“Whoever saves the life of one, it is as if he saved the whole of mankind”

(Qur’an 5:32)


When an emergency strikes, Islamic Relief aims to be the first on the ground, to provide emergency relief and help those affected immediately. When floods, droughts or earthquakes happen, we’re there: providing life-saving food, water, shelter, medicine and other essential items to families who have lost everything.

Saving lives since 1984

Here at Islamic Relief, we’re saving lives in over 40 countries across the globe. In conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen, we’re on the ground reaching places where many other organisations cannot. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, we’ve delivered a staggering R 5.8 billion of aid to support communities in need, as well as serving refugee populations in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan.

In Yemen, where conflict continues to destroy an already struggling nation, we’re on the ground in 19 of the country’s 22 governorates, providing essential food aid to families at risk of famine and facing extensive food insecurity.

In flooded countries like Bangladesh, we’re helping communities to recover from and become resilient against disaster. We’re raising houses on plinths so the water doesn’t reach homes and destroy them, protecting communities for years to come.

In drought-stricken countries like Niger, we’re building long-lasting water systems and plant drought resilient crops which can survive in dry weather, so families won’t starve.

Across the globe, in over 40 countries, we’re serving communities in need – we’re saving and transforming lives.

 

More than 90% of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries

Emergencies place the lives of entire populations in jeopardy with devastating long-term effects. Our Global Emergencies Fund ensures that we can respond to disasters as quickly as possible, within 72 hours in fact, and assist with the recovery to help rebuild lives.

Across the globe, climate change is increasingly affecting communities, leaving families suffering the effects of weather-related natural disasters and devastating entire communities. Left with limited or no access to clean water, shelter, power or food, affected families’ lives are turned upside down.

Current situation in Bangladesh amidst Super-Cyclone Amphan

Sadly though, it’s society’s poorest who are most vulnerable to the effects of conflict and natural and climate-based disasters. These communities have lower resilience to withstand shock and less access to life saving tools such as early warning systems, earthquake-resistant shelter and lack sufficient health and education services. At Islamic Relief, we not only save liveswe help rebuild them – we stick around even after the situation has calmed, helping families put their lives back together again. And we don’t stop there. Where people are affected by the same disasters over and over, we think about how to prepare these people before an emergency strikes.

Our 3-R approach to Emergencies

  1. Resilience

    • Before disasters occur, we develop school safety plans, advocate for the use of building codes, promote climate adaptive technology and plant trees in cyclone affected areas
  2. Response

    • When an emergency strikes we supply food, water, hygiene, shelter, medicinal treatment, hygiene kits, and other essential services.
  3. Recovery

    • After the situation calms, we build shelters, rehabilitate existing water points, provide livelihood assistance, support orphans, widows and other vulnerable groups, provide for education and offer psychosocial support

By donating to our Global Emergencies Fund, you can help ensure we that when an emergency hits, we can respond quickly – without our teams having to launch a public appeal – thereby reducing the impact on people’s lives.

Donate today, and help us save lives.


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