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Focus on Ethiopia

Ethiopia is in a danger zone: From clashes between political parties to climate-induced devastation that takes a toll on lives and livelihoods, the people of Ethiopia are constantly fighting to survive.

In November 2020, our Islamic Relief Ethiopia teams first alerted us to violence between political parties—the violence continues now. Thousands of people have been killed and millions forced from their homes since November. Reports of atrocities, mass killings, and widespread sexual violence are among the horrors our sisters and brothers across the region have been suffering against. Over 2 million people have been displaced, with tens of thousands fleeing into neighboring Sudan.

Violence like this only exacerbates an already-dire situation. Acute droughts regularly wreak havoc on Ethiopia’s economy. The country has made significant economic progress during the past decade, with government aid programs alleviating poverty levels in rural areas; however, another major drought in this decade—considered the worst in the region in 60 years—caused a severe crisis with long-lasting ramifications for many families and for the country as a whole. Two-thirds of the population lives in severe poverty.

With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Ethiopia are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.

We Need YOUR Help

As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Ethiopia a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.

$100  can provide food aid for a family 

$225 can provide vital relief to emergency survivors

$500 can implement livelihood programs to set up women-led households for success

$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities




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Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Ethiopia

Islamic Relief launched operations in Ethiopia in response to severe droughts in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2016, 2017, and now in 2018. After years of emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia, Islamic Relief Ethiopia opened in January 2004. Relief teams have implemented long-term development projects that improved access to education, healthcare, water, and sanitation. Islamic Relief also launched several projects aimed at developing livelihood and food security and strengthening the capacity of local organizations. Ethiopia was also one of several African countries supported by Islamic Relief’s Africa Food Crisis campaign.

Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Ethiopia

  • Enhancing food security and resilience for drought-affected pastoralists and agro-pastoralists
  • Providing emergency food and water distributions in times of drought
  • Supporting refugees and IDPs fleeing political violence

What happens when you join the fundraising movement?

When you make the decision to help fundraise for the effort, you go beyond just thoughts and prayers. This increased IMPACT is priceless, because it means we’re able to meet more needs of those who are waiting for us to lend a helping hand.

And if you're reading this message, it's because you want to go beyond the call the duty. For you, it's not enough to just keep those children in your thoughts and prayer.  You want to double your impact by helping to sponsor these emergency efforts and helping deliver aid to those affected by creating a fundraising page. Get started by creating your page today!

We’re so glad you came. Just scroll to the top of the page and click "become a fundraiser" to setup your page and start promoting to your network via e-mail, social media, and your preferred messaging app. Even with a goal as small as $50, you can provide urgent food aid for families.