When Haj Bashir was a child in the village of Sanour, he learned that planting trees is like having children. “When you plant an olive tree, you have to take care of it and water it until it is at least sixteen years old. After that it starts to take care of itself with God’s rainwater,” he says. Some of Haj Bashir’s trees are exactly the age of his eldest son who is now 40 years old.
Three months after the devastating Nepal earthquake, 13 of the UK’s leading aid agencies have reached more than 2.2 million people with aid including emergency shelter, food, clean water, sanitation, education services, and healthcare.
Islamic Relief’s UK Director, Imran Madden, says: “Nearly 800 million people have no access to clean water – a tragedy that silently claims the life of a child every single minute. Together we can bring clean water and fresh hope to some of the world’s poorest communities and we’re thrilled and honoured to have Edgbaston’s support for our fundraising campaign.
This Ramadan ten MPs around the country across four political parties have come together to support Islamic Relief’s Cakes4Syria Campaign. At a time of significant political debate and differences, their cross-party support has provided a unified voice in support of our life-saving work in Syria.
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Islamic Relief responded immediately to support the local community and authorities working on the ground by sending a team to assist. Our staff and volunteers distributed 6,000 bottles of water and clothes within hours and have remained there since this tragedy unfolded providing help and support as well as helping with distributions on the ground.