Islamic Relief Current Appeals
Eight days in Gaza: The impact of the conflict
The November 2012 conflict in Gaza resulted in a death toll of 163 and over 1,000 injured people. Many homes, schools and buildings have been devastated, including a school Islamic Relief repaired during the last conflict in 2008. A ceasefire is now currently in place.
Islamic Relief has worked in Gaza since 1998, with a wide range of projects encompassing emergency relief, child welfare, education, health and nutrition, livelihoods support, and water and sanitation.
In the wake of the previous Gaza war it mounted a £30 million emergency response and reconstruction programme over two years, in 2009 and 2010.
Our health programmes have included equipping and renovating the intensive care units and emergency departments of nine hospitals, five of them in Gaza City, and renovating 15 of Gaza's 57 government health clinics.
Next phase: Rehabilitation
Although the conflict has subsided, the effects on Gaza City remains – roads have been destroyed hospitals, homes, shops and schools left in ruins.
With the level of unemployment increasing and most Palestinians unable to contribute to the rebuilding of the war torn Gaza city, Islamic Relief has launched the Gaza Rehabilitation Project to assist with the recovery process.
Islamic Relief is committed to assisting with rebuilding education, agricultural, medical as well as housing facilities which were all affected by the war.
Help us rebuild wore torn Gaza and Donate now.
Villagers of Aceh Province in Indonesia have been struggling to rebuild their lives after the devastating Tsunami of 2004. Coupled with a 30 year long conflict, many orphans have taken shelter in orphanages managed by the local community.
Most of these orphanages have to raise their own funds while some receive financial support from government. The orphanages have the land for farming but lack the skills and funds to run and maintain it.
Islamic Relief South Africa has thus launched an income generating project for eight (8) orphanages in the Aceh province.
We will be funding various agricultural projects and training orphans, their guardians and orphanage staff on how to farm ducks, fish and vegetables.
Through the proposed farming project, orphan children and their guardians will be given skills development and training in the farming sector that will ultimately benefit these children in the long term, to generate an income once they leave the orphanage.
Duck farms at seven (7) orphanages will be established
1,800 square metres of land to be used for fish cultivation
2,000 square metres of land will be used for vegetable cultivation
400 orphan children will be given training on fish, duck and vegetable farming
50 staff members from local orphanages will be skilled to manage farming activities
800 villagers will receive training on how to improve fish, duck and vegetable farming activities
Islamic Relief South Africa has made it possible for you to get involved in its' rebuilding projects in Aceh Province (Indonesia) with the following affordable sponsorship options:
|Level One: R50
Level Two: R500
Level Three: R5,000
Level Four: R50,000
Did You Know: Islamic Relief has been working in Indonesia since 2000 when we registered and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Home affairs that allows us to engage and support communities through socio economic development, water and sanitation, education, orphan, disaster preparedness and emergency response.
Islamic Relief launched our orphan welfare programme in March, 2005. So far, Islamic Relief donors have sponsored 350 orphans on a one-to-one basis, while hundreds of other orphans have benefited from IR's orphan support services.
The political uprising in Syria – which began in March 2011 – has killed more than 90 000 people and forcing hundreds of thousands of men, women and children to flee their homes.
The civil war in Syria has forced over one and half million people to abandon their homes, seeking safety in safer parts of Syria or the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.
The refugees are facing cold winter conditions and many are in need of warmer shelter and winter provisions.
It is predicted there will be up to a million refugees early next year, and millions of Syrians will need assistance inside Syria.
How Islamic Relief has assisted
Islamic Relief has provided over £5 million worth of assistance to the people of Syria since April 2012. We have delivered humanitarian aid inside Syria and across the refugee camps in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.
Refugees are facing grave challenges during the winter months as many of them are unable to afford warm clothes and winter provisions. IR winterization projects will focus on the distribution of food, blankets, heating devices, newborn kits, medical aid and cash assistance.
The humanitarian situation is deteriorating every day at an alarming rate.
Help Islamic Relief save lives by donating your charity today.
The Orphan Endowment Waqf Fund (OEWF) is a partnership between Islamic Relief South Africa, Iqraa Trust and Al Baraka Bank to provide a self-sustaining source of funds to support orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. By investing in the Fund, you directly invest in the future of infants, orphans, abused and abandoned children as well as children with terminally ill parents.
With every R100 you give or a full share of R500, you can secure and increase the Fund's commitment to these children. Donations are invested to sustain the fund and maximise the benefits to the impoverished orphans and vulnerable children.
To make a donation, please use the Orphans Endowment Fund banking details:
EFT / Internet transfer or deposits at any Al Baraka Bank branch
Name of Account: Orphans Endowment Waqf Fund
Account Number: 78600015357
Name of Bank: Al Baraka Bank
Branch Code: 800000
Account Type: Current Account
Reference: Contact Details
Alternatively, visit any ABSA branch and deposit funds into the following account:
Name of Account: Albaraka Bank
Account Number: 4073412216
Reference: 78600015357 (This reference is compulsory)
Worrying prospects for West Africa in 2013
Islamic Relief launched a West Africa appeal in March 2012, in response to a severe drought which left 18 million people food insecure. Early warning by the international community helped to mitigate the situation, following lesson learnt in the Horn of Africa, but communities are in dire need in Niger, Mali and Chad.
Focus on Mali
Mali is still experiencing severe food and fodder insecurities affecting 4.6 million and over 18 million people in the Sahel as a whole, following drought and conflict.
The situation in Mali has been exacerbated by armed group occupation of the northern region of Mali. The conflict in Northern Mali has resulted in over 39,000 people migrating towards central and southern Mali, while thousands have fled to the neighbouring countries of Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria.
There are fears of increasing instability in the country, significantly affecting the humanitarian responses underway in northern Mali and weakening resilience of communities further.
How Islamic Relief is helping
IR began working in Mali in 1997, helping people affected by civil war in the northern regions. We now work in three areas of Mali: Gourma Rharous in the north, Ouelessebougou in the south and the central areas surrounding the capital, Bamako.
Our work in Mali is focused on long-term development. This includes projects covering water and sanitation, education, community-based development and child-friendly villages.
We also run the Orphan Sponsorship programme in Mali, which includes food and clothes distributions as well as monthly sponsorship.
Donate towards Islamic Relief's Development projects i.e. "Water for Life" – where a range of products are available for sponsorship (boreholes, micro dams, water wells, etc.)
Case Study: Mali
"Chocolate and make-up"
Islamic Relief offers business training to women in Mali. Since March 2011, more than 500 Malians attended workshops and classes that provide female breadwinners with business and networking skills, as well as helping them to optimise the sale of Shea nut butter.
The butter is extracted from the Shea nut tree and is used in cosmetics and as an ingredient in chocolate.
Women who take part in the project are able to increase their profits and make their business more successful, which gives them more income with which to support their families. In total, over 2,200 children are supported by mothers in the Shea nut butter project.
55-year-old Kadia supports her two children and four grandsons by selling Shea butter and mustard at a local market in Ouelessebougou.
"We don't have enough money, but we survive on the little money we make," Kadia explained.
"In the past, food prices were lower and businesses were hopeful, but today some families struggle to have three meals a day."
Kadia explains the main issues facing her community, "We need to develop the education we provide, health services, employment opportunities and our agricultural output. But our main problems are illiteracy and the lack of financial resources."
Islamic Relief provided support to our community through orphan sponsorship, supporting businesses and literacy classes. I currently attend language classes where I learn to read and write in Bamanankan, our local language.
Kadia explained that the Shea nut business training has given her knowledge and made her very happy.