Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to collaborate on programmes and share resources.
The IRCS was founded in 1932 and joined the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent two years later. It is an independent national humanitarian society that works to reduce the suffering and pain of people without discrimination during peace and conflict. They have offices in every one of Iraq’s 18 provinces and chairs the Ministry of the Interior’s Disaster Response Group.
How humanitarian work across the world can be more effective and better serve its beneficiaries is being addressed at an international forum of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in London today (Tuesday 28 November, from 9am to 6pm).
A diverse group of NGO influencers and decision makers from around the world has come together for the Bridging the Gaps forum at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster under the auspices of the World Humanitarian Action Forum.
The devastating conflict in Syria that began on 15th March 2011 has claimed around 400,000 lives and created over five million refugees. Over 660,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan (UNHCR data portal 6 August 2017), many of them crossing the border through the towns of Jaber and Ramtha.
Islamic Relief’s work in Jordan began in 1997 with an orphan sponsorship programme, and in 2011 we scaled up our activities to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the violence in Syria.
By Silvia Roscot
Albertina eats bread with tea every morning for pequeno almoço, Portuguese for breakfast, then walks an hour to school. Occasionally, she skips breakfast and forages fruits on the way to class. Chances are slim that she will have lunch at all. She attends a primary school in Boane District, a 45 minute drive from Maputo, Mozambique, where we met her. As if it was something to hope for, not something to expect, she told us she liked the idea of “lunch at school because I will get a meal, and will go to class without feeling hungry.”
Islamic Relief is marking 25 years of service in Pakistan, a country close to the heart of many of its donors and supporters. From sponsoring orphans and responding to emergencies, to developing communities and tackling climate change, Islamic Relief has been working with people across Pakistan to bring positive change to their lives.
Islamic Relief Pakistan (IRP) was established in 1992 and over the past quarter of a century, has improved the lives of over eight million people, spending over £100 million on relief and development programmes.
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The international humanitarian aid agency Islamic Relief is calling for aid workers to be given unhindered access in Yemen so that millions on the brink of malnutrition or suffering from cholera have access to the food and medicines that are being brought into the country.
The call was made following the arrival in Yemen of an Islamic Relief cargo airplane at Sana'a International Airport carrying 19 tons of cholera medicines.
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) have renewed their landmark commitment to working together on humanitarian causes.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed on 9th November 2017, reaffirms a long-standing partnership of joint humanitarian programmes, policy, research and advocacy, focusing specifically on faith and protection issues.
Islamic Relief is scaling up its support for humanitarian partner organisations working on the ground to provide vital aid to some of the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the conflict in Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh.
The undersigned INGOs welcome the organization of the first regional conference on stabilization for the Lake Chad Basin and the involvement of all present actors to find long-term solutions to the current humanitarian, security, political and socioeconomic crisis in the region.
Les ONGI signataires de cette déclaration accueillent avec enthousiasme l’organisation de la première conférence régionale sur la stabilisation dans le Bassin du Lac Tchad et l’implication de tous les acteurs présents pour trouver des solutions de long-terme à la crise sécuritaire, humanitaire, politique et socio-économique que traverse la région.
The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to closure all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid workers in and out of Yemen.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is extremely fragile and any disruption in the pipeline of critical supplies such as food, fuel and medicines has the potential to bring millions of people closer to starvation and death.
The Central African Republic has been marred by political instability for decades but the violence peaked in 2013 following a coup d’état in March, led by the predominately Muslim Seleka rebels.
Widespread fighting between the Seleka and predominately Christian anti-Balaka militias led to the deaths of more than 5,000 people and destroyed the already fragile social fabric. It also led to the virtual collapse of the economy and people’s livelihoods.
There are now more than 65 million people in the world who have been forced from their homes due to conflict or disaster (UNHCR), many of them struggling to meet their basic needs of food, water, shelter and access to essential services. However, the psychological trauma of their displacement is less visible, and often overlooked.
Whilst seeking to meet the urgent needs of over half a million people displaced from the conflict in Myanmar, Islamic Relief is also planning for the long-term.
“Islamic Relief has been responding to the needs of displaced people in Myanmar for years and unfortunately this will be the case for many years to come,” said David Crawford, Head of Islamic Relief’s Humanitarian Department. “It’s a protracted crisis that we need to have a long-term plan for.”
Huge numbers of refugees still arriving in Bangladesh
In 2016, we increased our humanitarian efforts in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As the war in Syria entered its sixth year, our £26.6 million emergency response programme supported over three million vulnerable people living in Syria as well as refugees in three neighbouring countries. In Iraq and Yemen, as the crises continued to shatter lives, we provided life-saving aid, often in areas that other organisations are unable to access.
At least 1,267 children are vulnerable to exploitation including human trafficking, sexual abuse, child labour and child marriage after fleeing the violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
The emergency situation has resulted in a reported 1,000 plus fatalities and the displacement of hundreds of thousands. According to United Nations estimates, that more than 400,000 men, women and children have fled Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh over the past month, with thousands more arriving each day.
Islamic Relief is providing food, shelter and clean water for thousands of people in camps in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar. We are also gearing up our response to the crisis in south-eastern Bangladesh, where refugees from Myanmar were arriving at the rate of 15,000 a day in the first fortnight of September.
Fazila and her family from Dewangonj in Jamalpur District in north west Bangladesh lost everything in the recent floods in early August.
They are not alone. Dewangonj was particularly badly affected by the floods which claimed the lives of 140 people and destroyed more than 600,000 homes.
“I have never seen such floods and water in my whole life,” Fazila said. “The whole family had to leave the house and take shelter in the nearest primary school. 15 days have passed and we are still there.”
Islamic Relief believes that all children have a right to personal dignity and protection from abuse, and recognises the special responsibility and duty of care it bears to create a safe environment for children within its projects and programmes. This policy is a comprehensive guide for all Islamic Relief staff to ensure that the vulnerable children we work with are protected at all times. It includes sections on recognising signs of abuse; organisation and field office responsibilities; partner organisation responsibilities, and communications about children.