An independent partner of the global “Islamic Relief” family of relief organizations, Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects allowing communities to better help themselves.
The organization realizes their mission in five primary areas: education, food aid, health, livelihood, and water/sanitation. In addition, they run several campaigns to encourage giving and respond to specific emergencies, including a Day of Dignity program, malaria treatment and prevention, orphan aid, and a U.S. children’s food program.
Islamic Relief USA is currently running a special campaign to address the crisis in the Horn of Africa, where more than 13 million people across East Africa are facing the worst drought in 60 years. Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are among the countries hardest hit by food and water shortages. Islamic Relief has been working in Kenya since 1993, Somalia since 1998, and Ethiopia since 2000 to help the people there who have lived under dire conditions for decades. They have been delivering assistance for this particular effort since July 2011. So far, Islamic Relief has helped provide aid including food and water, medical care, hygiene supplies, and household assistance.
As part of their campaign to help the Horn of Africa, Islamic Relief USA has developed a great website with details about the aid they have been able to provide, where, and how. Check it out here.