Bangladesh (2019): Empowering flooded communities

Following devastating floods, Islamic Relief provided cash grants to affected families in Char Am Khawa and Dangdhara (Dewangonj) in Jamalpur district. Each family received BDT 4500 (approximately £41.50) to go towards repairing their homes, re-establishing their livelihoods, getting an education, providing transport, meeting health and hygiene needs and purchasing food and other non-food items.

Mali (2019): Bringing critical aid after flooding

After flooding in Bamako turned local communities upside down, we stepped in immediately to support those affected. We were able to access affected communities and provide essential food and non-food aid to families on the ground. After meeting their immediate needs, we then supported the same families in a follow-up project, funded by the START Fund and implemented in collaboration with Save the Children, to enable us to provide even more care.

At Islamic Relief, we’ve been responding to some of the world’s largest disasters for over 30 years.

Our teams on the ground and network of local partnerships mean that we can respond quickly to communities in crisis, reaching areas where many other organisations cannot. We’re on stand-by to save and transform the lives of men, women and children hit by natural disasters, war and conflict.

It’s thanks to your generous donations that we’re ready to respond when crisis hits. If you’d therefore like to support our rapid response work, please donate towards our Global Emergencies Fund. Save a life now.

Somalia (2019): Helping families to recover from drought

Somalia (2019): Helping families to recover from drought

With seasonal rains lower than expected, drought once again hit Somalia – a country already recovering from the impact of prolonged drought (2016-17). With widespread crop failure and a steep decline in livestock productivity, malnutrition and drought-related diseases were also increasing.

With low government capacity to respond to the drought due to limited resources, Islamic Relief helped to save lives and the livelihoods of affected households through the provision of cash grants and food packs. We ensured that the most vulnerable people – including women, the elderly, and the disabled – were supported, ensuring that individuals and families could recover from the drought.

Mali (2019): Supporting displaced households

Mali (2019): Supporting displaced households

After families left were displaced to the city of Douentza (Mopti region) when conflict hit villages across the centre of Mali, we stepped in to support some of the 1,000+ people affected.

With people urgently needing food, shelter and non-food items such as blankets, families were particularly vulnerable during this lean agricultural period, so we’ve been supporting displaced people in need, ensuring they receive sufficient food to eat and shelter to keep them safe.

Zimbabwe (2019): Responding to Cyclone Idai

Zimbabwe (2019): Responding to Cyclone Idai

Following the devastating cyclone which swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe,  we partnered with a range of other organisations to provide immediate life-saving assistance to those affected by flooding and strong winds in Chipinge district, Zimbabwe.

We distributed life-saving food packs containing beans, cooking oil, mealie meal, sugar and salt to 1,050 people. We also provided hygiene items (sanitary items, ladies’ underwear, washing soap, bucket, tissues, bathing towels, clothing, nappies, aqua tabs, toothpaste and tooth brushes) and delivered health and hygiene  talks to ensure that people could stay healthy. In addition, we provided affected people with plastic plates, cups and pots to replace items that had been swept away by the cyclone.

Iraq (2019): Preparing for further displacement

Iraq (2019): Preparing for further displacement

In Al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, families require protection, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene services, shelter and education. Currently holding around 70,000 people, mostly women and children who have been left displaced from Islamic-State group-occupied territory, conditions in this camp are are difficult.

Water quantity and quality is poor, as are hygiene conditions. There are limited health services and inadequate quantities of food, meaning that life is challenging. Conditions such as acute malnutrition and acute diarrhoea have increased sharply.

Due to the deteriorating conditions and the expected repatriation of Iraqis currently residing in camps in Syria, we will be supporting vulnerable new arrivals, ensuring that tents and the surrounding areas are as safe as possible. New arrivals will also receive non-food items including mats, blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets, cooking stoves, plastic sheets, hygiene kits, jerry-cans for water and kerosene and cool boxes.

India (2019): Helping flood-affected families

India (2019): Helping flood-affected families

Heavy monsoon rains have struck nationwide across India, affecting the regions of Gujarat, Maharshtra, Karnataka and Kerala in the West, and Odisha, Bihar and Assam in the East. This has forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek shelter in relief camps. So far, over 250,000 have been left affected, with over 200 people killed.

Our teams have begun work installing a water purification plant in a relief camp in Kerala, in addition to the points installed as part of our response to the 2018 floods, which are now being used as a primary water source for many displaced people. We are working to ensure that the needs of those most vulnerable are met – including women, elderly and disabled populations.

Mali (2018): Emergency relief after heavy rain

Mali (2018): Emergency relief after heavy rain

Excessive rains in Mali throughout the end of the summer has resulted in devastating flooding. More than 18,000 have been killed and over 3,200 homes destroyed. For local herders, the rains have meant losing around 1,800 cattle – their main source of income – and communities losing their food source.

We’re on the ground in the area of Nara (Koulikoro) where 4,653 people – mostly women and children – have been affected and communities left displaced. We’re providing critical food aid and non-food items including blankets and mats to support 1,210 people in need. With the provision of additional child protection training with local communities and authorities, insha’Allah communities – young and old – can stay healthy and secure.

Kenya (2018): Responding to widespread flooding

Kenya (2018): Responding to widespread flooding

A recent spike in seasonal rainfall in parts of East Africa – which has previously been suffering from long periods of drought – has resulted in widespread flooding across large parts of the region. In Kenya in particular, 211,000 people in North East Region, Coastal Region, Rift Valley, Nyanza and large urban areas have been affected, with a hundred deaths reported. Key infrastructure such as roads and airports have been damaged or destroyed as a result and the region is in crisis.

To help locals affected and in urgent need of shelter and medical items, we’re distributing key aid items including: blankets, hygiene kits, water containers, treated mosquito nets, products to cleanse water for drinking purposes, sanitary pads and oral rehydration salt sachets.  These items will ensure that families minimise the risk of catching water-borne diseases such as cholera and acute diarrhoea.

Albania (2018): Assisting flood-affected communities

Albania (2018): Assisting flood-affected communities

In March 2018, the region of Shkoder in northern Albania was hit by flooding after warm winds and increased temperatures caused snow to melt. Intense rainfall over subsequent days, combined with an increase in discharge from hydro power plants, then aggravated the flooding. River banks were left inundated and extensive flooding in several areas followed. This had a severe impact on the lives of 8,000 local people with 250 families forced to abandon their homes and as a result their livestock was also lost.

Islamic Relief responded immediately to help locals in need. As part of our response, we provided bottled drinking water, hygiene kits and blankets to 593 people in Ana e Malit, Dajc, Berdice, Velipoje, Rrethina and Shkoder who lacked even basic essentials, offering critical relief to those in need.

Yemen (2018): Feeding families in crisis

Yemen (2018): Feeding families in crisis

Years of ongoing conflict in Yemen has devastated the lives of thousands of families and left around 18 million people food insecure.

As part of our response to the crisis in Yemen, we’ll be providing lifesaving assistance to around 40,000 people (560 of the most vulnerable families) with essential aid including: food baskets with wheat flour, rice, pulses, vegetable oil and sugar to last one month and kitchen sets including a range of items such as plastic buckets, plates, cooking utensil and plastic mugs. Insha’Allah this will help save the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Afghanistan (2017): Relief for displaced families

Afghanistan (2017): Relief for displaced families

After conflict intensified in the district of Khogyani (Nangarhar province) following a series of clashes starting in in October 2017, more than 50,000 people were left displaced. Thanks to the rapid response fund, Islamic Relief was able to provide food and financial assistance for those affected.

Identifying the most vulnerable families, we also distributed care packages to 620 families (4,903 people), including female-led households, families taking care of orphans, the elderly and those living in severe poverty (on less than £20 a month). Families were given emergency household items and shelter kits including: blankets, plastic sheets, jerry cans, solar powered lights, kitchen set, plastic bucket, soap and winter clothes for men, women and children which offered some crucial form of stability in their time of crisis.

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