought torrential rains, landslides, storm surges, and violent winds reaching upwards of 240 km/h at its peak. With approximately 15.9 million people living in affected areas, survivors are suffering as a result of flooding, wind damage, and food insecurity. Families have been forced to flee their homes and are suffering without aid– it is up to us to provide the food, water, hygiene kits, and emergency shelter that is desperately needed. Our teams are on the ground in the Philippines aiding survivors and reporting that families need food and other essential items.
These survivors’ homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Please, don’t leave them to face this alone.
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.