Islamic Help

Giving life-changing support to communities in need

Islamic Help supports people affected by natural disaster, conflict and poverty. With a presence in more than 20 countries, we help thousands of vulnerable children, adults and crisis-stricken communities when they need us most. 

We are a truly international NGO, delivering humanitarian aid, community initiatives and on-the-ground emergency response.

Our long term community projects include access to safe drinking water, education and healthcare. We’ve pioneered a number of initiatives to improve environmental sustainability, build vital community facilities, and equip individuals with the tools and skills they need to work. We also run much-needed orphan care projects to provide safe environments for children who have lost their parents.

Together with our loyal supporters and teams of volunteers, we continue to make a big impact on the lives of thousands of families from Europe and Africa to Asia and the Middle East.

Our story

Founded in the UK in 2003, we began life as a small volunteer-led initiative. Moved by the devastating impact of the Burma earthquake, we quickly gained momentum and just two years later we were helping with rescue and recovery in the aftermath of another major natural disaster – the Pakistan earthquake. 

Despite limited resources, we were able to mobilise a team of doctors to travel to Pakistan and help treat earthquake victims in local hospitals and our own emergency response medical centres. 

Today, Islamic Help has grown to become a highly-regarded and well-recognised charity worldwide. From our head office in Birmingham, we continue to deliver projects with the support of regional offices in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Gaza, Yemen, Jordan, Cameroon, France and Australia.

Our vision

Our vision is a world in which those affected by natural disaster, conflict and poverty feel safe, empowered and confident. A world that encourages the vulnerable and less fortunate to embrace independence and opportunity; to live the life they hope for.

Our values

Our values reflect the motivation and dedication we share for the ambitious relief and aid projects we carry out. Based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, they touch and inspire every aspect of our work.


We are committed to working with an open and sincere approach, in all we do. We believe our transparency nurtures the trust we share with our generous supporters and volunteers as well as with the communities that we help.


Personal and professional integrity sit at the heart of our ethos. We promise to work with honesty and always prioritise the needs of the people we support.


When we empower individuals and communities, positive change happens. Inspired and motivated, people take steps to not only better themselves but also to help those around them.That’s why we create initiatives that focus on building confidence and independence, as well as building communities. 


We celebrate and respect difference, and take the time to learn about the people we help. By doing so, we can tailor our emergency response and humanitarian projects to meet the specific needs of the communities affected. 

How you can help

Every donation made helps us change – and save – lives. Give today to make a difference.

A timeline of our journey

Islamic Help is founded

October 3, 2003

Islamic Help’s Official Launch Islamic Help was officially registered as a charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales in October 2003.

Bam Earthquake in Iran devastates thousands

December 26, 2003

Measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale, the Bam Earthquake claimed 26,000 lives and left 30,000 injured. The worst earthquake in Iranian history destroyed over 80% of homes in Bam, leaving over 100,000 homeless. Islamic Help supporters and disaster response raised £25,000, enabling Islamic Help to carry out its first disaster relief response.

Pacific Ocean Tsunami

December 26, 2004

Just after midnight GMT on Boxing Day 2004 an earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Sumatra. The result was a tsunami that killed around 225,000 people in 11 countries. Islamic Help sent support teams to the tsunami affected areas of Banda Aceh, providing essential food, water, hygiene items, medical aid and distributing Qurbani and Eid Gift packs.

Niger/Mali Food Crisis

March 1, 2005

Severe shortages of food in Niger and Mali led to millions being at risk from malnourishment. In Niger alone 3.6 million people suffered from severe hunger. Islamic Help worked on the ground in Niger providing food, water and medical aid to over 20,000 people in 10 villages.

South Asia Earthquake

October 8, 2005

An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale destroyed vast areas of Northern Pakistan including much of the city of Muzaffarabad on 8th October 2005.

The eventual death toll from the earthquake was 75,000. Nearly 3 million people were left homeless, living in tents or in the open in sub-zero temperatures. Islamic Help was among the first on the ground and immediately set up 5 major relief camps as central distribution points for food, water and medical aid, supporting thousands of people across the worst affected regions. Islamic Help also built temporary shelters, established 8 tented villages and erected over 2,200 shelters established 8 tented villages and erected over 2,200 shelters made from iron sheets.

Lebanon Conflict

June 10, 2006

The summer of 2006 was full of turmoil, unrest and despair for many civilians caught in the Middle East conflict. The purchase of 2 ambulances was accompanied by further medical assistance and supplies to the injured people in the southern parts of Lebanon.

Darfur Conflict

September 1, 2007

Conflict, combined with droughts forced thousands to flee their homes creating one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in the world. Islamic Help set up a refugee camp and a temporary school for 400 children in Nyalah. Children were provided with uniforms and educational provisions. We also provided food, access to water, medical aid and shelter to those refugees in the camps.

Cyclone Sidr, Bangladesh

November 18, 2007

An emergency relief programme was launched in November after Cyclone Sidr hit the coast of Bangladesh affecting 6.4 million people, killing 3,300 and leaving 1.3 million homes damaged or destroyed.

Islamic Help provided emergency relief to survivors of the cyclone. A severe shortage of clean water prompted us to build over 250 tube wells, reducing the incidence of diseases like cholera and dysentery. We also began work on a model village in Borguna, Bangladesh.

9,000 patients a month at the Al Karama and Dar Assalam charitable hospitals continue to receive treatment.

December 2, 2007

Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, Burma

May 5, 2008

In May 2008 a ferocious tropical cyclone hit the coast of Myanmar killing an estimated 138,000 people and displacing countless others. Islamic Help provided emergency relief in the form of food packs, medicines and temporary shelter.

Darul Fadilah

March 4, 2009

Darul Fadilah, the House of Virtue was a complex in Gaza housing a community centre, a mosque, a school, an orphanage, a medical centre and library – it was virtually destroyed by heavy artillery bombardment during the Gaza War of 2009. Islamic Help undertook to rebuild Darul Fadilah and most of it has now been restored.


Mission Possible

April 6, 2009

Islamic Help launches one of its most ambitious projects to date – Mission Possible. Volunteer work is the core of virtually every relief aid organisation in the world. Mission Possible is a volunteer-based campaign introduced by Islamic Help that provides volunteers with the opportunity to get involved in charity work, however on a much larger scale.

It goes that extra mile and takes them abroad for campaigning and fundraising purposes, changing lives locally and empowering communities for generations to come.

Empowering Tanzania

July 1, 2009

Since starting work in Tanzania in 2009, Islamic Help has improved the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people in 187 villages. With the country ranked as among the world’s poorest nations – it was 151 out of 188 in the UN’s Human Development Index in 2017 – and 80% of people surviving on less than US $30 (£20) a month, our programmes are helping lift some of its poorest communities out of poverty.

Haiti Earthquake Emergency Appeal

January 12, 2010

On January 12, 2010, over 200,000 people died and 1.5 million people were made homeless by the Haiti earthquake. Measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, it destroyed everything from schools and hospitals to government buildings and the presidential palace. Islamic Help provided immediate medical assistance, shelter and lifesaving water purification units.


Pakistan Floods – Raising £2.1m

July 25, 2010

In late July 2010 heavy monsoon rains led to flooding in Pakistan; within days the floods displaced over 20 million people, destroyed over 1.7 million homes and left over 1,600 dead. Islamic Help’s Pakistan office provided food, clean water, water purification units, water pumps, shelter and medical assistance. Islamic Help donors and supporters raised over £2.1 million for survivors of the floods.


East Africa Drought

July 15, 2011

East Africa suffered the worst drought of its kind in 60 years and in July a famine was declared in 6 parts of Somalia. Islamic Help provided 140 metric tonnes of emergency food relief to 10,000 vulnerable and malnourished people in Somalia.

Islamic Help’s documentary wins an Academy Award!

February 28, 2012

Islamic Help’s documentary wins an Academy Award!

Saving Face, a documentary showing Islamic Help’s work supporting victims of acid attacks in Pakistan, wins an Academy Award.

Africa’s first Eco Mosque

September 1, 2012

Adopting green energy technologies including waste management, recycling and solar power, Islamic Help built its first ever eco-friendly Mosque as part of the Eco Village in Tanzania. The mosque, accommodating 160 worshippers, was completed in September 2012.

Ambitious ‘Trees for Change’ project launched

November 7, 2012

‘Trees for Change’. Islamic Help is trying to redress some of the balance with Trees for Change, an ambitious project to plant 1 million trees of different species in Africa. 

Trees for Change includes reforestation of one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the ‘thermometer of the world’, the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The project will involve hundreds of communities and benefit hundreds of thousands of people.

In the long term, Trees for Change will not only offset the effects of deforestation and climate change but allow communities to nurture their own nurseries, earn livelihoods, learn agricultural techniques, improve soil quality and the purity of water sources and ultimately alleviate poverty.

Gaza Conflict Response

November 22, 2012

In November 2012, 8 days of conflict in Gaza left over 140 people dead, over 900 injured and 10,000 people driven from their homes. Islamic Help teams were on the ground immediately providing emergency relief. We provided food, water, medical supplies, medical equipment and winter warmer packs to those caught in the conflict and those coming to terms with the chaos wreaked by the conflict.

Eco Village complete!

March 5, 2013

March 2013 – Eco Village

The Eco Village will accommodate 150 orphans and vulnerable children. The village will comprise of 15 homes, each housing 10 children and a carer. The 30 acre site will also have a sports ground, a playground, a mosque, a community centre, a library, a training centre and a permaculture farm. The village is designed to be entirely self sustaining and the farm and training centre will provide for all the needs of the village. In 2013, the first home was completed and the first children moved in.

Syria Appeal

June 10, 2013

The conflict in Syria has led to the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in recent decades, with more than 100,000 killed, 2.5 million refugees by the end of 2013 and 6 million internally displaced and in need of urgent aid.

(source: UNHCR)

During 2013, Islamic Help’s operations include taking food, water, medical aid, blankets, Ramadan and Qurbani parcels to thousands of suffering families. From Turkey, we supplied medical packs to treat people in Damascus, ldlib and Aleppo as well as other locations in Syria. 

At refugee camps in Turkey, we supplied food and winter clothing and in Jordan we provided Syrians in refugee camps with food and water, and truckloads of water to refugees arriving at the Jordanian border.

Syrian refugee campaign helps over 30,000 people

July 23, 2013

During our iHelp Syria 2013 appeal, we provided:

  • Food bags each with 20 litre bottles of drinking water to more than 1,000 people in Madaba
  • Food bags and water for more than 2,000 people in the King

Abdullah Refugee Camp at AI Ramtha

  • The provision of 6,000 litres of water a day for 20 days at the King Abdullah Refugee Camp plus lftars and Eid ul Fitr celebrations (incl. hot meals) for more than 350 families (more than 2,000 people)
  • Food bags in three trailers distributed in Ma’an Governate, to benefit more than 1,000 families (more than 7,000 individuals)
  • Food parcels distributed to 400 refugee families (approx. 3,000 people) in Jordan, at AI‐Mafraq, AI-Ramtha, Amman and


  • 65 tonnes of winter clothing donated in the UK distributed by Islamic Help to refugees in Turkey. At least four truckloads (more than 100,000 litres) of clean drinking water distributed to the border crossing points used by Syrian refugee families entering Jordan, equivalent of enough water for more than 30,000 people.


  • 36,000 litres of water each day for 30 days delivered to Manshaya AI Olimat Refugee Camp In AI Mafraq. The camp has up to 2,000 beneficiaries.

Islamic Help celebrates 10 years of helping people in need!

October 3, 2013

Islamic Help reaches 10 years of helping people in need, from helping those in countries struck by natural disasters to providing aid to those in war-torn countries.

Typhoon Haiyan emergency relief operation

November 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6,000 confirmed dead, nearly 1,800 missing and 1.9 million homeless.

Entire towns and villages were flattened, communities reduced to rubble. With safe drinking water and shelter priorities, Islamic Help launched an emergency relief operation to help affected communities.

Within days of the disaster, an Islamic Help team was in two of the worst-hit regions, Cebu and Tacloban, providing clean, safe drinking water. We provided water purification tablets, pumped water from contaminated wells and used mobile purification systems to make it safe for drinking and distributed it via trucks and tankers to needy areas. 

In total, nearly 100,000 survivors received safe drinking water that otherwise would not have been available to them. With debris having contaminated wells that were the main supply of water for many communities, Islamic Help distributed aqua tabs which people could drop into bottles to purify the water and make it clean to drink.

In just two weeks after Haiyan first hit the Philippines, Islamic Help was able to help more than nearly 90,000 individuals and distributed 2.8 million aqua tabs throughout the disaster zones.

Building Al Najashi Village

December 4, 2013

With nearly 2 million people left homeless as a result of Haiyan, housing is a priority for the Philippines’ population. Working with Filipino government authorities and contractors, Islamic Help has launched our Al Najashi Village project which will provide vital security of shelter for hundreds of affected people. This stage of our relief operation will see the construction of at least 100 homes, built to international standards and for the long term. The homes are being constructed by local contractors and Islamic Help staff, donors and volunteers.

Mission Possible deployment to Tanzania

August 7, 2014

In 2014, there were two deployments to Tanzania under the banner of mission possible, our flagship volunteering programme for the volunteers was a life changing experience, it changed the quality of their lives.

In august 2014, the mission possible team deployed to kilwa where it helped 92 households, constructed toilets and refurbish a local school for 914 pupils as well as handing out educational materials to 584 students at three schools.

Emergency food packs for Syria

March 9, 2016

In march 2016, Islamic Help organised- via their partner white hands, the delivery of emergency food packs and infant milk for 100 starving children and their families in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. 

Islamic Help also financed several medical treatments and operations for poor people who could not afford them, including a Syrian refugee girl whose face was burnt in the conflict.

Additionally, emergency medical kits were distributed in partnership with Jordanians red crescent for 2,500 people near the Syria-Jordan border area, and surgical kits and equipment provided to hospitals in Ma’an.

Ramadan 2016

June 22, 2016

During Ramadan 2016, our teams helped more than 55,000 beneficiaries.

Mission Possible helps 5,000+ people

August 10, 2016

In 2016, there were two deployments – in August and October to Tanzania. Volunteers delivered aid to benefit more than 5,000 people in the villages of Mzambarauni, Ubangaa, Masaika, Mrozo, Kitivo and Kovukovu, all located in one of the country’s most deprived regions, Pangani.

Birth clinic for Syrian mothers helps over 100 refugees give birth safely

December 1, 2016

Islamic Help set up the Birth Clinic in Irbid, Jordan, for expectant Syrian refugees whose access to medical facilities has been limited or curbed. The Clinic, staffed by professionals, has provided a range of facilities for 2,044 patients and helped 107 refugees give birth safely (figures May to end Dec 2016)

We help over 25,000 vulnerable people in Bangladesh

December 20, 2016

Our work in Bangladesh in 2016 yielded:

  • 51 semi-deep water wells & 388 hand pumps for 10,820 people
  • A new reverse osmosis water filtration plant at Goga for 3,000 beneficiaries
  • Qurbani meat in 6 districts for 10,036 people
  • Ramadan food distribution to a further 600 people affected by Cyclone Roanu 
  • Ramadan food packs to 1,800 beneficiaries including 600 Rohingya in Cox’s Bazaar district 
  • Iftar meals for 1,800 people and Eid gifts for 100 of the most needy and orphans
  • Livelihoods (sewing machines & rickshaws)for more than a dozen families

250+ Palestinian orphans go to Umrah with Islamic Help

January 4, 2017

We carried out our fourth Umrah for Orphans trip, taking Palestinian orphans – including disabled children -from Jordan to the blessed lands. A convoy of coaches took 300 orphans and huffaz girls, plus 50 widows, all accompanied by Islamic Help staff and volunteers from the UK and Jordan, from the Palestinian refugee community in Jordan. This latest stage of our pioneering Umrah for Orphans programme involved:

  • 250 Palestinian orphans
  • 40 disabled children
  • 50 huffaz (those who have memorised the Qur’an) girls
  • 50 widows from the orphans’ families
  • Another IH team accompanied 40 disabled children to make the journey by air and unite with their colleagues and peers in Saudi Arabia for the blessed pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Among those who took part was renowned broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth.
  • Since the launch of our pioneering Umrah for Orphans programme, more than 1,000 Palestinian orphans have been on this blessed journey of their young lives. Each trip is part of the psycho-social support we provide in our global orphans sponsorship programme.

Islamic Help benefits over 100,000 people in Tanzania.

March 31, 2017

In the year ending March 2017, our programmes directly or indirectly benefited more than 100,000 people in Tanzania, one of the poorest countries in the world.

  • 600 women in 7 villages in Pangani region were trained and supported with livelihood and economic empowerment.
  • 595 goats, 100 cows, 100 solar charging kits and 400 bee keeping sets were distributed as part of these livelihood projects
  • 10,080 people benefited from the installation of 7 wells and 4 rainwater harvesting systems covering 6 villages, 4 schools and a mosque
  • 5,000 beneficiaries of the work done by our Mission Possible team of volunteers on two deployments
  • 40,000 people (8,000 families) received food and cooked meals in Ramadan
  • 9,240 families (46,000 people) received meat packages during Qurbani

Caring for orphans is one of the priorities for Islamic Help Tanzania. We already directly provide care for 546 orphans in more than a dozen villages in Pangani through our monthly orphan sponsorship programme and another 50plus are registered with the programme.

Emergency Appeal for Cyclone in Southern Bangladesh helps 1000+ people.

May 25, 2017

More than 500,000 people were displaced when the cyclone struck at the end of May 2017, bringing devastation to southern Bangladesh. Thousand of homes were destroyed with the damage particularly severe in areas around Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong, which are along the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma) and bore the brunt of the cyclone.

Among those most affected was the existing Rohingya refugee population which had fled Myanmar in previous years and was housed in camps in the Cox’s Bazar area. As part of our emergency response, 200 families (approx. 1,000 individuals) in Raipur in the district of Chittagong received family food packs. Poor families, widows and orphans were given priority.

Each food pack weighed over 35kg and as well as essentials like rice, potatoes, salt and oil included candles, matches and water purification tablets.

Orphan sponsorship programme crosses 2,500 children.

June 30, 2017

We have more than 2,500 children in our orphan sponsorship programme who desperately require the daily love, care and support that any child needs for their upbringing. As well as these youngsters, we are supporting 325 children with varying degrees of disability in conflictstricken areas in the Middle East, and took 300 Palestinian orphans and huffaz girls on Umrah in 2017 as part of our Umrah for Orphans programme.

Orphan sponsorship figures:

  • Bangladesh 206
  • Pakistan 698
  • Central African Republic 50
  • Tanzania 612
  • Jordan 896.
  • Gaza 300.
  • Iraq 120.
  • The installation of 1,150 water hand pumps targeted poorer families especially those still struggling to recover in the floodhit areas of Jhang and Layyah. As well as family homes, the pumps were also installed in public schools, graveyards and community centres.

40,000 people in Gaza and Bangladesh get access to clean water because of Islamic Help’s water pumps and wells campaign.

July 12, 2017

According to the WHO, on average, women and children travel 10-15 km per day collecting water and carry up to 15 litres per trip. The World Health Organisation and UNICEF estimate that:

  • 663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water
  • 2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to a toilet
  • 1/3 of the global population lives without access to a toilet, provision of safe and clean water for drinking.

Domestic use is a core programme of Islamic Help’s work around the world. In the last year, we’ve provided new major water plants in Gaza and Bangladesh, and wells and handpumps which mean more than 40,000 people have clean and safe water every day.

  • New water purification plant at Gora, Sharsha, Bangladesh 3,000 daily
  • 51 semi-deep wells and 388 water hand pumps in Bangladesh 10,820
  • 1,150 hand pumps in flood-hit poorest areas of Pakistan: 8,050

7 wells in six villages and one school in Pangani District, Tanzania: 8,680

  • Installation of 4 rainwater harvesting systems in 3 schools and a mosque, Tanzania: 1,400+
  • Wells and hand pumps in 6 villages north-west of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar: 6,895
  • 12 wells in Maroua and Foumbot, Cameroon: 18,500


  • In the blessed month of Ramadan, we provided food packs for more than 1,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons), ensuring their food security and basic needs were met, especially among women and children.

Syria emergency food delivery helps 3,250 people.

July 27, 2017

White Hands also carried out another Islamic Help programme in Syria in which food baskets and baby milk for 112 infants at risk of malnutrition were delivered in the besieged city of Madaya where residents had resorted to eating grass because of starvation.

During Ramadan, an emergency food delivery reached more than 3,250 beneficiaries in the Syrian city of ArRastan in the Homs Governate. The food packs consisted of essential items to last a family for the whole of the blessed month.

  • 40,000 people (8,000 families) received food and cooked meals in Ramadan
  • 9,240 families (46,000 people) received meat packages during Qurbani
  • 540 orphan families supported as part of our orphans sponsorship programme
  • 20 children supported at our Children’s Eco Village in Mkuranga
  • 750 families in 15 villages helped with ploughing their land and provision of seeds for their agricultural livelihoods
  • Caring for orphans is one of the priorities for Islamic Help Tanzania. We already directly provide care for 546 orphans in more than a dozen villages in Pangani through our monthly orphan sponsorship programme and another 50plus are registered with the programme.
  • In 2017, we were privileged to provide cooked iftar meals at Al Aqsa, one of Islam’s most revered sites, to nearly 3,800 worshippers on the 27th night of Ramadan.

50,000 Syrian and Palestinian refugees are helped.

July 31, 2017

During the course of the last year, our Jordan team has helped nearly 50,000 Syrian and Palestinian refugees and native Jordanians from poor and vulnerable communities. Major programmes have ranged from emergency aid to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon to organising Umrah for Orphans 2017 and our Birth Clinic for pregnant Syrian refugees.

Islamic Help install 1,150 water pumps in flood-hit areas

August 1, 2017

The installation of 1,150 water hand pumps targeted poorer families especially those still struggling to recover in the flood hit areas of Jhang and Layyah in Pakistan. As well as family homes, the pumps were also installed in public schools, graveyards and community centres.

We provide 1,379 households in Myanmar with hand pumps and wells

August 10, 2017

As part of our water programmes, we provided hand pumps and wells across six villages in Sittwe,Rakhine State, to 1,379 households.

£300,000 water desalination plant launched

August 21, 2017

Our long-standing commitment to Gaza continued with a series of programmes covering major areas of need, from food security and medical aid to major infrastructure works. Prominent among these was the £300,000 water desalination plant funded by our supporters for Al Shifa Hospital, the largest medical facility in the Gaza Strip.

Especially constructed in Italy, it provides the hospital with 500 cubic metres of clean and safe water daily, replacing the existing supply which was close to sea salinity (salt) levels and a risk to public health and medical procedures. 

Providing aid to 251 vulnerable families in Yemen

August 23, 2017

Two years of civil war have left 12 million people in Yemen facing the prospect of famine, according to the United Nations. The most affected are vulnerable groups like women and children. Islamic Help’s team in Yemen has been involved in ongoing emergency work aimed especially at helping these groups. Part of that work included an aid distribution in Sanaa City, providing clothing and other items for 640 orphans from 251 vulnerable families.

Qurbani meat distributed to 186,349 needy people around the world.

September 2, 2017

Distributed Qurbani meat around the world, helping vulnerable people where it’s needed most.

  • India 25,088
  • Cameroon 87,980
  • CAR 24,272
  • Pakistan 19,250
  • Tanzania 8,450
  • Bangladesh 6,931
  • Yemen 4,750
  • Gaza 3,040 
  • Somalia 2,744
  • Jordan 2,160
  • Syria 1,584
  • Bosnia 100

TOTAL 186,349

Winter emergency aid campaign for refugees helps 10,030

September 6, 2017

Winter emergency aid (incl food, clothing & heating fuel) for refugees: 10,030 

  • Winter emergency aid (Syrian refugees in Lebanon): 7,535
  • Medical aid, equipment and projects for refugees & orphans by UK volunteer deployments: 6199
  • Emergency aid, support and distributions for refugees:2,600
  • Ramadan Iftars for orphan families: 2,050
  • Monthly support for orphans: 765
  • ‘Umrah for Orphans’ Palestinian orphans (incl disabled) widows & huffaz girls: 350

47 new mosques for 38,500 people in Tanzania nearly completed

September 21, 2017

Our mosque building programme in Tanzania aims to provide 47 mosques serving more than 50 villages. As well as places of worship, they will be community and religious hubs. Thanks to our generous donors, 20 – of which two have been funded by a Panama donor – have already been finished, construction of 11 started in the last year and varying degrees of work is being carried out on the remainder.

Once complete, the mosques will be able to hold a total of 38,500 worshippers across the Tanga region.

4 children’s eco-homes successfully complete, housing 20 orphans and their guardians

September 21, 2017

Our pioneering Children’s Eco Village has seen the completion of four Eco Homes, with two of them already housing 20 orphans and their guardian ‘mothers’ and the others in the process of being occupied. Set just outside the capital Dar Es Salaam in a green and selfsustaining environment, the CEV will eventually support 160 orphans and vulnerable children, as well as providing livelihoods for the community and a legacy of sustainability and environmental development.

£25,000 raised for a new water purification plant in Bangladesh!

September 27, 2017

Our supporters raised £25,000 for a new water purification plant at Goga in the Sharsha municipality, Jessore district. Arsenic-contaminated water is the main and sometimes only  source of drinking water for many communities, leading to severe and fatal health risks. The reverse osmosis filtration plant at Goga provides safe and clean, arsenic-free water for 3,000 beneficiaries daily.

Our ‘Cricket Academy’ continues to garner accolades

October 3, 2017

Our Cricket Academy for Street and Underprivileged Children at Saidpur, Nilphamary, continues to garner national recognition and accolades. Catering for 50 boys from deprived and poor families, it combines cricket coaching (including equipment and materials) with non-formal academic education.

By instilling the virtues of discipline and professionalism, it has steered boys at risk of crime towards playing cricket at league and professional level, and many have also been encouraged back into formal education, so improving their life prospects and livelihood opportunities. The success of the Cricket Academy has also led to plans to transform it into a multi discipline Sports Academy.

Volunteers in Tanzania help over 43,000 people.

October 10, 2017

In October 2017, a party of 12 volunteers took part in the deployment to Tanzania Their work took them to the following locations: Boza, East Pangani Funguni, Jaira, Kilimangwido, Kipumbwi, Kwakibuyu, Mseko, Mtango, Mtonga, Stahabu. The activities they carried out had a direct or indirect impact on more than 43,000 people.

Iraq Emergency appeal sees us offer long term support to 120 disabled children and 2,100 beneficiaries.

October 16, 2017


  • an estimated 19,000 civilians have been killed. The conflict has left 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 3 million displaced, according to UNOCHA (the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
  • In addition to the internal strife, Iraq is also home to more than 230,000 registered Syrian refugees, adding to the pressures facing the country.
  • 350,000+ people have fled their homes in and around Mosul as a result of the conflict. In East Mosul, where there are an estimated 260,000 IDPs (internally displaced persons).

Islamic Help carried out emergency aid distributions at the Khazar Camp. Our teams provided food packs and heating oil to 2,100 beneficiaries. The emergency food packs contained essential items like rice, milk, sugar, tea, tomato paste, pasta and beans.

As well as emergency aid, we are providing long term care and support for 120 disabled children in Iraq as part of our global orphans and childcare programmes.

‘Box for Life’ project sees 160 mothers and children gifted nutrition and hygiene kits

November 8, 2017

Syrian refugee mothers and babies were also the focus of the Aisha (Box for life) project in which 160 mothers and new-borns were provided with nutrition and hygiene kits. Each of the boxes presented to a mother included essentials such as baby milk, baby socks, nappies, wipes, powder, a baby blanket and bag. In addition to this:

  • Children’s Eid clothes, shoes & gifts: 4,000
  • Ramadan food baskets for Syrians, Palestinians & Jordanians 3,720
  • Ramadan food baskets for Syrians, Palestinians & Jordanians 3,720
  • Planting of olive and various fruit trees in Ajlun: 500

Over 20,000 refugees helped in Lebanon

November 20, 2017

In Lebanon, clothing was distributed to more than 20,000 refugees and a further 4,900 were the recipients of bread, clothing and fuel during a winter aid distribution in the Bekaa, Akkar and Saad Naiel areas.

Islamic Help’s birth clinic in Amman helps deliver 478 newborn babies

November 28, 2017

As well as supporting 700 orphans and 67 disabled Syrian and Palestinian refugee children every month, Jordan is also home to our Birth Clinic in Amman which helped more than 3,700 Syrian refugee women and the birth of 478 babies.

Our Winter Relief Campaign results in over 4500 people receiving blankets and enough food rations for 1 year.

December 3, 2017

  • 3,125 people with blankets, mattresses and lighting with our Winter Relief Campaign
  • 1,500 people with monthly food rations for a year
  • 203 families (approx. 1,000 individuals) with blind members received food aid

Islamic Help Jordan reaches just over 82,000 beneficiaries.

December 18, 2017

The Jordan office is the centre of our operations in the Middle East, helping Syrian and Palestinian refugees in the country as well as carrying out aid projects for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and supporting poor and vulnerable Jordanians. During the last year, the work of IH Jordan reached just over 82,000 beneficiaries.

Over 1,700 orphans and widows have now completed Umrah with support from Islamic Help.

January 10, 2018

2,500 orphans across the world, giving them the security of food, shelter, education, health and welfare that every child needs and deserves. As well as orphans, our supporters sponsor hundreds of disabled children.

As well as meeting their daily material needs, we also provide psycho-social support to ensure the well-being and development of orphans. This is best illustrated by our Umrah for Orphans programme which saw more than 400 orphans and widows going on Umrah in January 2018. 

  • The January 2018 pilgrimage means that since our pilot Umrah for Orphans project in January 2015, we have taken more than 1,700 Palestinian orphans -including disabled orphans – and widows on Umrah.
  • In January 2018, more than 400 Palestinian orphans and widows took part in our latest Umrah for Orphans pilgrimage to the blessed cities of Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia.

Our emergency water projects now help over 370,000 refugees every month.

February 4, 2018

Last year, by providing long term water solutions like hand pumps and wells, we helped more than 290,000 people receive this most precious and bountiful of natural resources, leading to improved health, social and economic benefits.

Meanwhile, our emergency water projects are aiding the equivalent of nearly 370,000 refugees every month.

  •  Also, as part of our work for Rohingya refugees – 200 hand pumps and 260 toilets and washrooms, for the equivalent of 6,600 people per month
  • Bangladesh 1,260 hand pumps and 388 wells 59,820

Jordan Water tanks at 9 refugee camps: 2,500

  • Pakistan – 939 hand pumps in homes and communal locations, plus 4 village wells 13,573
  • Tanzania 86 water wells/boreholes and 12 rainwater harvesting systems 36,750
  • Cameroon installation of 27 shallow and deep water wells for the benefit of 177,970 people

Our water projects now serve 366,000 refugees every month!

March 3, 2018

3 major water stations provide unlimited water to meet the refugees’ ongoing need for safe and clean drinking water.

  • 2 tanks storing 10,000 litres each are stationed next to the plants as storage facilities.
  • 30 others of 2,000 litres each placed at various locations throughout the refugee camps.
  • 3 tankers each deliver 30,000 litres a day throughout the refugee camps.
  • 200 hand pumps and 260 toilets have been installed as part of hygiene and sanitation projects.
  • By March 2018, 16 housing units had been built to accommodate 80 individuals, and with the support of our donors, we intend to build many more.

Our beneficiaries in Pakistan reach a staggering 22,800 people!

May 10, 2018



  • 1,500 hand pumps serve 7,500 people
  • Orphan care and sponsorship: 500
  • Graduation of 250 students; girl students secured all three top positions in graduation exams in AJ& K University; separate campuses for male and females; more than 1,000 graduates since its 2003 inception; 4-year course covering religious and modern education. 
  • 4 wells benefitted: 7,000 people


  • Distributions of more than 650 Ramadan food packs for 3,000 people and four Ramadan iftars for 630 orphans and poor children from across the country Zakat money given to 1,500 Syrian refugee families (7,500 individuals) and the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf donated Zakah funds to IH to be distributed to 2,750 families (13,750 people) in Al Aqsa in Palestine Qurbani meat at Eid ul Adha to 432 families (2,160 people) at the Irbid Palestinian refugee camp and at four Syrian refugee camps in Almafraq.

Our medical and food pack supplies benefit over 10,000 people

July 5, 2018



  • Medical supplies to benefit 10,000 people
  • Qurbani meat distributed: 3,300
  • The number of people who benefitted from our Ramadan food packs: 1,400
  • Clothes for 119 orphans and 50 autistic children Monthly orphan sponsorship: 119 Monthly sponsorship and support of children with cerebral palsy: 200



  • Gaza: During Ramadan, iftar projects to feed the poor and needy in the Gaza Strip benefited 620 families (approx. 3,100 people based on an average of 5 per family) while a further 608 families (3,040people) were the beneficiaries.

11 metric tonnes of food helps over 35,000 people in Pakistan.

August 21, 2018

Pakistan 35,000 of the poorest and most needy individuals. Our food programmes saw the distribution of more than 11 metric toness of food during Ramadan.

Food packs designed to last a family for the entire month were provided to 270 families (1,890 individuals) in the poorest parts of Lahore and Jhang.

During Qurbani, fresh meat was distributed among 2,750 families, feeding 19,250 people in the most deprived and vulnerable areas of Jhang. In addition 100 orphan and widowed families received Eid gifts at Eid ul Adha.

We have helped 273,400 people in the Central African Republic

August 30, 2018

  • Beneficiaries: 273,400
  • Mosques: 4 new mosques: 16,000
  • Food security (incl. ramadan & qurbani): 10,530
  • Water: 13 deep & 45 shallow wells, beneficiaries: 237,000
  • Ambulance donated to yaounde central hospital: 8,520 direct & indirect eye camp garoua-boulai: 350 cataract surgeries & 1,000 glasses dispensed

We’ve now helped around 127,806 people in Yemen

September 20, 2018

Beneficiaries: 127,806

  • Blankets & winter kits/clothes: 3,810 people
  • Qurbani: 7,266 people
  • Food, cooked meals & water: 96,443  people
  • Fuel & miscellaneous: 2,140 people
  • Non-food & hygiene kits: 3,207 people
  • Medical: 14,200 people
  • School kits, Eid gifts & sweets: 740 people

Our work in Cameroon saw Qurbani meat distributed to over 18,000 people

October 5, 2018


  • Ramadan food packages at IH refugee camp: 1,500
  • Qurbani meat in 6 communities in Cameroon 18,000
  • Eid gifts to children: 4,750
  • Iftar meals in 5 regions of Cameroon: 9,600
  • Food aid as part of Aqiqa project: 11,800
  • 12 water wells: 18,500
  • Construction of Qur’anic School at Maroua: 500


We give 805 orphans enough food to last for comfortably for 6-months.

November 2, 2018

  • Winter aid including food, cooking gas, cooked meals, clothes and blankets.
  • 12,678 Qurbani meat, 4,750 Food and hygiene kits to vulnerable people.
  • 902 packs of Eid clothes donated.
  • 805 Food for 6 months & iftars for orphans
  • 700 Winter clothes for orphans and widows
  • 660 Food parcels for disabled
  • 535 Food parcels for orphans
  • 315 Food for juveniles in custody (Ramadan) 50
  • Total 21,395

We are providing 2,000 cooked meals a day, for the benefit of 60,000 refugees every month.

December 13, 2018



  • 2018 BENEFICIARIES: 46,834


  • Students at our unique ‘Cricket Academy’ for young and under-privileged children: 50
  • Water: beneficiaries of 478 hand pumps & 24 wells: 25,102
  • Qurbani for Bangladesh family individuals: 21,413
  • Orphans, including Rohingya orphans: 182 + 87 = 269

In 2018 our teams distributed emergency aid to more than 100,000 refugees and established longer term programmes – including water hand pumps, toilets, washrooms, water tankers and water stations, and static and mobile medical camps – which are benefiting the equivalent of 435,000 refugees every month.

  • In addition to the pre-prepared food packs, we are providing 2,000 cooked meals a day, for the benefit of 60,000 refugees every month.
  • The static medical camp treats 5,700 beneficiaries per month while a mobile medical unit that visits refugees at different camps cares for 2,850 beneficiaries per month.

Our team have helped build 48 new mosques in Tanzania, for the benefit of 27,507 Worshippers.

December 20, 2018

In Tanzania 21.6 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and have no choice but to drink water from unsafe water sources. Our water projects in the last year saw the delivery of 86 boreholes and water wells, providing 36,750 people in 7 of the country’s poorest districts with safe and clean water.

In the Tanga region, where Muslims account for 90% of the population, many of the mudbuilt mosques are in a crumbling state of decay, with no lighting, water or protection against the elements.

Our long term mosque building programme aims to replace these with large and spacious structures that are well-ventilated, with solar powered lighting, toilet facilities, water wells and rainwater harvesting systems,

In the last year, 48 new mosques were constructed for the benefit of 27,507 Worshippers.

We have delivered projects in the last year that have benefited more than 98,000 people in Tanzania.

January 30, 2019

These projects include:

  • 39 deep boreholes and 43 dug wells, plus 4 gravity water schemes, for 36,750 people in districts.
  • 12 rainwater harvesting systems in schools and hospitals
  • 48 new mosques for 27,507 worshippers
  • 3,240 Ramadan food packs distributed for 17,456 people
  • 1,690 Qurbanis for 8,450 poor people
  • 514 orphans and widows’ families being provided food every month
  • 786 people provided with sustainable livelihoods through
  • beekeeping, livestock, small enterprises and agriculture
  • 7,234 students supported through improved school facilities
  • 50,000 trees planted in 3 districts affected by charcoal production and deforestation.

In the last year we have directly benefitted 76,335 Palestinians.

March 15, 2019



  • 2018-19 beneficiaries: 76,335
  • Clothing and shoes: 35,750 people
  • Food packs (incl. ramadan) to refugee camps, iftars & qurbani: beneficiaries 15,16

Islamic Help directly supports 1,050 children with Quran courses and Hifz centres

April 30, 2019

In the last year, we’ve supported the equivalent of 2.5 million Rohingya refugees with food, water and shelter.

May 28, 2019

May 2019:

  • In 2018-2019, the equivalent of 2.5 million Rohingya refugees received support and aid.
  • We gave 51,611 people Ramadan food packs.
  • 109,818 people were given cooked, warm food from Islamic Help.
  • A clean drinking water supply helps 6,000 refugees every day. This is the equivalent of 2.19 million people per year.
  • 50 patients daily receive medical eye help with cataract surgery.

Major project completion: 13,573 people no longer have to walk miles to fetch water or rely on contaminated water sources.

June 30, 2019


  • A series of major projects ensured that 1,939 families (13,573 people) no longer had to walk miles to fetch water or rely on dirty or contaminated water sources.
  • Two wells in Layyah and 2 in Baseerpur (Okara) helped 1,000 families, while 939 hand pumps were installed across Jhang, Layyah and Baseerpur for the benefit of 939 families.
  • As well as family homes, pumps were installed in public schools, graveyards and community centres to benefit the wider community.
  • As part of our orphan sponsorship and child care programme the Gaza team cares for 119 orphans and 200 disabled children.

156 orphans in Bangladesh are sponsored by Islamic Help donors, changing their lives for the better forever.

July 25, 2019


  • Monthly orphan sponsorship 156 orphans.
  • The installation of 1,260 hand pumps and 114 wells 59820 beneficiaries
  • Ramadan food packs to 400 poor families 2,000 individuals Communal Ramadan iftars 1,800 people Eid Gifts 75 people Qurbani meat packages 6,931 people
Our Vision

To create a world free from poverty based on principles of justice and equality.

Our Mission

To help and empower the poor and needy through building their confidence and independence.

Our Values

We base all our values on the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah.


We must be open in our work and actions as we are answerable to God Almighty for all that we do.


Each person has the right to live and be treated with dignity and integrity.


Through empowerment, people are able to make a difference in their lives and the society they live in.


By understanding the needs of different people, we are able to provide the best services they require.