Islamic Relief USA works with Mormon church to aid Haitian quake victims
Residents leave Port-au-Prince by a bus after a 6.1 magnitude aftershock in Haitiâ€™s capital January 20, 2010.
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
(Alexandria, VA, January 13, 2010) — Islamic Relief USA, Americaâ€™s largest Muslim relief organization, announced today that it will immediately fly a $1 million shipment of aid to those impacted by yesterdayâ€™s earthquake in Haiti. That relief aid will be sent in coordination with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Those wishing to donate to Islamic Relief USAâ€™s â€œHaiti Emergencyâ€ appeal may visit www.IslamicReliefUSA.org or call (888) 479-4968. Checks payable to â€œIslamic Relief USAâ€ may be mailed to: Islamic Relief USA, P.O. Box 5640, Buena Park, CA, 90622.
In October 2009, Islamic Relief USA responded to two Pacific Rim earthquakes by coordinating a massive aid shipment to Samoa and deploying emergency teams in Indonesia.
Islamic Relief partners worldwide also responded to other major disasters such as the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the Pakistan earthquake in 2005. More than $100 million in relief aid was collected to assist the victims in those disaster areas. Islamic Relief also responded to Hurricane Katrina, delivering aid to more than 60,000 people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
[NOTE: Media professionals interested in speaking to aid workers who have experience in disaster zones or to learn more about ongoing response efforts may contact Islamic Relief USA VP of Fund Development Anwar Khan at 818-216-9723.]
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian agency with offices also in California, Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas. As an international relief and development organization, Islamic Relief strives to alleviate the poverty and suffering of the worldâ€™s poorest people. Since its establishment, Islamic Relief has expanded greatly with permanent locations in more than 35 countries worldwide.
For the sixth consecutive year, Islamic Relief USA has been awarded four stars by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the country. This prestigious award puts Islamic Relief among the top 2.25 percent of charities in the nation.
Media Contacts: Anwar Khan, 818-216-9723 (mobile), E-mail: anwar@IslamicReliefUSA.org; Mostafa Mahboob, 310-351-0952 (mobile), E-mail: mostafa@IslamicReliefUSA.org