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About Us

Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is a UK based international relief and development charity, which envisages a caring world where people unite to respond to the suffering of others, empowering them to fulfill their potential. We are an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984.

Islamic Relief Afghanistan (IRA) is a branch of IRW, which has initiated its Afghanistan humanitarian and development activities in 1992, starting with work for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Since then, IRA has continued to provide assistance in different fields such as sustainable livelihood, women development, child welfare, disaster risk reduction, emergency response, health and nutrition and education. Currently, IRA is working in 4 regions and 8 provinces in the Central, North, East and Central highland of Afghanistan. IRA has developed the strong partnership with UN, INGO’s, NGO’s and local communities in Afghanistan. IRA has served as co-chair of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) for one year at the national and regional level in Afghanistan. This has additionally supported IR Afghanistan to contact various communities and get in-depth knowledge of Afghan society context. Islamic Relief is committed to staying in Afghanistan and is rapidly increasing its programmes and areas of operation in the country.

Islamic relief Afghanistan is currently working to promote sustainable economic and social development of poor vulnerable communities especially women through providing home-based education and skill development vocational training in Bamyan and Nangarhar provinces. Moreover; IR Afghanistan is working with local communities to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and diseases through several programs such as winterization assistance, provision of livelihood development schemes, and providing educational opportunity through SEHAT (supporting education through Health assistance and treatment) programs. In addition to that IR Afghanistan has kept a record of responding emergencies within 72 hours in all over Afghanistan. Islamic Relief provides support regardless of religion, ethnicity or gender and without expecting anything in return.


Inspired by our Islamic faith and guided by our values, we envisage a world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled and people respond as one to the suffering of others.

Our Values

Following Prophetic Guidance: We remain guided by the timeless values and teachings provided by the revelations contained within the Qu’ran and prophetic example, most specifically.

Sincerity ( Ikhlas )

In responding to poverty and suffering our efforts are driven by sincerity to God and the need to fulfill our obligations to humanity

Social Justice

Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfill the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realizing their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.


We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.

Custodianship ( Amana ) ;

We uphold our duty of custodianship over the earth, its resources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners to be transparent and accountable.

Excellence ( Ehsan )

Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our operations and conduct which are deserving of the people we serve