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Chair of the Board of Trustees, Islamic Relief Worldwide

Lamia El Amri

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Assalamu alaykum Peace be with you

It is with great pride that I present Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019.

This year we marked 35 years of serving humanity. From a handful of volunteers in Birmingham, UK, inspired by their Islamic faith, to one of the world’s leading aid agencies, with your support we’ve positively touched around 120 million lives.

Together we supported 9.5 million people through more than 420 programmes in 31 countries this year alone.
Islamic Relief’s income in 2019 exceeded £131 million, continuing a period of steady growth in recent years that bucks the trend within a sector facing significant financial pressures. Our partner offices do an incredible job raising funds in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and beyond, reaching out to generous donors by sharing the plight of those in need and reporting on the impact of our work.
2019 saw Islamic Relief confirm a major reform of its governance structure to give our global family greater representation and responsibility for the organisation’s strategic direction. The new governance model strengthens our transparency and accountability, and ensures we are ready to face the challenges of the future.
In our mid-strategy review we report on significant progress against some of our core objectives, including our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with more investment in long-term projects; a move towards localisation with more support for civil society organisations; a greater commitment to improving programme quality; and improved safeguarding measures to protect people from harm.
I am immensely proud of what Islamic Relief has achieved over the past 35 years, but also aware of how critical our work will be in an increasingly disrupted world. Thank you to all those who have supported us along this journey, and most of all to Allah for blessing us with the means and opportunity to serve humanity.

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