About Us

We are an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by a group of concerned postgraduate students.

Working in over 30 countries worldwide, we respond to disasters and emergencies, as well as promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities – regardless of race, religion or gender.

30% of the people in Pakistan live in poverty and it hosts more than 1.7 million refugees, mainly people fleeing decades of war in Afghanistan, one of the largest refugee populations in the world. Recent political disputes, high inflation and terrorism have caused further misery and poverty in the country.

Pakistan has also been hit hard by natural disaster, such as earthquakes, droughts and floods in recent years. Reconstruction costs in the aftermath of these natural disasters are placing additional stresses on Pakistan’s fragile economy.

Established in Pakistan in 1992

Islamic Relief started working in Pakistan in 1992 through a child welfare and protection programme and was registered in 1994 as a Company Limited by Guarantee under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984 and Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan. (SECP Reg # I-01581).

Amongst the many achievements was in 1998 when a prevention of blindness project was launched, leading to the opening of an eye hospital. The programme is still successfully operating and benefiting the community.

During the earthquake in 2005, Islamic Relief responded immediately with a comprehensive relief and reconstruction programme, for which we received an award by the government of Pakistan as well as international acclaim for the extensive humanitarian response.

During the 2010 and 2011 floods, that affected large parts of the country, Islamic Relief again responded immediately with an extensive relief operation  Following the initial relief phase, a rebuilding phase was launched with an integrated village rehabilitation, which used an integrated approach, providing rehabilitation to water, sanitation and hygiene and housing facilities as well as livelihoods support.

Working in over 30 countries worldwide, we promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy and disease. We also respond to disasters and emergencies, helping people in crisis.