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

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    2,225 individuals

  • Increasing accessibility to Covid-19 vaccines in Gaza through UNICEF’s COVAX operation

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    9,600 individuals

  • Social safety net for most vulnerable households in Gaza, providing ongoing support for food, rent, health, education and shelter

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    5,156 individuals

  • Medical equipment support for maternity ward at Shifa’ Hospital in North and Gaza governorates

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    12,000 individuals


  • Shelter support, living essentials and educational support for households affected by Typhoon Goni

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    2,575 individuals

  • THRIVE: Small business support, economic empowerment, and psychosocial support for conflict-affected families

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    1,300 individuals


  • Shelter, sanitation facilities, hygiene kits, living essentials and protection support for families affected by Cyclone Gati

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    1,200 individuals

  • Emergency oxygen supply and equipment to combat Covid-19 in hospitals in Mogadishu, Garowe, and Hargeisa

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    18,000 individuals

South Sudan

  • Shelter and emergency support for displaced people at risk for famine in Tonj North

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    9,000 individuals

  • Urgent food, shelter, sanitation and hygiene support for flood-affected communities in Central Equatoria State

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    20,700 individuals


  • Shelter, water purification, sanitation facilities and hygiene support for flood-affected communities in West Kordofan

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    33,695 individuals

  • Water tanks, sanitation facilities, and hygiene support for conflict-affected Ethiopian refugees

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    1,196 individuals

  • Emergency food assistance, living essentials and hygiene support for flood-affected households in Gedaref

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    2,550 individuals


  • Life-saving medical support, physiotherapy and trauma care through Sarmada Rehabilitation Centre in Idlib

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    21,084 individuals

  • Monthly food and hygiene support for vulnerable orphan families in Aleppo

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    633 orphans

  • Emergency water and sanitation services, hygiene support, and education support across Aleppo and Idlib

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    282,925 individuals

  • Emergency food parcels for flood-affected families residing in camps in Idlib

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    22,387 individuals


  • Emergency intensive care equipment, beds, and oxygen concentrators for hospitals to prevent the spread of Covid-19

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    19,850 individuals


  • Psychosocial support to improve social skills, mental health and positive personal development of Syrian orphans

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    500 children


  • Emergency food, water system rehabilitation, employment opportunities, and Covid-19 medical support in Amran

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    10,657 individuals

  • Emergency water system rehabilitation, hygiene support, food assistance and employment opportunities in Al Dhale’e and Dhamar

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    35,868 individuals

  • Emergency water system rehabilitation, hygiene support, and employment opportunities in Sana’a

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    13,370 individuals

  • Improving access to life-saving health services across 4 hospitals in Amran and Al-Hodaidah

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    325,446 individuals

  • Emergency malnutrition treatment and monthly services for children and pregnant women in Hodeidah

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    15,107 individuals

  • Increasing accessibility to Covid-19 vaccines through UNICEF’s COVAX operation

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    10,400 individuals


Our Integrated Approach

Islamic Relief employs an integrated approach in our emergency response and development work, and that is why we design our projects to combine multiple sectors.

This means our projects can address a number of cross-cutting issues at the same time, which allows us to serve communities in the way that best meets their needs.

This ensures both an amplified impact and sustainable change.


Implementing innovative food solutions globally to improve food security, sustainability, and maternal health, and fight malnutrition.


Implementing innovative food solutions globally to improve food security, sustainability, and maternal health, and fight malnutrition.


Responding immediately in the face of conflict and disasters, saving lives through urgent food, water and medical support, and helping families rebuild after.


Saving lives by providing urgent medical support for hospitals and clinics, increasing access to health and psychosocial services, and improving disease prevention.


Empowering families to run their own businesses and implement innovative solutions, as a vital key 
to bringing communities out of poverty.


Building safer and more equitable communities for women and girls by fighting gender-based violence, inequality and poverty, and advocating for human rights and dignity for all.


Ensuring adequate shelter and safety for families, women and children who are affected by conflict, disasters, poverty, and the impacts of climate change.


Working to ensure that greater water equality, sanitation and hygiene is achieved to improve the basic health of communities.
  • Afghanistan

    Supporting vulnerable women and girls with livelihood and educational opportunities
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    950 individuals

    • Albania & Kosovo

      Improving livelihoods of women and youth through agriculture, water wells and livestock support
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      1,900 individuals

    • Bangladesh

      Providing water wells, sanitation facilities and hygiene support for families in Jamalpur and Sunamgonj
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      12,250 individuals

      Empowering impoverished women from Rangpur and Kurigram through economic and livelihood support
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      2,441 individuals

      Preventing early marriage practices in Rangpur through community awareness, livelihood and financial support
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      300 individuals

      Community management and humanitarian response training for Rohingya women in Cox’s Bazar
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      3,348 individuals

      Providing water systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene support across schools in Sherpur
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      3,756 individuals

    • Bosnia

      Educational support for orphans, children with disabilities and single mothers in rural areas to improve economic opportunities
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      180 orphans

    • Chechnya

      Providing hot meals, equipment, and training to low-income children and teachers across 11 vocational schools
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      10,000 individuals

    • Ethiopia

      Empowering women and youth in Meiso through economic support, livelihood, food, and clean water
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      3,000 individuals

    • India

      Empowering single women in Hyderabad through skills development and food, entrepreneurship, and protection support
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      5,460 individuals

    • Indonesia

      Supporting climate-resilience through livelihood support for farmers and small business owners in Bima and Dompu
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      5,880 individuals

    • Jordan

      Providing Syrian refugees and host communities with education, agriculture, psychosocial, hygiene, and cash support
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      1,300 individuals

      Improving the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities through livelihood and financial support
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      465 individuals

    • Kenya

      Providing clean water, sanitation facilities and climate, economic and protection support in Mandera and Kilifi
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      27,675 individuals

      Providing education, hygiene, sanitation facilities, water tanks, and child protection support across 2 schools in Kilifi
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      767 individuals

    • Kosovo

      Improving livelihoods through livestock, agriculture, water wells, and farming training for vulnerable families
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      4,050 individuals

      Providing water wells, sanitation facilities and hygiene support for families and schools
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      2,390 individuals

    • Lebanon

      Supporting refugee and host communities access free primary health care services through our funded pediatric clinic
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      6,790 individuals

      Improving the well-being of children by providing education, psychosocial, hygiene kits and food support
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      2,140 individuals

    • Malawi

      Providing shelter repair, classroom construction, water wells, sanitation facilities and hygiene support in Blantyre
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      8,000 individuals

    • Malaysia

      Funding a school and providing Rohingya children with food packages, education supplies, uniforms and health checkups
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      41 individuals

    • Mali

      Providing conflict stricken communities in Jignuman with solar water systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene support
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      12,156 individuals

      Improving livelihoods through business training and supportive community spaces for women, girls and people with disabilities
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      39,550 individuals

      Enhancing resilience through agricultural, livestock, water storage, and protection support in the Circle of Douentza
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      4,520 individuals

    • Myanmar

      Improving the livelihoods of vulnerable households in Rakhine through skill training, protection and hygiene support
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      29,394 individuals

      Addressing concerns of displaced communities in Rakhine with health services, vocational training and building roads
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      168,950 individuals

      Providing rural Rakhine communities with income, skills training, protection, water systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene support
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      10,470 individuals

    • Nepal

      Preventing gender-based violence through self-defence, education and gender-sensitive sanitation facilities in Rautahat
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      17,933 individuals

      Improving school infrastructure, providing school materials, and hygiene support in Pokhara
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      730 individuals

    • Niger

      Providing sustainable agriculture development, business support, and women’s rights and hygiene support in Dosso
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      7,000 individuals

      Protecting vulnerable individuals through protection services, business development, water systems and sanitation facilities in Tillabery
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      5,624 individuals

      Improving Fakara’s climate resilience with humanitarian aid and engaging in partnerships that protect community rights
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      5,600 individuals

      Providing two villages with solar water systems, gardens, business equipment and livelihood support for women
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      4,596 individuals

    • Nigeria

      Increasing access to health services for rural youth to combat discriminatory gender norms and harmful practices
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      100,000 individuals

    • Pakistan

      Protecting climate and biodiversity through planting trees, constructing dams and climate sensitive policy action
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      16,128 individuals

      Providing communities with water systems, agricultural support, hygiene support and policy advocacy in Quetta and Harnai
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      19,800 individuals

      Economic upliftment through agriculture, skills training, grants and water systems for communities in North Waziristan
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      28,503 individuals

      Improving the livelihoods of widows through business grants, healthcare and educational support
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      21,820 individuals

      Empowering communities in Muzaffarabad by providing water systems, economic opportunities and farming support
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      29,934 individuals

    • Palestine

      Improving the lives of preschool children by integrating health services into schools and supporting education
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      9,923 individuals

      Rehabilitating damaged health care clinics, schools and education centres in Gaza
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      23,500 individuals

      Supporting recovery in Gaza through livelihood, food security, healthcare, and economic support
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      5,117 individuals

      Providing financial and livelihood support to families and small businesses in Gaza, and repairing water and sanitation facilities
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      1,600 individuals

      Planting olive trees and supporting the livelihood of farmers and environment conservation
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      924 individuals

      Empowering Gaza’s children, orphans and youth through education and economic opportunities
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      400 individuals

      Helping Gaza youth recover from loss and trauma through psychosocial support
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      10,000 individuals

    • Philippines

      Providing water and sanitation facilities, disaster risk reduction, education and economic support in Ranao
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      4,218 individuals

    • Somalia

      Barrage rehabilitation in the Sabun village to support local agriculture and livelihoods
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      30,000 individuals

      Providing water supply systems and hygiene support to families in Sanaag
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      12,000 individuals

      Providing health, education, agriculture, economic support and sanitation facilities to vulnerable communities
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      90,000 individuals

    • South Sudan

      Improving livelihoods through a gender equality approach to protection, psychosocial, water and agricultural support
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      35,700 individuals

    • Sri Lanka

      Empowering orphan families in Ampara with hygiene and sanitation facilities, and education, livelihood, and Covid-19 support
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      7,834 individuals

    • Sudan

      Providing displaced, returnee and host communities with agricultural support, livelihood and employment opportunities
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      9,068 individuals

      Increasing access to safe drinking water through water systems, sanitation facilities and hygiene support in Al Rahad
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      29,148 individuals

      Installing water pumps to increase access to safe drinking water in Damazine
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      15,800 individuals

    • Syria

      Improving access to healthcare in Northwest Syria by rehabilitating facilities and providing supplies and counselling
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      94,510 individuals

      Facilitating one-to-one family sponsorship for vulnerable and orphan families to support their basic needs
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      500 individuals

    • Tunisia

      Supporting schools with education materials, literacy initiatives, and hygiene and sanitation support
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      15,000 individuals

      Empowering women in Tataouine through business training, livelihood support, health care and protection support
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      1,826 individuals

      Improving the lives of Libyan refugees through health, psychosocial, protection and educational support
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      4,700 individuals

    • Turkey

      Providing urgent food and livelihood support to vulnerable refugee communities
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      870 individuals

    • Yemen

      Improving livelihoods and access to water through water systems, hygiene awareness and livelihood support
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      66,304 individuals

    Our Help
    at Home

    Emergency Response

    • Emergency response to flood-affected communities in British Columbia with food, hygiene supplies and logistical support

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      1,000 individuals

    • Emergency support to wildfires in British Columbia with food, household items, and recovery support

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      180 individuals

    • Continued temporary housing support for residents affected by the St. James Fire in Toronto

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      1,500 individuals

    • Providing winter kits and hot meals to the unhoused, shelters and vulnerable families in 28 regions across Canada

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      10,210 individuals

    Empowering Indigneous Communities

    • Programming, counselling and support for Indigenous girls, youth and women through Stardale Women’s Group Foundation

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      35 individuals

    Empowering Vulnerable Youth

      • Back to School campaign providing vulnerable children with school supplies

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        1,248 individuals

      • Mentorship and relevant programming for vulnerable and Black Muslim youth with Jane Finch Community Centre in Toronto

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        50 individuals

      • Educational support, mentorship and opportunities for BIPOC youth with BridgeTO in Toronto

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        85 individuals

      • Sharing Eid gifts with vulnerable children through cross country Eid toy box drives

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        1,488 individuals

      • Personal development and community service programming for youth with Al-Rashid Youth in Edmonton

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        200 individuals

      • Leadership development, mentorship and integration support for young offenders with Direct Your Life in Toronto

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        30 individuals

      • Supporting awareness and student resources for Islamic Heritage Month in public education system

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        280,000 individuals

      • Supporting mental health counselling for youth at ISNA Canada

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        372 individuals

      • Supporting spiritually inclusive mental health and family services with Wanasah in Regent Park, Toronto

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        500 individuals

      • Mental health services, mentorship and recreational programming for Black and marginalized youth with Healing as One in Toronto

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        40 individuals

      • Financial support for Quebec Mosque Shooting orphan families

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        18 individuals

      • Supporting the Rohingya Learning Centre to provide culturally sensitive services for local families in Waterloo

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        300 individuals

      • Seeds of Leadership - leadership programming and mentorship for high school and university students

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        52 individuals

      • Supporting culturally integrative protection responses and services for Muslim families with MRCSSI and LCAS in London

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        100 individuals

      • Distributing wellness kits, gifts and food support for families with children at Lakeridge Hospital

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        50 individuals

      • Facilitating access to scouting and educational programming for disadvantaged children and youth with MAC

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        100 individuals

      Health and Medical

      • Covid-19 awareness support for vulnerable communities through the Canadian Muslim Covid-19 Task Force

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        10,000 individuals

      • Keys of Health medical fellowship program for training Palestinian doctors in Canadian universities

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        7 fellows

      • Supporting the Palestinian Healthy Child Fellowship Program for training Palestinian doctors at SickKids

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        2 fellows

      • Facilitating mental health and social services for vulnerable immigrant families with MRCSSI in London

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        1,786 individuals

      Poverty Reduction

      • Supporting Project Ramadan’s food baskets for vulnerable families with Muslim Welfare Canada in the GTA

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        2,888 individuals

      • Distributing warm meals in Ramadan for students, newcomers and low income households

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        3,200 individuals

      • Fulfilling domestic Qurbani sacrifices and distributing meat packs to families with Muslim Welfare Canada in Ontario

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        12,000 individuals

      • Providing weekly food packs and supporting awareness for unhoused populations in Toronto and Hamilton with ASK Foundation

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        10,400 individuals

      • Providing food and snacks to unhoused populations in Calgary

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        125 individuals

      • Providing food hampers for families with the Muslim Food Bank and Community Services Society in British Columbia

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        150 individuals

      • Providing food hampers for low-income families from newcomer and refugee communities in Edmonton

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        250 individuals

      • Providing drinking water to shelters for the unhoused during a heatwave in Calgary

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        1,000 individuals

      • Sponsoring Mayor Crombie's Thanksgiving food drive for vulnerable families with the Mississauga Food Bank

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        100 individuals

      Refugee Support

      • Supporting settlement for two refugee students as part of the WUSC program at Yukon University

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        2 students

      • Providing accessible psychotherapy services for vulnerable groups with Muslim Family Services in Ottawa

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        100 individuals

      • Supporting the operation of the Barakah Box food bank for families in Hamilton with Mishka Social Services

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        1,100 individuals

      • Providing support and household items for Afghan refugee families in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia

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        1,500 individuals

      • Supporting a social enterprise that employs and provides income for refugee women

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        4 women

      Women Empowerment

      • Increasing capacity at Amal Women's Center to provide transitional services for vulnerable women in Montreal

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        400 individuals

      • Increasing capacity at Willow’s Place to provide safety and services for vulnerable women with Mission Services of Hamilton

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        500 individuals

      • Supporting an after-hours helpline with IFSSA to support victims of gender-based violence in Edmonton

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        2,220 individuals

      • Supporting the Les Voisines Program to provide safety and services for vulnerable and unhoused women in Montreal

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        40 individuals

      • Providing support to prevent domestic violence and promote child-centered fathering with MRCSSI in London

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        20 individuals

      • Distributing hygiene kits for vulnerable women with Mission Services of Hamilton

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        300 individuals


      Your kindness transforms lives

      With your support, our Orphan Sponsorship Program has helped transform countless lives, families, and communities around the world.

      We’ve grown exponentially – just over ten years ago, we were sponsoring 198 orphans around the world. Today, this number is over 20,000. Alhamdulillah!

      Your sponsorships protect the wellbeing, safety, health, education and social environments of orphans. We work hard to ensure the well being of the children in our care. Our field officers conduct yearly assessments, in addition to periodic check-ins to ensure the children are safe and looked after.

      This allows them to be individually supported, improves family stability and helps sustainable development for the entire community. It’s your generosity that helps fill the gap in their lives. You’ve shown them that they are not alone.


      Ramdan & Eid
      Qurbani & Udhiya
      Winter Warmth

      Ramadan & Eid

      Feeding the poorest communities in the most blessed time

      With your support, we distributed food packs in impoverished communities to provide relief during the blessed month of Ramadan. Through this effort, we also distributed your Zakat al-Fitr, Fidya, and Kaffara payments in the form of food supplies to the poorest of the poor.

      Food items are procured locally within each country whenever possible to ensure that they’re appropriate for the recipients and beneficial to the economy.

      What’s Inside a Food Pack?

      Depending on the region, each food pack holds around 65 pounds of food and is designed to help a family of 5-7 people for one month. The food items are purchased through local markets to help support local livelihoods and the economy. While the contents vary according to region, local diet customs and availability, each food pack usually contains:

      +Canned meat & fish

      Qurbani & Udhiya · Aqiqah

      Sharing the joy of Eid Al-Adha with families in need

      Qurbani & Udhiya is among the first programs started by Islamic Relief in 1986 and recurs every year when Muslims around the world commemorate Eid Al-Adha and sacrifice livestock to feed the needy.

      Our offices organized everything in advance to fulfill your sacrifice, including buying high-quality animals from local farms. On Eid, we ensured that your sacrifice was done humanely and hygienically. The meat was then immediately distributed to the most needy, without waste.

      Your generosity reached families right here at home in Canada, all around the world, and especially in conflict zones like Yemen and Syria.


      A total of 944 Aqiqah sacrifices were made this year to celebrate the births of our donors’ newborn children, with quality fresh meat distributed to families in extreme need. Priority for beneficiaries was given to orphans and vulnerable children, families caring for orphans, women, the elderly and people with disabilities in Ethiopia. We utilized a community-led approach in the process of sacrifice and distribution to involve community organizations and volunteers along with staff and provide dignified paid labour opportunities for those in need.

      Winter Warmth

      Protection from harsh winter climate and illnesses for refugees and displaced people

      Providing families in vulnerable conditions with essential items to protect themselves against harsh winter conditions. Essential items include fuel and heaters, warm blankets and bedding, winter clothing and shoes, construction and insulation materials, as well as tents and shelter supplies. These efforts especially serve orphans, single mothers, refugees and poor families.

      Follow Your

      The hard-earned trust of our donors is the foundation that makes our work possible.

      Did you know you can follow where your donations go?

      Follow Your Donation is an entire approach to elevate your experience as a donor with Islamic Relief Canada, so that you can truly know the difference your donation makes.

      This means videos, reports, publications, blogs, and emails to help you see the impact of your donations, the people you’ve helped, and all the incredible stories that happen along the way.

      Every donation we receive is more than just a transaction, it is a gift given with care and hope, as well as a means to uplift and heal.

      The hard-earned trust of our donors is the foundation that makes our work possible. Our priority for 2022 is to make even greater strides in becoming an exemplary leader in both effectiveness and efficiency within the charity space!

      Why Do We Have an Admin Fee?

      Islamic Relief works incredibly hard to maintain one of the lowest admin fees and yet still adhere to the highest of standards when implementing our work.

      We do our utmost to maximize the value of your donation. This means getting the best value for money to help deliver aid on the ground as well as raising more funds for the people who need it the most.

      It costs money to deliver aid and to do it well, ensuring the people who need it most receive the best possible support and ensuring that money goes exactly to where it is needed.

      Our admin fee helps us increase the quality and efficacy of our work and avoid duplication of efforts or any waste. It allows us to adhere to the highest standards of oversight, compliance and accountability.

      Ultimately, it means increased accountability and transparency for you.

      That is why information on admin costs and our annual financial statements are readily available on our website. Our financial statements are independently verified and audited before the CRA deadline at the end of June each year.

      Your Donations in Action

      Charitable Expenditures

      2021 Audited Financial Statements are scheduled to be completed in June 2022.

      Thank You for
      Your Support!

      “Whoever relieves the hardship of a believer in this world, Allah will relieve their hardship on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever helps ease one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for them in this world and in the Hereafter...”

      – Prophet Muhammad

      Thank you for your continued support and kindness for the world’s most vulnerable.

      Your support is so often the gift of life itself and we take special care to reach those who are most at risk. We’ve seen with our own eyes how their lives have been uplifted and transformed by what you give. We could not have done this without you, thank you.

      A heartfelt and big thank you to our teams all around the world who work amidst very challenging circumstances, often at great personal sacrifice and risk, to deliver what is entrusted to our care with excellence and integrity.

      To our incredibly dedicated volunteers, regional teams and staff, thank you for your tireless work and efforts to serve those in need. All your work does not go unnoticed, and we pray that Allah accepts from you in the greatest measure and rewards you manifold.

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