“One is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry”
(Prophet ﷺ, narrated by Bukhari)
Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest risk to health worldwide, with more people suffering than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Hunger hits children hardest, with over 100 million children underweight and over 3 million children under the age of 5 dying from poor nutrition every year.
Having food all year round
Islamic Relief aims to feed people all over the world, for life. We help communities start farms and irrigate lands, which can survive in harsh conditions, so they have food all year round.
When floods, droughts or earthquakes happen, or in the event of war, Islamic Relief is there: providing life-saving supplies to families who have lost completely everything. Where immediate support is required, such as in Syria, Yemen and Nepal, we provide essential food for families to see them through when they are most vulnerable. This can be in the form of a family food pack, consisting of staples such as rice, pasta, beans and bread, or through feeding centres, which treat malnourished children, helping them regain their childhood.
In more stable environments, we help communities start farms and irrigate lands, which can survive in harsh conditions, so they have food all year round. Our aim is to enable families and whole communities to be able to sustain themselves and no longer have to rely on charity for survival, thus truly breaking free from poverty.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said “There is a reward on giving food and drink to every living creature.” (Bukhari)