Humanitarian needs in Kenya in numbers:

  • 14.7 million people, or 29% of the population, live in extreme poverty. (World Poverty Clock report, 2018)
  • Over three-fourths of the land is water-stressed. (New York Times, 2018)
  • Massive flooding displaced nearly 300,000 people in 2018. (UNICEF, 2018)

Islamic Relief USA regularly distributes emergency aid to these communities. IRUSA has also provided health care, education, clean water, and improved hygiene and sanitation to refugees in the Dadaab refugee camps. Currently, IRUSA is empowering farmers in Kenya by providing them with the agricultural means and skill sets they need to produce income-generating produce.

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Fadumo Unleashes Her Inner Business Woman

Fadumo is a mother of 8. Her elder daughter had to help her by working in a small shop. The family consists of 10 people. They had no one else to assist them with family support.

“We used eat once or twice a day—morning and evening—and most of our daily meals consisted of maize, beans, and rice. We seldom had fruits and vegetables. Our diets was very poor because of more carbohydrates, with little vitamins and proteins

It is certainly a challenge to feed a such big family with ten members, and buying food depends on our daily income. If we didn’t have enough food, we had to take from our friends, neighbours, and relatives.

Without proper food, it’s difficult to survive, and poor diets have bad effects on health—especially for children, pregnant, lactating, and old-aged people. Poor nutrition may cause diseases related to malnutrition and diseases common in children and pregnant women.

Since we received microfinance cash support from Islamic Relief, our living standard has improved, alhamdulillah. Our normal life is good, and now we can cover and buy our basic needs.

Thanks to Islamic Relief for providing us with microcredit cash distribution. We are so happy to receive this model project. This will serve our daily income for buying food and everything for our entire family.

My family and I are especially happy to receive this cash grant and assistance from Islamic Relief and this has allowed me to open and run a small shop in my house which has been reconstructed by Islamic Relief, and now is functional thanks to the cash and asset given to me.”

I’m happy and I thank to Allah, Islamic Relief, and the donors and I wish our Muslim donors the best.”

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