Islamic Relief raises £758,410 for the East Africa crisis
Drought and conflict in the region have left 22 million men, women, and children in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia in need of humanitarian assistance. Five million people across the region do not have a regular supply of safe drinking water. More than 800,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.
The eight fundraising events were held across England, Scotland, and Wales between 24 April and 1 May to raise awareness of Islamic Relief’s East Africa Crisis Appeal. Pledges totaling £758,410 were made to provide urgent supplies of food, water, and medical treatment.
The keynote speaker on the fundraising tour was esteemed American scholar and cleric Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, who spoke about issues facing Muslims in the second decade of the 21st century.
Imran Madden, UK Director of Islamic Relief, said:
“As we prepare for the blessed month of Ramadan we want to thank everyone who attended our fundraising events. We are grateful for their generous donations to our East Africa crisis appeal.
“Islamic Relief is already on the ground, delivering life-saving assistance such as food, treatment for malnutrition and clean drinking water to millions of vulnerable people. But we need more money to help the millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia who are on the brink of starvation. Your money will also help to save the hundreds of thousands of children who are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases. Please donate generously.”
The fundraising events also showed how the Islamic concept of zakat, where Muslims give 2.5 per cent of their wealth annually to help tackle world poverty, has the potential to change the lives of millions of people around the world. Islamic Relief uses zakat in the most effective way possible to relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people – in this case in East Africa, where millions are in desperate need.
What your money can buy:
- £40 can provide a vulnerable family with water
- £65 can provide a vulnerable family with food
- £107 can treat malnourished children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers
Click here to donate to Islamic Relief’s East Africa Crisis Appeal.