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South Africa

About the Situation

By the Numbers

More than 51 million people live in South Africa

23% of the population lives below the poverty line

25% of the population is unemployed

(Source: The World Bank)

Long after the end of apartheid, South Africa remains a country with deep inequalities. According to the latest figures, nearly one-quarter of the country lives below the national poverty line, and the poverty is heavily centered in black communities. A 2013 report by South Africa’s Statistician General found that only 27% of black children have piped water in their homes, compared to 94% of white children, and only 40% of black babies live in a home with a flush toilet—something nearly all of their white and Indian counterparts have. Access to education is unequal as well: According to the country’s 2011 census, about one-third of black citizens have completed high school or a higher level of education, compared with three-quarters of whites.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

Islamic Relief South Africa opened its office in 2003 to implement and oversee education and health programs that would alleviate suffering due poverty and to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. To learn more about Islamic Relief South Africa’s work, please visit its website, islamic-relief.co.za.

Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in South Africa:

ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
Active

Islamic Relief is constructing and furnishing classrooms and other school facilities.

ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP
Active

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the South Africa Humanitarian Aid fund to support Islamic Relief USA’s efforts there.