Islamic Relief

What is Islamic Relief?

Islamic Relief (IR) is an international relief and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by Dr Hany El Banna.

What does Islamic Relief do?

As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities – regardless of race, religion or gender. Islamic Relief is dedicated to alleviating the poverty and suffering of the world’s poorest people

Islamic Relief works in six main sectors:

  • Overview
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Orphans and Child Welfare
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Emergency Relief & Disaster Preparedness


  • UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
  • WFP (World Food Programme)
  • WHO (World Health Organization)

Islamic Relief has also been asked to work with many partner NGOs, the most important being: CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), OXFAM, CARE International, Save the Children, Christian Aid, HCI (Human Concern International-Canada) OCKENDEN International IDRF (India Development and Relief Fund), Human Aid National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent, ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), Mercy etc. Malaisia.


Fundraising offices:

Islamic Relief has fundraising offices in Western Europe (Belgium, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland) and the United States, South Africa, Malaysia and Mauritius.

Field offices:

Islamic Relief has been active in the developing countries through its field offices that are responsible for implementing projects (Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iraq, Kabardino -Balkaria, Kosovo, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Chechnya, Yemen).

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