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.
For Afghan families that are now in the United States, our teams are working with partners to reach families and provide them with support and essential items to help them as they arrive and transition to a life in our communities. Here are some of the ways we are working on these efforts now (and remember to stay tuned to this page for more information as it develops):
Your advocacy, volunteerism, and donations are how we can help support and get aid to Afghan families who are in desperate need right now. Click below to take action today, and stay tuned to this page for more information as it becomes available.
Homelessness, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water access, sanitation, and health care aren’t just international problems. They exist right here at home in our neighborhoods. The end of 2020 brought the sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s, according to a study by the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, placing the poverty rate now at 11.8%.
Much, but not all, of this can be attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, but the suffering of so many American families extends well beyond that:
For instance, “Black Americans were more than twice as likely to be poor as their White counterparts in December—an improvement from the summer months when they were nearly three times more apt to live in poverty—but an increase from before the pandemic, when the differential was under 2,” reports Bloomberg.
And when disaster strikes, like brutal winter weather, tornadoes, wildfires, or man-made tragedies, the need for urgent aid and support grows exponentially especially for families already vulnerable to poverty and suffering.
As Islam teaches us, charity starts at home, and that’s why Islamic Relief USA is dedicated to supporting work across America that makes sure families have shelter, kids have food, and disaster survivors and refugees get the support they need. In 2020 alone, IRUSA reached vulnerable communities in more than 350 cities nationwide!
Here’s just a sampling of our recent efforts across the U.S.
As much as we’ve been able to achieve in helping our neighbors in need, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better living condition for our vulnerable community members a reality.
Please donate now and help break the chains of poverty and pain for our most-vulnerable neighbors.
Basher was the first client of a special program IRUSA donors put together to help refugees new to the States, by providing support like rent assistance and case management, as well as guiding them through social services and getting them acclimated to their new communities. What made this program really special is that it was dedicated to those who have had difficulty settling because of medical conditions or psychological trauma and low English proficiency.
Basher, a refugee from Syria, was this program’s first client.
His road here was difficult: He was tortured in Syria, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He escaped with his mother, and now found himself in a completely new place, not knowing how to restart.
In comes the IRUSA program for refugees. Basher made this important connection and got to work right away on setting himself up for success. IRUSA provided him with a laptop, assistance with rent and essential needs for him and his mother, networking opportunities, and more.
Basher started taking English lessons for 20 hours a week. IRUSA’s Wasif Qureshi, who worked directly with Basher, added that Basher wanted to work with computers or be a translator. As he worked first on creating a resume and improving his English, Basher set his sights on getting a job. Basher even helped IRUSA with translation services for other refugees in the community.
Two years after coming to the States, Basher had enrolled in college. Throughout his studies, Basher maintained a very high GPA (grade point average), and recently graduated with that 3.9! He’s moving forward with this studies at a four-year university. On top of that, Basher and his mother moved to a new home through the help of IRUSA, and Basher is going through physical therapy.
But the most remarkable part of his journey so far is likely this: He took his first steps upstairs!! And now, in 2021, he told us he bought a car and is driving. With therapy, he hopes he can do more.