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At the Islamic Society of North America convention in Michigan, politics received more attention than religion for many attendees who themselves, their family members, or their ancestors have origins in areas of conflict. IRUSA CEO Anwar Khan is cited.

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Imam Mohamed Magid describes the importance of water, as explained in the Holy Quran and through stories of people who do not have regular access to clean water. He cites Islamic Relief USA’s website as one resource for readers who would like to support humanitarian efforts related to water.

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Children in Need

Children in Need

About the Situation

By the Numbers

153 million children are orphaned by one or both parents worldwide

One in six children–about 100 million–in developing countries is underweight

Probability of dying before age 5:
Mali: 128 in 1,000
Afghanistan: 99 in 1,000
USA: 7 in 1,000

(Sources: UNICEF, World Food Program and the World Bank)

In a world full of upheaval, children are the most vulnerable community members—vulnerable to hunger, to illness, to deprivation and to exploitation. Children are disproportionately affected by many illnesses, and in some countries, as many as 1 in 8 die before their fifth birthday. And for many children living in communities suffering deprivation, school is often a luxury—a situation that perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

Improving children’s daily lives by safe-guarding them against illness; providing them with educational opportunities; and by giving them access to proper nutrition, water and sanitation services, can also provide a cushion that would help alleviate suffering in emergency situations. Perhaps most important, those basic resources can provide a world of hope to children—including 143 million orphans—for a brighter future.

How the Children in Need Campaign Helps

For nearly two decades, Islamic Relief USA has been working to improve the lives of children around the world. Areas of focus include emergency relief, orphan support, health and nutrition, water and sanitation.

Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported for children in need:


When human or natural disasters occur, Islamic Relief rushes to alleviate suffering. Immediate projects often include distribution of food, water and baby milk, as well as health-care services.


Islamic Relief teams are building and equipping schools, holding literacy classes and training teachers around the world. Many of our education projects help young girls gain the skills needed to break free from the poverty trap—that, in turn, benefits the entire community and provides a gateway to greater achievements for generations to come. IRUSA is currently supporting more than a dozen education-related programs for children worldwide.


Millions of children around the world live in hunger. Islamic Relief has established numerous programs around the world to provide nutritious, wholesome foods to children so that they can grow into healthy adults.


To help children remain the care of loving relatives, this program helps guardians provide orphans with food, clothing and an education. Islamic Relief USA donors sponsor thousands of orphans in dozens of countries around the world. With our global affiliate Islamic Relief Worldwide, the tens of thousands of orphans are sponsored each year. Additional programs add supplemental education and vocational training.


By building new health centers, supplied with modern equipment, Islamic Relief is helping improve children’s access to health care in communities from Pakistan to Mali, Palestine to Somalia. Nutrition programs also help children stay strong so they can learn, grow and resist illnesses.


Malaria kills nearly 1 million people each year, most of them African children. Islamic Relief helped provide the tools necessary to alleviate the number of preventable deaths from this illness. Efforts were focused in Mali.

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About the Observance

By the Numbers

28 countries are supported by IRUSA’s Ramadan campaign

More than 319,000 people benefitted from IRUSA’s 2013 Ramadan campaign

Food parcels distributed during Ramadan are about 30 pounds each

“Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah (swt) covers you with blessing, for He sends down mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers …

… In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves.”
—The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), as narrated by Tabarani

Ramadan is a blessed month of reflection, prayer and fasting for Muslims. During the month, observers gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the suffering of impoverished and hungry people around the world. Ramadan also serves to remind Muslims of the importance of charity, and their obligation to be charitable during the month and all throughout the year.

Check out this frequently asked questions page about Ramadan for more information.

Ramadan Food Campaign

Islamic Relief teams distribute food packets in impoverished communities to provide relief during Ramadan. Each food packet holds about 30 pounds of food that is important to the local diet of the recipients, and is designed to help a family of five to seven people. This generally includes rice, wheat, lentils and oil, and often also sugar, canned fish and meat, and dates. Foods are procured locally within each country whenever possible, to ensure that they’re appropriate for the recipients and to help the economy as well. The Ramadan program is designed to complement longer-term relief and development projects that provide sustainable assistance in improving living conditions.

“All the time my children and I pray to Allah (swt) that may Allah help those who helped us, even more than what they did for us,” said Zakia, a widow in Afghanistan who received Ramadan food packages that freed her from the worry of finding food for her children each night. “… Their help counts a lot because they helped in the holy month of Ramadan a widow and two orphans.”

It starts with you!

Islamic Relief’s 2014 Ramadan campaign supported our brothers and sisters in need in these locations:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Chad
  • Chechnya
  • China
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

Visit Ramadan Food Packages from Around the World to see a special gallery of images of 2014 Ramadan Food Package distributions.

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