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May 11, 2020

The Coronavirus Frontline: Helping the Helpless

Muslim Hands

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to its knees, crippling the global economy and forcing millions out of work.

For helpless families living in poverty-stricken countries and war zones, the pandemic has deadly consequences.

Overcrowded living conditions, with limited medical treatment and a lack of clean water creates the perfect storm for the virus to spread like wildfire.

The doctors and nurses working in makeshift hospitals are also at risk, as they do not have the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to help stop the spread of the virus. 

Many of those living in countries like Mali, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen have already lost their sole income as a direct result of the pandemic. Most cannot afford to buy food to feed their families and face the unimaginable horror of watching their children die from hunger and thirst. 

The World Food Programme estimates that the number of people facing acute insecurity as a direct result of the pandemic will double to a quarter of a billion.

The situation is expected to get far worse before it gets better.

At Muslim Hands, we are working around the clock, stepping onto the front line and saving as many lives as possible during this pandemic.

Our immediate response to the pandemic

As part of our Emergency Coronavirus Appeal, we have already distributed over 1,7 million meals to starving families in 6 different countries, including Mali, Niger, Sudan, Pakistan, Yemen and Syria.

We have also distributed over 5,000 monthly food parcel that contain essential food items such as oil, milk, flour, sugar and tinned food that can sustain families for a few weeks as well as nappies and baby items.

Our biggest relief effort is in Pakistan, where 21,000 people have benefited from our food drives, followed closely by Syrian refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring Turkey.

The safety of front-line health workers remains another focus and we have already distributed over 13, 000 PPE kits, as well as medical gowns, gloves and face masks.

The fight is not over yet

It is critical that we all pull together and play our part in helping those that cannot help themselves. Your support can help us reach even more people who are in desperate need of essential food and save even more lives.

Even though you are staying home, and staying safe, you can still make a big difference to the less fortunate by donating today.

Remember; The Prophet (saw) said,‘Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity’. (Tirmidhi)


Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).