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The Worst Climate Disaster in Decades

Pakistan has been facing the worst climate disaster in 30 years, despite having a trivial share in the global carbon emission. The rise in global temperatures has triggered unprecedented glacial melting and monsoon rains, causing disastrous floods in all four provinces of the country. One third of the country is submerged and a staggering 33 million people have been affected by this devastating crisis.

“People here are bearing the brunt of global climate change. Pakistan produces less than 1% of the world’s carbon footprint, but its people are suffering the biggest consequences. These are the worst floods that Pakistan has ever experienced and the scale of the devastation here is unimaginable.” – Waseem Ahmad, Islamic Relief Worldwide CEO

Up to 2.2 million people have lost their homes and are without clean water or food, forced to spend their days hungry under the open sky. Over 1.1 million livestock have perished and more than 4.4 million acres of crops have been overtaken by flood waters, ruining the harvest season and decimating food supplies. Vital infrastructure including roads and bridges have been damaged, making it difficult for people to flee as well as receive aid. And a second wave of crisis is imminent as waterborne disease and other health-related challenges are growing rapidly. 

The Islamic Relief global family is working together to help survivors of the disaster and ensure long-term support. So far, Islamic Relief has helped upwards of 870,000 people with immediate needs including food, water, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, and cash assistance. 

In the coming year, Islamic Relief plans to help rebuild Pakistan through the following:

·       Reconstructing damaged homes and infrastructure

·       Helping farmers and pastoralists build sustainable livelihoods and revitalize the agricultural sector

·       Helping prevent gender-based violence in temporary living shelters through establishing safe spaces for women and children including referral pathways and gender-appropriate sanitation facilities

·       Counseling and psychosocial support to address the psychological impact of the floods

Focus on Pakistan

Pakistan has the fifth largest population in the world. The country is sorely affected by political and economic volatility as well as natural disasters caused by climate change, such as the recent floods, all of which have led to food insecurity and chronic poverty. Marginalized groups, especially children, lack proper access to essential services. And Covid-19 has only exacerbated the situation.

Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Pakistan

Islamic Relief has served in Pakistan since 1992, and continues to provide humanitarian and development assistance in the country today.


A few of our interventions include:

  • Food aid
  • Access to clean and safe water
  • Healthcare for blindness and Hepatitis C, as well as neonatal and pediatric care
  • Emergency response for the effects of climate change including drought and floods, as well as Covid-19
  • Building sustainable livelihoods including innovative microfinancing plans to help low-income families start businesses
  • Widow empowerment

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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