Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, secretly and publicly, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." (Al-Quran, 2:274)
Helping others gives comfort to the heart; the first person who benefits from an act of charity is the benefactor himself by watching a smile form on the lips of another person.
Show kindness to others and you will certainly be the first one to benefit.
Islam teaches us to act in a caring manner to all of God's creation. The Prophet Muhammad, who is described in the Qur’an as “a mercy to the worlds” said: “All creation is the family of God, and the person most beloved by God (is the one) who is kind and caring toward His family."
In response to the recent East Africa Crisis Appeal, it’s a duty to every human being to assist those in need worldwide regardless of religious’ affiliation, color or race. We are all humans, we share the same basic needs, it’s a shame to see people’s sufferings and not do anything to help. Please assist as much as you can.
East Africa Food Crisis
Islamic Relief Somalia have responded to the drought through provison of life saving assistance to drought affected peole in Somalia to alleviate human suffering. The key sectors that have been prioritized during this drought period have been; food aid, nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, agriculture and livelihoods. Further donor support is needed to meet the increasing humanitarian needs emerging from the effects of prolonged drought and escalating fighting. The main challenges that IRS is facing during this period are price increase in food commodities and insecurity in some areas in Somalia.
July 2011 - Islamic Relief’s Action
In response to the drought IRS implemented the following projects:
Between February and March 2011 we implemented an emergency drought response project in three districts in Puntland. We managed to successfully deliver 7 litres of water per day to 35,406 for one month and provided essential primary healthcare services to an extra 1,322 women and children.
On going drought response projects:
Emergency Primary health care services to the IDPs and host communities in Mudug Region. The project is targeting IDPs with 50,000 beneficiaries.
Emergency Drought Response Puntland and Somaliland, Donor; Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Amount; US $ 350,000 plus distribution of 60 tons of canned meat and US$ 100,000 worth of food parcels.
Primary Health care for IDPs, Donor; World Health Organization, in South Central Somalia, Puntalnd and Somaliland.
Emergency Healthcare and Water to IDPs in Afgooye corridor South Central Somalia targeting 60,000 beneficiaries.
Islamic Relief drought response
We have been able to jumpstart the response, but due to the magnitude of the disaster and to enable us to scale up a lot more support is needed, the current funding is coming to an end shortly.
Water: Improve access to water through water trucking and rehabilitation of strategic water points . To this sector, UNOCHA through the Emergency Response Fund has contributed USD 150,000, The intervention is for 2 months and runs till July 2011
Nutrition & Health: Food rations distribution-Supplememtary feeding Programme(SFP) and Out Patient Theraputic Programme ( OTP); targeting mostly children and mothers.
Islamic Relief is currently working in Mandera District which have been seriously affected by the drought and food crisis.
We are currently running 27 supplementary feeding centres which are providing emergency food and nutritional support to thousands of malnourished children and pregnant women. Our teams of health workers visit local communities to identify those in need of support and then refer them to our health centre where they receive rations of highly nutritious food as well as essential medical care.
To help communities affected by drought we have repaired and constructed new water systems, providing more than 75,000 people with clean, safe water. We have also set up water committees and trained local people as health and hygiene promoters to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases.
By providing training, equipment and seeds, Islamic Relief has also been successful in helping hundreds of farmers to irrigate their land and to grow crops on previously arid land. We have also set up grain and fodder banks to help pastoralists and farmers cope with the ongoing drought and lack of pasture.
In Ethiopia we are working in the Somali region and the Afar region in the east of the country. Here we are helping communities affected by water shortages by repairing and cleaning water sources.
Most people in these regions are pastoralists who are dependent on their animals for food and a source of income. To help local communities preserve their herds we are providing community-based veterinary services, vaccinations and training to improve the health of their animals, which is benefitting more than 10,000 people.
We have also constructed new water sources which are providing more than 1,000 people with clean drinking water.
However, the needs in Ethiopia are vast and people in these regions desperately need access to food and clean water, as well as assistance for those who are malnourished. With your help, we can do even more.
Islamic Relief is currently working in South-Central Somalia providing support to those displaced by the violence in Mogadishu, as well as in Puntland. Our work in Somalia focuses on providing food aid, healthcare, clean water and sanitation facilities.
We have constructed three boreholes which are providing 2,660 people with clean, safe water.
Islamic Relief is working in camps for displaced people in the Afgoi corridor where we are providing emergency food aid to 3,425 households. We have also established health clinics in Puntland and South-Central Somalia where our health workers are providing medical care to more than 5,000 displaced people.
Years of conflict and drought have left 3.7 million people in Somalia in desperate need of food aid. Despite ongoing security problems, staff are able to provide people with lifesaving water, food and healthcare.
More still needs to be done to prevent a humanitarian crisis. To donate to our projects in east Africa and help those affected by the food crisis, please visit Islamic Relief at http://www.islamic-relief.com/Emergencies-And-Appeals/1-63-east-africa-crisis-appeal.aspx