Islamic Relief first started working here in 1992 during the Bosnian War. We were one of the first international organisations to deliver humanitarian aid and emergency relief in the country.
Food, clothes, water and firewood were distributed through our offices and warehouses. After the initial emergency response, we rebuilt houses and public buildings like schools that were damaged by the conflict.
In 2001 we set up an interest-free loans system based upon Islamic finance which continues to support unemployed people and provide real routes out of poverty. The number of business and housing loans issued by Islamic Relief is increasing every year.
As well as delivering development projects to improve the lives of poor people, we also focus on support for orphaned children. We provide psychosocial assistance to vulnerable children and their families, as well as a regular allowance that provides for their basic needs and enables children to go to school.