Who We Are

Islamic Relief works in over 40 countries worldwide, providing life-saving humanitarian aid to those in need, and fighting poverty through sustainable development projects. Inspired by faith, we serve everyone in need regardless of gender, race or religion.

We help impoverished communities access basic services, including education, water, sanitation, and healthcare. Through livelihood projects, skills development and mentorship, we help communities break the cycle of poverty. Our integrated approach to progress helps transform lives worldwide.

Our Work This Year

By the Grace of God and your generous donations, we are grateful to share the impact of the work you have supported this year.

This impact report features a collection of all the projects we initiated this year, which continue to complement our previous and ongoing work from past years.

Because of you, are reaching over 3.2 million people in 2021 and implementing more than 100 projects to help bring relief and break the cycle of poverty. Every donation you made this year, helped fill someone’s heart with happiness.

Meet the Board

Dr. Hany El Banna has founded several charities including the Humanitarian Forum, Islamic Relief, and the Muslim Charities Forum. He is also a board member of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). He has visited over 60 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries on behalf of these organizations. He originally trained in medicine, both in Egypt and the UK. Dr El Banna has been with Islamic Relief Canada since its incorporation in 2005, serving as the chairman.

Dr. Hany El-Banna, O.B.E, M.D.


Dr. El Tantawy Attia worked in the Reactor Physics and Nuclear Analysis Departments of the Ontario Power General for more than 27 years before retiring in 2003. Dr Attia has been an active member of the Muslim community, previously serving as President of the Muslim Investment Group and the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of Toronto Masjid.

Dr. El-Tantawy Attia, Ph.D.


Afnan Attia is currently the Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at Morneau Shepell, an HR services company based out of Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Schulich School of Business at York University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Afnan has volunteered with various Islamic not for profit organizations, and in addition to joining the Board, Afnan has recently co-founded The Female Finance Project, a not for profit that is dedicated to offering financial education and empowerment for women.

Afnan Attia


Dr. Raza Khan was trained at the University of Toronto (MD) and performed his residency at the University of Ottawa in family medicine. His full-time practice is in Brantford, Ontario where he has been practicing in family medicine since 1997. In addition, he also serves as a Director and Spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Hamilton, President of the Muslim Association of Brantford, as well as the past Vice Chair of Canadian Relief Foundation.

Dr. Raza Khan, M.D.


Naseem Mithoowani a practicing lawyer in the GTA, along with serving as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she got her law degree, and as a part-time adjudicator at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

She is known for her courageous and bold approach to challenge the treatment of minorities in Canada and has won high profile legal cases in recent years. In addition to her exemplary legal work that she does defending minorities and underrepresented communities she is also an active member of several community, political and religious organizations.

Naseem Mithoowani


Dr. Aarif Pathan was a staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at William Osler Health Corporation in Toronto 2003 to 2008 before returning to Edmonton where he has been practicing Family Medicine in private practice. He is dedicated to promoting healthcare in underprivileged communities in Edmonton. A longtime donor and volunteer for Islamic Relief, he also has a passion for mentorship and has coached community league soccer and basketball.

Dr. Aarif Pathan, M.D.


Ebad Rahman obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science prior to that. He is currently a practicing lawyer specializing in corporate/commercial matters. Ebad has been a member of Islamic Relief Canada’s board since 2016.

Ebad Rahman


Dr. Hany Soliman is a Radiation Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is actively involved in medical research and education. He was brought up in the Toronto area and has a bachelors of science and medical degree from the University of Toronto. He has been involved in the Muslim community at a grass roots levels and has a passion for charitable work.

Dr. Hany Soliman, M.D.


CEO Reflections

Alhamdulillah, it’s been my absolute privilege and honour to serve our community through Islamic Relief Canada over the last 10 years.

As I reflect back on the last decade, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the increasing level of need. The fractious nature of the disasters that have affected the most vulnerable communities is daunting. Hate, greed and malevolence seem to be abundant in the corridors and palaces of the powerful.

Jazakum Allah khair

Your brother,

Zaid Al-Rawni
Outgoing CEO, Islamic Relief Canada

After a few difficult years of loss, both of lives and livelihoods, of isolation and fear, our global village has begun to transition to a semblance of normalcy. Despite the state of our world, all of you continued to step up in unprecedented ways, choosing to answer the call.

The pandemic and its effects have worsened inequality. Communities around the world that we hold so close to our hearts are still struggling for dignity, for a chance to not be left behind.

Jazakum Allah khair, and thank you, we cannot do any of this without you!

Usama Khan
Incoming CEO, Islamic Relief Canada

The Impact
of Covid-19

While the pandemic required us to be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances and safety recommendations, your support allowed us to persevere and continue our service. Despite the lockdowns and extraordinary circumstances, your donations remained in safe hands.

Responding in the Face of a Global Pandemic

What did our Covid-19 response consist of?

The Covid-19 pandemic gave way to extraordinary circumstances over the past two years. As the crisis unfolded, our teams all over the world quickly pivoted to prioritize safety, protection and assistance for those who were most vulnerable.

In addition to Covid-19 relief responses, we also took care to adjust our work on the ground to account for the exacerbated needs that Covid-19 brought across all other sectors.

How did the pandemic impact Islamic Relief overall?

With every precaution to protect our beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, we continued safely delivering your support in every way possible.
This meant more careful planning and continuous fever checks, handwashing, protective gear, and physical distancing while preparing and delivering aid. Handwashing stations and distance markings on the floor were prepared in advance to protect our beneficiaries and reduce contact as much as possible.

An Equitable

We believe in putting the world’s most vulnerable first, and that an equitable approach is vital to responding to the needs of each community. In collaboration with communities, beneficiaries are chosen using a vulnerability and selection criteria process to ensure we are reaching the individuals and families most in need. The participation of beneficiaries before and during each project ensures that the provided support is specific to their needs

Putting the Most Vulnerable First

How do we consider the needs of particular communities?

We understand the respective priorities and vulnerabilities of unique groups, including protection risks and accessibility needs. Our responses prioritize the dignity, safety and unique needs of these individuals and groups to mitigate risks and ensure an equitable approach for all.

We take steps to consider how the time and location of an aid distribution impacts people differently, ensuring access for disadvantaged groups such as female-headed households or people with disabilities. This means incorporating measures like designated lines for women, transportation support, or door-to-door delivery.

Our projects also target host community members, refugee communities, as well as internally displaced communities. We understand the sensitive nature of providing services to refugee communities while supporting the host communities they reside in.

Who do we prioritize?

How do we practice a community-centred approach?

Putting each community at the heart of our responses is imperative. This is why we work to ensure that the targeted beneficiary groups are consulted and involved in both the project design and its implementation.

Our responses are rooted in participatory community engagement that considers the needs, barriers, capacities, and opportunities of women, men, girls, and boys. Projects are created in collaboration with communities, where the members of the communities are consulted as they best understand their circumstances.

An example of this is directly involving women and girls in the selection of a water well location or bathroom facilities. This supports the unique safety concerns they may face, and facilitates their ability to partake in economic activities and attain a greater quality of life.

Stories of
Your Impact

A Young Scientist

Lamar | 12 Years Old

“When I wear this robe, I feel like a young scientist and this motivates me to strive harder to achieve my dream.”

This is Lamar, she’s part of our Empowering Orphans and Vulnerable Children project in Palestine. When we asked her what she thought about being in the program, she couldn’t stop talking!

“When I put my eyes on the telescope for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to close them because of the fantastic and accurate details that I saw there. This was not available in my science classes in school, because there is no telescope at our school. This dream came true once I became one of the beneficiaries of this program that’s run by Islamic Relief. We go on educational trips with Islamic Relief, for example, we went on a trip to the university laboratory. And there, we were able to do scientific experiments with the help of some teachers who instructed us.”

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Healing a Resilient Spirit

Ahmed | 28 Years Old

When a body suffers immense physical trauma, it is not only the bones that break, the mind is pushed to its limits. 28 year old Ahmed was displaced from his village in Northern Hamam Rural and was residing in Al-Nuri camp when he decided to return to his village to retrieve his personal belongings. He was riding his motorbike when a warplane targeted the area he was in, destroying his home and leaving him injured in the debris.

Ahmed fell into a coma for the next month. Doctors at the local Syrian hospital treated him and referred him to a hospital in neighbouring Turkey to continue his treatment. When he woke up in Turkey he was informed of the extent of his injuries, Ahmed had multiple fractures and was suffering from incomplete paralysis of his right side, unable to move.

Once his condition stabilized, he was referred to the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, an Islamic Relief supported department. Through our project that supports the Rehabilitation Unit in Sarmada, we aim to deliver life saving medical support to the most vulnerable inside Syria.

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  • Emergency food packs for vulnerable families in Nangarhar and Balkh provinces

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    9,940 individuals

  • Emergency water systems, sanitation facilities, hygiene kits and child protection training across Nangarhar province

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    42,900 individuals


  • Emergency food and assistance for Rohingya refugee camps in Bhasan Char

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    6,345 individuals

  • Emergency shelter, sanitation facilities, hygiene support and protection for women and children due to Cox’s Bazar camp fires

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    3,200 individuals

  • Safe shelter, clothing, sanitation facilities, and hygiene kits for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar

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    15,440 individuals

  • Safe shelter, handwashing stations, sanitation facilities, hygiene kits, PPE and solar lighting for Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar

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    22,425 individuals

  • Shelter, sanitation facilities, water tube wells, agriculture supplies and food for flood affected communities in Jamalpur

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    8,980 individuals


  • Emergency clothing and hygiene supplies support to improve living conditions of new migrants and refugees

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    3,000 individuals


  • Emergency food supplies, living essentials, hygiene kits, and protection support for crisis affected people in Afar

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    6,156 individuals


  • Emergency food supplies, living essentials, and hygiene kits for those affected by Covid-19 in Gujarat

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    20,092 individuals

  • Life-saving oxygen generation plants for hospitals and rapid testing machines to combat second wave of Covid-19

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    500+ individuals

  • Emergency food kits for flood affected families in Hyderabad

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    11,760 individuals


  • Emergency shelter, debris removal, sanitation facilities and livelihood support in response to West Sulawesi Earthquake

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    1,764 individuals


  • Socio-economic recovery for crisis-affected families through shelter, water, hygiene kits, income activities and protection support

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    16,328 individuals

  • Improving food security for vulnerable Syrian refugees across 3 shelters in Saida

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    358 individuals


  • Rehabilitating clean water collection points, hygiene support and social cohesion for displaced families in the Circle of Gourma Rharous

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    8,073 individuals

  • Emergency food, shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene items to displaced people in Haribomo and Gossi

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    6,732 individuals


  • Emergency food assistance and agricultural supplies and tools for displaced families in northeast Nigeria

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    3,660 individuals


  • Emergency support for impoverished and flood-affected families in Karachi to help them meet their most basic needs

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    2,961 individuals

  • Emergency food, assistance and medical supplies to Covid-19 quarantine centres and hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa

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    23,000 individuals


  • Emergency food for displaced families and medical support for health facilities and injured due to heightened violence and attacks

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    28,927 individuals

  • Emergency food and hygiene support for families through redeemable WFP vouchers