90 percent of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries
More than 90 percent of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries, where poverty and lack of resources exacerbate the suffering. Islamic Aid works in many of these countries, preparing for disasters before they happen, and responding quickly when they do.
When disaster strikes, Islamic Aid is there to help.
Fighting poverty is never more difficult than in times of crisis. Disasters and conflict disrupt the lives of more than 500 million people every year. Islamic Aid works has supported projects in more than 10 countries around the world, so we are able to respond to emergencies fast and make sure help gets to where it is needed most.
The first phase of Islamic Aid response is to meet people’s basic needs, including food, water, sanitation, shelter and health care. Islamic Aid emergency capacity – funds, resources, volunteers, staff and partner organisations – allows us to provide fast, effective assistance.
But our rapid emergency response is only the beginning. Islamic Aid works with communities for the long term, to help rebuild lives and livelihoods, and to help communities reduce their vulnerability to similar events in the future.
Islamic Aid does not just deal with the short-term needs of communities affected by disaster, but also stays there and tackles the long-term problem. Islamic Aid expands its livelihoods programmes to distribute livestock, seeds, tools, and more. This helps people rebuild their lives and sustains them in the long-term.
Because when emergencies, like drought or conflict, happen repeatedly it is difficult for people to work and support their families. This puts them at greater risk in the future, making them less able to cope when an emergency strikes. For vulnerable communities, any disaster can be catastrophic.
Islamic Aid works to reduce vulnerability to emergencies by working with communities to help them become better at predicting, preparing for and responding to disasters like floods, food shortages and conflict related emergencies.
After an emergency Islamic Aid moves from emergency relief to recovery to ensure that communities are not dependent on hand-outs, but are able to help themselves. For example, in Haiti following the devastating earthquake Islamic Aid provided food, water and hygiene kits to those in need. But we also supported cash for work schemes enabling people to begin working again to support themselves.
The way in which Islamic Aid provides relief is important, as Islamic Aid aims to protect people’s dignity with everything that we do. Providing shelter, for example, is more than ensuring that people have a roof over their heads, shelter should be appropriate to the climate and culture and enable people to carry out daily activities.
Please give to our Emergency Relief Fund. This helps us ensure that money is available immediately in a disaster.
How your zakat (zakah), sadaqah and other donations help deal with disasters
Being a Muslim charity committed to upheld the sharia laws in everything we do, Aid spends your zakat (zakah), sadaqah, Sadaqh Jarya, Waqaf funds, Riba (interest money), Saqaqah Sacrifice and other donations as prescribed by Islamic laws.