One is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour goes hungry.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Hundreds of millions of people in the world are considered to be chronically undernourished – the primary underlying cause being poverty.
Islamic Relief is implementing innovative food solutions all over the world. Children are often hit hardest by food shortages, so we start feeding programs to fight malnutrition, preventing countless health problems in the future and saving lives. From food banks in Niger, feeding centres in Bangladesh, treating malnourished children in Somalia, and irrigating farms in Gaza, the list goes on.
We work with communities to develop self-sufficient food projects that not only help families sustain themselves, but create a positive ripple effect in their society.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Food packs are great examples of short-term relief – they provide temporary assistance to those in need and in dire situations. However, in order to break the continuous cycle of poverty, we must look for long-lasting sustainable solutions.
Providing communities with seeds to plant and grow food, livestock to take care of, tools and equipment for farming, and vocational skills training are all examples of projects that provide life-long relief and enable the positive ripple effect in the community.
With your help, we can help many more families not only become self-sustaining, but also contribute back to the community and economy through what we are able to teach them.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is a reward on giving food and drink to every living creature.” [Bukhari]
Islamic Relief teams distribute food packets in impoverished communities to provide relief during the blessed month of 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.
The packets include:
- canned fish and meat
Food items are procured locally within each country whenever possible to ensure that they’re appropriate for the recipients and to help the economy as well.