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Focus on Latin America

Islamic Relief USA has been providing relief efforts across Latin America for years, starting with efforts in Haiti in the aftermath of paralyzing earthquake that left the island-nation in shambles. Over the years, emergency aid work has carried over into countries like Colombia and Ecuador. The IRUSA community continues to provide aid as often and as efficiently as it can across the region, most hurriedly after emergencies strike.



On March 31, 2017, three rivers overflowed in Mocoa, Colombia, sending a destructive torrent of mud and debris through the city of 40,000. Islamic Relief worked with local rescue teams to help survivors and raise funds to send life saving aid.


On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, crippling much of the country. Islamic Relief worked with Catholic Relief Services to provide an integrated emergency relief project to help those affected.


January 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. IRUSA teams went to the field to work with and aid survivors, and looked into solutions to address chronic development challenges on the ground.


A massive earthquake, measured at 7.1 on the Richter scale, struck Mexico’s capital on September 19, 2017. Islamic Relief sent support to those affected.


In Peru, IRUSA implemented a project that benefitted nearly 8,000 refugees in 2019. This project improved the quality of the shelters hosting these refugees by providing them with beds, cleaning materials, and furniture. It also improved community kitchens by providing the kitchens with furniture, equipment, utensils, and cleaning materials.

Puerto Rico

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, with upwards of 155 mph winds. Some 3.3 million people lost electricity. In the aftermath, IRUSA worked with partners on the ground in Puerto Rico to distribute aid in the form of water, food, and monetary funds. In late June 2018, IRUSA returned to Puerto Rico with Lions Club International to provide disaster relief and lend support to survivors. Donations from generous donors allowed IRUSA to continue providing relief through partners on the ground.


A portion of the meals packaged during the 2018 500K Meal Pack Out went to Venezuelan refugees entering Cúcuta, Columbia. IRUSA carried out this project in partnership with the Rotary e-Club of Houston and the Cúcuta Rotary Club. The meals were distributed through food banks and reached approximately 5,000 people a day.

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 a better Latin America 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

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.

"The best among you are those who bring greatest benefits to many others"

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him).

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