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Dr. Hanny El-Banna has founded several charities including the Humanitarian Forum, Islamic Relief, and the Muslim Charities Forum. He is also a board member of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). He has visited over 60 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries on behalf of these organizations. Dr El-Banna originally trained in Medicine, both in Egypt and the UK and received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1991. He has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II, the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths (UK), and the UK Muslim Power 100 Lifetime Achievement award. Dr El Banna has been with Islamic Relief Canada since its incorporation in 2005, serving as the chairman.

DR. EL-TANTAWY ATTIA, PH.D. Director

DR. HANY EL-BANNA, O.B.E, M.D. Chair of Board of Directors

Dr. El Tantawy Attia worked in the Reactor Physics and Nuclear Analysis Departments of the Ontario Power General for more than 27 years, before retiring in 2003. Dr Attia has been an active member of the Muslim community, previously serving as President of the Muslim Investment Group and the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of Toronto Masjid. Recently Dr. Attia was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his lifetime of achievements and services to Canada. He is a signatory to the “Muslims for the White Ribbon” campaign, an attempt to eradicate violence against women in the Muslim community. He currently serves as a director with Islamic Relief Canada.

Dr. Raza Khan was trained at the University of Toronto (MD) and performed his residency at the University of Ottawa in family medicine. He is the recipient of the Campbell T. Lamont Award in Family Medicine Research (1997) and the University of Toronto Gladstone Prize (1995). His full-time practice is in Brantford, Ontario where he has been practicing family medicine since 1997. In addition to his duties as a Director for Islamic Relief Canada, Dr. Khan also serves as a Director and Spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Hamilton, President of the Muslim Association of Brantford, as well as the past Vice Chair of Canadian Relief Foundation. He is a regular contributing writer on Muslim issues for the Hamilton Spectator. In his spare time he is a selftaught web-programmer, paints in oils and acrylic, performs calligraphy and cartooning.

SHAILA KIBRIA-CARTER Director

DR. FARIHA KHAN, M.D. Director

Dr. Hany Soliman is a Radiation Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He is actively involved in medical research and education. He was brought up in the Toronto area and has a bachelors of science and medical degree from the University of Toronto. He has been involved in the Muslim community at a grass roots levels and has a passion for charitable work. He joined the Islamic Relief Canada Board of Directors in 2015.

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Shaila Kibria-Carter works at Community Empowering Enterprises and has been an active volunteer with Islamic Relief since 2005. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English and History. Her passion for charitable work is highlighted by her commitment and expertise in the non-profit sector. She specializes in non-profit management and governance. She joined Islamic Relief board of directors in 2010.

Dr. Fariha Khan is a physician based out of Brampton, Ontario. She has been an active member of the Muslim community and has served as a board of director for numerous community organizations. She completed her medical degree from McMaster University in 2004 with a practice focus on children’s health. She has a special interest in International Health and Medical Education. She currently serves as a director with Islamic Relief Canada.

DR. HANY SOLIMAN, M.D. Director

DR. RAZA KHAN, M.D.


LETTER FROM THE CEO For the last ten years Islamic Relief Canada has been working tirelessly to serve millions of people around the world.

As the largest Muslim NGO in Canada, it has been both a challenge and a blessing to mobile resources to meet the needs of those less fortunate. The society we are living in has witnessed vast wealth inequality, an increasing number of natural disasters due to climate change and extreme poverty, leaving the most vulnerable people in dire need of our support. We, at Islamic Relief Canada, recognize the urgent need and responsibility we have to rise up and meet these challenges in order to alleviate the suffering those in our human family are currently experiencing. Our annual report illustrates the work we have been involved in this past year. By the grace of God, we have been able to reach millions of people around the world and helps hundreds of orphans. From Somalia, to Afghanistan, to Syria, to Pakistan, to Burma, and even in Canada, we are striving to uphold the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and ensuring that those at the margins of society are brought to the centre. We would like to sincerely thank all of our donors and supporters who have been vital in enabling us to reach the world’s most marginalized communities. There is still a lot to be done – 2016 will come with new challenges – but together, through the mercy of God Almighty, we can make an impactful difference in the lives of others around the world and help make this planet a better place.

Sincerely,

Zaid Al-Rawni Chief Executive Officer Islamic Relief Canada

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OUR MISSION WE’RE READY TO ANSWER THE CALL

Islamic Relief envisages a caring world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled and people respond as one to the suffering of others

Islamic Relief works with communities to strengthen their resilience to calamities, and we provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur. We help impoverished communities access basic services, including education, water and sanitation, as well as healthcare. We provide lasting routes out of poverty through our sustainable development schemes. Our integrated approach to progress is transforming communities worldwide. We tackle the root causes of poverty and ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people have real influence in both our programs and advocacy.

OUR VALUES We are guided by the timeless values and teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophetic tradition (Sunnah), which recognize that people with wealth have a duty to those who are less fortunate. Our values are:

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WHAT WE DO EMERGENCY RELIEF

ZAKAT & SADAQAH

Islamic Relief aims to be the first on the ground when an emergency strikes, helping those affected immediately. They can’t afford to wait for us to raise funds before we help, so it’s essential we’re prepared before the disaster hits.

Zakat given to Islamic Relief has the power to transform lives in over 30 countries. A fundamental pillar of Islam — Zakat is a revolutionary concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world.

EDUCATION & TRAINING PROJECTS Millions across the developing world cannot access education for one simple reason: poverty. However, education would help them escape poverty – by giving them the chance of a better job – and the impact of this would carry on down the generations.

HEALTH & NUTRITION PROJECTS Good health is about more than just medicine and treatment; it includes all areas of life – that’s why we train communities on diet and health practices, and provide school meals to prevent child malnutrition.

ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP Islamic Relief sponsors over 42,000 children around the world. Children are some of the most vulnerable people around the world, so we also build safe villages for them with clean water, healthcare and education, take them out of dangerous child labour and ensure they are safe and protected.

UDHIYA/QURBANI & RAMADAN Udhiyah (also referred to as Qurbani) marks the end of Hajj (pilgrimage), and is a time to reflect upon the significance of sacrifice with the Islamic tradition. Muslims observe Udhiyah/Qurbani by sharing meat with the less fortunate.

W.A.S.H. Adequate water, sanitation and hygiene are essential components of providing basic health services to communities. Islamic Relief Canada works hard to provide clean and safe drinking water to the most vulnerable communities to help ensure a healthy life for the people we serve.

LIVELIHOOD A sustainable livelihood is essential to bring communities out of poverty. Islamic Relief Canada works with the most vulnerable families to help them earn an income to fulfill their basic needs.

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EMERGENCY SHELTER REPAIR

AFGHANISTAN BENEFICIARIES: 23 FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada reconstructed damaged shelters for the most vulnerable families affected by the 2015 Hindu Kush earthquake. This included families with elderly persons, young children, and single mother households. We also constructed brand new latrine systems inside the house to improve sanitation, and distributed essential winter items like mattresses and blankets to protect the families against the harsh winter.

EL NINO EMERGENCY DROUGHT RESPONSE

ETHIOPIA BENEFICIARIES: 4,500 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: In 2015, Ethiopia faced one of the worse droughts in over 50 years — affecting close to 10 million people. The drought caused mass displacement of people (85,000+ people in 26 different camps). Cases of extreme malnutrition in children under the age of 5 were widespread, as well as miscarriages among pregnant women and severe malnourishment on lactating mothers. Through this project, IRC helped by providing urgent food to the most vulnerable families in need — as well as medical supplies to major medical centres to help treat malnourishment and other preventable diseases.

EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE TO KERBALA

IRAQ BENEFICIARIES: 1,000 VULNERABLE IDP FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: By May 2014, 501,054 people had been displaced — mostly throughout the Anbar governorate following the intense fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi that started in December 2013. By May 2015, the number of internally displaced persons had risen to over 3 million people. Under this project, IRC worked in close coordination and cooperation with UN agencies and international/ national NGOs working to meet the essential food and hygiene needs of these families. The project’s target beneficiaries were the most vulnerable (large sized families, children, women, women headed families, families with no or poor shelter). We facilitated their access towards suitable basic food and hygiene items. Focus was given to families that were not covered by other agencies and projects.

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AID FOR GAZA REFUGEE CAMP

JORDAN BENEFICIARIES: 500 PALESTINIAN REFUGEE FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: The Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash, Jordan is home to 24,000-34,000 Palestinian refugees who fled from Gaza, Palestine in 1948 and 1967. Unlike Palestinian refugees from other districts of Palestine, the Palestinians in the Gaza refugee camp are considered persona non grata in Jordan (i.e. they are denied an identity, not granted identification papers and, therefore, denied the right to work and travel freely throughout the country). Islamic Relief Canada provided the most vulnerable refugees inside the camp with food assistance to ensure they have the necessary commodities to help them ease the suffering of the most vulnerable families. We gave priority to: the poorest of the poor, families headed by women, families with children, families with PWD (people with disabilities) and families living in open spaces.

URGENT FOOD SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

JORDAN BENEFICIARIES: 650 SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada provided the most vulnerable refugees in South Jordan with food assistance to ensure they have the necessary commodities to help ease their suffering. We have given priority to: families headed by women, families with large number of children and families with PWD (people with disabilities).

SUPPORTING WAR AFFECTED COMMUNITIES AND CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

YEMEN BENEFICIARIES: 3,500 VULNERABLE YEMENI FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: In order to respond to the complex emergency and widespread needs of the Yemeni people, Islamic Relief Canada has provided the following to families in need: winterization supplies, food packages and hearing aids to children with special needs.

EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPORT

YEMEN BENEFICIARIES: 2,000 VULNERABLE YEMENI FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: Out of 12.9 million food insecure people, 6 million Yemeni people are experiencing a Phase 4 Emergency and are considered to be severely food insecure. To help alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, we have distributed food packs to the most vulnerable families in need. The food packs contained the following: wheat flour, rice, oil, and sugar.

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CHAD BENEFICIARIES: 4,617 VULNERABLE SCHOOL CHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada intervened for six months in all three schools located in the refugee camps Danamadja and Kobitey in southern Chad to improve the nutrition and education of school children in these refugee camps. We have increased school enrolment, attendance, and retention rate by providing midday meals in order to allow children to focus on their studies rather than their hunger. The food becomes both an incentive to come to school and stay in school. The project provided schools with cooking utensils, dining material, food, provision of handwashing facilities, and has trained teachers on Food for Education as well as teaching children how to practice basic hygiene.

BACK TO SCHOOL PROJECT

SOUTH AFRICA BENEFICIARIES: 150 VULNERABLE SCHOOL CHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: Our Back to School project supplemented Islamic Relief South Africa’s existing sponsorship program. The program uses a holistic development model that ensures a child living below the poverty line has all their developmental needs met until they reach self-sufficiency. Islamic Relief Canada has provided uniforms, stationery, and school bags to school children — as well as female sanitary pads to the female students.

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IMPROVING ACCESS TO EDUCATION

SRI LANKA BENEFICIARIES: 5,090 VULNERABLE SCHOOL CHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: This project facilitated the continued access of children to school by addressing some of the causes for them dropping out of school. The project assisted students from vulnerable poor families and met their basic school needs through items such as school bags, shoes and other stationery. Secondly, the project also provided bicycles to students living far from schools so to facilitate their school attendance.

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SUDAN BENEFICIARIES: 3,790 VULNERABLE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS PROJECT OVERVIEW: This project addressed food insecurity and livelihood vulnerability of IDPs, conflict-affected and vulnerable host communities. The strategy of this intervention was to support and reinforce positive coping and adaptive mechanisms, strengthening resilience and enhancing selfreliance. The interventions were geared to enable beneficiaries produce their own food, increase food accessibility and maintain their natural resources.

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SUPPORTING EDUCATION THROUGH HEALTH ASSISTANCE (SEHAT)

AFGHANISTAN BENEFICIARIES: 12,500 ORPHANS, THEIR SIBLINGS AND GUARDIANS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Under our sponsorship program, the registered orphans in Afghanistan are provided with education. However, lack of total healthcare can leave a negative impact on high educational achievement of the child. Therefore, through this project, Islamic Relief Canada addressed health problems which the orphans and their families face by providing free health services to the orphans, their mothers and siblings below the age of 18. This was done through mobile clinics at the community level for their minor health problems — and referral systems to a contracted standard private hospital in case they have serious medical condition. The project corresponded to the needs of orphans in an integrated way. It catered for health and hygiene awareness among families and siblings of orphans — and focused on prevention from diseases.

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EMPOWER GAZA

PALESTINE BENEFICIARIES: 300,000 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has preserved the basic health rights and ensured the continuous operation of medical services in Gaza through providing a reliable power source for several critical departments in two existing hospitals. At this stage, we have focused on using Photo Voltaic Solar Energy Panels (PV) and storage tools.

CATARACT SURGERY PHASE II

NIGER BENEFICIARIES: 2,400 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has provided treatment for people with eye diseases — including surgical intervention for people with cataract diseases. It will enable many people to recover their sight. In addition to the treatment, meetings were organized to raise general awareness on the causes and methods of prevention of blindness (including the diseases that lead up to it).

IMPROVING HEALTH AND LIFELONG PROTECTION OF SYRIAN CHILDREN

LEBANON BENEFICIARIES: 500 VULNERABLE CHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada will provide healthy meals throughout the school year on a daily basis. The students will receive a regular health check-up from medical professionals and receive the appropriate medication if needed. We have promoted healthy eating and living by teaching, parents, students and teachers about health food will encourage children to have healthy eating habits in order to give child important tools for a lifetime of healthy living. IRC will support kitchens if available in KGs with equipment necessary such as cooking supplies, food storage containers etc. to make healthy eating easy and convenient for children. IRC will raise awareness about child protection by conducting workshops with parents and teachers and teaching them how to build a safe and child friendly environment at school and at home. IRC will take KG children out on recreational activities to help promote a healthy active life.

DECREASING NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY IN GAZA

PALESTINE BENEFICIARIES: 13,600 VULNERABLE PALESTINIAN SCHOOLCHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: IRC has provided children annually diagnosed with anaemia in Gaza with a new type of iron supplement. We have also trained 70 medical officers and 80 nurses in the treatment and prevention of anaemia. In addition, 20 newly graduated medical students will be offered a six-month work opportunity at UNRWA’s Health Centres.

JEBEL MARA HEALTH ASSISTANCE

SUDAN BENEFICIARIES: 4,200 VULNERABLE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada will reduce the suffering of IDP women, children, host communities and nomads in Jebel Mara of Central Darfur State and Kerending camp in West Darfur — all from communicable diseases. This project mainly focuses on primary health services. It was designed to increase access to improved basic primary healthcare services for conflict-affected populations, and build the capacity of the health team to deliver quality services in Nertiti area of Central Darfur State.

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WATER AND SANITATI ON IMPROVING HEALTH CONDITIONS IN EGYPT

EGYPT BENEFICIARIES: 1,100 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Through this project, Islamic Relief Canada has improved the health conditions of Egyptians living in slums and rural areas by preventing water borne diseases. We have done this in the following ways: 1. Ensuring material assistance is available for the beneficiaries including infrastructure services 2. Raising community awareness on the importance of public health to improve their health status 3. Improving the performance of the local NGOs in satisfying the needs of the poor community in the slum areas

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WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE IN KENYA

KENYA BENEFICIARIES: 6,500 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has provided water for both animal and human consumption and brought sustainable water supply in the conflict-prone area of Wargadud. More specifically, we have drilled and equipped one borehole with generator sets, submersible pumps, elevated water tanks, pipeline/ distribution systems and civil works of powerhouse and water-vending points/kiosks.

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LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT FOR ORPHANS

ETHIOPIA BENEFICIARIES: 240 VULNERABLE ORPHANED YOUTH PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has improved employment opportunities for a total of 240 children above the age of 18 through provision of vocational and business skill trainings for children discharged from sponsorship program in Addis Ababa. We have achieved this by providing vocational and business training, providing working tools for those who graduated from vocational institutes, and providing access to financial credit so they can start their own income generating ventures We have also linked youth to employers in hopes of creating further employment opportunities.

LIVELIHOOD

FARMING ACTIVITIES FOR ORPHANS

INDONESIA BENEFICIARIES: 2,324 VULNERABLE ORPHANED YOUTH PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has promoted agriculture, aquaculture and poultry rearing as an income generating activity for six orphanage schools. We have also created and strengthened marketing linkages and enterprise-building capacities amongst supported institutions in order to achieve sustainable impact.

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GOAT FARMING

KOSOVO BENEFICIARIES: 23 VULNERABLE FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: IRC will provide goat farming training as well as goats to extremely vulnerable families in Kosovo. The families have used the milk from the goats both for consumption and selling in the market in order to work for towards sustainable livelihood.

EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD

KOSOVO BENEFICIARIES: 32 VULNERABLE WIDOWS WITH ORPHANED CHILDREN PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has provided women from single female-headed households with sewing machines and training on how to make clothing. We have also ensured they are hired at a local mini t-shirt factory. This provides them with a sustainable livelihood so they can support their families.

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KABUL ORPHANAGE REHABILITATION

AFGHANISTAN BENEFICIARIES: 385 VULNERABLE ORPHANS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Afghanistan identified the Aladdin Orphanage in Kabul as an orphanage that needed crucial support — as it was on the verge of closing down due to lack of funding. This orphan sheltered 385 orphans, of which 75 had absolutely no relatives to take care of them. Islamic Relief Canada stepped in to support the orphanage by funding recreational activities for the orphans (e.g. visiting the zoo, museum etc.) We also provided university admission preparation courses for orphans who were in graduating classes, in order to help increase their chances of going to university. We rehabilitated the science laboratory, refurbished recreational rooms for the young orphans (between ages 5-10), provided medical check-ups and treatments for all orphans, and provided vocational training for further opportunity.

PROTECTION OF SYRIAN AND LOCAL ORPHANS

LEBANON BENEFICIARIES: 850 VULNERABLE ORPHANS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Based on what orphans have faced, Islamic Relief Canada has provided psychosocial support to Syrian and Lebanese orphans — as well as raised awareness about child protection, particularly orphans, amongst the community. Psychosocial support took on the form of recreational activity to the orphans — as it provided therapy through trained social workers and supported community centres with school supplies to improve education. We have also provided vocational training to orphans aged 16 and above to help prepare them for economic independence once they reach adulthood.

COMMUNITY SAFE SPACE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN

JORDAN BENEFICIARIES: 1,400 VULNERABLE SYRIAN REFUGEES AND JORDANIANS PROJECT OVERVIEW: The project aimed to raise awareness amongst Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities about child rights, and influence social norms to prevent/minimize child labour, physical violence and early marriage. In addition, it contributed to a decrease in psychosocial distress of Syrian children and women — and those in the host community. The project funded a community centre that provided services and activities to alleviate the suffering of refugees — and create a safe space for self-expression. It promoted social interaction between the host community and refugees. The activities that were provided by our safe space centre were: literacy courses for women and children, psychosocial support for men, women and children, child protection from an Islamic perspective, awareness sessions, art therapy, sports for children, and recreational outings.

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AFGHANISTAN BENEFICIARIES: 1,400 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Through our intervention, Islamic Relief Canada has improved food security on a temporary basis and assisted families to protect themselves against the cold by providing food and winterization items to the most vulnerable families in the region.

IRAQ BENEFICIARIES: 4,000 VULNERABLE IRAQI IDP AND SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILIES PROJECT OVERVIEW: During this project, Islamic Relief Canada has been an active contributor to the ongoing efforts to protect and save the lives of thousands of affected people in Karbala, Baghdad and Erbil. Under this project, Islamic Relief Iraq worked in close coordination and cooperation with: UN agencies in charge, international/ national NGOs working in Baghdad, Karbala and Erbil, as well as local authorities to meet essential non-food item needs for two months per family. Islamic Relief Canada has targeted 4,000 families in Karbala, Baghdad, and Erbil — focusing on the most vulnerable. This includes large sized families, children, women, women-headed families, and families with no or poor shelters — all by facilitating their access to non-food items. Focus was given to families that haven’t received aid from other agencies or sources.

JORDAN BENEFICIARIES: OVER 40,000 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: In the winter of 2014, Islamic Relief’s Winterization response in Jordan was significant — as we provided shelter and food to a large number of Syrian refugees. However, this year we aimed to achieve even more. With refugees spending the majority of their limited funds on rent, other basic needs were being neglected. Hence, by providing warmth we saved many lives. Vulnerable Syrian and poor Jordanian families received clothes vouchers, gas heaters, mattresses, and blankets. We prioritized women and children — children were the main focus of the project. We ensured that 50% of the supported families were female-headed households. Islamic Relief Canada also ensured that some of the poorest Jordanian families were also able to stay warm this winter by benefiting from the Winterization project.

NEPAL

BENEFICIARIES: 3,300 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Through our intervention, Islamic Relief Canada has protected the most vulnerable families from the cold by providing winterization items like: mattresses, fuel, stoves, and winter clothing.

PAKISTAN BENEFICIARIES: 4,200 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Islamic Relief Canada has provided urgent shelter and winterization support to at least 1,500 earthquake-affected families to help protect them from the harsh winter conditions. Islamic Relief Pakistan has presence in adjacent districts where it has provided temporary shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene kits. The winterization kits for each family included the following: plastic floor mat, cotton mattress, polyester pillows with pillow cover, kids blanket, polyester quilts, male shawls, female shawls, kids sweater, stove with chimney, solar lamp, socks and a cap. We have targeted the most affected families with a prime focus on women-headed households, persons with disabilities, families with orphan children, and senior persons.

SYRIA BENEFICIARIES: 131,000 VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS PROJECT OVERVIEW: Through this winterisation project, Islamic Relief Canada’s Syria operation participated in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian community by supporting them with different winter items such blankets, tents, mattresses, plastic sheets and winter clothes.

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SSEEAASSOONNAALL RAMADAN FOOD PACKS Islamic Relief Canada teams distributes food packets in impoverished communities to provide relief during the blessed month of Ramadan. Each food packet holds about 30 pounds of food that is important to the local diet of the recipients, and is designed to help a family of five to seven people. THIS YEAR, WE DELIVERED MANY FOOD PACKS TO VARIOUS COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE: AFGHANISTAN | 2,000 FOOD PACKS IRAQ | 7,025 FOOD PACKS LEBANON | 8,000 FOOD PACKS NIGER | 5,000 FOOD PACKS SYRIA | 3,000 FOOD PACKS YEMEN | 5,000 FOOD PACKS ZIMBABWE | 2,000 FOOD PACKS Food items are procured locally within each country whenever possible to ensure that they’re appropriate for the recipients and to help the economy as well.

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QURBANI WITH ISLAMIC RELIEF Islamic Relief Worldwide started their Qurbani project in 1986. Over 25 years later, more than 110,000 Qurbani are performed worldwide — benefitting over 2 million people in over 29 countries. Muslims from around the world donate money which is used to purchase and slaughter livestock – mainly sheep, goats and cows. The meat from these animals is then distributed to the needy people in the poorest regions of the world on behalf of donors. According to Islamic practice, one sheep or goat equals one Qurbani — one cow, buffalo or camel equals seven Qurbanis. We deliver the Qurbani meat in three different methods, the method chosen for a country is dependent on several factors including cost, availability of livestock, logistical issues and current situation of that country. 1. FRESH MEAT DISTRIBUTION: This year 25 countries were in this category. Animals were purchased locally, or the closest neighbouring country, depending on availability, price and its affect on local market, they were then slaughtered and the meat was distributed immediately amongst the selected beneficiaries. The process is completed during first three days of Eid-Ul-Adha. 2. CANNED MEAT DISTRIBUTION: This year two countries Palestine-West Bank and Syria will receive the Canned Qurbani meat. Due to the current emergency situation in Syria, canned qurbani became extremely important for the Internally Displaced People (IDP’s). Canned qurbani is generally sent to those countries where the price of fresh meat is extremely expensive or in the disaster hit areas. 3. FROZEN MEAT DISTRIBUTION: Qurbani has been performed in Australia, and then frozen meat is shipped to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Live Qurbani in country would have affected the animal stock and been too expensive. Canned Qurbani is not appreciated culturally therefore Frozen Qurbani meat is extremely popular amongst our beneficiaries in Bosnia & Kosovo.

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AFGHANISTAN | 80 FAMILIES ALBANIA | 80 FAMILIES BANGLADESH | 250 FAMILIES BOSNIA | 100 FAMILIES CHAD | 500 FAMILIES CHECHNYA | 200 FAMILIES ETHIOPIA | 200 FAMILIES INDONESIA | 80 FAMILIES IRAQ | 125 FAMILIES

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JORDAN | 125 FAMILIES KENYA | 200 FAMILIES KOSOVO | 80 FAMILIES LEBANON | 80 FAMILIES MALAWI | 600 FAMILIES MALI | 600 FAMILIES NIGER | 700 FAMILIES PAKISTAN | 300 FAMILIES SOMALIA | 200 FAMILIES

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SOUTH SUDAN | 80 FAMILIES SRI LANKA | 800 FAMILIES SUDAN | 200 FAMILIES SYRIA | 200 FAMILIES TUNISIA | 50 FAMILIES YEMEN | 100 FAMILIES ZIMBABWE | 200 FAMILIES

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SPONSORSHIP COUNTRY

# OF ORPHANS

AFGHANISTAN

334

ALBANIA

34

BANGLADESH

386

BOSNIA

96

CHECHNYA

193

ETHIOPIA

219

INDIA

158

INDONESIA

85

IRAQ

146

JORDAN

106

KENYA

187

KOSOVO

7

LEBANON

129

MALI

231

NIGER

172

PAKISTAN

388

PALESTINE: GAZA

999

PALESTINE: WEST BANK

89

SOMALIA

174

SOUTH AFRICA

66

SRI LANKA

100

SUDAN

206

SYRIAN

396

YEMEN

209

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Somalia

India

Kenya Chechnya

Iraq Sudan

Lebanon Jordan

Yemen

Sri Lanka Bosnia

Ethiopia

Palestine: West Bank

ISLAMIC RELIEF CANADA SPONSORS A TOTAL OF

Indonesia South Africa Kosovo

Albania

Mali

5,110

ORPHANS WORLDWIDE Afghanistan

Bangladesh

Palestine: Gaza

Syria

Pakistan

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STATEMENT OF REVENU ES AND EXPEN DITURES: 20 15

REVENUE DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

$16,470,254

CANADIAN REGISTERED CHARITIES

$1,299,330

OTHER

$82,489

TOTAL

$17,852,073

Donations from the public

Canadian Registered Charities

Other

EXPENDITURES Charitable Programs

CHARITABLE PROGRAMS

$15,209,682

FUNDRAISING

$1,422,436

ADMINISTRATION

$649,153

TOTAL

$17,301,271

Fundraising

Administration

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FINANCIALS A BRIEF OVE

RVIEW*

DISASTER RELIEF FEED THE NEEDY ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CHILDREN IN NEED

$3,363,926

$6,392,773

$2,506,152

$1,516,438

INTERNATIONAL

CHARITABLE

$1,114,423

PROGRAMS IN 2015

*Please refer to our complete financial statements on our website: www.islamicrelief.ca

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Annual Report 2015  

Islamic Relief Canada's Annual Report 2015 outlines our projects and financials last year.

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