Combating hunger and poverty is one of the prominent challenges facing humanity in the modern era. Hunger is not just a humanitarian issue, but also a threat to social peace and global stability, requiring joint global efforts that involve various institutions of society at all levels.
Statistics on poverty and hunger around the world
According to a recent report by the United Nations, approximately 735 million people suffered from hunger in 2022, an increase of 122 million compared to 2019. Hunger is not merely a problem of food shortage, but extends to the lack of sustainable food security for everyone.
The World Bank also considered 2022 to be the second-worst year in terms of poverty reduction efforts in the past two decades, with estimates that up to 685 million people live in extreme poverty.
In light of these alarming numbers, the efforts to combat poverty and hunger appear to be the responsibility of every individual in society and every institution. This is a principle advocated by Islamic law, based on the principles of Islamic brotherhood and the right of the poor to the wealth of the rich.
At the International Waqf Fund, we believe that eradicating poverty should be achieved through sustainable solutions and projects that support the livelihoods of the poor, enabling them to provide for their daily needs and improve their living conditions, health, and education.
From this perspective, we invest waqf donations from donors and allocate them to investments that comply with Islamic law. We use the annual returns to finance projects that support the livelihoods, health, education, and provide clean water and safe sanitation for the poor.
In 2022, we spent approximately half a million pounds sterling on implementing projects in 13 countries, ranging from healthcare and education to supporting livelihoods, orphan support, food parcels, and sacrificial offerings.
In 2023, we look forward to increasing the number of our projects in the most impoverished communities by receiving your waqf donation or accepting any amount as an sadaqa jariya.