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On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. More than 200,000 people died and 1.5 million were made homeless. Over the past year, Haitians have endured hurricanes, monsoon rains, and flooding. With severely damaged infrastructure, the country came to a standstill and hygiene levels dropped. Poor sanitation levels and widespread flooding were followed by a cholera outbreak, and many Haitians were at risk of contracting waterborne diseases.

Following the earthquake, Islamic Relief began offering emergency humanitarian assistance to survivors, such as food, shelter, and household items. As extreme weather swept through the country, however, Islamic Relief began providing essential hygiene and water systems and training. The Water and Sanitation Waqf fund provided 5,800 residents in two of Islamic Relief’s camps with regular water, access to toilets, and hygiene awareness. In addition to ensuring that toilets are regularly cleaned, so that they are usable for the longest time possible, Islamic Relief is also in the process of building 20 more toilets for individual families for whom we have constructed transitional, wooden shelters on their property.

The Water and Sanitation Waqf fund provided 5,800 residents in two of Islamic Relief’s camps with regular water, access to toilets, and hygiene awareness.

Case Study

Yvans’ Story

Yvans Fred Nelson lives in Yasin community camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The 22-year-old used to work as a mason, but lost his job when the earthquake struck.

“Before the earthquake, I had a good life; I lived with my family at home. After January 12, I started to sleep outside with my family. We didn’t know where to sleep because everybody had problems.

Now I’m living in Yasin community camp. Islamic Relief gave me paid work which made me happy.

But in October, there was a hurricane. The camp became wet and muddy so we couldn’t sleep. Water even entered the tents…we were in trouble.

Islamic Relief constructed drainage for us and leveled the whole land with rubble. This prevents flooding when it rains so there’s no more mud in the camp.

Islamic Relief has helped a lot, providing everybody living in the camp with water and also supplying us with tents. Thank you, life has become better for us.”

The difference between IWF and other organisations is that IWF will invest your donations and bring a sustainable return year on year and serve people indefinitely.

Find out more about International WAQF funds. If you may need any help Get in touch PLEASE!

International Waqf Fund. Infinite Good.

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