RE: [Embracing Islam] Ramadan Kareem from your IRUSA family
Jazak Allah Khair… same to you brother and sisters…..Ramadan Mubarak
Two entire seasons without any rain has escalated the humanitarian crisis across East Africa to the status of natural disaster. As many as 10 million people across East Africa are facing the worst drought in 60 years. Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are among the countries hardest hit by food and water shortages. Crops, livestock and homes have been completely destroyed. Reports indicate that men, women and children are dying from severe dehydration and starvation within a few days of their arrival to refugee camps where they have sought food, water and medical care. Aid agencies now estimate about $150 million is needed in aid to begin to alleviate the suffering in the region. Islamic Relief Worldwide is on the ground in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, providing emergency drought response in three districts in Puntland, Somalia.
Dynamic, interactive, user-friendly—these are just some of the ways to describe Islamic Relief USA's new website.
The URL, irusa.org, remains the same but the portal has had a make-over that was directed by you, our donors and volunteers. When asked for suggestions about how we can enhance our website, our IRUSA Facebook friends said they wanted more up-to-date information; more ways to donate; and more options for sharing information. And that's what we've done. The new website boasts a variety of ways to get involved and donate, and provides easier, more up to date access to information about our projects and programs.
Millions of young Americans receive their most nutritious meals at school through subsidized lunch programs—unfortunately, for some, no school means little to no food.
That's why, this summer, IRUSA has partnered with the United States Dept. of Agriculture to provide meals at summer schools, camps and community facilities (such as playgrounds)—including 30 sites at Islamic schools and summer camps—to ensure that children get the nutrition they need during the summer months.
And now, the program will serve weekend schools and after-school programs during the regular school year too: IRUSA plans to expand its food service program to more than 100 sites in 2012.
Learn more about this initiative here.
Islamic Relief USA has signed an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to help provide medical care in Libya. Since violence broke out in Libya in February, Libyan hospitals have reported acute staffing shortages as the country's migrant health workers fled the violence, and medicine is also in short supply. Health centers are overwhelmed. According to the WHO, "The primary health care network, which was already weak before the conflict, has collapsed in many areas." Islamic Relief's support will help do the following:
- Send doctors and nurses to work in hospitals
- Rehabilitate health centers
- Provide medical equipment and medicine
- Train local health professionals
Since the start of the conflict in Libya earlier this year, IRUSA has undertaken various humanitarian projects to aid those affected by the violence, setting up and managing refugee camps for Libyan refugees in Tunisia. Currently IRUSA's food distribution project in Tunisia feeds 10,000 Libyan refugees in Tatouine and surrounding areas, and its Child Protection Program supports schooling and recreational activities for Libyan children at Remada Camp in Tunisia.
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