From the very start, Islamic Relief had one vision:

A HISTORY OF SERVICE

“Inspired by our Islamic faith and guided by our values, we envisage a caring world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled and people respond as one to the suffering of others.”

In line with Islamic teachings on the value of every human life, we provide this assistance to whoever needs it most, regardless of race, religion or gender. We work to transform and save lives of people in crisis both across the UK and internationally.

While our beginnings were in disaster and emergency relief – providing for those who have suffered and lost everything in droughts, earthquakes, floods or conflict – alongside this immediate assistance, Islamic Relief has always aimed to relieve poverty and suffering in the long-term too.

The year after it was founded, Islamic Relief set up its first field office in Khartoum, Sudan, ready to help those affected by the drought not just survive, but rebuild their lives.

Since then, we have opened over 100 offices in 40 countries worldwide – from Afghanistan to AlbaniaPakistan to PalestineSomalia to Sudan. In addition to disaster relief, we carry out sustainable development work to provide waterfood, shelter, healthcareeducation in the long-term. We also work to support orphans and children, help people into employment and build livelihoods to support their families, and protect vulnerable communities from future disasters, preventing the loss of lives and property.

Islamic Relief also advocate towards building a more just and equitable society. Inspired by our faith, we campaign against a range of issues including the increasing impact of climate change, gender-based violence and war and conflict worldwide.

Over 34 years, Islamic Relief has grown, by the grace of Allah (SWT), into one of the world’s largest Islamic NGOs. As we look to the future, we are always eager to learn, develop and improve our work, to serve those most in need. We aim to do this all in line with our key values, taken from our Islamic faith: compassion, justice, custodianship, sincerity and excellence.

OUR PATH TO HUMANITARIAN SERVICE

Islamic Relief USA  – 1993 to 2019:

1993

  • Islamic Relief USA incorporates in Los Angeles
  • War breaks out in Bosnia; American Muslims move to act
  • IRUSA makes its first public appearance at a youth conference in Orange County, CA

1994

  • Los Angeles staff and volunteers visit at least 10 mosques thirty times in Ramadan, raising $3,000 for Bosnian war relief
  • Volunteers stuff 3,000 mailers by hand
  • IRUSA launches its first emergency campaign in response to the Chechnya conflict

1995

  • Oklahoma City bombing leaves 168 dead and hundreds injured; IRUSA sends $5,000 for relief
  • First fundraising dinner held in Yorba Linda, CA, raises $300,000 for Chechnya humanitarian aid

1996

  • IRUSA grows to include five employees
  • IRUSA donors share meat for the Eid al-Adha holiday around the globe, from Somalia to Pakistan
  • Staff visit local programs being supported in Bosnia

1997

  • Donors join together to send relief to Iraq war survivors
  • IRUSA staff share Qurbani meat in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Orphans continue to be sponsored worldwide; one Sudanese orphan, Mariam, no longer had to sell peanuts to go to school after being sponsored

1998

  • Islamic Relief USA celebrates its 5-year anniversary and plans for future growth
  • A 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Afghanistan; IRUSA prioritizes sending relief
  • IRUSA supports the needs of school children in Kashmir

1999

  • Kosovo crisis begins in March
  • IRUSA workers travel to Albania in April to help set up the first Islamic Relief camp for Kosovo refugees
  • At home, Islamic Relief USA looks ahead to development trends of the coming 21st century

2000

  • Water wells are built and supported in parts of Africa, such as Mali
  • IRUSA provides humanitarian aid to survivors of war in Chechnya
  • IRUSA staff visit the town of Ingushetia in Russia

2001

  • After 9/11 attacks, IRUSA organizes blood drives and distributes food to rescue workers in New York City
  • IRUSA launches a campaign for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

2002

  • IRUSA’s “Humanitarian Day” is held for the first time, becoming a United States-wide annual tradition now known as “Day of Dignity”
  • IRUSA spends $6.6 million on programs that help those in need around the world

2003

  • IRUSA begins sponsoring orphans
  • US donors sponsor 513 orphans by January alone
  • After a major earthquake strikes Iran in December, a relief campaign begins

2004

  • IRUSA receives its first 4-star rating from Charity Navigator
  • Global “Children in Need” campaign launches and continues until today
  • A devastating tsunami hits Indonesia and neighbors; IRUSA donors send aid to help homes, health clinics, schools, and livelihood needs

2005

  • IRUSA cares for Hurricane Katrina survivors and provides a new building for a destroyed health care facility
  • Pakistan is rocked by a massive earthquake; IRUSA sends large-scale relief
  • IRUSA expands, opening offices in Texas and New Jersey

2006

  • IRUSA donors send humanitarian aid after famine spreads across Africa and violence erupts in Lebanon
  • Development projects grow to include water initiatives in Mali and health initiatives in Afghanistan

2007

  • Bangladesh is devastated by a cyclone; IRUSA donors send immediate relief
  • IRUSA expands existing development projects, such as focusing on education in Mali

2008

  • IRUSA donors now provide relief in more than 20 countries
  • New IRUSA national headquarters are established near Washington, DC, in Northern Virginia

2009

  • Emergency spreads in Palestine; IRUSA sends aid for medicine, food, and clothes
  • Islamic Relief USA continues to support orphans worldwide, expanding programs in India and Afghanistan

2010

  • IRUSA hosts its first Capitol Hill iftar dinner
  • Massive flooding submerges large portions of Pakistan; IRUSA sends aid that assists hundreds of thousands over the next two years

2011

  • IRUSA trains Disaster Response Team; its first action is to help Alabama tornado survivors
  • IRUSA aids Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria after political unrest spreads
  • Drought and famine strike East Africa; donors provide food, water, and medical care
  • IRUSA CEO speaks before the United Nations

2012

  • IRUSA gives $36.5 million of emergency relief, food, water, and development aid
  • Ramadan food packages help feed 318,731 people in 23 countries
  • Udhiyah/Qurbani meat is shared with over 430,000 people in 26 countries
  • The White House invites Islamic Relief to its annual iftar dinner

2013

  • IRUSA extends humanitarian aid after Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines
  • There are 40,000 donors and 800 volunteers that now support IRUSA each year
  • IRUSA staff grows to 89 employees; relief is provided in over 30 countries
  • More than 10,000 orphans sponsored

2014

  • IRUSA signs a memorandum with the American Red Cross, becoming its first Muslim partner
  • Inner-City Muslim Action Network, supported by IRUSA, is named Chicago’s Best Affordable Healthcare

2015

  • Donors now provide humanitarian aid in more than 50 countries, and help over 100,000 Americans right here at home
  • IRUSA co-sponsors the World Bank’s first summit on religion and sustainable development
  • Staff attend UN summit on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2016

  • IRUSA responds to eight US emergencies, including delivering water to residents of Flint, MI, for six months
  • IRUSA focuses on housing and women’s empowerment at two UN summits
  • Donors share Ramadan food with almost 400,000 recipients and Eid meat with over one million people worldwide

2017

  • IRUSA hosts InterAction Forum, where members of leading relief agencies came together to show support for relief efforts
  • IRUSA staffs a shelter for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Texas
  • Disaster Response Team (DRT) responds to eight national emergencies

2018

  • The American Red Cross awards IRUSA’s Disaster Response Team a $500,000 grant to implement long-term hurricane recovery in Texas
  • For the 12th time, IRUSA earns a 4-star rating from charity navigator
  • IRUSA celebrates 25 years of working together for a better world
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